Well, perhaps not in all parts of the country, but it certainly has sprung here in sunny Tucson. The Sonoran Desert is a unique environment with animals and plants that are not seen anywhere else in the world. I like to tell my friends that “we live in a zoo”, and the entire panorama is especially vibrant in the spring. Our backyard and beyond is the perfect example where we can see bobcats, coyotes, owls, jackrabbits, and other desert critters.

The vibrant and colorful bougainvillea are showing us that the occasional winter frosts are a thing of the past. The cacti are producing gorgeous blossoms and we have hummingbirds sipping from our flowers all day long. Our potted plants are filled with the sound of doves sitting on clutches of spotted eggs. The cardinals are chirping as they set up a nursery in our fan palms. Perhaps best of all, the intoxicating scent of the orange blossoms fills the air. My husband and I love these few weeks the best because of that exotic, floral gift. Of course, I see many connections between that natural world and my Seeking Serenity Life Coaching practice.

Each new season reminds us of the cycle that is life. Each season has a special set of lessons for us.  This time of year, I like to emphasize the theme of renewal. Nature renews itself as winter retreats. Everything is suddenly alive. The bright green foliage looks healthy because the heat of the summer has not yet arrived. Everywhere you look you will find Nature’s call for growth being answered. Take a look inside your heart to see how your life can mirror the world outside. You too can be renewed this spring by shaking off those winter doldrums. Let your goals and dreams take root. Sprout new thoughts and projects just as the trees sprout tender new leaves. Nourish them with a good watering of optimism and enthusiasm. A positive mindset works wonders.

I encourage you to take a fresh look at your life and reassess your priorities. What worked for you in the winter might hold you back now. Clean up the clutter in your mind and in your home by letting go of what is no longer needed, while keeping what resonates and has meaning for you. Let those uninhibited, creative ideas blossom.

The strongest message I receive as springtime revisits our world is the one I most want to share with you: GO OUTSIDE and step into nature! Take the time to leave the confines of your home and office that sheltered you all winter. The spaces that were safe and warm a few months ago can feel restrictive now. Look with fresh eyes at the spring out your window. The outdoors can be incredibly refreshing and motivating.

This is a perfect time to assess your health, and to set goals to improve it, such as making the commitment to move your body more. Go for walks and bicycle rides. Take a hike someplace you have never been. Kick off those shoes and socks and experience how your feet feel on the warm earth and the cool, green grass. Look and listen for the messages spring has for you. Take them to heart. Take a chance, try something new, and let that fertile mind of yours blossom. Enjoy the scents and the sounds of your incredible life. This is your time.

 “Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”

                                       -- Sarah Ban Breathrach

“Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party!’”

                                       --Robin Williams