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13 little ways to get a fresh start

One of my favorite feelings in the world is cracking open a fresh notebook and getting ready to write the first journal entry those pages will ever see. For me, a new notebook symbolizes a fresh start.  And I love fresh starts. I love that fidgety feeling of anticipation inside of me, excited for the future, and ready for change.

Most of the time, though, people's fresh starts turn really old and frustrating really fast (think New Years resolutions).  Because here's what we neglect to realize: fresh starts don't have to be revolutionary. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be just as manageable as they are daunting. You can have fresh starts, with all their new outlooks and new opportunities, without the daunting goals, rules, and promises that typically come with big resolutions.

Little ways to get a fresh start. Bite-sized ones. Easy to swallow. Pretty much impossible to choke on.

Start a new journal 

(and this time try to fill it all the way up)  

Buy new clothes/ change your hair

If you look new, you feel new! 

Get rid of old stuff & reorganize 

Check out this guide on minimalism & de-cluttering 

Try out a new method/ philosophy of eating 

Notice that I didn't say "diet" or "rule" or "goal." I'm talking about a philosophy of eating that you work towards, not a restrictive set of rules. For example, trying to eat organic, or focusing on whole foods,  or eating mostly vegetarian meals. 

Take up a new skill/ hobby 

Like knitting. Or painting. Or coding. Or graphic design. Endless possibilities, really.  

Reconnect with an old (missed) friend 

There's something about old friends and happy nostalgia that feels refreshing to me. I know it may seem counter-intuitive, but I'm left feeling inspired by the relentless positivity, imagination, and curiosity of remembering my childhood.  

 Change your social-media style, bios, or photos

My facebook profile picture hasn't changed in over a year. My current social media strategy is "avoid posting at all costs." I think it's time for a change. After all, social media is how the (internet) world sees who we are. 

Organize your computer

Put your desktop clutter into folders. Sort through & delete old photos. Download a new, pretty desktop background. Smile to yourself at how put-together you are.   

Write a "personal mission statement" without strict goals

This is a quick statement that outlines who you are, and what your philosophies and motivations in your life are. I encourage you to avoid strict goals or plans for this, though. Fresh starts are about blank pages and possibilities, not a singular (often unrealistic) goal. Writing a mission statement for yourself provides the direction and inspiration of a goal, but not the stress or urgency.

Get a new planner, and organize it in a new way 

Try a bullet journal. Or use a traditional planner & organize it like a boss.  

Meet someone new 

 New people don't know anything about you, and you get to chose what you tell them. Also, new friends can bring all sorts of new perspectives, new ideas, and new adventures. Step one: actually talking to them. 

Make a vision board 

A vision board is sort of a creative (and pretty!) representation of your visions and hopes for the future. Again, you don't have to make any strict goals or plans if you're trying to stay away from that for now. But it's a fun and creative way to get inspired and excited for the future. 

Do one thing you've been putting off forever. Right now. 

Have you been "meaning to" submit an article to a publication for ages? Apply for a job or internship? Reach out to an idol? Pick up a new skill? Who cares if you don't feel perfectly, 100% prepared yet. Just give it a try. This is your fresh start, what do you have to lose? :) 


  1. Love these tips! It's always nice to have a fresh start - be it in a little, simple way.
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    1. Totally agree, Jeanne! Thanks for your comment :)

  2. Fresh starts are the best! And shopping, for me, is definitely the best way to start fresh.
    Lovely post!

    Marilyn x

  3. You have a couple of really good ideas for a fresh start - I've never managed to fill up a whole journal, so I think that might be one for me to try.

    francesca | xx

    1. Journaling is the best! Thanks, Francesca :)

  4. These are amazing ideas and I love that you don't set goals/diet/rule on eating. I think by using those words you are restricting yourself and gives such a miserable vibe to the whole thing. I wish I know how to knit or even sew but I feel like I have two left hands when it comes to those. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Haha, I'm not any good at knitting or sewing, but I try! Thanks for reading, Shireen!

  5. I absolutely love this, there's no better time to make a fresh start than now and these little tips are perfect! Such a nice idea for a post.


  6. Great post and tips!

  7. Such a lovely, inspirational post on an interesting topic, I feel the same way about fresh starts so your tips really helped! Thanks for sharing!

    Faye .x

  8. I LOVE those sunglasses so pretty!

    1. Ooh thanks, they're my favorite (and only) sunglasses!

  9. Making a vision board is such a great idea & often underrated. I know I don't do it very often, but when I do, I feel very inspired & refreshed. :]

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  10. I absolutely agree with all the tips! Changing new style or hair style is definetely the best way to have a fresh start (: x

    1. Ahh yes, I totally agree :) Thanks for reading girl!

  11. Great post dear!

  12. What a cute post- I always love seeing friends I haven't seen in a long time!

    1. Me too!! Thanks for reading & your comment! :)

  13. These are such great tips! I love changing my hair.. as it changes my whole look!


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    1. Yeah, I agree! I got my hair cut shortly before leaving for college. Not a ton, but still. :)


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