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On Blooming

Hello and happy Spring Equinox. After weeks of gorgeous, sunny, 70 degree weather, the Spring Equinox here in Charlotte was a cold, gray day but it felt totally appropriate to remind me what we’re saying goodbye to.

I love how each season has a very specific feel to it. Summer is full of long days and seems very extroverted and social, fall is all about shedding and letting go, winter makes me hunker down, get cozy and embrace my inner introvert and spring bring a feeling of new beginnings everywhere you turn.


Even though it happens every year, I never get tired of seeing flowers, trees (and people!) come back to life after winter. It feels energizing and hopeful. I really resonate with the idea in the quote above about not expecting ourselves to constantly be in bloom. There are seasons for growth, seasons for staying where you are and seasons for letting go. And no matter which of those seasons you’re in, you’re in exactly the right place.

It’s easy to feel like if we’re not on a growth trajectory hurtling forward to the next big thing, that we’re doing something wrong. In truth, sometimes a holding pattern is just what we need and can give you a lot of information about what’s working and not working in your overall landscape of life.


My messaging to my yoga class in my 4 p.m. class today was to spend some time as we enter the Spring season thinking about what new beginnings we are seeking or desiring in our lives. What do you want to really work on cultivating, nurturing and growing? Is it a relationship? A career goal? A practice of self-care and love? An actual garden or another hobby? Spring is the perfect time to decide embark of goals of growth.

Is there anything that you’d like to nurture, cultivate and grow as we move into the Spring season? 

I would like to cultivate a practice of meditation/journaling and nurture my friendships with my girlfriends.

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  • 1
    Megan March 20, 2016, 9:12 pm

    This was a great reminder for me that ‘sometimes a holding pattern is just what we need.’ I have been dealing with some hormonal issues for a few years now and often feel like my main focus is on doing all the things I need to do to get better while feeling like other parts of my life have been put on hold. I try to remind myself that this is a phase that will pass and I am doing what is right for me at this moment. Thanks for the words of wisdom!

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    Hilary March 21, 2016, 5:35 am

    I would like to focus more on opening up with those I live in my relationships.

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    Ashley March 21, 2016, 6:40 am

    This is beautiful. I love the concept of not expecting ourselves to be “constantly in bloom.”
    I just started going back to school and it’s been really great, but it’s come with some sacrifices for my family. I keep telling myself that I “should” have this or that by now, but I need to stop. I’m hoping to be more accepting of the situation I’m in, continue to learn everyday, and focus on being a great role model for my babies. Thank you for this!

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    Erin March 21, 2016, 7:20 am

    I would like to nurture more time for myself. It’s been a busy few months and I feel a little like the things that make me feel like “me” have been put on the back burner. I need to make it a priority to carve out 30 minutes a day to do something good for myself and not feel guilty about it.

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt March 21, 2016, 9:08 am

    I feel the same way about seasons… especially about spring. It’s a special time for me all about rebirth and new beginnings. What a great theme for your yoga class.

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    Beverley @ Born to Sweat March 21, 2016, 11:35 am

    Spring is beautiful! I was just in vancouver and literally every tree is blooming and smells incredible.
    I’m going to focus more on being a more attentive girlfriend because I feel like i’ve been way too focused on my blog and not giving a lot of attention to my amazing BF!

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    tara March 22, 2016, 12:53 pm

    So interesting. at first i think i didnt get it…the blooming thing but after reading a few times i understand what you mean. After the first of the year i totally hunkered down winter wise. my goal was to make time for myself, slow down a little at home since work was super nuts and “take are of myself”. That sorta went haywire when i got a serious case of winter blues and work went from super nuts to just stupid nuts 🙂
    i think i thought spending time at home was a way to take care of myself and say no to some things. While i did need that a little i guess i missed the mark a little since i dont think it helped in the way i wanted it to. i ate junk, gained weight, lost some workout motivation. Isnt it funny that the thing i thought would actually help me be healthier (mentally) actually sorta did the opposite. So now in spring…i think i’d like to focus on putting physical + mental health at the top of my list and figure out how to blend those together in a good way. i sat down and wrote some goals this week and the top one was to get back on track. now if i could just figure out the track to get on..hahaha. thank you for this post though. it resonated with me in an interesting way.

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