Spring arrived yesterday in all its glory. After Fall this is my favorite time of year. It means the trees are getting back their greenery and flowers are starting to bloom and yes; the weather is getting warmer. Old man winter has finally decided to pack his bags and head out of town for the next 7 or 8 months and most of us breathe a grateful sigh of relief.
Of course, living in Hawaii, nothing really changes when the seasons change. The temperature of the water might get a little warmer, but the flowers bloom all year here and the temperature stays about the same. It might dip a little in certain places, so when you wake up in the morning you may need a sweater or leggings, but by mid-morning to early afternoon you are back to your boardshorts and slippahs (flip flops). A lot of people laugh when I say I am cold on any particular winter day here, but they do not understand. When the temperature gets under 70 degrees, it can feel like a cold Fall Day ranging in the 50’s. It doesn’t happen that often, but when it does, I get flashbacks of cold weather and I am thankful I moved here.
But Springtime is more than just temperature change and lighter clothing, it is a state of mind to new beginnings. It’s time to begin a new project or a new routine. The cloudy hibernation mindset of winter is clearing, and new possibilities might emerge in its place. It is time for spring cleaning.
I love to spring clean. It’s a time to go through and get rid of things you no longer need or want, to change out the heavier sheets and comforter for a lighter set and to thoroughly give your place a good scrubbing. I have to admit that in the past two years, I did not do this. I just rode out the past couple of years in a state of limbo, but now that the light is definitely at the end of the tunnel; it is time to wipe the sleep from my eyes, put on my work boots and get to it.
Not only will I deep clean the apartment and get rid of things I no longer need, but I will also take stock of what is going on with me and if I need to make some changes, I will. That could mean anything. Maybe I need to cut back on my social media apps or the number of streaming services I have. Maybe I need to rework how I time block my day in order to be more productive. Maybe I have let some of my goals fall on the back burner and now is the time to figure out if I need to get back on track, rework it or get rid of it all together. It is o.k. to do this, sometimes what you think you want is not really the right path at all. Isn’t that the point of life anyway? To try new things and see what works for you. If I kept to the same path I set for myself as a teenager, I would be a lawyer in a big city somewhere and probably miserable. Thank goodness I let that go before college.
The point is that it is spring, time for rejuvenation and growth in whatever area you choose. You want to plant a garden, do it. You want to take a class, do it. You want to take a break and relax, because you have been going nonstop lately, do it. This is the time to look around and do what is best for you. Only you can decide what is right for you, so go get out in the sunshine, stop and smell the flowers and decide how you are going to spring clean your life this year.
***Question for the comments…Do you do a spring clean every year? Is it just the house you tackle, or do you do an inventory on yourself as well?
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