New Beginnings

With the approach of the  New Year, it makes me think about New Beginnings.  It seems that I’ve “started over” a thousand times in my life.

We moved around a lot when I was a kid growing up.  So I was constantly starting a new school, making new friends.  Starting over.

After I became an adult, I still moved around a lot.  I’ll give you the condensed version here.

I’ve been married *coughs, clears throat, shuffles feet* 3 times.  So with that in mind, I started over at least 3 times there.

I’ve lived in Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin, New Jersey, The Philippines and Oregon.  Those are just the STATES (and countries) I’ve lived in.  There have been too many different towns to remember.  Probably hundreds.

I’m *cough cough, clears throat* 60 years old, at the time of this writing.  In my 50’s, I quit my job, left 90% of my belongings behind and moved across the country with no prospect for the future.  Brave or stupid, at the time, I had no idea which.  But THAT new start was the best, yet scariest thing I’ve ever done.

Change is scary.  It’s normal to be afraid of change.  It’s our brain’s way of protecting us.

None of us like uncertainty in our lives.  But, don’t be afraid to start fresh.  This can be applied to many things in your life.  You don’t have to make earth-shattering changes.  Small changes can have huge impacts on your life.  Take it one small piece at a time, if you can’t deal with the big picture.

Each morning when we wake up, we are given the gift of a brand new day.  What we decide to do with those 24 glorious hours is up to us.  Do you want this new day to be different?  Is there a problem in your life that only you can remedy if you make a change?

Think of the New Year as a new start.   A New Beginning.

Happy New Year All!  May all your goals come to pass in the coming year!

Copyright (C) 2017 Penny Wilson




About Penny Wilson Writes

Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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14 Responses to New Beginnings

  1. Nice post and beautiful photo for the new year.
    Wishing you all the best


  2. 80smetalman says:

    Very sound advice, Happy New Year Penny!


  3. bravingmentalillness says:

    Happy New Year ! May our journeys take us to places we never imagined 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Michael says:

    You have quite the story to tell I think penny it’s always interesting the more you read of somebody the more you learn about them and you start to put the pieces together …probably incorrectly ..but it’s always an interesting journey


  5. dtills says:

    Happy New Year to you! I am now just starting to embrace the changes that mid life can bring and I hope I can do so as gracefully as you 🙂


  6. Roda says:

    Happy New Year, Penny!!!


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