This post has been on my mind for weeks, but I haven’t felt ready to share it. When the writing bug finally bites, I try to take full advantage because it’s nice to get these thoughts out of my head …and I love a good BB post! 😉

I don’t know what it is about this time of the year, but it is down right depressing. I was talking with my boyfriend a couple of weeks ago about how I felt so blah and he relayed a statement from his manager that totally summed it up… it’s January in Connecticut.

DING DING DING. Coming off the high from the holidays and crashing into the New Year carrying all of the goals and expectations we just set for ourselves is tough. Not much is going to change between December 31 and January 1 and realizing that yes, we are capable of every single thing we want to do this year, but it’s going to take time to do said things is a pill that needs to be swallowed.

Not to mention, January is freaking cold! It’s freezing, dark, dreary, life in the outside world is dead. It’s just a downright depressing time and I think a lot of people feel it. If you’ve been a bit depressed, sad, or just not yourself… know that I feel that way too. You may have noticed this blog has been a bit quieter than usual – I just haven’t had it in me. I even paused my WIWTW posts because I’ve been living in hoodies!

One of the hardest things about writing a blog and “working” online is that you have to show up. Mind you, I’m all about checking out and taking a mental break every so often, but taking days off because you feel down isn’t really smart. It’s like a job, if you keep calling out, it’s probably not going to fare well for you in the long run (#fired). Due to upcoming commitments and the fact that it’s time to snap the heck out of it, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. I know what needs to be done and thinking about it instead of doing it is not the move.

I’m always a little hesitant to publish these posts, but they allow me to be honest and open and that’s what I love! Between all the fun events, pretty outfits, new products, and silly videos…I’m just a girl like you. I have up and down days and have to constantly remind myself to trust the timing of my life.

If January has kind of kicked you in the tush too, I hope better things are in store for you in February! Let’s snap out of our funks, put in the work, try to stay positive, and keep our eyes on the prize (…and the warmer days ahead). We’ve almost made it through January in Connecticut!

Did you find yourself in a bit of a funk this month too? …What state do you in live in? Out of curiosity 😉


10 comments on “Becoming Bella: January in Connecticut”

    • The winter blues are so real! I’m glad I’m not alone, it’s just so… BLUGH! But I love your idea, I’m down! We should totally plan a girls night. Thanks for the love my friend, hope to see you soon. Mwah! 🙂

  1. I get this way way too easy. I told you I broke my ankle on some ice here in East Tennessee. Talk about getting depressed! but I try to get as much sun light when possible. And, like you, think about an early spring. Hang in there Amanda

    • You poor thing. A broken ankle definitely doesn’t help in this situation, but sunlight and fresh air really do make a difference. 🙂 Here’s to an early spring and some brighter days ahead, I know they’re coming! Thanks for reading, love. Feel better! I hope your ankle heals quickly and life is back to normal soon XOXO

  2. You know how wonderful it is when you open your heart this way? It’s one of the things to absolutely love about you! So, I’m here in the Dallas area, where I have to admit, winter is pretty nice. Our bitterly cold days are usually few, and spring comes early. I have a very good friend and former next-door neighbor who lives in New Jersey now. I can remember how excited she used to get at seeing even a few snowflakes, but now winter can’t end soon enough for her. Of course, it seems to last so long for you all in the Northeast, so I get that. No doubt, I’d be depressed too. Even here, it’s sometimes hard to remember the weather will be warm, no HOT, in no time. Okay, so my closet is organized seasonally, with summer clothes to the back at this time of year. To remind myself that summer will come again, and that I need to be ready, I moved a pair of cute denim shorts I bought on clearance last year to a spot where I see them every time I go in the closet. It’s helping a bit. It’s definitely reminding me that I better be getting off my couch, out from under a warm blanket, and start working on my “summer body.” Hang in there!

    • Thank you so much, Connie! Sometimes it’s just nice to be super honest for a quick second. 🙂 And you’re so cute, Dallas sounds pretty nice – seasonal depression is no fun! I love what you’ve done with your closet, that’s such a good idea! I should put a fun sundress on display. It’s not necessarily miserable 100% of the time, but there’s something about January in particular that’s just SO sad! Winter is fun through the holidays but after that it’s a countdown to Spring! Trying to be grateful for every day I’m able to wake up to. Thanks for reading & leaving this kind comment. You are truly the best! XOXO

  3. Just found your blog through Confessions of a Northern Belle! I can totally relate girl, I’m in Saratoga Springs, NY and January is always a struggle between inspired and blah lol. I told myself next year I need to book a warm destination weekend away. Like your style and can’t wait to follow along!!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

    • Aw that’s awesome, thank you for stopping by! 🙂 I’m so glad I’m not alone; this time of year in the Northeast is rough! I hear you on the vacation thing though…I wish we could all travel from now until April!! At least we have lots of warmer days to look forward to. Thank you so much for reading, keep in touch girlfriend! XOXO

  4. Coming back home, having vacation time, and then January hitting me like a baseball bat definitely had me feeling this way too. It’s been rough but I am thankful for few friends helping me keep myself out and occupied. It’s been so hard to face reality after being on overdrive for 4 months and just having so much time to be alone with my thoughts. I feel you girl! But I have been putting all my energy into keeping active and motivated and striving for better. I hope you start to feel better too but if not I’m just a DM/text away! hugs!!

    • You’re seriously the sweetest! Thank you for this! 🙂 I’m glad January is behind us, but the countdown to Spring is officially on (doesn’t help much with the on/off snow storms –gah!) But staying occupied, and directing your energy towards keeping active and motivated is so key. I’m trying to do the same! You’re the best, thanks for reading, love. I hope everything has been going well with you lately! XOXO

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