LIFESTYLE | Happy Spring Equinox: My Intentions for the Season
Since I was a little girl, I have loved spring equinox because it symbolizes newness. New life, new experiences, a fresh start.
The weather starts to get warmer, the days are longer, the air just FEELS different.
When I was young, I loved when it started to get warmer so I could go outside + hula hoop for hours. I also loved climbing the tree in my front yard + read books all afternoon outside. Most of my favorite outdoor festivals like the Chili Cookoff in my hometown of Tustin and Strawberry Festival in Garden Grove on Memorial Day weekend happen during the spring, which I’ve loved attending since I was a kid and the season is almost like an exciting precursor to the best season of the year in my opinion - summer.
Nowadays when it gets warm, I love riding my bike + roller skating (my newest hobby!) on the boardwalk in Newport Beach + fashion-wise, love transitioning into wearing sundresses + shorts with jackets + boots. Spring is also the official start of WEDDING SEASON - I literally feel like April to November is a marathon of weddings, events, scheduling, fine-tuning, coordinating, organizing + managing each year and I freaking love it. With each new season, I make it a point to take some time for new reflections, make new goals for myself + set new intentions which I carry throughout the season. Spring is an especially good time of year to set new intentions for yourself because of the new beginnings that the season symbolizes. Why not start fresh for the “freshest-feeling” season of the year? Here are my Spring intentions for this year. I hope they inspire you to create your own for the season, or hey, you can try mine if you’d like. Either way, I wish you the best Spring Equinox + lots of beautiful beginnings + experiences.
1. Practice Patience
Patience is a virtue, that’s for sure...but I’m going to keep it real with you and share that patience is NOT a virtue that I currently possess all that much of. The struggle is real, you guys. For as long as I can remember, I have always been an extremely impatient person. When I have a thought, any thought - to do something, go somewhere, buy something, experience something, travel somewhere - you name it, I make it happen - and quick. I have always been a person that goes with my gut without a lot of contemplating or thinking. A few hours after deciding that I wanted to become a wedding planner, I purchased a half dozen magazines on the topic + cold called wedding planners all over the county, landing an internship within the first two weeks. When I decided that I wanted to start a business, I made it happen. As you can see, this lack of patience has served me well in my career, but I am realizing that when it comes to personal growth, interpersonal relationships and matters of the heart, patience is exactly what you need for success. These delicate matters sometimes require more of a journey - they involve other people, other feelings, and complexities that we sometimes need time + well, patience, to internalize and work through. And sometimes that means that you are about to embark on somewhat of a journey - and there is SO much beauty in that. This season I am committing to practicing patience through and through (I’m even thinking about getting “patience” in sanskrit tattooed on my side to remind me, indefinitely.)
2. Stop and Think Before Reacting
Man, oh man, is this another doozy for me. Sort of piggybacking off of point one, I have always been one to quickly react to things, for better…and for worse. If you know me well, you are probably nodding your head + chuckling in agreement right now (go on, laugh. I’m working on it! What can I say...I’m a passionate scorpio, haha.) Truly though, more often than not, a quick reaction = an OVERreaction. So in all seriousness, this season, I am vowing to pause + take a break before I react - react to anything, whether it be positive or negative. Because rational thought + thinking with your brain over your heart (in most circumstances) always leads to the most productive + positive of outcomes.
3. Stay In My Own Lane
I have been practicing this one for a while and OMG does it feel good! With any level of success comes people who support you, love you, and cheer you on, but also people who are jealous, catty, and not happy for your successes. And experiencing that latter part is interesting, but it isn’t something that bothers me. It can be upsetting, though. So when you’re climbing that ladder of success, remember this:
“A FLOWER DOES NOT THINK ABOUT THE FLOWER GROWING NEXT TO IT - IT JUST BLOOMS.”
Cheesy, but true - and I just bought an adorable $12.99 piece of wall art for my apartment with this exact quote on it and I am not mad about it! Staying in your own lane, keeping your head down, and focusing on yourself is, in my opinion, THE single best thing you can do for yourself, your business, and your wellbeing on your rise to success. For me. whether it’s limiting my time scrolling through Facebook + Instagram, not engaging in gossip, and being very selective with what I share and who I share it with, staying in my own lane + keeping my eyes on the prize has been the best thing I have done for myself as of late. I’m keeping this mantra on the forefront every single day this season.
4. Treat Everyone With Kindness
Simply put, kindness goes a loooooong way. Reminder: Not everyone you come into contact with is going to be pleasant. Not everyone is going to be having a good day. Hell, some people straight up hate their lives, hate their jobs, are fighting with their spouse, are dealing with their own sh** and guess what? They are going to project that misery on you. Truth time: Some people are just not going to like us, girlfriend. And that’s just the way it is. But we, we have the power to be kind, no matter what. So with every interaction, be kind. “Kill ‘em with kindness” as they say - spread love + light and love out into the universe, without expecting anything in return, and you’ll feel good about it, the universe will reciprocate, and hopefully, you’ll brighten someone’s day in the meantime.
5. Make Time For Play
I have been wanting vintage-style roller skates FOREVER and I finally got some this week, took them out for a spin on the Newport Beach boardwalk, and I must say, my soul came alive! For having the Pacific Ocean practically in my backyard, I am embarrassed with how little I make my way out to the beach. It’s an amazing place to live, and I am so grateful. With a busy schedule like mine, it’s so easy to stay engrossed in work for hours on end, but this season, I am putting play as a priority. Whether it’s rollerskating, riding my bike, going to a dance class or learning a new hobby (I’m starting Ukulele lessons in May!) staying physical + moving my body while having fun and keeping a playful spirit is not only lessening my stress, but getting me more in shape! Win win win, all around.