My January Rest

Fresh snowfall on beautiful evergreen trees in Wisconsin.
Fresh snowfall on beautiful evergreen trees in Wisconsin.
Fresh snow is a beautiful reminder of the newness of each year. New year, new opportunities for fresh starts.

For years I have had a New Year’s tradition I wish to share with anyone who wants a fresh way of refocusing their values at the beginning of a new year. Years ago, I became disgusted with the decadence of December. While I wanted it to be about the most important things, Love and Relationships, it seemed to rotate around indulging–overeating, overspending, and overdoing! Sadly, all-the-while waistlines, debt, and stress increased, satisfaction dissipated.

That is why I created My January Rest, to refocus my appetite, replenish my budget and re-establish my margins.

While December’s focus was on getting, January’s focus is on giving.  Giving up for the purpose of refocusing my “appetites” by “refraining or resting from” some things for the month of January.

Here are some things I have done in the past:

  1. Rest from satisfying appetite.
    • Use up food in the pantry and freezer (yes, even freezer surprise–those pesky foods that went in, but weren’t labeled so you haven’t taken them out because you don’t remember what they are, even though you were SURE you would remember when you put them in.
    • Rest from drinking coffee, tea, alcohol or other comfort items.
  2. Rest from spending–Not only will this save you money–remember all the money you spent for Christmas–you will also save time by not shopping, putting away what you purchased, entering more receipts, or whatever your scenario might be.
    • Fix food with only what you have, instead of buying more. Or, only buy what you need to complete a meal with what you already have–be creative!
    • Rest from going out to eat or drink. If you are not resting from drinking coffee, tea, or alcohol, you can rest from purchasing them (ie, only use what you have at home already–you probably have something that you don’t like as well, which is why you haven’t used it and purchased something else).
    • Use up lotions, shampoo, makeup samples, or other items that are close to gone, or simply aren’t your favored items, instead of purchasing new.
    • Rest your eyes from looking at sales flyers, advertisements, and magazines that feed the urge to upgrade your current life.
  3. Rest from activities–Instead, use the time to connect in person to someone you have meant to connect with but have been too busy.  Read that awesome book you bought but haven’t had time to get around to.
    • Avoid social media or set specific boundaries and don’t get sucked into rabbit trails and other time-wasting black holes.
    • Don’t watch the News, TV,  or  movies; don’t read your magazines.
    • Plan downtime including rest, naps, full nights of sleep and other things that are quiet that fill you versus doing things that drain you.

Join me? You can also join via Facebook at My January Rest Facebook post.  I would love to hear about what you attempt and your experiences.


  1. I read an online article last night with the abbreviation IRL = In Real Life. Sharing it here, and saying aloud that more IRL communication is my goal for all of 2014 and moving forward. I’m looking forward to following your January Rest posts both on Facebook and here, at your shiny new blog. I’m so glad you’re writing “Uncovered.” It was time.

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