Flourish, Flourish in All Seasons

Flourishing Friday – Lilac Life

It’s the most magical time of year…lilac season!

Last year my friend quipped “You don’t choose the lilac life, the lilac life chooses you!” and it’s made me chuckle and feel so seen at the same time. There is something magnificent and magical at being on the look out for lilacs all over. I notice them on the side of the road on the way to the grocery store, along the bike path, or hanging over the lake on my daily walk.

These resilient bushes are some of the first to bloom in Springtime in Wisconsin and mark the TRUE start of garden season…I mean Spring 😉

It’s a sweet reminder to me that there is beauty and joy are found in the most ordinary places. This time of year is a bit harried for me, and if I’m honest this year I’m feeling the tension of to much and not enough so early. That is one of the reasons why I love flowers, they beckon us to slow and savor. To stop and notice, to enjoy the moment instead of rushing forward to the future.

So, for today’s post I thought I would share what is helping me slow and savor this month…

Full Focus Planner:

I snagged my first Full Focus Planner a few weeks ago after getting a deep discount. I’m only a few weeks in, but it has tremendously helped me get all the thoughts, to-dos, etc. out of my head and onto paper. I’m really loving the weekly preview and rolling quarters to help me look ahead to what is coming and feel prepared not overwhelmed. You can check it out more here!

Daily Walks + Inspiring Podcasts.

Even though Spring is a busy season that requires a lot of physical work, I’m making time for daily 15-20 minute walks through the neighborhood to notice the beauty. I’m always inspired and it’s a bonus if I see a friend or can catch up on a podcast. This recent one by Emily P. Freeman has been especially encouraging for this recovering people pleaser!

Creativity (Lilac Honey)

I recently saw an article on lilac honey in Eden & Vine’s Spring/Summer issue. Immediately I was intrigued and created a jar of my own. Making time for creativity and FUN can seem frivolous but it fuels a well-lived life. I can always tell when my soul needs some nourishment…I stop reaching for the paint brushes or baking utensils. When in reality that is when I need it most.

Lilac Honey Recipe:

  • Fill a pint mason jar with clean lilac blossoms (packed tightly).
  • Pour honey over blossoms.
  • Place in a sunny window-sill and rotate a few times a day.
  • In 3-4 weeks strain flowers (or leave in…they are edible).
  • Enjoy the lilac honey on yogurt, ice cream, waffles, or make a lattee!

Spring Vision Board & Goal Refresh

Last week I spent some time refreshing my Spring (Q2) goals and making a fun vision board. A lot has changed in my life since I started working on 2021 goals back in December. The pace of life has picked up tremendously and I needed to stop and refocus before moving forward. If you are looking for a refresh for 2021, consider joining me for this class with Cultivate What Matters on June 28th.

Okay my friends, I’m headed outside to play in my garden and plant some roses! Have a wonderful weekend and make time for what causes your soul to flourish.

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