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15 To-Dos for the New Year

What you need on your list of resolutions.
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  1. Keep a Notebook

A notebook will serve as an outlet to jot down what's on your mind and help you reflect but as simple as that seems, it can be left untouched after some time. Start a daily entry to record your inspirations, dreams or special memories. This pin gives you 35 things to do with your notebook.

  1. Establish Goals

Sleeping more or eating healthier are resolutions you should still follow, but it's time to set long-term goals such as, what job you would like to get or putting up a small business. These bigger goals require more planning, look into this pin that takes you through the process.

  1. Love Yourself

We can be exposed to a lot of stress and negativity that we allow to happen. This year, stay on a positive mindset, give yourself time to breathe and be patient with yourself. Remember, you're still growing.

  1. Do Less & More

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Do a list and divide it into a Less and More section where you can write down what bad habits and traits that you might be doing and it’s positive counterpart. Your 2017 is chance for a better you.

  1. Stop a Bad Habit

This informative read explains that our emotions are the source of our actions that can keep us motivated or lead us to overeat or overwork, and eventually cause you to form habits. This pin summarizes 3 steps you can do to understand and reassess a habit.

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  1. Start a Healthy Habit

Taking care of your body should be top priority and though there are so many good eats out there, we have to admit it’s not the best for us. Consider setting a health goal each month.

  1. Room Resolutions

The New Year is the perfect opportunity to focus and declutter your room because honestly, there’s a lot to throw away and you probably won’t regret it.

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  1. Eliminate Stress

Being calm is easier said than done, do you know simple acts like little sleep or poor diet can make you more susceptible to stress? Here are 21 ways you can remove it from your life this 2017.  

  1. Reading Challenge

Begin the new year with a new book, it's time to brush up on your reading and finally get through your TBR list. This is a fun challenge to take on to keep you motivated to read a book.

  1. Money Challenge

Save more money when you know how much you'll earn. On a jar, label it P5 or P10, etc. and give yourself a number of days to save but the key is to place the total amount by the end of the period so you're always  aware of the end goal.

  1. Watch More Film

Instead of short videos online, commit to watching more movies and documentaries that have a wider breadth to learn from.

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  1. Declutter Your Laptop

If you find your laptop freezing and loading takes forever, try these simple steps to clean out and organize your digital files, just like your room.

  1. Stop Buying Lunch

And by this we mean to stop relying on fast food. Put that money in healthy meals you can DIY and invest it in ingredients that are top in benefits.

  1. Learn to Say No

Don't feel bad about declining, don't make excuses and simply say no. When you stand firm on your decision you are able to prioritize what you really need.

  1. Start a Memory Jar

Begin 2017 with a good memory and end it with one as well, keep a jar and fill it with highlights that'll happen so by the 31st, you can reminisce all the good memories that made the year amazing.

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LIFE ADVICE YOU NEED TO HEAR WHILE YOURE STILL YOUNG

This blog is dedicated to all teens out there struggling in determining what they really want in their life or if you simply want a glow up. And since were still facing a pandemic, I think this is also a season where everyone is re-thinking about their lives. So, I hope these advices might help you.

Tip #1. TAKE RISK - since most of you are still young, I advice you to take your biggest risk. Whether it may be taking the course you want, a skill you want to acquire or just simply taking the risk to throw away your emotional baggage from your childhood. While you're still young, you have very little to lose. You dont have that much commitments and responsibilities. Because the older you get, the more responsibilities and obligations came. So when they are still not piling up, take the risk! As for me, the biggest risk I took when I was still a teenager is to CUT OFF TOXIC FAMILY TIES.

I may sound rude here but, yeah. I decided to throw away my emotional baggage from my traumatic childhood and cut off some of my family ties and it is completely okay! You dont have to be bothered by whatever they will say. Because at your age, you are already investing on your growth as a person. If you really want to grow, THERE IS NO PERFECT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE RISK BUT NOW. Because in taking risk you are actually giving yourself a reward of getting something amazing or beyond what you expect you can have. As they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Keep in mind that the bigger the risk, the bigger possibility of FAILURE. But that is completely OKAY. Because just like what I said earlier, you are still young. You dont have so much to lose so, dont be afraid to take the risk and then fail. But after failing, learn from it and the more courage you have to take risk the greater the learning, reward or happiness. Ito na nga, how to take risk nga ba? And what are the risk that would actually help me to grow? #

2: VOICE LESSON - dont get me wrong, hindi ito vocalization para sa pagkanta. What I mean is, learn to listen to that VOICE INSIDE YOU. Listen to your heart, to your intuition and to your visions because it will be your GUIDE. Because I realize that as you go along your journey of your life and if you really want to be YOURSELF and be successful in achieving your goals, the only GUIDE that you should follow is your OWN VOICE.

It is okay to take and consider other people's advices but at the end of the day,you should never forget to listen to your own voice. Because that voice is what tells you what you truly want. How would you know that if it is your 'own' voice? Your own voice always comes from your HEART. The voice where YOU and GOD'S voice are one. Because I firmly believe that God knows your heart and that is where he reside. I like journaling because whenever I journal my thought every night and every morning, I feel a dual voice inside my head. Like, it contradicts what the other voice is telling. For example: If we have dreams or goals that puts us so much weight and pressure to the point that it makes you exhausted, STOP. Because it might be a dream or goal of someone else. I believe that your own dreams and goals may be frustrating most of the time, but that frustration has fueling feeling that will always tell you that 'This is the hard way to better so keep going'. Frustration in your own dreams will not make you feel exhausted because achieving a dream itself is a fulfilling feeling.

#3. TAKE ACTION - if you really want something to happen, take action. Dont just sit there and wait things to come your way. Make action or decisions that will take you to where you want to go in your life. Just like what I said in one of my novels that I am writing in wattpad, "There is no such thing as destiny or fate. Because YOU make your OWN life choices." For example, I cannot expect to be a published author if I dont write any novels right? The bottomline here is, if you are not moving forward you are actually moving backward. And it is a sad thing. Life is full of situations where you will be put in the line whether you take courage or just stay where you are. Because GROWING needs consistency in moving forward. So if you dont have to enough courage to take action, your life will always stay the same or worse you will continuously shrink down.

#4. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS - this means stretching your comfort zone. I watched an anime entitled "Black Clover" there is a captain there where he always tell his subordinates to surpass their limits right, here right now. Going out of our comfort zones are surely scary and uncomfortable. But you have to accept the fact that you cannot stay on the coast forever. You have to change, because the only thing that is constant in this world is change right? Go out of your comfort zones because LIMITS are just in the MIND. There are disabled people who are successful in their own careers. Because the lesson here is, if you hold back there will be no growth. Because GROWTH blooms in DISCOMFORT.

Last, #5. INVEST IN YOURSELF - especially now that you are still young, you should focus on investing on yourself more. Time is your bestfriend at this point of your life. You have so much time to discover things about yourself. I never regret buying and reading books that I never knew will help me later on in dealing life's challenges. You can use that time to read books, gain wisdom, or pick a new skill, improve your talent and learn from your experiences. Keep learning outside your home or your school. Because the real battlefield is OUTSIDE. What you learn in school will only help you in your career but your wisdom and experiences will help you in life or as a person. People who doesnt embrace growth will never succeed in their life. (This is a reflection blog from my 21st birthday last week. I hope you can feature this on your page and I hope it can help others as well. )

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