Eight ways I’ve been beating the January blues

January can be a pretty miserable month if you let it. It’s dark, cold, long, a long wait till payday and all the festivities are over. There are lots of comments about the January blues, and January being the longest month ever. To make it even more challenging, some people then choose to give things up (dry January, veganuary etc) or try and start 101 new habits to make the year the best one yet. I’ve never hated January (it is my birthday month after all) but I can usually see where people are coming from when they moan. This year through a combination of different things, and some willpower to really try and think positive, I’ve definitely managed to keep any sign of January blues at bay and I’ve actually really enjoyed the month. So what have I been doing?

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A few things I’d like to get out of 2024

Every year I try and write a short overview of my hopes and aims for the year ahead, to accompany my review of the year. I’ll be honest, the older I get the more difficult I find these to write. Partly it’s because I’m actually pretty satisfied with my life overall, which I’m well aware is a great position to be in. But it’s also because the things I’d really like now seem quite big and whilst I can do a lot to move towards those aims, whether they happen or not will ultimately be out of my control.

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A Review of the Year and Lessons Learned in 2023

Here we are again at the end of another year and once again I find myself wondering where the time has gone, but also what I’ve done with this year. Whether it’s getting older, because I’m tired, or because a lot of our excitement happened in the first half of the year, for some reason I’m finding it a lot harder to remember what we’ve done this year.

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How I’m really feeling about turning 30

Time is ticking down faster and faster until I turn 30 and it’s been occupying my mind more than I care to admit. Conversations with other people about it have inevitably been a mix of laughing it off because thirty is still really young, gently making you feel worse about turning older (“well you’re already in your thirtieth year”) or a similar level of freak-out. However a conversation with a friend recently helped me realise that I’ve just got lots of thoughts on different things at the moment, and somehow I’ve just wrapped them all up in changing age.

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Where has the summer gone?

The summer months usually pass by far too quickly, in a blink and you’ll miss it sort of way. I’m used to getting to September and wondering where the summer has gone, but I’m slowly getting better at accepting the change of season and the delights that Autumn can bring (roasted squash being one of the main things). But this year I feel a bit cheated. A lot of the things I’ve come to associate with the summer simply haven’t happened because the weather hasn’t been good enough.

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