@FayNelson via YouTube

Liberian-born Fay Nelson—also known as Fay the Comedian—has a straight-talking, irreverent style and real-life relatability we just can’t get enough of. But as we strut into 2018, this recent video is exactly the spirit we want to take with us.

In the clip, Fay recounts conducting a social experiment: daring to hit the streets completely natural—no makeup, natural hair, in a T-shirt. Then, after going through her beauty regimen, she hits those same streets and has a very telling encounter. We won’t spoil it here—the clip is worth the six minutes—but suffice it to say, for those of us who sometimes struggle with reconciling our public and private selves, it’s a welcome reminder that we should expect to be accepted just as we are. And that’s a resolution we’re willing to keep this year.