Ok, so part two, the meat of my trip!
I forgot to tell y’all that the event was held at Nubian Hueman so you know I was hype! I also spent all my coins. Happily.
As I mentioned, Lisa Marie dropped all her gems that fateful night in October. Like, everything resonated with me! She started the conversation by talking about the changes autumn brings—not just cooler weather but shorter days and a change in the landscape. I’ve never been a fan of cold weather until Lisa Marie broke this all the way down. Being from L.A. you get kind of spoiled with pleasant temperatures almost year round. Even growing up in Vegas, summer seemed to span half the year! So, needless to say, cold weather is not my jam. BUT I can’t change the weather. Even if I moved back to the west coast, it’s not guaranteed that it’ll never rain (or snow!) in southern California.
Lisa Marie’s suggestions?: prepare. Duh. Don’t wait around acting like winter might not come this year. Get your cold weather gear in order. If your wardrobe needs a refresh, go shopping. And don’t forget the cocoa, tea and soup ingredients.
Point two? Simply embrace it. The seasons will change—in weather. In friendships. In opportunities. You have to roll with the punches and not let them roll you. So instead of going out to all the festivals, barbecues, sports games and pool parties that we enjoy in warmer months, winter is for ladies’ night in (which I’ve already done more than once, and it’s not even winter yet! WHAT?!) Not very social? Me either! So just skip happy hour and go home after work. Take time to enjoy the long nights. Make your home your sanctuary.
After reading over and revising this post, I should have shared it immediately after my return for my readers who, like me, may not even know they need a little boost to get through the chilly season. I have actually used Lisa Marie’s advice and, although I am still not the biggest fan of cold weather besides the fashion, I’m a work in progress, y’all. I know winter is a necessary, beautiful, inevitable part of life, so until I can escape to a tropical island every time that chill hits my skin, what is the point of complaining? The days will be short and cold, periodt. The trees and other plant life will be appear dead-ish and bare no matter what, but I know that’s what nature needs to bloom new life come March. Just like people, Earth needs balance. I’ve also been meal planning more (so I don’t have to leave the warmth of my home every time I need to nourish myself) and Pinterest is my bff with the endless list of crockpot and soup recipes. All I need is an app to clean the kitchen afterwards 🙂
It may seem futile, that chatting about the changing season really changed my perspective, but it be like that. I’m sure the word being delivered by Lisa Marie helped. Sometimes all it takes is one conversation to change your mind.
What about you? Do you do anything in particular to prepare for the changing weather? Are you a recently converted ex winter hater like me?