2015 has come and go, and now it’s time to bring on a new year. 12 new months to express gratitude and what I’m looking forward to at the beginning of each month. For those who have never read these posts before, I share 10 things that we should all be happy about now that it’s *insert month here.* I think it’s a great way to begin the new month with a grateful heart.
Today, I’m sharing what I’m happy about now that it’s January. Make sure to tell me what you’re happy about now that it’s January in the comments below!
A New Beginning:
“New year new me” isn’t exactly the cliche phrase I was going for here; but you get the idea. Whatever negative experiences you had in 2015, leave them in the past where they belong. It’s 2016 and you get to begin the new year fresh. Set a positive mantra and outlook for the year ahead.
I’m sure you made some awesome resolutions for 2016. Now, it’s time to get serious about them. If you want to truly commit to changing for the new year, it’s time to make a plan and get ready to accomplish all of your goals.
If you’re like everyone else, you spent way too much money throughout December because of the holidays. Food, presents, travel expenses and so many more factors contribute to why we go broke at the end of the year. January means you can finally put down your wallet and save up.
Because of all of the holiday festivities, you probably didn’t spend a ton of time outside or participating in the normal list of winter activities. Fear not, take this month to ice skate, go sledding, read by the fire, and any other winter-related plans.
Get in a Routine:
It’s easy to fall off the bandwagon toward the end of the year with your diet, fitness and overall well being. The best part about January is that you can finally get back into the swing of your routine. Remember to stay balanced and healthy throughout the month.
Don’t lie; you at least got one gift card. More likely than not, you got several from family members and friends. Now you can enjoy them. You can treat yo self to food, coffee, books and clothes without spending a dime. Just don’t overspend and add the difference at your favorite shop.
Reflect and Refocus:
January is a month to reflect on who you were last year, and what changes you want to make to become the person you want to be this year. Whether that means changing your entire outlook on life or career path, now is when you can reflect on last year and refocus your time and energy for this year.
The holidays can definitely be stressful whether regardless if you think it’s the most wonderful time of the year or not. January is a time where you can finally sit, relax, breathe and enjoy yourself. Embrace the peace and quiet as the month continues on.
Organize your home, donate anything you don’t need anymore. Go through your basement and attic to see what can be tossed. Give your space a much needed TLC treatment and a deep cleanse. Take an extra day off to make sure your home is fully detoxed from 2015 and ready for 2016.
You made it through an entire year despite any of the struggles you may have encountered. That is something that should be celebrated. You are capable of so many wonderful things, and 2016 will be another successful year for you no matter what changes (good or bad) may bring.
What are you most excited about now that it’s January? Make sure to leave a comment below!