4.3.11

Spring: Ten Sprightly Steps to Take This Season

“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

Allegory of Spring  - Image via Wikipedia

I love Spring and everything about that particular season. It is about renewal, rebirth, color and casualness. Every time I think about Spring, I feel a spring in my step and my mood is infinitely lighter. Who doesn't like spring? Only a rare bird would see the blossoms and smell the fresh air and turn its nose up at that time of the year... Well, enough with the poetry.

When I read the prompt from MamaKat's Writers Workshop that got me singing the spring swan song, I wanted to write about the obvious; fashion and stuff. But as I thought about it, I decided it would be sprightly (don't you love that word?) to use a different approach with the question: The prompt was to - Share 10 "Must Haves" this Spring! Here are Ten Sprightly Steps/Must Haves to take us into Spring.
Colorful Spring Blooms...

✿♡✿Sprightly Step 1: One notable change we see from winter to spring is color; flowers, clothing and lifeforms come alive. First on our list is to get some of those wonderful spring flowers in a vase for your home, a few sprigs to wear in your hair, or a potted flowering plant for your terrace.
✿♡✿Sprightly Step 2: Key to enjoying the shift in temperatures is the change in our wardrobes. The colors for spring are always lighter and brighter than winter. So wake up the fashionista in you and dig out or buy some good colorful, lightweight clothes. Here are fabulous spring-wear tips and trends from: StyleList, Glamour and InStyle.
✿♡✿Sprightly Step 3: Nothing beats having good fresh foods during the spring season. The local farmers markets start to stir and an array of delicious fruits and vegetable can be purchased and prepared. For recipes and to feast your eyes on exquisite foods, do visit my Blogger friend Roz's scrumptious food blog Bellavita-Bellasblog. She will satisfy your senses and your stomach. Thank you Roz!
✿♡✿Sprightly Step 4: Get some fresh air by getting out your gardening tools and start planting those beds of seedlings you nursed over the winter. The air is fresh and the blooms are blossoming, so add some mulch, remove the weeds, cut a few blooms for your home and walk... Inhale!
✿♡✿Sprightly Step 5: I would be remiss if I didn't add travel. The great thing about traveling in the springtime is that the masses are still home preparing for their big summertime trips. Take a trip in the spring and enjoy the cherry blossoms in Japan or an easy breeze on the beach at any of the locations below. Travel, especially if you win it, is always fun.

So after the following wonderful announcement for a fabulous vacation from JustLuxe, and our casual blog hops, I'll share more of my 10 things to have this spring season... ✿♡✿Read the rest below, after the fantastic vacation offer & blog hops!


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Cherry Blossoms/Sakura in Japan

✿♡✿Sprightly Step 6: Exercise in the spring comes in many forms; we can do more outdoor things like walking, running, hiking, gardening or we can do indoor exercises like spring cleaning and moving/packing away winter items.  Add something new to your winter exercise routine... and drink lots of fluids.
✿♡✿Sprightly Step 7: The company we keep determines our overall well-being and joie de vivre. Gather with good friends and family and go out and do some fun spring things together. Better yet, get some food items from the market and gather for some spring foods -- potluck, of course. Keep good company.
✿♡✿Sprightly Step 8: After the cabin fever of this brutal winter, we all need a lift and an inspiring book or two will help our mood and feed our brain cells. An inspiring and moving book to read if you don't have one in mind is: Peace From Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant. Another inspiring book is Poke The Box by Seth Godin (Ebook here). Yet another is Enchantment  by Guy Kawasaki.  What do you recommend?
✿♡✿Sprightly Step 9:  When our excitement over the changing season bubbles over, we tend to do more than necessary, and it's easy to get carried away by all the fun outdoorsy things we can now do. So, don't forget to take some time to rest. Rest will rejuvenate us.
✿♡✿Sprightly Step 10:  As we go into spring and get moving around preparing for the summer and all its glory, lets  offer the universe and all in it our gratitude. Gratitude is a great attitude to take into Spring. Enjoy the ten sprightly steps and leave me an upbeat comment for the upcoming spring! :-)

Foods for the seasons...

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Don't let the winter doldrums damper your steps to a lovely spring.  As the weather warms up, get back to enjoying the outdoors and all the things that spring brings to our door... Oh and don't forget to do a bit of spring cleaning; our homes could use the fresh air and scent of clean rooms and dusted closets.  What are your thoughts? A sprightly Spring awaits you!  

I would love to hear from you.  Please leave me a comment/question. Thank You! 


PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photograph of Allegory of Spring via Wikipedia 
Colorful Spring Flowers by Anita Martinz via Flickr & Wikipedia 
Cherry Blossoms/Sakura at Imperial Palace, Japan  via Wikipedia
Foods for the seasons via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive.
© Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


39 comments:

  1. Spring makes me happy for many of the reasons you list. The weather is good, the sun is shining and I always feel a renewed hope for the year.

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  2. I just noticed the first little green shoots of spring pushing forth from the ground yesterday! That gave me a 'spring' in my step all day! Thanks for the great tips, E!

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  3. spring is a metaphor for many similar steps in human behavior, yes ...
    and because I saw a picture from Santorini - the church with blue top - her's my link to my Santorini SPRING feelings slide show:
    http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/santorini-blues/
    I will add there a link to your 10 SPRING steps ...
    kindly: frizztext, Germany

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  4. Since I always need some positive kismet, I am a new follower.

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  5. Spring color is so invigorating...even just thinking about it right now while it's gloomy and cold out my window has put a smile on my face. Thank you!

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  6. I've experienced spring in your country, though I forget what it was like. Here, we only have summer and then the rainy season. Officially, summer is from March till May, but it feels like summer 3/4 of the year. Although I love the beach, it would be cool to have a break from the sun some time. A lot of us actually long for winter. ;)

    Three things from your spring list that will be part of my summer plan: travel, a good, inspirational book, and fashion.

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  7. Thank you all for your feedback... I will visit you again soon. Times are hectic! :-)
    Eliz

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  8. What a pretty blog! I'm following you back.

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  9. Hi there! tnx for the follow, I am returning the favor...
    clavs

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  10. Following you back! Thank you so much for getting me to 100 followers! You made my day!

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  11. I do love the spring...but will have to wait a bit more. I am a new visitor and love the positive vibes!
    Visit me if you wish:
    childhoodmyths.blogspot.com

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  12. hi, New follower came through blog hop...you can visit me at http://seemask.blogspot.com
    http://potspansandspices.blogspot.com
    http://cakes4ralloccasion.blogspot.com/

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  13. I love, love, love these pictures. They feel good to look at.

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  14. Great post! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am now following you back :)

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  15. Hello....I LOVE your blog!!!!.Thanks for connecting..I'm following you back from Adventures at Greenacre : )

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  16. I am following you (suelee1998) from the blog hop, you have a great site. Would you please follow me back? http://susansdisneyfamily.blogspot.com/
    thank you :)

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  17. Hi!
    Thanks for hopping by and for following. I am now following you too. =0)

    http://affordingcommoncents.blogspot.com

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  18. I love Spring and can't wait til its here and all the snow to be gone..
    Great Post..
    Stopping by for FMBT..
    Have a great week.

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  19. Good Afternoon,

    Spring is lovely especially walking in the nearest park and watching the movement of the leaves, feeling the breeze and the sun on your face. What is better than this?! Terrans

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  20. Thanks for following Random Deals. Here to return the favor. I like your blog so much that I have also subscribed via RSS. Beautiful!

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  21. I love Spring flowers!

    I just found your blog through the Follow Me Back Tuesday blog hop! Have a great week.

    Amanda @ www.nutritionistreviews.com

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  22. Hello Elizabeth!

    Thank you so much for the follow and I've returned the favor. Looking forward to seeing you back in my blog sometime! ;)

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  23. Returning the Blog Love. I’m following you back now!

    -Becca
    Becca's Perspective

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  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following you back!

    Smiles,
    Melanie

    http://reasonstoskipthehousework.blogspot.com

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  25. following from Follow Me Back Tuesday! great photos.

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  26. Thank you all for following back... I have returned the favor with new followers too.
    Elizabeth

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  27. Love spring... and love fresh flowers in the house! Thanks for stopping by.. I'm already a follower here! ;)

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  28. Thank you for the follow -im just following you back
    http://misavingsmama.com
    I love spring -

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  29. Following you via To Teh Top Tuesdays Blog Hop. Hope you will follow me too @ http://masalabowl.blogspot.com/2011/03/day-290-blog-hops.html

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  30. Thank you all for your visit. I am already following you... See you soon.
    Elizabeth

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  31. Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year here in the desert. It's one of the few times we get to see green and an array of color.

    BTW, thanks for the blog hop follows...following back via GFC and Networked Blogs.

    Janice
    Celebrating Family

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  32. Happy Saturday!!!!
    I hope you are having a great day. I found you Spotlight Saturday blog hop, and I'm excited to follow you. Also I host a blog hop on Mondays, please feel free to link up.
    Naomi
    http://misoglamorous.blogspot.com

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  33. Happy Saturday!!!!
    I hope you are having a great day. I found you Spotlight Saturday blog hop, and I'm excited to follow you. Also I host a blog hop on Mondays, please feel free to link up.
    Naomi
    http://misoglamorous.blogspot.com

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  34. I know I am late to the party but we're still waiting for spring to arrive here. I am doing the spring cleaning (from which I am getting my rest and visiting you) and dreaming of colorful buds. Yesterday I saw some nice green shoots, but today they are again covered in a white blanket.
    I need to find a way to work "sprightly" into a conversation.

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  35. Best blog ever Eliz...love it and the changes and the colors too ~Bless you

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  36. I am looking forward to Spring. Thank you for sharing these tips with us.

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  37. I love Spring. Of all the season it is my favorite-- Your 10 tips are well worth repeating, I am so sure everyone would love to read these, and they are such a great help.

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