January often presents itself with disagreeable weather in many parts of the country, either frigidly cold or just gray and dreary. However, I don’t (normally) allow this to bother me. Why? Because to me, January presents the perfect time to plan for the days, and seasons to come.
January heralds the beginning of a new year, with endless possibilities. Instead of allowing the chilly temperatures and gray skies to get me down, I start planning the garden I will plant come spring. Last year, I experimented with growing vegetables in pots in my back yard to protect them from an infestation of moles and an over-eager dog. My “vegetable patch” produced mixed results, but left me more than eager to continue, and expand, my little garden this year. Not to mention, the recipes I can make with my homegrown produce.
January is also the perfect time to clean out clutter, and think of possible ways to reorganize, redecorate, and reorder my home. My daughter graduates from college this spring, so it’s the perfect time for me to freshen up not only the guest room for visiting relatives, but the rest of the household as well. I’m spending my free time pouring over paint colors to brighten or lighten up different spaces, and rethinking furniture arrangements. It’s time to put the home décor magazines I horde to good use!
While many are struggling with resolutions or perhaps have already abandoned some, I’m picturing myself as I want to be this spring and summer. I want to have to buy new clothes because much of my current wardrobe has become too large. I want to walk into my former workplace and be noticeably thinner, as well as having achieved my goals for leaving in the first place (to devote myself to writing full-time.)
I’m reflecting on all the changes I’ve made in the last year, and the places I want to go and things I want to accomplish in 2018. Will I get there? Maybe. The point is, January is the perfect time to hope, dream, plan, and take baby steps toward making this the best year yet.
Here’s hoping you can do the same!