Clear Your Head & Express Yourself

As the snow melts and the cherry trees blossom, spring tends to gently push us to renew our inner spirit.   Allow yourself the freedom to express who you are now.  With each new season we have more baggage, more responsibilities, more worries.   Sometimes it helps to stop and smell the flowers, but first you need to step outside!  Here are some suggestions to help you open the door to you.

Don’t take yourself too seriously.  Being perfect is such a lofty goal.  Play.  Skip rope.  Walk in the rain.  Hold hands. Laugh out loud.  

Do something new.  Try something hands-on.  Photography, basket weaving, gardening, genealogy…  Search online for new hobby ideas.   Usually, finding something you are good at means finding something you enjoy doing!  Being good at it comes with time, so it’s important to love being imperfect as you practice.

Give of yourself.  Volunteer to help others who are dealing with health or financial issues.  Just talking or offering companionship can help someone else cope with difficulties.  Offering a hug or a ride to someone might just make a big difference.  We all need each other.

Get connected. Spend time with family.  Spend time with friends.  Spend time alone.  Try to balance the three.   Gather people who recharge your spirit.  It’s okay to spend less time with those who drain you over a long period of time.  Identifying people who are not good for you is as important as finding those who are good for you.

Believe in yourself.   Don’t compare yourself to others.  Compare yourself with your past self and be proud of your progress!  We all have different stories and challenges.   We don’t all start at the same starting line. 

Be purposeful.  It’s challenging to change old habits.  Start small and allow yourself to stumble.  If you really want to do something, keep trying.  Make a plan.  Be flexible and forgiving to yourself.  And reach some of those goals!

And, our favorite, stop and smell the flowers! Take time to enjoy life.  Find the beauty.  Connect with nature.   Grow flowers.  Paint flowers.  Take pictures of flowers.  Feel the flowers.  But most of all, smell the flowers!  And, sometimes, send flowers to yourself, your spouse, your mother  or your favorite person! 

Go, express yourself with abandon!

 

 

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