10 wonderful things to make, do and celebrate in January!
1. Love your home
There are lots of words for it now, but i’m embracing good old ‘cosiness’. Think about all the lovely cosy things that make winter lovely. Keep the fairy lights and candles going, pile blankets everywhere. I love filling the house with winter flowering bulbs: White hyacinths, Paper-whites, Narcissi, Hellebores. Available from garden centres and supermarkets if you don’t have any growing.
2. Love yourself
January is traditionally the month of self loathing where marketers spend millions on making you feel shit about various aspects of your body and life in a bid to get your money. Take steps to nourish your body and your life if it feels good to do so, but do it from a place of love, don't do it because you feel you should.
3. Start a journal practice
I have been writing a lot about journalling recently, for magazines and on instagram, and of course for my e-course, which is a New Year form of journalling. I am indebted to this practice for so many things in my life. It’s revealing and motivating and cheaper than therapy! I wrote about it in the January issue of In The Moment magazine if you want some tips, and have blogged about it here.
4. Enjoy the January Supermoon on the 20/21st.
One of my favourite parts about winter are the sunrises, sunsets, stars and moons, all beautiful celestial events, happening at times of the day we can enjoy them easily. Darkness can be incredibly beautiful, and creatively productive. I love Virtual Astro on twitter who has also written a blog post about the night sky in January. The best lunar eclipse of the year is going to happen this month during a full supermen. Oooooh!
5. Go to see the murmurations.
December and January are the peak times to view Murmurations of starlings, the great swooping clouds of birds in the skies. It is one of the most breathtaking views, and they gather in both cities and the countryside. Click here to find a roost near you.
6. Book a winter mini-break
If you’re feeling the need for a break after the festive season, book a last minute winter break. Now is the cheapest time of year to go away. Go alone or with friends or family. If you are watching your pennies, look into a house swap.
7. Declutter one area of your home.
We have been in our house for one year now, and we both have noticed that we have not used some of the things in the cupboards. Now the tree and decorations are all cleared away, we’re assessing what is left, and are going to set aside a weekend in January to do some clearing out. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, start with one drawer!
8. Celebrate Burns Night on Friday 25th
I lived in Scotland for a few years and really enjoy this excuse for a January knees up. Get the tartan out, crack our your crap Scottish accents (in my case at least) and enjoy a feast with friends. Aaannd you can buy Vegan Haggis from most supermarkets which makes me immensely happy.
9. Try some vegan meals
Have you heard about the perhaps slightly jarringly named ‘Veganuary?!’ Maybe you’re starting the year wanting to reduce your meat and dairy intake (the research on this being key in slowing climate change is fairly compelling) or maybe you’re ready to try some vegan meals, or give the vegan thing a try, its not too late to start. I heartily recommend Anna Jones for your delicious veggie/vegan meal needs. The BBC Good Food website has more vegan recipe’s all the time. The ‘SkintAFVegan’ facebook page is another great source for recipes. My friend Hannah shares delicious Vegan recipes for a family of 4 and her weekly shop (often £35) - she debunks the myth that vegan food is expensive
10 Review and plan.
If you’re in a thinkerly mood, you can download a free pdf of the structure of the January Book process here, and this year, in response to lots of questions, I have designed and written an e-course which allows students to create their own Life Book totally unique to them. This closes on Monday morning! Read more here.