Walk Around the Town and SurroundingsThis is the season to enjoy nature. There’s something soul soothing about walking through quiet areas; or just walking to one of the parks in your area, many are just around the corner from where you live. Do any kind of activity to get rid of all those holiday pounds you may have gained.
Take up a SportWith so many Golf Clubs around, golf is an activity that you can play all year round. We are lucky in Lagos as we have more than one golf course within our borders. If you aren't a golfer, maybe this could be the time for you to take lessons and learn a new sport.
You can also visit our local swimming pool and enjoy the therapy that splashing in water brings. Or just go for a swim.
You can also enjoy sailing ... or if you feeling brave you can enjoy surfing. Many of our surf shops are open all year round. If you do not know how to surf, join a surfing class.
Go to the BeachWe are lucky in Lagos as our weather being fairly mild enables us to enjoy our beaches all year round. Seriously, it may be January or February but the beach is an ideal place to relax. Pack up a picnic basket, a good book ... or just go fly a kite or go and feed the seagulls and pigeons.
Going to the beach in a winter day can be more relaxing than spending a day at the spa.
Clean houseJanuary is the month to start anew. Spring clean the house as you take down your Christmas decorations. Spend your days scrubbing the tub or cleaning out last year’s clutter. Donate any old magazines to nursing homes or to doctors visiting rooms. Give sheeting, clothes, old toys and shoes to shelters or to charity shops. Go through your pantry and decide what’s going to be kept what’s going to be donated and what has to be thrown out. Start the new year off with more room and less garbage.
Take a weekend break-awayThere are plenty of places you can go within the Lagos municipal footprint, close to home but still being nearby and at a price that will not break your bank or your budget. Visit one of your surrounding "freguesias" for a weekend away from kids, pets, in-laws ... or just your neighbours.
Chill Out at HomeHave a home spa weekend. You can buy products or create your own. For example, fill your bath tub with lavender followed by a mud masque, Finish off with a manicure/pedicure along with a soothing cup of hot, herbal tea. Invite friends over for facials and tequila sunrises.
Take a Class - Learn New SkillsLet 2011 be the year you learn something. Take up a language class or painting . Think about finishing up that degree you started ten years ago. Go on to the next level. Knowledge is a powerful tool, and it may be handy for your current or next job. If you don’t; have the time look into online courses. Any university or college has them and you can attend class at two in the morning. (something that would have been cool back during our undergrad days).
Shop Till You DropThanks to the economic crisis, stores are offering one-of-a-kind bargains to clear out their overstocks. This is the time to invest in that big screen TV or buy that new coat. Take advantage of the traditional sales on sheets, towels and blankets. This is also the perfect season to stock up on birthdays or wedding gifts for those big events occurring in 2011.
Send Out Thank You Notes and Birthday CardsSend thank you notes to the people that gave you presents, sent you best-wish e-mails or letters. Don't forget all your friends or family members who's birthday's are in January. Send them cards or a simple note. This is an occasion for you to personalise your cards by making them yourself.
So, don’t think of January as an after holiday let down. There are plenty of activities for you to do, despite the colder weather. Look and make January as one of the most fun filled month of the entire year!