Given the plummeting nighttime temperatures in Sacramento, winter has (finally) decided to join us. And since my calendar reads November, I have access to two of my favorite evening inspirations: Fires and Gingerbread Lattes.
I love curling up by a crackling fire with a book, my computer, or even just a blanket and a dream. Fire lights my imagination every time. As a child, I loved to read by the fireplace – with periodic breaks to watch the dancing flames. When I moved to Sacramento, I loved that our house had a real, working fireplace – and the fact that the previous owner (a master mason) built the hearth and chimney himself makes this beloved feature even more unique.
Tonight my laptop sits by that fireplace, along with my other favorite winter treat – a gingerbread latte.
The combination of wood smoke and steaming, cinnamon-scented sweetness inspires thoughts of winter, snow and happy, cozy warmth. It slows me down and reminds me that despite my day-to-day worries, I am fortunate indeed.
I sip my coffee and stroke the cat that joins me by the fire. When the flames die down my son will arrive, marshmallows in hand, to make s’mores and laugh as the embers die.
I spend most days in a frantic pace, two steps behind and struggling to keep my head above the waves. Do more, do faster, do perfectly – the pressures seldom cease.
In an evening fire and a gingerbread drink, I find an inspiration to step away from the world that drives me ever faster toward my goals … and into a peaceful, glowing place of silence, joy and light.
What inspires you to leave your cares behind you? Do you read by the fire? In the tub?
Share your inspired getaway in the comments! (And while you’re at it – let me know where you stand on gingerbread lattes!)