In my part of the world, January is the most in-climate month of the year. It is usually our coldest, snowiest, and windiest month. We have been blessed the last few years that we have had mild winters where even January was bearable. Last winter I was able to continue running outdoors in the evening with my oldest daughter. This year, it has been a challenge and has taken some creativity to keep running.
So, what’s a girl to do in January? Stay indoors! For this quirky introvert, January has been my month to stay home and recharge my batteries so to speak. It’s been a month of soups and chili, warm fires in the fireplace, and going through closets and file cabinets to lighten the load. I tell people that it is my month to hibernate. By the time January is through, I am usually refreshed and ready to be around people again.
Not so this year. January has definitely delivered with the cold, snowy, wet, sloppy weather. The complication is that we have appointments we have to go to every day of the workweek. So much for recharging.
What’s a quirky introvert to do that needs this time to herself? I’m making as few trips out as possible. All other errands, such as grocery shopping, are planned around these appointments. I go out, conquer the world, and get back home as quickly as possible. I’m still working on clearing out those closets and file cabinets, but at a slower pace. For me, January needs to be a time to recharge, not discharge.
Obviously, January is not even close to one of my favorite months of the year. However, it comes around whether I want it to or not; so I might as well make the most of it. In my mind it’s necessary and helps me to appreciate spring that much more.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28