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Does it still feel like February to anyone else? We are already one week into March, and I still can't quite believe it. It might have something to do with all the snow and lack of green-growing-things here in the Northeastern USA. I'll admit, I feel like I am behind on my goals for the month, but I have managed to notice something magical every single day. I've been participating in some daily activities to help with remaining present.
At the end of last month, I came up with a list of activities I wanted to do, (I suppose most people would call this a "Bucket List") so that March would seem a bit more bearable. Here are ten ideas (from my list) for helping you experience everyday enchantment this month. Enjoy!
Ten Tips for Making March Magical.
1. Record your dreams. I have kept a dream journal for many years now, but sometimes I forget to record my dreams in it. I have noticed that when I do record my dreams on a regular basis, I am rewarded with amazing and colorful dreams. The other night I gifted a friend a blue lace agate stone in my dream. When I woke up, I looked up the stone's symbolism and immediately decided to find this stone to give to my friend in real life. This is just one example of the ways in which remembering dreams can add a bit of mystery and magic to your daily life. If you want to start working with dreams more, I highly recommend the book Dream Tending.
2. Find your style muse. Every woman should have a style muse (or muses). Find some time when you can be alone to just dream and play. Browse through magazines, think about your favorite characters from films and books, look at Pinterest boards, and record your thoughts in your journal. You can be as whimsical as you want, truly anything goes. Listen to yourself and have fun with it! Choose someone fabulous! How about Mary Poppins, or Zelda from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, or Cher from Clueless, or Anne Shirley? What is it about this person, or character that you love the most? See if you can discover how they have inspired you throughout your life so far.
3. Play dressing up. Now that you have a style muse, see if you can add elements of their style to your own style. Spend the afternoon playing dressing up, as if you were a child.
4. Be present. Put your phone down, unplug and just be present. Take a few deep breaths, look around, and focus on something in your surroundings. See if you can spot your favorite color. Notice the way the sunlight streams in through the window, or the sound of rain on the rooftop. As I'm writing this, I paused to look around my room and listen to the sound of my bamboo windchimes. I'm appreciating the mellow sunlight today, the taste of freshly brewed coffee, the sound of pages turning as my son reads one of his favorite fairytales. At the end of the day, record the beautiful things you noticed, the highlights of your day, in your gratitude journal.
5. Keep a gratitude journal. I always feel so much better when I write in my gratitude journal daily. When I get out of the habit of recording the things I am grateful for, I tend not to notice or appreciate the little things as much.
6. Plant some seeds. Either purchase seeds to plant, or see if you can save seeds and get them to sprout. Once the seeds have sprouted, plant them in a small pot, or a paper egg carton, and place the pot in a window that gets the most natural light. I was thrilled that the lemon seeds I saved from a couple organic lemons had sprouted. Even better, as you plant the seeds, create an intention. I made a whole ritual out of planting these lemon seeds. I smudged, envisioned pure white light, held the seeds in the palm of my hand, poured my desires into the seeds, planted them, and visualized my desires manifesting as the seeds grow. This would be the perfect ritual to engage in on the spring equinox.
7. Turn on some music! I tend to forget to listen to music, but lately I have been making an effort to listen to some of my favorite music throughout the day. Music is MAGICAL. It instantly lifts my spirits and helps me to stay present and grounded. I've been listening to Kurt Vile these days, but also Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Darlingside.
8. Move your body! Try to engage in some kind of physical activity that you enjoy. There is magic in being so focused on nurturing your body through exercise. When I dance, do yoga, or hike in the woods behind my house, I feel more alive.
9. Learn a new hobby, or dedicate time to improving your skills in a certain area. I learned how to finger-knit a couple years ago when I knew I was going to homeschool my son in the Waldorf Steiner tradition. This bit of handwork is so very satisfying. I love the tactile quality of the materials, and the magic of creating something tangible. Handwork and crafts may not be your jam though. Choose something you are passionate about it and court it like a love-struck person pursuing their love.
10. Read amazing books, or listen to audiobooks. Choose something joyful and inspiring. My recent favorites are Romancing the Ordinary by Sarah Ban Breathnach and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Both books are inspiring me to live a creative, mindful life, and to experience the magic in the ordinary.
If you enjoyed these ten tips, you might appreciate my free Enchanted April guide. If you sign up for this free guide, you will receive a list of quotes and daily journal activities to help inspire you throughout the month of April. Signup below, or by visiting my home page.
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