Unlike most years, January has been nothing but positive feels. I’ve been pretty overwhelmed actually just by how happy I’ve felt.
I think January is renowned for being a pretty bluergh time of year; it's just been Christmas, we’re used to the lay ins and doing nothing, we’re all feeling fat, we’re all going back to work but there’s nothing to do etc. And although yes, all of these are still very true, I feel like I mentally prepared myself for these, so managed to avoid that horrible blue feeling January always serves up.
The start of the year also offered me a fresh new start. I'm single again and I have only one person to look out for now, that’s me (oh and little Lola). I’ve been making the most out of doing what's best for me. I’ve been taking it really easy. My to do lists haven’t been that long, I haven’t had that much brand work to do and normally that would scare the hell out of me. But I know it's the time of year and so rather than feeling worried or guilty for not being busy, I’ve just though ‘cool, I’ll have a chill one then’.
It's given me time to think about me, what I want to do, what I want to create and how I want the world to see me. I’m starting to really feel myself and I’ve been feeling the appreciation from that.
I’ve been spending so much time with my friends, with spontaneous trips out, popping over for the odd cup of tea and not to mention the slumber parties. I’ve been seeing a lot more of my family and just generally making time for everyone and myself. It's a great feeling, I feel so so lucky to have the people around me that I do. I remind myself everyday of how lucky I am and it fills me up with so much joy that I sometimes almost want to cry (lol).
The days are feeling like they’re starting to drag out a little more too, the sun feels a little brighter and warmer and the summer plans are starting to roll in.
I think January can be defeated if you don’t let it eat you up first. Be prepared for it, except that it's quiet, that money is tight and do what you can to work around it. I for one have not let it drag me down this year, instead I’ve just felt so much gratitude for everything I do have, and what there is to look forward to.
Photos are by Katie Jade Photography