What I Hope For 2017

What I Hope For 2017

Here's to a happy New Year.

Within 2016 we’ve all cried, laughed, been mad, and smiled. We felt disappointment and immense happiness. We celebrated another round of holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries. Some of us made resolutions and few of us actually stuck to them (you can only pass up a donut so many times). Another year that flew by right in front of our eyes. As every year comes to an end, many people take a look back to reminisce on what has changed, what they accomplished, or what they’ve lost.

As this year comes to an end I realized that I didn’t do everything I wish I had. I didn’t go skydiving. I didn’t take enough time to fluently learn sign language, Spanish, or the piano. I let people come and go out of my life with no question. I held a few grudges and occasionally let one bad moment affect my entire day. Within the next year I hope to continuously do something to better myself, and I wish you the same.

I hope you pray a little harder when life gets tougher. I hope you stop fearing change and living in the past. Forgive those who don’t deserve it (for your peace, not theirs). I hope you spread kindness to every passing face and don’t expect anything in return- even when some aren’t so kind to you. Compliment a stranger, hold a door, start a conversation with someone you've never met, or check on a friend you haven't talked to in a while. On your worst day, I hope you wake up every morning with love in your heart. Pick one thing you're grateful for and appreciate it. I hope you can stop trying to please everyone and stand up for yourself. You don’t always have to explain your decisions, but I hope you try to be understanding of other’s choices. Never let someone crush your happiness. If it won't matter tomorrow, let it go. Do what you need to today because tomorrow will have its own agenda. Workout, eat healthier, and finish that project because we all know “tomorrow” translates into “never.”

I hope you take care of yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally. Jump at every promising opportunity without fear and spend this year making each day count. I hope you make new friends and cherish your old ones. Spend time with people who enrich your life and show gratitude daily. I hope you enjoy 2017, but most of all, I hope you spend this year doing what makes you happy and spreading that joy.

Here’s to a new year, a new chapter, a new beginning. I hope your journey is everything you desire.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Stop Missing Summer Because Of Your Terrible Sleeping Patterns

It's a bad habit.


We've all been guilty of a self-indulgent lie-in from time to time, whether we went to bed late the previous night or need a mental health day. But when summer rolls around, it becomes so easy to let the occasional lie-in until noon turns into a horrible habit.

Admittedly, it is nice to put off responsibilities that hang over our shoulders during the school year by staying in bed. It's great to be lazy every once in a while. It can do wonders for your mindset.

However, if you have nothing begging for your attention when the semester is over, that habit can become self-destructive in a way. You stay up past midnight, wake up around noon, dress—and then, the day is nearly over.

It becomes a vicious cycle that is difficult to undo, and if you don't undo it, you're missing out on a large chunk of your summer.

I find this has been happening to me recently. I stay up until two in the morning as I only work a few days a week, and wake up around noon. But in two hours, my sisters finish school, and what have I accomplished? Absolutely nothing!

The self-indulgent lie-in becomes miserable as you see those wasted hours turn to dust, and before you know it, you've already been at home for a month. What do you have to show for it? Days spent waking at noon and barely being productive?

If your sleeping patterns are in your control, I'd advise you to curl up in bed earlier, wake up earlier, and enjoy the world earlier. This is the free time you've been craving all year, and if you're not enjoying it properly, no one else will! The second you let your summer fall out of your control, you become irritated with yourself for letting it happen at all.

There is so much to take advantage of in the early mornings that you're sleeping through! So dress, head outside, and breathe in the summer for what it's worth!

(Also worth noting that sleeping until noon occasionally can be wonderful too, as we all need our relaxing time, but don't get sucked into the habit all over again.)

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