Letter from the Editor: 2017

Phew! We made it. Maybe by just barely hanging on by a single thread, but we still made it. 

It's no secret that 2016 was a crazy year. It was like a rollercoaster ride with all of it's ups and downs, and for many of us it seemed to have more downs than we had planned for. 

Luckily, as cliché as this is, with a new year comes a new and clean slate. It's time for us to let go of what happened in this past year, and instead focus on all of the great possibilities 2017 may bring. This is a great time to set goals, both personal and professional, either re-connect with old friends or cut out the toxic people in our lives, and so on.

Personally, 2016 was probably my most challenging year yet. I had to get my life on track after leaving my first college, I dealt with a lot of adversity at work, I was trying to keep The Undeniable Life stay up and running, I got my heart broken, I lost a lot of friends, I struggled with anxiety and depression, I transferred to a new school, and ultimately I lost myself somewhere in the process. 

But what I do know, is that I would have never learned so much about myself if I didn't go through all of those things. As stressed out and anxious as I was, I had a lot of time to figure myself out. I know what does and doesn't work and what I want for myself in relationships, studying, work-life balance, etc. 

The best thing you can do for yourself this new year is learn how to trust in yourself and in the people around you. When things get bumpy, our first instinct is often to go to the worst case scenario. Train yourself to focus on the positives, or at least distract yourself from your worries. Trust that everything happens for a reason, and if things don't seem to be going your way, take a step back and re-evaluate the situation to see where the holes are. 

Make 2017 a year about self-love. Love yourself so hard. It's so easy for us to fall into this vicious cycle of not feeling like we are enough. Not skinny enough, not pretty enough, not happy enough, not smart enough, not productive enough - you get the picture. We can't let other people define how we view ourselves. It's so hard to get out of that mindset but it's a goal we should all set for ourselves. It's okay if you struggle with this. It's okay if it takes you months, or even years to start getting to a point where you feel confident in yourself just the way you are. It's perfectly normal, so just take everything at your own pace.

And after loving yourself, love the people you surround yourself with. Whether it's family, a significant other, or your friends. Surround yourself with people who radiate positive energy.  Surround yourself with people who love you just the way you are. Surround yourself with people who would bend over backwards for you if you find yourself in a sticky situation. As for everyone else, wave them goodbye. If they don't accept you for you then it's their loss.

 

In 2017 hold onto your hope. Never forget that you are enough, you are here for a reason, and you can get through whatever comes your way. You all deserve the best, and I hope you'll continue coming back to our little corner of the internet for inspiration, advice, and a community that will always welcome you with open arms.

Have a great year everyone

xo Anna