I know you've made your New Year's resolutions, but I wanted to give you some advice to live by over the next 365 days. You have a lot of big decisions to make over the next 12 months and I hope you refer back to this letter when you don't know what to do.
1. Focus on the positives.
A setback in 2017 was getting too involved in the negative parts of life. This year, I hope you turn every situation into a positive one. I listened to a motivational speaker last month which changed my perspective. She said that if you turn every thought into a positive one, it will eventually come naturally and you'll notice a big difference in your interactions with people.
2. Practice self-love.
This means many things. I hope you take the extra time each day to treat yourself. Whether it's getting a mani/pedi, seeing a movie alone, or going to bed early- do it. I want you to be a little selfish this year and put your mental health first.
I was lucky to travel as much as I did in 2017. Going to Texas, Florida, Tennessee, and Rhode Island were some of my favorite 2017 memories. I love boarding planes and exploring new places. I hope you set aside both the money and the time to travel at least three times this year- you won't regret it.
4. Believe in yourself.
I know that 2018 is going to come with a lot of change. You'll graduate college, move away from the home you've made there, start a big-girl job, possibly move into a new house, and so much more. It's scary, but I know that you can do it! When life gets uncertain and you're torn about a decision, just follow your heart. Always remember that everything happens for a reason.
5. Take risks.
I hope that you take risks and live a little. Apply for your dream job, go out even if you have an early class the next morning, and pick up a new hobby. Put yourself out there over the next few months because you'll never be this young or a college student ever again.
6. Say yes.
Do everything you can. Go on Spring Break even if you can't afford it, say yes to dinner with a new group of friends, and go to the gym with a friend. I hope that you don't hold yourself back from experiencing new things this year.
I think that 2018 will be the best year yet because that's exactly what you'll make it. I believe in a year full of laughter, tears, uncertainty, confusion, joy, love, and confidence. Above all these things, however; I believe in a strong, independent and happy 2018 Me. Let's do this.