The First Day Of Spring

The first of March always brings me a spring-like feeling.  I see it as the start of that time of growth and with it comes hope for the future.  New shoots are appearing, the snowdrops already in full bloom, daffodils are ready to burst forth with their eternal colour and brilliance.

Spring is a wonderful time, the weather starts to change for the better and with it we can start to feel an awakening from the winter hybernation.  Of course winter has its purpose, a time for rest and reflection, a time to recharge the batteries while we watch the natural world sleep.  And spring brings us the renewed energy, allowing us to look forward to new things.  With this newness often comes change.

Most people are nervous of change, worried about what it will bring.  Sometimes, though, we cannot progress without change.  We have to learn to embrace change and recognise it as a good thing, not something to be feared.

Sometimes change means letting go of the familiar and accepting something new and unknown, and sometimes it means adapting to new circumstances, with only slight alterations to the familiar.

This year winter has seemed long, and although spring started to show itself at the beginning of March it was only towards the end of the month that everything felt so much brighter.

As bloggers we must embrace change, but we must also take that time to rest and recuperate, recharging our batteries and build our strength for the good things to come.

Whatever spring means to you, whatever the newness in your life is, see it as a positive influence and something to be nurtured, allow the change to enhance your existence and with it will come renewed energy and an ability to move forwards with hope.

19 Comments

  • Eddie Phillips

    Reply Reply March 29, 2014

    Hi from Eddie Phillips in the US.

    I agree with you about spring being so slow this year. I’m in NE Tennessee and last week, (the beginning of spring here), we awoke to an inch or so of snow on the ground.

    You’re one of several people from the UK that I’ve run into recently. I found your blog through Sally the Blog Queen.

    Are you building a mailing list with your blog and do your have a newsletter? I did not see an opt in box anywhere.

    I learned the importance of building a mailing list through another Brit, Chris Farrell.

    Cheers!
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  • Mary Austin
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    Reply Reply March 31, 2014

    Wow, Mandy, you missed the entire month of March. Today is the last day of March, not the first. No matter, you point is still the same. I love spring, mostly because of the longer days full of light and new beginings.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2014

      Hi Mary, thanks for visiting. I didn’t miss March really, if you noticed part way down the post I mentioned that I felt that spring was later this year and it didn’t really feel very spring-like on the 1st of March. Great feeling when it does finally arrive though, isn’t it!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Diane Bester

    Reply Reply March 31, 2014

    I loved your analogy of spring and life changing. That is how I view it also. I think for those who had a particularly rough winter it is very welcomes and can’t come soon enough.
    I feel sorry for those who don’t have the four seasons, they miss out on these experiences.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2014

      Hi Diane, thanks for visiting. The winter here in England was quite mild in terms of temperature but we’ve had massive gales and lots of floods. With the mild weather comes more water often. Great to see spring here though, and the weather is warmer too.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Monna Ellithorpe
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    Reply Reply March 31, 2014

    Hi Mandy,

    I live in Florida so we don’t notice the changes as much as you do up north but it was nice to read about it and remember.

    Thank you. Monna
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2014

      Hi Monna, thanks for visiting. I came to Florida once about 3 years ago, it was so unbearably hot I spent the whole holiday with migraines. We don’t get such massive heat here in England, so we’re not used to it. I do love the warmer weather but not a fan of big heat.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Adrienne
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    Reply Reply April 1, 2014

    Spring is definitely in the air here in Houston, Texas Mandy. Mom and I were walking today and I told her I would love to live someplace where we had weather like this all year round. It was in the mid 70’s with the sun shining and the wind lightly blowing. What a beautiful day and the hope for something new and good to come.

    ~Adrienne
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2014

      Hi Adrienne, thanks for visiting. I love the warmer weather but not a fan of big heat. I really like living in England and having the contrasting seasons, I love winter for the cosy fires in the evening and hot baths after a wet dog walk.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Willena Flewelling
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    Reply Reply April 1, 2014

    We haven’t seen any signs of spring yet, here in north central Alberta. But the sun rises significantly earlier and sets later than it did three months ago — and its rays are noticeably warmer and more direct. The hope of spring is in the air even though we don’t see it yet.

    Funny you should mention hibernation… It doesn’t matter how action-packed the winter is, I always feel as if I am waking up from a long sleep when spring arrives. I love that feeling of new beginnings!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2014

      Hi Willena, thanks for visiting. I love the idea of that feeling of waking from a long sleep, I do always feel substantially refreshed when spring arrives, and my birthday is in June so it’s always lovely weather and a very joyful time.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • I am not so open to change. I love the comfort of my favorite restaurants, my closest friends, my online friends, my current blog site. But then something happens, something starts stirring inside, and I am ready to someone or something new. Out comes a new web site. I try a new restaurant or a new recipe. I meet a new person who becomes almost an instant friend. Whether I resist or not, change reaches out to me and my choice is either to follow and allow it or to have it drag me along, kicking and screaming.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2014

      Hi Erica, thanks for visiting. I am not happy with change before it happens but once I’m in it I am fine. And to be honest I prefer change to just happen rather than being pre-warned about it!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Brian King
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    Reply Reply April 2, 2014

    Hi Mandy

    Here in Northern Ireland Spring has certainly arrived. It’s great to feel a warmer breeze on our faces and to see people more upbeat after a very wet winter.

    As you say, we are all looking for that mood change to effect not only our physical world, but our personal and mental outlook as well.

    It’s time for fresh ideas to be birthed and for old dreams to be lifted off the shelf.
    Have a great ‘summer’ in 2014.

    Kind Regards
    Brian
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2014

      Hi Brian, thanks for visiting. I agree that the warmer air makes us all feel better about things. Winter can be a time for quiet reflection though, which I do enjoy to a certain extent.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Liz Delaney
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    Reply Reply April 2, 2014

    I agree, Mandy. Spring is the start of new life. It is a favourite part of the year for me.
    We, in Australia, are enjoying Autumn when the earth is cooling down. We have had a battering this summer with the heat, bushfires and the floods up north. I love Autumn, as I am not a fan of the heat at all. I walk early each morning before sunrise and enjoy the stillness and crispness of the air.
    Enjoy the rest of the Spring and the warmth seeping into your bones….
    Take care
    Liz
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2014

      Hi Liz, thanks for visiting. I believe you have made a very valuable point there, we all have different responses to our weather depending on where we live. I believe we have a great balance here in the UK because the winters are not too cold and the summers not too hot, best of both worlds really.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Hi Mandy ,
    you are right ,
    with the spring after a long winter ,
    a feeling of new beginning are coming .
    I like the spring and look forward to see
    the new life of the nature .
    Thank you
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2014

      Hi Erika, thanks for visiting. I love to see the flowers pushing their heads up through the earth, we have some delightful spring flowers here in the UK.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

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