January gets a bad rap. Especially mid-January. And I can see why. Christmas is over, the tree and lights have come down (although if you ask my friend Sarah, the tree belongs in place from Halloween night to Valentines Day-ish). Everyone gets back to school, work, and the ho-hum of life. It can also be dark and cold thanks to the sun going down before 6 PM and, well… that whole “Winter” thing.
For the record, I like January. I love, love, love the New Year. It’s also the birthday month for a lot of my family. And the “fresh start” feeling that other people seem to lose mid-month somehow sticks with me. But I know a lot of other people don’t share my love for the first month of the year. So,
To beat the “January Blues”…
I say this is the perfect month to do something new — or even to re-invent yourself. How? Here is the key. Are you ready? If one of your goals this year is to be a healthier person, stop saying “I want to make healthier choices” and start saying “I am a healthy person”. What’s amazing is, you will actually listen to yourself. Your conversation in your head shifts from “I want these french fries, but I’m trying to be healthy this year” to “I’m a healthy person. I don’t eat french fries right now”. Isn’t that fascinating? Just try it! I’m reading about this type of thinking right now in a book called The Art of Possibility.
Feeling like you’re in a rut of the same old same? Why not try a new restaurant this month? Don’t just say you’re going to, call up a friend and make plans to eat there. That book you’ve been saying you were going to read, get it! And read for just 10 minutes a day (if it’s as good as you hear, you’ll probably get glued and read more). Go to that exercise class you’ve been talking about just once – to see if you like it! If all else fails, treat yourself to a tiny pick-me-up. Set aside a little bit of cash on your next fews trips to the grocery store and in a couple of weeks you can get your nails done or go get a facial. Trust me, if you are feeling this so-called “blues”, a little bit of “me time” can go a long way.
Sometimes we don’t give ourselves permission to do something we really want to do. Instead, we set these noble goals (which I still love by the way), and put so much pressure on ourselves that it’s not fun anymore. We don’t enjoy it, or we questions why we made the commitment in the fist place, so we just stop.
January blues? Ha! I don’t think so. I have a whole January bucket list, and it is going to make the next couple of weeks just breeze by and be so. much. fun.
And many thanks to Letty at Hair FX in Dumas! I followed my own advice in this post and made my first hair appointment in over a year, and I’m so glad I did! Fresh starts (or the continuation of the one we started on January 1st) deserve fresh locks! (Don’t you just love awkward angles? My sweet six year-old took these pictures, so I finally had to sit on the ground to get a straight-on photo 🙂 )
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Shirt: old Banana Republic; similar here
Flats: Tory Burch