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.
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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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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things. If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity towards this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you, if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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6 Things You Can Do To Overcome A Bad Body Image Day

It happens to all of us, but it doesn't have to get you down!

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Everyone has bad body image days. These are the days in which we "feel fat," "look bloated," and point out every blemish on our skin. On these days, we become vulnerable. We begin focusing on "problem areas," which makes any flaw that may be there seem even worse. Our minds can play tricks on us if we let them, so before a bad body image day spirals out of control, here are a few tips on how to nip that negative attitude in the butt and start loving yourself again!

1. Stay away from the scale. 

I know it's tempting to weigh yourself when you "feel fat" but please stay away from the scale! First of all, you are NOT defined by a number. Weight means NOTHING to your self-worth. Also, weight naturally fluctuates and, if you are in a vulnerable state already, those number can really mess with your head.

2. Think about everything your body can do. 

You have skin that keeps you warm. You have legs that walk. You have a mouth that smiles. You have eyes that can see the world. You have hands that can hold things. You have a heart that constantly beats. You have lungs that breathe. Your body works so hard to keep you alive, so respect it rather than degrade it!

3. Put on your favorite outfit.

Make yourself feel cute! Throw on your favorite outfit and rock it!

4. Remind yourself of your amazing characteristics. 

Think about your skills and talents. Think about your personality traits. Are you creative? Are you a good cook or musician? Are you generous, funny, friendly, quirky, etc? Don't focus on the superficial things. Get deep!

5. Think about all of the people who love you. 

Do they love you because of the way you look or is it because of all those characteristics you listed above?

6. Focus on your best features. 

Don't focus on your "jiggly" thighs or the fact that your belly isn't flat because, realistically, you are the only person who notices them and you are making them out to be a lot worse in your head. I bet a lot of people have noticed your smile, your eyes, or your recently manicured fingers!

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