How To Avoid Turning on the Heat When It’s Cold Outside

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Some days are worth spending inside.  When you’ve got time to spend in your home, but want to avoid turning on the heat here are a few ways to avoid turning on the heat:

– Put on a sweater, socks, hat and fingerless gloves.  Yep, if you run cold like I tend to, layer up while at home.  I used to peel off my extra layers as soon as I got home.  Off came my socks, sweater, jacket and hat.  Now, I just change my layers to more casual ones: wool hoodie instead of cashmere pullover, comfy socks instead of wool dress socks.

Do The Dishes

– Do the dishes by hand: Living in San Francisco comes with some compromises, including not having a dishwasher in our kitchen.  I used to loathe hand-washing all of my dishes, but now that the temperatures have dropped I look forward to running the warm water over my hands.

– Cover up: find a stylish and cozy blanket to keep on your couch.  Keeping it nearby and readily available will encourage you to use it.

Cozy Blanket

– Take a hot shower or bath.

– Watch a movie or browse photos of warm locales.  Read a book set in Mexico.

Drink Warm

– Eat warming or spicy foods.

– Knit something beautiful out of wool or cashmere: it will keep your hands busy and warm, and as your projects progresses it will cover your lap to keep you warm as well.

Head to Bed Early

– Head to bed early.  In the winter the sun sets early, daylight is short.  Heading to bed, often the warmest place in the house, is a great way to stay warm.

Where There’s a Will There’s a Badass

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I’ve come across a few videos lately that go to show that no matter what you’ve got holding you back, you are only limited by your own mental limitations.

One armed athlete:


The blind downhill mountain bike racer:


Mountains Without Barriers:


What’s holding you back?


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