Spring is fast approaching. At the time of writing this post (20th February) we’ve been graced with a beautiful day of 16 degrees, blue skies and gorgeous sun. I’ve taken a lovely little stroll with the dog around a lake near my house, trying to ignore the fact that we only have this weather due to global warming and our planet is dying. That got real deep real quick but let’s not beat around the bush.
As Spring arrives, with it’s warmer weather, blooming flowers, new life and the start of hay fever season, it’s also a great time to go inwards and reflect and rejuvenate. I don’t know about anyone else but I always feel motivated in Spring. It’s always the time of year where I want to make more plans, start a new project, set some goals and just generally have a shift in energy.
Spring is a time for blossoming, change and for getting rid of anything that doesn’t serve us anymore. Whether that’s mentally, spiritually, emotionally or physically. So if you’re feeling a bit stagnant, stuck and still not really over the frantic go-go-go that a New Year can bring with it, then stick around! This post is for you.
Declutter your space
Spring is a great time for a declutter. Chances are, things have built up a bit from Christmas, New Year and the first few months of 2019 so what better time than now to clear your space and make room for that energy to flow without bumping into junk at every turn? Not sure where to start? Check out my De-cluttering Made Easy post!
Get rid of anything that isn’t working
Now that your space is clear, it’s time to focus on your blog. Did you pick up a new habit in the New Year? Did you join a new blogging group? Did you decide to branch out into different topics only to find that you’re not actually enjoying it? Whatever it is, drop anything that isn’t working. Leave it behind.
Brainstorm and plan content for the coming months
Spring is a great time to get the creative juices flowing. Getting outside and doing something that doesn’t involve being bundled up with a hot water bottle watching Netflix is bound to spark some sort of inspiration. Especially if you’re the sort of person that finds planning difficult, now is a good time to give it a go! If you need some inspiration, my 25 Spring and Summer Blog Post Ideas post might help!
Which brings me nicely onto this next point – organisation! My favourite thing in the world! If you’ve been wanting to get more organised, now is the time to start. If your current organisation method isn’t quite working, bin it and try something new or adapt it to suit you. I use the Blog Organisation Spreadsheet from Tea Party Beauty. A completely free but absolutely life changing resource.
Re-write your about me page / disclaimer / privacy notice if it’s out of date
I took a look at my about me page a few weeks ago and almost vomited. It was so horribly out of date and cringy and I couldn’t believe I’d left it like that for so long. Your blog and the blogging world in general is always changing and evolving so make sure your blog keeps up. I have lots of advice about writing a disclaimer and privacy notice in my eBook!
Start that project you’ve been putting off
Spring is always the time of year when I get my head down and start a new project or at least brainstorm my next one. I’m currently working on my next eBook, which after a lot of uncertainty, I’ve decided that I definitely want to continue with and offer for the lowest price possible so I can try and help as many people as possible. If you’re unsure, take a leap of faith.
Make a plan
Going forward, where do you want your blog to go? Do you want to start working with brands? Write about different topics? Turn it into a business? Whatever the answer, make a plan. Whatever you want, write it down. Where do you want to be in 1 month? 1 year? 5 years? Manifest the heck out of that sh*t!
Set some blogging goals and intentions
And how are you going to get to where you want to be in your plan? By setting goals and intentions and working towards it gradually, of course. I’m all for small, achievable goals that we know with a bit of hard work, we can cross off our list. Start setting small goals for the week or the month and tie them in with your intentions. For example, my intention is to work with brands next month so in order to achieve that, my goal will be to apply for 5 blogging opportunities.
Do a personal well-being check
So your space is all clean and tidy, your blog is up to date and your intentions are set. But what about YOU honey? How are YOU doing? The first part of the year can be crazy and sometimes we don’t take enough time for ourselves. So spend some time doing a Spring clean on yourself. Any appointments you need to make? Make them. Any aches or pains? Go for a massage or do some Yoga. Time to take up a new exercise or sport? Go for it!
Reflect on your year so far
And finally, now is a good time to sit down and just reflect. I know when I come to do this, a lot of emotions are going to come up because it’s been a really hectic and weird and beautiful and stressful first part of the year. If you’re not sure where to start, maybe try journaling. Write down things you’re grateful for, things you’ve learnt, your favourite moments and things you want to leave behind from the first part of 2019.