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Ring in the New Year with 18 Inspirational Messages from the NEDA Community

The notion of ringing in the new year is often associated with starting over and beginning from square one. But, what if instead of starting over, we focus on moving forward and keeping up the fight? For those who are struggling with recovery, the new year can serve as a reminder of how far we have come and remind us of the life we choose to fight for. On January 1st, celebrate the beginning of 2018, but don’t forget to celebrate you!

We asked members of the NEDA community to share their words of support and inspiration as we ring in the new year. Check out these 18 motivational quotes for 2018:

1. “Don’t be afraid of the unknown. The unknown can lead to wonderful things.”

2. “My dear, your heart is meant to be full, let it be felt that you're allowed to be fully alive.”

3. "‘We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.’ -Maya Angelou // Life is hard; change is hard; recovery is hard. But ladies and gentlemen, it is all so worth it. Keep fighting, beautiful butterflies.”

4. “Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.”

5. “Give yourself time to heal.”

6. “It’s totally valid to give yourself a day off if you’re struggling. Relax. Recenter. Retry. Recover.”

7. “The choice of self-love & self-care is presented to us with each new tomorrow. However, there is something special about when the calendar changes to a new, untouched year that adds the extra reminder that you are enough, you always were enough, and you will always be enough. Here's to another year of strength and support for healthy minds and nourished bodies for ourselves and those still battling.”

8. “Recovery is taking everything minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. It's the small victories along the way that make the big victories. It's the setbacks that make you work harder. Recovery is giving your all to beat this.”

9. “Recovery does not mean perfection. It's going to take time. Everyone is beautiful in their own ways and others should not be able to dictate that.”

10. “Just keep going.”

11. “No one will ever be perfect. It’s so hard to come to terms with, but we are all human. No matter what gets you down, know that others feel the same struggle. Reach out, get help if you need, make friends, support each other.”

12. “New year, new me? The only new me you'll see is a girl who is radical enough to try to learn to love herself more, to recover, and try to learn that she's worth it.”

13. “Recovery is like a rollercoaster. There are good days and days where you question why it’s worth recovering in the first place. Just know that those low days are the ones that make you the strongest. Recovery is possible. You can do this.”

14. “Each new day is an opportunity to try again, no matter how many times you think you have failed. If you mess up, your progress has not disappeared. You are on the road to recovery. Be proud of each step, each little victory.”

15. “It might seem impossible this very minute, but please don't give up. Life can give us back so much once we open ourselves up to it, once we see it, once we believe it. There is a community who is vouching for you.”

16. “Remember your reasons on why you want to recover and what our bodies are designed to do for us - to breathe, to move, to think, to create, to laugh, to talk, to dance, and so much more.”

17. “You are not alone. You can do this. You are enough.”

18. “Just when you think you can't possibly keep moving forward, at that exact moment, tell yourself you can. You're strong enough, you're brave enough, and nothing can stop you.”

We hope these words of encouragement inspire you to start 2018 on a positive note. Remember: you are worth it and we believe in you!