On day 62 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I chased good weather to cure my winter blues.
No matter where you live there will always be weather anomalies: rain, snow, sleet, earthquakes, tornadoes, thunderstorms – and, of course, hail.
But the good news is, you can always go somewhere else.
In Seattle we owe our lush, green landscape to the steadily falling rain – something newcomers often find irritating. But for residents, it’s as common as sunshine to Floridians. We don’t even notice it. In fact, we’re grateful for it.
Because of the many micro-climates in the Pacific Northwest, the weather is quite frenetic. There can be clear skies and sunshine in one part of the city and rain or snow showers in another, especially at higher elevations. We even see hail occasionally, but it’s nothing compared to the storms of the south.
In Texas, hail storms are no joke. One year, a 5-minute storm produced larger-than-golf ball-sized hail and demolished our roof. I remember watching from my front window as my car got pummeled in the driveway.
So, for me at least, the rain isn’t a problem. But the darkness is another story. At first, the seasonal shift always seems like a welcome change from the summer routine. I go inside. I make some soup. I sit by the fire.
But as the weeks and months drag on, I find myself longing for the sunshine.
This year, we did a much better job planning our vacations around the weather. We chose tropical, sunny destinations at key times of the year. And helps a lot.
Getaways don’t have to be fancy either. In years past, we’ve taken day trips, just a few hours west to visit the more arid part of the state.
It’s an easy way to get a healthy dose of sunshine. Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. You might even chase good weather in your mind.