By Marky - 10:13 PM

A new year always brings an air of reflection, with the promise of new experiences and oppurtunities prompting a period of soul-searching and considering how to make the most of what is to come. Here's my 5 mantras for 2017.
1. Keep your head up and your heart open.
I repeated this over and over again after my past sentiments. After being with the same person for over 20 years, I quickly realized that this kind of thinking wouldn't get me far. I trusted myself that if I just kept my head up and my heart open, good things would come into my life. By actually keeping your head up, smiling at people as they walk by, and keeping aware of your surroundings, you may notice something or meet someone that you potentially could have missed had your head been down. 

2. Don’t compare yourself to others.

You must define your own goals in life, identify your own strengths and pursue them in your own way. Of course be inspired by others, seek knowledge from them and learn through shared experiences, but don’t compare yourself to them-their lives/relationships/career. Everyone has a unique role to play in this world, and you owe it to yourself and those around you to make the best of it on your terms, in your time, in your way.

3. Always be kind.
Always be kind and be angry when you need to be. Stand up for your ideas that you believe in and don’t back down from them just because you have a different opinion. Learn to love and sound your voice when it bounces off the walls of a room full of people, because your voice has the power to change some minds. 
4. Let it go.
You know nothing is going to change, because you can’t change people unless they truly want you and you can’t change their past either, and the sooner you realize this, you will spend more time being happy than in a constant battle with your mind and your heart. 

5. Perseverance and Persistence pays off.
Finally, this what we must remind ourselves every day, because it is absolutely true. Never give up on your goals, aspirations or anything that drives you in this life, as that is the sole purpose for which we exist; to seek and fulfillment, in both the largest and smallest of quantities, and enjoy the journey along the way.

What I'm wearing: Terno by yours truly, Adidas sneakers, Pull & Bear clutch, Burberry watch

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