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Hello there, and welcome back to the Rivercity Monthly, the one-stop newsletter for all your Rivercity Monthly needs. I hope the last month has treated you well, as it has definitely taken care of me. I’ve been busy with a range of personal projects, going back to back, and I’m loving every second of it. I’ve started from the bottom, and now I’m here, charged up, and ready for the next step. But what’s brought this on, you ask? Well, essentially, it was the opportunity to begin with a clean slate, a fresh start, and it went from 0 to 100 real quick. And you can do the same, all you need is a start.

As always, this newsletter aims to point out online resources to help with motivation, goal-setting, and all things related, with a few cheeky extras throw into the mix. This edition will focus on the aforementioned clean slate, along with the added bonus of more Drake-related wordplay.

Onwards and upwards. 

Onto Better Things

The idea of a clean, or blank, slate is to revitalise, reinvent or reconstruct yourself or your situation. It comes from the Latin phrase tabula rasa, which is embedded in the psychology and philosophy of experiences and memories. Of course, there are numerous variations, including (unfortunately) the hashtag #newyearnewme, which is built around the idea of reinventing yourself for the first two days of January, and the hashtag #yolo, or doing something that will eventually end up on WorldStar.

But the beauty of the clean slate is that not only does it give us the chance to reinvent ourselves, but to actually define ourselves as who we’d like to be. Of course, that can be quite a challenge, as Emilie Wapnick discusses in the TEDTalk below.

Why some of us don’t have one true calling

But like I said, all you need is a start. And the best part is, that start could be anything. It could be a single thought, or getting back to basics, or wearing less and going out more.

Author Gretchen Rubin offers a quick insight into the clean slate

The point is, you might as well try, because there ain’t no tellin’ what might happen.

That’s the motto

Now I’ll be the first to admit it can be difficult to start something new. Sometimes it’s just easier to say “Hold on, we’re going home”, instead of embarking on that new adventure. But the following articles will put your mind at ease and get you ready.

7 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Day

Shifting from Idleness to Readiness

How to Conquer Fear, According to Movies and Video Games

Quick-fire Links

Back again, like Jordan ’96/97, Quick-fire Links are here to provide some quick reads and tips. Some will build upon the main articles, while others will be a bit of fun or improve general skills and knowledge.

Why grown-ups love colouring books too

Peter Pan Syndrome

A Bit of Fun

Fun Fact of the Month:

If you look at the Sun, you are technically looking back in time.