A fresh start without any mistakes, yet

Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it…yet.

L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, wrote this quote and you know what? We should apply it to this New Year.

2019 is a New Year with no mistakes in it yet.

This quote is something to put in my bullet journal. Something to refer to when things happen we didn’t plan or foresee, when life gets busy and hectic, when a good day turns into a not so good day…

We can adjust the quote as much as we need to:

  • Today is a new day with no mistakes in it yet (say this when you wake up)
  • Next week is a new week with no mistakes in it yet (say this on a Friday when you’ve had a particularly challenging week)
  • Next month…

You get the picture.

We’re gonna make mistakes. It’s part of life. But we can learn from those mistakes too. If we want to, or set our minds to it.

I am not good at this. ๐Ÿ™„

It’s a mindful exercise to reflect on mistakes. Sometimes it takes us out of our comfort zones. I know this happens to me when I wake up all confused and disoriented, having just had a very vivid dream about something that’s causing me anxiety. Some underlying worry that is climbing to my conscious from deep within the subconscious…

Part of it is watching my children grow into young people, teenagers. They’re on the threshold of so many changes, it’s a little worrisome occasionally. But letting go is part of it, or so they tell me (you know who you are, empty nesters and almost empty nesters…)

I’m not sure how good I am at this.

But there’s another way to look at the new day, week, month and coming year: the fact that I’m still standing upright means I did manage to figure it out so far. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I’m on page 2 of my bullet journal.

Yesterday’s page looks more like a diary, with reminders to drink water before and after all the coffee one typically needs after a night of bubbly or other alcoholic beverages…

In the evening I reflected on my progress.

Today looks more like a to do list. No doodles, just a bunch of words in bullet form and a few arrows. As I move from the kitchen to my little work space, freshly organized and de-cluttered just in time for the New Year, I cross off items I have completed. In some cases, I put a checkmark next to it. Those items are on-going (like the freezer meals I’m in the process of making today).

Maybe later this week I will create a quote page. And a book reading page. And another one with comments about a specific book I’m reading currently, so powerful that I have to take breaks from reading certain passages just so I can process and reflect…

Those are the best books!

Our holiday break is coming to an end. Hockey begins anew tomorrow and as of the weekend, we’ll be right back into activities, and then school.

I’ll be here occasionally, writing and reading and commenting on your blogs.

See you in the comments!




24 thoughts on “A fresh start without any mistakes, yet

  1. Love your bullet journal! When my kids grew up and started this new journey of life I was told not to say empty nester .. ๐Ÿ™„well thatโ€™s how it felt . Supposably your house should not feel empty because itโ€™s still your home and itโ€™s yours okay yeah I do not think that helped hahaha .. anyways still getting use to all the free time I have now and yeah I think way too much . So your not alone. The whole reason I started a blog.

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    1. Well there are a few on my Instagram account…๐Ÿ˜‰

      My son’s a teen and he doesn’t want to be on the blog so if I do take some pictures that are non-identifying I check with him first if it’s ok to post. ๐Ÿ˜Š


  2. Saw your โ€œlearn how to focusโ€ goal in your imageโ€“have you read Deep Work, by Cal Newport? Itโ€™s really great for thinking about how I approach focusing on my day and tasks. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I love the bit about taking 5 hours to take down the christmas tree. It took all of our decorations down inside an hour earlier – while searching for our missing cat (long story – read my most recent blog post)…

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  4. I’ve always liked that quote. It is a powerful reminder of continuing to move forward with optimism. I screw up all the time, so I always appreciate a fresh start with each sunrise.

    I’ve only had to work 1 day in the last 10, but came back to the office today. I wasn’t ready. And all my Christmas things are still up at home. Sigh….. but there is always tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yes! Tomorrow is a fresh day! I put most of the Xmas stuff in bins and when my partner took them up the ladder into the attic, I hesitated. What if I missed stuff? Maybe he should leave one down here…

      I got a new pile now sitting in the hall. Will need another bin. But tomorrow is a new day, right?



      1. Ha! Well, I have a TON O STUFF to purge and box up. It’s looking more and more like we might be putting our house on the market and building one on some family land…..I’m gonna need a LOT of tomorrows to get that chore accomplished.

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