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I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions.

I break them before January’s over, and by December I can’t remember if I ever made one. It’s fun to talk about change: the weight we’ll lose, the money we’ll save. But the changing, of tying on running shoes or saying no to a good shoe sale -- that’s when the truth’s revealed. That’s when I must admit change doesn’t come easily.

What does come easy though?

Simply starting.

We all have the power to start fresh. The gift of a new day is universal and with that gift we get choices. Here are a few actions and attitude choices we can take to start fresh this new year:

  • Try new things, whether big things like starting your own business or small things like trying a new cuisine. Rather than saying no because we’ve never done it before, let’s say yes because of the joy of doing something new.
  • Don’t be afraid to fail. When we try those new things and don’t like them, mess up, or just don’t figure it out, don’t allow shame and failure to hang around. Move on.
  • It doesn’t have to be Pinterest-worthy. It’s OK to make a cake that doesn’t have fondant flowers. It’s OK to build a fort out of blankets that doesn’t take up your entire basement. You don’t have to go to the extreme.
  • Meet new people. Put the smartphone down and look up when you’re standing in line or letting the kids play at the park. Look for someone else who has put their phone down and simply smile.
  • Put yourself in perspective. Get lost in a crowd or drive out of town in the dark and look up. Remembering I am part of something bigger always leaves me with a fresh feeling about my situation.
  • Clear out clutter. We are not defined by our stuff. Let’s bring in breathing space and say goodbye to the “treasures” we no longer treasure.
  • Change up your routine. I’m a creature of habit. It would throw me off to grocery shop on Monday instead of Friday, but sometimes a small change in routine makes big changes to our lives.
  • Do something hands-on. Getting our hands messy and productive takes our heads out of the theory that bogs us down.

Happy 2015! It’s a new year; let’s embrace our power to start fresh!

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