January Hit Differently This Year

January Hit Differently This Year

Each year the holiday season seems to creep in really quickly at some point after September. I’m always a bit taken aback by how fast Halloween rolls into Christmas. Then it comes and goes in a blink, and we’re right back to the new year.

Writing the date feels strange again, Christmas decorations need to be picked up and packed away, and on we go to a brand new year. I’m not sure if it’s just because New Year’s Day landed on a Monday this year, but it has been more difficult to adjust to January this time around.

A few people have mentioned to me that they felt extra sluggish as the new year began, finding it harder to be motivated to get back into the swing of work, household duties, and routines. Maybe we all just need a bit more rest this winter. Or maybe January is always hard, and we just forget.

This January, I’m taking it week by week. I also decided not to set any New Year’s resolutions because a whole year seemed too daunting and uninteresting to me. This time, I’m focusing on January and February and setting a list of a few quick goals that are achievable in a short time frame. 2024, you’re sure to have great things in store for us, but for now, I’ll just take it a month or two at a time.

What are your January goals this year?

Do you feel like it’s easier to plan for a month or two at a time? I have one larger work-related goal that’s important to hit by spring. But personally, I’m choosing to be more purposeful in my relationship time this year: I am pre-planning date nights and scheduling activities with friends way in advance to make sure we get them on the calendar! What are yours?

Rachel Harris Ledet
A New Orleans native and entrepreneur, Rachel is a mom of four with an active schedule. Rachel maintains a daily balance of running her own marketing firm, 30|90 Marketing, managing her kids’ schedules, and maintaining extracurriculars including coaching dance, volunteering, and occasionally teaching courses. Rachel lives in Mandeville with her best friend and husband Lenny, daughters Addison and Amelia, stepson Luke, and son Tucker. With a family of six and a million balls in the air, Rachel keeps things light by continuously learning, spending time with amazing friends, blogging, finding any route to a concert or outdoor festival, and planning her next getaway with her husband. A sense of humor can get you through almost anything, so she tends to surround herself with fabulous and very funny people.


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