New Beginnings

This week I have felt every emotion possible as a result of finalizing my divorce. It has been a hard week, but by last night I felt more like myself. I was relaxed and at peace, gathered together with a small group of friends. The friend hosting last night presented me with a cake. There was a special message written on it:

New Beginnings

Yes, it is a new beginning. It is time for me to move forward and celebrate this new life.

While I am pleased with where I am with my life right now, I do still know I have much to learn and experience on my journey. As I move forward with a new beginning, I need to stay mindful of where I am heading at this stage in my life.

A blog I recently discovered, Marc and Angel Hack Life, had a thought-provoking post. The piece simply listed questions for the reader to ask herself and ponder. Of the 50 questions posed, these ten resonated for me:

  1. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
  2. If the average human life span was 50 years, how would you live your life differently?
  3. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
  4. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
  5. At what time in the recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
  6. If not now, when?
  7. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
  8. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
  9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
  10. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

If I answer these questions as I would one, two, and three years ago and compare it to today, the answers change with each passing year. What I see is growth in me. A happier me. I know I am moving on the right path and where I am headed is becoming more clear.

While I had a significant change in my life on Wednesday that has led me to a point of a new beginning, we all have an opportunity for a new beginning.

Each day is a chance to start anew.

Here’s to New Beginnings.

As I start this new chapter in my life, I thought  Five for Fighting has a perfect song for Song of the Week. This week I am sharing “World.”

Go create the world you want.

History starts now.

Happy Friday!








15 responses to “New Beginnings”

  1. Oilfield Trash

    I agree with you those questions would have much different answers pre vs post divorce.

  2. My ex husband could never understand how I could rise anew each morning and be ready to tackle whatever I had on my plate, regardless of any drama, issue or unresolved crisis from the day before.

    I still feel like every day is a new day, waiting to be created, but had lost the gratitude for the idea (and the power of that mantra) until I read this post.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

    1. Naked Girl in a Dress


      I am so happy this post reminded you to start each day with the thought it is an opportunity to start anew. It makes me happy when I read something I wrote helped a reader; it’s the best part of blogging.

      Thank you for letting me know.

  3. I love that song. I also love, “Go create the world you want”. It just seems so inspiring, you know?

    Happy New Beginnings- Looking forward to seeing where you go from now. :)

    1. Naked Girl in a Dress

      I agree with you Suz. It’s an inspirational line.

  4. Congratulations on your new beginnings.

    I am still pondering those questions, particularly the one about the life span being 50. What would I do differently heading toward the end?

    1. Naked Girl in a Dress

      I enjoyed those questions as well.

  5. I am 74 yrs old and if I have learned anything it is that one shouldn’t waste your precious time in life kicking a dead horse. OK, maybe not profound but if something is not working, try something (or someone) else. Good luck my friend.

    1. Naked Girl in a Dress


      Thank you for visiting and thank you for reminding me that there are times it is just necessary to move on. You are so right.

  6. I love this, and those questions are incredible. Wow! I’ve been through a divorce and now a big job loss that opened new doors. I feel your struggle, but share your enthusiasm for the next new beginning. Beautiful stuff is coming for you!!

    1. Naked Girl in a Dress

      Thank you Heligirl! I feel great where I am in life at this moment. I feel only good things are coming my way lately and I am reveling in it. It was a long, sad struggle to find the happiness I have right now.

      Best of luck to you as you start a new beginning as well!

  7. Good luck to you on your new beginnings. Life is too short to spend it being unhappy.

    1. Naked Girl in a Dress

      I finally realized life is too short to be unhappy, which brought about great change in my life. Hence the I am Not a Tree post! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  8. Ahhh… the 50 questions that free your mind! I know these questions well as I am answering them, one by one, on my blog as part of my Day Zero Project. These are hard and thought-provoking questions, but they are really a good way for one to dig deep and think.

    Though life may be short to a point, it’s a long road. And it can be a fun road. New beginnings can happen at any time. Excellent post. And good luck in the road you go and in all you do!

    1. Naked Girl in a Dress

      I checked out your Day Zero Project. What a great idea to include on your blog. I believe instead of being upset about an ending, one should focus on the beginning that comes as a result.