The Beauty of a Fresh Start

Have you ever looked back on your year and feel instant regret? Have you found yourself in that moment where you realize that most of your goals have gone unaccomplished? Or that things just didn’t go quite as planned?

I’ve found myself there recently. I’ve recently been reflecting on all the goals and plans I dreamed up for 2017, and slowly began to realize that I didn’t follow through on many of them. Or plans changed, and I was unable to accomplish them due to my circumstances.

For a moment, I felt discouraged and defeated. I even felt like a failure. But only for a moment.

A few weeks ago, I realized that each new day is a fresh start — a time to begin  something new. A time to say to myself, “Yesterday, you may have stumbled and fallen. But you get another chance to try again today.”

So that Saturday morning, I jumped out of bed at 7:30am and I began to type, list, and write. By 11, I had read my Bible, prayed, journaled, and created a budget spreadsheet. I wrote down 5pgs worth of blogging and other writing ideas, did a brain dump of things I needed to accomplish in the next few weeks for the upcoming year, researched, and created an editorial calendar. I also found some amazing productivity apps to help keep me on track and scribbled down a bunch of other things I won’t bore you with.

It was nonstop action for 3 and a half hours. Y’all, anyone who knows me knows that I love my lazy Saturday mornings, but that morning inspiration and motivation had struck. I took initiative and decided it was a new day, and that the day needed some tackling.

I could’ve done what I normally do and just be like, “That’s cool, I’ll start in the New Year.” But the beauty is that we don’t need to wait for a new year to have a fresh start. You see, every morning is a brand new chance for you to chase your dreams and fulfill the plan God has for your life.

So today, I challenge you.
Start now. Write down your goals and intentions for the year. Don’t look at them as another New Year’s Resolution, but as attainable goals. Write a plan of action and then work on it. If you get off track one day, don’t beat yourself up over it. Just pick up where you left off the following day. And watch how your life changes… one new day at a time.

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