Some view the start of the new year as the time to take stock of one's life and move forward with new goals. For me, I feel that energy more in the spring. After the winter storms have passed, once we're treated to more daylight in our days, the birds are chirping and the flowers are in bloom — that's when I start to see the world again with fresh eyes. After some much-needed time spent with my daughters and grandchildren, it’s time to get things in order.
Gathering paperwork and crunching numbers in preparation for April's big tax deadline is a popular, if not time-honored, spring tradition in this country. It also happens to be renewal time for my organic certification and I need to make sure my paperwork and studio are ready for my annual inspection.
My gardening friends know that early spring is the time for planting vegetables. Taking delight at the sight of the little seedlings poking their heads through the soil — the fruits of your labor, so to speak — is one of life's greatest pleasures.
This time is also spent checking in on one's health with mammograms, physicals, blood-work, etc. and being thankful that the doctor is OK with your lifestyle choices.
Then there is the spring cleaning. Going through the closets and drawers, finding all the things you forgot you owned and boxing them up for your local charity. Clothing, kitchenware and games all get a shot at a new life in a new home.
Spring is the start of things, it's about making home repairs, clearing out the old and making way for the new. Like a new hobby with a reef tank my husband surprised me with.
On that note, a couple new soaps are currently curing for an April release: Green Tea and Star Anise. With a blend of Bergamot & Petitgrain, the Green Tea smells like spring. The Star Anise embodies more of an invigorating playful demeanor. Both are well-suited for the season.
I hope everyone is handling this time of the year with a positive and loving approach. Sometimes it can seem a little overwhelming but it sure feels good to get through it.