So tonight is that glorious night where we “Spring Forward” to daylight savings time. And after such a long and snowy winter, many of us are yearning for Springtime.
Yes, we lose an hour of sleep tonight, but we gain so much in the way of longer days, warmer temps and lots of sunshine that it’s all worth a sleepy Sunday to make the shift.
I love the Spring Equinox so much that it influenced my theme for my New York Holiday House room with Traditional Home in 2012. I was so excited to celebrate both this first shift into Spring and the idea of being fashion forward, that I named my room Spring Forward – note the colors of budding spring flowers and greenery, and the couture detailing that nods to fashion.
But for me, Spring is about so much more than the obvious. It is a time that not only the flowers bloom, but many of my biggest ideas come to life. With longer days come more waking hours to create, design, and dream. With warmer weather comes more long walks when my BIG ideas come to mind at a faster rate – with every step – so much so that I have to play memory games with them so I don’t forget them all until I get home to write them down.
And it is this time of year that self-care becomes more important to my life and health than ever. Although it may seem counter-intuitive because Spring is the time when exercise gets fun again with hiking and biking and so much more – I have to be SUPER diligent not to let all my work travel and big ideas catapult me right back into my work-a-holic tendencies. Work for me can be an addiction, I love it so.
Springtime is always a super-busy time in my industry. So the idea of a 50-50 balance may be out of reach for me this time of year, but I have to be disciplined to at least make myself an equal priority as my work. It likely means “adding more in to get more out” but thankfully the universe is in collusion with me and gives me all those extra daylight hours to make that happen.
So today, I am grateful for daylight savings time, a rush of creative ideas and moving self-care back to the top of my Springtime to do list. I am filled with energy and passion for all the BIG ideas I am working on that you will see coming to life just like the trees in the coming weeks and months. And I am grateful that I can get outside, breathe in the air, hike our beautiful mountains, and run in the grass with my daughter and our pups to fill me back up after hours on a plane, behind my computer and in meetings with my creative team and some amazing collaborative partners we are working with. Thank you, Spring! You are loved.
Now how about you? What does Springtime do for your psyche, your to do list, your health and your attitude? Leave me a comment and let me know if Springtime is your busiest, happiest or most challenging time of year. Or all three! It takes a village to keep us all going, right? And I for one am just glad that the universe tries to help us out. We need all the help we can get.
Happy Spring, Y’all!