By Tina of Truly Rich and Blessed

January is almost over, and most of us have probably already settled into some sort of “routine” for the new year. For some of us, this might be a good thing— but for others, the “routine” might mean falling into the same old habits we had last year.

Indeed, many of us probably started the year with lofty resolutions, goals and dreams — only to find that we have already “failed” and broken too many of our New Year promises… just a month into the year! So, we feel guilty… sad… and downright frustrated, and think, “What’s the point of trying to keep my other resolutions, chasing my other dreams, pursuing my own goals?”

Well, my answer to questions like that?

It’s not too late. It’s never too late to begin again. (And again, and again, and again.)

Just like Martine said in one of her posts earlier this month, sometimes losses “are really new beginnings.” Similarly, sometimes broken resolutions, unfulfilled goals, shattered dreams are opportunities to start something new and different.

And so, dear friends, allow me to encourage you (and myself too, ha, ha!):

Let’s start the New Year right. (For the first, second, third, fourth, nth time, whichever applies to you.)

Here are three ways we can do so:

1. Have an intention for the year.

Some people may find having a list of resolutions to keep quite overwhelming, and might want to consider just having one main intention to live by for the year. For example, “Grow in faith,” or “Learn something new,” or maybe even just “Quit one bad habit” (like being too attached to gadgets, maybe?).

Whatever that one intention is, do your best to live by it. Live intentionally.

2. Choose to cherish the present moment.

We often find ourselves so overwhelmed by all the things we need to do on a daily basis that we forget to This can result in feelings of frustration and exhaustion, and forgetting that the present — the here and now — is often what matters most.

So let’s include “stopping to smell the roses” as a way of starting this year right — pausing to appreciate what we have, what’s right in front of us… choosing to “make it blissful,” as we like to say over here. (Actually, we can do so any time of the year — sort of like a “reset” or “reboot” for us. Don’t you think so?)

3. Embrace your fears.

Many of us probably face different fears on a daily basis. Fear of heights, fear of failure, fear of cockroaches, fear of getting hurt — the list can go on and on.

I challenge you this year, though, to embrace those fears. (Or at least one or two of them.)

Let go of what is keeping you back from living your best life.

And if you’re a faith-minded person like me, surrender your fears to the One who is ultimately in control of everything.

I know there are more than three things we can do to start (or restart) this year right — you could say the aforementioned ways are just “the tip of the iceberg.” Whether you do just these three things or choose to add to the list, remember, every day is a chance to begin again.

You don’t have to wait for the next year to roll around before making positive changes in your life. Take those steps to finding your bliss now. Discover how “truly rich and blessed” you are, as I like to say on my own little space on the Web. Once you do, I know you’ll be all the better for it!

What are you/have you been doing to “start the year right,” as they say? Let’s chat in the comments!