“Turning over a new leaf.” “Making a fresh start.” “Wiping the slate clean.” The terms we use to describe big life changes have a sense of intentionality built into them. Nobody would describe being dumped, fired or priced out of a dream home with these words; they are reserved for moments when you’ve seized power over your behavior and circumstances—when you’ve made the decision to say goodbye to a bad habit, and feel sure that it will lead to the This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-One Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 47 That’s Life The quiet tyranny of clichés. Arts & Culture Issue 45 The Whole Story The power of cradle-to-grave novels. Arts & Culture Issue 41 Mixed Emoji Is a picture worth a thousand words? Arts & Culture Issue 38 Social Work Hettie O’Brien considers the cost of never logging off. Arts & Culture Issue 26 Bob Ross Learning the art of relaxation from the master of happy accidents (and accidental life advice). Arts & Culture Entrepreneur Issue 22 Tips: Business Cards and Hiring Some professional gestures may seem ephemeral, but can be leveraged to have lasting impact.