14 Ways to Make 2014 The Best Year Ever

Happy New Year!

I hope that you all enjoyed ringing in the New Year with friends and loved ones. For me, the last day of 2013 was spent reflecting on my accomplishments, relationships and lessons learned. I chose not to get dolled up for a night out on the town for several reasons, but I’m just grateful for the quiet time that I had to really get prepared for what 2014 will have in store.

In that time I had to myself, I came up with this list that I hope will encourage you to make this year your best one ever. While I’ve already made plans to “Get Gutsy“, these are just a few reminders that I plan on keeping in my back pocket throughout 2014. So without further adieu…

1. Stop comparing yourself to othersIt’s great to admire your peers and their accomplishments, but keep your eyes on the prize that’s meant for you. 

2. Let your fears fuel your passion. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing everyday that scares you.” Never let that fire in your belly extingush. 

3. Stay hungry, foolish and always eager to learn. Challenge yourself to learn one new fact a day. Be inquisitive, fascinated and learn to laugh at yourself along the way. 

4. Read dailyA few minutes with your favorite magazine, newspaper or book during your morning commute can do wonders for the brain.

5. Write daily. Whether it be online or with a pen and paper, take just a few minutes to write down your thoughts. 

6. Unplug and unwind. Put the iPhone down and let those phalanges rest! Also:I declare that  FOMO (fear of missing out) no longer exists, so leave that thing at the door too, honey.

7. Learn from the past, appreciate the present, and embrace the future. Pretty cliche, but you can’t know where you’re going without knowing where you’ve come from. 

8. Dream BIG. Aim high, and exceed your own expectations. You’ll never know what you’re capable of until you try, so take the risk, work smart and be bold!

9. Save money, live better. Repeat after me: my monthly budget is my friend. The better you curb your spending habits now, the more likely you are to spend your money on things you want to do in the future. 

10. Hit the ground running…literally. A little exercise never hurt anybody. Take advantage of some free fitness classes in your neighborhood and keep that body in tip-top shape!

11. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Take heed to Beyonce and Drake’s advice and ‘stop making a big deal out of the little things’ (’cause we got big deals, and we got little things.)

12. Make time for the things (and people) that you love. Enjoy , painting or making music? Block out time in your schedule for a little creative time. Your body will thank you. 

13. Get away. Even if it’s just for a day or weekend, take a trip and explore a new place. You’d be surprised what you can learn about yourself when you travel. 

14. Be grateful. Two of the most powerful words in the English language are ‘thank you’.  Always show gratitude and 

***And one for good luck:

15. Never be afraid to ask for helpSeek the guidance of mentors and respected peers that will help you get to where you want to be!

Cheers to a healthy, happy and successful New Year!

Chasity

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