With the start of a brand new year ahead, it’s the perfect time to think about making a new beginning in your life.
Maybe this is the year you’ll learn a new language, or travel to the destination you’ve always dreamed of! To get you inspired, take a look at these great idioms – all about new starts.
To turn over a new leaf
This idiom describes beginning something again, especially after a change or period that you might want to forget. It’s a great way of expressing making a positive change in your life, after a negative period.
“Even though he lost his job, this year Tom decided to turn over a new leaf, and look for something new.”
To start anew
This idiom means to start again, in a different way. You might describe something that is done quite commonly, but in this case, it expresses that you’re approaching it in a new way altogether.
“After seeing how much weight she put on over the holidays, she decided to start her diet anew this month.”
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Sometimes doing something new and different means taking a bit of a risk into unknown territory, and this can be quite frightening!
This idiom gives a great boost of motivation if you find yourself in that position. It means that without taking a bit of a risk or facing a challenge, you can’t expect things to change or improve.
“I decided to take horse-riding lessons, even though I’d never ridden a horse before. After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained!”
To break new ground
This fantastic idiom expresses the feeling of newness when something revolutionary and different takes place – it means that it’s not like anything else that came before it.
“The director’s latest film really breaks new ground – it’s the first time a film has been made in this way.”
Out with the old and in with the new
This classic idiom is all about making a fresh new start – by getting rid of old things, and replacing them with new things instead.
It could refer to anything – from objects to attitudes!
“This year I decided to go out with the old, and in with the new! I’ve given away all clothes that I don’t wear, and I’m going to get a fantastic new wardrobe instead.”
When one door closes, another opens
This is a wonderfully inspiring idiom – and a great piece of motivational advice. It means that a setback or loss doesn’t always mean that you’ve lost all hope or opportunity for ever.
Instead, there may be a new opportunity that comes up, because of the set back you’ve suffered!
Winds of change
Do you have the feeling that some kind of change will happen soon – even if it hasn’t happened yet?
This idiom describes that sensation – the feeling of anticipation that something major will change or arrive.
“After the student protests were shown online, you could feel the winds of change all over the country.”
How will you be making a new start this year? Make sure you try these idioms to help you express them!