When I went for a walk this morning, it was drizzling, but the air smelled like the earth. The way that it does in spring, or just at the beginning of spring. The trees were wet. They were completely soaked. Deep, rich wood saturated and dripping. As I walked, a breeze came through. Not a gust of wind, but a gentle, long breeze that lifted my hair around me and rustled the longer parts of the grass. It made me wonder, is this an old breeze? The way the wind blows as the seasons change, is it any different from hundreds of years ago? Is this the same kind of seasonal shift the earth has always known?
It gave me time to reflect on the things that I love about spring, the things I hope I will always love about it. And maybe these are things that others have been enjoying in springtime for a very long time as well.
-Painting, taking photos of, and reading about wildflowers. Using vibrant hues to portray the way they really look in nature. Bringing my camera to my eye as I snap a photo of budding branches. Bringing guidebooks to the park to find and investigate plants I haven’t seen before. Collecting petals to press later on
-Strolling through bookstores and getting lost in the stacks
-Hanging up my floral dresses to get the wrinkles out. Matching them with the petals I’ve collected outside. Changing my sheets for lighter, pastel ones to stay cool. Picking flowers and letting them dry to put on my wall. Hanging up my small paintings of flowers and admiring them in the morning light. Stuffing fresh blooms into old bottles to sit near the window. Shedding the wool cardigans and letting my skin feel the fresh air. Smelling the sweet scent of roses as they fill up the house. Admiring how everything gets lighter, sweeter, and more delicate
-Stopping to pick a single bloom from a flowering bush
-Watching the still water of the lake on a lazy day
-The various colors of the countryside as things come alive — ranging from browns and yellows to every shade of green
-A cup of tea in hand when the mornings are still chilly (perhaps with a cranberry orange scone)
It can feel like spring is taunting us by pushing up the flowers from the earth and then blasting us with a snow storm.
I am in fear of wishing it will warm up any more, for I was too excited the last few times, and the cool air nipped at me each morning afterwards. I suppose this is always how it is in New England. It seems that spring won’t come fast enough, but then before we know it, it is summer and we are sweltering. What I am enjoying, though, is the rain. We have had lovely rainy days that many people have been grumbling about, but I find energy in their atmospheric drizzle.
I’ll be back soon,
Here are the things that I think about when I close my eyes and imagine myself embracing the new season of spring after a long winter. Floral dresses tossed on my fluffy duvet, along with fresh flowers that I’ve picked from a walk outside. Wearing lace dresses and holding pink, beautiful roses in my hands. Opening a book for identifying wildflowers when I’ve found the most beautiful and peculiar bloom. Kneeling to admire the snowdrops that pop up from the otherwise barren forest floor. My dog’s tail wagging at me while I pin up paintings of plants over my bookshelf, bright light pouring into my room.
I truly believe that embracing these quiet moments is essential for welcoming the new season. It seems like every year, I get too excited too quickly, and I peel off my winter layers and plunge straight forward into the upcoming warmth. But this year, I’ll do my best to ease into it. To notice the small changes, like the way the light lingers in the afternoons into the evenings before dinner. The lightness of fabrics that I can wear when the bitter cold isn’t all around me in the morning. Each day that draws closer to spring, I will keep my eyes open, acknowledging the happiness in this simplicity.
I’ll be back soon,
On this day, I woke up to almost five inches of snow. I took a few pictures outside, but I was truly shocked at the change in weather. How did that come so quickly? The day warmed up though, and a lot of that snow melted. It was amazing to see the fresh, fluffy white melting and dripping off of the house. I had to bundle up to go outside, but inside, I was able to wear a thin, long-sleeved shirt. This plaid skirt is perfect for windy days when you need to keep warm.
Lately I have been incredibly inspired with my writing, and I’ve been making actual progress. This makes me so happy beyond belief. What I’ve noticed, though, is that thinking about my stories ends in me daydreaming and scribbling things into a notebook to save for later. I feel slightly part of this world, but also belonging to another one. I think this is good, for now, because I am allowing myself to be as creative as I can with what I write. At least I am getting some words onto the page.
Here is a quote that reminds me of how I feel:
“In a place far away from anyone or anywhere, I drifted off for a moment.”
Hat: Forever 21
Hair Ribbon: Forever 21
Inspired by my favorite adventurers/naturalists: John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, Beatrix Potter, Alexander Von Humbolt, etc. I wish I could dress like this all the time and travel around the world to see the most beautiful national parks.
Here is one of my favorite exploring quotes by my favorite travel writer, Bill Bryson:
“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater
sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country
where you are ignorant of almost everything.
Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t
read anything. You have only the most rudimentary
sense of how things work. You can’t even reliably
cross the street without endangering your life. Your
whole existence becomes a series of interesting
Your day of memory making with this cognac crossbody bag concludes with plans to continue tomorrow! The brassy accents edging the corners of this faux-leather purse – paired with a cool press-lock closure – are like photo corners that frame a fun afternoon each time you’re out and about.
I need a warm, light-colored brown bag for spring, and I found the most beautiful one on Modcloth (of course) and I needed to have it. The look that I was going for here is spring naturalist looking for plants to stuff into her trunk-shaped bag. I think it is absolutely adorable, and while it is smaller than some of my other bags, everything essential does fit inside. The detailing on the corners are perfect for giving a vintage feel to the bag, as well as the details on the bottom corners of each side of the bag, which make it look like an old trunk.
I bought this about a week and a half ago, and the first bag sent to me had some broken pieces but I was quickly sent a new one. This bag now feels like my soulmate. That might sound like an exaggeration! But I swear that I’ve worn it out once and I can’t imagine not having it. I don’t believe that the leather is real but it feels beautiful, and after only wearing it once I got so many compliments on the style. I love it because of the old antique-trunk style of it. I have a leather wallet, and iPhone 8 Plus, and many tiny notebooks, and everything fits inside! The only thing that had to be minimized was my ridiculous amount of lip products that I carry around with me (but I didn’t mind that).
Since this is giving me beautiful, springy vibes, I will conclude with an inspiring quote to hopefully give whoever is reading this a little pep in their step:
“The best thing that you could do is master the chaos in you.
You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.“
I write this from a Starbucks where I am drinking a “midnight mint mocha” which is basically a genius drink. The rain has finally stopped, and the weather is beautiful again. I took a few shots the other day that I wanted to share, and now I’m getting around to it.
I am feeling very good about the things happening in my life lately. There is a lot of hard work, but there is also a lot of inspiration. Isn’t it wonderful to feel inspiration after a long period of nothingness?
I hope you are all having a nice long weekend if you are celebrating any holidays. I will be looking through recipes to make a nice fresh dessert for a party we are having tomorrow. I also think a tag sale might be in order soon, as the weather is cooperating, and we have lots of excess stuff. All of my minimal living has been telling me to shed the clutter. What are all of yours plans for the coming summer months? Hopefully some nice vacations!
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