“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.” Ernest Hemingway
Just leave it to Hemingway to perfectly describe how it feels to live in Boston in the springtime! After months of suffering through the cold weather, we have finally made it to the other side and it feels SO good!! We can open the windows and walk outside barefoot ( well, almost ) and exercise outdoors and play in the yard after dinner. Isn’t it AWESOME??
They say springtime can bring about a feeling renewal and hope and I definitely feel this in my bones at this time of year. For me, it’s almost stronger than the sense of renewal I feel on January 1st (although I did take part in a really neat resolution this past January). Right now, I have the urge to do all the things on a very long to-do list I’ve been keeping all winter. Today it’s sunny and in the 80’s and it seems like the perfect time to share some of my favorite ways to embrace the sense of hope and renewal that springtime brings!
- Get outside. This is pretty basic, but it’s warm and sunny out and it feels so good to get some fresh air and feel the sun on your skin. Studies have shown time and time again that being outside can make you happy. Because I work at home, it is easy for me to spend an entire day at the computer. I make a point to go outside at least once every couple of hours to take a break and make sure I am keeping up my Vitamin D levels 😉
- Exercise. There is no better time to start a new exercise regimen than spring. Go walk or ride your bike instead of driving for your next errand. Lately, my son Charlie and I have been taking classes with Mamabeasts, which is an absolutely amazing community of moms who love to exercise and support each other in their journey to be fit. As someone who used to exercise almost every single day before children, I really miss being regularly active and feeling strong. And it’s honestly been really hard to get into a groove of exercising while running a business and managing three kids and their busy schedules. I’ve tried lots of different things over the years, but Mamabeasts has been the first place that’s really got me ‘craving’ exercise again. Mamabeasts offers classes with your children every day of the week in various locations in the Boston area. Here’s a snapshot from my Instagram Stories of an indoor Mamabeasts workout this winter!! I’m not sure who is having more fun!
- Plant some flowers. I’ve always been bad with plants. It seems I kill every houseplant I’ve ever bought. I’ve also attempted a garden a few times and epically failed. I WANT to be good at flowers and vegetables, I just haven’t focused enough mental energy on making it happen. I swear I will be an amazing gardener in my retirement. But for now, planting some annuals in a pot is about the fastest and easiest thing to do and if I can keep the flowers alive for a season, than you can, too! And I promise, it will make you happy every time you pull into your driveway and see those little flowers peeking out at you from the front step. Bonus points if you plant your flowers with your children. All kids love to get their hands dirty.
- Share your spring fever. Do something nice for someone. It is guaranteed to make you feel good. Surprise a friend with a card, some flowers or cookies. You will both feel so good. Here’s Charlie with some tulips for his Grammy.
- Declutter. And while we are on the topic of sharing. Why not clean out your closet or basement or garage and share some things you no longer use with others who really need them!? Two local places I love to donate clothes to are Circle of Hope or Generic Ministry, both in Needham, MA! If you need some inspiration about decluttering, check out Allie Cassazza’s podcast the Purpose Show about minimalist Motherhood). Allie offers so many great suggestions about how to decide what to get rid of and how to keep the chaos under control in your house ( She also offers a free class on decluttering called 3 Weeks to Minimalist Motherhood. )
- Remember this season of your life. It wouldn’t be a proper photographer’s blog post if I didn’t put a plug in for taking som
e photos with your family, right? If you’d like to capture some beautiful moments with your loved ones this spring, get in touch. I have a few weekend spots available in May and June!! ( And don’t forget Mother’s Day is coming…what a perfect reason to ask your loved ones to get in the frame with you!! )
That’s all for now! I hope you can try one of these tips this month and fully embrace this beautiful season and your inner ‘spring fever’!!!
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who specializes in capturing natural, colorful and beautiful images of children and families in the Greater Boston area. Cara has been professional photographing families since 2011. She is lives in Needham, MA with her husband and three children. Please see more of Cara’s work on the blog or get in touch to find out more about scheduling your next family photo session!