words for a new year


life is too short to not wear the cheetah print coat. that letter grade on a piece of paper or that number you see on the scale below you doesn't tell me anything about who you really are, so try not to let it define you. take more time for the things that make you feel good. be kind to yourself, especially on the days when it's hard to face the world. make peace with the mistakes you made last year. be like emily gilmore and learn to be okay with saying goodbye to the things that no longer bring you joy. buy the damn lipstick and feel unstoppable. forgive others and forgive yourself—life is too short to spend time at war with anyone, and that includes a war with yourself. shine together by supporting others and their work. pack away the things that have hindered and hurt you this year in a box and with a sharpie, write 2016: see you later on the side. stand on your tippy-toes and reach high and place it on a shelf in a closet that you never really use. now stand back and remind yourself that the year is over and you survived. you can leave the past in the past. you can control when you decide to pull that box back down and revisit the things inside. know that healing is not a single destination, but an on-going, lifelong process. allow your brokenness to carve you into a person that helps and heals; you can run your fingers along where you've been hurt and let others who are hurting see the light pour out.

and lastly, please remember that people need people; stretch your arms out and reach for them. 
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