Start the New Year Tomorrow

We are already a week into 2018 but to be honest, it seems like I never had adequate time to welcome in the new year. At the beginning of each year, I always take the first day to start things out right and fulfill a few traditions. Then, the next day, it all about returning to work and starting a routine.

Was your first week of 2018 a success?

However, that didn’t happen last week. A snow storm disrupted the start of 2018, wiping out Sid’s entire school week, shutting down Sloan’s daycare, and closing campus at the university I work at for 2.5 days. This unexpected time off created a type of purgatory between 2017 and 2018. The holiday season was over but the feel of a fresh start was absent. It was kind of weird.

Forgive me for overreaching my bounds, but as far as I am concerned, my new year starts tomorrow. Sid’s school will welcome students for the first time in 2018, Sloan’s daycare will finally open its doors again, and the spring semester will start at Coastal. The normalcy of a routine will set in and the opportunity to make positive new year changes will be available to us all.

I bring this up to illustrate a point. Perhaps the first week of your new year didn’t get derailed by weather. Perhaps everything went as scheduled and Mother Nature neglected to close down your town. But, despite favorable conditions, maybe you already faltered with your New Year’s resolutions or neglected to set any at all. What to do?

Start fresh tomorrow! You still have 51 weeks left in the year. The first week of the new year is hard enough to begin with a bang. The holiday hangover is real, it is tough to automatically flip the switch, and for those starting a fitness goal the regulars at the gym can be especially cruel to newcomers. Perhaps the week of “purgatory” I mentioned above can be a good thing for all of us.

I am a big proponent of New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because they are goals. To be productive human beings, we all need goals in our lives. They help better ourselves while also giving us hope and something to strive for.

No matter if it was impacted by a weather event or not, the first week of 2018 is gone and there is nothing we can do about it. However, what we can do is make the next 358 days of the year the best we possibly can. For those of us who didn’t crush the start of 2018 on January 1, start tomorrow. Don’t Blink.