5 Phrases I’m Giving Up For The New Year

By Dec 30, 201513 Comments

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2015 has left the building, and the New Year is here! Every one is selecting their word of the year and setting resolutions. Others are already making stuff happen. I love new years; they give us a fresh start! I set some goals for myself and I’m excited to accomplish them.

Delete these phrases from your vocabulary, and let your positivity and purpose carry you through a great year.

5 Phrases I’m Giving Up For 2016

There are some phrases I’ve said in past years that have held me back. I’m giving them up so I can make 2016 my year.

I can’t.

Raise your hand if you’ve told yourself “I can’t” in the past. I’m guilty. It’s always “I can’t this” and “I can’t that.” I honestly believe we all say it a little too much. We live in a world where we are told, “you can’t” more than we’re told “you could” and that’s sad.

In 2016, I resolve to remove the word “can’t” from my vocabulary because I know that I CAN.

I wish.

In 2016, I’m done with wishing. I’m going to be all about doing! I’m replacing wishes with actions. At the end of this year, I want to hear myself saying, “I’m glad I did” instead of “I wish I had.”

I’m sorry.

I say “I’m sorry” way more than I should. Sometimes, I don’t even know I’m saying it until after it has been said. The other day, my sister had cleaned my room without me asking and I had told her I was sorry that she had to do it. In the New Year, I’m going to try to flip that situation around and say “thank you” instead. I don’t want to begin every favor I ask for with “I’m sorry to bug you” any more. I don’t want to say “sorry” when I simply need a hand. I don’t want to sound like I’m not confident because I’m always apologizing.

In 2016, I’ll save my “I’m sorry” for when I actually do something wrong.

I’ll do it later.

I hate to admit it, but I’m always trying to put things off. Last year, allowing myself to do that really hurt me. This year, I’m not going to do it anymore. I’m going to stop saying “I’ll do it later” when I know it has to be done now… Netflix and Pinterest will still be there when I’m done.

It has to be perfect.

I’ve always wanted this perfect little life with the perfect little home office and the perfect little blog, but life isn’t perfect. It’s not meant to be. Instead of striving for everything to be perfect in 2016, I want to strive to embrace the imperfections. Flaws make life fun. Don’t allow the stress of wanting perfection stop you from getting where you want to be.

As we continue on in this fresh start that is 2016, I wish you a wonderful year filled with excitement and opportunity. I hope the New Year brings you joy, happiness, and prosperity.

What phrase do you want to give up this year?

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About Brittany

Brittany is a 22 year old business owner from Texas. She opens up about her journey through adulthood on her lifestyle blog, Simply Brittany. She feeds her social media addiction on Twitter as @brittanyciara and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Brittany is also the founder of Fun For EP Kids, an online parent resource for moms & dads in her city.


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  • Lapaka K says:

    I am definitely giving up “I can’t” and “I wish” and adding “I am…… (anything positive).
    Awesome list Brittnay

  • Charlotte says:

    This is a great, great list. And I am trying to say “I can’t” a lot less. You’re absolutely right–it just seeps into everything, even when I believe that I can. But it’s a defeatist attitude to take on and I’m with you. I’m going to give this up, too, this year 🙂

    Happy happy New Year!

  • I really want to give up the phrase “I’m tired” because I am tired but that doesn’t change anything by saying it. I would make it a New Year’s resolution, but then I would fall into the 90% that don’t keep theirs! Instead, I think I will just focus on doing what I can even when I am tired! 🙂 Great post.

  • KC says:

    Such a good list. I’m known to say “I wish” and like you need to turn it into an action.

  • Leslie Limon says:

    I love this list, Brittany! I too need to remove the phrases “I can’t” and “I wish” from my vocabulary. And procrastination and I are old friends. Thankfully one of my resolutions from last year was to stop procrastinating. I still have a long way to go, but I have made some major improvements. 🙂 My biggest resolution this year is to stop worrying about what others might think or say.

  • RUBYDW says:

    I’m with you! I’m the biggest procrastinator so I’ll do it later is always a problem. Gonna challenge myself this month! baby steps! Great to read your writing once again!!!!

  • Laina Turner says:

    I need to let “I’ll do it later” leave my vocab. I like to procrastinate:)

  • Yes! Such a good idea! This will be the year of getting things done and allowing ourselves to be imperfect. Thanks for this 🙂