By Amy Anderson:
I live in the northeast. The winters are cold, dark and usually way too long. While it tends to get to me after a while, I do love the change of seasons. It's a reminder of the cycles we go through in all areas of our lives.
The birth of a new phase, idea or adventure, the highlights and peaks, a slow decline or shift away from that phase, a period of hibernation, frozen in time until you're renewed with excitement for the next chapter.
A spring thaw is a beautiful thing. You get excited for the outdoors, a renewed energy that comes with more light. You get ambitious, eager and motivated to move forward.
I'm not exactly sure how that works for people who can't discern one season from the next but I know in these parts, it's obvious that spring has a similar effect on many people.
After a long winter of being layered in pants, long sleeves, sweaters and socks, it's easy to let your body "get away from you" a little. You hunker down with cozy foods, movies and football. It's hard to get motivated to go to the gym when it's dark and snowy and blowy out there. Every year you say you won't let that happen but...'tis the season.
So how do we pull ourselves out of the snowbank?
Let spring be your reminder, to revive and renew. Come out from under the heavy blankets and fuzzy sweaters. Get moving with purpose, eat colorful, healthy foods that make you feel good, take time to appreciate the next phase. WAKE UP! In every sense of the term. Be grateful for the new beginning, grateful for what's to come and grateful for where you've been.
It's finally spring.