5 Ways To Move On From A Toxic Relationship

5 Ways To Move On From A Toxic Relationship

Stay positive and keep moving forward.

There are many things I want to do in 2017. Leaving negativity behind is one of them.

I'm a pretty organized gal when it comes to making lists of tasks I need to accomplish during the day; however, when it comes to mental baggage or overthinking, I tend to hold onto every little detail and dwell on it. Last August, I moved to college and brought a lot of sh*t with me — literally and metaphorically. But with my first semester being over and the new year in full swing, I'm happy to say I left the bullish*t in 2016. If you're like me trying to turn over a new leaf or just lead a more positive life, here are five ways to move past toxic relationships and unmemorable moments bringing you down.

1. Let things go.

When something comes up about the relationship you're trying to move on from, picture everything you've been trying to let go of floating away from you. Put whatever is bothering you in a box and close it. Literally, picture the box closing — it sounds a little silly, but it really helps close any mental doors that are still open. This is a new chapter for you and you're not going to let this bring you down any longer.

2. Keep your distance.

To go along with number one but definitely just as important — delete their number so if you feel tempted to call them at a weak moment their name won't be blatantly staring reminding you of the past.

3. Focus on yourself.

The relationship was toxic but not everything was bad, right? Whether it was the amount of attention your significant other or friend gave you or you just don't want to be alone, forget about it and just focus on yourself. If you feel like you want to talk to them or you need their attention, stop and love yourself! Do something for yourself because it's all about you.

4. Organize your space.

Sometimes when your mind is clouded and your home is messy it doesn't help you focus on what you want to accomplish. Declutter your life, clear your mind.

5. Go out with your friends.

Whether you go out to meet new people or just have a chill night with your best friends — it is always a good idea to do something you love with people who truly care about you and your happiness. Surrounding yourself with positive people will make you feel better about the outcomes of your life and the hurdles you may face.

Remember, you can't move on from something in a day, but the fact that you're working towards leading a more positive and simple life is a huge step. Just remember, stay positive and keep moving forward!

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I Don't Strive To Be Perfect, I Strive To Be Different

Normal is boring.

Too many people in this world strive to be perfect, please others, and to fit in. I don’t exactly do the opposite, but I strive to be different.

I’m not sure where I heard the saying when I was little, but “perfectly different” has always stuck to me. I’m not sure when or where I drilled it into my own brain that I needed to be different and that normal was boring, and ever since then I’ve been happy because of that.

I’ve never understood people who changed themselves for others, conformed to norms just to fit in, because where’s the happiness in that?

I’ve always taken pride in doing me and being different. Being happy with who I am and saying to hell with those who don’t accept me. I love being me, and being myself, and it just makes me even more happy and sure of those in my life who have accepted me.

Don’t try to fit in, don’t try to be perfect; just be you, be different.

Normal is boring.

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Quotes of My Life

Some of the words that come to shape my life.

Quotes are such an important part of my life. I have a huge canvas in my room of quotes that I stare at everyday. I also have a couple of little ones on my dresser that I read. Someone once gave me a book of quotes to live by that I read from time to time. Most of the quotes that I have come to love are from music, books, television shows, or just ones that I have come across over the years. I wanted to put together a list of some of the quotes in my life that mean something to “me. If I wasn’t so scared of needles, I would consider tattooing one of these on myself but my fear of needles is far too great!

Here is my List:

  1. “Embrace The Glorious Mess That You Are.” -Elizabeth Gilbert. I think I found this quote on google when I was looking for something else, it struck a cord with me. To me, it means that you should embrace every part of yourself even the messy parts. I love this quote because of how relatable and real it is.
  2. “Roll all your windows down, Randall, crank up the music, grow out that fro, and let someone else make your bed.”-William, This is Us. SO many quotes on this show have left me sobbing on my couch, this one tops them all. This quote reminds you to live your life. Life is too short to worry about things, go out and live it.
  3. “A happy soul is the best shield for a cruel world.” -Atticus This one speaks volumes as the world can seem like such a cruel and unloving place at times, this is a good reminder to be happy.
  4. “You are enough”-unknown. It has taken me almost my whole life to actually believe this quote. Now that I do, I live a fuller and better life. I am enough. Believe it.
  5. “Though she be but little, she is fierce”-William Shakespeare - I relate to this quote because even though I am short, I can be fierce when needed! I love this quote so much.
  6. “She Believed she could, so she did”- R.S. Grey I used this quote for my graduation cap when I graduated college. It really summed up my entire college experience throughout all of the good and bad times, I was able to succeed.

These are just some of the many quotes that I live by. They all have struck such a cord with me and I hope that it will happen for you too.

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