Spring Fresh Cleaning From Soul to Sole Begins With A Journey Through The Seasons

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 DRE# 319853

There has always been something magical about Spring. Something that just makes the world come back to life and me right along with it. A spring fresh cleaning sort of feeling. A magical time when one's soul and soles are cleaned to start another journey through the seasons.

A Spring Fresh Beginning From Soul to Sole

summers footprintsThey say a journey begins with a single step and this magical spring fresh journey is no different. For me it begins in the Summer. A time when my soul is now bursting with excitement of warm days, vacations, and nights sitting out under the stars. And my soles are delighted with the tickle of wet sand as my footprints follow me through the summer fun. Too quickly it seems my soul is soon wrapped in my favorite sweater as my soles are warmed by the first fire of the season. Thus begins my soul's journey for all things warm as we prepare for the chill of the season to come. Without warning winters full moons start to light up the entire sky and that first snow blankets my world and my soul in silence. And my soles once again become friends with those warm fuzzy slippers hidden in the back of the closet. Winter begins its tightly twined wrap around me and works its magic as my soul and soles begin the journey of reflection of a year gone by, of plans for the new year.

And then it is Spring once again.

 A Spring Fresh Cleaning From Soul to Sole

When I see that first Hyacinth peep between it's leaves, the soft wave of muted greens and reds and whites as tree branches release they're blooms of leaves and flowers something inside me transforms. My mind starts to take off on a fresh course of thoughts and ideas. The soles of my feet feel lighter as my walk suddenly has a new spring to it. And my soul? It too feels different as the Spring cleansing makes its way inside of me. 

They are backSuddenly that daily walk that had been put away for the winter comes back to my life. With Maggie by my side we venture off to warm our souls and our soles with the spring cleansing feeling of nature coming to life and us along with it. Maggie must surely feel the difference too as I see her stop and listen to the fresh new sounds around her. Her  ears perk up as she stands motionless, listening. But alas, she moves on once again as she remembers; these are the same sounds from many fresh springs before. Life is good once again.

We soon find ourselves venturing to the pond to see if the ducks who have made this their home for raising their young have chosen us again this year. Yes! they are there  once again. And as Maggie and I settle down to watch, the spring cleaning begins all over again as we fill our souls with the beauty of life and rest our soles one last time before the journey begins once again.

 A Spring Fresh With Ideas for Changing Times

I've often wondered why Spring seems to always affect me this way. Why it feels so good to my soul. Could it be because my soul is the place that all things begin? Or maybe its my soul that helps me realize and be who I am, brings passion to all I do. Soul searching, after all, knows no seasons so maybe a spring cleaning and cleansing is the perfect thing to accomplish this time of year. A place to begin the journey into changing times with fresh ideas. And why is it that each Spring a lightness permeates the soles of my feet that is not there during other seasons? Could it be those walks into nature Maggie and I now take? Or maybe it happens because my soul is preparing my soles for yet another journey towards yet another set of seasons. Questions, questions.  

What I do know is.... As I embrace yet another spring cleaning, without fail, the old is new once again and my soul and soles are lightened for the journey ahead. Even for an 'old' soul like me.

  A Spring Fresh Cleaning From Soul To Sole Begins With A Journey Through The Seasons

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About the Author Martha Brown- As a third generation Annapolitan I love to write about my experiences in and out of the real estate market. Licensed since 1992 all with Long & Foster I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Seller Representation Specialist (SRS) whose passion is homes in the Annapolis MD area and surrounding communities. My goal is to help my clients understand the real estate market and to then make sound real estate decisions. 


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Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Spring lets us shed our heavy winter skins and gives us that incredible lightness of being that new beginnings offer.  With so much beauty bursting forth a little soul searching is called for--walking on our soles and searching our souls seem to go together. 

Beautiful post.

Apr 03, 2009 02:44 PM #12
Pat Tasker
Shorewest Realtors - Germantown, WI
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)

It is like New Years and resolutions....it is just a fresh start! 

Apr 03, 2009 03:00 PM #13
Kathy Baker, GRI Tennessee Realtor
Realty 1 - Jamestown, TN

Hi Martha,

What a lovely story and so well written.  Spring; it is a rebirth, all things fresh and new. The wonderful fragrance of flowers, trees blooming, light breezes, baby animals being born...I just love spring, it stirs my soul.

Kathy B

Apr 03, 2009 03:11 PM #14
Grace Keng
Keller Williams Realty Cupertino - Cupertino, CA
CRS, CDPE (408) 799-8887


That is a cool idea we need a fresh start for spring. I have determined to make a successful year.

Grace Keng, Silicon Valley Realtor, California www.gracekeng.com

Apr 03, 2009 05:50 PM #15
Bruce & Mary Smith
Savannah Lakes Homes - McCormick, SC
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC

Hey Martha - Yes, spring is here.  Our grass is green and dogwoods are getting ready to pop!  It's a ritual for me to take care of cleaning this time of year - thorough cleaning.  Your blog is a beautifully written look at cleaning - the most important kind!  Congratulations on the feature and thanks!

Apr 03, 2009 10:50 PM #16
Marzena Melby
Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty - Richfield, MN
Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate

Great post, Martha.  Very poetic and spiritual.  Congrats on the feature!

Apr 04, 2009 12:09 AM #17
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Give me 80 degrees and up and then my heart will soar like a hawk. I think the Indian chief in Little Big Man said that about 40 times. Still love that movie. I got Dustin Hoffman to autograph my VHS cover.

Apr 04, 2009 03:47 AM #18

What a nice post. Thank you very much for the thoughts.

Apr 04, 2009 04:00 AM #19
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Spring cleaning Martha I think refreshes our lives and our homes coming out of some kind of stagnation of winter.

Apr 04, 2009 06:40 AM #20
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Myrl- Your comments are always so refreshing. Love them.

Carole- Thank you. there is something magical about this time of year. All the planning from the new year comes to life right along with the season. It is a good feeling.

Norma- Soul and soles go hand in hand or that foot and foot. LOL

pat- very much so.

kathy- See... it affects you too. it is a wonderful time of year.

Grace- yes we do. Thanks for commenting

Marzena- Thank you very much.

Joe- Wow- you have a Dustin Hoffman autograph?? How cool is that.

#19- You are very welcome and thank you for commenting.

Gary-Yes. After awhile winter does seem to stagnate and I am always happy to see the first glimpses of spring. Opening up windows is so refreshing!! (Must be opening the windows of my soul too)

Bruce and mary- I too go on the cleaning whirlwind but it seems I always start with my soul. Thanks.



Apr 05, 2009 03:33 PM #21
The Rains Team
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Hoschton, GA
A higher standard in real estate

Hey Martha: This was so beautifully written and speaks straight to my heart! I, also, love the cleaness and fresh start that spring brings...especially the beautiful flowers that bloom! I had already decided to take my dog for a walk this afternoon, but I think I'll go now..you've inspired me to go enjoy the outdoors for a little bit :-)

Have a great day,

Anne Rains

Apr 09, 2009 04:27 AM #22
Robert Hammerstein
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Martha - Very Nice Post! Nice thoughts for springtime. Hope more flowers come out soon.

Now I've got to get out and do some cleaning out of our gardens.

Apr 09, 2009 03:21 PM #23
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Martha--thanks for the encouragement.  I finally wrote my entry.

Apr 10, 2009 08:32 AM #24
Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD

Hello Martha,

What a beautiful & encouraging post.  Thank you!  It was great!  Happy Easter!



Apr 11, 2009 01:23 PM #25
Rosalinda Morgan
Brookville, NY
"The Rose Lady"

Martha - A wonderful post! So beautifully put.  Happy Easter!!

Apr 11, 2009 04:10 PM #26
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Our souls and soles certainly long to be back on the warm sand.  It is definately a time of cleansing and renewal... it give us hope and enthusiam for the future.  And as you point out... one step at a time.  Happy spring.

Apr 12, 2009 01:27 AM #27
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Martha - from sole to soul, loved the beauty of this post and the way you wrote about it.  Spring hits me like that as well most years.

Happy Easter,


Apr 12, 2009 02:48 AM #28
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I feel so fresh, so clean.....:) Love your well-written post.

Apr 12, 2009 12:27 PM #29
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Anne- Thank you. I hope you enjoyed your walk and many more to come as spring continues its journey into summer.

Robert- me too. I've been out a few times now and the feel of the cool earth in my hands is wonderful for my soul. :)

Mary- Yeah!! Good for you. I went over and commented as soon as I heard. It is a wonderful story and you are so blessed to have it to tell. :)

Rita & Rosalinda- Thank you both and happy Easter 

Joan- It is a special time of year for sure. Happy spring!!

Ann- Hopefully this year is one of them. Happy Easter

Rebecca- Thank you- Happy Spring from soul to sole :)

Apr 12, 2009 04:47 PM #30
Linda Bourgault
lulugraphix-creative photography & fine art - Flower Mound, TX

Hi Martha—We can all benefit from spring cleaning  soul to sole.  Thanks for participating in the Spring Fresh PAWS contest. Good luck!

Apr 15, 2009 10:55 PM #31
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