Stocktaking – Goodbye January

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Estimated Reading Time = 2 minutes 3 seconds

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Hey love. A Happy New Year to you. I hope your year has started off well and is progressing in quite the same manner. On my part, a lot has been happening. Going into this new month I am expecting even more change to keep coming.

Among the many changes that I have been able to effect in my life, I am glad that I finally got done with my COVID-19 vaccinations. As I mentioned earlier, I did have my own doubts about getting vaccinated. Aside from the grief and accompanying mixed reactions I was battling, not to mention all the bad rep going around, it just wasn’t an option for me.

Nevertheless, I allowed myself to think about it logically and positively and in the end, it was fully my decision. It was a hard one, yes, but I’m glad I was able to do it. It’s one less thing to worry about and with my anxiety, I need all the positive reinforcement I can get, no matter the proven effectiveness.

I’ve also taken an active role in changing my diet. I used to be very active before we moved upcountry with swimming, jogging, and exercise. However, all this has changed in the recent past and I have since taken notice of my ever-growing man boobs and belly. We cannot have that at all.

That’s why I’ve made a conscious move towards getting back to being active, at a slow and steady pace of course. With the history of chronic illness in my family and my own diminished immunity, I just want to give my body a decent fighting chance in the long run. A healthy balanced diet also really leaves your body feeling like it can breathe.

The biggest and most routine altering change however has been cutting off my locs. It took a while to arrive at that drastic decision and I cannot help but miss them. But I had to. After a long season of denial from gradual hair loss, I finally had to admit that something was happening and it was about time I addressed it. I am doing just that and will hopefully come back with fuller healthy hair. If not, then perhaps I can start rocking the bald head and see what that’s like. (Nervous laughter)

Whatever the case though, I feel like I have been in quite the season of change. It began with losing my dad and does not seem to be stopping any time soon. So instead of fighting it, I choose to embrace change in all its multifaceted glory. By God’s grace, I’ll face them all and through enduring them, will come through the other side a lot better than when I began.

How about you? What did your January look like and what are you looking forward to in February? Let me know in the comments below.

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