Fresh Starts + Old Traditions

Victor Hugo

Spring is right around the corner and I could not be more excited! January 1st is inspiring, and the New Year pushes me to set goals and dream about what the new year will bring. But spring is when all that contemplating + trying turns into living. The warmer weather and longer days seem to get everything in life moving again. Life feels better, the days seem easier to get through and tomorrow is filled with a little more hope than usual.

Some of my favorite things to do in the spring are freshen up my look, move my morning quiet time outside and my own tradition of delivering Easter Bread and tulips to friends and family.

March and April are going to be really busy with my friend Emily’s baby shower and upcoming road trip to Charlotte, NC for the Influence Conference. Knowing I wasn’t going to have much time in the coming months, I changed my hair up a little early this year. I haven’t had blonde hair since before I had my son and I missed how fresh and bright I felt… so I took a leap and went for it in one fell swoop. Ashley from MCN Salon in Pittsburgh, PA did a great job. She was edgy and pushed me to go for it! I’m really happy with the change.

Spring Hair Style

Moving my quiet time outside is such a treat. I love crisp mornings on the deck with a big blanket, my Bible and a light breakfast. Time seems to stand still and the sound of an early spring morning is heaven on earth. Recently, I’ve been studying Acts. I’m following Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds. I also found Val Marie Paper on Periscope and loved hearing how to she studies The Bible — so helpful! So many times I’ve found myself lost when I would try to read The Bible without a “study” to accompany my readings. The tips in these two resources have made my time in The Word a lot less frustrating. I also can’t say enough about the ESV Study Bible; I might be gifting a few to girlfriends this Easter. 😉

Spring morning
For the past five years I have been delivering Easter bread and tulips just before Easter Sunday. It’s a day I look forward to every year. For those of you who may not know, Easter bread is an Italian tradition, one both Marrissa and I grew up eating and helping our grandmothers make… it’s amazing drizzled with local honey + hot tea in the morning!

easter traditions

Traditions are so important to me and I look forward to each holiday and season. They help us build relationships with others, creating a history and dependability between the people that share them. So many of my best memories are centered around tradition.

What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season? Do you have any traditions that hold a special place in your heart? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below or on our social media.

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