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When does YOUR new year start?



I’ve lost count of how many people have used the word “hectic” in conversation lately. The corporate world is working (or working you) to end the last quarter on a high note. There’s enough going on at this time of year.


Ignore the calendar for a moment. When have you made changes in your life? Is there a pattern to your transitions?


I’m already in my new year. Sure, the calendar says 2021, but I discovered my natural annual transition point over the years -early November.

My birthday is on the 6th—birthdays usually stimulate reflection.

The Marine Corps Birthday is the 10th –always a time to reach out to close friends.

Veterans day is the 11th.

November also marks the point when I have wrapped up farming and raising hogs for the season. I shift from working outdoors to mostly working inside. The combination of personally relevant dates and seasonal shifts has made early November my personal period of reflection and visioning. I don’t bother with New Year’s resolutions on January 1st.


Carve out a quiet moment some time in the next 24 hours after reading this. Close the computer, leave the phone in another room, and write down the time of year when major transitions happen or have happened to you– birthday, kids’ birthdays, and wedding, but also death of a parent or friend, divorce, or other loss that shifted your world. Do they happen in a specific month or season?


The best time to make a change is usually right now. But if you find the commercial pressure to make a “new you in 2022” annoying, try the exercise above. See if you have a time that marks your own annual transitions into a new year.

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