There’s Power In New Beginnings

It is official…2018 is here!  We always get excited about a new year and new beginnings, when in fact new beginnings happen every day.  New opportunities rise with the sun every morning, and we can find peace and refreshment in what each day may hold.  A new outlook can be powerful and bring encouragment for a new year.

Many of you wrote here on New Year’s Eve your desire to do more for yourself this year.  Do not get overwhelmed with huge plans, however, be happy with baby steps.  I am a planner, so I tend to be the one who will make great plans…all mapped out on a calendar…and then face regrets when many of those plans do not happen.  I have learned over the last fifteen years to be better about going with the flow.  Let the day roll out and see what happens.  But, I confess it is still something I am working on.  Sometimes the slightest change in my schedule can really throw me off.

But, my new journey at age fifty began with baby steps which grew as I became more confident and more courageous.  To wear an outfit like this one took so much courage in the beginning…I wasn’t ready to stand out, but by the time I hit 55, my confidence was stronger and standing out was not a problem.

Here are some small steps you can take right now if you are beginning a new year of doing more for yourself:

  1. Wear a new color today or a new accessory
  2. Spend some more time today with a little pampering: perhaps a masque or a little facial muscle massage when you cleanse your face; put lotion on your feet and hands (even better after the lotion wrap your feet in a warm towel from the microwave); soak your nails in some olive oil while you listen to peaceful music…
  3. Learn something new today! Either read online or in a book, but learn something new about how to help yourself grow in this New Year.
  4. Keep a glass of water by your side all day and learn to become an avid water drinker.

All baby steps…all beneficial.  Then get up tomorrow and look forward to another new beginning. 

What baby steps have been beneficial to you as you put age on a shelf and live a joyful, youthful life?

The outfit:

Leopard Poncho and necklace are from Chico’s

The faux leather leggings are from Soft Surroundings

The red knit tunic top is Eileen Fisher from Dillards


Linking with  Thursday Blog Hop Fashion Fun Friday


  1. Happy New Year, Pam!

    So appreciate your thoughtfulness and understanding of the human spirit. Keep smiling-love it.

  2. Walking is a great way to begin a new year….the more I do it, the more I like it! Thanks so much, Jennifer!

  3. I started a small gratitude journal 5 years ago to help combat anxiety. I write 5 things I’m grateful for each and every night before bed. It has made a huge difference! It can be as simple as a delicious cup of coffee, or as big as a week long stay in a Scottish Castle, anything goes. Wow, it’s amazing to look back and takes just minutes each day. Happy New Year Pam!

  4. Lovely outfit! I am turning 50 this year in July. I’ve had a rough couple of years of just not being able to feel good about myself, so thanks for the reminders to take care of myself. I think that will help me feel better about myself.

  5. It’s a great poncho, Pam. I will look at you occasionally, but will continue to always look up! Thanks so much…

  6. I know it will Sue. Put yourself at the top of the priority list, then you can actually do more for others. I hope things begin to turn around for you.

  7. I love this Amy and I have other friends who do the same thing for the same reasons. One of my friends showed me notebooks she had filled out over years of three things to be grateful for at the end of day. Thank you for sharing and for the reminder!

  8. A piece advice I got when I retired has been very helpful. Do something new everyday! It could be as simple as a new way home, driving down a street you’ve never been on, trying a new food or restaurant, wearing a new color, etc. The list is endless. It’s amazing how it lifts my spirits and gives me something to look forward to every day. I feel I’ve become more adventurous and even gotten my husband to look forward to traveling! Yahoo!

  9. Great advice, Susan. I am actually going to write more about things just like you mentioned here later in the week. Thanks so much for sharing…

  10. Such great responses to welcome the New Year. Health is always my issue and walking my cure. Though this year I’ve had neck problems and will be doing more exercises. But I prize the ability to get out and WALK and dream or listen to music or talk to my husband when he goes with me. Happy 2018 –hoping for a good one.

  11. Doing more walking is one of my goals for this year, Beth. Thanks for the insporation. I hope you have a great year as well.

  12. great advice these baby steps for my own self will help in bringing my spirit up thanks for the valuable advice and you know what I love your smile

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