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Soak In the Snow Day: 9 Ways to Relax, Be Productive and Support Community

If you haven’t heard, Central Oregon got record breaking snow this week. And that snow has put a bit of a halt on some of our plans. Restaurants are closed, people are working from home and no one is flying anywhere.

At the time of writing this, we’re kicking off the beginning of storm number two this week. We have two feet on the ground and another six to ten inches on the way. And you might be feeling a bit stir crazy if you haven’t left your house in nearly 48 hours. So we have a few ideas to help you feel like you’re using this time as a way to reset, recharge and/or gain momentum.

Relax

If your reaction to snow days is to cozy up with a book or turn to Netflix, this is the list for you. Now is a great time where mother nature forces us to slow down. We physically can’t go anywhere fast even if we tried, so might as well take advantage of it and collect all the fuzzy blankets and pillows and settle in.

Journaling

Snow days are a great time to reflect, and what a perfect time of the year to do so. We’re nearly two months into 2019 and now is a great time to check in with those New Year intentions you set for yourself. A few questions you might ask:

  1. Am I feeling positive about the moves I am making so far this year?
  2. What are three things I can do this week to honor myself and my body?
  3. What am I grateful for right now?

Reading

A fairly obvious go to on stormy days like the ones we’ve been experience, now is a great time to get back to that book you’ve forgotten about and catch back up. Or track down a new book to get inspired. Luckily, if you have a Kindle or Tablet, you can get yourself that new book without even making the trek into the snow.

A few books we’re really excited about lately:

  1. Drood by Dan Simmons
  2. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  3. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Napping

Okay, this one might seem a little bit silly, but let us ask you: When was the last time you let yourself take a midday nap guilt-free? We never nap and we have a hard time feeling good about it when we do. But snow days like this give us the opportunity to take that rest and rejuvenate as we gear up for the snow melt that’s to come.

Our challenge: Let yourself take a midday nap. It doesn’t have to be long.

Be Productive

So maybe rest and relaxation is not your go-to when you’re cooped up inside your house, but instead you’d like to find ways to be productive. Lucky for you, there are still a lot of ways to find productivity even when you can’t (or won’t) go to the office.

Organizing

What better time is there than a snow day to go through your closet and organize and purge? Maybe throw on Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix to find some inspiration first.

A few areas of the house you could tackle easily and quickly during this storm:

  1. The Closet: Go through the clothes you haven’t worn in years, ask yourself some questions about them, and throw them in the Take-To-Goodwill-When-The-Storm-Passes pile.
  2. The Desk(s): Old paperwork stacks up without us even knowing it’s happening. An easy project for a few hours of your snow day is to get into your desk and pull out those papers you’ve been unknowingly throwing in there. It will feel so good to free up the space.
  3. The Junk Drawer: We all have one. It collects the things we don’t know what to do with but aren’t ready to get rid of. Again, this small project can provide a lot of relief…as well as room for new junk in the future.

Get a Sweat In

If you’re missing the gym on these days (and the snow shoveling isn’t enough for you), an at home workout might be just what the snow day doctor ordered. It doesn’t have to be much when you’re feeling trapped inside anyway.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. 32 Minute At Home Cardio Workout
  2. Full Body Workout
  3. Here’s a collection depending on what you’re looking for.

Try a New Recipe

Okay, so this one assumes that either a. you have the ingredients in your house already, or b. you’re willing to go to the grocery store to get them. But a snow day is a great day to experiment with new recipes.

A little inspiration:

  1. Tomato and Tortellini Soup: Patty made this one this week, added a little spinach and got sausage cheese tortellini instead and it is absolutely delicious.
  2. Experiment with Buddha Bowls: A new favorite for meal prep, Buddha bowls are both easy and scrumptious. Also a fun way to get the whole family involved.
  3. Something Delicious: 30 Minute Cinnamon Sugar Knots

Support Community

If you have the luxury of being able to work from home or take advantage of the snow days with your kiddos, now is a great time to remember those who are unable to do that. This snow can be harrowing for those who can’t leave their house or, on the opposite side, are forced to leave their house. Now is a great time to support and give back to the community.

Help a Neighbor 

Snow shoveling is difficult and painful for some. If you have a snowblower or an extra hand, maybe pop over to your neighbors house and give them a little help. Kindness goes a long way, especially when people are cold and having a hard time getting out of their houses.

Give Thanks for Service

Remember that your gas attendant and cashier at Safeway are working their butts off to serve you through this snowpocalypse. They don’t get to call in and ask for the day off and they’re currently keeping this city running. If you feel like going above and beyond, bring them some cookies or just give them an extra thank you before you take off.

Ask What Friends Need

You might have no idea that even your closest friends are in need during this record breaking snow, and this is a great time to ask. If you have the car that can get to the store, ask if anyone needs anything. If you like driving in this weather, that might come in handy for someone who recently moved here and isn’t used to these conditions. We can all help each other through this.

What are you doing to get through these snow days? Are you loving them?

Adventure

5 Reasons We LOVE Oregon

February 14, 1859 was the day Oregon became a state, so while we love to celebrate love on this Hallmark holiday, we also love to love Oregon and get outside with the people we care about.

As a way of honoring our beautiful state, we collected a few reasons why we’re so happy we live here.

5 Things to Love About Oregon - Geographic Diversity

1. From West to East, there is something for everyone.

The geographic diversity of Oregon is one of the many reasons it’s so unique and full of adventure. You can cruise far to the west and hit the coast or travel all the way east and hit deserts and remote beauty that will take your breath away. You can find anything here in Oregon. Whether it’s mountain biking, hiking, hot springs, good food, city lights, new trends, remote locations or mountain views, there is a little piece of Oregon for all personalities.

5 Things to Love About Oregon - Unpredictable Weather

2. Unpredictable Weather

At first glance, this may not seem like something to love about Oregon, but fact is, it’s always a little fun and adventurous not knowing what kind of weather could hit when you leave the house in the morning (especially in the fall and spring). You could start your day in jeans and a t-shirt and get caught in a snowstorm by 4pm. Layers and backseat jackets are important here as Oregon is moody and delightfully fickle.

5 Things to Love About Oregon - Beer

3. BEER

IPAs, Pales, Blondes, Reds, Ambers, Hazeys, collaborations, experiments, delight. Our beer scene here in Oregon is nothing short of impressive. A brewery around every corner and endless options to meet your tastebuds. As of June 2018, Oregon boasts a whopping 281 breweries with 33 here in Central Oregon. So if the weather is annoying you, pick any one of these delicious options and hunker down.

5 Things to Love About Oregon - Portland Food

4. Portland Food

Alright, so we’re over here in Central Oregon and we adore our local restaurants and culinary creatives. But when we make a trip to the big city, it is always so fun to check out and adventure through the unique restaurants that pop up all the time. Portland has a reputation for being “weird” and this is not something we’re embarrassed by. The food has its own special oddness that Oregon is proud of.

5 Things to Love About Oregon - Community

5. Community

And finally, hands down our favorite aspect of Oregon (and specifically Central Oregon)…our community. The people who live in this state are kind, compassionate, supportive, caring and want to do good. Around every corner is someone new who wants to connect you to someone else, build you up and listen to your dreams. We value the way our community comes together and the way we come up with any excuse to create a festival to honor makers, artists and musicians.

Oregon is the best state and there is no doubt about that.

What is your favorite part about living here?