So, we all know that the beginning of a new year means that a list of resolutions (that we'll keep until the second week of January because...oops) needs to be written. I usually recycle a lot of my resolutions---read x amount of books, travel, stop being such a grinch---but I also take a lot of inspiration from a few carefully selected books that I read during throughout the year. This year, I will take a piece of advice from the following:
1. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes:
Say yes. Say yes to saying no more often. Believe in yourself. It is okay to think you're amazing (because you are). Don't be afraid of trying new things.
2. I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee:
Speak your mind. Be yourself. Weird is underrated.
3. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah:
Be proud of where you were born. Love your mother unconditionally. Regardless of the situation, even with the sourest of lemons, you can usually make a good lemonade if you keep moving forward. Your life might be difficult but there's always someone out there with an inspiriting story. Listen to them.
4. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick:
Work hard. Then, work harder. Never give up.
5. You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein:
You'll grow out of it. Everyone is self-conscious. You have to stay strong because that self-doubt is not going anywhere...but you can learn to tame it.
6. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schemer:
Voice your opinion. Usually, you only see a piece of someone else's life. Don't judge. You never know what they're going through.