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Is Hope in The Equation?

What becomes possible with a fresh start? I asked some of my wonderful colleagues (Peggy Pardo, Janet Barclay, Ellen Delap, Leslie Josel, Christy Lingo, Helena Alkhas, and Yota Schneider) to ponder this question and share their perspectives with us. Their insightful responses are filled with hope, possibilities, and understanding. My deepest gratitude goes to each of them for taking the time to reflect, and give us their positive, energizing words of wisdom. 

What becomes possible with a fresh start? . . .


Try Again

“With a fresh start you have endless possibilities. You have the opportunity to change direction, reinvent yourself, begin something new, undo a wrong, work smarter, and most importantly, the chance to try again.” 

Leslie Josel, Professional Organizer




Create Life You Want

“Everything is possible with a fresh start! A fresh start offers the opportunity for a new awareness and a clearer vision. Use the lessons you've learned from the past to help you create the life you want.”

Peggy Pardo, Interior Decorator, Professional Organizer, & Author


Clear Path for Success

“With a fresh start, you begin with optimism and release negativity. Fresh starts clear the path for success in any and every way.  It is giving yourself permission to begin again.”

Ellen Delap, Professional Organizer



Bring What’s Important

“A fresh start is an opportunity to eliminate the clutter. Whether you’re moving to a new home or simply breaking out a blank calendar for the New Year, you can choose to only bring over those things that are still important to you.”

Janet Barclay, Virtual Assistant, Web Designer, & Blogger



Apply Collective Life Wisdom

“Our daily fresh start provides a chance to learn a new skill, have a new experience, and apply our previously acquired skills and experiences to any challenges we are currently facing. Relish this chance to apply your collective life wisdom on a daily basis and perhaps even have a second (or third) chance to tackle life's challenges with new knowledge and perspective.”

Christy Lingo, Professional Organizer



Embrace New Experiences

“Fresh starts liberate us from limitations. They energize us to embrace new experiences and to have new perspectives in every situation. They serve as moments of transitions, rites of passages in our lives when we say to ourselves: this is THE moment I decide to...”

Helena Alkhas, Professional Organizer & Virtual Assistant


Take Risks Only Dreamed Of

“Just reading the words ‘fresh start’ makes me feel giddy. Standing on the edge of something brand new, a myriad feelings that range from excitement and nervousness to shyness and uncontrollable enthusiasm, may flood our being. We can rewrite our story and be the person we always wanted to be and see where this takes us. We can explore and try new things; take risks we've only dreamed of. Why not, after all? That's what new beginnings are all about. Stepping over the threshold of a newly opened door into the unknown and carrying the value of lessons learned, but leaving all that burdened us behind. I guess, what becomes possible with a fresh start is the chance to ‘shed our old skin’ and get one more chance at growing into our potential.”

Yota Schneider, Life Transitions Coach


Which ideas resonate with you? As this New Year is upon us, what are you thinking about? Come join the conversation and share your thoughts about fresh starts.

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Reader Comments (18)

Linda, thank you so much for including my comments in your post. This is wonderful! I especially like Christy's point, that every single day brings an opportunity for a fresh start.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Thank YOU, Janet for participating. You are a regular contributor to our conversations and I appreciate the time and care you take in sharing. I too like Christy's reminder that we don't have to wait for a new month, season, or year. We can reset and begin again at any moment. Quite a liberating thought!

January 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, What a great idea! I love all the different perspectives on what a fresh start means. For me, a fresh start signals a RESET. I agree that it can happen at anytime and doesn't have to be associated with the beginning of a new year. A fresh start can be yours whenever you feel ready to make the effort to create one. I am in the midst of creating a fresh start for my business and my work. And I am loving it!

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanine Sarna-Jones

What a sweet collection of insights on new beginnings and fresh starts, Linda. Yota I love the "threshold" metaphor. Thank you all for your wonderful perspective on this powerful moment we all have in life.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelena Alkhas

@Janine- What a great word choice..."RESET!" Completely agree that while many of us think a lot about doing this around the beginning of the year, we can choose to do this any time. Wishing you all the best as you reset. Can't wait to hear all that you are doing. I know you've launched your newly designed website. What else is in the works?

@Helena- Thank you for contributing to this post. Love your idea of how "liberating" fresh starts can be. Like you, I also enjoyed reading Yota's wonderful metaphor. I love how she crafts her words and connects ideas and feelings. How are your travels going?

January 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Thank you so much for including me in this great post. Fresh starts make me giddy. I love the idea of new beginnings. And I also love the word "RESET". Brings to mind so many chances to do it over with a clear and calm outlook.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Josel

Leslie- Wonderful to have you with us. "Clear and calm..." a great way to move forward. This makes me realize that sometimes we move forward even if we're cloudy and excited or clear and terrified. There are many ways to activate that fresh start. Love all the possibilities and ways to do so. What are your thoughts?

January 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Of course, I love hearing perspectives!! So, adding my two cents, "fresh start:" the "fresh" part is sassy and a little brash, right? And also the best of everything. The "start" piece of this phrase is a new chapter, a level playing field, where we can, as Yota says so beautifully, 'get one more chance at growing into our potential.' We have it. We need to grow into it.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue West

Sue- Love the "sassy." Now I'm thinking about "sassy new chapter." It's vibrant, active, and positive. This is the perfect stage to help us "grow into our potential." Thank you for connecting the thoughts and sharing your unique perspective. I'm so excited about sharing your "Ask the Expert" interview with everyone next week...the conversation about fresh starts will continue.

January 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Yet another fabulous idea you brought to life, Linda! Thank you so much for inviting me to contribute. And, thank you and @Helena for your kind words and ongoing support.

I loved reading everyone's perspective on "fresh start." Leslie's image of "endless possibilities," Janet's idea of taking this chance to eliminate clutter - whether physical or emotional. Who needs extra baggage at the onset of a fresh start anyway? Helen bringing in optimism and Christy seeing every day as a fresh start; how powerful is that?

Somehow, Helena seeing a fresh start as a moment of choice and a rite of passage resonated with me. Of course, through all our trials and challenges we earn our wings; the right to a fresh start. It's a gift, for sure, but we earn it. I love that.

This entry feels like a women's circle, getting together to create a quilt that tells a story; our story of experience and collective wisdom. And, you, Linda made it possible. Thank you!


January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYota

As I typed out my own answer, I had a feeling that it was going to be the same as everyone else's but, as usually happens, it was very enlightening to see all the different takes on the same subject. That's what I love most about this type of post!

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Yota- Earning our wings, collective wisdom, creating a quilt...all wonderful thoughts that bring us together in a magnificent way. I appreciate your ability to see the whole and reflect on it. Just beautiful.

@Janet- I too find it fascinating to read the differing responses to an open-ended question. While there are connecting threads, each person adds their unique perspective to the idea. It's what I enjoy most about these collaborative posts and the conversations that ensue.

January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love Janet's take on the removal of clutter. Since clutter can be physical, emotional, mental, intellectual, it is a terrific visual of getting rid of truly what you don't need, want or use! love it!

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Josel

Leslie- Amazing what clutter clearing can do in all the possible arenas. Often when we're stuck, this can be a good starting point. From there ideas and possibilities flow.

January 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Wow - this post has some of my very favorite people - how fun! I just love ALL of the sentiments. To me, a fresh start is a GIFT, and hence something to be reached for, accepted and treasured. The very words make me want to take a deep breath:)

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Seana- Oh, yes! Very favorite people indeed :) I love your perspective that a fresh start is a "gift." The best part is being able to receive and use the gift. Great to "hear" your voice!

January 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

reading this post is a wonderful way to start my Monday. Love the different perspectives and insights from my favourite people.

January 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Burke


How wonderful to "hear" your voice! I'm so happy to know that you enjoyed the various perspectives from your "favourite people." Have a fabulous rest of your week! Hope to see you at one of the upcoming organizing conferences.

January 12, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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