Stealing this post title and idea from my dear friend, Chelsea. I know some might think it’s cute to share another blogger’s work and claim it as their own, but not this gal.
I’m not one to wish away time, but I’m happy to see January go. We’re one month closer to spring if nothing else!
Here’s what I learned this month:
A month can last longer than 31 days. January actually lasted about 10 years, right? The combination of the below-normal temperatures and snow and being scared of the flu outbreak and the fact that it gets dark at 3:00 pm and I’m about to lose my mind. We’ve almost made it, friends.
A small gesture on your part can have huge impact on someone else. A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit a friend who had a baby in November. Between the holidays, traveling, and my severe introversion, it took me that long to go see her and the new babe. She’d been basically confined to the house for two months and my two hour visit meant the world to her. She needed the break. Small gestures are the way to my heart, too: a kind word, coming home to a clean house or a six-pack of my favorite beer, or a handwritten note go a long way in improving my outlook. What’s something small you can do for someone else?
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a good time. We’ve been on a bit of a money diet this entire month and have rarely left the house aside from going to work. We’re “go big of go home” kind of people when it comes to date nights, and will regularly spend a hundred dollars+ on a day out. But this month we did a lot of at-home date nights: we’ve started watching new shows together, hit up our local Kroger’s olive and cheese bar, had my family over to watch a UK game, and have taken walks when the weather was above freezing. We finally ventured out last weekend to see a matinee and grab a pizza – all for under $50.
Social media owes you nothing. I know we all hate the Facebook and Instagram algorithms, but those businesses have to make money, too. It’s unfortunate and makes the job of a blogger a lot harder, but it’s not the end of the world.
You don’t have to take it on. After cussing a stranger at the gas station and nearly ghosting my life last week, I decided that I needed a bit of a mental break. That includes not taking it on – I won’t be taking on the stress or responsibilities of others, bullshit emails, rude people, negativity, and lunch break grocery shopping. I’m not going to take it on. *Thanks to the BitchSesh podcast for my new life motto.
You can put yourself first. It’s okay to prioritize your health, and workouts, “me time,” and anything else you or your body needs. Because if you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will.
Dry January participants are the real MVPs. Seriously. How do you make it through this cold, dark month without a little bit of booze?
What did January teach you? Here’s to a new month!