9 Ways to Cure Cabin Fever

As I am writing this it is FREEZING cold, dark and everything is covered with ice.  Today I read a very depressing article about when spring would arrive in which I learned that this awful weather has a long way to go.  In the Northeast it will be snowing and cold until the end of March.  Ugh… I’m over winter, ready for summer and experiencing very severe cabin fever.  So what is a girl to do as February is being ushered in and warm weather is just a beautiful mirage in the distance?  These are some things that I have been doing to cheer myself up and I hope they will bring you some joy as well!

9 Ways to Cure Cabin Fever

  1. Browse seed catalogs and plan my garden:  Check out Burpee online and sign up for their free catalogs.  I also love Sprout Robot for planning out your garden down to every detail.  They will also send you “to-do list” reminders so you know exactly when to start your seeds, direct sow, and even water your garden.
  2. Buy a bathing suit:  Exactly what is sounds like…  You can think about all of the warm places to wear it and they are a bit cheaper right now.
  3. Plan summer getaways:  This is a good time of year for daydreaming all of the fun places you want to visit over the summer and will also save you time and money from booking last minute trips.  Most people need to plan trips early anyway (for work, budget, etc…) so why not enjoy the process, get creative, and imagine a hot summer day at the beach with a tasty adult beverage.
  4. Visit Home Depot: This could be any home improvement store or nursery that inspires you, for me its Home Depot.  I love going there for either craft inspiration or to imagine all of the projects I want to take on once the snow melts.
  5. Make something bright and cheery: If you are reading this blog you probably have at least a little interest in creating things.  Try a DIY project that will brighten up your home or office.  Make a bright painting for your studio wall.  Sew pretty curtains for your living room (I love these fabrics designed by Bonnie Christine).  The list here is endless and I could go on forever here but I won’t (for now at least).  This is a great time to paint a room in your house.  Paint is the cheapest and most effective way to change the look of your home.  Dark colors make a room cozy and warm in the winter but as winter fades lighter colors are a must!
  6. Let’s get physical!: Workout or participate in any activity that gets your heart rate up and the endorphins pumping.  You don’t have to go to the gym, try playing a Wii game or even Twister.  Just get moving.
  7. Pinterest: The ultimate website for all things inspiring.  If you haven’t yet been pinning then what are you waiting for?!?  Check out the Gardening section, the Outdoors section and the DIY section.
  8. Get some Vitamin D:  Go outside, absorb the sun, and play!  It might be hard to think of going outside in 20 degree weather but bundle up, make a snowman, learn to ski, or try snowshoeing.  I promise getting some fresh air and sunshine will do your body good.  Just please make sure to wear sunblock and lip balm with an SPF.  Yes you can get a sunburn in the winter!
  9. Make a summer bucket list: Start thinking now about all the things you want to do when it warms up.  Summer tends to fly by especially in the Northeast and you don’t want to waste it away being bored or forgetting all the new things you wanted to try.  There are lots of free printables on the web for bucket lists and I recommend looking at others to help brainstorm.  Try here, here, or here.

I hope this list gets you excited about the coming months and maybe even if just for a minute helps you forget about the cold outside.  To be honest, writing this post has helped cure my cabin fever immensely!  Do you experience cabin fever?  How do you get over it?  I’d love to hear from you!

 

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5 Things My New Etsy Shop Has Taught Me

Since I wouldn’t have started a blog if I didn’t open an Etsy shop I felt it appropriate to describe the learning curve of the past few weeks. It has been about a month since I opened my Etsy shop, The Happy Couple shop. One of the reasons behind the shop is that I was laid off from my job. So for the past month I have spent A LOT of time learning how to promote my shop and at the age of 27 re-learning the social media scene. I consider myself to be relatively young and feel that I should know all there is to know about the way people interact on the internet. I couldn’t have been more wrong….
5 Things My New Etsy Shop Taught Me
1. The first thing I learned from opening my Etsy shop is that you can’t just throw some items up on a website and wait for the money to roll in. It is about building a shop that has a presence all over the web.

2. I learned that I needed to start a blog!! Although I did learn this early on in the process I also have been procrastinating this step out of fear, public humiliation, failure, the list keeps going. But here I am so please give me a chance before you tear me apart (I hope if you are reading this you are not here to rip my ideas apart though).

3. SEO is very important but no one really know how it works… I have read tons and tons of articles on this topic and they all stress the importance of using the “right” keywords in the “right” way but they also say that the “right” way changes so often and the search engine robots are so sneaky that there really is no cut and dry method.

4. A view on my Etsy shop does not equal money in my bank account. This has been one of my most frustrating first lessons. I am addicted to watching my “shop stat” and I get so so excited when someone views my shop or my listings but then I still have to stare at that big fat zero under orders. It is still a bit of an ego boost to know that someone I don’t know somewhere in the world is taking the time to look at something that I so proudly put my love and time into and created!

5. I was completely on top of social media when Facebook first came out. Now, so many years later, I am learning everyday about new websites for social media and a lot of new expressions and terms. I am currently reading 301 Ways to Use Social Media to Boost Your Marketing by Catherine Parker (look for a review in the near future). This book has been invaluable to me so far in teaching me about social bookmarking (which I had never heard of) and the ins and out of the sites I already knew something about.

So while this has been a learning process I am very much enjoying it and can’t wait to see what comes up next.
What has your creative business taught you? Please leave a comment below.

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