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Things to remember for 2017

This is kind of more of a "reminders for julia" post than anything else, summing up a lot of the big ideas from my deeper posts throughout the year. But I find that humans are generally more similar (inside our heads) than we believe, so who knows, these might be things you want to remember too.

Without further ado, here are some of my advice greatest-hits:

happy new year from a little antique post-card and a polaroid of me trying to be vintage-y



first, remember that 2016 had both good and bad parts 

I know there's a lot of buzz lately about how 2016 was the worst year ever. There were a lot of sucky things that happened, let's be real, but there were good moments too. Take a minute to reflect on those. Be happy that they happened. 

at the end of 2017, you will undoubtedly feel the same way 

exactly one year from now I'll probably be writing another post saying, "2017 had both good and bad parts." It won't be perfect, ladies and gentlemen. No matter how hard you try, stupid and awful things will happen. But good things will happen too. 


When you wake up on Jan 1st, you'll still be you 

If your room is messy when you go to sleep, it'll still be messy when you wake up on January 1st. Same goes for your life. And your brain. And your plans, and relationships, and desk drawers. Remember that organizing and changing these things will take time. And remember that messy things can be beautiful too. :)

Having big goals can sometimes blind you from little successes 

It's fine to say, "I want to social-media my butt off and get --- followers this year," or "I want to eat super healthy" or "I want to meditate every goshdarn day." But having goals, especially ambitious ones, can sometimes make everything else feel like a failure. To avoid this, keep track of the progress you do make, no matter how small. Celebrate when you post something new each day, or drink a kale smoothie, or meditate three days in a row. You won't be perfect, but you'll make some imperfect progress each day. Remind yourself that some is one-hundred time better than none, and every teensy bit of some is gradually building into awesome.
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Allow yourself to change your mind 

Imagine this: It's march 27th and you suddenly decide you don't want to be a person who meditates anymore (or whatever your big 2017 goal was). Maybe it's not because you're struggling or getting tired... maybe you just feel like struggling and getting tired at something different now. "Nooooooo" you may think. "Giving up is a fatal sin! I'm stronger than that!" Yeah, well, no you aren't. Not in every single thing. Changing your mind is the sort of thing you can't possibly fathom until it happens to you. And if it does, at least hear it out. 

No amount of planning will ever make things happen 

This is something I like to write about a lot, because I think about it a lot. I have a sort of plan addiction. But when it comes to doing the stuff that I plan, there's always this huge, metaphorical rock wall that blocks my way. No amount of planning will get me over that wall. But you know what will? Climbing. 
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Let yourself be happy now 

As you begin 2017, don't say "this will be the best year ever because I will *insert lofty goal here*." Instead, tell yourself "this is the best year ever because of who I am/ what I'm doing right now." It might feel like a lie. It feels like a bit of a lie to me right now, too. But tell yourself that each day, and search for a little thing that makes it true. Maybe this year is the best year ever because I bought some new clothes and I've been looking really fab in 2017. Or because even though stuff is hard, I love that I'm being so creative and thoughtful. As you work on your goals and try new things, you'll have more and more little reasons. Maybe by December, with 365 little reasons in your pocket, it'll really start to feel true. 
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Happy New Year!!! Have any other important piece of 2017 advice? Tell me below!
♡ Julia


14 comments

  1. These are all such good points! A lot of good and bad happened this year, but hey...that happens every year. I just like to remember "que sera sera" meaning "what will be will be"!
    Omnivogues

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    1. That's true! Thanks so much for reading :)

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  2. Hmm I've been seeing a lot of negative posts about 2016 as well. But you're right, bad things and good things happen. I'd rather have a positive outlook and be thankful for blessings. Happy new year!

    www.jeannieinabottleblog.com

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    1. Yep! I think it all depends on the person, but both bad things and good things happen. Happy new year :)

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  3. What a beautiful post! Happy New Year x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

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  4. I loved this post, I am one of those whose 2016 was very bad but yes I did have a few good moments.

    Happy 2017, I hope you have an amazing year!

    Camila
    My Vogue Style | www.myvoguestyle.com

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    1. I feel the same. Hopefully 2017 will be good to us!

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  5. I hope you had a great NYE, best wishes in 2017
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  6. Great reminders, Julia! I especially love "having big goals can sometimes blind you from little successes." I wish you a great year ahead, especially with your studies :) Happy New Year!

    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

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    1. Yeah that's one of my favorite things to remember. Thanks Ron you too :)

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  7. These are genuinely great things to remember. I guess humans are pretty alike. I love "let yourself be happy now." So true!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, thanks for reading girl :)

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