“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” 

~Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina

Did you know March used to be the beginning of the year? It was, until 1752, when we transitioned from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. 

Maybe our ancestors were on to something; it seems odd to begin our year in the dead of winter, the darkest season.   We haven’t even put away the holiday garland when we’re expected to lay out our intentions for the new year on Jan. 1.

Wouldn’t you like more time to think through ideas and plans for the coming months? To more carefully consider the possibilities?

Besides, sages have always told us to make no decisions “in the low times” and that seems like good advice.

Seems to me that spring is the real season of new beginnings. March comes at the waning end of winter and –if we were honest—it is the month we actually begin preparing for the year to come.  

Until then? We’re mostly in a holding pattern.

Daylight savings time means more light in the evening and an overall lifting of spirits. Now that we’re no longer hunkered down in the dark of winter, our days can wind down later, giving us more time to be with our families and friends—and the motivation to be more productive.

Although a few last storms may hit, the certainty that warm weather is coming sustains us. Rebirth is around the corner, when fertile soil and April showers will bring a burst of beautiful, delicate-edged blooms in all colors of the rainbow.  

And in our personal lives, we have an opportunity for the fresh start spring can bring on its official start day: the 21st of March.  

So here’s my plan:  I’m wiping the slate clean every March 1. That’s when I’ll do my planning for the year.  Oh, I’ll start thinking about my ideas for the new year on January 1, but I’m not going to be in such a big hurry to set my intentions in stone.  

No, I’ll be planting my seeds in March, from here on out, hoping that the softer soil of spring will mean bigger and better blooms.  

How about you?

Carol Cassara is a writer and ordained minister who believes in living fully in every color of the rainbow. Her essays have appeared in Skirt! magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, several Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, on public radio and other venues. After a long career as a corporate communications executive, she is enjoying having more time to write, travel and just enjoy life. When she's not traveling the world, she lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and crazy little maltipoo. Her daily blog inspirations for creating our best lives can be found at www.carolcassara.com.