Did you spring forward?

It’s one of my favorite times of the year – the time to set those clocks ahead one hour. Hello longer days! I can’t wait for the sun to set at 7pm tonight. Longer days means my husband and I can resume our evening walks.

The time change also signals that the official start to spring is just days away. I can’t wait to say “good-bye” to winter. I’m definitely done with the cold and rain, as it was a wet winter here in California. The gloominess really kept me indoors much more than I would have liked.

If you look at the winter, it’s a time of hibernation for many animals and plants. Trees lose their leaves, flowers don’t bloom, the bears go to sleep, and we find more stuff to do inside. But with spring, you can see the tulips and daffodils are popping up, the trees are showing some leaves, the animals come out of their slumber, and we start to play outside.

But let’s look at what else springing forward represents; time to look at the deeper meaning. Not only is spring a time to get outside the constraints of your home, but it is also a time for you to break free from what is limiting you on the inside.

It’s time to take a personal assessment. Who are you? What do you value? Do your actions match your values? What are your goals? Who do you want to become? What’s holding you back?

Spring is the time to rise above all that is inhibiting your soul, whether it be physical, psychological, or spiritual limitations imposed by habit and nature.

I know that moving outside of your comfort zone is difficult. On a psychological level, it’s scary. What if I fail? Fear is such a strong emotion that too often prevents people from reaching their goals. On a physical and mental level, it’s hard to break those habits that are keeping you stuck. But it’s not impossible to make the changes you need to succeed.

Let this spring be the signal that you are going to break free from your internal boundaries. It’s time to let the real you come out and be known.

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