Was 2012 a bad year for you? Do you believe resolutions are pointless and setting you up for failure? Are you looking for a personal catchphrase to justify everything you do in the coming year (sorry, no more #YOLO)? Well fear no more and behold: four easy to use slogans for any situation and perfect for turning your self-deprecating bus to disappointment town around in 2013. Choose your own adventure this year, seize those 365 days, and pick the mantra that most resonates with you!
1. Sorry I’m NOT Sorry 2013
2012 and everyone associated with it took advantage of you and you’re sick of it. If MTV could make an edited 2 minute montage of your life all it would show would be you apologizing for something that wasn’t your fault, then subsequently getting shat on, and then apologizing again in a vicious, vicious cycle (this applies in both career AND relationships and is a common pattern to fall in to especially post college or if you live in New York City). This isn’t you, this isn’t who you want to be. You are not a doormat, you’re over it, and in 2013, you’re going to let everyone know. Just because you are young, naive and graduated during a recession doesn’t mean you are allowed to get treated like gum on the bottom of a shoe. “Can you cover my next three shifts?” NO. “Can you give me a foot massage?” NO. You’ve had your fair share of abuse, time to stick up for yourself. Ex: “I know you said you don’t like it when I wear my Hanes high waisted briefs, but they are comfortable and I love them. Sorry I’m NOT sorry.”
2. 2013 is a Place of Yes
2012 was the same old story; same people, same places, same day-to-day and you’re bored. You’re not ready to make a drastic life change, but want to “Spice Up Your Life” a little more. You want to push yourself to meet people, explore and do things you may have been too lazy or intimated to do in the past; you want to say “yes” to things instead of “hmm maybe I’ll think about it, slash no cause I’m like kinda tired”. Welcome to a place of yes. How many times have you regretted going to a party/trivia night/pick up soccer game? How many times have you regretted NOT doing any of those things and watching Netflix all day in bed? Hmm yea probably a lot more. #Nomoreexcuses. This year you are going to strike out on your own and challenge yourself to pursue new social (and maybe love) outlets. A work friend invites you to her housewarming party? GO, you might meet someone cute. An acquaintance offers you a spot at her share house for a ski weekend? Pack yo’bags and get ready to meet new people! Stop thinking of all the ways this activity could be awkward or lame. Spoiler alert: if it sucks, you can always leave. Ex: “This guy who chews gum loudly at my work asked me to go bowling tonight. I can literally think of a million excuses not to, but sure, why the hell not?” < – - A Place of Yes.
3. Don’t Stop Believing in 2013
Maybe you had a great 2012 and you want to bask in its sunshine. You want this lucky streak to keep on rolling, you want fate to just carve out a golden path for you to strut on down. That is great; take this 2013 slogan and run with it. But if you are someone, who is not currently travelling down a rainbow road, this mantra can also be your ticket to 2013 happiness. This year, your plan is to have no plan, to be a sponge, to soak up every experience put in front of you, to become a vagabond and spend the next year backpacking, moving to a new city, ending a long relationship, taking time off or changing careers. You have dreams but no expectations and will choose to view 2013 as one giant apple orchard, ripe for the picking, with limitless possibilities and new adventures on the horizon. So sit back, throw your hands up in the air and buckle up as your D.D. fate takes you for a wild ride. Ex: “I really feel like I am going to meet my soul mate on this yoga retreat in Nepal. Don’t stop believing!”
4. I Deserve Better: The 2013 Story
You have dealt with your share of nonsense last year, you have put on the party dress and fake smile, you’ve watched from the sidelines as others have achieved success, maintained a healthy relationship or fallen in love. You know what you want and dammit you are going to get it; It’s YOUR time now. Confidence, often confused with arrogance and bitchiness, is something worked for, crafted and when it’s successfully implemented, its magic. Jobs come knocking, attractive people want your number and strangers are intrigued by your certain “joie de vivre”. This is your year to shine, big things are going to happen and you are not going to take any shortcuts or discounts this time around; ambition is your middle name. Mental abusive relationships? Hell No. Bad dates? Don’t think so. General disappointments? NOPE. You’ve got champagne wishes and caviar dreams and you’re taking this year by storm. Bye, haters! Ex: “So even though YOU asked me out on a date, you’re still making me pay for both our dinners and gas for your car? Yea, I deserve better.”
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