I have noticed the last couple of weeks have been quiet in the PF blogging world. What I mean is it seems like there is less engagement and dialog with our readers and other sites in general, resulting in far less comments. Our blog site is a good example of that. Is it because of attention to the holidays and other matters, financial concerns have been placed on the back burner? Maybe we have a case of the New Year Blahs. Maybe it is the winter blues?
In our area, we have had rain and snow for many days the last few weeks. It is unusual for us to have cold conditions at this time of year. The El Nino cycle has definitely had an effect on our weather pattern.
For me having many days without sunshine brings my spirit down. I enjoy the 300 plus days of sunshine that is typical in northern Arizona. Rain and snow for 5 days in a row is a real bummer. There is something to be said about a clear sunny sky to brighten the day and the mood.
Does the New Year bring promise or remind us of past disappointments?
Maybe the notion of starting a new year is affecting our emotional attitude. We were driven to finish the year and leave many tasks and memories behind us. We now have new hope for a brighter future and are beginning plans to make our lives better.
Rather quickly, we find that unless we have habits of creating new goals and sticking to them, any New Year’s resolutions begin to unravel at this point in January. It is easy to daydream of how great things will be with our new plans however it is difficult to remain dedicated and motivated and to follow through. I can’t think of a single New Year’s resolution I made in my life that I have accomplished at this point. (This is an excellent reason to write them down.) Certainly I must have accomplished at least one of them – I just can’t remember. More recently I have been publicly declaring some of our goals.
Are these the reasons for having a case of the New Year blahs?
Concerns about our diet, weight, and budgets
Making changes and resolving to improve in the next year typically involve improving our diet, losing some weight, and adhering to budgets, at least reeling in the spending a bit. None of these endeavors are particularly fun to undertake. (However, for me I do enjoy budgeting!) 🙂
My mind has the ability to reminisce and provide selective memories. It also has a knack to focus on the negative and some past failures. I have to catch myself in these cycles and change my focus to the positive. In reality, the negative experiences and past are probably only 1% – 2% of my life. For whatever reason, I probably attribute a multiple of 10 in my thought processes to reviewing and rerunning those old mental tapes. To be sure – this is not a very productive use of my time or way to stay positive.
Do these reasons legitimize having a case of the New Year blahs?
Moving on in this year
I am already noticing a change in my attitude and focus since becoming debt free. It is amazing how much time I dedicated to becoming financially independent and debt free. The last 18 months it has literally consumed my life.
I am making my own changes to live a more balanced life, being careful on where I place my focus and intention. It is something I need to work on to develop healthy habits.
Maybe being too focused in one area of my life and then accomplishing that goal, has lead me to experience the New Year’s blahs? Maybe it is a lack of balance across all aspects of my life that is missing. Time will certainly tell.
How about our readers out there, are you suffering from the blahs like my blogger pal Abby? If so, do you know the reasons why?
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