What January Doldrums?

Happy New Year! In 2016, I wish you more joy than sorrow, more highs than lows, more smiles than tears, and more credit than debit.

Now we’re in January, a month many don’t particularly like. The excitement of the holidays is over and we have to cope with cold, snowy weather, credit card bills, and the hard reality of resolutions made in the waning, optimistic hours of 2015. You might be asking yourself right about now, “Do I really want to exercise two hours a day and eat more fruit?”

Some folks deal with the January blues by fleeing to Florida, catching up on new movies, or re-decorating their Christmas trees with Valentine hearts. I face January with a smile. I happen to like this month. My mother and brother Bob have their birthdays in the coming days, giving our family a great reason to gather in celebration. The film awards season kicks into high gear with the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild presentations and the Academy Award nominations. A college football champion will be crowned next Monday, and the NFL will hold its playoffs to determine what teams will meet in the Super Bowl.

January also starts a new season of expectation. Whether you’re awaiting a wedding, birth of a baby, graduation, or book publication (Murder, by George begins its trek to bookseller warehouses on May 18!), a flip of the calendar page brings your special event that much closer. January, despite its frigid days and early sunsets, carries within it the promise of wonderful things to come.

Want more? We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on the eighteenth. January 13 is May Your Dream Come True Day (start that book you’ve always wanted to write!), Dress Up Your Pet Day happens on the fourteenth (don’t go too crazy with the costumes),  the sixteenth is National Nothing Day (it falls on a Saturday, when many of us are doing nothing anyway), and Spouse’s Day comes on January 26 (how did retailers miss this special day?). If you’re a foodie, enjoy Bean Day (6th), National Popcorn Day (19th), National Buttercrunch Day (20th), National Blonde Brownie Day (22nd), National Pie Day (23rd), and Chocolate Cake Day (27th).

If you’re still not feeling great about January, go back to bed and celebrate the Festival of Sleep Day, happening today.

Have a great week, everyone!

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2 Responses to What January Doldrums?

  1. Liesa Malik says:

    Thanks for a fresh perspective on January,Jeanne. I like to think of this as the fresh start month. Make great plans because in January I have a brand new baby of a year and I can do anything I want with it. Maybe even write a book! I really liked All Things Murder, BTW, and wish you continued success.

    • Jeanne says:

      Happy New Year, Liesa! I hope all your plans thrive in 2016. Your 6 for 60 Post (http://liesamalik.com/wp_lmalik/) has inspired me to try a 5 for 50 (it’s a big birthday year for me, too). I haven’t come up with the list yet, though :).

      I’m glad you enjoyed All Things and I return the compliment- Sliced Vegetarian is a terrific book. You must write Pot Shots this year; I’m eager for Daisy’s next case!

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