So Long, January


I could lie and pretend January has been a great month. And frankly, I would love to do that because admitting that it hasn’t been is hard. I had really hoped to start this new year off on a optimistic and happy note, but that didn’t exactly happen.  I have felt majorly emotional and lost. Not all the time, not even everyday, but a lot. More than I’d like to feel that way. And I wish I could pinpoint the source but I can’t and that seems to be the real problem here.

I keep having moments of clarity where I think, “what is there to be in a bad mood about?!” or “okay, enough, I’m going to be positive now” but that is so much easier said than done and 5 minutes later I’m back to being a total grouch. I know the steps I need to take to get over my bad mood, but it’s just so hard to put them into practice.

I don’t really know where to go from here, but something’s gotta give.  So I’m saying goodbye to January. I didn’t enjoy you, January. And I don’t think I will miss you any time soon.

I know that February, like January before it, is not going to be magically better. But there’s a million things I’m looking forward to in February and I think I need something to look forward. Because I’m feeling kind of stuck right now.  So here’s the February and all the happiness it has to offer!



Do you ever find yourself in a bad mood and can’t pinpoint the reason?

What are you looking forward to most in February?

What was the highlight of your January?

8 thoughts on “So Long, January

  1. Oh gosh, I feel like there are always days/weeks/an entire month where I’m in a foul mood for no apparent reason. I think awareness that you’re not feeling like yourself is the key here. Take each day/week/month as it comes, and sometimes when the happiness just isn’t coming naturally, fake it till you make it. Ya know..put a smile on your face even if you don’t necessarily feel like smiling, and pretty soon enough, it becomes a genuine one. It’s silly, but sometimes it really does work! Here’s to a happy February! 🙂

    • I’m not glad to hear that you get in bad moods but I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one it happens to. I guess it’s part of life though. I think I could at least try the “fake it till you make it” thing.

  2. I definitely get those kind of moods. I usually find there are three driving forces that create them for me:

    1) What I eat. I notice that I get really grumpy when I eat junk food. The old adage that you are what you eat rings true for me in that instance.

    2) The weather can affect me a lot. I’ve noticed a little twinge of grumpiness this winter because, well, there really hasn’t been much of a winter for me. I’ve seen a sum total of about 3 inches of snow or so (I missed Colorado’s biggest snowmaker while I was in a snowless Chicago). I crave having four individual, definable seasons. I’m really not a fan of this unremarkable time that has been occupying Dec. through Feb. the past couple years. Too warm and too snowless for me…

    3) I get grumpy when I don’t meet personal goals. Yesterday’s run of 6.7 miles when I had intended to do 8 was a prime example of that. I apologize for being a grouch at your party. It really was an awesome party.

    • Thanks for coming! When I have any expectation of how much or how fast I will run, I’m usually in a bad mood the whole time. It’s better for me to just wing it and have fun. But if you’re training for something that probably doesn’t work 🙂

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