Kicking January Blues | collab with Ella Marie



So, Christmas is over and everything just feels meh. Am I right? You might still have your tree up or you might have a couple half empty rolls of wrapping paper left in the basement. You might even have a couple holiday-themed cards placed on the bookshelf because you just refuse to believe that "the most wonderful time of the year" is over.

And you're utterly bored out of your mind.

But have no fear because Kenzie is here!

When I was younger, I used to absolutely hate it when the holidays were over. But then, I also didn't mind January that much... for two reasons:

1. January means it's almost my birthday! ~(o-o)~ 

2. It also means it's almost Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite times of the year because it just gives me a really good feeling, you know? It's like a wintery, cozy feeling with lots of chocolate and hearts and STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT. I know Valentine's Day is for, like, people in relationships and whatever, but that's not how I see it. To me it means telling those you care about you love them and buying a new book boyfriend. (In case you're wondering about the latter, my sister and I have a tradition of going to the bookstore to buy a new book (aka book boyfriend) every year. It's the best.)

Anywho, you didn't come here to watch me fangirl over some holiday most people despise. 




HOW TO DEFEAT THOSE JANUARY BLUES LIKE A BOSS 

So, you maybe can't find this month very appealing for any reason and it's understandable. Now, these are merely suggestions. Some people may enjoy something that someone else doesn't and that is totally okay. All I'm hoping for is to give you a little hand and a small awkward pat on the back. 

1. Watch Anastasia (aka NOT Christmas movies- they'll only make you sadder)

This movie was MY CHILDHOOD, YO. Like, you have no idea how hard I shipped Dimitri and Anastasia. #noshamehere 
I recently watched it for the first time in forever and it was still THE BEST. It takes place in the winter/spring time so it's perfect during January because of its setting. Therefore, I highly recommend if you're looking for a movie that isn't holiday themed but still gives you those winter vibes.

2. Color!

It seems like I always tend to get my creative juices flowing around this time of year and I feel the desire to draw something that isn't a card for someone. It's most likely because school hasn't started yet and I've got some free time. So, I'll grab out my sketchbook and make some art. 

And you can too! Coloring books are great to get you in the creative/artsy-fartsy mood plus they are stress relievers. Now, there are so many coloring books available for people of all ages, it's great.

3. Finally do that thing you've been wanting to do

I know it can be hard to find the time to do that thing. You know, that thing. We've all got one. So, why not do it now? But- No buts! Go, do the thing! You'll feel so much more accomplished after you've done it. You know, that thing. 

4. Go out for coffee with a friend!

I'm a homebody. I don't do that thing called socializing. But, you know what? It's kinda nice to set a little date in your little planner and meet someone for a little cup of coffee or a little something. You don't even have to go with someone, you can go alone! It might seem pointless at first but once you're out, you might find yourself smiling at the awkward couple on their first date sitting at the table across from you. (I speak from experience; it was really cute.)

5. Treat yo' self

Now is the perfect time to use up those gift cards you got during the holidays. So, make a day of it! The gift receiving/giving doesn't have to end in December. Go out, buy yourself something pretty or buy your mom something! Either way, you'll be treating yourself to a new dress or a warm hug from a loved one. It'll feel good, I promise.

6. Two words: Snail Mail

I'm honestly THE WORST at sending snail mail but I still love it all the same?? Anywho. I think now is the perfect time to send someone some snail mail. There are so many ideas on what you can put inside your letter/envelope on Pinterest without having to spend money. Also; I absolutely love watching Jordan Clark's videos. They put me in such a calming, I-wanna-send-snail-mail kind of mood. Plus, she has so many cute ideas I LOVE IT. You can also check out her beautiful blog here

7. Prep for Valentine's Day!

It's a holiday for a reason so please... embrace it, my love. It helps you get over the excitement December had to offer while looking forward to something else. 

Now go get 'em tiger! Don't let those Blues control your happiness! -(o-o)/




This post was also a collab with the amazingly sweet blogger, Ella Marie! Thank you, Ella, for asking and allowing me to collaborate with you on this! You guys should check out her January Blues post as well as her blog because she's an awesome blogger and I REALLY LOVE HER POSTS. <3 

But that's not all! 

We know how hard it is for us to transition from Christmas music 25/8 to none at all, so we made an upbeat playlist to help you get over that habit! Enjoy, my lovely friends. <3




TALK TO ME!

What is something you hate about January? WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU LOVE? What do you do when there is simply nothing else to do? LET ME KNOW! Share some of your own tips and ideas with me. 

xx Kenzie

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  1. A book boyfriend is the cutest tradition I have heard of for Valentines Day! <3 I love the idea of that. YES to snail mail! It's such a fun thing to do around this time of year and the rest of the year as well! Is it bad I can't think of something to do that I have been wanting to do? I'll think on it! Thanks for this post!
    Simply Me

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    1. Hehe, aww, thank you! It's definitely a fun tradition to look forward to. ;) I definitely agree with you- snail mail is awesome regardless of what time of year it is. ^-^

      Thank you so much for reading!

      xx Kenzie

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  2. AHH, KENZIE! This post was so wonderful! I've never liked Valentine's day all that much. Maybe it's because my family has never done much for it, but I'd like to change that. I have a Valentine's idea, including my blogging friends, that I'd love to put into action. Yes, the thing. I need to do the thing.

    I seriously had a blast collabing with you, thanks so much for putting up with me! ^.^

    ~ Ella Marie

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    1. EEEEP, THANK YOU SO MUCH, ELLA! And Valentine's Day has always been something we've celebrated and it's always so wonderful. <3 Ahh, I cannot wait to hear more about your idea. It sounds like it'll be fabulous. ;)

      Thank YOU for putting up with ME! We'll definitely have to do more collabs in the future. :)

      xx Kenzie

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  3. Just reading this post gave me all the cozy winter-y feelings! I'll definitely be doing these things as I adjust to school again and the dreary winter months.

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    1. Awww, I am so glad I could do that for you! Wintery/cozy feelings are THE BEST. <3 I hope you are having a lovely new year and will tackle those dreary days like a boss.

      xx Kenzie

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  4. THIS IS THE HAPPIEST POST THAT I HAVE READ ALL DAY.

    Your blog just brightens me instantly. :) I love the yellow and happiness and just YOU GAH. <3

    Also, ANASTASIA. YES. Honestly my favorite movie. :') I've watched it more times than I can count.

    snail mail and coffee and valentine's day and wow I'm just so happy now bless you.

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    1. ASDFGHJKL THANK YOU SO MUCH GRACE! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH THAT MEANS TO ME BRB CRYING. And ahhhhh, I love YOU! Your comment just made my day (and this blog) so much brighter. Thank you, dear. <3

      YESS! I love that movie so much. I cry. :')

      uhwfofworgrfjakdw i am so happy i could make you happy like omg can't type properly. SENDING LOTS OF LOVE YOUR WAY. <3

      xx Kenzie

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