There’s sometime about springtime that always inspires me to shake off the wintery cobwebs and crawl out of my cave of hibernation. Call it a spring awakening if you will, and I’m certainly not the only one affected! I’m fairly change-averse but the transition between winter and spring is my favorite, perhaps second only to summer-to-fall. But unlike the winter equinox that always makes me retreat into all things cozy, lazy, slow, and warm, the spring equinox pushes me to immediately better myself for the fresh new year.
Last March pushed me to leave the comforts of home and actively seek new friendships – I learned how to meet people in a new city and found myself part of a lovely circle of fascinating females. I also purged my closet of old clothes as I entered a new fashion phase in my life – one of minimalism, quality-over-quantity, investments, basic colors, and versatility. I also transformed my eating habits, allowing them to evolve as the breakfast challenge revealed my penchant for savory over sweet meals.
I’m feeling that itch again this year as spring quickly approaches – change is in the air and I like it! My approach this year is slightly different yet still simple nonetheless. I want to focus on “cleaning” five areas of my life – mind, body, social life, health, and surroundings.
I chose these five areas and created small, easily achievable goals for each.
◊ Body: run/walk 1 mile every day
◊ Social Life: meet 2 friends for dinner and/or drinks at least once a week
◊ Health: create 3 new healthy recipes per week, whether from scratch or an existing recipe
◊ Surroundings: donate 4 old clothing items to reduce clutter and embrace minimalism
◊ Mind: spend 5 minutes meditating daily, either in the morning or before bed, to clear my mind
It’s no secret that I’m usually unable to stick with firm resolutions, it’s just not my style and I always inevitably fail. This spring I’m embracing simplicity and avoiding any intentions that will only add more stress into my life, which would be the complete opposite of spring cleaning!
Interested in joining me? Use the areas of focus below and add in your own 1-2-3-4-5 step program to spring clean your life!
◊ Body: ______
◊ Social Life: ______
◊ Health: ______
◊ Surroundings: ______
◊ Mind: ______
Remember, small changes add up to make the biggest impact!