Love Harder; Live Louder

“12 new chapter and 365 new chances”

Do something that challenges you

That trip across the country you wanted to do, that friendship that needs repairing, that gym session with your brother you keep skipping out on, that girl talk with your mom you desperately need. I truly hope you step out of your comfort zone this year. Text him first, kiss your crush, ask the friend from class to get coffee, say no, ask for help, make that career change, go to dinner alone. It is in these uncomfortable moments where you grow the most, where your heart strengthens, and where you become admirable. Take the risk, what’s the worst that could happen?

Love your body more

“New Year New Me” is plastered on every social network. Yes, taking care of yourself should be a priority, but to an extent. You can lift as heavy as you want, and run until you can’t feel your legs, but does that create a genuine human being? No. Fat, skinny, fit, bulky, cut, tiny, whatever title you think you hold does NOT have anything to do with the person you are or the person you are striving to be. Take a deep breathe, Look in the mirror at yourself and cherish your masterpiece. You are beautiful in your very own way. There is nothing more attractive than confidence.

Let go of 2016

That girl who stood you up, that boy that broke your heart, that class you failed, that job you turned down, the what ifs, that you continue to hold onto, let it go. Life is too short to chase the wrong things, or to hold onto the negative memories. Forgive the people who hurt you or damaged you, because if it wasn’t for that excruciating pain you endured, you wouldn’t have gained that valuable strength. Learn to accept life as it is, and learn to heal. You deserve that.

Be a kind human

It doesn’t cost a damn thing to be a genuine human being. That friend that needs help moving, that person that needs advice, that extra love your puppy wants. It is so easy to get wrapped up in your own struggles, and worries, but practice empathy. Make yourself available to not only your close circle, but even complete strangers. We often underestimate the power of a touch, a compliment, or a kind gesture. Always, always, always  be kind. You never know the storm that is occurring just under the surface.

Smile more, and be fearless

Stop second guessing yourself and stop second guessing every decision. Don’t take the easy way out or play it safe. If you want something or someone then go after it. You will never get what you want if you’re constantly handing fear all of your decisions and goals. Become fearless. Stop holding on to the things that you can’t control and start finding parts of your world that make you happy. You can’t change or fix anyone besides yourself. Speak words of kindness to yourself and to others. You can do this, you just have to find the confidence and the strength. Light the world up with that smile.

Love Harder; Live Louder

Sing at the top of your lungs, go on that trip you’ve been dying to take, laugh, kiss the guy you can’t stop thinking of, bring her flowers, hug your parents, go fishing with your brother, watch a movie with your sister, date yourself, love yourself. I hope that you create energy that everyone is dying to be around. I hope you speak whats on your mind, I hope you let go, I hope you become fearless, I hope you smile more, and I hope you leave yourself room for failure. I hope you love harder, live louder, and shine brighter. Lastly, I hope this is your year.

Happy New Year