A new year, a new me! Ok, allow me to be honest, I actually hate that saying. It’s so overused. There is nothing new about me. Improved? Yes. But I am and always will be me. Unless I get a new mind, body, soul and set of boobs…I am the same old me, perhaps just with a bit of a tune up. I always love looking forward to a new year because it presents opportunities for me to grow. Reflecting on the year prior is a way for me to assess some of my behaviors and habits as a person and work on ways to improve them or perhaps ditch them. I learned in 2016 that I don’t always handle things the way I would have once I look back on them. I am a constant project, one which I thoroughly enjoy working on. There are so many things that I will carry over this new year with me that I focused on last year, but there are a few things I am willing to let go of. Things and behaviors that just don’t serve me…that more or less cause me angst and stress. So with that said, some of these bitches are being shown the door out. Stay back in 2o16 ya turds, you’re no longer needed here.
This year I am choosing NOT to:
Do politics. I am not totally going to stop talking about politics or engaging in light banter, but I will, however, avoid major conversations and text message groups because I cannot be bothered with this kind of crap. I know where I stand, and so do many of my friends and family. With that said, I will also not, nor never will, follow Trump on Twitter. Mmmm, no thanks.
Neglect my pretty little face. This past October I turned 34 and as we all know, as with age, comes change. I’ve done my research and I realize it’s easier to maintain healthy and vibrant looking skin by getting facials several times a year and using the proper products. Things like weekly sheet masks, vitamin C, hydrafacials, a good moisturizer and a roller are now part of my regular routine. It can cost a pretty penny at times, but it’s freaking worth it.
Create expectations in my head for other people. It’s not my business what other people do with their time and to do list. I get disappointed easily and I’m certain that avoiding this type of mindset will absolutely help me avoid disagreements.
Buy something just because it’s on sale. The blogger Damsel in Dior, a fellow DePaul alum, advised this for the new year and I am totally going with it because I am guilty as charged! Some sale items, yes, but not an ugly ruffly blouse on sale for ten bucks just because H&M decided it was so ugly they had to basically give it away. I bought it…it’s hideous.
Combine a bad hangover with a little bit of grass. Talk about cranking up the anxiety-o-meter. Holy smokes! Worse anxiety attack of 2016 will go down in history. Ended up lying on my back with my legs up against the wall needing deep breaths and a Xanax.
React without breathing first. This goes for everything. Someone sitting at a green light too long, someone asking me when I’m going to have a kid, a sibling pissing me off…I need to stop, collaborate and ….breathe. It’s the key to avoiding so much aggravation and bullshit. Thanks Vanilla Ice!
Not try to make some of my big ass dreams and goals come true. I often have many ideas and projects circulating in my brain. I can literally visualize them, see them. It’s out of lack of confidence that I don’t bring some to fruition. Not this year. This year I have some goals to demolish. Here’s a little something the late and great Carrie Fisher once said that totally spoke to me:
“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”
Over analyze. I am not incredibly guilty of this, but I’m ready to trim off the fat when it comes to over analyzing. Whether it’s taking something too personally or over thinking something or hanging onto the past, 2017 is the year for me let go and move on from this notion. It’s a terrible habit and does no one any favors.
Only buy new clothes, but opt big time for more vintage. There is something so marvelous about vintage clothing. They tell a story. I have collected a few pieces from several decades which I am obsessed with. They are my absolute favorite pieces I own. This year I am completely looking forward to bringing it via vintage.
TSPeeps, do tell…what are you NOT bringing into the new year with you? XO
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