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New Year. New Me.

HELLO 2016….IT’S ME.
1. Leave behind the doubts.
Confusion is a gift from God. Those times when you feel  most desperate for a solution: sit,, wait, never doubt. The information will become clear. The confusion is there to guide you not blanket you with doubts. Take your doubts and crush them.
2. Leave behind the fears.
Don’t be afraid to try something new, to fall in love, to give up everything for a crazy dream . It’s in those moments where you step out of your comfort zones that you find the greatest success.  Don’t think you’re ready to dive in completely? That’s A-OKAY. Sometimes the smallest steps in the right direction end up being the biggest steps of your life.
3. Leave behind the resentment and the past.
The only way to get over the past is to leave it behind. If you spend your time re-living moments that are gone forever, you are destined to miss the special moments that are yet to come. You can’t hold onto the things that have already occurred. Be glad they happened because every moment has lead you to where you are today. Never long for anyone or anything from your past. There is a reason why they never made it to your future.
4. Leave behind your insecurities.
It’s okay to feel insecure; insecurity is a natural feeling. But NEVER make yourself insecure simply by comparing yourself to others. There are many differences between you and the guy/girl standing beside you. Think about it, those differences make the world a magical place to live. Know you are so beautiful: inside and out. If you fall asleep at night knowing you lived out your day to the best of your ability and that you were kind, gentle, and grateful for your experiences (both good AND bad), then you have nothing in the world to be insecure about.
5. Leave behind ALL expectations.
Nothing screws us up more in life than the pictures in our head of how we think things are supposed to be. The key to happiness is letting each situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be. When you release the expectations you have in your head, you are free to enjoy life for what it is. ATTRACT what you EXPECT. REFLECT what you DESIRE. BECOME what you RESPECT. MIRROR what you ADMIRE.
These include expectations from others AND expectations you’ve set for yourself. We are only human..
6. Leave behind negative people.
The moment you feel like you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to absolutely and utterly walk away. The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become. Fill your heart with what’s important and simply be done with the rest.
7. Leave behind all your ungrateful moments.
You know all those moments when you get everything you want/need and still don’t think about how grateful you are? As humans, we have too many flaws to be perfect but too many BLESSINGS to be UNGRATEFUL. Take time to sit down and thank the Lord for the plethora of blessings he has bestowed on you. Know how blessed you are and make a promise to yourself this year to be more grateful in every moment of life.
8. Leave behind your unaccomplished goals.
Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take even if it doesn’t lead you to where you think you need to be. It’s OKAY to take a path that ends up being a lot slower than expected. At the end of the day you will either accomplish all your goals or you won’t. Trust that God has lead you down the path you’re on and know that your life doesn’t weigh on whether or not you’ve accomplished something or not.
9. Leave behind the promises you didn’t/couldn’t keep.
“I promise…” ; it’s a phrase we use all to often and that alone is what causes the downward spiral. It’s easy to find yourself promising things you know in the back of your mind that you’ll never be able to keep. Here are your two options: 1, don’t make the outlandish promises in the first place if you know you can’t keep them. 2, accept the outcome when those promises aren’t kept and people (and yourself) are let down. Let me say it again, PROMISES ARE MEANT TO BE KEPT. Try something new this year….promise yourself to stress less and smiles more, to have strength and courage to venture outside your comfort zone, to leave your past behind you and appreciate the present, and most importantly, promise yourself to always live a life YOU truly want to live. MAKE those promise….KEEP those promises.
10. Leave behind all the words people threw at you.
Fat. Stupid. Annoying. Weird. Ugly. Not good enough. STONG. SMART. UNIQUE. ENTIRELY YOUR OWN. BEAUTIFUL. KIND. GENEROUS. GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD. -- NEVER respond to rudeness. When people are rude to you, they reveal who they are. Ignore all the hateful attitudes and rude behavior people throw your way. Those people are powerless without your response. Be kind to unkind people...they are the ones who need it most.. Pay more attention to your Creator and less attention to your critics.
11. Leave behind the memories you keep replaying in your head.
The truth is unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize the situation is over, you cannot move forward.
12. Leave behind the hurt and the pain.
To heal a wound, you need to stop touching it.
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
13. Leave behind the idea that “you are not good enough.”
You are way beyond good enough. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. At the end of the day the only person we have to be good enough for is God. With that being said, we are all in luck because He loves us no matter how abundant our flaws may be.
14. Leave behind everyone’s opinions.
Only YOU know what is best for YOU and it’s about time you’re able to act upon your own decisions. It’s really okay for there to be times when you stop putting everyone else first and simply do what’s best for you. Take a risk and a leap of faith; it might not be the option everyone else has picked out for you, but don’t worry, they’ll come around.
15. Leave behind everything you swore you’d never be able to let go of.
Yep, I said it. Leave behind everything else that’s not on this list. Leave behind everything you can’t seem to let go of.
This is the year you will be stronger, braver, kinder, and unstoppable.
A new pattern of thoughts.
A new wave of emotions
A new confidence to carry around.
A new connection to the world.
A new belief system in myself.
…..and so the adventure awaits. Make 2016 your best year yet.