Guest Post By Erica Wagner | 5th Day Of Blogmas

Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing an interview I did with another blogger in November, her name is Erica Wanger and here’s a link to her blog. This is the first time I have had a guest blogger on my blog, and I was really excited. Here is her post that inspired me to invite her onto my blog – How to Beat the Winter Blues – It fit my winter/holiday theme, and it’s a great read! I really enjoyed working with her, and her answers are great for this winter. Enjoy!

Hey everyone! My name is Erica, and I’m the author of the blog EricaWagnerOnline. I’ve been blogging since mid-summer of 2017. I began my blog with the main intention of writing mental health related posts. I feel that topic is so important and many people who suffer from depression, including myself, often feel very much alone. By starting my blog, it was my mission to help at least one person not feel so alone in this big world.

This year has been crazy, fun, exciting, and emotional for me, but I’m so grateful for all the experiences. Temperatures are dropping, winter is coming, and the holiday season is right around the corner. Can you believe it?! It seems like 2019 was just a few short months ago. Now that the year is coming to a close, I’m jumping at the opportunity to share some things with you all that I’ve been dying to get my hands on. As well as some things I’ve been wanting to try once winter came roaring in. Queenie asked me some great questions so let’s dive right into it!

1. what are your winter/Christmas must haves, and something you want to try?

Cozy Pajamas!

Nothing makes me happier than a few sets of flannel PJ’s! Not to mention they’d make a great gift to anyone who loves to cuddle up on the couch and watch popular Christmas movies. Some of the best sets I’ve ever purchased were from Old Navy. They’re affordable and great quality. Check out this pair I’ve had my eyes on for a while here. There are quite a few different patterns so make sure to check them all out!

Tall Fashion Boots

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good ankle bootie in the fall but with winter approaching I find myself gravitating more towards a taller boot because they’re much warmer. I personally try to stick to leather instead of suede because I live in an area that gets more rain and snow. This winter I’m trying to get my hands on a pair of Hunter Tall Snow/Insulated Boots. I’ve linked the page where you can find those boots here. I’m a simple girl who typically wears a lot of black. If you’re just like me, you’re going to love them!

Fairy Lights

What’s one of the best things to do on a winter evening? Plug in the fairy lights! I personally love to decorate my bedroom with these by draping them on my headboard and across my TV stand. They add the perfect ambiance. I got mine off of Amazon-I’ve linked them here

Something I’ve wanted to try not just this winter but for years, is skiing. I used to work at a ski and snowboard shop during my high school years and absolutely loved it. I have always wanted to try, but I’m incredibly scared of heights and injuring one or both of my knees. However, this winter it’s my goal to get past that fear. I’m a ball of excitement and anxiety over it but I can’t wait. 

2. You wrote about three things in your blog post about beating winter blues, would you add anything to your list.

Now that I think about it, if I were to edit my post, I would add that I’d spend more time with friends and family during the times when my depression is at its worst. When I’m depressed, I have a strong desire to be alone and, in my opinion, I think that makes my depression worse. 

The holiday season can bring on a lot of heightened emotions for people who may have lost loved ones during the year. Earlier this year I lost my 14-year-old cousin to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I’ve been thinking about him a lot and with the holiday season quickly approaching, thinking about not having him around really has me feeling down. 

3. What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

Do I have to pick?! I love (almost) all cookies. I’ll be honest though, I’m pretty simple, and you all may find my answer to be boring but I’m a big chocolate chip cookie fan. To make them a bit more festive I throw in some Christmas colored chips!

4. list Five things you’re grateful for this year/winter?

Ah man, how do I narrow it down to just five? I am so grateful for even the smallest things.  

  1. Personal Growth
  2. Change
  3. My health
  4. My family and friends
  5. Setbacks that resulted in comebacks

That’s all everyone! Thank you Erica for being a guest on my blog!

I loved reading your post beforehand and I loved reading through your answers. If you would like to be a guest blogger for blogmas, comment down in the comments section, I’d love to work with you! If you liked reading this post, head over to Erica’s blog and share some love!

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