Fall in Love with the Month of January
I love the month of January, and here’s why I think you should too, if you don’t already. It’s a great month to reboot, get things done and start something new. If you’re like me, your self-task cycle has been on the slow mode since Labor Day. Fall came and went, and then the holidays hit. January is my month to get back on track, slow things down and set myself up for a great, productive year.
Here are some suggested activities to engage in this month:
- Pray. Try a daily devotional this month, there are so many apps, online programs and organizations that will deliver right to your inbox, or send you a daily text alert.
- Meditation. I incorporated this practice into my routine several years ago. I notice the profound difference it has made. Find meditations on YouTube or download apps.
- Volunteer. Nothing lifts the spirits more than giving of your time to others. There are a lot of opportunities at local houses of worship to get involved. Don’t forget our 4-legged friends, shelters need help this time of year. How about fostering a pet? (Below is our foster Mack. We were foster failures, we loved him too much to let anyone else have him.)
- Mentor. We have so much to share with a young person in need of adult companionship. It is a commitment that will reap giant rewards for you both.
- Give Blood. The Red Cross has named January blood donation month for a reason. Reserves are at their lowest this time of year.
- Donate. Food pantries are running low in January after the holiday rush. This is a great time to clear out cabinets and donate food items. Same goes for winter clothing.
- Art. Meditation and art combined was an interesting class that I took. It is also referred to as painting meditation. As a group, we meditated and painted what came to mind. (The painting below was created in that class.)
- Museum memberships. I like to also support smaller and less popular, regional museums. (The Transit Museum in Brooklyn is a lot of fun and steeped in history of the city’s transit system.)
- Independent films. Visit a film house that doesn’t cater to big Hollywood productions.
- Beach walks. Winter is my absolute favorite time of year to hit the beach with my camera and capture nature. Guided seal walks are popular in my area. (Amazing sights at the water’s edge)
- Yoga. A gentle way to get the blood flowing. Grab a monthly membership and commit.
- Take a class. There were many years I would take a cooking or baking class starting in January, there are so many different classes available at local community colleges. I took two street photography classes last winter, it was amazing. This year I am thinking of taking on Feng Shui to bring more harmony to my living space. (Below is my baking classmates. Lot’s of fun plus we got these great chef’s outfits.)
The point is, don’t dread the start of the new year. Make it a time of renewal. Try something new that lifts your spirits, and those around you.