Usually the beginning of the year is hard for me. The holidays are behind. A long winter is ahead. But this January went really well.
First, I was back to work after a long hiatus. Working gives a focus for my energy and a reason to get up everyday. Second, we acquired a new freezer and a Kindle. Both things were on our wish list for a long time. It was nice to make the additions. Third, I was mentally prepared for the weather and took it in stride rather than seeing it as an intrusion. A long winter is a part of life in Wisconsin. Fourth, I started attending a new men's Bible study close to home and I continued in another men's group at church which began the review of a new book. I like meeting new people and new beginnings. Fifth, I read four books. All of which I thought were excellent. Three of these books were read on the new Kindle and they were free. Sixth, I gave blood and am on the way to reaching my goal of donating three times this year. Seventh, I was only sick for a couple of days and did not miss any work. I quickly recovered over a weekend. Eighth, I continue to exercise. Many years I have quit exercising in the winter because it is difficult to get out doors. I have been consistently lifting weights so far this year.
January does not have to be the dreary, depressing time of year it often seems. It is a new year! Get upbeat and optimistic about what is ahead. Write out some goals. Exercise. Meet new people. It really can be what you make it.