January Themes - Reflect and Reset

Start the New Year off right by reflecting on your life, setting intentions, and resetting old habits.

January Themes
As we usher in a new year, January presents a unique opportunity for reflection and resetting of personal and professional goals. This month is a symbolic clean slate, a time to look back on the past year's experiences, draw insights, and use these lessons as a foundation for the future. Let's embrace this period as a chance to reset our mindsets, realign our objectives, and recommit to our aspirations with renewed energy and determination.

Ways to Reset in January

As we step into the new year, it's a great opportunity to declutter and rejuvenate. One way to start fresh is by cleansing your home. Deep clean your living space, remove the dust and clear the clutter. A clean home is a serene home, and this simple act can do wonders for your mental health.

Another way to make space for the new is by donating items you no longer need. This act is not just about decluttering but also about giving back, which can be incredibly fulfilling.

Don't neglect your digital space either. Cleaning your computer or workspace can boost productivity. Organize your files, clear your desktop, and update necessary software. A tidy workspace can lead to a tidy mind.

Setting up a new calendar for the year ahead can be another wonderful reset strategy. This can help you visualize your year ahead, track important dates, and stay on top of your tasks.

Lastly, take the time to introspect and write down ways you can optimize your days ahead. Understanding what's working and what's not in your current routine can be an eye-opener. By reflecting on your daily habits, you can identify areas for improvement and action steps to take for a more productive and fulfilling year.

Monthly Journal Prompts

Journaling is a powerful tool for self-reflection, personal growth, and creativity. Here are some prompts to get you started on your January journaling journey:

  • What are your top three goals for the year, and why are they important to you?
  • How can you cultivate a positive mindset this year, even when things get tough?
  • What are three things you want to let go of this year, and why?
  • What new habits or routines do you want to incorporate into your daily life?
  • What brings you joy, and how can you prioritize it in your daily life?

Monthly Affirmations

Affirmations are positive statements that you can repeat to yourself to promote self-love, confidence, and a strong sense of self. Here are some affirmations to help you start your day on the right foot:

  • I am capable of achieving my goals.
  • I embrace change and trust in the journey of personal growth.
  • I am worthy of happiness, success, and abundance.
  • I trust the journey of my life.
  • I choose to think positive thoughts and attract positive things into my life.

In-Season Produce

Eating fresh, seasonal produce is not only good for your health, but it's also a great way to support local farmers and reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some in-season produce to add to your grocery list this January:

  • Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons
  • Root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes
  • Leafy greens like kale, collard greens, and chard
  • Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts

In-Season Plants/Flowers

Cultivating and nurturing plants and flowers that are in season can add allot of colors and aromas to your home or garden. In January, there are several options that thrive in the cold weather.

  • Winter Jasmine: This plant blooms in late winter or early spring, providing a splash of yellow to brighten up your garden.
  • Pansies: These hardy flowers are able to withstand cooler temperatures and can add a pop of color to your garden or window box.
  • Snowdrops: These delicate flowers are one of the first to bloom in the new year, usually appearing while snow is still on the ground.

Remember, it's important to take care of these plants according to their specific needs, ensuring they have appropriate light, water, and soil conditions.

January Books We Are Reading

As a part of our journey of reflection and growth this January, here are some enlightening and inspiring books we are currently reading:

  • The Rose Codes: Book of Initiations: Forgotten Lore, Practices and Rituals of the Sacred Order of the Rose to Awaken the Wisdom of Divine Feminine Within by Mariya Nurislamova: This captivating book delves into the ancient wisdom of the Sacred Order of the Rose, an order dedicated to the Divine Feminine. Nurislamova guides readers through forgotten lore, practices, and rituals, offering a pathway to awaken the Divine Feminine within. As you journey through the pages of this book, you'll uncover the profound knowledge and practices that have been obscured by time.
  • Educated by Tara Westover: This book is a memoir that explores the author's journey from growing up in a strict, off-the-grid family in Idaho, to earning a PhD from Cambridge University. Westover's story is a powerful testament to the transformative power of education, and the struggles one can face when their pursuit of knowledge diverges drastically from their upbringing. The book serves as an important reminder of the value of education, and the lengths one can go to seek enlightenment.
  • How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell: In a society that consistently demands productivity and connectivity, Jenny Odell’s "How to Do Nothing" is a refreshing take on the power of disengagement. It is a call to reconnect with the natural world, to observe and appreciate our surroundings, and to disentangle our sense of worth from the cycle of productivity. This book is a necessary read for anyone feeling overwhelmed by the speed and demands of modern life.

Conclusion:

January's monthly themes are all around reflecting and reseting. Embracing the season's offerings, whether it's the fresh produce from the market or the blooming plants in your garden, can provide a sense of fulfillment. Meanwhile, feeding your mind with enriching books can lead to personal growth and knowledge expansion. Other ideas of hands-on activities you can do this month include taking a new art class or trying a new recipe. Let's welcome the new year with open arms, kindness, and a determination to make it the best one yet!