“January is here, with eyes that keenly glow, / A frost-mailed warrior / striding a shadowy steed of snow.”
– Edgar Fawcett
Happy New Year! And happy new month. I love the crisp, clean, open feeling of a new month. And January has the crispest, cleanest, openest (most open?) feeling of all the months! As usual, I have a list of things I want to accomplish this month–not to be confused with my new resolutions–and hopefully not to compete with those either! I really want this month’s to-do list to help kickstart my yearly resolutions, and to shape my year by providing a really good beginning.
In light of that fact, I’m starting a new “thing” with these monthlies. For the next 12 months, I’m going to choose a focus keyword to try to embrace in my everyday life. I don’t have each keyword planned out yet, but I’m guessing as the month approaches, I will have a an inspiration for what keyword needs to be focused on (much the same way my monthly to-do tasks evolve). This month’s is joy. In a more specific sense, I want to let joy replace other less-desirable emotions in situations that arise. I think joy can be used to combat anxiety, fear, and definitely ingratitude. I just really want to make it a part of my January 2017, and hopefully a part of this year! And I hope to make these other things a part of my January 2017:
- Write the first chapter of my new book.
- Begin reading a romance novel.
- Do crafts with my baby.
- Try to find and bake a good table-bread recipe.
- Go dress shopping.
- Begin diffusing essential oils.
- Reorganize the pantries and strategize grocery shopping.
- Try out 2 new hairstyles.
- Make an ear warmer for my baby.
- Waste less time scrolling through instagram!
This list is coming out a few days late, but I am happy to say that I have begun working towards at least two of them already! I don’t know why, but it’s hard for me to completely accomplish a monthly to-do list…it just hasn’t happened yet! I started doing these back in April of 2016, so not a full year yet. Maybe this month will be the month! What are your monthly goals? Thanks for stopping by!