I know that most people see January as the start of a fresh year with lots of new adventures ahead and I am trying REALLY hard to come round to this way of thinking, but I have to be honest - it's an effort!
I guess having been involved in education all of my life, either in it as a student, working in it as a teacher, being married to a teacher or having children in school, the more natural start to my year is September. That's when I start my calendar (we have an academic calendar) copying in all the key events and birthdays and thinking about the year ahead. September is a lovely month - gentle, soft and warm; beautiful colours and the promise of wonderful foods such as squash, apples, pears and winter root veg. January and February however have little appeal - cold, grey, wet months to be got through before Spring arrives!
Still, I am trying very hard to stay positive. I found a lovely little mantra on the internet yesterday which I may print out and pop in a frame somewhere to help remind me!