Today also marks Ash Wednesday, which as a Catholic I recognize as the beginning of the Lenten Season. Others that don't practice or practice other religions can just see the first day of March as a glimpse into Spring: a beautiful season of awakening and time of year when nature comes back to life.
Each year for Lent instead of giving something up I try to make small, achievable goals that are good for my health, well-being, and community. They help me to be a better version of myself and I think sharing them may help to get you motivated for Spring and a time of new awakenings.
1) Drink More WaterThis is a point I make over and over again. Water is just so so so good for your overall health and well-being.
It boosts your metabolism, gives your skin a hydrated glow, and helps you with concentration.
My biggest recommendation is to just keep a cute water-bottle near by and keep refilling it all day.
I got this Kate Spade Tumbler to keep at my desk at work and it has been extremely helpful in getting me to drink my water.
2) Eat Three Meals a DayAgain, another point I continuously stress.
Eating three meals a day is good for your metabolism, helps you get all of the nutrition you need, and keeps you energized.
One thing I realized is that I tend to not be extremely hungry for lunch after I've had a large breakfast so I've been drinking the Herbal Life meal-replacement shakes for lunch. The banana caramel flavor is SO DELICIOUS! They keep me full until dinner AND they curb my cravings.
Plus, they're low in calories so I've actually been losing a little bit of weight.
3) VolunteerThere are so many opportunities to volunteer and this Lent I want to get back into my weekly routine of volunteering at my local food kitchen for homeless people.
I know each and every one of you has a passion or cause that you would love to support, so make an effort to volunteer.
It could be for a specific illness' cause, for a homeless shelter, for a non-profit, for an animal shelter, or for a school. The options are endless and the help is appreciated more than you can know.
A few causes that are near and dear to my heart right now are:
- The Make-A-Wish Foundation
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness
- The National Eating Disorder Association
4) Go OutsideIn springtime the air is fresh, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the breeze is getting warm.
Even the rainy days are simply beautiful so I urge you to just get outside. It'll be so good for your well-being and happiness.
5) Make a New FriendEveryone hibernates during winter. It's easy to get in the habit of coming home from work or school, getting out of the cold, and just snuggling with a warm blanket on the couch.
I do it, you do it, everyone does it.
But, this Spring I challenge you to make a new friend. They could be a classmate, neighbor, colleague, friend-of-a-friend. It'll be nice to learn new things about a new person and to share yourself and your story with another human.
I'm feeling so extremely blessed to have been re-engaged with my college sorority and appointed to the executive board as philanthropy chair. Just last week I met over ten new girls that are absolutely amazing human beings and have so much life to share!
6) Visit a New PlaceIt can be a new neighborhood in the city you live in. It can be a new restaurant you've been dying to try. It can be a new trail you want to hike.
Visiting a new place is a refreshing experience that reminds you how big this world is (even in the little corners of your hometown) and that sometimes we focus inward on our problems instead of getting out there to find solutions.
This Spring I actually will be visiting a lot of new places. Some I've been to but I'll be doing new explorations, others I've NEVER been and I'm dying to go.
- Denver, CO in March for a Work Engagement
- New York for St. Patrick's Day
- Norman, OK in March for a Work Engagement
- London, Rome, and Paris in April
- Louisville, KY for the Kentucky Derby in May
7) CleanSpring cleaning.
We've all heard of it. Your mom has done it relentlessly for as long as you can remember.
I urge you to clean-up your living space. Clean up your social media. Clean up your work space.
I, for one, always use spring to go through my wardrobe and sell/donate things I don't wear, really deep-clean my home, re-decorate with brighter colors, and go through social media to clean up photos and old contacts.
It's just very refreshing and keeps me organized and motivated for the hot summer months ahead.