Starting A New Life Alone With Nothing

Starting a new life alone happens for each of us every day, if you think about it a little more deeply, even if we have people around us. Our lives are indeed our own, alone. Each new day is a chance at beginning again and creating a new life. If you’re starting your life over because you’ve just become divorced, left a relationship, graduated from high school or college, or if you’ve retired, your success in creating that new life starts with your state of mind.

Every step you take in creating a new life will be determined by how you respond to your positive or negative thoughts. Even if you’re starting a new life alone with nothing and no money and feeling afraid, your mindset will be what makes or breaks you, and your progress in the process.

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Pensive young woman all alone looking out of bus window

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day
with no mistakes in it yet?”
― L.M. Montgomery


Martin Ward | February 12, 2022

Starting A New Life Alone

There should be a feeling of hope and exhilaration when you’re starting a new life alone, creating the next exciting phase in your life.

If there isn’t, you have some work to do.

Leaving everything behind and starting a new life requires a positive and determined thought process.

Of course, you take your past along with you in this new beginning, but the past should be a springboard, not the chains that hold you back.

No matter what has happened, good or bad, before now, you need to learn to reframe all of the negative limiting beliefs that swirl around in your head that are going to hold you back.

Instead, it would be best to create positive affirmations that will catapult you into the better life you’re hoping to develop.  

A fresh start in life happens every morning that you get out of bed. 

And there are some essential building blocks that you need to get into your routine every day, so you keep moving in the right direction.

Here’s a link to a free five-step daily guide to help create that routine that can help move you forward at the start of each day in your new life.

“The beginning is always today.”
~ Mary Shelley

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Starting Over In Life From Zero

Starting over in life from zero requires that you visualize the new life you would like to create. You need to see a positive, happy future ahead, so you need to create one.

However, you need to live daily life with a present-mindedness and engage and participate in the experience of your new life.

If you find that you are worried about the uncertainty of the future, you can not experience the joy and vitality of your present life. Lawrence Robinson and Melinda Smith, M.A. write in their article, Dealing with Uncertainty, on the Help Guide website.

“One of the surest ways to avoid worrying about the future is to focus on the present. Instead of trying to predict what might happen, switch your attention to what’s happening right now.”

So many things can happen that can throw our lives into a downward spiral that we can do absolutely nothing about it.

Hurricanes, tornados, loss of a loved one, even a pandemic, we have no control over these things. 

When you have to start from scratch, you must deal with the main issues at hand and can’t ignore them or put them off.

Dealing with significant life-sustaining issues right away is critical.

  • Find a place to stay
  • Line up sources for food and supplies
  • Get a job that creates cash flow

You should break these critical life-sustaining issues down by creating individual tasks to get them accomplished.

Yes, visualize a new future ahead but live each day fully to get there, and you will get there, one step at a time.

Look at all these as steppingstones to get you to where you want to go.

“There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.”
~ Jean-Paul Sartre

Staying Inspired When Starting A New Life  

It’s tough to stay motivated when you have no one, no money, or any resources to support you in starting a new chapter in life.

Here it comes again, so get ready for it, wait, wait…OK, here it is…gratefulness.

Yup, I know it can be a cliché, but gratefulness is your number one go-to foundational tool when rebuilding your life. You can not find happiness in your present life if you don’t recognize all you can be grateful for. 

The room you have to stay in, the bed you have to sleep in, the good health you can enjoy, the food you have to eat. You get the idea, so start making your list. 

Again, here’s a link to a free five-step daily guide to help create that daily routine that can help move you forward at the start of each day in your new life.  

No matter what’s brought you to this point in life, be it by choice, disaster, or fate, being grateful can extinguish despair when it creeps in, and it will creep in.

Look at all you can be grateful for every morning. Start with recognizing that you’re alive and have the beautiful morning sky to look up at and the lovely sound of the birds to hear.

You can create a motivational tool known as a vision board, even if it’s just a small one made on a piece of paper to fold up and put in your pocket, wallet, or purse.

Find some free old worn-out magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, sporting magazines, free travel or tourist pamphlets, hobby magazines, etc.

Then merely tear out some pictures that inspire you, tape them to an 8 1/2 x 11-inch piece of paper, fold it up and keep it with you.

Or maybe use a good-sized piece of cardboard to put up on a wall in your room

A vision board can keep you inspired each day as you build your new life.

“Success consists of going
from failure
to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
~ Winston Churchill



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Starting A New Life With Nothing

Your age matters, but only concerning past life experience that may help get you back up and running at full speed a little quicker.

However, starting your new life with nothing requires the same focus and positive mindset, regardless of whether you are twenty or even sixty years plus.

Finding some work to get the cash flowing is essential for your finances and keeps you feeling a sense of self-esteem, self-worth, building confidence, and feeling that you’re giving back.  

It’s also vital that you do things to give back, even when not at work.

Working with a charitable organization is a great way to meet people and move into better job opportunities. Lots of food pantries and other non-profits need volunteers. 

If you are older and have some income from Social Security, pensions, savings, or some form of retirement plan, you will probably still need some extra income to get by.

Stay engaged and active in your daily life so you don’t get bored and fall into a depressive state of mind. Keep moving forward.

“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.”
~ Napoleon Hill

In Conclusion

Understand that you’re starting a new chapter in your life. Think of all the possibilities. 

Regardless of your age, starting a new life over, and especially when you’re doing it alone, requires putting all the positive milestones, accomplishments, talents, and valuable experiences you have out in front of you for the world to see.

Put every card you hold and every arrow you’ve got in your quiver on the table.

Believe in yourself.

Stand firm and resolute when starting your life over, with all you’ve learned from your life experiences.

And keep moving forward in your new life, and never, ever give up. 

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road
to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.”
~ Buddha

Martin (Marty) Ward

My Name is Marty Ward and I’m the creator and publisher of the 1-Vibrant-Life blog.

On March 8th, 1984, I sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident while I was driving to my day job.

At the time of the accident, I was having a fairly successful life as a musician in Chicago, which had included a recent appearance on Star Search 84′ with Ed McMahon and preparing to be included in the group’s major independent recording contract. 

However, after my accident, I was unable to perform or play my instrument. I was out of work and I had lost all confidence in myself and my abilities, felt lost and with no direction. 

My injury and my recovery led me down a path of self-improvement, and self-discovery which gave me my life back filled with many amazing experiences and a newfound sense of hope. Learn more about my story on the 1-vibrant-life about page. 

CBTCP Certification (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified Practitioner) | 10-16-2021  Certification From The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology, in The Transformative Science of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT