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11 Ways To Kick Butt In 2017

Relentlessly focus on what you care about, and relentlessly dismiss what you don't.

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It's 2017 and you've got work to do. Whether you're organizing for prison reform, finishing school, or taking care of family, you'll need to build yourself up to keep fighting the good fight.

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PSA to the people who run the dictionary: please add the above gif of Claressa Shields to your entry for the word "fight," thanks.

This week, on BuzzFeed's Another Round podcast, writer/thinker/our beloved life coach Stacy-Marie Ishmael gives us much-needed advice on making 2017 pop. Listen here or click "play" below!

Here are some of the things Stacy-Marie inspired us to think about in our attempts to do 2017 right:

2. Get your social media* in order.

don't forget to change your draws tomorrow! don't take last year's crotch crusties into 2017! #nye #tradition

If your job title is in your Twitter bio, make sure you're cool with your employer seeing what you Tweet.

*and your draws

5. If you have to cry at work, arm yourself with the right makeup.

Why our beloved @s_m_i makes the case for waterproof mascara😭

6. Protect yourself from internet trolls.

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It's exhausting to be a woman on the Internet. If you're any kind of public figure online, Stacy-Marie suggests getting a P.O. Box so people can support your work, but not also stalk you.

8. Cultivate a mentor who will support your dreams.

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Whether it's a work mentor or a therapist or a financial planner, we all need help getting where we want to go. Different helpers in our lives will have different superpowers, and it's okay if they can help us in some and not all of the ways. Invest time and energy in finding people who want to help you shine brighter.

10. Pick your battles.

Take a resolution from @s_m_i and be relentless. 💪🏾

You won't have energy for all of the things. Pick a few of the things. Save your energy for those things. Then do the things!

11. Nourish yourself.

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Feed yourself with art and music and food that make you feel GOOD. Surround yourself with people that make you feel good, too.

Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy podcast.

Contact Another Round at julia.furlan+anotherround@buzzfeed.com.

Neena Pathak is an audio producer with BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Neena Pathak at neena.pathak@buzzfeed.com.

Julia Furlan is an audio editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Julia Furlan at julia.furlan@buzzfeed.com.

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