New Year, New Soul! by Jodi Meadows

12/31/2012 8:05AM | Posted by: TeamEpicReads | Author Guest Posts

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Today we wrap up our author holiday takeover with a New Year’s themed post from Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate and its sequel, Asunder!



New Year, New Soul! by Jodi Meadows

For a lot of people, the New Year is about change. It’s about letting go of the old and embracing the new. New year. New you. We set out to begin a new life without a bad habit (for many years, my resolution was to stop biting my nails), or to begin the new life with a good habit (practice music or art every day).

In INCARNATE, Ana — the only newsoul in thousands of years — represents a change in the oldsouls’ lives. Sam tells her that she has the power to change the world, and though she doesn’t believe him at first, she challenges those around her to see their world the way it really is, and to become better people.

Ana’s new soul is the catalyst for their change, like the New Year is often for us. We can resolve to make great changes in our world if we all do just a little.

Like what? I’m glad you asked.

1. Smile at strangers. (Not in a creepy way.) You’d be surprised at what a difference a smile can make to your waitress or checker or bank teller.

2. You know the saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”? Embrace that. Or, better yet, find something nice to say. Positive reinforcement works wonders.

3. Help people. If you see someone being bullied, help them. Stand up for people who have difficulty standing up for themselves. If the choice is between popularity or integrity, I know which I’d rather have.

Through small actions, you can make a big difference and begin a new life as someone known for being positive, loving, and caring. And isn’t that a great new you?

How will you be trying to make a difference in the New Year? Tweet us your New Year’s resolutions with #NewYearNewSoul

User Comments 13 comments

  1. December 31, 2012 | 7:34 pm

    I love your resolutions! I always try to do these 3 things because they do make a difference, even if they seem insignificant. (:

    Happy New Year!

  2. December 31, 2012 | 7:56 pm

    I plan do paying it forward #newyearnewsoul

  3. January 1, 2013 | 12:39 am

    I love your resolutions. I always try to incorporate them in my life, even when Im having a bad day, I always think ‘well I would like if someone was nice to me’ Im not going to lie, its hard sometimes, especially when Im having really tough days. but I would like to increase doing those things.

  4. January 1, 2013 | 2:01 am

    Oh, I love this post. I always try to find something nice to say to someone. Whether it is a server at a restaurant or the gal at the cash register, I try to compliment on eyes, clothes, etc. I love giving compliments, and I am fortunate to have family and friends who are generous with their positive thoughts. Not everyone has such a support system, and it’s always nice to hear something lovely. My family is really into helping others, and we do little things from helping someone carry heavy bags to big things like donating money. One of my favorite websites is It is an incredible resource to reach across great distances and help others.

  5. January 1, 2013 | 2:51 am

    Great resolutions!

  6. January 1, 2013 | 2:58 am

    I resolve to remember to write 2013 instead of 2012 consistently by the end of one week.

  7. January 1, 2013 | 2:59 am

    I love this post. It is really great. Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. January 1, 2013 | 7:52 pm

    Smiling at strangers is a great idea. It stinks to walk around and see scowls everywhere. Both are contagious.

  9. January 1, 2013 | 9:29 pm

    My resolution: Get a part-time job.

  10. January 2, 2013 | 3:42 am

    I love your resolutions! I probably should try to do them too…

  11. January 2, 2013 | 7:58 pm

    Aww, but smiling in a creepy way is the BEST!

    Great resolutions! Smiling in a non-creepy way is a totally great idea that I wish I would do more, but after living in NYC for awhile, I am much more apt to put my head down and keep walking very fast until I’ve reached my destination.

  12. January 3, 2013 | 1:04 am

    hm… maybe I shall try number 1, it’s just I feel awkward doing that….. What if they glare at me or something?

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