My Favorite Fresh Start Tips You Can Start (Or Re-Start) Anytime
Whether you’re thinking of making a fresh start because of the New Year or you are just tired of the status quo, making a fresh start isn’t as hard as it seems. I am a person who likes change so I usually hit a point where I just get sick of the same-ness in my life and want to make a fresh start.
A fresh start for me now looks very different from what a fresh start looked like in my 20s. In my 20s, I moved almost once a year to a completely different neighborhood. That basically meant I shook up almost everything since I had a new space, new grocery store, dry cleaner, route to work, etc. Now that I’m in my 40s and am a home owner with a husband and kids, I can’t exactly pick up and move every time I want a fresh start. That doesn’t mean my need for change has gone away, it just means I need to find new way to make changes.
I’m fairly certain my family can tell when I’m looking for a fresh start since suddenly, things around the house start changing, followed by changes to me. Some changes stick and some changes fade away, depending on whether they work for me/us.
Simple Changes To Make For A Fresh Start
If you are feeling like you are in a rut, here are some simple changes you can make to give yourself a fresh start.
- Make a physical change. I know this sounds completely superficial, but when I’m looking for change, one of the easiest things to change is my appearance. I recently chopped my hair to a short bob cut and I swear I feel like a different person. I have more confidence and am forced to pull myself together since I have to actually style my hair because it is too short for my standby mom bun. I have also been known to dye my hair a dramatic color when I’m craving change. None of these are permanent, but they make me feel fresh.
- Take a class. This is tougher for me now that I have young kids, but whenever I was craving a fresh start in my 20s, I signed up for a class at the local community college. I’ve taken anything from soap making to golf and even travel writing. Now that I can’t just sign up for a class without planning out childcare, I find different ways to try new things – think watching YouTube tutorials or reading how to blog posts.
- Change Your Space. As I said above, I used to move frequently in my 20s because I really liked the fresh start of a new space. I haven’t moved in 11 years, since we own our home and it has been a really difficult adjustment for me. To compensate, I change up our space every so often. It allows me to declutter (which is a big part of my love of moving) and See my space in a new light. Some of the changes I’ve made that have cost little to no money is moving furniture around and painting walls. If you have a small budget, you can update furniture as well. I flipped our living room around last year and it feels like a completely different space.
- Change Your Habits. Is there something you’ve wanted to try but you can’t figure out how to fit it in to your busy life? Take a look at what you do each day/week and figure out if they are actually priorities or if you’ve been doing them because you’re supposed to. If there are things you can eliminate, drop them so that you can do the things you actually want to do.
- Get Away. Now, this one costs a bit of money, but whenever I’m feeling like we’re in a rut, I try to plan a weekend getaway to give us a fresh perspective. There’s something about being in a new place, doing different things that makes life feel more exciting. If you can’t afford a weekend away, a staycation where you explore your community and do different things can also give you a fresh perspective.
- Do Something For Someone Else. I know, that sounds like an odd way to make a fresh start, but volunteering is great for your mental well-being. It can also help you put your life into perspective and help you focus on the things that are truly important. When you reprioritize, you make a fresh start.
Not everyone likes change, but if you are looking for a way to get a fresh start without shaking your life too much, these are perfect solutions. I implement them every time I’m looking to shake things up, not just at the beginning of the year.