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2017: The Year of Polishing

2017: The Year of Polishing

I used to be a resolution maker. I would write my little checklist of all the things I planned to do or change each year, and post reminders everywhere to keep me on my toes. Don’t get me wrong, it worked and I got many things accomplished that way. I still do make my lists, however, I started realizing years ago it was more important for me to have a theme for the year instead.

    2016: The Year of Release

    2016 was the year of release for me. I needed to release a lot of things in my life that were hindering me from being the best version of myself.

    In doing that, I also ended up being released from, and releasing people I had no idea would no longer play such a large role in my life. I found myself becoming distant from everything I once consumed myself with that wasn’t productive or positive—an action that created both positive yet sometimes sad results.

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    I needed to release things that were stopping me from working on ME. Unfortunately not everyone was a fan of me becoming my priority. This year of release is not quite complete, as the aftermath of release is an ongoing process, but I have figured out what 2017’s theme will be…..the Year of Polishing.

    Why I Chose Polishing As My Theme for 2017

    The reason I chose polishing as the theme for 2017 is because the groundwork was done this year for the most part.

    I reflected on life and my decisions, released all that was toxic or hindering my growth, and created boundaries in my life that were long overdue. I set more goals for myself,and created blueprints for my business endeavors and goals.

    2017 is the time to execute and polish all that l’ve prepared for mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally in 2016.

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      A lot of people will criticize you for setting goals or being hopeful for a successful 2017. There are people as we speak finding memes and gearing up to post all kinds of things insulting those of you who want change and growth to happen annually.

      Don’t let these people make you feel as if you’re lame or silly for preparing your mind and spirit for a better year.

      There is nothing wrong with wanting more for your life and wanting to be a better person. The people who goes out of their way to criticize you for your “new year, new/better me” mentality are usually people that have no hope or desire to progress in their own lives.

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      They aren’t driven enough to improve their own lives so they will try to make you feel foolish for wanting to improve yours. Stagnation is their comfort zone, and they want it to be yours.

      We all know misery loves company,but it doesn’t mean you have to accept the invite. Avoid interacting with anyone who finds your desire to grow amusing, offensive, or inconvenient.

      People offended by your desire to be a better person and achieve your goals are people who don’t have your best interest at heart..and probably never really did. Don’t be afraid to release that negative energy out of your life.

      2017 Is Approaching

      The new year is approaching. Don’t be afraid to be excited about making plans. No one has to live with your decisions but you, so don’t allow anyone to rain on your hope for growth and improvement in the new year.

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      If being a better person is what you want, work toward that and be unapologetic and unashamed about it. Who cares if you haven’t stuck with your plans and resolutions in the past? This is a new year, and a new chance to get it right.

      Ignore the outside noise and go for it! Work hard to be better than you ever were, and stay focused. Let’s rock  2017! Are you ready? I am.

      Featured photo credit: Yahoo images via Https

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      Last Updated on October 9, 2018

      27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

      27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

      Who has never gone through some ups and downs in the life? But some people can feel better in a quicker way than others because they’ve found their own remedies to heal the bad feelings.

      If you haven’t found yours, these ways will help you instantly feel better and ditch that negative self talk when you’re feeling bad about yourself:

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      1. Listen to the songs you loved when you were in high school or university, this will recall you of the old good times.
      2. Write something. Write down how you feel as a way to express your thoughts if you don’t feel like talking to anyone.
      3. Draw something. Draw anything you want because no one’s going to judge your drawing skills.
      4. Read the postcards or letters your friends or family sent you before, remind yourself there are people who always remember you.
      5. Silently think of a day or moment which you truly enjoyed and try to recapture that very first feeling. Was it the day of your graduation? The moment you traveled with your loved one?
      6. Take out your photo albums and go over your childhood photos.
      7. Cry when you feel like doing so. There’s nothing wrong with crying; cry out all your fear and stress and just face the truth after crying.
      8. Sing loudly like no one can hear you. Do you know that in Japan, people always sing karaoke to relieve stress?
      9. Cook a nice meal for yourself or for your family.
      10. Read your previous diary entries and look at your great memories.
      11. Dress up nicely to feel happier.
      12. Don’t stay in your bed! Get your laptop or a book and sit in a coffee place.
      13. Take a walk outside and feel the fresh air.
      14. Sweat yourself! Go jogging or play some sports.
      15. Pick up the musical instrument you used to play a lot and start to play it.
      16. Tidy up your desk or wardrobe, you’ll feel good that you’re being productive and actually doing something.
      17. Watch some funny videos, sure you can find a lot of them on Youtube.
      18. Eat something you like, be it a chocolate cake, or an ice-cream. Just please yourself with the flavour you like.
      19. Re-read your favorite book and write down the sentences or passages that you love.
      20. Watch a new movie, there must be a movie which you’ve always interested in but had no time to watch it.
      21. Do something nice that no one will notice, say picking up a rubbish in the street and throw it to a trash bin.
      22. Call your best friend and just talk whatever you want! Human beings are social animals after all, connecting with people close to you will make you feel better.
      23. Do voluntary work and help people in need, you’ll feel happy and satisfied.
      24. Get drunk with your close friends at home – a safe place for you to get drunk and get crazy. Let loose and have fun with your very close friends.
      25. Write an email or a note to a friend who you care about.
      26. Get out of your routine life and meet new friends. Get out of your comfort zone! Meeting new people can give you new inspirations in life.
      27. Look into the mirror and smile. Act like today’s already a wonderful day. How we act affects how we feel. It’s difficult to go on feeling sad if you’re trying to smile!

      Remember:

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      It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.  — Epictetus

      If you want to feel better, change what you’re doing because obviously what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy!

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      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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