January is a diet of all things after over-indulging during the holidays. Too much merriment. Too much shopping, buying, decorating, baking, eating and drinking.
January is a do-over. A reset button. A clean slate. The new year is a new you. A brand new pretty planner. January is the time to begin again.
January is a purge of all things. The rebirth of our décor, our health, our resolutions.
I love my Christmas decorations and I never like taking them down. Not only do I enjoy the trees and the twinkle lights—it’s a chore to take it all down and pack it all away. It is hard to get started. I decorate a lot, over-decorate, like all the over-indulging in December. But that moment when I am almost finished de-Christmasing, I feel this high, this excitement. I get so excited because my house becomes fresh and tidy and becomes a clean slate again. I get to start over and decorate my house like it was day one. A decorating do-over.
I love the emptiness of the rooms without the Christmas trees. I love how clean and empty it looks after having all the Christmas, twinkle lights and presents everywhere. At Christmas, my house shrinks. It shrinks with all the stuff, all the twinkly stuff, and with all the extra blessings in my house–like presents and people.
My house, in January, is the closest it ever comes to a minimalist style of décor. I like it. Clean and simple. And then, like all things in my life, I slowly fill it back up again.
“I love the fullness of Christmas and the emptiness of January.” -Dedra Davis
After all the Christmas is packed away, I begin to add live plants and vanilla candles. It adds greenery that is now missing from the Christmas trees.
I love plants, all year-long, and always have many. But in the new year, it always feels like I need more. I have the need to fill my purged house with live greenery.
Does it make my house feel alive? Does it make me feel alive? Not sure, but it makes my house look pretty.
A Healthy Purge
January is also about dieting. It never fails, I over-eat at Christmas. I over-eat sugar, fattening appetizers, and well, I over-eat all non-healthy foods. I enjoy the splurge, but I am always ready to stop. It’s like a cheat month.
When the year begins again, I am ready to start eating healthy. Craving salads and other vegetables, my body tells me it is January. January is time to get serious again, time to stop having all the cheat foods.
New Year, New You
January equals New Year’s resolutions. People love (and hate) setting resolutions. Whatever the resolve, it is the time to start, time to begin.
I always aspire to be a new me in the new year. I usually fail, sadly. I heard that only 9% are successful with resolutions. That’s a lot of failure. But for most of us, we still aspire to begin again. And that is the beautiful part.
The best way is to start small. Make your goal simple and specific. And remember, if you fail, tomorrow is a new day, another new beginning.
“Resolutions are a wonderful thing if we can keep them, but many resolutions go by the wayside because we have not done anything different with our mindset.” -Monica Johnson
Have an accountability buddy. Put your goal out there for others to hear, or read. This will help you stick with it. Ask your friends to support you through the wins and the failures. You will have failures, but begin again. Begin again, repeatedly, and you will eventually win for good.
Be your own cheerleader. Reward yourself and always be kind to yourself. And remember, every day is new. Every month is new. It doesn’t have to be a new year to begin again.
January is a clean slate, a new baby, an empty house. January is crisp and clean and new. It’s up to you to fill it up and begin living your new year as a new you, whatever that may be.“I love the fullness of Christmas and the emptiness of January.” -Dedra Davis #dedradaviswrites Click To Tweet
I hope for you a new beginning and a clean January, leading into an equally clean February.
love and blessings~dd
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