319 Days ’til 40: New Life, New Beginnings

08 Apr

Spring is often attributed to new beginnings and new life.  For those blog readers that are celebrating Easter today, you are also thinking about new beginnings.  This is a time when we will often take a step back and evaluate.  Are we heading where we would like to be?  Are we living an authentic life committed to walking in our truth?  TODAY is a new day, a new beginning, and an opportunity for you to make the choice to work towards living the life you were created to live.  Sometimes the first step is the willingness to self-evaluate and look deep inside yourself in order to discover where your passion lies.

There are many new beginnings that we embark on as human beings, each with their own unique challenges

  • New relationships
  • New jobs
  • Moving to a new community
  • Committing to sobriety
  • Starting a degree program
  • Planning a trip
  • Beginning to volunteer in your community
  • Establishing a family (through marriage, birth, adoption, or other means)

New beginnings can be stressful, but they are also a time to be celebrated.  New chapters in our life are new opportunities for personal growth, love, and deeper contentment and satisfaction with life.  It does not matter if you have started over in the past, you can re-commit to beginning anew.  Our journey is as critical as our destination and if we dwell on past failures we hinder ourselves from the freedom of thriving in our future achievements.

Today, 319 days ’til 40, I will remember to give thanks for new beginnings.  They are one of life’s precious gifts for us all.  May we all have gratitude for the fresh opportunities that present themselves for us – and may we have the eyes to recognize them when they are in front of us.



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27 responses to “319 Days ’til 40: New Life, New Beginnings

  1. jensine

    April 8, 2012 at 00:11

    My life is full of new beginnings as it is always a little unstable. But i suppose that makes me a good starter and hopefully one day my dessert will be just as good!

    • 400daystil40

      April 8, 2012 at 05:14

      I hope mine will be too! And I LOVE dessert! 🙂

  2. writerwannabe763

    April 8, 2012 at 01:54

    Yes I like to think of Easter as a time of new growth and rebirth of nature that has been lying below the earth waiting to come to life again.

    That’s how I feel after most of my life previously living with depression and just now feeling like I have a new chance at life.

    I have challenged myself to step out of my ‘comfort zone’ and do some volunteer work…to be among ‘people’ again…a little of the ‘unknown’ factor to contend with. We shall hope and see how I make out!…… Diane

    • 400daystil40

      April 8, 2012 at 05:14

      Please let us know how your volunteer work goes! Yes, stepping out of depression is most definitely starting anew…. and so freeing (and sometimes a bit scary.)

  3. buckwheatsrisk

    April 8, 2012 at 04:32

    funny you should write this, my new beginning starts in three weeks in a New Province, the second one in two years! eek!

    • 400daystil40

      April 8, 2012 at 05:11

      Wow! Good luck with your move!

      • buckwheatsrisk

        April 8, 2012 at 05:47

        thank you!

  4. rabidmongoose

    April 8, 2012 at 05:30

    The most powerful part of this post for me:
    “make the choice to work towards living the life you were created to live.”

    1. We have to make a choice. We have to be intentional about change. Change won’t happen unless we want it to happen.
    2. Change takes WORK. Seriously, how many bloody times do people have to hear this before they believe it? Marriages take work. Successful careers take work. Change takes work. There ain’t no free lunch, and everything in life worth having takes work. Sorry, there’s no magic pill.

    Love the post, very encouraging on this day-before-Easter.

    • 400daystil40

      April 8, 2012 at 05:33

      Yes, exactly! What a perfect comment! Thank you so much as your comment really continues to reinforce exactly what I was trying to say! 🙂

    • viveka

      April 8, 2012 at 14:53

      Well said … change takes hard work and it’s all up to us. On the other hand, why do we have to change – why do we need new beginnings ????

  5. Louise Behiel

    April 8, 2012 at 06:24

    what a good reminder – to celebrate new beginnings while recognizing our fear and trepidation of change. thanks

    • 400daystil40

      April 9, 2012 at 06:17

      You are so welcome, and thank you for your comment! 🙂

  6. delemares

    April 8, 2012 at 15:41

    thank you for this – so relevant for me today – especially as I started my blog with its first post yesterday – so much overlap – new beginnings, we have to be willing to make the change – if we don’t change, everything stays the same!

    • 400daystil40

      April 9, 2012 at 06:15

      Exactly! Good luck on your journey! 🙂

  7. The Quiet Borderline

    April 8, 2012 at 17:37

    Here here.

    I have ‘started-over’ several times since I was a young teenager, changing big things, like which religion I was, what country I lived in and so forth.

    I have unfortunately failed in my previous attempts at starting off new but I really hope that this time around will be the time where it will actually happen for me and things will be better.

    Starting new things and being able to do so is such a gift that I am trying to not take for granted.

    All the best,

    The Quiet Borderline

    • 400daystil40

      April 9, 2012 at 06:14

      Thanks for the personal insight in this area – you have really experienced this first hand.

      • The Quiet Borderline

        April 9, 2012 at 10:21

        Yeah. Have done.

        You are most welcome.

  8. mypathforward

    April 8, 2012 at 19:16

    Very positive and inspirational. As you say, new beginnings can happen any time. Thanks for the post.

    • 400daystil40

      April 9, 2012 at 06:11

      You are welcome, and yes, new beginning are often around the corner.

  9. Capt. Savage

    April 8, 2012 at 19:49

    It’s autumn down here in Australia, or is that fall up there in the northern hemisphere, but regardless I’m having the same thoughts of renewal, great post!

    Capt. Savage

  10. santahatchronicles

    April 9, 2012 at 03:54

    I especially appreciate your point about the possibility of re-committing. Even if we’ve tried before and been derailed (or derailed ourselves :)), ‘gotta get back in the game :). peace

    • 400daystil40

      April 9, 2012 at 06:05

      Thanks, I have had to learn that through much trial and error (frustration and eventually happiness).

  11. sunfishyoga

    April 9, 2012 at 17:50

    A seasonal reminder to make the most of life and the new beginnings it offers us….you might like two posts I’ve written recently on a similar theme – New beginnings and More Musings on Spring…. If you have time, your comments would be appreciated! Thanks

  12. Jon

    April 12, 2012 at 14:10

    How dull life would be without fresh beginnings. Made a few myself and they don’t always work out, but learning how to pick oneself up and start again is one of lifes’ great lessons. Enjoy the blog very much, insightful, poignant and a pleasure to read. Keep it going. Thanks and good luck.

    • 400daystil40

      April 13, 2012 at 02:28

      Yes, I agree… And thank you so much for the compliment!


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