It was a long cold winter, but we finally made it! Spring is here, and New York City is in full bloom. A few months ago I was feeling blue due to Seasonal Affective Disorder. But I've been spending a lot of time outdoors lately, and it's amazing how invigorating this beautiful weather can be. The gray days of winter have been replaced with exploding blossoms of color, and the city takes your breath away at every corner. Like the trees, we all die a little each winter to be born anew in spring. This is the perfect season to let go of bad habits, and make room for good ones to bloom. Keep reading for 3 ways I'm starting fresh this spring:
1. Clear the clutter
Spring is the perfect time to clear out the clutter, and let go of what no longer serves you. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a step-by-step guide to decluttering your home written by Japanese cleaning consultant, Marie Kondo. It's a quick, easy read that will inspire and empower you to take charge of your clutter and simplify your life. Marie walks you through the KonMari method - a simple, practical, and thorough system for cleaning and organizing your home once and for all. Marie's tips really opened my eyes even though I consider myself an advanced level tidier. It's full of insightful gems and totally worth a read. I can't wait to get started on my own cleaning marathon!
2. Reset your eating habits
I don't know about you, but I ate a looot of donuts this winter. And mac and cheese, and cheeseburgers, and Oprah chai tea lattes. I slipped into some lazy habits the past few months, and I need a little help to get back in gear and feeding my body right. I signed up for the Awaken Your Health cleanse last fall and it was great! I learned a lot about healthy eating, and started to incorporate more whole foods and balanced meals into my diet. I'm excited to do the new-and-improved 10 day cleanse this spring. It starts next Monday, and costs $75. You get lots of great info and support from organizers Amanda and Jackie - including tons of recipes, daily inspiration, meal planning guides, and insightful info about nutrition and better eating habits. Check out the Crafted Wellness page to learn more about the cleanse and sign up before it starts next week. It's definitely gonna be a challenge for me, but I'm looking forward to it.
3. Get Inspired
For a fun day of creative inspiration, you should definitely check out the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Kehinde Wiley show at the Brooklyn Museum before it ends May 24th. The museum and garden are right next door to each other, and you can get a combo ticket to both locations for $23. The Botanic Garden is free on Tuesdays, and the museum is open late on Thursdays nights. It gets crowded on the weekends, so your best bet is to go early. The gardens are just gorgeous this time of year, and the Kehinde Wiley exhibit is really cool and colorful and amazing. The portraits are super huge, like 12 ft high, and very powerful in person - full of rich, intricate detail and vibrant colors.