5 Reasons I Hate January!

Beach

I can’t say I am unhappy person by nature, I have always been one to pick myself up, dust myself off and get on with things.

This year I am struggling to keep the January Blues away.  I know I am not the only one struggling so here are my top 5 reasons for hating January.

  1. The Christmas comedown.  Although December is similar to January with long nights and short days, the build up to Christmas is full of twinkling lights and excitement of what is to come.  Once the fireworks of New Years Eve have disappeared into the night there is nothing left to look forward to and it’s back to the humdrum of everyday life, mixed with long nights and short days.  Getting out of bed when it is cold and dark is a real challenge!
  2. I wouldn’t be a typical Brit if I didn’t mention the weather.  The weathermen tease us with hints of snow and all we get is rain, rain, hail, wind and more rain.  WE WANT SNOW!
  3. Bugs!  Not the type you find in the garden, but those illnesses that always seem to come knocking in January, after you have stopped to relax at Christmas.  I have had a nasty cough for three weeks that I cannot seem to shake and poor Sebby has been suffering with not only Croup, but tonsilitis and an ear infection too.  Just when I thought we were out the other side, now he has a viral infection and is covered in a bright red rash!
  4. We like to get out and about and as long as it is safe the weather doesn’t stop us doing anything, however, 99% of the decent attractions are closed until February half-term.
  5. Money!  I HATE that most jobs pay early in December, leaving you with at least 6 weeks until the next payday.  No matter how careful you are setting aside mortgage and bill payments and calculating your incomings and outgoings with the Money Advice Service, by the end of January you are left digging around the sides of the sofa hoping to find an extra £1 just to buy some milk.  Being self-employed only seems to add to this misery as invoices remain unpaid and no amount of chasing seems to have any effect!

That’s my grumbles out the way, we have done our best to try to keep the January blues at bay and have survived the month by:

Enjoying the empty beach that has seen some storm damage which makes for an amazing playground for the kids.  Who doesn’t love leaping off a ledge of sand, making monster shadows and taking part in a spot of wave chasing?

Beach Fun!

We have also made the most of our microscooters and taken them for a scoot around the picturesque Christchurch Quay, stopping to feed the ducks and swans and playing in the park.

Christchurch Quay

We also had a very important Birthday to look forward to and plan for.  Eliza turned 4 on Saturday and had the most amazing Frozen Party.  Lucky I had paid for most of it before Christmas but it is well worth being skint for – just look at her face!

Dorset Dreamers Princess Party

Sadly Sebby is still poorly but I am hoping he is fighting it off and will be back to his happy chappy self again very soon!

How do you beat the January blues?

17 thoughts on “5 Reasons I Hate January!

  1. It’s good to have a moan every now and then and describing January is the ideal theme! I have to say though, your photos are great and I bet you’ve had a better January than most. Good for you for getting outdoors still. I’m still hibernating… lol!
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  2. I don’t like January for pretty much the same reasons. Bring on the summer! x
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  3. I’m completely with you here. January is horrid
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  4. I don’t find January too bad – Feb seems the worst for me for some reason. Love the photos of Eliza – looks like a fab day! x
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  5. I think for me February is worst then January.
    January still holds a lot of ex Christmas magic for me and there are great bargains in the shops 🙂
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  6. Lori says:

    I can’t believe how quickly January has gone! It’s crazy! I don’t mind it too much as long as i have loads of projects on. looks like the frozen party was a hit! x
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  7. Lori says:

    I can’t believe how quickly January has gone! It’s crazy! I don’t mind it too much as long as i have loads of projects on. looks like the frozen party was a hit! x
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  8. I love January but that’s because I like the idea of a fresh start and New Years Resolutions 😉
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  9. Becky says:

    Oh i have them too and a stupid cold I cant shift. Bah!
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  10. Yes, hate January too, we’ve all been ill. Hope Sebby is better soon. Love the beach pics, how fab and the Frozen party looks amazing x
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  11. Monika says:

    The year starts off with my birthday and then the days getting noticably longer… how could I have the blues?
    But if I am really struggling I either launch into holiday planning and budgeting mode or look through pictures of past holidays.
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  12. January has felt like a big old slog here too – I’m hoping for a getter start to February!
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  13. I agree which every one of your above points! In particular the snow! Slushy rain just isn’t the same if you have been promised snow lol. Plus im always poor after getting a little to carried away spending money on the kids over christmas!

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  14. Globalmouse says:

    Happy Birthday Eliza! It was my birthday on Saturday too so it’s a good day for a birthday 😉 I agree though, birthdays aside January is a hrad month. Roll on Spring!!
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  15. Sara-Jayne says:

    January always goes too fast for me, I have too much to do in it! Loved your Frozen party, we have ours coming up in March [even though they are Valentine birthdays]! 🙂
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  16. Sonya Cisco says:

    Oh we too get cross about the lack of snow! And yes, Saturday I was looking for somewhere to go out and SO many places are closed – crazy really! We have had some lovely days out to the beach and the like still though, but am looking forward to the arrival of spring!
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  17. Rachel says:

    I have to admit, January isn’t my favourite month, I prefer March when spring time hits x
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