January Checklist: Things You Gotta Do

January is both my month and a new year, and I want to make sure you start off right. Instead of letting the snow bring you down, think of it as a chance to start fresh! Here are a few good reasons to celebrate, even after the long holiday has come and gone. START OFF THE YEAR RIGHT!

1. Sign up to save lives during National Blood Donor Month.
It feels fantastic to make a difference, and blood donors ensure that there’s a plentiful blood supply for hospitals and medical centers. You can make a HUGE difference in someone’s life by simply donating blood. Plus, when it’s all over you’re guaranteed some sweets and one of those cool stress things. Search the American Red Cross’ site to find a donation center near you.

2. Sip a warm mug of tea during National Hot Tea Month.
Since living in the northeast, tea is the magical cure for any ailment. Headache? Drink some tea. Sleepy? Make tea. Emotional distress? Time for tea. Tea makes cold months and cold hands a little warmer, and I find its much gentler than a post-caffeine crash. Celebrate this month by finding new flavors to love. Let me know of your cools finds..

3. Take a soak on Bubble Bath Day (Jan. 8).
The Mother of all days in January is this one. To continue with the whole ‘soul healing’ theme, why not take that mug of tea into the tub? Bubble Bath Day is something I can rally behind. Get fancy with your bubbles, or add herbs to the water for extra soothing benefits. Your aching body will thank you.

4. Question everything on International Skeptic’s Day (Jan. 13).
Believe it or not, there’s actually a day to doubt everything! Can you believe it? Conspiracy theories abound! If there’s an existential crisis you’ve been holding off now’s the time to let it fly free, just make sure to reign in your doubts in by the end of the day.

5. Celebrate Michelle Obama’s Birthday (Jan. 17).
Apparently a lot of important women were born in January! Celebrate our First Lady’s birthday by recognizing her amazing work on the Let’s Move! campaign, brushing up on her bio (did you know she’s a Princeton graduate and has a law degree from Harvard?), and overall emulating her amazingness. Might actually hit the gym and try to emulate those arms..

6. Honor Dr. King’s memory on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 19).
Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister and social activist who fought for racial equality until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by the work of Mahatma Gandhi in India, King led peaceful protests and encouraged nonviolence. In today’s society, it’s more important than ever to take King’s message to heart, to remember his struggle for civil rights, and to live out his vision for the world.

7. Send positive vibes on Compliment Day (Jan. 24).
Sound easy? Cause it is: All you have to do is compliment someone! Choose something visible like a new haircut or some cute shoes to praise, or give a friend or coworker a confidence boost by recognizing their great qualities. Spread Love!

8. Oprah Winfrey’s Birthday (Jan. 29).
My gal and favorite talk show host turns 61 this year! Celebrate by watching every rerun of her show ever, devouring her book club list, or picking up a copy of O, The Oprah Magazine. First thing on my agenda is to track the book, Wild by Cheryl Strayed (the first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.)


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