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Dear Abby: New Year, New Me?

Dear Abby, 

How do I get rid of all of the toxic people in my life this new year? I’ve been trying for so long, but I think now is the time. 

Dear Anonymous, 

Cutting people off is never as easy as it seems on paper, but I would agree that the start of a new year is an ideal time to do so. The first thing that I would recommend is to simply talk to the people you’re planning on “unfriending”. Express your exact thoughts and be honest with those people, after all, if they’re truly your friends they will listen to you. If they don’t attempt to change after you’ve talked to them, then you can begin to get rid of them. Block them, stop talking to them, hang out with new people, do whatever you need to do to get into a better headspace. Take care of yourself first. The people that you surround yourself with have a major impact on who you are as a person, so make sure that your friends reflect what you want to see in yourself and achieve in life. I wish you the best of luck! 

Dear Abby, 

How do I have the best year yet? 

Dear Anonymous, 

You are in complete control of having the absolute best year of your life. It’s 2020! Do everything that you’ve wanted to do but just “haven’t gotten around to it”. Make a list, a bucket list perhaps, and write down everything that you are dying to do this year. Most importantly, you have to stick to it and push yourself to complete your goals. Find a friend to keep you company as well as keep you accountable! Make sure that you make your bucket list attainable for your schedule and your lifestyle, but don;t be afraid to color outside of the lines. The start of a new decade is the perfect time to start doing the things that you love and that make you happy. Have an amazing time this year! 

Dear Abby, 

Do you think that New Year’s Resolutions are actually effective? 

Dear Anonymous, 

That’s a great question. TO be quite frank with you, I really do not think that New Year’s Resolutions are a good thing. Typically, the resolutions focus on negative aspects about a person in an attempt to change them. The biggest, of course, is to lose weight. I think that obsessing over a negative aspect of your life or yourself is unhealthy. Instead of trying to change everything that you hate about yourself, you should focus on things that make you happy and doing things that you love. Forcing yourself to reach a “goal” because society makes you feel like you have to is not reaching a goal, it’s an attempt to conform to the norm, to feel socially accepted. Stray away from the norm, be you, and do what you love!

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