Wednesday, March 9, 2016

31 Signs Spring is On its Way

For this post I’m working with 31bits, a socially conscious jewelry company that gives displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to combat poverty through fashion. All of their pieces are handmade using “bits” of paper, and the ladies who make them are part of a 5-year program that teaches the skills they need to begin their own businesses. I absolutely love this company, both for their look and mission, and I hope you check them out!

This is the time of year when I get extra anxious about the arrival of spring. Anybody else? I’m eagerly monitoring every sign of birds chirping, blossoms blooming, and things growing. The good news is my favorite season isn't too far off! Here are a few signs spring is on the way:

1. The groundhog said it was going to be on time this year (finally!)
2. You’re painting your fingernails every bright color you can get ahold of
3. ...and you finally remembered to paint your toenails
4. People care about college basketball for one month, and one month only
5. You’re trying to memorize choral music for a Good Friday service (just me?)

6. You just looked up a recipe for detox water (#beachbody)
7. And Peeps are finally on sale
8. ...but you can’t eat them because they’re not part of your Lent diet
9. This week’s forecast shows rain 6/7 days
10. You just got a great deal on snow boots, and you can’t decide if you hope it snows so you get to wear them, or if you’d rather it never. snow. ever. again.

11. Sunrise is at 6:33 a.m.
12. ...but you can’t decide if you’re happier the sun is out or if you resent it waking you up before your alarm
13. You shaved your legs for the first time in 4 months
14. You make an excuse to go to the greenhouse every weekend just to soak in the vitamin D
15. Your boyfriend thought it would be a good idea to try out Whole30
16. ...and you’re ecstatic that you can still eat deviled eggs for Easter

17. You can’t decide if you’d rather spend your hard-earned cash on new clothes for cold weather or new clothes for warm weather
18. If you live in the Midwest, you know tornado season is on its way
19. It’s about to be prime petting zoo season (BABY ANIMALS, PEOPLE)
20. Pastel season is officially upon us — although that’s all year this year

21. You’re sick of wearing all the sweaters in your closet
22. ...but most days, you still need a sweater
23. So you google “transitional weather outfit ideas,” and buy jewelry instead.
24. You might be taking a spring break trip
25. ...or you might be watching Snapchats of your college-aged friends taking spring break trips and sighing to yourself as you slave your days away inside working a 9-to-5 job

26. You reminisce on every vacation you’ve ever had and begin to plan your next
27. You can finally cancel that gym membership you never used and go for outdoor bike rides
28. You have an unexplainable craving for Skittles (again, just me?)
29. You’re feeling inexplicably happier and a little less SAD

30. Your playlist instantly switches from Bon Iver to Spice Girls, or something equally embarrassing
31. Daylight Savings Time is less than a week away — YOU CAN MAKE IT!

Let me know what you’re doing to celebrate the beginning of spring! The official start is only 11 days away, yesssss.

Photos by Austin Elliott of Locke + Stache Media.