Hmmm. Time to passage between months again. New month and new year.
So. I think I’ll reverse things this year. I want to enter the month first and then look more at the qualities I want for the year.
Hey there, January. You’re looking fiiiiiiine.
Passaging out of December. What worked?
Scheduling my two weeks of Silent Retreat at the Vicarage to happen at the end of January. And making last minute plans to run away to the beach for Solstice with Danielle.
I really needed that because December was full of hard work, internal and business-related. I don’t know how I would have gotten through it without knowing that this was waiting for me.
Also! Lots of emptying and replenishing, even during the hard work. Regular ten minute breaks to recline on the floor and feel. Walks in the park. The tiniest 80s dance party ever.
So long, December. Things I might try differently next time?
Last year (I mean, 2011) I also had way too much in December. Remember? I was exhausted. So this year I scheduled ALL OF DECEMBER off. Just for writing and reflecting.
But the extent of that scheduling was putting it on the calendar. And making sure the new Floop got set up ahead of time.
I didn’t realize how much work there would be waiting for me. And how much more needs to happen than simply cordoning something off.
So next time I want to focus on extending the thing that already worked: solstice beach rally. Making it longer and more focused. Starting there.
Also I really need to get out of town for Christmas. Possibly New Year’s as well.
Passaging into January. Hello, January!
I am inordinately glad to see you. Mostly because this past year was so damn hard that any kind of change feels like fresh air.
Partly because it is sunny and gorgeous today: cold but clear. Partly because I went to the best dance class ever this morning and I feel like a gazelle. Partly because I’m in a cafe I love with Tom Waits in the background. Followed by a quiet instrumental version of La Vie En Rose, because like I said, things are good today.
I don’t know. I just feel happy to be encountering you. Especially reading about how much I dreaded you last year. Already something is different. We get to have a new relationship. Every time.
Qualities I want for January.
Sweetness. Vitality. Pleasure. Anticipation.
Let’s choose words for Jannuary.
I’m going with the word on the calendar: ENTRY.
I’m turning the page in the Stompopolis calendar.
The vortex stone in the image is part of one of our secret speakeasy rituals. It only gets used once.
And it’s sitting on the Scale of Scalability, which doesn’t measure anything. It just scales!
The superpower from the calendar for this month is perfect:
The Superpower of Maybe Nothing Is Wrong.
Additionally, I want: The superpower of finding treasure in unlikely places. The superpower of remembering what it is like to be a bell.
Things I’m working on and playing with in January.
Attention to fabrics and textures that delight. Warm sweaters. Crushed velvet in my hands. Red flannel sheets. Coziest hot water bottle from Berlin. Engaging senses.
Naming all the missions and giving each one a compass. Keeping track of them with Paperless and the Red Rose Missives.
Things I’m looking forward to in January.
Well, at the end of it there is my well-earned two weeks of being at the vicarage. Anticipation!
There’s the class on TIME on the 10th! I am currently editing the ebook that goes with it. Yes, you will get the ebook if you signed up for the class even though I didn’t tell anyone about it. New year’s present. :)
There is entry and exit. And writing dates with my playmate. And more flowers.
There is the Dolphin Adoption Agency.
Mostly I’m looking forward to moving and stretching and early to bed. I need to get a lot of work done before the Vicarage, but I also plan to be a hibernating bear. Because it’s January.
I’m asking for and wishing for….
Presence. Steadiness. Grounding and heart-opening. Smiling.
Naming the moon.
What does January want to be? For me, I mean. January. What’s the opposite of stagnation? Flow? Newness? Harmoniousness? Congruence? That’s what I want.
The Moon of Everything Is Revitalized. Yes, please.
I want to be here now.
Goodbye, December. Thank you for everything. Goodbye everything that is done. Thank you for being done.
Hello, January. I am touching you gently on the wrist, barely grazing your skin. It’s exciting and new. We exchange flirtatious smiles. And we know right away that we are going to be friends. Huh. How about that.
Play with me…
I mess around with entry and exit each month, going with whatever shows up.
For other versions, peek at 2011: July / August / September / October / November and December. Or 2012: January / February / March / April / May. A love letter to June / July / August / September / October / November / December.
Feel welcome to deposit notes for your entry into January here, if you like. Or drop off some wishes. Or leave flowers.
As always, we make this a safe space by not telling each other what to do, how to be or how to feel. We make room for each other.
Wishing you a just-right January: pleasurable, supportive, and full of unexpectedly good things. And love. All the love.