Au Revoir 2017

2018 marks a new beginning. Sometimes we all need a fresh start, and is seems as though there is no time like the present for learning growth, and maybe even change. While we are all subject to a lot of pressure to set somewhat drastic goals for the new year ahead, I think it's also important to look back on the year gone by; the goals you once set yourself this time last year, the adventures you took, the challenges you faced and all you have learnt.

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1. Trust your instinct
It's taken me a long time to come to terms with the fact that most times, your gut instinct is right about almost everything; people, places and things. If something doesn't feel right, then it's probably not right for you, and that's okay. 

2. Forgiving does not mean you will forget
It takes less to be kind then it does to be unkind. Forgive often and learn to deal with the hurt that has gone before you. Don't let hurt consume you. Find a way to understand the past, and focus on the future.

3. Sometimes you will want to give up.. Don't
Unfortunately life doesn't come with an instructions manual, but even if it did, how many of us would really use it? Life is set to challenge us. Be prepared for hardships and happiness, times when you want to give up and those in which you wish you could relive it all again. And when you feel like giving up, keep fighting; you can do it.

4. You are stronger than you think
The concept of having a "comfort zone" is a myth. The comfort zone is that part of you that creates a monotonous routine for your everyday life and living. It is poisonous to live your life within a black and white comfort zone. Challenge yourself and experience new things. Find strength in the everyday.

5. Things won't always go your way
We can't plan life or determine any of the obstacles we are set to face. Plans don't always work out, and that's okay. It's not about the destination, it's the journey that counts. Just because your journey might be a lil' bit unexpected or very unplanned doesn't mean that you won't reach your end goal

6. Some days, weeks and even months will be harder than others
Some of us will just be a lil' unlucky sometimes. Without explanation, sometimes life will be hard, and that's okay. Just because Lady Luck has decided to steer clear of you at all costs doesn't mean that life isn't good. Surround yourself with the people that matter. Endure the storm, it will pass.

7. Have faith in humanity
Although we're living in a world of injustice, scarred by fear, there are still good people out there. Believe in humanity, ask for help when you need it and try to stay positive. Do for others what you would want them to do for you. Be kind.

8. Your money looks better in your bank account than on you
Save. For rainy days, getaways, those shoes you've been dreaming of. Just save. Money management is probably one of the most difficult concepts for a college student, but if you are willing to work hard to earn what you've got, then make sure you are willing to take care of it.

9. You don't always know what's going on in someone else's life
Think about all the things that the world doesn't know about you; how could you possibly know everything about your friends, family and peers. Be mindful of those around you. You do not know of the struggles they face. 

10. Take the multivitamins
Mind your body. Fuel yourself with the right things; take the multivitamins your mom is pestering you about, try to eat your fruit and veg, eat three meals a day. When you are hungry, fuel yourself. A healthy body creates a healthy mind.

Until next time,

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