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 goalsThis 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
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? :)