The way I decided to do it was, every day, recognise when I felt a spark of happiness and then photograph what prompted that, rather than just intellectually think of stuff that ought to make me happy. It's really helped me feel more up-beat in a month that has generally been pretty awful in terms of world news, as well as the fact that my central heating often fails to work despite two visits from a boiler engineer. There's also the general January nastiness of cold, grey weather.
Few of the things i photographed are specifically witchy, because I'm an ordinary person who does ordinary stuff as well as being a witch. I enjoy reading classic crime novels as well as pagan books, for example. There's a confession!
I thought I'd share my daily happiness words for the month so far, together with a few of the photos. There isn't room for all the photos on this post, but as I said earlier you can find them on Instagram if you want to have a look. At 4pm this afternoon, I'll be doing a Facebook Live talk on Magic for the Month: January, and sharing some other ways of making this time of year a little more magical and a little happier.
Jan 1: The photo to the left shows my cat calendar for the month. I always enjoy turning over the page at the start of a month and seeing the new picture.
Jan 2: A special Christmas card. It arrived late, but it was a lovely surprise.
Jan 3: Enjoying the lights on my Yule tree in the evenings before Twelfth Night.
Jan 4: The Monsoon shawl my husband, John, bought me when we were on holiday in Sussex back in the before times. It is lovely and warm.
Jan 5: The mug that kicks my arse into working mode in the morning.
Jan 6: The sun ⛅ coming out from behind the clouds on a January morning. You can see the photo I took at the top of this post.
Jan 7: Listening to classic rock on Spotify.
Jan 9: John helping me do my accounts before the end of the tax year. Getting them finished makes me even more happy.
Jan 10: The new office chair. It's very comfortable.
Jan 11: Having a working lightbulb in my bedroom again after the old one broke a week ago. Bright lights help me overcome the January blues, and the bedroom had been pretty gloomy with just a table lamp.Jan 12: The delivery of a fresh fruit box. Yum!
Jan 14: My witch room. Tidied up the day before I give my Facebook live talk.
Jan 15: Well, I'm still to choose my happy picture for today, but Friday always makes me a little bit happy as it is the end of the working week.
We're half way through the month and I still haven't photographed my cats! I'm sure they'll make an appearance before the end of the month.