What to Do With Your Life in March—41 High Vibe Ideas to Inspire Your Spring

Brighter days ahead.

By Isabelle Eyman
Olivia Muniak dinner party.

I used to think of March as a bit of a… throwaway month. While for many, it signaled the start of spring, where I grew up in New England, the days were still bitter cold, with only Mud Season™ to look forward to. What’s more, March came with no natural pause. The long winter break was behind me and I could only do my best to push through until spring vacation came in April. But all of that changed when I moved away, and while Chicago still comes with its unexpected snowstorms, I’ve learned that this season of renewal is a mindset more than anything. And that’s what our March bucket list is all about.

As we enter the third month of the year, it’s time to dive into all that the (relatively) warmer weather has to offer. This March, we’re reigniting our energy to work toward our intentions and live each day with purpose. But while we keep our aligned action in check, we can also lean into the daily things that bring us joy. And trust, this March bucket list comes with all the inspiration your month needs for more pleasure and happiness, every day.

Featured image from our interview with Olivia Muniak.

Flower arranging March bucket list.

Your March Bucket List: 41 Things to Inspire Your Spring

1. Hop on your bike. IYKYK. Biking is a beautiful way to see your city in a new light, get to where you’re going, bond with your family and friends, and work in a little joyful movement. Wins all around.

2. Refresh your spring wardrobe. Hot take: While the trend cycle seems to be speeding up every moment (concerning), I’m of the opinion that there are really only two seasons of dressing. Hot weather/cold weather. Of course, we’ve been bundling and layering up in accordance to the latter, but with the warmer days on the horizon, now’s the time to be stocking up on and pulling out all of your light and bright faves. For inspiration, we shared all of our favorite picks here. (And if you need help spring cleaning your closet, look no further than this step-by-step guide.)

3. Plan your warm-weather travel. Speaking of the sunny days ahead, there’s no better time to plan your summer vacays. (Unless, of course, the dreary days of winter had you dreaming about a beach trip long in advance.) To make the planning process all the more fun, create a vision board around what your dream vacation looks like. Let that guide you toward a vibe, a destination, and an itinerary—and be sure to book those tickets asap!

4. Plan an indoor herb garden. There’s no greater delight than growing herbs indoors—even while it’s still freezing outside. Steal our tips for getting your green thumb in shape.

5. Support a local initiative. Find something you love and do all you can to support it. This could look like a local indie theatre, a pet adoption/foster care service, or reading to children at your local bookstore or library. Every effort counts, and something as small as becoming a member at your local library, planting an outdoor garden, or shopping at a local farmer’s market can make a difference. You’ll be surprised by how good it feels to support your local community. 

Suitcase travel march bucket list.

6. Invest in a quality suitcase. It’s time to make sure your suitcase can handle all the travel you have planned. I use the Away Bigger Carry-On for trips over a week, but I love my Lambert Vegan Leather Weekender for quicker travel. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve received on it. And trust me: it has room for absolutely everything.

7. Check all of your travel documents. Don’t let your dream vacay pass you by because your passport has expired. Do a quick check of all of your documents to make sure they’re up to date. I also finally got TSA pre-check and it couldn’t have been more worth the cost. Highly recommend.

8. Get some good vibrations. With a vibrating delight, for solo use and beyond. While we’re at it, have you tried meditation for better sex? Check out our step-by-step guide.

9. Shop vintage. Take delight in scoring a deal and supporting sustainable fashion. Map out the local second-hand and thrift stores you want to visit in your area and make a day of it! On this topic—find a clothing item you never wear, think of a friend who would love it, and mail it to them. One of my friends did this recently for me and it was the perfect surprise.

10. Re-read a classic. Camille and I were recently Slacking about our mutual love of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea. It’s full of wisdom for men and women of any age. I like to do my annual re-read in the spring when my energy is aligned with its call for renewal, growth, and positive change.

Woman applying makeup.

11. Try a minimalist makeup routine. Is there anything more satisfying than switching up—and perfecting—your makeup routine? With spring on its way, now’s the time to do away with the heavier products and opt for a more natural look. We walk you through achieving the no-makeup makeup look. Personally, I’m investing in this much-buzzed-about minimalist set for glowy makeup, all season long.

12. Buy yourself the flowers. PSA: This doesn’t have to be a super expensive bouquet. Instead, I like to go to Trader Joe’s or the farmer’s market to load up on individual stems. When you get home, let your creativity run wild. It’s the most budget-friendly way to enjoy a custom, gorgeous arrangement.

13. Embrace play as exercise. If you haven’t heard, everyone’s playing pickleball. Or, take my advice above and hop on your bike simply for the fun of it. Have kids? Join ’em on the playground. The point is: movement doesn’t have to look like hitting the gym day in and day out. Connect with the things that bring you joy. Remember, you’re allowed to have fun.

14. Try a new spring cocktail. May we suggest Camille’s favorite? Or, how about this strawberry rosé sangria? If you don’t drink, simply swap in your non-alcoholic faves. We can’t get enough of these zero-ABV picks.

Woman walking in city.

15. Take a daily walk. Now that the temps are warming up and there are more sunny days in the forecast, why not make the most of the brighter weather? Bonus points if you take one after eating—it could help regulate your blood sugar.

16. Refresh your candle collection. Ditch the pine and put away the pumpkin spice. For our favorite non-toxic candles, see here.

17. Update your space for spring. There’s no more appropriate time to refresh your surroundings than spring. Put the faux fur throws and fluffy pillows into storage—and pull out all the new spring décor and lighten up your space. Find new photos or prints you want to display, rearrange your larger furniture pieces, and even slap on some new paint if you’d like. While you’re at it, if the temperatures allow, open the windows. Fresh air makes all the difference.

18. Kick back at a rooftop bar. Level up your spring social calendar—yes, literally. Find the best rooftop bars in your city and plan an after-work date with your girls. Bonus points for breaking out that new, perfect-for-spring dress.

19. Add pastels to your color palette. Whether in your wardrobe, incorporated into your décor, or even painted on your nails. We could all do with a little more brightness in our lives.

Woman arranging charcuterie board.

20. Embrace all the spring produce. Strawberries, artichokes, and asparagus, oh my! See here for the full list of all the best springtime fruit and veg—and all the tasty recipes to cook with it.

21. Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with DIY crafts. It’s not easy being green—except on March 17. Get your creative juices flowing and invite your kids in on the fun! Martha Stewart’s got us covered with this list of 21 crafts.

22. Visit your city’s botanical gardens. If there’s still snow on the ground where you are, embrace the beauty of nature indoors and visit your local botanical gardens. Or, if you’re feeling up for the adventure, consult this list of the country’s best.

23. Make a jar of positive affirmations. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid, and it’s never ceased to bring me joy. Write out your favorite positive affirmations on a piece of paper, cut them out into strips, and place them in a mason jar. Each morning, pull out one that you’ll carry with you all day. Let it guide your energy and serve a kind reminder that you’re always enough.

24. Host a game night. With friends or with the fam, there’s little more fun than a weekend game night. Order pizza in, ask everyone to bring a bevvy, and pull out all the best games. See here for our favorites.

Camille Styles vision board.

25. Check in with your vision journal. Did you set your intentions with us at the beginning of the year? If not, be sure to grab your Vision and Goal Setting Workbook. Take time to reflect on your intentions and goals for the year. What does your progress look like? How could you switch up your habits to help you get closer to your goals?

26. Make a spring treat. Strawberry shortcake, anyone? How about a four-ingredient fruit fool? Or for the citrus lovers among us, perhaps a gluten-free lemon bar?

27. Spring clean your home. I knew you knew this was coming. While it’s a big ask, there’s nothing better than doing a deep clean of your space. And while we all know to Marie Kondo our closets and donate those books we are never (ever!) going to read, there are other spots that often go overlooked. For those spaces you’re probably not cleaning—but should be—let Camille’s expert tips guide your way.

28. Dine al fresco. This is arguably one of the best parts of spring—the opportunity to eat outdoors. Soak up all the fresh, crisp air and locate a few restaurant patios you’ve been wanting to check off your list.

29. Get inspired with the best new design books. Who doesn’t love a good book on all things design? Whether you display it on your coffee table or reference it daily, there’s nothing more energizing than pouring over interior design books. Check out our recent faves—they’re gorgeous. And if you’re looking for a quick click, Patterns of Portugal is defining my spring aesthetic (and obviously, beyond).

Garden party March bucket list.

31. Throw a garden party. If a garden party sounds stuffy, prepare to transform your idea of tea time. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can decorate your patio space with vases filled with your favorite blooms, serve your go-to treats, and brew a crave-worthy tea. For more inspiration, let this gallery of gorgeous garden parties guide your way.

32. Switch up your breakfast routine. Our food editor is now a self-proclaimed converted breakfast person, thanks to this Turkish eggs recipe. It’s so easy to throw together—and be sure to steal her tips for perfect poached eggs.

33. Romanticize your Sundays. This year, Camille started spending her Sundays with more intention. What does that look like? Not squeezing in work or rotting in bed scrolling your social feeds. Instead, she’s pouring into herself by enjoying time with her family, diving into her hobbies, and committing to a true day of rest. Read more about what spending a restorative Sunday looks like.

Flower olive oil spring muffins.

34. Bake with edible flowers. Blooms are about to every y’all (if they aren’t already!). If you haven’t tried cooking or baking with edible flowers, there’s never been a more perfect time. Steal an expert’s tips for botanical baking—and try these surprisingly easy shortbread flower cookies.

35. Celebrate the first day of spring. For some reason, I always forget about the official kickoff to the month until after it’s passed. Not this year! Spend March 19 getting outside, preparing a picnic, and indulging in your favorite spring blooms.

36. Experiment with grain-free baking. Camille has been on her grain-free journey for a while now, and even if you still eat gluten as I do, you’ll quickly become obsessed with her grain-free recipes. This one-bowl salted chocolate cake is the ultimate dinner party dessert, and there’s a reason her zucchini muffins went viral.

37. Find a new way to move your body. We are so over the kind of long grueling workouts that we dread and end up avoiding. Instead, try a new and fun form of exercise—and get moving.

38. Throw pottery. Everyone’s taking ceramics classes, and it’s such a fun way to explore your creativity and get your hands dirty. Consider signing up with a friend or build a new hobby entirely for yourself.

Woman writing letter at desk.

39. Write letters. Is there a more touching way to communicate? In this age of quick texts and shorthand exchanges, a letter can be an opportunity to tell the people in your life how much they mean to you. I always love dropping in little paper trinkets as an additional surprise and delight.

40. Get really into tea. I’m officially in my tea era, and while I’m certainly still a coffee drinker, I’m having so much fun getting to taste different blends. And of course, they come with no shortage of functional benefits. I’m currently obsessed with everything from True Tea PDX, particularly the Renew Blend. But I also can’t wait to try the Organic Hibiscus. Something about a bright pink cuppa just screams spring.

41. Write your wish for spring. Like an intention, but a little gentler. If you could make one wish for the next few months, what would it be? Infuse it with hope, kindness, and self-compassion. March has beautiful things in store for us all.