By Jan Betts

I am trying to write the January message without the “R” word.  You know that word that rears its ugly head at the beginning of each year.  We all feel we must turn over a new leaf, take some action to improve ourselves and make our lives better.  It all sounds so positive.  Pick something you know you need to work on and call it your New Year’s “Resolution.” There, I said it.  For me the intimidation stems from how often my resolutions collapse after the excitement of January fades off into oblivion.  And this is maybe just two weeks in.

I bet some of these resolutions have been on your list…Promises such as decluttering the house, exercising five days a week, losing x pounds and organizing  the years of photo accumulation.  I have noticed that my list sort of stays the same and that is what made me stop and say that this year it is going to be different.

I’m not going to set any rules for myself this January. That is my Resolution.  I think I might make a list of things I do well and see if I can add to it. This is an exercise that would benefit all of us. Be kind to yourself, take note of the things you do well, and you may be surprised at how long your list actually is! Or make a list of things you know you will do – shop more, travel more and find a new hobby.

Let’s all be a bit creative and only add things to our lists that make us happy.

Happy New Year to all my Iron Butterfly Project friends.  May 2023 be an extraordinary one!

January Fun Fact

January was named after the Roman god Janus who had two faces.  One allowed him to look forward into the coming year and the other backwards into the past year.

Many of you know that eating black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year’s Day is thought to bring good luck.  But did you know that pork is also a good luck food.  The theory is that when the pig digs, it sticks its snout in the ground and moves forward unlike many animals.  This is symbolic of what we are to do in the New Year.

The first Times Square ball dropped in 1907.  It has been a spectacle ever since  World War II. In 1942 and 1943, revelers observed a moment of silence at midnight instead.


Jan Betts is 2022-23 President of the 8212 Club of Barton Creek in Austin, TX. Originally from Kansas, she is retired, now living in Austin with her husband of 43 years, Gene. They have two daughters and one son and have three grandchildren now. They are expecting their fourth grandchild in the spring of 2023.


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