Ah the joys of spring! The cherry blossoms come out to play. Easter festivities put a smile on many faces. And the pollen smothers us in delight with allergic dreams. My car has been covered in the yellow stuff almost every morning and I’m on my second box of pills just to help me breathe. Perhaps it is the body’s way of Spring cleaning.
It is a time to relish in the beautiful blooms of nature and get relief from the hazards of winter. It also symbolizes new beginnings. So what better way to celebrate a new season than to indulge in some artsy activities?
Have you heard of zentangle? It’s just a fancy way of saying doodle. Adult coloring books are all the rage lately and it’s a good way to spend some time with the little ones. You can find them at any bookstore or download a few pages from the Web and color your stress away. And you don’t have to have kids to find an excuse to do this. Create your own zentangle drawings if you have the skills.
You’ve done your spring cleaning but need something else to do. How about redecorating a room? Pick up a few house magazines or surf the Net for ideas. Spruce up a TV room with some movie memorabilia from a certain era you love. Redo the kitchen with the style of your favorite chef or a food theme. Pick a favorite book and create a cozy reading space with literary flare.
Before the digital age, did you print tons of picture and then stored them away? Pull them out and buy a few frames to create a collage. If you have an empty wall, make a clothesline of those pictures – it will be a great conversation piece for guests. Take up scrapbooking if you want to get a little more creative. Find a store that has classes to enhance your crafting skills if you need some help.
And let’s not forget writing. Spring is the perfect time to write about a rebirth. Perhaps you were a different person than you were last year. Use nature as your guide to talk about the new you. Bask in the amazing flora and fauna around you. Take a moment to observe spring like you never did before and write your findings. If you are one of the unfortunate few who suffer from allergies, write about how it makes you miserable. Did you take a fun Spring break vacation? Write about the adventures you took or the disaster it was. Sometimes we can look back on those written memories and laugh about it or be proud how we have changed.
So utilize spring to its full potential. We only get the chance once a year to enjoy certain flowers and foods in the season – maybe even try an unusual spring veggie. Delight in the many hues of green leaves and be thankful for the return of color after months of gray.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia – a poetry collection about the struggles we face, the state of the world and how to see beauty in the simplest things, and Cardboard Signs – poems to bring awareness about homelessness, mental illness, self-esteem and the injustices many face.
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