No matter how hard you try to hide it, January has to be one of the most difficult months of the whole year.  There is a noticeable slump after the holidays and the overwhelming sense of what’s to come in the New Year.  It’s cold, dark, and slow.  A lot of people are also really sick (including my husband who I won’t touch), which scares the crap out of me.  It seems like no matter how chipper you try to feel, you are constantly reminded that it is in fact January. January here, January there, January everywhere!!

January reminds me of the old burnt down condemned house across the street from us (pictured below).  It looks pretty scary from the outside, but at night there is always a warm glow from a light inside.  Is someone still living there?  God, I hope not… who am I kidding, this was a depressing example.  🙂  They just need to tear that sucker down and rebuild!  In that sense, it is a little like January.

There are lots of people on diets too.  This adds low blood sugar levels into the mix, which is always a scary thing. 🙂  Whether you choose CarbLovers like I did or another healthy eating plan, please remember to take it slow and listen to your body.  Don’t try to eat less than what you need and eat nutritious, whole foods.  The biggest advice I can give you is to make realistic long-term and short-term goals, and shout them out to the world!  Your goals need to be something that you feel passionate about, otherwise they will eventually be pushed aside.

There are a few positive things to say about this month.  Nothing beats a good floor heater when it’s cold outside.  Snow can be fun (and here in the south it means that everything shuts down).  A warm bowl of soup or vegetarian chili always hits the spot, and a warm snuggly sweater can bring you more comfort than your favorite foods.  However, thoughts of springtime are dancing through my head…

Thanks to B-Metro magazine here in Birmingham for including me in the “B Yourself” article for January as well as Cherri Ellis’s monthly column!  You know how to make a girl feel special.  🙂


The creepy house across the street.