“For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Enjoy The Little Things
Buy a $2 facial mask from Target, decorate your room for holidays, take advantage of ice-cream happy hours, eat breakfast for dinner or listen to a throwback 2000’s playlist. If you are constantly waiting on a boy to fall in love with you, or that crazy party on Friday night or you’re already thinking of summer vacation, you will miss out on the smallest aspects of life that can bring you the most amount of joy. Never underestimate the power of singing “Too Little Too Late” by JoJo with your best friend while eating peanut butter out of the jar, because in my opinion, that brings way more happiness than a text from a cute boy ever will.
- Love Yourself
It’s been said that loving yourself starts with liking yourself, which starts with respecting yourself, which starts with thinking of yourself in positive ways. Begin each morning by looking in the mirror and pointing out something you love about yourself, whether it be your physical features, your mental strength or your daily accomplishments. Choose to surround yourself with people who treat you with kindness and respect, start forgiving yourself for personal mistakes and imperfections, make sure you speak kindly to yourself and take good care of your body, but most importantly, learn to admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.
- Be Kind
Smile at everyone you come across, call your grandparents, tip too much for your morning lattè, hold the door for someone behind you, send someone flowers, send a “thinking of you” text, bring coffee to the kid you’ve silently sat next to all semester, pick up trash that isn’t yours, send a handwritten card and make sure to always use please and thank you. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it, because you will never regret being kind.
- Find Balance
Before going to college, I was given advice from every single adult in my life. By August it was engraved in my head to never put my drink down, call my mom once a week, befriend my professors and do not pet the dogs at the tailgate. It wasn’t until three days before I left for school that I actually got a piece of advice that, to this day, affects the way I think everyday: “Somedays you will order a large cheesy bread with ranch and eat it all by yourself, and some days you will go out and run eight miles and guess what? It is okay to do both because you need balance.” Balance is key. Open your heart to others, but always stand up for yourself. Trust, but don’t stray away from your values. Be content with your life, but never stop improving yourself.
- Have Intentions
Have intentions in your work and your education. Buy an agenda, schedule your days, write things down, set reminders and promise yourself to live more from intentions and less out of habit.
Have intentions with your relationships. People grow when they are loved well, so if you want to help someone grow, love them with good intentions.
Have intentions with yourself. Your mind will always believe everything you tell it to believe, so feed your mind faith, feed your mind truth and feed your mind love. Be intentional in your thoughts and actions, express gratitude and have a pure heart.