In the Book of Days it says “January is the open gate of the year” – what an image, all that potential and possibility for the year ahead, waiting to be explored. Of course, often once you’re through the gate everything looks remarkably similar, but to a certain extent it depends how you look at it. January to me always seems full of promise, a good time to turn over a new leaf. Then February comes, I realise how little I’ve achieved, and the greyness of the weather suits my defeated mood. But not this year (no, really). As we move into February I’m feeling quite positive: 6 submissions so far this year, regular blog posts, and a new semi-regular habit of writing during my lunch-hour. My 2011 momentum hasn’t faded away yet, and I hope the same can be said for you if you’ve set yourself some goals this year (writing-related or otherwise). If not, why not take the new month as a fresh start and try again?
If all else fails, think about what the Book of Days says for January 1st: new year resolutions are a good start in themselves – you’re at least admitting that something needs to change.