It’s spring, yay!
Except, if you live in a state like mine, the fact that it’s spring has meant basically, well, nothing. The weather is still dreary, there are no signs of life outside our windows, and we are slugging through snow and freezing weather still.
We are tired. And so, so cold.
We’re almost to the finish line of spring and being warm again, but our spirts are low, so to help us keep going, here are a few tips to bringing the spirit of spring to life, even if it’s not quite alive outside of our homes yet.
Grow your own herbs
Growing your own kitchen herbs is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways you can “garden” right in your own home. Not only with the herbs be a pretty sign of life in your house, but they will smell nice and be right at arm’s length when you need them for a new recipe. Also, if you choose to grow cilantro, it’s just an excuse to make more guacamole, which is always a win in my book.
Host your own spring break
There’s a reason schools have a spring break this time of year — it’s because we all are weary of winter and we need a break! Even if you don’t have kids in school or aren’t in school yourself, declare your own spring break and give yourself some time to rest + rejuvenate. Book a night at a local bed and breakfast, spend some time at a day spa, try a new yoga class, or just take the day off and wander your favorite bookstore or library. Those old days of spring break on a beach might be over, but the adult version can be way more relaxing anyways.
Buy a bright new notebook
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that if you’re reading this, you’re a book lover, and most book lovers are also word lovers, which means — drumroll please — you probably appreciate a good journal when you see one. There’s just something a journal that signifies fresh starts, dreams and aspirations, and the motivation to make them happen. So even if (like me) you already have a journal or book you’re writing in, give yourself permission to buy a pretty new notebook that inspires you to think spring and fresh starts.
De-clutter one thing at a time
The mere thought of spring cleaning makes me instantly anxious. My mother-in-law is a window-cleaning fanatic and my husband is always pressuring me to clean our windows, which sounds like a task I never want to tackle, ever. But spring cleaning is great for the mind, soul, and house, so instead of letting myself get overwhelmed, I focus on de-cluttering one thing at a time. That might mean the junk drawer, our laundry room, or just one closet, but I give myself permission to go slow and enjoy that little spring “boost” that comes from de-cluttering.
Try a flowery kimono
Thanks to that awkward weather of between seasons, we want to wear all the pretty, light, and flowy things, but it’s still chilly outside. The answer to that? Layers. I saw this pretty floral kimono on one my favorite Instagram shops the other day and instantly fell in love. I especially like that it’s forgiving and can help hide all of those winter hibernation pounds I may or may not be carrying.
Bring spring indoors
I do not have a green thumb. At this very moment, as we speak, I am sadly witnessing the slow death of the beautiful orchid that I bought this winter. For some reason, despite the fact that I give it regular water and sun and love, it is perishing. I am so sad about that, but it’s also shown me that instead of fighting the fact that I tend to kill off houseplants, I should really learn to work with the skills I was born with.
Which, of course, is ordering off Amazon Prime.
A quick Amazon search of “easy to grow” and “hard to kill” plants will yield all sorts of results. This plant is easy to grow, but does require sun and water and these plants are drought-resistant and only require indirect sunlight, so they might be more your speed.
From flower prints to plants inside to fresh starts, we can all start thinking spring until the real deal decides to arrive. (Which will be soon, right??) How are you thinking spring this month?