Life, Curated: Recipe for a Fresh Start


The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is, really, the perfect time for a Fresh Start. It’s my favorite week of the whole year.

I have this thing that I do, every year, during this week. A little series of things that help me to reboot before the new year starts. A recipe, I think, is the the best way to describe it.

I started doing this twenty years ago, at least, and I’ve added and taken away and tweaked the whole thing until it’s just what I need. Not just before the New Year, but anytime I find myself stuck or slacking or otherwise needing a Fresh Start.

Sometimes I do it during the week before my birthday. Or when I’m between writing projects and I’m just not sure where I’m headed next. Or when I’m unhappy with some part of my life.

The Fresh Start Recipe opens up my head and my heart to new ideas and possibilities and puts me in the right frame of mind to take action.

There are seven steps, so it fits perfectly in a week. There are daily tasks that build on each other and culminate with a routine that supports your Fresh Start going forward.

The Fresh Start Recipe is designed to help not only focus creative energy, but to organize yourself so that you have the time to devote to those creative pursuits. Not hours and hours. Minutes.

Minutes that you can give to your writing, guilt free. Minutes that will make you a professional.

It starts with the 7 Super Habits. I wrote about those right here.

It moves on to goal setting and time management and all sorts of game-changing fun stuff.

You can get access to the Recipe for a Fresh Start course by joining the Ninja Writers Club. (Use the code ANITRY to get your first month in the club for $7.) Scroll down the bottom of that page and click on Life, Curated: Recipe for a Fresh Start to learn more about the course.

It’s really important to me that anyone who wants to a Recipe for a Fresh Start can have it, so if you can’t afford $7, I have scholarships available. Just drop me a line at

There’s a Facebook Group for Life, Curated. This is a year-long project and I’d love to have you join us for the journey.


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