Wooooo Hooooo! I’m alive! Overly dramatic but alive.
I’m just going to tell you right out that I’m not the biggest January fan. There’s a reason I made it Slumber Month for the elves in the books – sleeping seems like the best way to spend the month!
Here in the Pacific Northwest the month tends to be dark and cold and wet and very dark and dreary and just constantly dark. For this girl, I’ve discovered light matters. I actually don’t mind the weather of January as much as the dark, dark, dark. Plus, it follows fall and Christmas – hard acts to follow!
This year though, I resolved to approach the month differently. I know lots of people who love January and I think I used to not mind it quite so much myself when I was younger. I needed to rediscover the gifts of this month. Chiefly:
- January lets us slow down. Things go at a slower pace this darker month when people don’t want to go out so much.
- Its a great month for naps and for planning.
- It has 31 days that should be enjoyed and celebrated like the rest of the year. Every day is a gift!
So I set aside my January blues and approached it with vigor and many good things have been happening:
- I got in a visit to my parents in Arizona and some sunshine.
- I met a cherished online friend from Vermont in person while visiting Arizona.
- I’ve had some great nights out with some really great friends.
- I’ve even had great long walks out ignoring the pouring down rain. I’m a native Washingtonian afterall!
- And, most excitingly, I’ve been working with some creative minds on a whole new website coming to this space! I’m super excited about it and will be talking more on it as it begins to unfold.
So, all in all, I was doing pretty good with this “new January” till “new January” hit me with the mother of all colds.
Holy cough suppressant! The sucker really knocked me down. I never miss work for illness and missed two days last week – and wanted to miss two more. It’s a January blizzard but I’m the one blowin’ – my way through two Kleenex boxes. Finally, today, ten days in, I feel like it is lessening up. For that I find myself feeling truly grateful.
And for the cold too. In the end, I’ve been down with a cold. A big-time one with some big-time credentials but we are talking just a cold. I live lucky – even as I reach for the tissue box and pop another cough drop. I know plenty of people with far challenging health issues who would love to have just a cold.
So this cold, turns out to be another of the “gifts of January.” A reminder that gifts come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and we don’t always get what we asked for. In this case, I got down time to think on things that matter and good health is high up on that list.
February starts in the morning and this cold has got to move along. This author needs a clear head and creative mind to get slamming out book five!
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