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Thursday, April 5, 2012

HAWMC Day 5, Ekphrasis Post

Today's challenge topic is; Ekphrasis Post; Go to flickr.com/explore and write a post inspired by the image. Can you link it to your health focus? Don’t forget to post the image!

I think it was fitting for this to be the image that popped up when I went to flickr. This photo is a breath of fresh air for me. Not only is it a gorgeous reminder that spring is finally upon us, but it also reminds me how much I missed spring while we lived in Fairbanks. It doesn't really exist there, one day the ground is covered with a white blanket of snow and the next all the trees are green and full. There is no gradual awakening. Spring is such a beautiful season here in Oregon, the trees gradually emerge from their winter's rest and their delicate blossoms begin to sprout.
Spring is not only a time of beauty, it is also a time of renewal. This makes it a wonderful time to start something new. Use spring as a time to start new healthier practices in your life. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, drink more water, exercise more, get more sleep, laugh more and stress less, get rid of that extra clutter in your life that may be dragging you down, etc; the important thing is to do something and start today. Choose to do one healthier thing a day and soon you will be living a healthier, fuller life. Spring is also a time to get back to nature. Take daily walks to see the trees blooming, flowers sprouting, and life emerging all around you. It's a great time to implement greener practices in your life as well. Start to recycle and compost, plant a healing herb garden, walk or bike instead of driving, or visit your local farmers market and enjoy the local produce.
Whatever it is you decide to do that's new this spring, remember, to start small and not go crazy. De-clutter your life, let go of unhealthy practices, and begin a few new healthier ones. In the end, I promise that you will notice positive changes in your life that will lead to years of happiness in the future. 
I would love to hear any suggestions you have for me and other readers in the comments section about easy, healthy practices we can all start today; on this beautiful spring day.

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