The leanness of January appeals after the excess of December. A slower pace, time to take stock. Less cash and the cold keeps everyone inside. There is time to spare. Reflections on a year gone and consideration of the year ahead. January is about hot mugs of tea and gazing into the middle distance.
To balance the very long till receipts of the month before, we are store cupboard eating. Taking stock of the tins and transforming them into dinner. Emptying the freezer of it’s contents. It tempers the decadence of Christmas eating, there are still packets of fancy biscuits and smelly cheeses to be finished, it’s not all austerity. The joy of spending gift vouchers on a sales bargain. The good feeling of less is more. Valuing what you have, making something of it.
January is thinking time, my tendency is to have the constant companionship of Radio 1 (being core listener age group, obviously). Background sound. Except, I can’t actually identify the sounds. I’ve been switching over more often. Radio 4 offers subjects to think about. Switching off altogether gives thinking space, add another mug of hot tea.
The year still gleams with newness and expectation. Of course, I’m not running or joining an embroidery circle but I like the shiny possibilities. Less resolutions, more hopes, aims, plans. 2014 is a rolled rug, ready to be unfurled, to reveal it’s patterns and colours and January let’s me believe anything is possible.
A slow and sluggish pace to the month but experience shows me that a year will fly all too quickly. I want to avoid being carried along, only to be unceremoniously dumped in December wondering where the months went.
Currently, the main aim is to do less, beginning by saying no and pulling back from what I have previously jumped at and then lost hours of time to. 2014 still feels too new to spread my thoughts and ideas out for scrutiny, it’s still about enjoying the formulation. List making, planning.
Finally, the blog has been tidied and decluttered in perfect New Year style and it’s a more comfortable space to head forwards. What do you think?
Do you have hopes and aims for 2014? Go on, tell me.