Turning over a new leaf

Anyone else surprised that spring/autumn is here? Wasn’t it just February 1st last week!? But here we are almost at the end of March and it’s time to turn over a new leaf. Today is the day where the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of the day and night are almost equal.

At the moment, it sure doesn’t feel like spring around here – we just had another dusting of snow and I haven’t taken off my down jacket in days. California and Tahoe, in particular, is getting the miracle March everyone was hoping for. As those of you in the southern hemisphere are slowly getting ready for fall and the coziness of darker evenings and warming soups. I’m looking forward to spring: the light, fresh greens at the farmer’s markets, and all the birds returning. Just yesterday, I heard the delicate chirping of the first ones back from their long sojourn south (I’m pretty sure they were lamenting about the snow on their tree branches).

What have you been meaning to try? A new food or recipe? A new type of exercise or class? Have you been meaning to give meditation a try but haven’t made the time? Have you been wanting to take a class and get outside your comfort zone? Now is the time to give it a go. Yes, you are busy. Yes, you will need to make time for it, quite possibly giving up on some other things, but I’m pretty sure what you will gain by giving something new a try will outweigh the cost of giving something up. Remember to make anything a new habit you need to devote more than one afternoon, one session etc to it. Look at the month ahead and put it (whatever it is) into your calendar and stick to it. Aim for at least once a week if not two times a week. Reflect a bit about the experience after and see how it makes you feel. What did you learn about yourself? Perhaps you learned that you really don’t enjoy x, y, z because you noticed different effects on your body. As long as you stop and take notice, listening to your body is a positive step.

Turning over that new leaf can be the realization that trying out new things isn’t as hard as you might have imagined and integrated it into your daily routine works too. If you want to share your experiences drop me an email and let me know how it went for you: monika@nourish-alo.com.

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. 

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