Fear less, hope more;

eat less, chew more;

Whine less,

Breathe more;

Talk less, say more;

Love more,

and all good things

will be yours!

~Swedish Proverb

 

Show of hands how many of us are about ready for winter and snow to be over? I know that I am. I’ve confessed before to being notorious winter-phobe, and even though I can grudgingly admit that over the past several months I have found a kind of detached beauty in snow… yeah, that doesn’t mean I want it to stick around.

Here in Chicagoland, if past years are anything to go by, the cold will hang on through April, though hopefully we’ve gotten most of the snow accumulation past us. I’m probably still jumping in the gun in beginning my spring preparations, but I’m sure you’ll agree it gets tedious being trapped inside all the time. So, here are a few things to keep you occupied while you anxiously await warmth and green outdoors.

 

  • Cleaning and cleansing

You know how energy works; just by existing we throw off positive and negative vibes, and they tend to layer the spaces around us, like dust. Even if the past few months haven’t been brutal, you’ve still spent a lot of time in your home, and it’s a good idea to cleanse the space. Hand in hand with this is actual spring cleaning. I know, I know. Who wants to clean? I don’t. But as much as I hate it, I’m always glad when it’s done.

 

  • Be green

I had to give up composting this winter because… well, I’m new to it and didn’t know how to insulate it, so my pile froze. But once the snow melts, it’s time to get back to those green habits you’ve been working on! Consciously work on eliminating the amount of trash your family throws out, make earth-friendly purchasing choices and take time to appreciate the budding green.

 

  • Go outside

Yeah, you’re not going to freeze to death anymore, so pry yourself from your indoor-bound routine and go outside. Start your garden preparations, plan what you want to be doing this year with your outdoor space and just connect with the earth.

 

  • Revitalize

We all have projects that go on the back burner and never seem to get anywhere. Choose one of them and breathe new life into it. Give yourself permission to chase that dream. Find a new passion or go back to an older one you’ve had to let go. Spring and summer are about feeling alive after the cold darkness of winter.

 

  • Celebrate yourself

Remember it’s important to acknowledge your own worth and transitioning into spring is the perfect time to do that. Celebrate your life, your accomplishments, your body, your family, and anything else you’re proud of. This can be something as simple as you taking the time to pat yourself on the back, throwing a party, or enjoying time with those you love.

 

  • Thank Old Mother Winter

Yeah, this is a grudging one, I know. But Old Mother Winter’s time is an important part of our natural cycle. You can’t have light without dark, warmth without cold, and you can’t know bounty and joy without experiencing hardship. You might not have liked it very much, but it was needed.

 
How are you preparing for the coming spring?

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