It's that time again! A few reminders for 2018:
Focus on what you already have- a loving family, a handful of best friends, a bed big enough to stretch your long legs. A paycheck-no matter the amount. Laugh lines...only there to document the happiness throughout the years.
Visit home. Light a candle and use the good sheets. Lose a day to reading and photograph things just because.
Wear what you want and eat what you want and laugh loudly-- without apology.
Go to bed early. Move your body everyday. Run- not to lose weight, but to clear your mind.Take the long walk home, because that's who you are. But do not, under any circumstances, punish yourself for a missed workout.
You are not more lovable because your inbox is at zero nor are you more likely to get into heaven because of the designer handbag hanging off your shoulder.
Do not change.
Don't hold back your desire to love (and be loved). It's the truest part of who you are. And the most vulnerable. And when brought into the light and exposed to the wrong person, easily damaged. But love anyway. Continue loving because you don't know any other way.
Allow yourself to begin again and give yourself permission to rewrite the rules.
Alone does not have to mean lonely.
Train yourself to walk away from anything that makes you feel small or dumb or not worthy-- Friendships, romantic relationships, jobs.
Branch out and give people a chance.
Some days life is all about dreams, hopes and visions for the future. Other days, it's about putting one foot in front of another... and that's okay.
Have the courage to say "no" when you want to.
Don't say "yes" if you don't mean it.
Book the ticket. Follow your gut.
Remember that all great things are preceded by chaos and fear-- you cannot have change & comfort simultaneously.
Always be kinder than you feel.
Be honest with yourself and take responsibility for your life. There's nothing wrong with asking for help.
If you're hungry for more, let it be known. No one will know until you tell them so. You've found your voice. Your confidence... now you have to use it.
Don't wait for someone to buy you flowers. Buy your own damn flowers--just because.
The hero, leader, healer & answer to your prayers is the person staring back at you in the mirror.
Life is messy. And it's fluid. It's up and it's down. It's inside out and scattered and lovely and full and chaotic. Life is everything. So are you.
Do not change. Simply, become more like yourself.