January has got to be the strangest time of year. With the festivities of Christmas and New Year over, we then find ourselves in a month that seems fairly bland and full of 'New Year, New Me' promises. To top it off we are all encouraged to go alcohol free for the month, after possibly drinking copious amounts during December (guilty?….. not us!)
Contrary to the above, here at Jo Deakin the hardship of a dry January is actually a delight - drinking excessive amounts of tea and coffee is an occupational hazard for us, we love nothing more than sharing a cuppa with our family, friends and colleagues.
We strongly feel the fog can only be lifted on these dark January mornings by the smell of coffee, triggering much needed feelings of wakefulness (pleeeease!). And it feels so good to catch up on all the Christmas news with our nearest and dearest listening to the familiar clink clink of the teaspoon being stirred against fine bone china.
It comforts, soothes and feeds the soul and I truly believe the process of making your favourite comforting drink allows you time to stop, restore and reflect, even if just for a moment.
There is definitely no guilt or pressure to only drink herbal and cleansing teas or decaf coffee in January. Everyone has to have something to look forward to as they rise at the start of the day and flop at the end. We say hooray to this feeling and definitely won't be giving any of our favourite drinks up as we start the new year.
January is a month that can be enjoyed, despite the obvious after-Christmas slump. It can be a time to reflect, feel incredibly grateful for the family times we have just been able to share and it is a good time to check back in with how we are feeling about ourselves, in a bit of welcomed quiet, after lots of 'together time'!
We drink every type of tea and coffee there is, earl grey, lapsang, peppermint, black, white, loose-leafed, you name it we drink it, as long as it’s in a Jo Deakin mug naturally! We might even throw in the odd hot chocolate and with an estimated 5 million people taking part in dry January we know we aren’t alone.
So, if you’re battling your way through the month, clutching onto your new year’s resolutions, take a moment to slow down and sip with us. Whether you're on your own or with friends, take some time to have a stylish cup of what you love, it can only be a good thing. You can be sure the offer of a tea or coffee to any of your loved ones this month (or anytime of the year for that matter) won’t be refused and will always help combat the January blues.
Love Jo x