Real Girl Advice, From Me to You

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So as we know by now, I’m anti- New Years resolutions. I just don’t see the point, you know? You’re not gonna follow through with your plan 24/7 for 365 days straight, so just stick with small, plausible goals. Instead of looking at the new year with wide, frightened eyes and a burning desire to revamp my entire lifestyle (not plausible!), I take in as much information and advice as possible for living my life to its highest potential.

See what I mean? I’m not dramatically changing my life, I’m tweaking it here and there for the better, and I suggest you do the same. I promise it works, and if you don’t believe me quite yet, then here’s living proof:

At summer camp a few years ago, I met this insanely sweet girl who was the most kind-hearted soul to ever grace this planet. She really inspired me to be a sweet person, because while I am nice, I am by no means the sweet girl who will offer you homemade cookies. Going into the following school year, I tried to be super sweet and perky but after a week of tiring and overpowering faux sweetness, I returned to my sarcastic asshole self.

Three years later and I still remain a sarcastic asshole.

See? My attempt to completely change my life ended up a bust, which is the very reason why I don’t believe in New Years Resolutions, but also the very reason why I put all my faith in advice.

So in an attempt to not so much renovate your life but to enhance it, here are is my real girl advice to a better life…it’s random!

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Your acne is not as bad as you think. Besides, no one’s even looking at it!

Your crush is not Prince Charming, you deserve better.

If you’re done with all of your work, just go to sleep. Instagram will be there in the morning, but your energy won’t. So rest up.

Stand up for yourself and others, you are not a rug.

Don’t pick your pimples.

Don’t overthink it, just do it.

No need to go through a gnarly workout class, just spend 15-30 minutes doing squats or something.

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Educate yourself on everything so you can make valuable contributions to conversations and don’t sit around looking like an uneducated lump. I’m talking science, short stories, politics, everything.

Replace the toxic people in your life with open-minded and thoughtful intellectuals. You become who you hang out with.

Don’t wash your hair everyday.

Volunteer.

Don’t be mediocre, try your best at everything you do. Good things come to those who do this.

Stand up for what you believe in.

But be respectful.

NEVER be mean to someone else as a product of your own insecurity.

In fact, embrace your flaws.

Don’t complain if you’re not doing anything about it.

Be ambitious and take risks.

Drink a lot of water. A. LOT.

Don’t slut-shame.

Don’t try to be someone else (as evidenced by me), it looks phony and lame, be AUTHENTIC.

Trust your instincts.

Be confident, NOT cocky.

Don’t skip class or laze around, if you’re forced to be in school, make the best of it and do well so you don’t regret it later.

Don’t wait for the first move (not only talking about dating), be the first move.

Go after what you want, even if it’s risky.

Indulge in the little things.

If you need to take a break, take a break. You are not a machine, you are human.

You can’t achieve anything unless you work for it. The universe doesn’t work like that.

Don’t patronize others.

Kill people with kindness. I must say, it’s rather satisfying to respond to someone’s angry insult with a smile and a compliment.

Don’t be ashamed of your quirky hobbies, they’re cool.

Don’t dwell on the past, it’s over. Instead, learn from your mistakes to better your present and prep for your future.

DON’T OBSESS OVER HOW MANY INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS AND LIKES YOU GET. NO ONE CARES.

Hopefully this was a semi-refreshing reminder for all of you in the midst of trying to precisely plan your year out.

Remember: be yourself, but better 😉

Happy 2017!

-Brenda

 

 

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