17 Little Things to Remind Yourself in 2017

Happy 2017, friends! Another year has passed and we've got another fresh slate ahead of us.

I have been thinking a lot about the resolutions I want to make for myself this year. I do have certain things that I want to accomplish by the end of this year (which will be another blog post entirely), but while flipping through an old journal I came across a list of reminders that I kept for my future self. And wow, does past me have some insight. (Thanks, Em!)

I wanted to share this list with you today in case you were struggling to come up with a way to improve yourself in 2017. I made a similar post previously titled 15 things to do in 2015, which went viral on Pinterest. I've got to be honest with you, though: I didn't do as many of them as I thought I would.

These are more manageable and relatable and applicable to real life... right here, right now. Not something you'll pin and then never look at again. ;)

I really hope you get as much out of these reminders as I did. Here we go!

17 Little Things to Remind Yourself in 2017

  1. There are people who love you and care about you and they want to see you succeed.

  2. Move around more. You don't have to go to the gym 7 days a week, but do a yoga or pilates video every once in a while and go on more walks. Your body was meant to move, not stay on the couch all day.

  3. You'll feel better when you eat real food, so do that. Eat more vegetables (and make sure you're drinking enough water).

  4. It feels really good to get rid of clutter and to donate old clothing/items you won't use.

  5. Give yourself a set time to get ready for bed. Being on a schedule and having the structure of a routine feels good.

  6. Stay on top of your laundry. Yes, really. Enjoy walking around all day in clean clothes and smelling like sunshine and fabric softener.

  7. Do your best to stay organized, but don't let it stress you out. (You have a habit of having cluttered surfaces, Em. That's just not cute.)

  8. Pamper yourself every so often. Do a face mask, paint your nails, exfoliate. Do something nice for your body. Go ahead - treat yo self.

  9. Stressed, depressed, bored, or heartsick? Don't let it get to you. Things will always get better, even when it seems like it won't. Go put on some comfortable clothes and curl up with a good book or your favorite movie.

  10. Go for a digital detox every once in a while (and give your eyes/brain a break).

  11. Do something that makes you nervous. Sign up for that art class, call that friend you lost touch with in high school, go see a movie by yourself. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

  12. Writing things down makes them more concrete. Write down little goals for yourself and start working on them, and make a to-do list for the rest of the stuff you need to get done.

  13. Make time to see your friends. Relationships outside of college are hard to keep up, so pick up that phone and make the first move. You'll be glad you did.

  14. Explore a new hobby that you've had a passing interest in. (Mine is dance!)

  15. Don't let your romantic relationships affect the rest of your friendships. Having supportive friendships can be just as fulfilling as having a romantic partner.
  16. Sing your own song. Don't just go with the flow - really take the time to figure out what is important to you and fight for it.

  17. You really are good enough. (Really.)

What reminders do you have for yourself in 2017?

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