The official first day of spring over a month ago, but after bouts of chilly days (and even some snow warnings!), it's finally starting to feel like springtime here. The flowers and trees are blooming and everything is green, green, green. This weekend I spent a good deal of time outdoors—reading lazily on my balcony, taking Barkley for her first long walk, and spending time with some of my favorite people on their sunny patio—and being outside made me really appreciate the beginning of a new season—a warmer, sunnier season.
It was a particularly long and hard winter this year—especially due to the loss of my dear dog, Bella—and there were days when I could have sworn the cold and heartache would never end. But spring, as it always does, eventually came. The days grew longer. The sun grew warmer. And the sadness that overtook all of those long winter months began to lessen. Everything has been warming up and thawing out. After such a hard, long winter, I can't help but be overjoyed at the signs of change, the hope that comes with blooming flowers and budding trees. And though I'm always a big fan of changing seasons, this year in particular I want to fully embrace the springtime.
Spring, in all it's blooming glory, is fleeting. Where I live—just outside of Washington, DC—spring can be short-lived. Here in the middle of the east coast, one minute it's winter and the next it's summer. It can go from freezing cold to blazing hot in a matter of days. So, for me, it's important that I take advantage of this time of year while it lasts—especially this year, when the hopefulness of spring means so much. Here are some of the ways to make the most of wonderful spring weather: