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Don’t leave Spring without doing these 8 things

April 15, 2009

By Erika Weisensee

Spring has many definitions. There’s the verb “to leap up or jump.” And the nouns,  “a device that recovers its shape” or “a source of water.” My favorite definition, however, refers to the season, the time “between winter and summer when many plants bring forth leaves and flowers.” But, we don’t need a dictionary to tell us that. All we have to do is look outside.

Here are some simple ideas for finding your own growth and renewal this spring:

1) Start a good habit (mine is drinking more water).

2) Recommit to exercise. Better weather is a great motivator for fitness. This past week, the sun brought out the bikers and walkers in my neighborhood.

3) Re-do a room in your house. It’s amazing what paint can do. My mother-in-law recently made-over the living area in her home by re-painting, paying a friend to sew new throw pillows, hanging newly framed art and removing a stained rug. It was very affordable and looks amazing!

4) Get in touch with friends. Winter (especially this past one) encourages hibernation. It’s time to get out and socialize.

5) Plant something. Check with your favorite nursery or online gardening source for information on what seeds or starts to plant during April.

6) Pamper yourself. Treat yourself to a pedicure, facial, or my favorite spring refresher, a good haircut. Stylists and estheticians seem to be offering a lot of discounts right now.

7) Get organized. Put Feng Shui into practice by eliminating clutter to increase tranquility in your home or workspace.

8) Try something new. Break from routine by trying a new restaurant, exploring a new part of town or signing up for a new activity.

Happy spring!

— Erika Weisensee is a writing mom. She lives in Milwaukie and teaches journalism at the University of Portland.

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June April 15, 2009

I especially like the one about getting in touch with friends. There is no less expensive way to entertain yourself than with a fun game of dominos or cards with some good friends. Spending less while having fun in itself is a great spirit lifter.

Kay April 15, 2009

I’ve notice the bring yellow daffodils are amazing this year. Spring flowers are natures great way of giving us a warm kiss. I’d suggest simply a walk around your neighborhoods to look at all the beautiful flowers.

No green thumbs here, but April 15, 2009

I’ve noticed the daffodils too. What’s with flowers anyway. It seems every year there is one type of flower that is especially vibrant. Remember the tulips last year? The size of melons!

ALice April 15, 2009

Spring resolutions, what a great idea. With the weather getting nicer it might be easier to keep these than New Year resolutions.

Debbie April 17, 2009

Erika, your columns are delightful, and always raise my spirits. Keep up the good work!

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