New year, new beginnings

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick up one of those pieces and begin again.”  ~Flavia Weed

A new year is often a time when people start thinking about changing their lives for the better. Fortunately for us, any time is a good time for a fresh start, and dreams don’t have deadlines. A new beginning opens up so many possibilities, as we embark on things we’ve never tried before. People do reinvent themselves, and for many different reasons. Sometimes it can be because of what is often called by those who wish they had the nerve to do the same, a ‘midlife crisis’. The re-inventors however, prefer the term, ‘finding themselves’, but George Bernard Shaw once said,  Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” Many people have been brave enough to take that leap of faith into something entirely new and have found that it was the best thing they ever did. There are many examples of  people who did just that.

For example:

Bestselling author John Grisham was a criminal lawyer, before he decided to take up writing full time, and becoming one of the world’s most successful authors.

UK BAFTA winning comedian/actress/writer, Jo Brand, who has been listed as one of the funniest acts in British comedy started her career as a psychiatric nurse.

Actor/comedian/director/producer, Danny DeVito began his working life as a hairdresser in his sister’s beauty salon.

Harrison Ford worked for fifteen years as a carpenter stagehand, before being offered an uncredited role as a bellhop in ‘Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round’ (1966), and then a huge one in ‘Star Wars’. The rest is history. 🙂

Singer/songwriter, Ray LaMontagne, worked 65 hour weeks at a shoe factory in Maine, until he one day decided to teach himself to play acoustic guitar, and at 30 years old, he quit his day job and went into music full time.

Life is short, and we only get one crack at it, so if it’s a new beginning you want, why not do some careful research, plan your strategy and then just go for it? Who knows, you could be the next Richard Branson, who in spite of suffering from dyslexia, and having a very poor academic record at school, is now a billionaire and the 4th richest citizen of the United Kingdom. Some of his ventures didn’t work out, and he has lost more money than most people could dream of making in their entire lifetime, but he has never given up. It is his daring and willingness to give things a go that has seen him succeed, and he’s always come back stronger than ever. He’s such an inspiration, and reminds me of that 1930’s song,

Nothing’s impossible I have found,
For when my chin is on the ground,
I pick myself up,
Dust myself off,
Start All over again.

I found a few quotes to encourage us as we start out on this new year. :

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth… not going all the way, and not starting. ~ Buddha


Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect. ~Alan Cohen


I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.  ~ J. B. Priestly


Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember. ~ Anne Sullivan

You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating. ~ Barbara Sher


Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Don’t wait for something big to occur. Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater.  ~Mary Manin Morrissey


Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. Maria Robinson

Wishing you all a very happy, prosperous and fulfilling year.

132 comments on “New year, new beginnings

  1. I love the one for Danny DeVito. I am a big fan of Ray Lamontagne. He has an amazing talent in guitar and for songwriting. I am even far more impressed that he only picked it up on his 30’s. WOW!

  2. I hope you don’t mind but I seem to be starting to pinch quotes from all the blog I read but particularly yours and RTing them – I guess it is rather lazy sorry

  3. Gorgeous pictures and inspiring words, Adin. I love the bridge picture the best. It is so introspective and the scenery is wonderful:-)

  4. This is one beautiful post that we all can use in our lives for 2013. ““If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick up one of those pieces and begin again.” Hope, courage, believing in ourselves, these are just a few of the many things we can equip ourselves to follow our dreams no matter how many times we had fallen or had our hearts broken. Happy New Year my friend. Wishing you and your family all the best.

  5. It’s nice to see you share your upbeat personality and positivity with everyone who comes into contact with you. I’m looking forward to hearing about your year of inspirations!

  6. Thank you for these great quotes. I’d never heard the one from George Bernard Shaw but I love it! It’s going on my log of favorite quotes.

  7. I love his post! I completely agree that you’ve got to go for it in life and follow yiur dreams. We are so incredibly fortunate that we have the ability to reinvent ourselves. So many people don’t bar this luxury. Thanks for inspiring me anew!

      • My dad always taught me “turn a negative into a positive!”. He is a very positive person as is my mom. It helps to grow up with that outlook as we do only get one shot at it and being positive makes life so much happier and better! Yes there are many hard times but without the bad, you wouldn’t know the good right?! 🙂

  8. Is it great words with matching pics or is it great pics with suitable words? 😉 … I’m going with the first one as it sets the stage for the new year ahead.

  9. Wonderful photos again – but I don’t hope that … I’m lost if I don’t want to change my life completely – start all over. Have started all over so many times in my life – and never been any problems for me – lived aboard for 23 years total … I like changes and challenges, but life doesn’t have to drastic changes. A wonderful post.
    I really like the Mary Manin Morrissey quote.

  10. Love to read your blog. It makes me glad 🙂
    I have changed many work in my present life, the bot in several places and still looking for myself … maybe I have time to fnd me until life ends? 😉
    Regards, Srdjana

  11. Great post. You’re going to make me quit my job and study for another 6 years if you carry on with motivational posts like this 😯

  12. Thanks for an inspiring post AD . Sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zone and take a chance on success or happiness. Nothing ventured, nothing gained hey …

    • You’re so right about that, optie, and you proved it last year when you decided to go off to England all by yourself, to try to connect with your daughter again. Well done to you. xx

  13. I’m very intrigued by the last quote as I wrote it a long time ago and published it on my website. I loved the sentiment of this post AD 🙂

    • Thanks so much, bdt. I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I had to have something to do whilst we were travelling in the car, so came up with this. 🙂

  14. Would so like to dump my job and pursue my dreams, been close a couple of times, but chickened out at the last minute. Maybe this year will be the one 🙂

  15. Compliments! Thanx for the wonderful quotes,they sure to motivate us,as we start the new year. Love the pictures. 🙂

  16. A post full of inspiration, that’s just what I needed – and I guess we all do! Fine photos and quotes lifting them – and us. I love the G B Shaw. You are so good at being inspirational, and supporting – and funny ! I guess you are a perfect granny too!

  17. thank you, thank you, thank you!!! had another crappy day at work and feeling hopeless that I’ll ever get to move on (again) but I have to keep on keepin’ on until I get that new job. thanks for inspiration to keep me moving!! appreciate it greatly.

    • Dear Tobyo, I do hope that you soon find an improvement in your circumstances. It sounds as though you really need some encouragement. Good luck. 🙂

      • thank you!! I think it might actually be happening now. I got all the way to the end with interviews, last one was last Friday and today I learned they’ve started calling my references! I hope that means what I think it means! could my misery finally be coming to an end??? oh please…….thanks so much. your post turned my mood around today and I am very grateful!

  18. What a great inspirational post! (while I’m still mired in sorting through piles of pics – hopefully will get back to posting again soon, but the weather hasn’t inspired any outings.) Happy and safe driving the rest of the way ‘home’… though, it seems you have several places to call home. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Gunta. You sound really busy, and I look forward to seeing some more pics from you. We are back ‘home’ now, and the laundry is cooking. 😀

      • I’m paying for letting things pile up for too many years. Glad you’re home safe now. ‘Cooking’ the laundry? Is this some new procedure? 😉

      • Thanks, Gunta. The laundry is all nicely cooked, and waiting to be iced…..I mean ‘ironed’. 🙂 Laundry is a lot like cooking; a never ending cycle.

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