My friend asked me the other day, "what's it called when you are tired all the time and cold all the time and can barely drag your ass to work?"
"It's called January," I said.
This year, January has been fairly painless so far. Last year I was drinking herbal infusions as if my life depended on it - because it mostly did. This year, the grey hasn't gotten to me. But the cold is another story. I've grown weary of bitterly cold days with colder winds. I feel as though I'm constantly trying to keep warm - and failing.
In order to attempt some venturing out (other than to the office,) I've given myself little gifts of "me time." So far I've taken a drive up into the hills, had a spa day with my mom, built a fire in my fire bowl, and made an effort to walk whenever there wasn't a danger of losing toes and fingers to frostbite.
The view from the R & R room at the spa - waiting for my toes to dry.
The other item on my "ME ME ME" list (Dear Ones, you need a list like this - you're worth it,) is signing up for free seminars and adding my name to a handful of email lists on those "Rah Rah, You Are Amazing" sites. Self-help has come a long way, baby. What once was a fairly bland, extreme navel-gazing type industry, has blossomed into a powerful, encouraging network of amazing women (and men) who have a real passion for seeing others live fabulous, fulfilling lives.
Here is a sampling of what I'm reading, trying on for size and diving into:
(Links are attached to the person/website's name - just click.)
I mentioned her in my last post, and I'm sure you've heard her name on the interwebs, but I'll say it again - Leonie Dawson. Her workbooks are wonderful. I'm working my way through them and loving them!
Denise Duffield-Thomas talks about manifesting your own luck in business and your life's purpose. She wrote the book "Lucky Bitch" and has a free webinar coming up. Her blog is full of great posts and worth a read.
Bri Saussy of Milagro Roots is beginning her free Phone Fests this month with "how to draw the best life has to offer, to yourself." She has a myriad of magical services she offers as well.
Wild Sister is a website and magazine by women for women to inspire you to "love yourself, follow your bliss and change the world." There are wonderful and encouraging posts to read whether you subscribe to the magazine or not.
Jennifer Louden is the woman and author behind "Savour and Serve." Tips on self care, organization and being your true self abound on this site. I've only just scratched the surface here, but it looks great!
Anne Samoilov teaches how to re-launch your business/website/idea. Work on your goal setting, enlist the help of a team, and get a free copy of her "toolkit" full of templates and tutorials.
(Please note: I am not affiliated with any of these sites, nor have I been asked to advertise for them in any way.)
These are just a few of the ways I'm distracting myself from the cold January days. I'm still garden-planning too, and dreaming of the earth waking up. But I know that this hibernation period is healthy for the earth - if not slightly uncomfortable for some of the rest of us. I'm taking this slower time of the year to plan my big dive in to the rest of 2013. I plan on making a splash!
How is this month shaping up for you?