How to Start Over and Create a New Life

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon.

Starting over is terrifying. No matter your age, your gender, or your position in life, drastic change can inspire feelings of panic, insecurity, and bone-numbing fear.

I’m in the midst of starting over, starting fresh, and creating a new life for myself. In my early forties, I’m beginning from ground zero with little money, no belongings, and a complete lack of a safety net. Before I started my journey, I focused on one simple truth:

That to which I devote my time, energy, and love will grow exponentially.

Originally, I focused on other people. I gave them all of my energy and attention until nothing remained for myself. As a result, I didn’t grow as a person, as a human being, as a woman in my own right.

 

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Stop Making Excuses and Remove Self-Made Obstacles

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon.

Anyone can look back on the past and point to a moment when you should have, could have, would have done something differently. From your present place in life, it’s easy to see glaring missteps, to beat yourself up, and replay them again and again as the years go by.

Most of us recognize when we’ve made mistakes (frustratingly, the realization is typically after the fact) and have collected a few regrets over the years.

What I’ve learned is that mistakes that teach a lesson are more valuable than getting it right sometimes, as strange as that sounds.

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