I have lived my entire life in the South.
We tend to freak out a bit when it snows. Or ices. Or slushes. Or rains.
Or when the temperature plunges below 60 degrees.
The last few days we have had a few inches of snow, nothing like what our friends in Boston are enduring but enough to cancel a few school days, especially in the more rural parts of our area.
Snow days keep kids home from school and many adults home from work. Snow days present us with an interesting opportunity if we take advantage of it.
5 Ways to Make the Snow Day(s) Count
1.) Do something adventurous.
Start a snowball fight. Grab a trash can lid and find the nearest hill to sled down. Build a snowman without singing Frozen! Find an empty parking lot and do something crazy.
Maybe don’t do that last one but you get the idea…get off the couch and do something awesome!
2.) Do something restful.
Maybe the adventurous route is not for you. Your life is hectic enough and the snow day presents an unusual opportunity for you to rest. One of my former students recently wrote a great article about the need to be still.
Take a nap. Read a book. Make a fire. Enjoy the silence. Draw a bath. Journal. Whatever you find life-giving and restorative, do that this snow day. The busyness of life will still be there when the snow melts.
3.) Work anyway.
One of the only things I dislike about snow days is how they can really mess up the rhythm of the week. If you’re like me, there are certain things I do every Monday morning or Thursday afternoon, etc.
Most of these tasks need to be accomplished snow or shine. As I’m able to on snow days, I just do them so things don’t fall off my plate as the week progresses.
4.) Spend quality time with family.
If you get the opportunity to spend a snow day with family, don’t waste it. Don’t do #3. Cuddle with your spouse. Throw snowballs with/at your kids. I am not yet a parent, so I do not know the parental dread that comes with hearing schools are closed.
But I do know that if you have children, you have a blessing many do not have. Don’t take that for granted today.
5.) Chip away at your dream.
You are living on borrowed time, my friend! Whatever your dream is, you have a day, today, to get closer to seeing it become a reality.
Want to write a book? Punch out a few chapters today.
Want to start your own business? Iron out the next part of your business plan.
Unsure of your next step? Find someone who’s successful at what you want to do and read their book today.