2019…Can you believe it?! I feel like just yesterday it was 2012 and I was graduating from high school. Time has flown by incredibly fast since then! This past year has been a big one for me and I think a proper post reflecting on that is in order.

To start, lets go waaay back to the beginning of 2018 12 months ago…

I have always had a sassy personality and like to compare my sense of humor to that of Chelsea Handler. A little dry and harsh but there’s still a heart in there (somewhere hehe.) In having this type of personality, I am naturally drawn to certain types of people. Those people are typically funny, sarcastic, negative and uninspiring.

For a while, I thought that this was the only type of person I got along with. It wasn’t until meeting someone who opened my eyes to all the bullshit I was surrounding myself with that I realized I wasn’t like this at all. It was just a slight part of my personality that I was letting take over me entirely. I decided those friends had to go. By cutting out the toxic people in my life, everything changed. I was no longer embarrassed to share with my friends my accomplishments, I was more focused and inspired at work, and I became friends with people who were actually rooting for me! It’s hard to know when you are in a bad situation until you are completely out of it.

I highly encourage anyone who feels like they are being put down by their friends, co workers, boyfriend, girlfriend or whatever to take a step back and really consider if the relationship is worth it. If it is, you need to communicate how you are feeling ASAP or it is never going to work out. If you are letting the person take advantage of you and they aren’t worth it, RUN, don’t walk, out of the relationship.

Now that it is 2019, I have a few new goals of my own.

1- I am working towards being a kinder, empathetic person. I grew up in a loud Italian, opinionated family where we are quick to jump down someone’s throat who we do not agree with. I am going to actively work against my instincts and put myself in others shoes before jumping to conclusions.

2- I am going to try being a vegetarian. I have always loved eating healthy and appreciated good quality food from a young age. Recently I have been eating a lot of meat and noticed that if I have something with meat in it for lunch, I feel extremely tired an hour later. No bueno! I love tofu and veggies and since I am not a big coffee drinker, I need as much energy as possible.

3- I am going to be more consistent with The Dean’s List. Between moving from Chicago to NYC and commuting to work every day, my posting habits have gone to shit. I am going to be more reliable at posting and will have a new Dean’s List post every Monday night (give or take). 🙂

Remember- you are in charge of your own life and your own happiness. Don’t blame people for circumstances you are choosing to be in! If it doesn’t feel like you are on the right path, chances are you probably aren’t.

Make 2019 the year that you walk away from the bullshit with your head held high and a smile on your face. In a world full of Trumps, have the grace and class of Barak Obama. 🙂


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