When I was growing up, I was not a fan of school, but I was a fan of school supplies. I loved when late August rolled around and my mom would take us to get school supplies. I’d come home with a new notebook, a pack of three-hole punched paper, and some pens and pencils. None of it had been used. I might be going to the same school with the same kids, but it gave me a feeling of a fresh start.

I get this same feeling when I buy a new journal or clean out / organize my closet. There are a lot of opportunities to experience that feeling of or look at a situation as a fresh start. It could be a new notebook or a new job, a new outfit or a new home. It doesn’t have to be something big. In fact, you could look at each morning in that way.

Each morning you get the chance to do things differently than you have in the past. Maybe it’s that you can eat healthier or be more present for those around you. Maybe you can drive more carefully or be kinder to the cashier at the coffee shop. If you overindulged in desserts (haven’t we all been doing that lately) or snapped at your kids a lot yesterday, when you get up in the morning, think about how you can do better today.

Even better, if you recognize that you didn’t live your life today as the person you want to be, think about what you could do better tomorrow. Leave yourself a note that you’ll see first thing in the morning, reminding you of what you want to do differently. Tomorrow, in a lot of ways, can be a fresh slate. What are you going to create with it?

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