by Michael Hurley, L.Ac.
Cofounder and Acupuncturist, Cup of Life Healing Center

I hope you realize every day is a fresh start for you. That every sunrise is a new chapter in your life waiting to be written.Every year, around this time, I begin thinking about what I want the next year to look like and the lessons I learned in the previous year. The biggest thing that I have learned this year is that I have a lot to be grateful for and that things happen as they should, even if they seem to be disappointing at first.

Many people, including myself, think that they have to wait until the end of the year to change their habits. However, we can turn our lives around at any time of the year. If you have been thinking about changing something in your life recently, I hope that you use the new year as an opportunity to do so. 

These words from the poet Juansan Dizon are an excellent guide:  “I hope you realize every day is a fresh start for you. That every sunrise is a new chapter in your life waiting to be written.”

So, how exactly do you make every day a fresh start? Read on below for 3 essential tips that I find the most consistently impactful.

3 Essential Tips to Start Fresh Every Day

1) Look for what’s working  

Staying on the positive side of things will help propel you forward, even in frustrating situations. A great way to do this is to start a gratitude jar, and a simple mason jar will do the trick. Every week, write down one good thing that happened. Then, next December 31st read about all of the greatness that was your life over the year.

2) Realize what you can and cannot control  

The only thing we really have control of is ourselves and our responses. Take responsibility for yourself, no matter what others around you are doing. Even if all the circumstances stay the same, your internal landscape can change, thus, shifting your experience for the better.

3) Forgive   

Forgive yourself for past mistakes so you can free up your energy. Self-forgiveness may be the most difficult of these three tips, but it is extremely important.  This simple act will create positive momentum toward a hopeful future.  

Whether you start today, tomorrow, or next week, gratitude, perspective, and self-forgiveness will propel you in the right direction. Here’s to wishing you a fresh start every single day. 🙂