Spring trickles through the days as of late, and I giddily smile and grin anticipating each day’s accumulation of minutes, daylight, warmth and birdsong.
While officially arriving on March 20th, we can prepare for its arrival these next three weeks. 🙂
Don’t get me wrong, Winter, you were splendid, especially here in Bend. Just the right amount of snow to shovel, snowy days and ample cozying-in paired with surprises of blue sky here and there, but I am ready. My garden is ready and well, it’s been a long year since last spring.
Today I would like to share with you eight ideas to try in a variety arenas in your life to welcome the new spring into being with brilliance.
1.Become serious about how you want to live in your house, in your life.
Being inside our homes for these pandemic-prompted extended periods of time, especially so during the winter, but multiplied by the days leading up to winter, the clarity of what works . . . and what doesn’t . . . stares us in the face.
With so much out of our control, our homes are the one space where more control is possible. Now is the time to put a plan into action which will stay within your budget and make the necessary changes. This article points out how many decor trends will likely become more permanent as we realize the value in investing in quality furniture rather than fast, cheap pieces; finding a private space for each individual in the home for good mental health practice as well as thoughtful kitchen design.
~Check out these posts for more ideas and inspiration on how to customize your sanctuary: Phase One of TSLL’s Home Customization: Where to Begin?; Phase Two: 10 Steps to Help You Begin Customizing Your Home; Read this book – profiled in this post to help guide you along your journey of customization.
2. Sharpen the garden tools
Reminded by my mother this past weekend who was tending to this task, sharpen our tools and garden devices now so when the weather allows, we can dig in! 😉
– Monty Don shared his March garden jobs post here for a few more ideas to tend to in your garden.
3. Freshen up and clean up your beauty and skincare routine
4. Try one new recipe that captures your tastebuds in pictorial form. And then try another one, and then another one, and see how your cooking repertoire expands.
I recently saw this Ginger-Dill Salmon Recipe in the NYT Cooking insert in the Sunday paper and had to try it. Okay, I will admit, it may have been the avocados that sold me. 🙂 Just look at the picture!
5. Consider growing your own herbs and any other vegetables you enjoy eating in your own garden.
~Learn how to sow seeds here, and yes! You can do it! I just sowed two packets of tomato seeds this past weekend, my lettuce – rocket as well as French mache – are doing quite well delightfully, and I look forward to giving many more vegetables a try that I personally enjoy eating. Stay tuned!
Many herbs and vegetables can be sowed now for a late spring and summer harvest, so start making a garden wishlist and purchase those seeds.
6. Invest in 2-3 pieces for your spring capsule wardrobe – start planning and perusing now.
TSLL’s Spring Shopping Guide will be posted on the blog on April 1st, but until then, examine your spring capsule wardrobe. What is working? What are you looking forward to wearing as the days become a bit warmer? What is missing?
Why narrow your list down to just a few items? Your budget will enable you to invest in quality items you love. And when you start perusing, but not purchasing just yet, you give yourself time to think about and thoughtfully decide what your wardrobe needs as you are ahead of most shoppers AND more sizes will still be available when you finally decide upon what you want.
~Learn more about How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe On a Budget.
7. Assess your fitness regimen – perk it up a bit with time spent outside doing something you not only love but something that breaks a sweat or tones your muscles
With more daylight and gradually warming weather, making wanted changes to your fitness routine just became a bit easier. Or course, working out in the garden is a form of exercise, but why not take your yoga onto your porch, go for a longer run as the evening or morning light allows. Start with one day with a longer time allottment and then gradually do so on subsequent days as you desire.
8. Put winter (or the nearing-its-end season) to bed with gratitude and celebration
In many ways, my birthday marks the end of winter and the start of spring, so I tend to see my personal celebration as a reason to become excited for spring. However, I also am someone who does enjoy winter, so I don’t want to dismiss it. This past weekend, I made one of my favorite chocolate cakes, but in mini form – Reine de Saba (seen below), and in so doing, celebrated the cozy gifts of winter giving myself permission to then fully become excited about the impending spring season’s arrival.
Okay. Spring, I am ready! Wishing you a lovely final few weeks of the winter season, and may the 20th of March find you at peace with the passing season and bounding into the new. 🙂
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4 Simple Ways to Spring Forward, episode #29