New Beginnings

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” -Mark Twain

I’ve been thinking so much about New Year’s Resolutions…me and the rest of the world, including my 5 year old son. “Hey mom- for that new year thing where I try to do something better, I’m going to do more construction so I can practice because I’m going to be a construction worker when I grow up.”

Sandra Bullock’s New Year’s Resolution is to make better lunches for her three year old son. As un-relatable as the rest of her life might be, most parents can relate to that.

While living in Italy I briefly followed the zone diet to-a-T. I still remember counting out 7 peanuts for a snack on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica. I will say I had no cravings- some friends were dipping cookies in Nutella and it didn’t remotely appeal to me. But then I wisened up to my surroundings and realized my mind, body and spirit would be much happier if I drank cappuccinos and ate gelato on a regular basis. When in Rome!

But I digress…something valuable stuck with me from reading The Zone- “you’re only as good as your next meal.” In other words, don’t stress over what you’ve just eaten, or how bad your kids snack was this afternoon. You always get another chance. At your next meal or snack, you have the opportunity to make healthful decisions for yourself and your family.

Since we feel we have a fresh start with the new year, ’tis the season to make changes. However the beauty of our lives is that we have fresh starts more than once a year. We receive them with each new month, each new week, each new morning.

“Stars when you shine
You know how I feel
Scent of the pine
You know how I feel

it's a new dawn it's a new day and i'm feeling good

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life

and I’m Feeling Good.”

2 thoughts on “New Beginnings”

  1. Is that picture from Cedar Crest the day your family went sledding?

  2. Yes! It was so beautiful! So glad to have caught that moment.

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