Say Goodbye To Negativity In 2017

Say Goodbye To Negativity In 2017

How Taylor Swift's 'Clean' can help you get rid of everything negative in your life.

It's been two years and I am still constantly jamming out to Taylor Swift's "1989" album (the album that basically changed my life). My favorite song off the record is "Clean" because lyrically, I think it's one of the most inspiring songs. The lyrics are about finding yourself at a low point, realizing you need to get rid of the negative things in your life and then suddenly feeling "clean."

"Rain came pouring down when I was drowning
That's when I could finally breathe
And by morning gone was any trace of you,
I think I am finally clean"

I know it sounds simple to just tell you to cut all the negative forces in your life out and I know it's really not that simple. Most people find negativity around most corners rather it be a person, social media or something they just can't quit. The saddest part of it all is that majority of the time we are our own toughest critics. With social media being the way that it is we are always comparing our lives to others when in fact what you see on the internet is just a polished version of what really is. We constantly stress that we're not in the same place as others but it doesn't mean we won't get there it just means we're not there yet.

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I deactivated my Instagram the other night to get away from it all and I physically started stressing out about not being able to look at my Insta Feed. I did not know at the time that Instagram makes you wait a certain amount of time before you can reactivate your account. I have friends who spend hours editing their photos and then delete them if they do not get 50 likes in 30 minutes because of fear of what people think. Worrying about what people think is just another negative force in our lives that we should kick in 2017. Every single person is beautiful and has remarkable qualities and no amount of likes on Instagram should determine a persons beauty or self worth.

Relationships can bring out the worst in everyone rather its family, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends or whatever. The worst thing for you to do is to surround yourself with people that make you feel like anything less than who you are. If you think about the people in your life, who makes you feel loved and who makes you feel unworthy? I think you should surround yourself in 2017 with people who make you laugh, make you feel loved and make you feel good about yourself.

Going back to the Taylor Swift song Clean, I just think it's a good song to listen to when you're thinking about this one negative force in your life rather it be a person, place or thing. She describes being at the lowest of lows and realizing that she needed to get rid of a negative force and then she was suddenly clean. She even talks about still thinking about that negative force months later but she'll never risk it again.

"10 months sober, I must admit
Just because you're clean don't mean you don't miss it
10 months older, I won't give in
Now that I'm clean I'm never gonna risk it"

Say goodbye to negativity in 2017

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.


My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!


It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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