"The day came when the risk to remain tight in a  bud  was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
~Ana ï s Nin

March is Women's History Month, and it is also the beginning of spring. Typically, this season is regarded as one for renewal, growth, expansion, and blossoming. Even though we can accomplish this at any time of the year, spring seems like an appropriate time to focus on these intentions. This is also a good time to let go of what no longer serves us and bring forth what brings us joy so that we can move forward in a positive and productive manner. In other words, we need to get rid of the old and make room for the new.

I've thought a lot about this recently, and I have some ideas about my own transformation during the month of March. I plan to declutter my office by going through files I no longer need, donate outdated clothing I no longer wear, and commit to some decisions I've been putting off.

One thing I've been wanting to do that I will actually do this spring is go on a personal retreat for a few days. I usually have enough writing time, but there are always so many interruptions when I'm sitting in my studio. Whether it's the phone, the internet, the doorb ell, the dog barking, or gardeners and visitors, there's always something. When we remove ourselves from our normal routines, it's often easier to think more clearly and change patterns of behavior we're stuck in.

Now it's your turn. What will you do to transform or renew yourself this spring? I'd love to hear from you.
Creatively Yours,
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  • Write about one transformational intention you want to set for yourself this spring.
  • Write about a woman you admire—it could be a family member; a friend; or political, literary, or historic figure.
  • Write a letter to a female role model in your life.
  • What do you think is the greatest challenge faced by women today? Write about it.
"How Mary Oliver Changed My Life " (essay). Wisdom Daily. February 4, 2019.
"Writing Passionate Love Letters" (blog). Psychology Today. February 10, 2019.
"Your Scent" (poem). Poets Unlimited. February 10, 2019.
"Fostering a Lustful Life" (blog). PsychCentral. February 13, 2019.
"Spiritual Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day" Thrive Global. February 13, 2019.
"New York Euphoria" and " Savannah Inn " (poems). Riverbabble #34. Winter Solstice Issue, 2019.
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This book is perfect for Women's History Month. The author considers bad girls to be those who broke socially acceptable rules, but they're not necessarily murderers! It just means that they're more daring than the norm. The book begins with Lilith, who was Adam's first wife, who was kicked out of the Garden of Eden; and ends with Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize winner. Others included in this enlightening work include Lady Godiva, Joan of Arc, Catherine the Great, Marie Antoinette, Florence Nightingale, Edith Wharton, Helen Keller, Mae West, Sally Ride, Georgia O'Keeffe, Coretta Scott King, and Oprah all in the order of their place in history. Each woman has two pages devoted to her.

This is a beautiful gift and also a wonderful coffee-table book!
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