10 Things You Should Leave In 2016

10 Things You Should Leave In 2016

Especially if your ultimate goal for 2017 is happiness.
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The New Year is a great time to start fresh with a clean slate. I think it's safe to say happiness is a goal for many people, and these ten things will help you achieve happiness. That's why these ten things listed below should be left in 2016.


1. Any person who isn't serving purpose in your life.

It might sound harsh, but make yourself and the ones who do good for your soul a priority. You only have so much time and energy. Make sure you're giving it to the right people.

2. The negative view of this world.

There are so many horrible things happening. There are some really awful people doing some really awful things, but what would happen if we all started focusing on ourselves and what it is that we can do on a smaller scale to make this world a better place? Simply shifting your focus and changing your mindset might be a good start.

3. The mistakes you made this past year.

Give yourself a little grace. You are not perfect. No one expects you to be perfect. Each mistake has been a lesson that has carefully crafted you into the person that you are today. Be thankful, and give yourself a break.

4. Every image you have of yourself that doesn't uplift you.

We are our own biggest critics. It is so easy to dissect our appearance, our personalities - everything. We all have a list of the things we wish we could change about ourselves and often these lists are quite lengthy. Since when has it become out of the norm to love ourselves? It's time to fall in love with your freckles. It's time to appreciate the extra wrinkles on your face. Stop hating the stretch marks and the extra five pounds you wish you could lose. Embrace the person you are 100% because there truly isn't anyone else who is just like you.

5. The relationship you aren't sure about.

This is your year. There is no room for uncertainty in your life if you plan on charging full force after your dreams. Don't compromise. Commit to yourself and your needs, and recognize that you owe it to yourself to never settle.

6. Every expectation of how you think your life is supposed to look.

This goes hand-in-hand with comparison. Just stop doing it. "Normal" is a relative term, and it means something different to everybody. There is no way that your life is "supposed to" look. There are no deadlines in life. You don't have to be married by 25. You don't need to have a family by 30. You don't need to be making six figures right out of college, or living in your own place. You aren't SUPPOSED to be anything other than striving to be better than the person you were yesterday, taking care of the people you love, and actively seeking happiness each day.

7. The class you got a bad grade in.

I know, it sucks. Don't beat yourself up over it. You might have gotten a "C" in accounting, but who's to say you didn't make a significant difference in your friend's life when she really needed you that night before your exam? Grades and school are important, don't get me wrong, but there are more important things than the percentage you score on a test, the letter you receive on your transcript and the credits you have completed. Above being a student, above being an athlete, above being anything that you are, you are a human being, and what matters most is what kind of human being you are.

8. Self-doubt.

We live in a world that bashes self-confidence and then turns around and shames us for not being strong. Screw what anybody else says, and focus on you. Believe in yourself. There is no one who knows you better than yourself. Stop second guessing yourself. Stop letting doubt prevent you from taking risks. Dive into uncertainty with the belief that you will learn something positive. Quit letting fear cripple your dreams.

9. Excuses.

It's time to start being honest with those around you, but more importantly, it's time to start being honest with yourself. I'm not saying you should do things out of guilt, but you need to recognize when you're being lazy verses when your body is actually telling you it needs rest. You need to be straight forward when you simply don't feel like hanging out instead of explaining this whole scenario of why you want to be alone. Start recognizing things for what they are, and don't over-think it. Be honest, be straightforward, and hold yourself accountable.

10. Preconceived notions.

About anything and everything. Commit to living your life as a clean slate. Don't be naive, but be curious to find things out on your own. Feel things on your own. Form your own opinions. Be your own person, and don't allow others to shape your reality.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Forget The Beach, Do These Things Instead

These 25 thing won't break your bank this summer.

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When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.

1. Take A Walk.

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As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.

2. Have A Picnic.

Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!

3. Roast s'mores!

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Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.

4. Make your own ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.

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I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds

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Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.

7. Pick some berries.

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Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.

8. Go to a minor league baseball game.

Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.

9. Go to a parade.

Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.

10. Watch the fireworks.

Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.

11. Watch the sunrise

It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.

12. Watch the sunset.

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13. Make a slip & slide

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Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.

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This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.

15. Make a bird feeder.

Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.

16. Catch lightning bugs.

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AND THEN LET THEM GO!

17. Build a fort.

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Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.

18. Tye-Dye something.

Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.

19. Read.

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Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.

20. Color with chalk.

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Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.

21. Pick up litter.

Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.

22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.

Swim Pool Boy Water Swimming Summer Water Gun

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Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.

23. Go camping.

Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.

24. Volunteer.

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Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!

(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)

25. Find joy.

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Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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