Posts tagged: Spring

You Can’t Get Tulips From Zucchini Seeds

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Snowy Tulips

We’ve had a wonderful end to winter and early spring.  Then it snowed, April 4th.  My early-sprouting tulips were covered with several inches of snow.  Yuck!

As we week progressed, we went from snow to rain and finally to sunshine.  You could feel the tulips shaking off the chill and re-positioning themselves to soak up the warmth of the spring sunshine.

Would a zucchini have the same resistance?  I venture to guess if you planted zucchini seeds in the fall as you do tulip bulbs, you would not be seeing zucchini sprouts in April.  Even if by some strange chance they did sprout, 4 inches of snow would seal their demise.

Right Season Right Plant

All of this seems common sense, but how many seeds of ideas do we sow at the wrong time.  How many times have we wished for something that we actually weren’t prepared to achieve.  I think about my own business and although several years ago I would love to have the success I enjoy today, truth is I wouldn’t have been able to handle it.

As you stretch yourself this spring, think about the seeds you want to sow.  In the non-gardening world these would be goals, projects, etc.  Are they realistic for this time in your career or in your business?  Are you prepared to endure the potential snow storm that may befall them.

When you plant the seed at the right time, provide it with what it requires and nurture it, you are blessed with a fruitful harvest.  When you plant to early, you only experience frustration, exhaustion and regret.

Will It Be Tulips or Zucchini This Week

This week review your goals from the beginning of the year.  Visualize yourself achieving the goal today.  What does it look like?  How does it feel?  Do you have the systems in place to make things run smoothly?  Do you have the time and energy to sustain them?

Use this time to revise your goals if needed.  Perhaps you scale back to make them more realistic.  Perhaps you ramp them up because you know you can do even more.  Whatever your situation, it is important to review our goals in real time to ensure we have what it takes to not only enjoy the tulips now but reap the zucchini later this summer.

Spring – Good Work, Good Hair, Blooming Buds

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Spring has Sprung

It’s day three of my daily gratitude journey, and look what appeared after the snow melted away yesterday!  This is always the first sign of spring for me, the Grape Hyacinths have sprouted.  I can’t believe it.  There’s nothing more joy filled than seeing Spring arrive when you least expect it.  I was so excited I started planning to put out the porch furniture!

Today I’m also grateful for a good day’s work.  Because of all that is going on in my life, having a full day devoted to catching up feels like a treasure.  Although tired right now, it’s a good tired.

I also had time to sneak out and get a haircut today as well.

Finishing today with a satisfied sigh.  What about you?

Spring Forward: A Call From Mother Nature

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Spring Forward

Spring unofficially arrived this weekend with daylight savings time.

Over the past several weeks, I noticed hints of Spring.  Birds singing in the morning.  Days staying light until after 5pm.  Sprouting bulbs.

Spring’s Difference

Spring is different than other seasons.  It’s exciting.  It’s rejuvenating.  It’s refreshing. It’s like waking up from a good dream with sunshine in your eyes.

Spring is about new beginnings.  The rest of the year is for maturing, but Spring invites you to be creative.

A Spring Forward

Better than a New Year’s Resolution, a Spring Forward has momentum.  The energy is right.  Nature conspires with you achieve your desires.  Take advantage of it.

The dreams you set in motion in January were merely seeds.  Following Mother Nature’s guidance, it’s time to tend your internal garden; to water it, give it sunlight and gleefully rejoice at the bright green shoots appearing on the surface.

Remember the seedlings of your dreams are fragile in this season.  Carefully nurture them.  Don’t expose them to the harsh criticism of your routine internal dialogue.  Instead surround them with the love and energy the require to grow.

Dance and Celebrate

Spring is the time to dance and celebrate, to be curious and daring, and to be youthful.

Don’t hold back.  Tap into the natural energy around you.  Take risks.  Then take action on your dreams.

All of this simply from changing the clocks.  Isn’t that wonderful!

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Spring Forward: Trust Your Brilliance

 

Join us this for a Trust Your Brilliance Workshop to nourish your internal garden.

Seeds of Wisdom

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…become aware that you already posses all the inner wisdom, strength, and creativity needed to make your dreams come true. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

A Packet Of Seeds

I was a t the local garden center the other day and they had tons of seeds and bulbs.  I got all excited and bought some herb seeds.  Spring is on it’s way.

When I got home, I dug out my planters from last year, filled them with potting soil, sprinkled the seeds over top and watered them.

Then I walked away.

Seeds Are So Smart

I didn’t go back and push and prod the seeds to grow faster.  I didn’t dig them up and put them in “better” soil.  Nope.  Just let them do their thing.  They’ve got it all figured out.

It’s the same with us.  You have all you need to achieve your dreams within you.

Don’t Wait for Change…Create Change

Cliche, I know, but true.  That’s what Sarah is reminding us of today.  Instead of waiting for some external force to create change, why not choose to change in the direction of your dreams.

Many people come to me when they are in transition caused by an outside source.  They are scared and confused.  The work we do together allows them to tap into the wealth of knowledge they have within.  They tap into those seed dreams and start to water them.  With time a patience they sprout new leaves and branches they never knew they had before.

It’s scary to admit to yourself that you have the power to make whatever you desire come to pass.  As Sarah talks about today, you can become complacent and let external forces create the change in your life or you can take back the reins and drive your life.

I’ve come to choose the later.  How about you?

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The Sunny Side Of Life

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life.
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we’ll keep on the sunny side of life. – June Carter Cash, Keep On The Sunny Side of Life

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Can you see your rainbows?


I don’t know about where you are reader, but here in Boston, our spring has been less sun more rain.  We’re still wearing our fleece jackets to baseball games which feel more like football games.

Everyone is complaining about the weather, but that’s not going to change the situation.  We need to see the sun despite the rain.

Rainbows

Rainbows come out just as the rain stops and the sun breaks through.  Some of the prettiest rainbows are ones where the sky is still a little overcast.  It’s just a reminder the sun didn’t completely disappear, but is right on the other side of the clouds.

If you ever have flown on an overcast day, it’s amazing to break through the clouds and see the sun shining like nothing else is going on.

The Sun Is Always There

The sun is always there in your life, as well.  It’s up to you to “break through” your own cloud cover.  Once you do, no matter what’s happening in your life, you can look on “the sunny side of life.”

When you do the negative things that happen take on new meaning.  No longer are they adversities, but stepping stones.

Incredible Stories

Surfing the internet, I was overcome by some incredible stories of how people have overcome the odds.  They were able to find the sunny side of live in the middle of some pretty dark storms.  Here are just a few:

Look Past The Rain

Today, whether its rainy or sunny, look past the clouds for the rainbows.  You may see them in the colors of spring flowers, the smile of a child, or the hug of a loved one.

The clouds always pass when you “keep on the sunny side of life.”

 

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Open Windows

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Where are your open windows?

“When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.”  Maria von Trapp – The Sound of Music, the movie

Even with Spring on our doorstep, sometimes we’re discouraged with small set backs, i.e. snow in March.  Spring is a silly season, teasing us along the way.
On days when watch my crocuses battle the elements, I’m reminded of this quote.

We can’t forget to look for the open windows.  They are easy to miss when we’re all doom and gloom.  So when you’re faced with a closed door this week, remember an open window is right around the corner if we choose to look for it.

Wishing you lots of open windows,
Jen

Stop The Spinning I Want To Get Off

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Stop The Spinning

Hi all!  It’s Sunday again and time for a quiet moment at my desk.  This past week was a little crazy.  I felt like I was spinning in twenty different directions.

All that spinning made me a little dizzy and I rested over the past couple days.  The days of rest re-centered me.  I finally feel like myself again.  I feel like I can breathe again.  (very important don’t you think?)

I don’t know about you, readers, but I need to break the spinning habit.  It’s hard to do in our 24/7 lives of work, family and oh yeah ourselves, but essential in staying sane.

For me quiet mornings like this are key.  Sun streaming in, coffee at hand and time to write always put me in the right place.  I know that doesn’t work for everyone, so what works for you?  How do you stop the spinning?  Let’s share tips with each other.  You never know what you say may help the next person to read it.

The Power of Love

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The Power of Love

Have you ever felt so stressed you can’t breathe?

It’s scary isn’t it?  Not a full blown panic attack, but still you feel like a balloon inflated to the point of bursting.  All it takes is one small pin prick and KABLAM!

I have to admit, I’ve been feeling like that lately.  The snow melting seems to have brought on this manic drive to get even more done in 24 hours than before.  It’s like I have my foot on the accelerator and forgot where the brake was.

I pulled out my trusted You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay.  I discovered that the heart and circulation system represents love and joy.  Think about it.  Each pump of the heart sends nourishing blood through all the channels of love (arteries, veins and capillaries) to feed the billions of cells that make up our bodies.  Without this love and nourishment we cease to exist.

When you are feeling like that balloon about to burst, take a moment and contemplate the love that is at work right now in your body keeping you alive.  It doesn’t stress out.  It doesn’t ask for recognition.  Instead it does it’s best to care for each part of your being, day in and day out.  Breathe into that picture and you’ll feel this warmth spread from your head to your toes…like a big hug from inside out.

That stressed out balloon will soon transform to a beautiful hot air balloon taking you to amazing places.

Wishing you lots of love today,

Jen

Alive With Spring

I woke up at 6:24 am this morning ready for the day.

For those of you who know me, it’s not unusual for me to be raring to go early in the morning, but today is different.

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Signs of Spring (and a special Thank You Card)

I feel a peaceful energy, hope and renewal.  Could this be Spring?

It’s 56 degrees outside.  My hyacinth is getting ready to bloom.  All good signs.

For me Spring is about rejuvenation.  I’m more prone to set “resolutions” in March than in January because I feel ready for the change.  Around here, this will be another year of clearing out.  After last year’s influx of “stuff” from my parent’s house, I know it’s time to let more of that go.

What about you?  How do you feel in the Spring?  What does it inspire in you?  I’d love to sip my Sunday coffee and hear your stories.

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