No shade to the whole "New Year, new me" thing, but we're all about improving upon who we already are in 2018.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, we'd like to challenge you to cherish what makes you special and protect the people and aspects of your life that bring you great joy. Before you can better the world, the good has to start within —and with these 12 pledges we've gathered, you're one step ahead.
Below, ESSENCE staffers shared what personal pledges they're making to themselves in the new year. Take notes, apply and check back in with yourself throughout the year.