With the start of April here I now have a whole new chance to achieve a few more goals dash suggestions. Which will probably be used as little more than a rough guideline as a direction to take in April and spend the next month of my life exploring. But hey, we all need a little inspiration to get us started. I hope you can gain some inspiration from some of the suggestions below too.
Gretchen Rubin in her book The Happiness Project dedicated April to Parenthood: lightening up with the following ideas:
- Singing in the morning
- Acknowledging the reality of other peoples feelings
- Being a treasure house of happy memories
- Taking time for projects
Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests the following joyful simplicities for April to help bring more simplicity to your everyday life:
- Celebrate April Fools Day on April 1st
- Die Easter eggs & hide them in the garden for children of all ages to hunt
- Bake a batch of hot cross buns
- Eat jelly beans
- Trim an old fashioned bonnet
- Take a creative excursion to a hat store to find the perfect new hat, play around with the many different possibilities until you find the one that shows a glimpse of your authentic self in the mirror to purchase.
- Take a creative excursion to a large record shop to discover all the different types of music available, check out some new albums to enjoy. Flip the dial to a new radio station in the car and enjoy the sound of silence when at home alone.
- Resume the restorative pastime of weekend roaming & take a creative excursion to an estate sale to look for vintage linens & a farmers market for plants & herbs.
- Take a Sunday drive in the country to revel in Mother natures Autumn fancy dress, pack a picnic & linger as long as you can.
- Sort through your lingerie drawer, discard ratty old bras & panties & delight in pretty new undergarments, lay down scented paper & tuck in some lavender scented sachets.
- Spend a rainy afternoon curled up under a blanket listening to the rain on the roof
- Pick up a up a copy of Diane Ackerman’s book A Natural History Of The Senses & revel in an exhilarating reading romp that will intrigue & inspire you to become a sensuist
- Pick up a copy of Liza Nagy’s book Aromatherapy: A Natural Choice & learn all you can about the benefits of aromatherapy.
- Plant crocus, daffodils & tulips outdoors for next spring.
- Mull cider & wine on the weekends for an autumn cup of cheer, especially delightful to indulge in after raking leaves.
Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that April is the time to take a break and learn how to:
- Pack like a pro
- Where to go for a weekend
- Fab ideas for a few days away
- Rules for picking the perfect trousers
- Getting your chimney swept & checking your smoke alarms
- Booking a dental check-up
- Having a dying session to renew last summers tired white T-shirts
Kim Carruthers in her book Less is More: How to De-clutter Your Life she says April is the perfect time to:
- Reset your clocks for daylight savings.
- Check your smoke alarms.
- Plan your Autumn/winter wardrobe
- Stock up for the Easter bunny
- Sort fans & heaters
Rhonda Hetzel in her book The Simple Home: A Month-by-month Guide To Self-Reliance, Productivity and Contentment says that April is the time for food gardening in containers.
And just for those of you not living in the Southern Hemisphere and celebrating April in Autumn a suggestion from Meik Wiking’s Book The Little Book Of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well which refers to April as the perfect month for hiking and cooking over an open fire and reminds you to pack chocolate eggs if you are heading out over Easter