January. No matter how much I love September, October, November, and December, I am always happy to see this new month arrive. Not because I want to start fresh and new. Not because I am ready to jump into a new year with all kinds of resolutions and promises. It is actually the opposite. I love this month for all of the things I don't have to do.
For me, January is quiet and calm. It is the peace that follows the excitement of months of fun, planning, celebrating, and excess. I love all of that, don't get me wrong. Yet, when it is over, I welcome the quiet, consistent, cozy days of routine and calm. I return to more consistent meal planning with healthier meals and yummy desserts. We snuggle in to watch our favorite shows while drinking cocoa and tea. I pack away all the decorations except for a few snowmen and relish the bare, clean look of our winter home.
Before long we will be exchanging Valentines, hunting for Easter eggs, and watching fireworks. And by then, I will be ready for all things pumpkin spice! But for now, I welcome quiet, cozy January with my jammies, coffee, throw blanket, and books. How about you, my friends?