March is a month full of possibility. As the winter defrosts, so does our spirit. Spring invites positivity, and a re-birth of energy and activity. In the midst of an unsettling period throughout the world, there is all the more reason to appreciate the changing of the season and to take intentional moments for rest and relaxation.
Relaxation can come in many different forms that are not necessarily a bubble bath and candles, though these are always a joy. It can be a renewed focus on socializing, stepping away from projects and business, spending time outside to enjoy the warmth in the air and the budding landscape. Enjoy the company of loved ones, take a nap, or be inspired by film and literature. The hardest challenge for me is to occasionally step away from technology to relax and be able to find peace of mind. I encourage you to join me by disconnecting and dedicating quality time for relaxation.
Relaxation can also be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes. Explore and build skills with no time pressure or the goal for perfection. Try Half Baked Harvest’s Irish Pub Spinach & Artichoke Melt for St Patrick’s Day on March 17th or Avocado Caprese Pasta with Grilled Broccoli Rabe for a fresh evening dish that hints towards summer. For something more indulgent try Pinch of Yum’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars, and relax with friends sharing sweet treats and catching up.
There is much to celebrate this month with festivities around St Patrick’s Day celebrating Irish culture, heritage and ‘craic’ around the world. Signs of spring are abundant and cherry blossoms are some of the most delightful scenes to encourage you to get outside. International Women’s Day is marked on March 8th – make sure to reach out to and celebrate remarkable women all around you! The clocks finally ‘spring’ forward on March 12th and the official first day of spring is March 20th. The winter darkness is finally behind us for another year so celebrate with an evening walk!
Happy March, Happy Spring!