Yesterday was the Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring, and the beginning of the rebirth of life in the Northern Hemisphere. I always feel so optimistic in the spring. As the trees bud and the daffodils and tulips are starting to pop out of the ground in my yard, I am reminded that all life, including the creative life, ebbs and flows. Everyone needs down time and time to germinate new ideas. I find that these new ideas lay fallow in the winter and start to appear with the return of the warmth in the spring.
What I love most about spring is that I feel reawakened. I struggle to be productive during the winter, when it is cold and dark. I sleep more in the winter, as my body is naturally set to the circadian rhythms of the sun. So, in December and January, I am ready to go to bed at 5pm, when the sun goes down.
But now, with the appearance of Daylight Savings Time and the reawakening of the plants in my neighborhood, I feel open, free, and productive. I stay up later and work longer. I am starting to plan out my work for the spring and summer. I feel motivated to grow and create, much like the flowers that are compelled to burst through the ground and show their colors to the world. I feel like I’m that flower in the spring, ready to come out of hibernation and show my bright colors to the world.
Yesterday morning, to welcome the coming of spring, I went for a sunrise run on the Walkway Over the Hudson State Park in Poughkeepsie, NY. The bridge is aligned pretty closely with the sun on the equinoxes, and the sun rises perfectly aligned with the east-facing side of the bridge. Although there were wind chills in the teens over the river, I could feel the warmth of the sun as it peeked its way over the tree line. I felt myself awakening.
After my 13 mile run, I went home and read the book The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran. The book described how to set goals based on a 12-week cycles, instead of making yearly goals that seem vague. When you work in the realm of the 12 week cycle, a month becomes a week and a week becomes a day. It puts urgency to the goals that you make. This is in direct opposition to yearly goals, which seem so far in the future and don’t compel immediate action, as you have 365 days to complete them.
I am looking at how to incorporate this concept into my creative life. I have more ideas for self-published eBooks that I want to write, and doing so on a 12 week cycle seems very possible. I am also working on a book proposal so that I can try to sell my idea to an agent or publisher. Both these things can be done as part of the 12 week year.
In short, I have ideas. I feel optimistic. As the sun warms the ground, it is also warming my soul and my creative spirit. I have so many ideas that I feel like I am blooming right in front of myself. I have to write down all these ideas so that I don’t forget them. I can only focus on one or two projects at a time. But, with the awakening of the world, I feel my creativity awaken.
It is a good time to start over, or start again, or just get back to work.
What seeds are you planting this spring that you are hoping to germinate and grow?