Well - it appears that Spring IS coming. I took a very fast walk out into the garden (in the rain) and found the first flowers of the year pushing their way through the leaf cover. No snow to hide them so far.
I think the faeries are all gathered around the new little flowers, urging them on and making sure they enter the world safely.
This is enough of a New Year sign for me. I think I might be ready to move forward now - after all - if the flowers can do it, so can I.