New Beginnings

by Christy Gualtieri

photo-1441205188609-b875e92a9807January 1st, the time to begin again and start fresh, was so long ago, and yet here we are, at another place of new beginnings. School is starting, calendars are filling up and the days themselves are starting to shrink in order to make way for longer nights.

It’s been ten years since I completed graduate school, and now it’s my son’s turn to begin his academic journey (even if it’s for three-hour preschool twice a week). There were a lot of emotions that accompanied his first day, but the one that surprised me the most was the feeling of newness for me, as well as for him. This would be the first time in three years that I had time to think about what things I wanted to focus on (even if only for a short time). I have time now to think about projects to work on, plans to make. It’s all so exciting, but so different from the routines that have gotten me through the last few years.

It’s a new beginning, little as it is.

The entire year offers us many opportunities to begin anew. There’s the traditional start of January, of course, but nature reminds us of the wonder of rebirth in the springtime; the steady lengthening of the days in summer. It helps us to pause in the autumn as we catch the sight of our breath on the air during chilly mornings, and keeps the days short in the winter so we might have time to look inward and reflect on our relationship with ourselves and with others. Things are always changing in nature, and we, too, are able to change at any time –  if we want it, and with help if we need it.

It’s a busy time of year, but maybe not so busy to take some time to sit with ourselves and ask if there are ways we would like to begin again. Is there a project that brings you joy that you’ve let slide? Is there a relationship in your life that needs a reboot? Do you need to reevaluate the places where you find happiness?

I’ve got good news for you. There’s no need to wait for January 1st to begin again. Right now will do just fine.

Until next time, be well!

Christy GualtieriChristy Gualtieri is a freelance writer specializing in pop culture, religion, and motherhood. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and son, blogs at, and tweets @agapeflower117. Follow PghPsych on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates, inspirational quotes, articles, and different events and causes related to good mental health!