As 2016 comes to a close, I think it’s extremely important to review the past in order to be satisfied with the present and prepare for the future. Below are examples of things that I have learned in 2016, and will definitely implement into my life for the new year.
- Have a regular routine. Lead a simple life with minimal expectations. For me, I start each morning with a Salted Caramel Macchiato from Dunkin Donuts. Oddly, if I forget or don’t have enough time to grab it, it throws off my whole day.
- Stay true to yourself. You were born this way, baby. Never lose sight of who you are or what you believe in. Your morals and personality are uniquely yours. After all, who are you if you aren’t yourself?
- Know your limits. Enjoying yourself and others is great, but peer pressure is never a good thing. Make sure you are aware of what you can and can’t handle. This goes for your eating and drinking habits, sleep schedule, etc.
- Find the most joy in the little things. After all, you’ll soon realize that they were the big things. I can’t even describe to you how much I laughed and smiled after putting this $4.00 hat on my pooch over Christmas. No one can make me happier than this 14 pound fluffball.
- Fake it until you make it. This doesn’t mean you should lie about who you are or what you do. Your resume is a legal document, and no you were not the CEO. Simply dress for the career that you want instead the job that you have. Unless you want to be a stripper. Not the best idea for the office. Try attending workshops and events in your field to open new doors.
- Everything takes time. Nothing rushed ever turns out the way that you need it to. Slow and steady wins the race. Be the turtle, not the rabbit. They say it takes five whole years to really get to know someone. Patience is a virtue.
- Fear is only in your head. If you do the things that frighten you most, you’ll have no reason to worry about them afterwards. Dwelling on something will literally destroy you and the way your brain functions. Mental health is important people!
- Connect with new people. Speak up about your purpose, but also take time to listen to others. Realize differences with a fresh mindset. Approach people with opportunity, not judgment. Focus on networking, you never know who you may meet!
- Confidence is key. Love yourself first. You are your own worst enemy. After all, no one knows you better than you know yourself. Honestly, only you know your weaknesses and flaws. Instead of pointing them out to others, work on your own self confidence!
- Think of every day as a new learning experience. I find extreme pleasure in exploring on my own. Sociology was one of my favorite courses in college and people watching is really eye opening. No, don’t follow that person home. Just see how they react to the world and what kind of knowledge you can gain from their own experiences.
- No one can take away your education or creativity. This is extremely relevant. It’s pretty much 2017. Soon it’ll be 2020. Jobs are going to be given to robots. Your brain can’t be cloned (yet). So use it to its full capacity! I didn’t even know I was into interior design until I came up with all of the details of my 500sq ft apartment without even measuring it. Yes college is expensive, but you’ll always have that knowledge (and those ridiculously expensive textbooks you could never return).
- Do it with passion or not at all. Another extremely important topic. I’m a fashion buyer, meaning I work with people overseas and choose colors and styles for each season. If I’m a shade off, this could ruin the selling of a whole product. Most individuals still don’t understand that fashion is a business. It’s not all fun and games people (even though I love what I do). Have you seen The Devil Wears Prada? That movie is the actual story of my life. Two words: Cerulean Blue.
- Make realistic goals for yourself. No you are not going to become a millionaire overnight. Yes, you busted your booty in college to get to where you are now. Work with what you got- that killer personality you were born with, a degree that was well deserved, and everyday experiences from work or other self strengthening activities.
- Be spontaneous. Try something new. Travel to a place you have never been before. Go somewhere unfamiliar. Be comfortable with the uncomfortable. I always decided that I didn’t like oysters (before trying them of course). However, I never knew there were a bunch of different kinds I could choose to be picky about. Now I love them.
- There is no real definition of perfect. While we strive for perfection, sometimes instead of motivating us to do better, it actually sets us back when we fail. What do you even end up learning if you don’t make a few mistakes first? Believe in yourself and the people who love you will think you are more than perfect anyway. The others don’t matter- they never did!
- Change is positive. Instead of thinking of change as a way to turn into someone you are not (and will never be), think of it as a way to expand your knowledge and mindset. You are a blossoming flower and you are growing more and more into who you were meant to be every year.
I know that was a lot to read. I’ll leave you with one last note before you start your resolutions and new workout routines- Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you (my favorite Dr Suess quote in the history of ever).
Best of luck in 2017! I’m hoping my laptop will finally be fixed today so I can most all of my favorite outfits and recipes for winter before the spring showers and flowers begin. Happy New Year!