It's 2018 And It's Time To Let Go Of These 7 Things

It's 2018 And It's Time To Let Go Of These 7 Things

In 2018, I implore you to let go of the negativity that took place in 2017.

In case you missed it, it's 2018 now. There are so many things that need to be let go of. You cannot go into this year holding onto things from the past.

1. Let go of the friend drama.

Seriously. Does this friend benefit you? Have they been in your life for a long time? Do they make you be a better person? If this is no, let go of that friend and drama. You do not need that kind of negativity in your life. If you answer yes, just hug and make up with your friend because you know you love them anyway.

2. Other people's opinion of you.

Screw what other people say about you. Own what you got, and flaunt it.

3. Insecurities.

This is hard to do, but realize you are beautifully imperfect. There is not an ounce of you that should be changed unless it is something you want.

4. Stress.

Whether it be from school, work, family, friends, money, life, whatever. Let it go. Life is seriously too short to be constantly stressed out. You are not having fun if you are constantly stressed out, and after all the hard work you do, you need to have some fun.

5. Toxic people.

Whether it be a relationship, or a friendship, or even a family member, if that person is toxic, and is making your life worse, cut them out. It will be worth it in the end, believe me.

6. Past relationships.

Do not let the fear of what you had, and lost keep you from succeeding in relationships today.

7. Hate and negativity in general.

Whether it be for our current political leaders, or a situation. Try and give 2018 a clean and fresh, positive start.

Overall, try to remain positive and be the best you yet. Leave everything you can in the past, and realize it can only get better from here. You got this.

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To The Girl Whose Hard Work Goes Unnoticed

It's not about the work.
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

I was sitting in art class next to my best friend coming up with ideas for the next assignment. As we start to craft all our pieces of construction paper and ripped magazine I look away from my masterpiece and realize my friend has stolen my idea and starts bragging about her art to our classmates. My third grade self was boiling with anger -- my beautiful art has been stolen and unaccredited for!

That day I was so upset I made sure I would get credit for my ideas and my hard work. Until it happened again, only, no one stole anything from me, but my work was pushed aside, even though it was the top choice to be put on our annual Renaissance day program booklet, that year they decided on two designs.

The two separate booklets were being handed out and I watched as the Principal said, “Wow this is so beautiful, and this was drawn by…” yep, not me. I wanted to snatch that booklet out of her hand and give her mine. “Actually, this is the one that you probably want to compliment.” Of course there is no use in being prideful and I continued to smile as I watched my art go unnoticed by the one person I hoped had noticed it. I was in 6th grade.

So from a young age, I felt like my hard work was neglected. Then it'd happen again and again and again, in many different ways.

I start a design, someone else finishes, and suddenly I’ve never made any contribution. I build up friendships only to be pushed aside while I watch photos being posted online. I made sure everyone on the team knew they belonged, but only the captain gets the credit. I worked super hard to deliver people’s needs and make people happy, but the supervisor only recognizes the outspoken one.

Sometimes I think that not once in my life has anyone noticed the hours and the heart I pour into the contributions that I make and the commitments that I hold onto. And I feel like I have no control over it. I could brag. I could show off. But that is not the kind of person I am. I can suck up to people, but I am not seeking a person’s approval.

I don’t want to feel like everything I've done was taken for granted.

But here and there I get a message from a friend. A kind, sweet message telling me how they appreciate all the little things I do. Sometimes just a conversation that ends in an awkward complimenting session.

When I was working over the summer, I knew my supervisor didn’t recognize the hard work I put in, only the mistakes I’ve made. One day. one of our building techs came by and told me, “You know, you’re my favorite. All the other guys come in grumpy in the morning, but you have this smile on your face that just makes their day better….” At that moment, I realized that even though my work isn’t being noticed, I am constantly making an impact on people’s lives.

It's not about the work, but about the people.

Fairly recently my friend Carolyn shared a video about how she became a Christian. I made sure to comment and share my excitement with her, and later she told me how I played a part in this huge change in her life--I had barely known her at that time. These were her words:

"When a lost person looks out in the world all they see is strife. But when they look at someone full of Christ's love overflowing to others, they notice there is something different."

Maybe one day I will finally get proper credit for whatever work it is I will do, Maybe one day I could make a name for myself. But, day after day I realize that doesn't matter to me anymore. Maybe I've grown numb to it, but as cliche as it gets, I am telling you, it’s the little things in life that count.

Don’t ever give up because no one has noticed. You are touching people’s lives along the way.

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40 Little Things That Make Life Worth Living

For the days when it feels like there aren't any.

This is for when you fail that test. For when you oversleep again and miss the test altogether. For when you don't get the job you wanted, even though you thought the interview went well. For when you spill coffee on your impeccably-ironed white blouse before the most important interview of your life. For when the person you love breaks your heart. For when you break your own.

Here are 40 little things that make life worth living, for the days when it feels like there aren't any.

1. Hugging your loved one so tight neither one of you can breathe.

2. Seeing couples reunite at the airport.

3. Taking the long route home just to listen to your favorite playlist for a little longer.

4. The smile someone gives you when you accidentally meet their gaze.

5. Black and white photos of your parents.

6. Lying in bed during a thunderstorm. Listening to the rain crash down on the windows. Feeling peace in the violent renewal.

7. Autumn leaves the color of Merlot, and sunlight, and your favorite dark lipstick.

8. First kisses. The lingering glances. The simmering curiosity. The delicate innocence of it all.

9. Laughing so hard your sides hurt.

10. The realization that you’re falling in love again.

11. The restoration of the belief that it’s possible to fall in love again.

12. The jolt in your chest when you think about them.

13. Fresh sheets.

14. Peonies in the spring.

15. The garden scene in Notting Hill.

16. Bonfires at the end of summer.

17. Sunsets.

18. Sunrises.

19. Cities that are so beautiful and beyond anything you ever imagined you feel the strange and sudden urge to cry.

20. Looking around at a concert and realizing that 80,000 strangers have felt the way you’ve felt.

21. Friendships that are bursts of positivity in your life.

22. Dancing until you’re sweating and your feet are aching and you’re feeling more alive than ever.

23. Going out to get breakfast in the middle of the night.

24. Coffee on a Saturday morning. The unhurried walk into the kitchen. The smell of French roast suffusing the room. The caffeine coursing through your veins.

25. Cozying up in front of the fireplace with a blanket, fuzzy socks, and a mug of hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows, always).

26. Burning a new candle.

27. Watching the clouds of your first winter breath hang in the air.

28. Laundry that’s still warm from the dryer.

29. Boys that smell like fresh laundry.

30. Boys whose laughs could cure all the heartache in the world.

31. People who laugh. A lot. Even when their heart aches.

32. Watching your favorite show while taking a bath and noticing how all the words adopt an otherworldly echo.

33. Opening up a new bottle of shampoo and letting the scent of sandalwood and vanilla permeate the space.

34. Opening up a bottle of your favorite wine.

35. Watching a scene in your favorite TV show that brings you so much joy you can’t contain yourself.

36. Watching a scene in your favorite TV show that shatters your heart.

37. Hearing a song that you feel with every fiber of your being.

38. The crispness of the air on the nights where you can see all the stars.

39. Text messages from unexpected people.

40. The kindness of strangers.

Simply wanting to live can be the most impossible goal sometimes. But we have to remember that even on the days when nothing seems to be going our way, there are always things in life that are beautiful. There are always things to anticipate and appreciate. There are always things to live for.

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