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 Reasons You Should Head To San Antonio's Fiesta

There truly isn't an option for boredom in San Antonio.

The city of San Antonio loves to celebrate its Mexican heritage and upbringing, and this year marks the tricentennial, which means SA is going to be partying extra hard, and you're invited.

Fiesta is an annual 11-day celebration where the entire city partakes in events and parades. Such events include Taste of New Orleans, Fiesta Oyster Bake, Fiesta Arts Fair, Piñatas in the Barrio, Ford Mariachi Festival, King William Fair, and the list goes on.

In case you needed some convincing, here's five reasons you should get your butt down and party with the natives:

Nearly unlimited food options

At a San Antonio festival, you can ALWAYS count on the food. Booths lined up among sidewalks at the events and giant signs advertising "PAPA LOCA" and "CHICKEN ON A STICK" will make it hard to ignore their delicious aromas. What's a celebration without food, anyway?

Drinking options as well

Come hang with the borrachos and enjoy the event with nice refreshment options. If you are under 21, fresh squeezed lemonade and agua frescas are just as delicious.

Live Entertainment

Over 50 musicians are set to play and cover a wide range of genres, from country, rock, hip-hop, Tejano and Jazz, to name a few. Check out the extensive list here.

Experience the culture

San Antonio has rich Mexican culture that will be explored and represented during the week-and-a-half span of Fiesta. Experience art, music, and San Antonio traditions like collecting as many Fiesta medals possible or adorning giant, colorful sombreros.

Too much to do

There truly isn't an option for boredom in the city. Okay, I'm not just saying San Antonio is beautiful because it's my home city- San Antonio prides itself on its many attractions like the Riverwalk, Alamo, amusement park options, and missions, among other things. Ask your friendly neighborhood San Antonian for recommendations and you're sure to get different answers from different people.

What I really mean is: don't go to Fiesta because I'm telling you to. Go because you want to.

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11 Things On My Summer Bucket List

Summer 2018 here I come!

This summer I want to have the time of my life with the people I love!

1. Weekend in the city

The city is one of my new favorite places and I would love to just be there for a whole weekend to discover some new coffee shops and restaurants I have never been to before.

2. Wisconsin Dells and Six Flags

Now I wouldn’t call myself an adrenaline junky (in fact I am probably quite the opposite) however this summer I want to really put myself out there and go on rides while I still have the courage to do so!

3. Working out

Yup, I know this is not really a fun thing but last summer I worked out every day and I felt amazing. This summer I want to do that all over again and really get my body into shape.

4. The beach

The beach is probably one of my favorite places and I never really get a chance to go to one because I am always so busy with school and my family. This summer I am taking full advantage of the nice weather and going to a beach!

5. Starved Rock!

I have started to really love hiking in the wilderness and going back to starved rock is definitely something I am really excited to do!

6. Do well at my internship

Technically, this is not really a bucket list item but it is something that I hope comes out of this summer! I have my very first internship and I am really excited about the opportunity I have been given. Wish me luck!

7. Cooking

During school, it is really hard for me to get into cooking because of how busy I am. However, this summer I really want to get into cooking and get better at this skill I have been putting off!

8. Reconnect with friends

There are a lot of people close to me that I have kind of fallen out of touch with. I am hoping some of them come around and we can spend some quality time together.

9. Changing up my style

I am not someone who tends to take fashion risks, however, I really want to go outside my comfort zone when it comes to what I wear.

10. Work on myself

I am someone who definitely struggles with confidence and self-acceptance every once and a while and I really want to change how I feel about myself.

11. Dance for myself

As someone who has gotten into the routine of dancing for a performance, I really want to go back to just dancing for myself!

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