January is such an odd month. Christmas is over, New Years has begun, and Valentines Day feels too far away. For me, it is a month that I want to spend recharging emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. However, I never know where to start and that means it doesn’t happen. Instead, February comes and nothing is different than it was a month before. Do I really want that again this year?
Purple Rose and I had an idea to make every month feel special, even January which we usually dread. If we can give each month a theme, much like her awesome new planner does (which was certainly an inspiration as well as the recent Christmas tag we were nominated to participate in), maybe we can enjoy even the hardest of months. If we can have a mindset to start the month with, maybe we can hold on to it all month and try to enjoy it despite what we find ourselves face.
So, this year, each month we are collaborating to create a “tag”. This tag, we hope, will inspire us and anyone else who chooses to participate.
Here are the rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you to participate.
- Link back to the original post (this one and Purple Rose’s)
- Attach an image that inspires you regarding the month’s theme (or use the original).
- Talk about what this month’s theme means to you.
- Answer the questions.
- Nominate 3 people to participate.
- Enjoy the rest of your month 🙂
For January, our theme is called: A Fresh Start, A Blank Slate
Of course, with the new year, we are all thinking about last year and what we want to do differently this year. We easily get caught up thinking about everything we did wrong (or what someone else did wrong), and we miss out on making the first month of the year as productive as we can! How about we start January with a Blank Slate?
Ask yourself: What do I need to let go of from last year?
I think you’ll be surprised when you really think about your answer.
In the mean time, I’ll answer the questions Purple Rose and I agreed upon for our first tag of the year (by the way, she’s awesome and came up with pretty much all of them).
1. Tell us about two things you want to change this year.
I want to change the way I react to people and situations, because too often I let myself either be unheard or heard too loudly. I also want to change my outlook on life, because I just can’t seem to move on from people or situations due to deep hurt and regret.
2. Do you have a “Word of the Year”? If so, what is it?
I don’t usually do this, but Purple Rose found a sweet quiz on DaySpring. I really recommend taking it because it gave me an awesome word to ponder on this year: Courage.
3. What do you do on New Year’s Eve?
I usually love to spend New Year’s Eve with my mother and my sister (my sister loves every holiday, and the countdown is magical to her). However, now that I’m married I find myself spending the day with them and then the night with my husband. It’s a day to plan and get ready for the next year, then at night it’s time to play games or wait on the countdown with an awesome bottle (provided by mom this year, thank you!) of Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider!
4. Do you make New Years Resolutions?
Sort of? I make mental notes and goals of what I want to do, but they usually fall through early on.
5. If you answered yes to the previous question, how long do you usually keep your resolutions?
Maybe a few weeks? I’m really bad with them, January is a month I dread and never made an effort to enjoy before.
6. Is there one resolution you make over and over?
If there is one, it would have to be eating healthy and exercising. I just love my soda and favorite foods to much. But, let me tell you, I regret it when I’m trying to fit into my clothes or feel “pretty” for my husband. I’m hoping this year I can actually do it, because I’m tired of losing confidence and feeling tired.
7. What do you need to let go of from 2018 as we begin our journey in 2019?
I need to let go of people who aren’t in my life but used to be, because I try to hold on too tightly to the memories I shared with them and am missing out on everyone who IS around me. I also need to let go of the unrealistic expectations I had of my life, because 2018 taught me I had no idea what I was getting into with marriage, college, and life in general. I have to accept what is and make lemonade out of the lemons I have been given and have chosen for myself. No one’s life is perfect, so I have to remember that and enjoy the blessings God has provided for me even when it seems like life is hopeless. I have food, shelter, clothes, my video games (lol), and most important of all (besides God) my family. I would be nothing without them and I really hope they know that, because if not I need to work on showing them that this year.
For this tag, I nominate these three individuals to participate:
God bless you all and I hope you had an awesome New Year’s! 2019 will be better than 2018, just you wait 🙂
Make Every Word Count,