Oh January, you never fail to bring both motivation and laziness at once.
It’s funny how that is, but you know it’s totally true.
I’m not even the type of person who sets out to create a laundry list of resolutions at the beginning of the year, so it’s a bit strange that this pattern presents itself each year. I just find that a lot of the typical resolutions, like trying to eat better, need to come about naturally and not just because we start using a new calendar.
I tend to resist change more than most (or so I’m told by colleagues and other people I spend a lot of time with), but change is difficult for everyone. This is why lifestyle change needs to come gradually. It’s only recently that I’ve noticed that I crave my salads at lunch, which considering I used to eat pasta almost daily at work, didn’t happen overnight.
That said, even though I don’t specifically make “resolutions,” the start of a new year makes me feel more motivated to tackle the changes and projects I’m already working on. This is why I changed my blog layout, started to pin healthier recipes, and paid greater attention to my Fitbit app. I have had my Fitbit for a while, but to be honest I haven’t made the most of it. I don’t even wear it half the time, which is a waste. I decided to get a new band for it from Mobile Mob and I love it, and I’m already wearing it more. Now I’ve just got to check the app!
Then, a little while into the month, it gets cold (read: return of the #polarvortex), and I get…lazy!
It’s so windy outside that the cold makes you cry and ruin your make up, the last thing you want to do is go to the gym, the malls taunt you with spring clothing, and well, don’t you just want a big slab of chocolate cake?
My advice (if you want it), is to take advantage of those bursts of motivation and really enjoy the quieter, lazy times as well. If you feel like you’re lacking inspiration during these short, cold days, make sure you surround yourself with things you love. It’s natural to feel a little low when the sun fails to shine for weeks on end, so try visiting www.neonfilter.com for some motivational quotes lit up in neon, helping to beat back the darkness. Oh, and sprucing up a big cozy sweater with a bright bag can help with the winter blahs when you get tired of what’s in the closet!
Sweater – Dex via The Bay // Jeans – Joe’s via Sak’s Off Fifth // Boots – Hunter
Necklace – A market in Israel // Bag – J Crew Factory
Do you find you’re having a constant battle between motivation and laziness this month too, or am I alone here?