A January To-Do List Versus A September To-Do List

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January

  • Journal EVERY day.

September

  • Just respond to that one work email Derek sent you eight days ago.

January

  • Go to the gym 3x per week!!!

September

  • Sign up for a 5k and then brag about it and then sleep through it because you had two glasses of wine last night.

January

  • Clean apartment and get organized!

September

  • Pick that blanket off the floor and fold it if not too tired.

January

  • Watch one informative documentary per week.

September

  • Watch season 3 of Parks and Rec again.

January

  • Work on being more present.

September

  • Respond with “that’s hilarious” to whatever Jenna just said.

January

  • Stop procrastinating!

September

  • TBD.

January

  • Cleanse life of all drama.

September

  • Sniff out drama like a starving jungle cat.

January

  • Eat healthier.

September

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Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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