21 Things To Do For Yourself In 2017

21 Things To Do For Yourself In 2017

Treat yo self.

I have never been a huge fan of 'New Year's Resolutions."

Workout three times a day, cut out carbs, focus less on our mobile devices...

I just find them to be so cliche. I do, however, think there are some things we can do for ourselves that would be beneficial in the long-term.

That being said, here is my list of things that would make us feel more fulfilled in the new year, without the unrealistic, nagging commitment of typical resolutions:

1. Read a book a week, whether it'd be 150 pages or a lengthier novel. Just read something for pleasure.

2. Discover a new music album, artist, genre.

3. Try going to bed at a consistent hour every night (though that may change on the weekends or busy weeks of studying). Just aim for 7-8 hours.

4. Watch a television show that makes you happy. Friends is highly recommended.

5. Spend more time with the people you love; it'll make even the most stressful of weeks feel more fulfilling and manageable.

6. Aim to go to the gym at least 3-4 times a week.

7. Keep your room neat and clean.

8. Try spending less time dwelling on things that will not matter in the future. Whatever that may be, let it go, and focus on self-improvement.

9. Do one thing everyday that scares you. I definitely read that on Vsco or something, but I think it's a good idea.

10. Always follow your instincts.

12. Go to that party, especially if you've earned it after a long week of studying and running around like crazy. Even if you're tired, just go. You deserve it.

13. Make a playlist of all your favorite songs and listen to it before bedtime.

14. Go for a hike.

15. Go to your school's sports games.

16. Watch your favorite movie(s).

17. Make pretty studying notes to make your long nights in the library a little bit easier.

18. Leave for class on time.

19. Be open, honest, vulnerable with people. You'd be surprised by how well-received you will be.

20. Take risks.

21. Never give up.

Happy New Year!

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The Problem With Kissing Frogs

"I have kissed a whole lot of frogs, and not a single one of them ever turned into a prince."

I have kissed a whole lot of frogs, and not a single one of them ever turned into a prince. I have tried on a ton of shoes, but the glass slipper just never fit. I have taken some very long naps, and never woke up to true loves first kiss.

I've done some soul searching lately, and I realized something. I have spent so much of my life searching for my happily ever after that I forgot who I really am. I forgot who the person looking back in the magic mirror was. I forgot who was wearing the crown. I forgot about myself.

I am strong. I am beautiful. I am perfect in my own way. I am independent. I have never needed another person to show me who I am on the inside. I never needed to change for someone else because I just wasn't "good enough" for them. I needed to enjoy being me. It just took me awhile to wake up and truly see that.

Elle didn't need Warner to be successful. Warner needed Elle. He lost it all when he lost her. You cannot convince me that I need someone in my life when I know that my individual success is not brought to me by another person. I am the one who brings my own success. I am the one who makes a difference in my own life. I do not need someone to keep me from being me. I have the power to be whoever I want to be. And as of right now... I just want to be me.

Why be a damsel in distress when you can save the day on your own? Why sit back and wait for opportunities when you can go out and capture them yourself? Why stand there and tell me you need someone else in your life in order to survive and be successful?

You don't need another person to show you who you are. You need yourself. Be independent. Be patient. Be perfect. Be you.

I believe in fairytales. I believe in happily ever afters. But above all, I believe in myself.

No more frogs, glass slippers, shiny apples, or magic carpets. I am more than okay being by myself. I actually like me. And I know that someday my Prince Charming will sweep me off my feet. Someday I'll find "the one." But until then, I'm going to build myself and grow. I'm going to work hard to become the person I want to be. And I'm not letting anyone stop me from doing just that either.

I may still be a child at heart, but my determination proves to me that I'm more than capable of being successful and powerful on my own. I will do whatever it takes to be the girl I know I am deep down.

Straighten your crown and hold your head high. You're a princess remember? Go ahead and show them why.

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To The First Person That Hurt You

with a quiet thank you 

Her first hello to the world was with a cry. Maybe a few cries, a few hiccups, and a bunch of naps. She didn't yet know where her life was going to take her.

Her whole life she grew up surronded by love. She watched her parents as they so carefully kept her close to them. She denied the troubles that surrounded her head. She had fears, but she never knew they could actually come true.

She watched as the movies portrayed happy endings. No matter what happened, you always hold on to that person, right? You always end up with the one you love. No matter how much fighting you have to do to keep that person. 

She watched as the relationships surrounded her seemed to not compare with the ones that she was faced with. 

It wasn't until two greenish-grey eyes approached her. A sudden mystery that swamped her mind every second. But because she did not want to think about the truth of him, she stormed it to the back of her mind, never letting it get in the way of what she wanted to believe. 

She let false allusions lead her to a place where no one should ever want to go. Within weeks, she was in love with the hands that made her feel the safest, but also the most confused she had ever felt in her life. She cared about the one person who seemed to care about her as well.

They spend hours at night face timing, he made her believe she was the only one. He told her he was falling for her when he was drunk, and she was always taught to believe that "drunk words have sober meanings." She lived in a world of secrecy, never allowing for anyone to know what was actually going on.

His first time cheating was dismissed from his mind, allowing her to believe he would never do anything bad to her. The lips of another was pressed on her lips every time he kissed her. His mouth was sealed with the secrets he kept.

But someones mouth wasn't sealed. The first time she found out about this act, she broke down. And when she spoke to him about it, as broken as she was, he let her believe he was the broken one. With hope in her heart, she returned to him, hoping that this would end like the movies did.

A constant pit in her stomach arose anytime someone had to tell her a secret. She tried to be good enough, thinking that she wasn't because he had to crave things from others. She looked in the mirror every day, and said "this will be the day I will be enough for him." Little did she know, he wasn't enough for her. Nothing compared to the way she loved, they way she loved him.

But weeks passed, months passed, and his truth finally surrendered. Hands slammed against the wheel as he admitted to his truth. It wasn't just the lips of one other that came between their relationship. It was many others as well.

He had all of her in his hands, knowing that she trusted him with every piece of her. Her strings were tied, but his were loose, coming back and forth to her and many others. With an emptiness in her heart, she knew that this wouldn't end like what was implanted in her mind from the time she was born.

Her life up to this moment was a lie. No matter how much she fought, this was never going to be something worth fighting for. Her home was in a place that was temporary. It was time for her to leave, to abandon what she thought made her the happiest.

Without knowing the reality, she closed her ears off to the word and tried everything she could to forget. To forget about the love that started a fire in her that eventually burned her down. Her nights were filled with reminiscing, wondering where she went wrong. Her image of love was adjusted. 

"Everyone is going to hurt you." 

"You will never be good enough."

"This is the reality of love, this is what the movies don't tell you about."

Oh what a shame for a boy to make her believe this. For a reckless love to change her. 

Her love wasn't enough so he craved it from others. But not from their hearts, from the places that made them moan.

To the first love she ever had...

thank you for teaching her everything that love shouldn't be. Thank you for letting her learn early.

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