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Great Beginnings

January 05, 20232 min read

“We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day!” ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

I love the New Year!  It’s a time to reflect on the past and usher in opportunities for change, for growth, and sometimes, for staying the course. 

I’m also a Life Planner person. I love a good planner.  One with color-coded markers, tabs, to-do lists, etc.  I have never been able to switch over to a digital option; there is something therapeutic about looking at the blank pages each year, month, week, and filling them in.  However, there is a special magic about opening a shiny, blank, brand-new planner in January.

As I launch into a new year, I love to look back over my old planner and remind myself of all the accomplishments, appointments, travel, good times, and even the not-so-good times.  Doing this gives me a sense of accomplishment and helps me focus on what’s important, as well as what I thought was important at the time, but turned out not to be as earth-shattering as it seemed.  

After some reflecting, I get my new calendar out and start to write in the important dates and tasks I already have scheduled, as well as my goals and initiatives for the upcoming year.   Looking at those blank pages I wonder, “What will I be doing then?”  “What will happen with….?”  “What trips will I take?”  It’s exciting to think about the possibilities!  This once-a-year phenomenon is inspirational.  

I wanted to share a few quotes that inspire me as I begin my first chapter of a new book.  These affirmations remind me that the best is yet to come, and life is what you make of it.  I hope they inspire you as well!

“The bad news is time flies.  The good news is you’re the pilot.”  ~ Michael Altshuler

“No matter how hard the past you can always begin again.” ~ Buddha

“It’s not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves." ~ William Shakespeare

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” ~ Robin Sharma

“Enter this year with a gratitude for this chance to create your dreams.” ~ Avina Celeste

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