The new years is creeeeeeeeeepin’ up on us and I’m personally thrilled for it.

It’s time for 2016 to go and for 2017 to come, it’s time for new experiences, new vibes, and new opportunities.

I’ve decided this year to find mantras that will inspire me and remind me of the things that I’m working towards and the mindset I want to have during 2017.

What am I working towards?

I”m working towards building a business and a personal brand. I’m working towards being my own person and not comparing myself to others (I don’t want to point fingers but ahem, ahem…INSTAGRAM). I’m working towards having new epic travel experiences and growing from them as a person.

What mindset do I want to have?

That I’m a bad-ass woman who can pull off anything she sets her mind to. That I’m smarter and stronger than ever and that I’m in it to win it every single solitary day.

What are my mantras?

“Old ways won’t open new doors.”

Ain’t that the truth! Although the past six years were necessary for me to be the person I am now I wasted SO much time doing the same things and then complaining that I was getting the same results. For example, I would keep applying to waitress jobs and then I would complain about still being in the service industry. How could I ever get out if that’s the job I was always applying for? In 2017 I”m remembering that if it’s time for a change it’s up to me to make that change happen by doing things differently than I ever have before.

“It doesn’t matter what others are doing, it matters what you are doing.”

Okay, don’t get me wrong I love Instagram probably more than the average person BUT it is a dangerous pit of comparison. I see all of these women KILLING it in careers that I want to have. I want to be traveling the world and blogging about it! Getting too caught up in the world of Instagram can shatter your dreams and make you feel inadequate. We cannot, ever (in any industry) compare our chapter one to someone else’s chapter 10. This year I’m putting my blinders on and staying focused on MY stuff and not anybody else’s.

“You act like it’s you against the world but it’s really just you against yourself.”

Phew. This is the real deal. This is where we break out of our comfort zones. This is where we get over that ex. This is where we find ourselves. 2016 taught me something absolutely invaluable-that I’m in control of my mind and my mind is in control of my life. If I have shitty thoughts my life will feel seriously shitty. If I have positive and transformative thoughts (like I AM going to be a travel blogger, I AM going to have a successful blog/writing business, I AM financially stable) then the sky opens up and showers me with resources, experiences, and opportunities. You get what you give!

“Do things that feed your soul not your ego and you will be happy.”

Starve that nasty little ego of yours then kick it to the curb and walk away and NEVER look back. We don’t need an ego, it can destroy so many beautiful relationships and opportunities. If you relinquish the control that your ego wants to have on your life you’re no longer scared to do new things, to look stupid, or to have fun. Learning to laugh at myself has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. To be honest, I laugh the hardest when I’m laughing at myself and a mistake I made. If you can do this, you can do anything and you’ll be a fearless leader in a world full of people to scared to risk looking silly.

Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.” -Margaret Shepard

I saved this for last because if there is anyway to walk into 2017 it’s with this written on your forehead. Okay, I’m kidding you don’t need that Sharpie BUT you do need to live this full heartedly. I’m strutting into 2017 unafraid. I have no back up plan, I have no safety net, and I’m going to do it anyway. My leap of faith is to work on a blog/brand that currently provides no financial stability and to continue to do freelance writing online to grow my voice. There is no promise that this will give me the financial gain that I need in the future but you know what? I don’t need a promise because I know with every cell of my body that this is the path that I’m meant to be on. I have taken the leap and as I fall without a clue as to where I land-I have never been happier.

These epic mantras are going to lead to an epic year for me and I hope that you adopt them as well so that you too can have a year that makes you say, “Wow that was actually absolutely insane.”

Make the necessary changes, focus on yourself, be your number one fan, drop that ego, and jump! Let 2017 know that you’re on the way and you’re coming in hot. Cheers to a great new year!