8 Things to Let go of in 2018

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on January 10, 2018

I hope you are all having a wonderful 2018 so far!

I have been reading posts in the blogging community about their goals for the new year, or their word for 2018, and similar posts. We are constantly adding things that we want to do or accomplish in a new year, but we don’t often think about things we should let go of. It had me thinking about a new perspective I want to challenge you all with for 2018, so I decide to share what you should let go of in 2018. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, and a lot of bliss—keep reading.

1| Perfectionism

It’s okay to go to work without a full face of makeup and perfectly done hair. It’s okay if your Instagram isn’t perfectly cohesive. It’s okay if you’re not going to cute cafes, and traveling to new places every single month. It’s okay if your party doesn’t have Pinterest-worthy foods and DIY decorations. Life isn’t perfect, so we shouldn’t keep bringing ourselves down in 2018 when things aren’t perfect. You won’t have it together all the time, and there’s nothing wrong with it. Embrace the imperfect moments of life.

2| Negative self-talk

You are beautiful. You are loved. You are needed. You are enough. If there’s one thing you need to let go of in 2018 it’s negative self talk. Self love should be a priority in your life because you deserve to have a positive, loving relationship with yourself. After all, you’re going to be with yourself for your entire life, so you may as well like yourself. Drop the negativity and be kind to yourself. Remember that you’re doing the best that you can, and you’re always going to be a work in progress.

3| Toxic relationships

Let go of the people who don’t lift you up or bring any positivity to your life. Whether it’s a family member, long-time friend, or a coworker you have been spending time with. If they are constantly bringing you down, or they aren’t there for you when you need them there, they probably aren’t a friend worth keeping in the new year. Remember that not every person who comes in your life is meant to stay around forever, and it’s okay to let go of those relationships.

4| Items you don’t love or need

I had to get honest with myself on this one because I’ve noticed a few things I’ve been holding on to that I truly don’t need or even enjoy having around the house. Minimalism has definitely played a large role in my life, and I’m reminded that removing things I don’t love will only make space for more things that I do love. Take time to sort out your closet by asking yourself these 10 questions while decluttering. If you’re already past your closet, try a decluttering challenge, or look into other areas of minimalism that doesn’t involve decluttering.

5| The past 

2018 is a new beginning for all of us, and we should treat it as such. Remember to let go of the negative moments of the past year, so that it won’t hold you back in the new year. This can apply to any period of your life for that matter. When we hold on to feelings of the past, it affects our present self and potentially our future self. So, let the past stay in the past, and you’ll feel content living in the present moment.

6| Busy schedules

We need to stop glorifying busyness. We need to let go of packed schedules and saying yes to plans we don’t even want to make. It’s time we take care of ourselves, and have more time to live slowly and intentionally. Focus on self-care with a mental cleanse challenge. It’s important to have a balance between work and time for yourself. Oftentimes, we get caught up in work and constantly being on the go that it takes a horrible toll on our health altogether.

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7| Procrastination

Sitting on Pinterest dreaming about the life you wish to have can only get you so far. You need to get up and do the things you want to accomplish. Creating a vision board works wonders on achieving your goals, and it’s a great place to start if you’re looking for a little motivation in the new year, too. Find your passion in life, and work at it every single day. Stay consistent with your goals and be productive with your day.

Related: 8 Tips to Get Your Life Together in 8 Hours

8| Comparison

Hey there, beautiful soul. Here’s a gentle reminder that you don’t need to compare yourself and your journey to someone’s else experiences. That’s how you get in a rut, and that’s no bueno. Instead of comparing yourself to other, remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can right now, and there’s always room for improvement. But don’t let comparison steal your joy from the things you love most.

What are you letting go of in the new year? Whether it’s something on the list I have or something completely different, make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below! I would love to hear more about what you plan to let go of in 2018.

Ki Signature


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  • Abby

    Getting rid of #6 and #7 is at the top of my list this year! I’ve gotten sooo much better about not procrastinating than I was in college, but here’s to hoping I do even better this year.

    • I have a feeling you will do wonderful in 2018! That’s amazing you’ve been able to remove procrastination from your life, and I hope you keep progressing on this goal of yours!

  • OMG can NOT agree with this list more. For 2018, I’m working on less negative talk, and less worrying about what others think of me! Fantastic post.

    • Thanks, girl! Yes, we should all stop worrying what other people think of us because deep down, only we know our true selves and intentions!

  • Michelle Stallings | Strugglin

    I have been getting rid of stuff I don’t love or need and it’s been great. These are all good things to get rid of in 2018!

    • Decluttering has done wonders for me. I know there is always more I can let go of, but I also try to not pressure myself too much along the way. Everything can be done on your own time!

  • Parul G

    Yes to all the points listed here! If I can manage to get there even 50%, I know I’ll be a a much more productive, happy, and peaceful person.

    Parul | http://girlinchief.com

    • Yes! Progress is STILL progress no matter how small. You got this, girl!

  • This is all so true. I let go of some toxic people in my life in 2017, and I’m already feeling so much better to start off 2018!

    • Every time I have let go of poor friendships, I’ve always felt myself become lighter, happier and more blissful! It’s amazkng what removing negative people can do for your life and well being! I’ve found amazing friends who are supportive, loving and fun!

  • Robin

    So much wisdom in this post!! These are all things I’ve been mulling over as the new year begins–I love identifying things that have been bringing me down for the past year and having an opportunity to start fresh. Cheers to a good year for both of us!

    • Cheers, girl! And yes, it is so helpful when you find te things that aren’t working, so you can make those changes for the year. And this year, I’m making changes ☺️

  • Negative self talk – yessss. That’s something i really struggled with throughout last year and want to kick for good.

    • I’m right there with you, girl! It is so hard but it helps when you have people to keep you in check. So, if you ever feel like being negative to yourself, just send a message and we can be positive together ☺️❤️

  • I couldn’t agree more. Negative self talk, especially saying ‘I can’t’ is a big thing that I want to let go of this year.

    • YES! I’m right there with you. Because the truth is, YOU CAN. So tell me, what are you going to do this week that you know you can do?! ☺️

      • This is all surrounding yoga for me. I’m not where I used to be, but it’s okay! I can get back too it (:

  • Taylor Smith

    Comparison is the thief of joy – and this year I am all about JOY!

    • LOVE this word for 2018, girl. And yes, we should all strive to have more joy in our lives and that means we should remove comparison from our minds.

  • I love all 8 points that you list! Especially about letting go of busyness, I think some people think they have to be working non-stop all the time but taking a breather and relaxing is important for self-care too!

    • Thank you for your comment! I’m truly trying to live life more slowly and appreciate each moment. I completely agree that we live in a world where many people believe they have to constantly be doing something or working. Instead, I plan to live in the moment and enjoy my time whatever it is I may be doing.

  • YES!! I’ve always been okay with point number one (if I find I’m not comfortable going out without makeup on I stop wearing makeup for awhile), but everything else is stuff that I’m working on letting go of this year.

    • That’s awesome that you’re working on letting go of more of these things for the new year. Of course, some of them are easier said than done, but they are definitely doable. Thanks for your comment!

  • LuckyLoveLife

    I think people often assume because someone is family they have to tolerate poor behavior but that’s just not true. Just because someone’s related to you does not give them a free pass to treat you like dirt and you can cut them out until they shape-up and show that they care. Great tips love the perspective.

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