April Inspiration

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

March Inspiration

With the start of March 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 March 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 March to Work: aiming higher with the following ideas:

  • Launch a blog
  • Enjoy the fun of failure
  • Ask for help
  • Work smart
  • Enjoy now

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests the following joyful simplicities for March to help bring more simplicity to your everyday life:

  • Celebrate St. Patricks Day on March 17
  • Find a bargain store & cruise the aisles for some brightly coloured dish towels & mascara
  • Gather some trailing tendrils of ivory to make a wreath for your front door.
  • Collect your favourite affirmations & record them in your own voice..
  • Get the soundtrack, Boys On The Side to play when the blues strike.
  • Plant a living Easter basket
  • Start a glory box
  • Create a toy box
  • Outfit a comfort drawer
  • Make a big deal out of the last summer cookout
  • Make taffy apples
  • Enjoy fresh apple cider & pear nectar
  • Experiment with different types of popcorn
  • Pack away your swimsuits & bring out your woollens
  • Celebrate autumn with a festive dinner of home style cooking.
  • Look at a growers market for dried flowers to create your own bouquet.

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that March is the time to learn how to enjoy your own party by doing some of the following:

  • Saving time in the kitchen
  • Being a gracious hostess
  • Learning how to do party placement
  • Learning how to party on a shoestring
  • Buying the perfect dress
  • Booking a facial & a massage
  • Writing a list of everything you love about your life
  • Book a weekend break

Kim Carruthers in her book Less is More: How to De-clutter Your Life she says March is the perfect time to:

  • Have a seasonal wardrobe cleanout.
  • Buy new batteries for your fire alarms.

Rhonda Hetzel in her book The Simple Home: A Month-by-month Guide To Self-Reliance, Productivity and Contentment says that March is the time for a food revolution.

And just for those of you not living in the Southern Hemisphere and celebrating March in Autumn a suggestion from Meik Wiking’s Book The Little Book Of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well which refers to March as theme month.

  • Pick a country that you would like to travel to next and spend March exploring it from afar. Eat food from there, watch movies, read books, learn the language etc…

February Goals

With the start of February 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 February 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 February to Marriage:  remembering love with the following ideas:

  • Quit nagging
  • Don’t expect praise or appreciation
  • Fight right
  • No dumping
  • Give proofs of love

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests the following joyful simplicities for February to help bring more gratitude to your everyday life:

  • Celebrate Candlemas Day on February 2nd
  • Host a cupids tea the Sunday before Valentine’s Day.
  • Have a beach sojourn this month.
  • Read A Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg.
  • Create a seashore vignette.
  • Spend some time stargazing.
  • Experience the beauty & power of a summer thunderstorm.

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that February is the time to learn to shop like a pro by doing some of the following:

  • The 10 commandments of shopping
  • The Art of Sale Shopping
  • Shopping with a teenager
  • Buying the perfect top
  • Getting new school/work shoes
  • Booking an Easter break
  • Sending Valentines Cards
  • Getting your highlights done.
  • Writing a list holiday packing list

Kim Carruthers in her book Less is More: How to De-clutter Your Life she says February is the perfect time to:

  • Have a post holiday clean-up.
  • Write all the school holiday dates into your diary.
  • Schedule a car child restraint check-up
  • Make your appointments now for the new year
  • Get organised for birthdays & anniversaries

Rhonda Hetzel in her book The Simple Home: A Month-by-month Guide To Self-Reliance, Productivity and Contentment says that February is the time for organising your money and your life.

Julia Cameron in her book The Artists Way: A Course In Discovering And Recovering Your Creative Self is more than an amazing book, its a practical step by step instruction manual in tapping into your creativity. It is very involved and I want to give myself the best chance of success so I am going to rejig her twelve week course into a 12 month course and suggest that maybe you do the same.  In order to do this week seven will become:

February: Recovering A Sense of Connection

  • Complete the Jealousy Map Exercise
  • Complete the Archaeology Exercised
  • Make a poster of the mantra phrase “Treating myself like a precious object makes me strong”
  • Listen to an album just for joy
  • Take yourself into a sacred space
  • Create a wonderful smell in your house
  • Wear your favourite item of clothing for no special occasion
  • Buy yourself one wonderfully comforting, self-loving something.
  • Complete five favourite films exercise
  • Complete favourite reading topic exercise
  • Check-in

And just for those of you not living in the Southern Hemisphere and celebrating February in Summer a suggestion from Meik Wiking’s Book The Little Book Of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well

  • Take a ski trip in February.