6 Things To Leave Behind In 2017

6 Things To Leave Behind In 2017

"Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over." - Guy Finley

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s a common time for people to reflect on how they spent their year. “Did I travel enough?” “Was I a good friend?” “Did I make an impact?” These are all questions we ask ourselves.

Some of us can say yes to them while others find ourselves disappointed in how we spent our year. While we can’t change the past, we certainly have time to decide how to spend the next year. In order to have a great year, here are some things to consider leaving in 2017.

1. Toxic Relationships

Toxic relationships are probably the most important thing to leave in 2017. Truthfully, there is no point to having someone in your life who negatively affects it 90% of the time just for the 10% they decide to be a good person for you to have around. It’s not healthy to keep someone around who constantly upsets you, but if you feel like they’re an essential part of your life, at least talk to them.

2. Pettiness

Personally, I can be really petty, and I know that, so it’s currently something I’m working on. It’s wasted energy though. For example, if you have an issue with someone, suck it up and talk to them about it. Don’t just ignore them and wait for them to contact you first to pounce. Or don’t take just as long to respond to a text as they took to respond to you. They might have been busy, and they didn’t have the time to talk. This just lengthens the conversation for no reason.

3. Insecurities

Okay… admittedly, this one is easier said than done; however, insecurities can really hold us back from our true potential. The truth of the matter is that other people probably don’t notice what you’re insecure about as much as you think they do. Accept that they're part of who you are and make them work!

4. Wasting time

Life is short and we don’t know when our last day will be. It’s cliché to say, I know, but it’s the truth. So if you like someone, tell them. The longer you wait; the more time you spend without them. When it comes to your work, just get it done instead of messing around on Snapchat. That thirty-minute assignment shouldn’t end up taking you two hours to do.

5. Bad Habits

We all have a bad habit that we need to get rid of. 2018 is the year to break that habit whether it be biting your nails, smoking, or sleeping in too late. Leaving behind a bad habit might have a more positive impact on your life than you think.


It’s not good to make excuses up all of the time. If you don’t want to hang out with someone, just tell them that you aren’t feeling like it. Don’t tell them your dog is sick. Quit making excuses as to why you’re not going to the gym. Just go. Being honest is the way to go folks.

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5 Ways To Spend Valentine's Day If You're Single

Just because you're single doesn't mean you have to be lonely!

Ahh, Valentine's Day. If you have a significant other this day is amazing filled with chocolates, stuffed animals, and fancy dinners. If you're single, however, this day is filled with what seems like the universe taunting you with love everywhere you walk.

If you are single, fear not! I am giving you five ways to spend your Valentine's Day that do involve celebration!

1. Celebrate Galentine's Day!

Sisters before misters! Who needs a date when you've got a great group of girlfriends! Your girls have been there with you through it all, so your friendship deserves to be celebrated!

2. Date Yourself!

Take a note from Ann Perkins and take yourself on a date this Valentine's Day! Go to a fancy dinner and order something you normally wouldn't, buy yourself chocolates and jewelry and don't feel guilty about it! Today is YOUR day!

3. Celebrate Another Holiday That's February 14th!

Although Valentine's Day does outshine the others, there are actually quite a few holidays that fall on February 14th including Library Lovers Day! So if you aren't celebrating Valentine's Day, then celebrate another holiday!

4. Dedicate This Day To Your Greatest Love: Your Pet

I fully believe that no man could love me as much as my dog does. So really my dog is my true Valentine! I'll be sure to send her a heart-shaped treat and if I was with her I'd spend my day cuddling with her.

5. Find a Substitute Valentine

If you and a friend are both lonely this Valentine's Day, why not pretend to be a couple for a day? This way you get presents, fancy dinner, and the lack of feeling completely alone!

So, to all my fellow single people out there, this Valentine's Day you have plenty of options so that you can feel as loved as that girl who gets flowers delivered to her office.

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An Open Letter To 2018 Me

Words of wisdom to make this year your year

Hey, it's me, or should I say you. I want you to be able to look back on this letter and see if you followed any of the advice I'm about to give you. If you are smart (which I'd like to think we are), then you will listen and learn.

1. Stop trying so hard.

I mean this on a personal and social level. Stop caring what others think of you. If you want to dance like a dork at the bar and bust out the robot, do it. Dance like nobody's watching and let your freak flag fly. Also, doing makeup and looking nice is fun, but it's not always necessary. Who cares if you go to the library in sweatpants and without makeup on? Own it. As long as you're comfortable, that's all that matters.

Speaking of the library, stop being so hard on yourself. Yes, you may have a B every now and then, but hey, it's college. At least you're doing it. Do not stress yourself out until the wee hours of the morning trying to be the perfect student. Sometimes it isn't worth it, even if it reflects in your grades. Your mental sanity needs to remain intact.

2. Forget about those who don't make you happy.

Why be around those who do not treat you the way you should be treated? You want to be surrounded by the type of people who will put a smile on your face at the end of the day. However, instead of cutting people out of your life completely, try distancing yourself from the negative people. Branch out, find some new people who never make you cry or wonder why you're friends in the first place. Friends should be the people who make you better, not hold you back.

3. Try new things.

I mean this from your abroad experience to when you're back in the States. Don't be afraid to try new things. It could be a new food, a new workout, a new style. Pretty much anything. Get out of your comfort zone. You might be surprised by what you enjoy.

4. Appreciate the little things more often.

It's easy to get caught up focusing on the big things in life, but sometimes you need to take a step back and appreciate all of the things you're lucky to have in this world. Everything you are able to see and feel, such as a sunset or laying in your comfy bed, should be enjoyed more often. Do not take things for granted because some of the things you have, others do not.

If you follow all of these pieces of advice, you are sure to have a happier, healthier year. Last year might not have been the greatest year, but you're about to make 2018 your b*#ch!

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