10 Empowering, Inspiring Quotes To Start You Off The New Year

10 Empowering, Inspiring Quotes To Start You Off The New Year

This is going to be a great year, and it all starts with you!

As the year comes to an end, we take the time to reflect on how it all came down and make a game plan to improve. Even if you feel like there's no way you can ever know as much as you do now, there's always room to grow and every experience minuscule or not, shapes us.

Some questions you may pose yourself are:

"Have I improved my physical & mental health this year?"

"Did I spend money that I should have saved?"

"Am I staying true to myself?"

"Did I follow through with my resolutions from last year?"

If you fall short of a few resolutions you made previous to last year, no need to worry. A new year is upon us! Some of us may find ourselves scavenging for a list of ways to improve for the upcoming year but can't find the words to suffice them.

We all want to accomplish the impossible, have great physical and mental health, worry less, and it is possible!

(but of course, wait until after the apple pie is finished during the holidays) There is no limit on how many plates you grab during the holidays. We all deserve to indulge at the end of the New Year, but when January 1st hits... There's no time for grabbing seconds at the table.

If you have trouble finding the right words you need to give you a jump start on the treadmill or your goals this year, look no further:

A few words of inspiration & Pinterest boards never hurt anyone.


No matter where you are now, always remember that tomorrow is a new day.


And don't stop until you find it.


Don't be the one that holds yourself back. Travel and gain a new perspective.



Once you stop doubting yourself and put your best foot forward everything falls into place.


Treat others' how you would want to be treated and look for ways to pay it forward.



Be constant with your actions and follow through


You're always making progress, don't compare them to others when the journey is different. Be your own comparison


I know it's easy to look at what we want to improve, but take some time to make a reverse bucket list, as well. Be grateful for the things you have accomplished and give yourself a pat on the back.

You might be surprised when you write it all down and realize how long that list comes out to be.

Listen to your heart and follow through with your actions, don't make excuses this year!

Flip to a blank page this year and make it a bright journey.

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The Greatest Lesson KC & The Sunshine Band Taught Me

A simple song that led me to one of the greatest revelations of this year

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself are altered" -Nelson Mandela

This Christmas break, as I was rocking out to KC & The Sunshine Band, dancing and cooking breakfast, it struck me how different that picture would have looked four years ago. Where now there is dancing and laughter, there once was anxiety and sadness. The same kitchen where my plate sat on the counter, is the same counter I sat on the first time I ever cut myself. It's funny how things work out. I remember when my parents found out, the look of fear on their faces as they drove me to a counseling center. I remember the worry in their voices as I confessed my mind was consumed by thoughts of not wanting to be alive anymore. Every day was filled with a darkness so heavy I could barely hold myself up.

I've always hated clichés, so when people told me that there was a "light at the end of the tunnel," "thing would get better," "everything is going to be okay," I wanted to scream. I didn't recognize myself anymore. I constantly fought the urge to resort back to my destructive habits.

I am not here to condone self-harm, but at the time I believed it was the only thing I could do to feel better--to feel alive. I didn't want attention. I just wanted to feel something other than the emotional torture I was putting myself through. I hated myself and those thoughts festered into a lifestyle that was destructive and unhealthy. It's something I still struggle with. I still get depressed.

I still fight my urges to self-harm, but now I know that there are so many other ways to find peace--to cope with brokenness. I go to counseling, I confide in both my parents and friends. I am open and honest with myself. There's another quote by Nelson Mandela that has stuck with me the last few years, " As I walked out the door towards the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew that if I didn't let go of my bitterness and hatred, I'd still be in prison."

I knew if I didn't learn to let go of all the circumstances that led me to where I was, I would never break the cycle. I would continue to live in a constant state of misery. I choose to continue walking towards my gate. I choose to laugh and dance in the kitchen to some seriously funky music. I choose to take it a day at a time.

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Know Your Worth At All Costs

​Never envy a person you believe is worth more than you. Instead, why not see that everyone is priceless in their own little confused ways?

I learned this one through the hardest ways anybody could possibly imagine. The world is cruel enough, and if you’re not prepared for it, it's a heart-wrenching truth will swallow you up like a bug.

I would not have been driven to be a writer this intensely if it weren’t for my own experiences that I have saved myself in each and every limited time I had. Why save yourself?

Why the hell not? You are here. You made it this far after all of that hard work you put into for the sake of pleasing one who does not listen, acknowledge your attributes, nor provide you with any wise insights. You are only getting wiser.

I know, it’s hard. It’s hard being the person who always gives and never takes. It’s hard being the person who always cares to make anyone’s day, being male or female, with a simple compliment. When you genuinely mean it, some may fail to see it.

I always make sure that whenever I go to the store, any clerk I meet is always perceived as a hardworking person in my eyes. When I was a little girl, I would always expect a smile from a cashier. I would judge them based on whether they’d bag my candy, or smile and hand it to me.

Of course, I got my way at the time. I still do at times feel the world owes me things, but its an even better feeling when you are working hard to make your life easier, right?

Growing up, even in this scenario, I learned that no one will ever hand me things or praise me. Therefore, you have to make it happen for yourself. Now, I never want to let another person’s deep stare affect my worries.

They will always stare, and we will always feel there is someone watching us. To all my experiences in the past, it is always wise to be aware of what you, as well as others in your past, are capable of. It is important to be mindful of your deepest sorrows in life to dodge more heading your way. Just know that it is our innate fears that save us in this bloodsucking world.

I’m not saying that you have to live your entire life in only fear, where you are afraid to even leave the house. Believe me, I have been there so many times, even recently. Loneliness is basically the element to depression.

It’s an awful feeling and you do not deserve to keep reminiscing about your decisions about leaving the ones that you have unknowingly been walked over several times. In turn, you will find better people who want what’s best for you. But first, appreciate how brave you are for every awful experience you have overcome. Hiding is only going to make you even more afraid of moving on.

Moreover, fear is only meant for us to make cautious decisions while remembering the other ones we find were not so well thought out in the past. Don’t blame yourself or others. Just remember what you’ve been through. With doing so, you will soon begin to gain more self-confidence in yourself as well as a positive outlook on the world.

Keep inspiring us with your amplified soul.

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