Phew! What a month. As I lay here on this very chilly day, I can't help but feel resounding relief that tomorrow will bring the first day of February. (I am also extraordinarily grateful that February is a short month, meaning less of a wait for spring.) January has been hard. I feel myself even now tiptoeing around what I really want to say, and the truth is January was hard because I was scared. I was a victim of a bit of unnerving pervy online harassment/stalking. Though I'm fine, it threatened my feeling of safety and made me reconsider how much of my life I make available on the Internet. I want always to trust people, and I am angry that I can't. I am so deeply disgusted by it.
But I am also unwilling to stop doing the things I love because there are unsavory, predatory people out there. After some thought and consideration, I have decided not to hide. I know there is so much more good than bad, and I won't let my life be dictated by fear. I love sharing bits of my life with my friends and family and like-minded strangers I admire and have never met. I love taking photographs and telling stories. I am not ashamed of who I am or the life I live. So... take that, creepos! ;) I'm not going anywhere.
In the spirit of not letting the bad overshadow the good, here are the photos of my January! I am proud to say I kept up with taking a photo a day, and did a fairly good job of posting them regularly to Instagram. I really am so glad I decided to begin this project of documenting my daily small beauties. Already I have been in need of the reminders of what is beautiful and good in my life. If you've had a bumpy start to your year and are feeling similarly glum, maybe consider taking a moment each day to photograph what makes you happy too!