One Step Closer

Every winter,
When the great sun has turned his face away,
The earth goes down into a vale of grief,
And fasts, and weeps, and shrouds herself in sables,
Leaving her wedding-garlands to decay –
Then leaps in spring to his returning kisses.
~Charles Kingsley

I am not exactly sure where January went, but it is now done. We killed it. The first month of 2011 is over and we are moving on to February.

I am always amazed at how fast a year can lose its newness. Not too long ago, we were all making our resolutions and wishes for the upcoming year, and now we seem to be back into the routine of daily life. Many of the changes we made are back to normal. Perhaps we will try again next year, perhaps not.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and spring will not be too far behind. That is my focal point this time of year. Every year. Spring. In my opinion, the first couple months of a new year are always a little on the slow side. Everything seems so quiet after the Holidays and there really isn’t too much to look forward to.

But once we make it to March, things start to turn around. Birds start coming back, certain flowers begin to wake up. The sun returns for more regular visits. Everything begins to thaw after a long cold winter. 

So here we are, only one month separates us from March. Lucky for us, it happens to be the shortest month of the year. Farewell January, we will see you next year. Thank you for bringing us one step closer to spring… again.