Not to be basic, but 2018 is going to be my frickin year. It's gonna be yours too.
To be honest, I wasn't totally in love with 2017. I loved moments of it and i loved (& continue to love) the people I spent it with. I loved what I learned throughout the year, but I can't say it was one of my best and most joyful years.
The first semester of junior year really kicked my butt. It put me at my worst, and I didn't let myself grow throughout it. I just came decided it was going to be a sucky year and I let it beat me down. But that won't be happening next semester or for the rest of the year. I'm ready to grow from the bad places and to learn from my mistakes. I've learned that I really enjoy making lists so I think I'm just going to jump on the bandwagon of the whole "17 Things I Learned in 2017 (& the first few days of 2018)." I mean why not? Everyone likes to read those anyways.
17 Things I Learned in 2017:
1. Complain less. I do a lot of complaining, but this year I'm going to spend more time being thankful and grateful and less time focusing on the negative. No one wants to hear it and it doesn't feel good to be doing it.
2. Let go of the past. Realize that people change. You aren't the same person you were in 2nd grade and neither is anyone else. Give people a second chance. That being said, don't let them walk over you, but do give them the benefit of the doubt.
3. What looks good on paper doesn't always look good in real life. Somehow having this perfect life where you have everything you've ever wanted doesn't always make you feel the way you want it to. And it's okay to let go of something you've always thought you wanted if it turns out that it doesn't actually make you happy. Sometimes we're mislead and we believe that if we have the cutest boyfriend, the best grades, and the perfect body that we'll be set for life. But that's not always the case. Don't think your life has to look perfect in order for you enjoy it. Sometimes the best parts of life are the messy parts.
4. What's right for you isn't right for everyone else... and that's okay. Your lifestyle may look different than someone else's but that doesn't make you better or worse than anyone else. Don't look at other people's decisions with judgement, because it may be the way they want to and enjoy to live their lives. Unless they're in some sort of danger or making decisions that are really going to mess up their lives, then just let them be.
5. Watch less Netflix. Actually live your life. I really need to work on this.
6. Be there for your friends. Bring them ice cream when they're going through a breakup. Do favors for them. Help them have a good rest of the day even when the first part of it sucked. Offer to talk about what they're going through but learn when they're not in the mood to talk about it.
7. Take risks. Try something new. Make mistakes and learn from them.
8. Enjoy life a little bit. Well, enjoy it a lot. Realize that it's okay to completely mess up and make mistakes. Live your life while you can because you've only got one life and you better make it count.
9. Do things because they make you feel good, not because they make you look good. Of course we'll always have a part of us that knows that we may like our body a little better if we work out more. But focus more on the way working out and eating clean makes you feel, because it will help you live in a maintainable healthy lifestyle long after spring break rolls around.
10. Get a good balance of late nights and nights where you get enough sleep. I'm stuck somewhere inbetween knowing that no one looks back on their life and remembers the nights when they got enough sleep and knowing that sleep brings success. So have fun, but for the love of all that is holy go to bed before 3 A.M. when you know you have to get up and go to school at 6:30 A.M.
11. School is important but don't let it take you over. I did this last year and it was not fun. I'm not sure what I'm going to do to be less stressed next year, but I'll let you know when I figure it out.
12. Do the thing you've wanted to do. Start your YouTube channel or your blog or whatever your dream is, and don't worry about what other people think about it. Follow your heart and your dreams (cheesy but true).
13. Stop putting stuff off and just get it done. We all have that one thing we keep putting off, but take the time to actually get it done. I promise you'll feel better without it sitting in the back of your mind forever.
14. Get rid of the toxic relationships in your life. Any relationship that makes you question yourself, any relationship that brings more negativity than positivity, or any relationship where you don't feel like you're growing. I'm not saying you have to let go of these people completely, but sometimes it's okay to distance yourself from people when they aren't the most positive relationships in your life.
15. Spend time with your family. Especially if you're in high school. I know how tempting it is to want to go out with your friends and never be home, but remember that your family is always going to be there for you. It's easy to get in the mindset of knowing that you'll only see your friends for a certain amount of time before you leave for college, but the same is true for your family, so make time for them as well.
16. You're only young once. Live your life to the fullest and take all the opportunities you can. Live fully and loudly.
17. Never underestimate the power of a good playlist. They can completely turn your mood around. I have 65 playlists on Spotify, so if you ever need one for literally any mood just let me know.
So that was my 2017!! I learned a lot, and I'm ready to take what I've learned and turn 2018 into the best year possible. If you haven't already seen, I'm taking 2018 to work on a Happiness Project. I'm dedicating a year of life to learning about and working on happiness. If you're interested in learning more about it or want to do a happiness project as well, check out the page on my blog dedicated to it to learn all about it. Cheers to 2018!!