I always find that January 1st lacks the real sense of renewal that a new year requires. It might be the Canadian winter or the fact that Christmas can be an exhausting time, but January never feels like the start of it all. A few years ago I started to feel as if my new year started on July 1st. Canada Day marked a time of things coming to a close, change and new adventures. The fact that it was the start of summer didn’t hurt either.