Why I’m Saying ‘New Year, Stronger Me’ This Year

The phrase “new year, new me” is always mentioned at the end of the year you’re in and at the beginning of the one you’re starting. We do change in a few ways, but we primarily stay the same old bitter selves we always have been deep down.

Reflecting on the past year I’ve had, I have got to say it was the most challenging and demanding year I’ve experienced mentally. I was pushed to new limits I didn’t know existed, I had many low moments I didn’t think I would make it out of, I lost my sense of self, and I found it again. I persevered and achieved new goals I didn’t know were that important to me, I had new opportunities that were life changing, made new memories and had new experiences, and I genuinely learned from what I went through and have grown immensely because of it.

What I took most out of this past year is that I am not able to change people as much as I’d like to, and I won’t always get the answers I deserve, and that’s okay. I discovered a beautiful version of myself that I’d like to keep around. This newfound strength is one of my best attributes in my opinion, and I’m proud of who I became because of these experiences.

I want to continue with setting new goals and creating myself.

I will make more time for myself and do things that help me relax. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that no matter how hard I try to stay involved in everything, sometimes that one night of staying isolated in my room helps more than ever. Every person on this planet needs a sanity break, and I need to do that more often.

Living a healthy lifestyle will be a top priority of mine. I can no longer eat my emotions away, or become lazy with my workout routines. Focusing on my health is one of the most important things I can do for myself and I won’t let distractions stop me from improving that aspect of my life.

I refuse to succumb to social norms. I will always act like the lady I’ve been taught to be, but I won’t be held back by the judgement or opinion of others. I want to be a strong and successful woman who is building her empire. I don’t need to rely on anyone, especially a man, to make me what society wants me to be.

I will continue to open myself up to new opportunities and showcase my heart. I wear my heart on my sleeve, so take it or leave it. I’m confident in myself and I no longer feel that I am a problem in someone else’s life. I can say I’ve always remained true to myself.

I won’t live my life in fear every moment of the day. I can’t let fear ruin my life and dictate what I should and shouldn’t do. I’m a pretty carefree person, but I’ve lost my sense of fearlessness that I need to gain back. As Wayne Gretzky once said, “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

I’m not going to let others dictate my happiness. If I want to do something I shouldn’t feel shame for doing it. I won’t waste my time on people who aren’t worth caring about. I can’t keep waiting for a message that will never come; there is no use in getting my hopes up. And I refuse to let someone else hold me down any longer.

I’m going to do things for myself, by myself. I can accept all the help in the world because it truly helps mold me to who I am, but my sense of independence is growing stronger by the day. I have an opinion, I’ll say it respectfully, and I won’t hide who I am. I’m very comfortable in my own skin and I’m free of insecurities.

This new year is going to be the year of me.

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