I am making this year about me and I will not apologize for it. I’m making the decision to leave behind everything and everyone that is toxic. I’ll be focusing on myself and I won’t let anyone or anything stand in the way of that.

This year, I’ll appreciate myself more. I will take the time to build a beautiful relationship with myself; the kind that will let me appreciate all my great qualities and embrace the ones that are not-so-great. I will love me for the person that I am and work on becoming the best version of myself.

This year, I will not let anyone, much less myself, hold me back. I will pull out of that comfortable space I have been hiding in and face all my fears. One day at a time, I will work towards achieving my dreams. I will believe in myself, take the plunge and just go for it.

This year, I won’t chase after people who have made it clear they do not have the time nor space in their lives for me. I’m leaving that clingy and needy girl behind and embracing the strong woman that I know I am. I will focus on those that love and appreciate me. This year I will be cutting off all ties that don’t add any value to my life. I will not make a priority of anyone or anything that sees me as an option.

This year, I will take care of my body. I will do away with all bad habits. I will limit how much I drink. I will drink as much water as I should, and then some. I will make an effort to cook my own meals instead of always eating take out. I will eat healthily, be it at home or when I do go out. I’m not too sure about joining a gym, but what I do know is that I will stay active.

This year, I will make a deliberate effort to invest in my mental health and well-being. I will read a book every month to keep my mind sharp. I will interact with people who challenge me mentally. I will be very careful about what I let into my mind. I will, with all diligence, guard my every thought and not waste my energy worrying about things that I have absolutely no control over.

This year, I will take care of my emotional health. Anything that brings me anxiety and disrupts my peace just has to go. If it ever becomes too much for me to handle, I will let in someone. Instead of keeping everything bottled up, I will speak to someone in my inner circle. I will not hesitate to seek professional help if that is what it will take to get me better.

I have every intention of making this year a great year for myself. I know that there may be some ups and downs down the road. I’ll ride out the bad times and celebrate the good times. This is the year for me, and I couldn’t be more excited.