I have decided to continue my writing on here and have it link up to my podcast, especially since I know WordPress is amazing at auto translating for my international bees; including my family. So if you listened to my podcast yesterday, this is just a repeat in writing.
Today in SoCal I woke up to the sound of rain and it was so soothing and calming and I was a little surprised at first to even hear rain then I remembered the whole thing about April Showers bringing May Flowers, and even though it is almost the end of April I wanted to take this time to talk to you all about what Spring means to me in hopes that it’ll inspire you all as well.
For me, spring has always meant new beginnings….even though I am definitely more of a fall/winter girl, I almost feel like spring is my new year. Spring starts right after my birthday and it inspires me to just sit back and think of where I am and where I want to go.
I think of small goals like: after the semester I am going to take a day and clean out my closet, donate clothes and also organize my school shelf. I also think of things I want to do in order to stimulate my creativity – like knitting or embroidery; two things I find very relaxing. So it isn’t always about big gestures, it’s about what will make you feel fresh. For me, it’s always cleaning out things I no longer use or need or driving my creativity.
For you maybe it’s the same or maybe it’ll be picking up a new hobby or a book or even to start running now that the days are getting longer.
Whatever goals you have in mind, it’s about just getting started and what better time then now!
At the end of the day it is all about reflecting on what spring means to you and how you can allow that to motivate you.
Now, I try not to fixate too much into my long-term goals because I stress easily, so it’s a balancing act. If you’re into Ayurveda, just real quick, my Dosha is predominately Vata so when I am balanced I can easily be on the go and have a super busy schedule, have a long list of things I want to accomplish and rock it, but as soon as I feel imbalanced, I get insomnia and anxiety. If that’s the case then I slow down. In a way I don’t see it as putting my goals aside, I see it as taking care of myself first. And that’s important for anyone; if you don’t feel like you’re ready to start something new, then that’s completely okay! Listen to what your body and mind need first. That on its own is a goal as well.
If you’ve never heard of Ayurveda, I have also just discovered this. Ayurveda is a traditional Hindu system of medicine which is based on the idea of balance and bodily systems and uses of diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India so it is not a new trend, it is something that has been practiced for a long time. Something I find helpful is that they believe that food is medicine, which hello! I do too! I also practice yoga, which is also incorporated. If you want to learn more about it, a quick Google search will take you to a copious of websites. I find it really interesting, and if you do too, it may be helpful. If not, that’s totally okay!
So whether you are a student or work or a stay at home parent, let spring be a new beginning for you. let it inspire you with its beautiful gifts and receive it with joy. slow down if you need to and meditate under the warmth of the sun, most importantly don’t be so hard on yourself and just do what makes you happy.
Until next time,