“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” -Anne Bradstreet
Coffee mug in hand, I sat quietly on my deck wrapped in my cozy nightgown. The air smelled of freshly cut grass and dirt as the steam from my coffee rose above. The birds chirped their melody as the sun broke the first light of day.
Slowly but surely nearing the blooming first signs of Spring, I thought this the perfect time to talk about my May favorites. Spring has always been an exciting season for me to welcome. Warmer weather and longer days mean more inspiration, and of course new adventures to plan. Here are a few of the things I’m loving this May
“What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”
― Kobayashi Issa,
There is something so beautiful and mesmerizing about the sudden blooming of cherry blossoms. This Spring I truly made a real effort to admire all of the cherry blossoms I could discover. Not only are they captivating and beautiful to look at, they have a deep meaning engraved in them that I absolutely love. The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.
Planning New Adventures
The most beloved part of May for me is planning trips for the summer ahead. Each summer, I do my best to embark on a new adventure and explore places I have yet to see. This year, I’m looking forward to planning a road trip back to the mountains, where I’ll be exploring British Columbia once again. Whistler, Tofino, Kelowna, Banff, and many other mountain towns are on my list this summer in light of Canada’s 150th anniversary! Last year I fell for the Canadian mountains, but didn’t have the opportunity to hike, camp and explore as much as I had planned to. One of my favorite parts of travel is planning the trip and looking forward to all that the adventure entails.
Exploring My Hometown
Have you ever wanted to pack your bags and head off to explore, but didn’t have the time, financial means or the freedom to do so? After years of traveling, I’ve discovered that you really don’t have to venture off far to discover new places. I live in Ontario, which compared to the West is boringly flat and lacks the stunning mountain surroundings. There are so many small, antique towns, gorgeous rolling hills, forests and beaches I was so oblivious to in my desire to escape my hometown. If you feel your wanderlust growing with the arrival of Spring, know that wherever you are, there are plenty of places to explore just outside of your doorstep!
Mother’s Day is often a wonderful reminder for me of all that my mother has done for me throughout the years. This year, I had the lovely opportunity to collaborate with Jord Watches. When I was sent my Jord Watch, I was speechless by the detail and quality of the watch. The packaging is entirely made of wood, with instructions and care products for your authentic wood watch. I cannot stress the quality of this brand! It is such a unique gift to give for Mother’s Day, with different styles, colors and woods to choose from. If you’d like the chance to win a $100 e-gift code, enter in my contest by clicking here!
What are some of your May favorites? Do you have any exciting adventures planned this Spring?