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Ringing in 2018

I can't believe another year has flown by...saying goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018! A lot has changed this year and I have so many things to be grateful for. The biggest change has been graduating college and being immersed into the real, adult world. No matter how much college prepares you with classes, lectures and wise words from professors or mentors, you never know what it is like until you really experience it first hand. One day after graduating I began my first job (and absolutely love it!), moved back in with my parents, and began my adulthood journey. While reflecting on the year, I've learned some valuable lessons I want to maintain in 2018 as personal 'resolutions' for the new year. I hope they inspire you as well.

Stay true to yourself.

Number one important thing to remember is staying true to yourself. Be grounded and confident in the person you are and don't let others' opinions alter the perception you have of yourself. Everyone is unique in their own way, so embrace it!

Embrace change.

Change can be scary, especially leaving something known and comfortable. Four years of college was a whirlwind and a time you learn a lot about yourself. I started as a dance major thinking it was all I wanted to do for a career, but ended up graduating as a public relations major at the top of my class. Throughout your journey you'll learn to accept the things you cannot change, change the things you can, and have the wisdom to know the difference.

Be thankful.

I have so many people to be thankful for in my life, and am trying to make it a priority for those people to know how much they have impacted my life for the better. Take the time to let others know they are loved and appreciated. Beyond people and relationships, be thankful for where you are in your life and how you got there.

Find time for you.

Life can get chaotic, so it is important to find time for yourself. Read a good book, take a bubble bath, meditate, go to the gym, or find a new hobby. Taking a few minutes for yourself everyday can make a huge difference.

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