How to Make 2017 Your Best Year

6:05 AM

First of all, I want you to ask - Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions?
I  love to learn, I love to change, I love growing as a person and I have to say that I like self-actualization. However let’s do it this way, and call them “goals” instead of resolutions. 
With 2017 there is the fresh energy and it is a great opportunity to make small or big changes in our lives. 

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. Start today. If one of your goals is to eat healthier, make sure that you get rid of any junk food you have sitting around. If you want to live a more positive, happy life, stop complaining TODAY. Make a list of the things you love, instead of complaining about the things you don’t have or don’t get to do. Whatever your goals are, make sure you have a plan, make sure you’re prepared, wake up early and get things done.
While the new year is the perfect time for a fresh start, the end of the year is a perfect time to get organized. Get rid of all the clutter and everything else that no longer serves you. Get rid of all the clothes that you no longer wear, donate whatever you can. Go through all of your handbags; throw away all those old receipts that found their way in and have been stuck in there for months. Do the same thing with your pantry, kitchen and your digital space. How much junk email are you getting at the moment? Unsubscribe from all services/websites you no longer use and visit, delete unused apps and old images you no longer need from your phone. De-clutter your life now, and set yourself up for success! It will feel so damn GOOD.
Your goal can’t be just a desire that you really want. If you want to make any type of change, you need to define your goals. Every December I create a vision board for the new year to come so it helps me focus on what I actually want and need.I save my old magazines, I go through every single one of them, looking for pictures, quotes or text, articles that inspire me, I cut them out, I glue them to a white cardboard, and I hang it up in my bedroom. As I drink my tea every morning, as I get ready for the day and check my emails, one of the first things I do, is looking at my vision board. Every time I look at it, I feel inspired and motivated. It gives me that power to actually start and achieve what I want.
Whatever it is that you’re after, whether it be a really small, or a drastic change, keep pushing and don’t give up. Don’t doubt yourself. Never, ever talk about the things you want to accomplish in a negative light. This is not only the biggest turnoff but it also sends out a message: “I don’t believe in myself.”

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." - Maya Angelou

You may not have control over everything that happens to you, but you do have control over how you react to things that happen to you. This won’t always be easy. Sometimes very unfair things will happen to you. Sometimes you can find yourself feeling angry and frustrated. When things like these happen to you, you have two choices: you can let it get to you and keep the anger and frustration inside, or you can release it and try your best to find peace in those situations and move on. Make each day a happy one and be grateful for everything you have, because in the end that is all that it counts. 
Do what fulfills you, follow your heart, your desires, your passion. We all have big dreams, but you can start with doing small things you love while chasing those big, beautiful dreams. Remember, that you were meant to have an amazing life, even if doesn’t always feel like it. Learn to forgive. Practice gratitude daily. Do the things you love. Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. Don’t complain. Cherish the close people around you. Make mistakes. Learn. Dance. Smile. Listen to your heart and don’t take yourself too seriously. Spread your sparkle. Practice self-care, do small things for others, but also for yourself.

Above all those good things, stay focused, love yourself but remember to have fun along the way.

Nikoleta Lj, xoxo.

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