There are some moments when you just know that it’s here. Spring I mean.
Today, the sun is out. The air is warm. The weird-looking walnut trees are filling up with white blossoms.
It’s a balancing act.
This year, I’ve been looking forward to spring. Come on. Haven’t you?
Well, now it’s finally here.
Let me count the ways to spring into spring.
Springing Into Spring
I’m so happy that we are on the other side of this virus. While it’s still a work in progress, I think the signs are clear. More and more people are getting vaccinated. More businesses are opening up. More people are starting to emerge from being housebound.
Whether you’ve already received your shots, or if you’re still waiting—know this. It is coming. Hope, like spring, is something you can feel in your bones. It’s something to lift your spirits.
We are here now.
As spring is here, it’s a great time to lighten up and find new sources for comfort.
I’ve been exploring the comfort of light lunches. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been having a light breakfast-for-lunch. Some of the things that I’ve found:
I like to mix organic oatmeal and a ripe banana in a bowl. My favorite is to have about a 50:50 blend, oatmeal equal to a banana. It sounds funny, but I came up with this on the Spring Equinox. A nod to this special moment of balance, I call this dish “the Equinox.”
The Golden Glow
I like to have a mix of colors for lunch. In early spring, it’s fun to mix things up for a golden glow. My favorite choice is a rich vegan curry, chock full of turmeric and curry spices. You can whip this up with tomatoes, chickpeas, potatoes, and carrots. Use what’s on hand in your pantry, and you can get a delicious golden curry going in no time.
The Spring Egg
There’s nothing like eggs to celebrate this season. If you’re short on time and want some comfort and lightness, consider having Huevos Rancheros for a heartier lunch. I like to scramble the eggs, heat some refried beans, add a high-protein tortilla, toss in some salsa—well, if you’re like me, you’re already pulling up a chair.
In this early spring moment, you might notice that there are highs and lows. That moment when April hits, you know that there’s a shift in the balance. We’ve gotten past the equal point of the Spring Equinox. We’re heading into a time when you just can’t help yourself from making art.
If you’ve been feeling a bit low in the creativity department, look around your house. Find a shelf to clear. Find a corner to create an altar of beauty. Find a spot where you can play and build an installation.
A couple of years ago, a friend visited Taos. She walked around my living room and stopped in front of a collection of yellow and golden vases. “What a beautiful installation!” she exclaimed.
I’d never really thought about it as an art object. But you know…when you create collections of colored objects; you invite a different way of tuning into color. Plus, it’s easy to do with whatever you have on hand.
Coloring In The Season
Since it’s early spring, why not play with the colors of the season? I’m looking out and seeing bright yellow, fresh insanely perky lime green, and a hue between yellow and green of fresh growth on the willow tree. What are you seeing?
Once you notice the colors of the day—look around your interior again. Maybe you’ve got a lime green scarf, a yellow vase, and a box with an unusual yellow-green hue. Gather them together into your creative installation.
Sporting The Colors
Let’s not forget to add some spring colors to what you’re wearing. That’s a sure way to pick up the mood, enjoy the season, and put a spring in your step.
Today, I dug through the back of my closet to find the most luscious yellow pants. This is a well-worn pair of favorite jeans that goes with so many colors. I’m playing off the golden hue with a cool grey sweatshirt and a bright-colored scarf.
Isn’t it time to ditch the boring sweats and dull colors of winter?
Find what inspires you today… What are you doing to spring into spring?