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The 10 Mantras To Live By in 2018

So…2017 happened.

Personally, it was a really overwhelming year, and not necessarily always in a bad way. I went through a lot, grew through a lot, and hey, I’m still here. And although I wouldn’t say 2017 was my greatest year, it wasn’t my worst, but there are still things I wish I could’ve told or reminded myself of throughout the year, especially during times of hardship and confusion.

So, instead of keeping it basic with my new year’s resolutions, I compiled a list of the 10 mantras I’ll be living by to make sure I have the best year yet. Feel free to use them as well, because we all deserve an amazing 2018.

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Personally, I spent a lot more time in 2017 complaining than I did actively fixing the things that I found frustrating/annoying. Don’t just identify the issue – act on it!

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Do! Your! Thing! Girl!

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Rule of thumb: drop the people who make you feel like you are hard to love or that you are worth less than others. You’re not, and you sure as hell don’t need to waste effort on that kind of people.

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You’re a living, breathing human who’s made it to 2018. You don’t need to prove your humanity any more than people need to open their mind to you. Live it up.

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The world has been a nasty, cruel place lately, which means that the importance of realizing that appearances aren’t everything.

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Don’t sacrifice everything for someone who might not even give you anything back. You need that warmth too.

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I know, I know, sometimes in the moment, it can feel like the world is collapsing on you. Or that this one tiny thing can suddenly make or break how you feel…but usually, your emotional distress can blow things out of proportion. Just take a deep breath and go with it. Everything will work out much better if you’re in a better mindset that isn’t in emergency mode.

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2017 was a lot, a LOT, of arguing. Whether it was politics over Twitter, arguing on the street, or just disagreeing over dinner, there was plenty of controversies steadily available for anyone who wanted to fight someone else over their opinions. While sometimes the fight is worth it, most people won’t change their opinions, and all you’ll be doing is wasting energy. Yes, you should ALWAYS stand up for what you believe in and actively voice your opinions, sometimes, an argument is just baiting.

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I can’t stress how important positivity is, especially in difficult situations. So even when you don’t score as high as you would’ve liked on a test, realize that at least now you know what you need to work on. Or, if you have a fall-out with someone, friend, boy/girlfriend, etc., use it as an opportunity to focus on yourself or connecting with people who you wouldn’t usually. Always see the flipside.

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We don’t always get to choose the outcomes of certain situations yet regardless of what happens, we do get to choose how we react or deal with the outcome. Be positive and progressive. Celebrate your victories but learn from your mistakes.

Cheers to a new year, new feels, new chances, new experiences, and a new & improved mindset.

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