Things I Won’t Apologize For in 2017

Happy New Year!

I could fill your head with all of that new year, new me stuff… but I won’t. I’ve been the same determined, goofy, hard-headed girl for like five years. And while I’ve changed a little throughout the years, my core is the same. So instead of telling you how I’m planning to change over the next year, I’ll tell you the ways I won’t.

  1. How much I care. When I care about something or someone, I’m in. 1000%. And when I care, I want the best for that person. I’ll never apologize for wanting you to be the best you can be, and for encouraging you to follow your dreams. And I won’t apologize to push you to go for what you want.
  2. Being loud. Having a big voice is just who I am at this point. When I talk, I want to command attention and I want to be heard. My voice carries, and I think it’s part of what has made me the confident person I am today.
  3. Having expectations. I expect things from everyone I surround myself with, and the thing I hate most is feeling like all the effort is one-sided. At the same time, I hate to see friendships fizzle out because neither person was big enough to reach out. At the end of the day, I’ll admit that I’m friendship glue. I hate to let perfectly good relationships die, so I’ll often be that person who reaches back out. But it can’t always be up to me.
  4. Being honest. I’ve been called out SO many times before for providing my unsolicited opinions. But it’s because that’s one of my sometimes flaws, sometimes strengths. I don’t hold back my feelings, so if you’re doing something I don’t like, I’ll tell you. If you ask my advice, I’ll give you my unfiltered opinion. But that also means that if I say something, you 100% know that I meant it.
  5. Being ambitious. As much as I expect things from other people, I expect even more from myself. I’m my toughest critic, and with everything I do, every story I finish, I’m always thinking about how I could have made it better, how I could have made it more relatable. I’ll never be sorry for constantly trying to be a better reporter, friend and person.
  6. Having dreams. This sort of goes hand-in-hand with being ambitious. But there are things I want out of my life. I want to tell stories via radio and I want to make people’s lives better. I want to give others a forum in which to be heard. I’m always going to want that, and I’m not going to give up until I’m there.
  7. My sense of humor. Some call it dry, some call it obnoxious, I call it perfect. I’m always going to laugh at the most ridiculous things, I’m [hopefully] always going to be able to find a meme or gif for any situation, and I’m always going to have a sarcastic comment for everything.
  8. Listening. Another hand-in-hand point, but I will always listen when anyone needs me. Maybe we just talked an hour ago, maybe we haven’t spoken in a year. It doesn’t matter. I’m always ready to be that shoulder or ear for anybody who needs to talk or get something off of his or her chest.
  9. My appetite. I don’t really think I need to explain this, but I like pizza and I’m not sorry.
  10. Being myself. I’ve always had the attitude that I am not going to change who I am for anyone or anything. All of these points are parts and pieces of what make me who I am. Those combined with my experiences and thoughts make me unique. And none of those have changed throughout the years, they never will.

So, I guess my final point is to celebrate the things about you that you won’t change in 2017, as well as the things that you hope to. If you want to lose weight, do it, celebrate that. But also celebrate that you’re kind. If you want to be nicer this year, do it and celebrate that. But also celebrate that you’re a go-getter who doesn’t let anything get in the way of what you want in life. My unsolicited piece of advice for you today is to stop apologizing for the things that make you who you are.

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