New Beginnings

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
– Carl Bard


We are sometimes caught up by life’s adversities. Some of us may have failed an examination or didn’t achieve a target score. Others were expecting a promotion, however, it turned out it was not given. While others feel demotivated to continue learning a language just because they find it difficult. Times of crisis or change demand that we step forward into a bigger picture of who we are and where we are heading. If we do, we will be able to respond positively to whatever has happened, and make clear and effective goals.

Here are some of my initial thoughts on new beginnings:

You see possibilities and opportunities

Possibilities and opportunities are everywhere. However, we tend not to see them because we are too scared to move out of our comfort zone.

Personally speaking, I was not good with interpersonal relationships. I suck at it. Big time. I found it difficult to be with new people, to open up myself to them, and to share my genuine emotion. As a result, people perceived me quite differently. Then I realized, that wasn’t what I want. Like a flower blossoming to spring, I opened my petals for the world to see.

IMG_8030 These are my housemates.

Now, I can confidently say that I’m much happier. New beginnings are all about seeking out new opportunities and truly opening ourselves up to new adventures or to new people. Fresh starts allow us to see the world and often ourselves in a new light.

You see a clear path forward

New beginnings give us a chance to work towards what we really want. They give us a chance to let go of the past, focus firmly on a bright new future and commit to moving forward in leaps and bounds. It’s a great time for reflection but more importantly for planning, goal setting and for having fun in the moment!

So if you failed an examination or if you weren’t able to get your target score, take it as a challenge to do better next time. Consider your strengths not just your weaknesses. There’s always a second chance.

You appreciate the wonderful things in your life

There’s more to the world than our troubles.

Whenever you feel demotivated to continue learning a language, learn to appreciate yourself instead. You have come that far. You have to appreciate the efforts you have done.

On my part, when I decided to open up myself to people, I viewed the world much more differently. Someone once told me, “life is so much better with friends.” Undeniably, it is. And with great joy, I celebrated my 24th birthday with these wonderful people. I can’t thank them enough.

IMG_8408 Co-workers

IMG_8587 Cakes from friends, housemates, co-workers and from my family back in Cebu


Granted new beginnings can be a little scary, but there’s no doubt they can also be magical, exciting, joyous and thrilling! Like everything else in life, it all depends on how you choose to look at it.

What new beginnings are you excited about? I would love to listen! Visit me in Start-Up English Shibuya and let’s chat.

Til my next blog!


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Jesy Mae Aton
23 years old. Literature Major. Haiku Enthusiast. Lover of the light. Teaches to kindle minds.”If you can dream it, you can do it!”