7 Early Signs of Spring & 3 Secret Springs of Hope

7 Early Signs of Spring & 3 Secrets Springs of Hope is fresh air for your winter soul! Let’s ease away from these remaining days of late winter and put on a new mind…even if the nests have yet to appear. The signs of spring are everywhere for me, and hope is swelling within my chest.

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7 Early Signs of Spring & 3 Secret Springs of Hope

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7 Early Signs of Spring

1. Spring Fever on Social Media

Yep. Easter baskets, vacation getaways, and egg casseroles are blowing up on Pinterest. There’s undoubtedly an appetite for spring-related stories and romance. Did you visit THIS ONE with colorful inspiration? You can sense a yearning for hope and fresh possibilities.

Blogging has changed so much since the ancient days (circa 2010) when I simply wrote for myself. As this blog’s audience has widened, so has my sensitivity to the seasons and content you might appreciate. Yet I still approach this wee pocket of cyber sanctuary as I always have:

Holding on lightly.

Vulnerably – knowing nothing is permanent and ever evolving.

Tenderly – never taking my flawed yet lovely self too seriously.

Heartfully believing that imperfect trickling streams of consciousness may mysteriously flow into parched places where thirsty seeds lie.

And trusting the wisdom of the present moment to teach what we dare to learn.

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2. Greening

The vibrant spring green background for these quotes mirrors the approaching greening, and I am always eager to greet spring with an open heart proclaiming, HELLO, LOVELY!

Inspirational quote by Gertrude Stein on Hello Lovely Studio.
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Imagine the Greenery Possibilities in These Pots!

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3. Birdsong in the Air

Have you heard birdsong yet? It is one of the signs spring is on the way.

A sweetly lilting birdsong found me the other morning, and I must say I was more thankful than usual. You see, I was recently diagnosed with significant hearing loss.

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I can’t hear high pitched sounds well, and while this can be frustrating, I have mostly adapted.

Inspirational quote by Ernest Hemingway on Hello Lovely Studio.
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French Bistro set in Macaron Blue
French Metal Bistro Set in Macaron Blue…certainly lovely indeed.

4. Unplugged Friendships

Whereas I may be unable to detect every sweet sound in higher ranges, I’m fortunate to still mostly hear the lower pitches of speech. I find that in my neck of the woods, springtime means folks emerge from the woodwork. Lunches with friends happen with more frequency. Folks are friendlier at the market.

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5. Spring Cleaning of the Nest

An itch to clean and organize or re-organize around the nest seems to intensify for home body types like me as spring approaches. It’s time to sort, purge, and freshen. There are parallels to the interior life.

Organizing posts have been springing up here with frequency.

Home Organization Ideas: Kitchen

Home Organization Ideas: Bedroom & Bath

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There’s another kind of nest I tend to in order to cultivate a more peaceful interior.

I love the picture Pema Chodron paints of wakefulness – of dying to self in order to live with more fullness. It’s a paradox that has made quite a cozy nest in my soul.

Inspirational quote by Pema Chodron on Hello Lovely Studio.
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6. Loveliness Outside

Whether it’s a spring sport, gardening, or long walks in nature, spring draws us outdoors. Is there any scent on earth like the air after spring rainfall? Springtime for me means more exercise and more endorphins!

White Dutch Style 3-Speed Bicycle
Dutch Style 3-Speed Bicycle…certainly lovely indeed.
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Potting Bench
Potting Bench…certainly lovely indeed.

7. Spiritual Awakenings

To see the rebirth and budding all around in the season of spring is to feel shifts within. Some of them can be profound.

In my own life, the challenges and obstacles of winter have led me deeper into humility and nudged me into everlasting arms of mercy.

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Surely humility comes easier to those of us blessedly flawed and stitched together with good intentions! And surely it’s a masterful design that keeps us reaching for the divine in each other, for the quilted warmth of friendship, for the invisible ties to hold when things get slippery.

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English Trough Planter Basket
24″ English Trough Planter Basket…certainly lovely indeed.

3 Secret Springs of Hope

1. Courage to Plant Seeds

You are likely acquainted with the hand-lettering art of Lisa Congdon whether or not you know her name. Her beautiful book Fortune Favors the Brave is a celebration of wise words, colors, and magic.

If you find yourself longing for more courage, here is a prescription (offering side effects of joy and peace). It also makes a perfect gift for someone in your life who may be struggling.

Inspiring quote by Marcel Proust. "We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us." - Marcel Proust | illustrated by Lisa Congdon. #inspiringquote #proust #lisacongdon #handlettered
Art by Lisa Congdon. Inspiring Quotes of Encouragement & Spring Color for Your Soul.
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2. Cultivating Wisdom

Like so many plants and hibernating creatures of winter, sometimes we too fall asleep to reality. It’s understandable since reality can be painful and unsatisfying. This journey you’re on is your own, and it will be more fruitful with you awakened to it.

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Brené Brown is one of my favorite teachers of wholeheartedness, and she often discusses courage over comfort. Because here’s the thing, the journey taken with integrity is likely to be a bumpy ride. Don’t let that stop you.

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BRAVING by Brene Brown.

What Should I Be Afraid of & Who Is to Blame?

This is worth viewing to better grasp what living in a culture of scarcity looks like and how we might live with less armor and be more willing to live in ways in which our hearts are likely to be broken.

3. Spring Flings

There is nothing I like more on a Sunday afternoon in spring than to joy ride anywhere on the open road with my beloved. Sometimes on the back of his bike, others on his golf cart, and most often in the car with windows down.

Sometimes the conversation flows non-stop, and sometimes we sit in mostly silence. With him, I find my home, my heart, and a buoyant holiness counter-balancing life’s heavy weight.

Humorous quote by Oscar Wilde: How can a woman be happy with a man who treats her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?
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What to Wear on a Spring Joy Ride

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Inspirational quote by Thoreau on Hello Lovely Studio.
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That’s enough permission for me!

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Round Bronze Accent Table
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French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
Helmsley Bronze Door Hardware
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Gertrude Wood Bench
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
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Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
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Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Faux Bois Candleholders
Grainstripe Pillow
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
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Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
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White Slipcovered Sofa
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Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Boheme Madera Bench
Round Marble Side Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

What New Growth Awaits In Spring?

Allow yourself to sink for a moment into the lavish hopefulness of the season…new creation is coming to bless and lift you right where you are.

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Peace to you right where you are.

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2 Comments

  1. Joanna
    March 9, 2019 / 7:44 pm

    Powerful, insightful and truthful. All words that describe the feelings I felt, as I watched and listened to Brene Brown speak.
    In some ways and with some people, I allow myself to be vulnerable. I seem to “ feel” those that will react accordingly and not judge or push away.
    Blame? That’s a dangerous thing. We make our choices and we live our lives. Whose to blame, if we didn’t have a good day, month, year, life? Usually, we are. We are responsible for the paths we take, hence the life we lead. Look no farther than the mirror. Of course, there exceptions.
    People confide in me. What is it they see that allows that intimacy? I’m not sure. I keep confidences. I lend an ear. I feel empathy or sympathy, depending on the situation. There are times when I feel others are bringing down with them, and then, I have to protect myself.
    I’m a hugger. Guilty! I hug when I meet friends/family. I hug when someone is unhappy, grieving, frustrated, lonely… I hug people I love. I hug when I’m happy to see someone. I hope I recognize when someone doesn’t want that intimacy.
    Enjoy the first hints of spring. It’s my favourite time of year. Garden time!

    • michele
      Author
      March 10, 2019 / 12:00 am

      Love these reflections. Your self-awareness, writing and sensitivity are powerful too – so thank you for gracing us with another layer of beauty here. xox

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