A New Beginning

Carolyn Kinard

A new beginning can mean different things depending on our situation. It could mean looking for a new job after being downsized, moving to a different city, state or country, entering a new phase of life after the loss of a loved one, changing careers, starting a business, or returning to school to complete a course of study. It can also mean developing a new mindset, attitude toward life and individuals we may have disagreed with in the past. Life is about change and embracing every day with new expectations. 

Here are several suggestions I would like to share when starting a new beginning:

  • A new beginning is a time to rest and reflect on your thoughts, a time to reevaluate what is important to you.
  • Validate your thoughts, then with mindfulness, prayer, and reflection, discern which thoughts uplift you, and which harm your well-being.
  • Keep in mind that life today is about discovering how we can be of benefit and giving thanks for each God-given moment.
  • Hold tight to your beliefs, values, and good things you have been granted here on earth.
  • Be open-minded and let go of the things you cannot control.
  • Understand that you have the right to change your mind and not feel guilty about your decision, regardless of what others may say.
  • You owe no one an explanation of your decision.
  • Appreciate what you learn along the road less traveled.
  • You have the option to choose what to do in your new life and job. Prepare yourself for a better future.

Think of new beginnings like a deck of cards and each is different you must be willing to turn each card over, embrace each as a new start or adventure with new daily expectations.

Workforce Solutions is just a phone call or email away from assisting you with a new career job opportunity, training based on eligibility. If, you decide to utilize the WFS as a new career beginning or never stop learning or dreaming.

“Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction” by Germany Kent.


Carolyn Kennard is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She conducts job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. Before embarking on a career in workforce development, Carolyn achieved success in marketing and training with a major oil company. Carolyn holds a B.A. degree from Virginia State University and an M.A. degree from Prairie View A&M University.

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