The Love Hate Relationship With January

January is the month for dreaming – Jean Hersey.

Doesn’t it feel like it should be the end of the month already? I was asking myself the same question last week. January always feels like the longest month of the year, everybody knows that, but why does it have to feel this long. I am sure everybody has the same love hate relationship with January. The excitement of Christmas is over, the parties have fizzled out and the money is gone. We’re back to work and rearing to go with the new year, making resolutions and goals – things we want to achieve over the next twelve months.

A POSITIVE ATTITUDE FOR THE NEW YEAR

I have to admit, even before 2020 began I knew that this year was my year, the year that everything would go right (extremely positive thoughts) and a year that I will achieve goals and strive for better. I want it to be the year that I appreciate things more as well as it being one for lots of happiness. It has become an in-joke that it can’t be any worse than last year! With new year’s comes an instant positivity boost, the feeling that you can achieve absolutely anything you put your mind to. There are twelve entire months ahead filled with possibility, chances and new beginnings.

MAKING FUN PLANS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD

January gives you a clean slate and an entire year of exciting memories to be made. I always love to plan out my year and see what I’m doing when. This year, I have three holidays booked, my best friend’s wedding to attend, a creative project I’m working on and so much more. I love to see my year in one calendar and see all the coloured squares which signify where I am and what I’m doing. It is always good to have things to look forward to, especially when you’re stuck in a cycle of the longest month of the year.

THE COLD AND LONG NIGHTS

Then, there’s the downside of January. All the pretty lights are gone and so we’re left with the dark, dank, miserable streets that are either pitch black, grey or a hopeful glint of blue (usually when you’re stuck in the office). The cold makes January even more unbearable and the dark is even worse. I despise waking up in the pitch black when my alarm goes off. To me, if there isn’t a hint of sunshine, it isn’t time to get up yet. I’m already counting down the days until we start getting lighter evenings at 5pm – I hate driving home in the dark. Country roads, darkness, bright lights and massive puddles are a no-go situation that I put myself in every single Monday to Friday.

WILL THE MONTH EVER END?

It is just so long, so much so that I needed to repeat my sentiments towards it, which is why I have booked a holiday in January for the past three years. Honestly, do it. It makes January feel exciting and time doesn’t feel as long as it would do if you were stuck in work for the entire month. I don’t think I could have a January without some form of holiday now. I’ve spoiled myself with it.

Do you have a love hate relationship with January?

Love, Faye xo

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