Spring is Here!

If you live in Australia, winter is finally over. The days are getting longer and brighter again. You can feel it in the air, that renewed sense of positivity that comes with sun shine and freshness in anticipation of the months to come. Apart from wanting a wardrobe update and cleaning your house, the start of a new season is always a chance for a fresh start, and to set new goals and new intentions.
“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Sounds simple, if you are a fan of sunshine and flowers then Spring = happiness and there are no limits, right?

There are articles all over the place about what goals to set for spring but I think the start of any new season or phase is also a really great time to reflect on the last 3 months and take stock of what has happened. What, if anything, did you achieve? Do you know what you want to get out of the next few months? What are steps you can put into place to get you to what you want? How do you feel right now? How do you want to feel?

Whoa, sorry that got intense! What I am trying to say is that we all have milestones or goals but sometimes you need to look at the feeling or intention behind it to discover what you actually want. How are you supposed to do something if you don’t know why you are doing it?

Set your intention
Don’t wait until new years eve to make a change you may have been thinking about, why wait? How long can you make the same excuses? Set your intention for Spring!
I say intention and not goal or resolutions because I am not talking about learning French or losing 10kg. They are goals, I am talking about the intention behind those goals. Why do you want to loose 10kg? Do you just want to get healthy or is it because you have low self confidence and losing weight will make you feel better about yourself? Two very different answers and require different approaches.
Some might like to go in depth and create a structure or schedule about how to achieve goals, which is great if that works for you. How you do it is up to you but having and knowing the steps in place to help you get where you want to go is very important if you want to give yourself a chance success. Making a pledge to yourself is a great way to stick with an intention. Make your intention your phone background, stick a little note on your mirror, whatever works for you! Sunday September 29 is Lorna Jane Active Nation Day, you can click onto their website and make a little pledge to yourself, here is mine and one a friend made:
An intention doesn’t have to be grandiose, it can be a small simple change you incorporate into your life every day to make it better. One thing I suggest to everyone is getting outside and soaking up some of those sun rays you have been missing through winter. This week I have made an effort to spend at least a few minutes a day outside, I find it immediately affects my mood, try being grumpy when you are outside on a beautiful day!
Here are some of my Spring intentions:
  1. Spend more time outside.
  2. Drink more water.
  3. Stop avoiding situations I find challenging.
  4. Focus on being more present in the moment.

As you can see they are pretty simple, nothing that amazing or complicated, something that I can try and do every day but require regular practice to become a habit. Once you work out why you want to do something, it makes doing it so much easier! Have a go :)

What are some of your spring intentions? Leave a comment or tweet me @flickofapproval and use the hashtag #springintention
Good luck,
Flick xx

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