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
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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.

6.Excuses

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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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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15 Reasons You Need To Be Excited About Fall

If only it could last forever.

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Fall is the best season. Spring is pretty. Summer is fun. Winter is well ... cold. But Fall has everything. It's fun! It's beautiful! It's everything you've ever dreamed. Here are the top 15 reasons you need to be excited for fall.

1. Perfect Weather

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It's not too hot. It's not too cold. You can go out in normal clothing without looking like a waddling penguin. You don't need to hide in the shade and stand by a fan in order to stop sweating waterfalls. Fall is perfect.

2. Apple Picking

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Don't go to the grocery store to get your apples. Go apple picking. It's the perfect experience to become one with Mother Nature. Plus there are so many kinds of apples. It's a cute time for a date, a fun pass time with friends, or just a great way to be outside.

3. Crunchy Leaves

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You walk outside and there are leaves everywhere. They are all waiting for you. They are crisp and ready to go. As you walk your merry way, they crunch as if cheering you on. If you want to go for the win, gather all the leaves up into a pile and jump. That huge crunch as you land is music to your ears.

4. Beautiful Scenery

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Everywhere you look everything is beautiful. There are colors of all sorts. They are bright and vibrant. Yellows, oranges, and reds that bring joy to everywhere you go. The scene is inspirational to any artist.

5. Mugs and Deliciousness

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Hot chocolate to warm herbal tea, hot beverages await to be poured into your cute decorative and themed mugs. Mugs with snazzy quotes or painted with fun patterns come out to be displayed. Your hands are warm. Your stomach is content. And your heart beats with joy.

6. Clothes

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New season equals new wardrobe. Not only are there new fall lines coming out in fashion, but you can just simply wear more clothes. You can wear sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, coats, and so much more! Your closet has never been happier.

7. Food

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Apple pie, turkey, pumpkin spice, s'mores, stuffing, and the list of items in this feast go on and on. Foods that only match this season come out to be enjoyed and we must make the most of them.

8. Cozy Blankets

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Cooler weather means more cozy blankets. It's time to make our sleep more luscious. Thick blankets with cute designs start to adore every sleep friendly corner from couches to windowsills. Napping no longer is a desired thought, it becomes a lifestyle.

9. Hiking

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Enjoying the great outdoors at its best calls for hiking. Whether at sunrise or sunset, the Earth is ready to show off it's beauty and it awaits for us to go see it.

10. Fire

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Bonfires, campfires, and small fires at home are all encouraged in the fall. They provide warmth and comfort for all, from the solitary thinker to the family of ten.

11. Country Drives

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There is no better time for a drive through the country than in the fall. Cool breeze blows through your hair. The rolling hills are well pronounced with accented colors. The air smells of invitation to go on an adventure.

12. Daylight Savings

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Get ready to 'fall back' an hour! Daylight savings ends and we get to sleep an extra hour. We all deserve that extra hour.

13. Holidays

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Finally, fall kicks-off the holidays. It's because of the holidays that we can make it through winter but fall gives us a great warm-up round with Halloween and Thanksgiving. The family is brought closer together. Friends are appreciated. Fall has arrived.

So go out into the world because fall is here!

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