Happy New Year: Start Where You Stand

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone! I’m wishing you a wonderful 2018 full of many manuscripts, dozens and dozens of drawings, wonderful words and sensational stories.

Today, I’m setting the tone for my 2018 by doing things I want to do more of throughout the year starting with writing for two hours and then going for a relaxing run followed by family time and reading. Another must is setting up my Happy Planner and starting a new Bullet Journal and Morning Pages journal.

I just love having a fresh slate!

It’s always tricky figuring out what to put on the first page of journals, though. Nothing super personal because what if someone takes a peek or it falls open? So my tradition is to write out the words of my favorite poem, Start Where You Stand, by Berton Braley since it’s perfect for New Year’s and … well, any day you declare as a do-over.

Need an extra dose of motivation? Here’s a good place to start:

Start where you stand

Start where you stand and never mind the past,
The past won’t help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
Why, that’s enough, you’re done with it, you’re through;
This is another chapter in the book,
This is another race that you have planned,
Don’t give the vanished days a backward look,
Start where you stand.

The world won’t care about your old defeats
If you can start anew and win success,
The future is your time, and time is fleet
And there is much of work and strain and stress;
Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
Here is a brand new trial right at hand,
The future is for him who does and dares,
Start where you stand.

Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,
To-day’s the thing, to-morrow soon will be;
Get in the fight and face it unafraid,
And leave the past to ancient history;
What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
And by it you are neither blessed nor banned,
Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,
Start where you stand.

About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two awesome boys, wife of one fantastic husband, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She loves run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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2 Responses to Happy New Year: Start Where You Stand

  1. Thank you, Laura! Happy New Year to you as well!

  2. Butterfly Kisses and Silly Wishes says:

    I signed up for this but cant find a verification email or a link to actually attend either webinar.

    Is there a link out yet? Thanks! Gabrielle

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