5 Tips for a Fresh Start This Spring

Are the winter doldrums wearing you down? Do you feel like you're stuck in a rut? Mighty Mommy has 5 tips to plant a positive seed in your life this spring.

Cheryl Butler
3-minute read

February is the month when many hopeful gardeners begin planting seeds for broccoli, kale, lettuces, and other frost-tolerant greens. This is also the time when seeds for begonias, snapdragons, and a longtime favorite—colorful, fragrant geraniums—get carefully planted in the earth.

Starting your plants from seeds can be rewarding as you watch them sprout and grow into healthy, viable vegetables and flowers. The same goes for other aspects of our lives, even ones not found in the garden. The beginning of spring is a great time to take stock of our lives and reevaluate where things aren't working, or are in need of a tune-up.

Plant and cultivate the seeds for a better you with these 5 fresh ideas:

  1. Focus on What’s Working. Before you start a plan of attack for things you would like to change, assess all the areas in your life that you’re satisfied with. Farmers don’t start planting a new crop until they’re sure the soil is rich and fertile. Get grounded with a deep layer of gratitude for all the positives in your life and then consider where you’d like to see improvements.

  2. Try Something New. If you’re feeling stuck and would like to see a change blossom in your life, try something completely different that you ordinarily wouldn’t do. Start ballroom dancing, learn a new language, take a history a course at your local community college, volunteer at a place that pulls at your heart strings, bascially do something that you've been putting off. No time like the present!

  3. Add a Healthy Habit. Seeds need rich soil and plenty of water and sunshine to sprout and thrive. Take a cue from Mother Nature and add a healthy habit into your regular routine. Drink more H2O, start walking a few times a week, begin meditating, or add more leafy green veggies to your diet. When you’re enjoying optimal health, it’s easier to feel more ambitious and unstoppable. If you don't know where to start, Nutrition Diva can help.

  4. Set Written Goals. Gardening fanatics love to plan their crops by noting what flourished, what didn’t, and what new varieties of plants they’d like to grow. Many even sketch out designs for how they’d like their future beds to look. Written goals are a wonderful way to start building momentum in order to meet new objectives as well as track your progress. Check out Get-it-Done Guy’s episode 5 Principles for Setting Good Goals for some motivation.

  5. Declutter and Start Fresh. One thing beautiful gardens have in common is they’re weeded on a regular basis. Removing toxic weeds and unhealthy growth keeps the rest of the flowers vibrant and thriving.  It can be difficult to grow in a positive direction if you’re surrounded with unnecessary clutter. People are just like plants in this way. It’s hard for us to be productive if we're inundated with overflowing closets, or worse, if we can’t locate the items we need because they’re buried beneath piles of stuff. Once again, Get-it-Done Guy can help with Clean, Organize, and Declutter with Marie Kondo's Magic: Part 1 and Part 2

How do you foster positive growth and change in your life? Please share your thoughts in the comments section at quickanddirtytips.com/mighty-mommy, post your ideas on the Mighty Mommy Facebook page. or email me at mommy@quickanddirtytips.com

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About the Author

Cheryl Butler Project Parenthood

Cheryl L. Butler was the host of the Mighty Mommy podcast for nine years from 2012 to 2021. She is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. You can reach her by email.