While New Year’s Day offers a clean, fresh slate for starting over, it’s not the only opportunity at your disposal. In fact, there’s nothing to stop you from beginning again as frequently as you’d like. I’d recommend starting fresh at least once or twice a day. Otherwise, you might be warehousing your awesome for a special occasion instead of celebrating it every day.

I’ve rebooted my own life hundreds of thousands of times. Occasionally, it’s a big change, like moving to a new city or marrying a dashing musician, becoming a certified tour guide to the universe (read: mom) or starting a business from scratch. Other times, it’s tiny little adjustments to nudge myself in the directions I most want to go: writing and then re-writing a novel, for instance, or practicing my bean-cooking skills until everyone in the house begs for anything else.

The key is recognizing that you are a dynamic, constantly changing creature living in a dynamic, constantly changing universe. If you save up your starting over for one day a year, you’re depriving yourself of the full experience of becoming your most YOU you. This year, why not make a resolution to start a new year every day?


P.S.If you need some inspiration for beginning again, read Zora Neale Hurston’s epic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Janie, the novel’s protagonist, begins her epic quest for freedom and happiness as an innocent girl with little agency. By the novel’s end, she’s grown into a confident, independent woman with a lifetime of wisdom under her belt. She’s the perfect model for a girl who wants to begin again and again and again.