We are now creeping and peeping into February a month of which for many is a relief as January for a lot of people is a month of redemption. That feeling this year in particular of seeking a “renewal, better, cleaner, slower more authentic self” seemed rife amongst all of us who chose to be a part of social media.
But along with all the new gym memberships, resolutions to quit drinking, never eat another cookie again (me) and declare on as many accounts that we hold that we are no longer to be slaves to our apps and its accompanying blue light.
Phew, no wonder people hate January. I mean think about it?
December is a month of excess, we are all striving for the ultimate indulgence, gifts, time off from working so hard and that time spent treating our favorite folk to things they long for and allowing ourselves to live with a little less conscience. No wonder anything other than that would feel a bit gloomy.
I love January, yes for the fresh start it heralds, but also because I have never really been overly excessive at Christmas, I treasure all the tiny things which bring me festive joy – most of which are free – although I never turn down a box of Thornton’s or an adorable pair of shoes, I have found so much happiness in twinkle lights and baubles.
So January to me is another excuse to continue the love and generosity we are so united to live by in December.
I’m kind to myself (a relatively new concept) I don’t quit anything, but I naturally adore pairing things back, so spend many happy hours curating my closet and auditing my life. I try and spend time in hot baths, dog walks, movies, I hibernate and I enjoy the grey gloom we Brits constantly moan of.
Why? Well a styling challenge of course! Ways to bundle up without looking like the Pillsbury Dough Boy, cute boots with tights and socks, wooly hats, mittens!
Trying to find the small joys has been such an important tool for me, I don’t achieve it all the days nor do I think anyone should. But I refuse to start a New Year with a strong of punishments and gloom.
So here’s to being exactly the same as we were just a few weeks before, but making enough room for us to grow and breathe in our shiny New Year.