In the northern hemisphere, spring has officially sprung! The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and there’s a sense of renewal in the air.
A renewal of motivation.
A renewal of creativity.
A renewal of fresh starts.
I love spring. Somehow my ability to work and be creative feels attached to the sun. The more hours of sunlight, the more I get accomplished. It’s like I’ve come out of hibernation and can actually focus on my goals again. My mind is already reaching for new ideas, new opportunities, dreaming new dreams.
Still, there is a part of me that feels like keeping things slow and taking time to rest and rejuvenate. That got me thinking about how spring actually makes its way slowly through the thaw. The buds on the trees and flowers don’t just burst into bloom like it seems. They grow at their own pace, persevere through the cold and reach out to the slowly warming sunshine.
It took me a few years to realize I have my own cycle of seasons. If the winter months are my time for resting, recharging, and taking time to pause, then spring feels like a time to reflect on the old and clear space to make way for the new. I guess that’s why there’s a tradition of Spring Cleaning!
In recent conversations, I discovered I’m not alone in wanting to stay in the pause. A client who moved from California to the Midwest shared how unmotivating the chill of winter was and even though it was warming up, she was continuing to battle with a need to stay in restful hibernation. Another shared she was feeling more creative in her business, but needed to take things slow because of all the other things going on in her life.
During the podcast, The Minimal Mom, co-host Diana said, “to know your season of life.”
I took that to mean – the season of life is where you’re at, and it may not be the same as the external season.
Some people get creative when it’s dark out. The longer days of winter work really well for them and they get a lot done. While others, like me, need sun to get creativity flowing, so we’re more motivated when the days get longer.
Another way to look at it is… where does your focus need to be? When my kids were small, they demanded much of my attention. My goals often centered around them or what I could fit into our crazy schedule that fueled me. Often times it was family centered.
Now that they are adults with lives of their own, I have been shifting my focus back to me, my business and hobbies. From time to time, my family needs my focus, so I’ve learned to go with the flow.
To me, knowing your season feels like taking stock of yourself and listening and honoring your internal clock. When you’re ready to amp up, go for it! When you need to slow down, do it!
Be mindful of where you are and what your energy level is. As our creativity opens up, we need to pause and ask ourselves, “do I have the energy for this? Is now the right time? Is this right for me?”
So many times we tend to get caught up in the excitement of new possibilities- like an expert in a book or a creator of a program who will help teach us what we need to know (or think we do). We plow through the quiet niggling gut reactions that try to slow us down, only to get overwhelmed and regretful. I know I’ve ignored these feelings and found myself halfway through implementing an idea only to realize the excitement wasn’t really mine but the high from the creator of the book or program.
Lately, I’ve tried to pause before jumping into something new. To take the time to listen to my instincts and examine if the new idea is really going to work for me or not. Do I need to spend the time, energy and money or do I need to trust in myself that I already know what I need to know?
I know I’m not alone in feeling this way and neither are you.
If you need it, let spring be a time to slowly make your way through the hard stuff so you can bloom on the other side. Shed your winter protection and explore the new ideas and dreams starting to wake up, but still take time to pause and listen to your instincts. Be honest with yourself about your energy levels and give yourself grace to delay taking on new things until you have the bandwidth to explore them further.
It’s okay to acknowledge that an awesome idea isn’t awesome for you. Just as if you were Spring Cleaning and decluttering your physical space, it’s okay to delete or discard old beliefs to make space for new growth and clear your mindset to focus on your needs.
What season of life are you in? How does that show up? Let me know in the comments below.