I love Maine. And I love winter. But there is a point in any relationship where there CAN be too much of a good thing. We’re there. Here we are, just days away from March, and there’s still snow up to our front porch! Today was yet another snow day, and we have more storms lined up over the next several days that we can only hope will miss us. Ok, winter, we’re done – you can go away and never come back!!! But since we’re stuck in this fluffy white penitentiary, we might as well make the best of it and set our sights on spring. Here area few tricks I’ve tried to get into the ‘spring spirit’ that actually work!
I may be overreacting – it’s something I’ve been occasionally known to do – but somewhere between winter months 3-5, picturesque scenes like this stop being charming and start feeling like Groundhog Day:
So here we go… on to Spring!
Nothing helps cheer up your body & soul like citrus! Clementines are a family favorite throughout the winter months – we can hardly keep in stock! Not only are they delicious and fresh (two things that remind me of luscious spring meadows) but they are chalk full of vitamin C, which helps ward off sickness, bulk up your immune system, and fight negative winter side affects like drowsiness, depression and apathy.
Clean something – ANYTHING – and watch how your home starts to smell and feel like fresh, sweet spring! Spring cleaning is always one of the tell-tale signs that winter is almost over (not sure if it works this way, but it always seems to come quicker once you’ve washed your windows and wiped down your cabinets). Not to mention using my favorite little cleaning friends, Amway Scouring Pads, makes any kind of cleaning more fun! Check out my other post dedicated entirely to this amazing find.
Don’t have time to clean but want your house to smell amazing? Pick up some of these Glade Wax Melts and watch (or smell) the magic begin! I’m absolutely addicted – I have to force myself not to buy them every time I shop! But with coupons and an Ibotta rebate, they’re practically free!
One of the best ways I know to change my perspective and get positive is listening to amazing worship music. Need some inspiration? Check out Jesus Culture’s Live From New York Album – it’s an ever-constant in our home, as one of the tracks is Little Mr.’s sleep song (a trick every parent needs to know – see the post here). Find some uplifting tunes and crank it up!
Last but definitely not least, you can’t change how it looks outside but you CAN change how it looks inside! I threw this pendant banner together for some spring-ish decor. I wanted it to say ‘Happy Spring’, but my husband insisted that even for the most optimistic (which he is admittedly not), the last week of February was officially too soon to declare the end of winter. So, we compromised (which we do a lot) and instead it cheers ‘Happy Day’ – which on some days is more of a command then a declaration…
Whether the snow stays in my yard for another 3 weeks or 3 months (I’m guessing it will most likely be the latter), I’m doing my best to choose joy. Lamentations 3:21-24 has become my mantra:
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'” NIV
I hope this warms your soul and brings you joy as we wait together for Spring!