- De-clutter your room. Spend time cleaning out your closet thoroughly. I've done this before and often I'll just sift through clothes and be like, "Oh I'll wear that some time," and then I never do! The better way for me to truly identify which clothes to donate is by trying them and seeing if I would still wear the item. I have also developed a system where I put clothes I've worn at the back of my closet so that I reach for the more unused items. If after awhile I'm still not reaching for it, it's time for that item to go! For me, cleaning out my closet relaxes me and it feels good to donate clothes to those in need. I recommend donating to Goodwill and the process is super easy. Just bring your clothes in a durable box or garbage bag and you can drop them off at the store. Bonus: The store will also give you a receipt you can use for tax deductions!
- De-clutter your work space. So many of us are guilty of saving forms, notes, and paper we no longer need. I am a true believer in the idea that an orderly house is a clear and unconfused mind. I think that cleaning out (and recycling!) items you no longer need makes it easier to keep track of the items that ARE still important to you.
- Try a new meditation routine. With daylight savings in place and more light hours in the day, there should be no excuse for incorporating meditation into one's morning or evening routine! If you're new to meditation, try adding a 15-20 minute guided meditation into your routine. I personally like the meditation app Headspace, which has a free 10-day trial, although you can find many free guided videos on youtube that are wonderful. If you're looking for more background on meditation as well as a way to learn different techniques, I would recommend reading "How to Meditate" by Kathleen McDonald. This is a wonderful book that you can always come back to and I love the different types of meditations I was able to try that helped add variety to my practice.
- Discover a new hiking trail. Hiking is a wonderful way to get outside, appreciate nature, and connect with others. I recommend devoting a Saturday morning to hiking a trail with a good friend or even yourself if you need solitude and reflection. This website is a great way to find trails in your area. Simply type in the area of interest and a list of trails, descriptions, and ratings will come up! This has been such a great way for me to discover new trails to test out.
- Look for a farmer's market. As spring approaches, farmer's markets will start to pop up again. This website helps you search for available farmer's markets in your area and gives you the exact location. Last year when I spent some time in California this was a great way for me to sift through the plethora of markets available and check out different spots to find my favorite ones! Farmer's markets are a great way to give back to the community by supporting your local farmers and often times the prices are much cheaper. However, make sure you know what you're paying for and ask if the fruits and vegetables have been grown organically or not. I have seen stands before that sell fruits and vegetables for the same price as organic farmers and use pesticides.
These are some of my recommendations for enhancing the Spring season although there are many others. What are you doing this Spring to refresh and renew your life? Let me know in the comments!