The One Thing I’m Definitely Taking With Me Into 2016

It’s hard to believe that this is my last blog post of 2015. Even though this is my fifth (whoa!) year-end post, I always feel so much pressure knowing this is the last thing I’ll write all year. It’s like I want to take 2015, wrap it up, and then put a cute little bow on it. I’ve been really lucky this year. I’ve grown a lot, learned a lot, struggled an appropriate amount, and met wonderful people. I’m also truly appreciative of all of the new readers I’ve gained this year. There are so many different things you can read, watch, and listen to every day, so I appreciate you making me a part of that.

I think back to where I was on New Year’s Eve three or four years ago and sometimes it’s hard to believe I’m the same person. I remember feeling stuck. I wasn’t miserable, per se, but I knew that I could be a lot happier, healthier, and more positive than I was at that particular moment. If that’s you right now, my piece of advice would be this: big changes are super scary and feel impossible, but they can be done. They take time and you may not totally understand how you can make them happen based on where you are right now, but you can and will get there. Lean on family, friends, and other people who believe in you. Talk to people who have already made significant changes. Take a few small steps to get to where you want to be. Anything counts.

Personally, I’m definitely taking this little mantra into 2016 with me:

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In 2015 I worked on investing time into relationships where my energy was reciprocated. I started the year feeling drained by connections that clearly weren’t a two-way street, but now I’m getting better at analyzing a relationship and understanding when I’m getting back what I’m putting in. It’s an important skill to have, particularly when you’re a grown up (so they say) and time and energy are limited. You’re valuable the way you are. You don’t have to run yourself ragged chasing dates, friends, or business connections.

Wherever you are and however you’re celebrating, I hope you have an amazing, champagne-filled end to 2015. And if you’re still stressing a little bit about the whole thing, I wrote this piece for The Huffington Post specifically for you. I’ll see you in 2016 and thank you so much for reading!

Happy New Year!

Love,

Lauren

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