10 Opportunities for a Fresh Start

Today is the day my kids (finally) headed back to school after a long Christmas break.  It’s also the day my husband (finally) went back to work.  Tomorrow, I get a fresh start.

Since we live in Houston Texas, it’s unlikely that we’ll be missing any school days due to snow.  As long as the heaters in the school work, we should be fine.  If you’re curious, it was 28 degrees with a 56 percent humidity when we woke up this morning.  In a home with all tile floors and only a forced air heating system, that’s mighty chilly.

So for me, tomorrow is my official start to the new year.

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Today is about catching my breath.  I’m headed to the gym and the grocery store, but I’m hoping to squeeze in a few solid hours of silence.  I need it.

I haven’t even written birthdays in for this blank 2014 calendar.

I don’t have a single list.

I don’t have a menu plan, an editorial calendar for the blog, or even an empty shelf.

Actually, I take that back.  I DO have an empty shelf.  Since I read mostly electronic books, it’s a virtual shelf on Good Reads.  I loved the idea behind the challenge, but didn’t get my shelf ready until AFTER I finished my first book (last night).

I haven’t had that good first of the year closet clean out or pantry purge.

In short, I don’t feel like I’ve done anything “fresh start-y-est” to feel like I’ve taken advantage of the New Year.

If, like me, you’re feeling like you missed the boat on all that opportunity for a fresh start, I’ve got some great news for you.

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10 Opportunities for a Fresh Start

1.  January 1st – an obvious and traditional choice.

2. The first (or second) day the kids are back in school.

3. January 31st is Chinese New Year (for 2014).

4. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 5th).

5. March 26 is listed officially as “make up your own holiday day.”  I’m declaring it “fresh start after surviving spring break day” this year.  But it could also be called “oh no, summer will be here soon and I’ve got stuff to do before the kids are home all summer.”

6. Easter falls on April 20th for 2014.  If that’s not a good day for a fresh start I don’t know when would be.

7. June 2nd is approximately half-way through the year.  It’s a great day to restart.  Last year, I dubbed it half-year day.

8. September 4-6 is the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) for 2014 (the dates fluctuate from year to year).

9. The first (or second day) the kids are back to school in the fall.

10. The first of any quarter, month, week, day, hour, minute, or even second.  Honestly.  You can ALWAYS find a reason for a fresh start.

2 Corinthians 2:17 ESV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

After a rough day, one of our favorite pre-school teachers used to greet our son at the door the next day with the reminder that “our God is the God of new beginnings.”  It was a beautiful way to remind our son that he got a fresh start every time he walked into the classroom.  She also used the phrase whenever there needed to be a fresh start in her room.

You can ALWAYS find a reason for a fresh start.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Love having so many days to choose from. I have not done the post holiday purge yet, and I NEED to do it. Seriously, like, my house is crying for me to actually clean it and declutter it. I think I will make that day tomorrow! :)-Ashley
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  2. Moving day, or more appropriately days spent packing, are another good opportunity for a fresh start. We’ve moved frequently enough that I’ve done a pretty good job of de-cluttering. No sense in paying to move a bunch of stuff I haven’t worn/looked at/used in the last year!
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    • Don’t remind me! Ugh! Packing and unpacking (or just deep rearranging the furniture) can be great for that fresh start feeling.

      My favorite? Maid service day. 🙂

  3. That last line you have written about yourself " I live an ordinary life filled with wonder" loved it a lot susan. Yes we should feel wonderful for what ever god has given us. Moms like you are truly awesome. You are a great inspiration ……………..:)

  4. That last line you have written about yourself " I live an ordinary life filled with wonder" loved it a lot susan. Yes we should feel wonderful for what ever god has given us. Moms like you are truly awesome. You are a great inspiration ……………..:)

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