There is something about the juxtaposition of the holiday season and the New Year that I find so very refreshing.
The holidays involve decorating, parties, shopping, indulgence, travel, and packing many family members into one house, among other merry things.
In sharp contrast, I actually get really excited for January each year! Matt’s birthday is smack in the middle of the month, and I often joke that it’s the “worst month of the year” because of all the dreary cold weather and lack of holidays, but really, I think it’s one of the best months (changing my heart Kanz!) I absolutely LOVE the cleansing feeling that January brings.
Each January I can’t wait to take down the Christmas decorations. What was once beautiful and festive starts to feel a bit too much like clutter.
I also can’t wait to get the tree out of my living room!
I love the refocus the whole world puts on health and fitness. Just knowing there will be more people talking about healthy living gets me revved up.
And I love the simplicity that January brings. Routines, quiet evenings, cooked meals at home, no suitcases. (Except this January we are taking a trip west! D’oh!)
I don’t put a lot of weight on New Years Resolutions, but I do have a few goals for the new year:
// Read more. I LOVE my Kindle and even if I’m watching TV in the evenings, I want to end with some reading. It’s hard for me to stay awake at night, so a little reading during my day – even if it cuts into my work time a little – would be good for the soul.
// Do more hot yoga. We have a handful of new studios to choose from, and I want to sweat and stretch more in the middle of the winter. I’ve just started to get back into hot yoga and have been loving it!
// Focus on nutrient density. There are so many real foods that aren’t really bad for you, but are they the best choices? Do I really need a cornbread muffin with my salad? More smoothies and salads is always the answer. I want to eat a little more vegetarian this year.
// Focus on being my best self. Nourish friendships. Practice thoughtfulness and gratitude. Play outside with Mazen more. Take more hot baths at night.
What are you focusing on this year?