Welcome to Ch-Ch-Changes Month on Man Repeller

To quote Haley Nahman, “What the actual fuck happened in 2016?

I do not recall Susan Miller warning anyone that 2016 would be a crusade on the general public’s emotional health. Have you spoken to a single person who is sad to see 2016 go? Seriously though — What. The. Actual. Fuck.

But what’s done is done, right? The important thing is that we’re here. We made it! We got out alive and we’re probably (maybe?) better people for it. This does not mean that in order to exist in the prologue of 2017 you must go to the gym and only drink smoothies and read five pieces of recreational-but-educational literature a week.

It doesn’t mean that you have to learn a new language, run for class president (but do that! So cool) or meditate for 12 hours a day. Fuck oil pulling and brushing your teeth at night and not losing your MetroCard every week. Fuck whoever said you should only use exclamation points !!!sparingly!!!

You can call your mom more if you think it will make her happy and especially if you’ll feel good about it but as far as I’m concerned, the underlying message of 2017  — the reason it seems like everyone is so thrilled to be here — is to go easier on ourselves. To hygge instead of Kondo, be instead of attempt. To kick our feet up, say “fuck it,” and do what feels right — not what sounds right.

To moderation, people!!!

This is why we’re calling it Ch-Ch-Changes Month (and no, it is not lost on us that January 10th inaugurates the unfortunate anniversary of David Bowie’s death). I don’t know about you, but for me, deciding to chill is the truest change I have resolved to undergo since I turned 21.

On tap for this month, we have a story about how great it can be to feel hungover. A bowl of salad will share its resolutions for the year. There’s a piece about why people react to change differently, why aspiring to be cool does not have to be “#goals,” and how, exactly, calling someone ugly is the least effective insult of all time.

We’ll fill you up with fashion too — covering everything from Diane Keaton to turtlenecks (on separate occasions!), how to layer through the winter without feeling like an asshole and there may or may not be another piece in the pipeline on leggings as pants.

I’m also asking the hardest hitting question — is bread back? — but before I do that, I have a more important one. How will you inaugurate January as your Best Year Ever? Are you resolving to change and in doing so, remaining the same? Share whatever the hell you feel like sharing (ideas for the theme, random thoughts, your SSN) in the comments below.

Happy 2017! All together now: Aaahhhhhhh.

Photos by Krista Anna Lewis.

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  • Last year (in December), I realized I wanted to shed and focus more. Hygge is OK, but I seem to be into … streamlining this year. Not changing much, but really standing for what is there.

    • Jamie

      Yes, I’m in the same place! Abundance in a few key areas (love, friendships, life experiences), more simplicity in the rest. Hope it goes well!

      • Harling Ross

        love this

    • Mariana
      • So how did they find out I like beer? 🙂

  • Joie Mayor

    Relax more, focus on what I actually care about instead of stressing about everything. I’m still going to be the same mess I always am, but a happier, more chilled out mess.

  • Bread never left! haha but seriously, my plan for this year is to take myself less seriously, travel more, and get out of my head more often. I don’t want to obsess as much about how to always make others happy, and instead also concern myself with how I can be happy too. Maybe I’ll have to learn to be a bit more selfish this year.

  • 2016 wasn’t that bad for me but I’ve already written down list of my secret personal goals which can make my 2017 even better 😉


  • Leliforever

    Graduate.Graduate.GRADUATE. My No1 goal. By the end of 2017, I WILL have my masters in electrical and electronics engineering , even if that means not getting out of my room for the next 10 months!!!

    • sin_plomo

      OMG same! This is the year I finish my PhD! Nearly a decade in higher education and it all ends 2017. Not a resolution but an absolute! More exclamation points please!!!!

  • Hajni Nagy

    Even though it is not a resolution the first biggest thing of the year for me is bringing my puppy home in the end of January that will surely cost a lot of energy, but I’m super excited regardless. As far as plans go I want to put together the perfect bracelet-set (because priorities) and this summer I want to go on a Euro-trip with said puppy and boyfriend by car. This is the year of self-love for me (and the puppy, puppy comes before self) 🙂

  • I’m so excited for this month on MR, perfect theme! My goal for the year is to glow– to be more passionate, to be more friendly and welcoming, to put energy into how I dress! It’s going to be a process to figure out the different ways I can glow and radiate a positive, excited energy, and it’s definitely going to be a change!


  • Time to make the next big jump in my career!! I have no idea where or what that means yet (maybe finally making that scary jump into the big city), but I’m getting out of this podunk town and taking my career by the balls.

    So lots of change and (hopefully some) success!

  • Kaitlin

    Not to toot my own horn (here I go–toot! toot!) but… I ran for grad school class officer in December (not prez, but the community developer) and won. 🙂 I’m feeling super inspired by school (man, who knew case studies could be empowering?!), and it’s already making me feel like I can have an impact in 2017. That, and the plane ticket I just bought to DC for the march. We got this!!!!! (same, exclamation point over-user here)

  • shu

    actually get my gpa together even if it means only seeing my friends in greek events, stop spending so much hecking money, and eat a lot of healthy food since i’m off that wretched meal plan :^)) #heregoes2017

  • kelleylynn

    I finally graduated with my bachelor’s degree in December at the ripe old age of 26, and I’m hoping 2017 will be the year of gettin’ after the life and the standard of living I’ve wanted all throughout my 20s, but haven’t had access to. I’m hoping that by the end of the year, I will have at least the beginnings of a career instead of being stuck at a dead-end food service job. I am also planning on learning how to juggle. Depending on how that goes, it could also be my career. If anyone needs a juggler in like six months, hit me up.

    • Katie Elizabeth

      Same, except I’m 27! I’m ready to feel like an actual adult and have a real income!