Happy New Year everyone! I hope your holidays have been great and you feel well rested and ready to come back to campus and hit the books soon. As one year comes to close and another one begins, I wanted to tell you the top ten things I learned in 2015. Last year was a roller coaster ride, and even that is an understatement. However, I did experience many things, both negative and positive, that allowed me to determine some key takeaways that I will bring with me into this new year.
#1. Coconut oil is your best friend
If it’s not, it needs to be! Coconut oil is amazing! I use it in my hair, for my skin, to pull toxins from my mouth; if you’re not using it currently, you have to try it!
#2. Less is always more
This can be applied to make-up and fashion, but also to the people to allow to be around you. I firmly believe its always better to have a few close people you trust than a whole entourage of people.
#3. Do things that intimidate you
For me, this means not just joining clubs and doing things I think would interest me, but emotionally allowing someone to get close to me. I’ve always been afraid of being hurt, but I’m actually glad I let myself open up.
#4. Find your own way to de-stress
Whether its working out at the gym or listening to music, find your own thing that you do when times start to get tough.
#5. Never wash your hair at 1 am expecting it to be dry by 9 am
Just don’t do it. I’ve made this mistake too many times to not learn from it. There’s nothing worse than waking up on a Thursday morning and taking your twists out, only to realize that half you head is still wet.
#6. Sitting in the front of your classes actually helps
For me at least, I can actually pay attention in class. I’m not saying it keeps me awake, but it doesn’t give me the opportunity to get distracted.
#7. How to be less awkward
This was a struggle for me to learn because I’ve always been somewhat awkward, but I eventually had to force myself to stop being like that because it was affecting my relationships with other people and hindering me from making new relationships.
#8. How to be a better girlfriend
This goes along with the idea above, but because I became less awkward, I was able to be more open and be more supportive with my boyfriend. The communication and dynamic we have now is amazing!
#9. You don’t need everyone’s approval to do something you have your mind set on
If there’s something you want to do, go do it! You don’t need to tell everyone and get their opinion on it first. You can tell them about it once you’re happily doing whatever it is.
#10. Do not let people stress you out
As difficult as this may seem, they’re not worth your time if they’re doing nothing but adding stress to your life. Cut them off and keep it moving. Simple as that.
Like I said, last year was a roller coaster ride for me but it did allow me to learn some vital lessons. Those were just a few things that I learned though. As this new year begins, take a few moments and think about what you learned from last year and bring those lessons with you into this new one.
Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!