Hello April! It’s Time for New Beginnings and Conquering our Fears

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It’s interesting how the seasons and weather can play an integral role in our moods and overall happiness. Every season is matched with a different set of feelings it seems. Winter is cozy; it invites us to nestle in and hibernate while summer rings nostalgic, calling us to go out and play.

I’m so happy to WELCOME APRIL with open arms today! In real life and on Wit & Delight. This month, our theme is all about New Beginnings. We want to discuss how we’re springing forward, breaking out of our shell, being brave, and most importantly, conquering our fears.

One of my biggest personal goals of this month is to get back into feeling truly like myself. If you are striving to be creative everyday sometimes it can lead to feeling burnt out, I’ve realized. You get into this monotonous daily routine. You become the A.I. robot version of yourself. I also think winter can sometimes do this to a person. You are nestled in, you get used to your homey repetitive nightly rituals. Lather, rinse, repeat. But, like clockwork, April always marks the first turn of spring. And change is always in the air during this time. There is something about the warm weather in general that beckons us to COME ALIVE. It calls us to embrace our primal side. April is just the beginning of everyone coming out of their shell; becoming more extroverted and social. For a moment we remember what it feels like to be a kid, we play more, have more fun and realize that life is fleeting – but in a good way. We are more apt to seize the day and make the most of each moment.

I also think the beginning of each new season is a great time for goal-setting and re-centering with our values. I like to do this quarterly, to make sure my heart is happy and aligned with what I’m currently doing and where I’m going. Spring is the perfect time to take a good look at your fears and ask yourself, How can I conquer you? How are you holding me back? What can I do or strive to accomplish that really scares me but will ultimately push me forward? Or maybe the right question to ask yourself is, Am I too comfortable right now? I’ve found almost all the positive changes in my life have resulted from me being forced into making some kind of major pivot that was unexpected and seemingly brought on by the universe. I like to call these unanticipated pivots blessings in disguise.

It has been proven that one of the best ways to overcome our fears is to write them down. Step 1: write them down. Step 2: prove them wrong. During a recent goal-setting session, I started by making a list that reads: What do I really want in life? Followed by the headers: Why haven’t I gotten there yet? and What are my biggest fears? Sometimes we don’t know our goals or even our fears until we list or say them out loud.

This month we are asking you to write in about what fears (both big and small) you are looking to conquer this season. Write in and tell us how you hope to finally start your own business or leave your corporate job to pursue your passion. Or maybe you are doing some emotional cleaning this spring; you want to finally get the courage to tell someone important how you really feel. What if you are trying to muster the gumption to move across the country to a different city for the first time, apply for a job you feel underqualified for, or finally ask for that raise you most definitely deserve? It could be anything that you really want to do that scares you. At the end of March, I will choose a contributor submission to publish on Wit & Delight. Please send submissions to: stefani@witanddelight.com by April 15 for consideration.

Happy April, friends! And cheers to goal-setting and conquering our fears.

Image via Mansur Gavriel


Stefani Ellenbecker is the Editorial Director at Wit & Delight. When she’s not feverishly editing or writing about style and interiors, she runs her bohemian shop  Arden Trading Co. where she sells artisan-made home goods. She lives in Minneapolis with her fiancé Muhamed.

 

BY Stefani Hodzic // W&D Editorial Director - April 2, 2018

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  1. Mailinh

    April 2nd, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Stefani, I feel like this post is spot on about how I feel about each season you described. Spring cleaning completely goes beyond getting rid of material items but a way for us to clean up and get ready for a new path. Also, love how you are getting readers involved. 😊

  2. Stefani Ellenbecker // Editorial Director

    April 2nd, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    So glad you like it! I know, I’ve always thought of spring as emotional cleaning too!

  3. Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    April 2nd, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Happy April indeed! April is when my birthday is and that means a new beginning and new goals for sure! I’m ready! 🙂

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  4. Stefani Ellenbecker // Editorial Director

    April 2nd, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Happy almost birthday Charmaine!

  5. Sloan

    April 2nd, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    This post could not have come at a better time. Looking forward to reading more. Thank you!

  6. Stefani Ellenbecker // Editorial Director

    April 3rd, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Thanks, Sloan! I’m glad you feel like you can relate!

  7. Brenna

    April 2nd, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you for writing this! I’ve been feeling VERY comfortable lately and this was a nice reminder that I need to shake things up.

  8. Stefani Ellenbecker // Editorial Director

    April 3rd, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Me too Brenna and spring is kind of like a nice wake-up call

  9. Allegra Ghiloni Fashion Stylist

    April 3rd, 2018 at 2:44 am

    Such an insightful and beautiful post. I completely feel the same about spring being a time of new beginnings and letting go. Thanks so much for your inspiration.

    Allegra xx

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    http://www.allegraghiloni.com

  10. Stefani Ellenbecker // Editorial Director

    April 3rd, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Thanks, Allegra! <3

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    April 3rd, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Nice topic you have chosen for discussion Stefani! The beginning of each new season encourages us to do something better. And fear drags us from taking any step…

  12. Stefani Ellenbecker // Editorial Director

    April 4th, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    I agree!

  13. Britney Matheson

    April 4th, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    This post is such an amazing representation to how I currently feel! So good!

  14. Stefani Ellenbecker // Editorial Director

    April 4th, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    So glad you are feeling the same!

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    September 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Every day feel like we are alive. Weather, nature, birds teach us how you leave your life.

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