5 ways to transform January from dismal to delightful

The fun and festivity of Christmas are over and now we are face-to-face with January.  Oh, January!  How cold and endless you can seem!  In the past, I have felt a little dejected as January crashed upon me, but I don’t anymore!

I wanted to share 5 things that I have done, consciously and sub-consciously, to transform my feelings about January. Maybe one or all of them can help you too.  Here are 5 ways to take January from dismal to delightful:

  1. Put something in your calendar to look forward to each week.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money – maybe it’s just coffee or a walk with a friend, or a date with your partner, or a morning set aside to do something you love.  Putting it in the calendar can give you a bright spot to aim for.
  2. Join or create a Book Club.  This can lift your spirits in a few different ways. First, you create an excuse to commit time to reading.  For some of us, this can be really hard because of all our busy daily tasks.  Knowing that you have a deadline to read the book can be super motivating.  Secondly, reading is cozy on cold days.  Need I say more? Thirdly, you have a reason to hang out with people who share your love of reading – and hanging out with friends makes most things better.
  3. Create a list of simple goals or resolutions.  Sometimes we go crazy on our New Year’s Resolutions so that actually attaining them is impossible.  Why not create 5-10 small goals.  Here are mine:
    1. Go to bed at 10:00 3 times/week.
    2. Exercise for 30 minutes every day.
    3. Spend one-on-one time with each of my kids at least once per week.
    4. Create a monthly date night with my husband (even if I just make a fancy meal for us to eat after the kids are in bed).
    5. Create a monthly extended-family dinner.
    6. Finish 2 books a month (one non-fiction and one fiction).
    7. Write every day.
  4. Plan a trip – even if you don’t go on it.  Obviously, going on a trip is hugely fun and a great thing to look forward to, but if you can’t afford to actually go on the trip, just spend a little time planning one anyway. You can get a little burst of escape by looking at photos of places you want to go.  You can explore hotels and resorts that you wouldn’t even look at if you were spending real money.  It might not replace actually taking the trip, but it can stimulate your curiosity and adventurous spirit.
  5. Go outside!  If you live in the East Kootenays, chances are you spend time outside in a number of ways.  If you’re not into winter sports, though, going for a walk in the winter sunshine is enough to make the winter go by more quickly.  The exercise and sunlight make you feel happier and there is so much beauty to take in.  You would be amazed by the power of the outdoors to take you from depressed to joyful.

Those are my 5 official tips, but I have to put a plug in here for booking a photo shoot.  So many of our clients use their boudoir shoots to push themselves toward a physical or mental health goal.  Having it in the calendar sets a whole bunch of other actions in motion, such as:

  1. Paint my nails.
  2. Go to the gym.
  3. Head to Calgary to buy some new lingerie.
  4. Tell myself every day that I can do this.
  5. Believe that I can do this.
  6. Eat healthier food.
  7. Get a facial.

Each of those either gives us something to look forward to or shapes our thoughts in a positive and hopeful way.  A shoot in the calendar could be enough to get you through January, February, and March!

I am really excited to share these beautiful photos with you.  The lovely model was absolutely dynamic in front of the camera.  Her tattoos and hair make the images so interesting, and her very confident and calm demeanor made her such a joy to photograph!