Thursday, January 2, 2014

Why I love, really love, January

There seems to be two camps on this first month of the year.

          *Do you love January?

          *Do you loathe January?

Gingerbread house making with the little people we love
December is full ... full of color, food, fun, activities, adventures and people.

December is delicious and wonderful  (and hard if you are sad,) but by the end, I am ready for simple food, simple decorations, simple scheduling, yes, simple everything.

But even more ... it is the delight of a new and fresh start that makes the month of January so delightful. I love new beginnings and fresh starts. New is a beautiful word. 

Lamentations 3:22-23 are my favorite verses for January. 
          
          Because of the Lord's great love, we are
          not consumed, for his compassions never
          fail. They are new  every morning;
          great is your faithfulness.

Here are a few things I love to do in January:

1. Spruce (a little deeper clean) the house after I take down the Christmas decorations.

2. Rearrange the furniture. (the house feels bigger after the Christmas stuff is away)

3. Cozy up the house with blankets, stacks of books, candles and twinkle lights.

4. Spend some time reflecting on the past year. (both the highs and the lows) 

5. Ponder the new year with an honest evaluation of where I am and where I am heading. (be nice to yourself, okay)

6. Plan a fun treat or two. (Brene Brown's second e.course for me)

7. Start something new in my morning quiet time. (for me and loads of women at my church, it is Chase study: chasing after the heart of God)

8. Listen to some good music.

9. Plan a couple dates with friends you did not see over the holidays.

 our super fake fireplace ... a red and white light bulb

10. Schedule some time to sit in front of the fireplace with tea and coffee. (I love both)

11. Read some good books. (I just finished Fault In Our Stars by
John Green and A Week In Winter by Maeve Binchy)

 
12. Try something new. I am taking Jeff Goins' challenge to write 500 words a day in January. (so far so good)

13. Put cozy soft flannel sheets on your bed.

14. Buy a pretty goblet to drink tons of water and stay hydrated in this cold weather.

15. Get outside for a nightime winter walk, especially while it is snowing. (I did this a couple nights ago and the snow looked like glitter)



 16. And I saved the best for last ... pop some corn, make some sangria and settle in each Sunday night for Downton Abbey, season 4. (I have already seen it, as Christy still has access to British television and it is wonderful)

At our house, we are also getting ready to welcome our grandaughter in just 2 1/2 months. Now that is a reason to be happy.

Have a beautiful month, dear friends.

Linking with Richella. 
  
      

21 comments:

  1. Yea for #9!! :) And yea for grandbabies!!!

    I actually love January (shhhh!--as a self-professed winter-hater, I'm not supposed to say that). I love the quiet. I love the sunshine. I love the slower pace and the whiter snow.

    Now, February and March? I loathe them.

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  2. I love it, mom! I enjoyed taking the Christmas decorations down & redecorating today, & Daniel & I were just talking about taking more winter walks! Thanks for passing on your love of January. :)

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  3. I always look forward to putting up Christmas decorations, but I love when they are put away and the house definitely feels so much more spacious too! I just started The Fault in Our Stars! And, I wish I had heard of the 500 word challenge before - maybe I'll try that for February!

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  4. Yes to all you've said and....it is my birthday month!! I also have Maeve's book yet to read. I'll probably start it today being snowed in! Now to find a cozy corner for me, my book and my Nicolas Mosse mug.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  5. I love your list, Glenda! And I really love January, as well! Am looking forward to Downton Abbey Season 4 this Sunday, too. Have a very Happy New Year!!

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  6. Oh dear, I'm not a January lover. I try to like it a little bit each each year. It's always a happy feeling for me when it leaves.
    I do like your list =)

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  7. What a sweet list...I should step in your footprints and do one for the western life... Happy New Year to you.

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  8. YOU my friend have one of the best things in life happening in 2 months
    there are no words..it is something to be experienced.
    i love january. love the fresh start and yes--the simple
    love cleaning out things..packing all the decor away and SIMPLE food. christmas is so heavy...the food and all:) downton abbey...we are so excited
    xo

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  9. Here from "My 500 Words". I really enjoyed your post and the look of your blog. I'm bookmarking you and will definitely be back for more reading! Hope you'll stop by and visit mine as well.

    Shelley
    Confirm The Work of Our Hands

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  10. Oh, I am with you...love this time. Peaceful....quiet...a snow day off from my work as a middle school librarian with time to read - BLISS. I have read both of those books and loved them. Just read Longbourn by Jo Baker about the household in Pride and Prejudice and it was wonderful. When taking down all the decorations I wanted to share my idea with you - we put all the Christmas cards in a basket by our kitchen table. Each morning we pull a card, get to enjoy it again, and then remember the family that sent it in our morning prayers. It really starts the day off right, and the smile on people's faces when you happen to see them that day, explain your system, and tell them you prayed for them is a joy. Today is Epiphany - as a child our priest would come and bless our house for the new year, but that tradition has fallen away. My husband and I will bless our home today for the coming year - " May all who enter our home this year rejoice to find Christ living amongst us, and may we find Jesus in everyone we meet, for he is Lord forever and ever, Amen. Happy 2014 !

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  11. You make winter sound very appealing....the mark of a great writer.

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  12. I love all your ideas - esp. the flannel sheets and taking a winter walk. I'm always so sad packing away the Christmas decor, but I know what you mean...a fresh start is nice, too. Like Anne of Green Gables says, "Tomorrow (or a new year) is fresh with no mistakes in it." :)

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  13. I think I have a love/hate relationship with January. I love the new start, yet the cold adds to the pain I live with. I think you are in the middle of a storm in Chicago...we have just had 8".

    I don't think I've ever read of anyone loving a new goblet. My mother gave me a (classy) bright pink with a wide silver decorative base. My tea and water tastes so good in it! I'm a collector of one of a kind.

    I cherish your writings and soul.

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  14. I do not loathe January but it is not one of my favourite months. What I do like about it is it's a fresh clean page in this book of life. It is your story to tell so you can make the decision to do more, do better and so on and so forth. January is full of both good and bad memories for our family and why is it so cold! Great outlook Glenda ~ love your list.

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  15. Glenda, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. I love your list..especially watching Downton. Also love your verse. I'm so thankful his compassion is new every day.

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  16. Happy New Year, Glenda, I like January because it means December is over; hopefully my attitude will re-adjust as time goes by. This January, I'm giving away furniture (delivered a twin bed yesterday), selling some furniture, packing and getting ready to move as soon as God says GO.
    I'm also writing letters to folks who have been an encouragement, either personally or simply because of their professional writing, and telling them "thank you."
    The wood stove fire was lit Saturday morning, just in time for the bitter temps, and makes home even more of a sanctuary when I return from barn chores.
    I'm still not joyful but I have a deep seated and cozy contentment and this morning, during devotions, I felt a sense of being cherished by Abba.
    God allowed me to sense His --favor--, my word for 2014.

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  17. Such great ideas--I am a January lover as well...the simplicity of home after taking down all the Christmas decorations, a fresh year--with no mistakes in it!
    love
    Renee

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  18. I don't loathe January -- but nor do I love it. In the midst of these years of mothering, I am worn out from the holidays come January and the blank new year seems overwhelming. It feels a bit like 4 o'clock -- when the reality of what I didn't do comes crashing into the dreams of what I'd like to do. But I love to read about your love for it -- it makes January seem better. My fresh leaf time is usually in the fall. I do like that there is much less to do in January usually...that always helps. Happy cozy reading!

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  19. G,
    years ago you shared your love for January with me. It was my worst month of the year. But because of you I have appreciated the good things about January as you highlighted in this blog. thanks for the better perspective.
    blessed to be your friend, Kate B

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  20. Glenda, I just love this post! You've given me a new way to look at January. Thank you so much for that--I needed some new perspective!

    I'm going to feature you at the next Grace at Home party--thank you so much for linking up! :)

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  21. Somehow I missed this one in all of my comings and goings! I love January - for several reasons. It is the month I married the love of my life! And it is a time of new beginnings, new hopes, new dreams and new excitement for what God is going to do!
    ~Adrienne~

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