Thursday, 5 April 2018

Ten Ways To Increase Light Through April's Windows

1. Chase The Light In Each Day

Extend your day
 and cut your stress levels.

Get up as soon as the birds start singing one or two days a week.

Watch dawn light up your April sky as you power through your 'to do' list.

Free from noise and domestic distractions, you may find yourself getting twice as much done. Many company directors call it their 'golden hour'! Chase the light. Chase the  dream.

2. Light Up an Old Friend's Day

Sometimes it's hard to contact someone you've lost touch with. What better time than Easter! Give meaning to the season and give new life to old contacts. Why not send homemade Easter card sent to all the contacts in your address book? Light up an old contact and renew the friendship.

3. Enlighten Yourself About Your Own Locality 

Pick an abbey, castle or stately home you've not visited that is about an hour's drive away. Make Easter 2018 memorable in some way! Instead of just posting a few selfies on Facebook think of another way to commemorate  your day. Light up  the historian and artist  within.

4. Shed Some Light On Your Ancestry

Maybe your visit as prompted you to shed some fresh light on your own ancestral trail? There's many companies out there to help you in your quest; such as  23 and Me,
Light up your own ancestral trail and  make new friends.

5.Trip The Light Fantastic

This phrase evolved through a series of usages and references. The phrase is  attributed to Milton's  1645 poem L'Allegro, which includes the lines:
Com, and trip it as ye go,
On the light fantastick toe.
Celebrate the warmer evenings by enjoying a night out dancing. Folk, ballroom, modern whatever takes your fancy. Lessons or just a night out with friends? Enjoy the longer hours of daylight! Skip, hop and leap into spring.

6. Enjoy the Lights of a Good Show

 April sunshine encourages us to get out and get real. Replace an  evening of virtual entertainment  with a real live show.Check out the programme of your local theatre or cinema. Find something to light up both your evening  and your mood.

7. Lighten And Brighten Your Bedroom

What better way to celebrate the colours of spring than to buy some new bedding! This year designers everywhere are celebrating the spring meadow in their bedding designs. There's no better time to freshen up your linens. Enjoy the colours of spring indoors and out!

8.  Enlighten Yourself  To 2017's Best Sellers

You turn your face towards the sun. You can now feel the sun's warm on your skin. Summer's round the corner. What better time to  research your summer reading  and donate  unwanted books to a local charity! Start lighting the path to your summer holiday.

9. Show Yourself In a New Light

The flower shops are brimming with an ever- increasing colours. Be inspired to try some new colours yourself! Spring -clean your make-up bag and buy some new shades.  Consider a new highlights or lowlights in your hair. Stride out this spring with a new confidence and spring in your step. 

10. Seek Out New Sources Of  Light

Bring something new into your life that will lighten your daily burden. Consider the daily task you hate most. Ironing? Shopping for groceries? Washing up? What could you introduce to ease the burden? Paid help? A new gadget? Delegating? Ensure that you'll have more time to enjoy this summer when it comes .

So it's over to you, now!

Share the brightest way you've brought new light to shine through April's windows

Together let's make it our best April yet!

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Ten Ways To Increase Light Through March's Windows

1. Lighten Up Your Own Mind

Mad as a March Hare' as they say. The expression has been with us since the sixteenth century. It was popularized in more recent times by the writer, Lewis Carroll in his now famous work 'Alice In Wonderland' of 1865. It refers of course to the wild antics of the hares as they compete for  mates in their breeding season. Mad March. Anything goes. Do something out of character.

2. Lighten and Brighten Up Your Winter Wardrobe

Put a spring in your own step as you stride out into spring!

On a rainy afternoon  spring clean your winter wardrobe and on a bright afternoon take your discarded items to a local charity and buy a bright new cardigan or jumper.

3. Light Up Your Father's Face

March is the month of St Joseph, patron saint of Fathers. What better time to give thanks for your own father- if your still lucky enough to have him with you! Clear out some time in your mad march schedule to spend some quality time together!

4. Light Up A Child's Eyes

Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite!

Remember the first time you flew one? Remember how you competed with your siblings  and friends to fly the highest kite? Light up a child's day and harness the March breezes. Blow away your own winter cobwebs!

5. Lighten and Brighten Your Living Room


Spring is finally in the air so open the doors and windows, and out with the old and in with the new! Consider how you can bring in a bit of spring! Paint a wall yellow?  Buy some daffodils? Buy an olive or orange plant?

6.  Light Up Your Friday

It's Friday, its five o'clock and it's time for....Crackerjack- as all 70s British kids would say! Now you are an adult how much fun time do you have in your week?????

Well its March and a new springtime routine can come into play now the days are longer. Meeting a close friend every Friday to talk through the week somewhere beautiful?

7. Shed Some Fresh Light on Your Poetry Collection

'I wandered lonely as a cloud 
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
     A host, of golden daffodils;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
   Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

    Continuous as the stars That shine
    And twinkle on the milky way,
    They stretched in never-ending line
     Along the margin of a bay:
    Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

    For oft, when on my couch I lie
   In vacant or in pensive mood,
     They flash upon that inward eye
      Which is the bliss of solitude;
      And then my heart with pleasure fills,
      And dances with the daffodils.

Second hand bookshops! Rainy afternoons are made for them! Discover a new poet and visit their places of inspiration!

8.  Bring Light Into Your Garden /Patio/Balcony

Sweeping up the old autumn leaves in your garden or patio is always a very therapeutic way of ridding yourself  of the  past.
Then take a well-deserved inspirational walk! Tread  on nature's yellow and green spring carpet. Be inspired to replace the dead leaves in your life with something fresh and vibrant! 

9. Enlighten Yourself Musically

Start by going through your old music collection. Give away what you no longer like and choose some new releases or old classics you always meant to get online. listen to some music for spring!

Some good spring pieces could include Schumann's Symphony no.1, Vivaldi's Spring from his Four Seasons, Delius' On Hearing the First Cuckoo, Amy Beach's 'The Year's At The Spring' Chopin's March Waltz- now playing!

10. Lighten Your Wrist and Forget Time

Leave the watch at home. Remember the first time that the Mad March Hare appeared in Alice In Wonderland was at the  mad Hatter's Tea Party, where the hatter had supposedly murdered time.....

Have a last Mad March Day. Yesterday found me marching through a water-logged railway underpass in ankle boots! Hopefully I can find march on to better things this month!

So its over to you now, readers!

Tell me the maddest thing you've done this March!

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