I usually have a tendency to say: wow, where did ‘that’ month go? But for some reason… with January, I don’t think I ever say that.
It’s usually – man, this month is just dragging-on! So… slow!
I know it’s because we have those brutal, cold, grey, buried-under-snow kind of January’s. I’m sure that if I was a winter-time outdoorsy, activity, kind of person – I would just be loving this month. It would be endless fun! Thus making the month seem like it went by in a flash.
No… I am not a winter-time kind of gal. Not my favorite. Spring, summer, and fall – yes, please! And to be even more specific: summer that is transitioning into fall! Just love that ‘pocket’ of time… there is something about it that feels wonderful to me. Maybe it’s the harvesting, canning things, making things… just… love it.
For many years I had kiddos heading back to school in September and that developed into another (different) ‘new year’ kind of vibe for me. When they went off to start their new-year I usually tried to do the same. Many times it was taking classes myself or starting something new. Getting into a new craft, or project, or if it was a super bountiful garden/harvest year – there was canning and having fun with recipes, etc. The difference between these two ‘new years’ tends to be: the fall is a more active and hands-on; where in January, the actual calendar new year, tends to be more mental and visual/organizing of thoughts and goals.
The winter tends to bring on that cabin-fever feeling, a little bit of hunker-down and stay inside. Even though I have projects I could be working on, I can feel a little slow at getting up the energy to do those sometimes. Not enough daylight? Probably. Burnt out from months of holidays? Maybe.
But back to January… the one thing I do like about this month – is that it is a start of a new calendar year. This, in itself, brings on new plans, dreams, aspirations and intentions for the rest of the months to follow. I find myself doing a lot of visualizing and day-dreaming about some things I’d love to see happen – or get started. Fresh vision board(s), loosely listed goals with bullet points, setting intentions to work on (or build up) a new (good/healthy) habit… there’s a lot of dreamy but organizing thoughts going on right now.
When February starts – and gets rollin’ – I feel like it’s one more month until spring! Although there are years, here, where spring doesn’t come until May (ouch! but true). So, it’s the little mental game I play with myself – to just keep ticking off the days of dead-winter until I see the grasses of spring. I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this; there’s a lot of us non-winter-types living in places maybe we shouldn’t be. 🙂 I gotta admit that lately, I find myself, dreaming of a more southern location to reside during winter time. Hmmm… maybe I should get that up on my vision board! 🙂