a few new year’s resolutions

ones that you can keep

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Sure a new year means a fresh start, but why all of the hype with resolutions and changing? I never really understood why people had to wait until the begining of a new year to make a change. If you don’t like something, change it– don’t wait, make the change now. I’m preaching to the choir, and it’s much easier said than done– I know. With a new year in motion, there is change. Change will be happening all around. This year in addition to my regulation monthly resolutions list, I figured I would jump on the bandwagon of new year’s resolutions after reading an article. I hope you enjoy the combined list below.

From an article from Elite Daily I read an article entailed: 25 New Year’s Resolutions Every Person Should Actually Make For 2014. I am going to take a few of the ones that are listed from the article, but I am going to subtract and add my own. Over all I think it is an awesome list and you should check out both. Here’s to a great 2014. Best of luck in all your resolutions this year.

New Year’s Eve is often seen as a time of rebirth, the chance to start anew. We all come up with the regular resolutions for the upcoming year (losing weight, seeing family more often and/or falling in love ), but often our ideas of what should change are too broad. This New Year’s Eve, we should all vow to take a closer look into our lives and make decisions about ourselves then. These are the 25 New Year’s resolutions every person should make:

1.Stop posting negative sh*t about celebrities on social media. Miley Cyrus does not care what you think about her haircut, Justin Bieber does not care what you think of his tattoos and Gwyneth Paltrow couldn’t care less regarding what you think about her diet.

2. Stop resenting yourself for drunk texting your ex. Sure, its a little embarrassing, but at least you’re addressing your feelings. Not that you should aim to drink an entire bottle of rum then see what happens, but… roll with the punches.

3. Leave the country. If you don’t have money, look into doing charity work abroad. Some programs will sponsor you.

4. If you hate your job, quit your job. Repeat after me: THE MONEY IS NOT WORTH IT. Food and shelter are clutch though, so make sure you have another job lined up.

5. Stop beating yourself up for skipping the gym on days you truly didn’t have time. But also, stop skipping the gym on days you had plenty of time to go.

6. Make up — not to be confused with make out — with an ex.

7. Rid yourself of enemies. Apologize for what you did wrong and forgive those who have wronged you. AND rid yourself of “frenemies.” Don’t spend 2014 surrounded by people you secretly despise.

8. Unplug, don’t like technology run your life. When you are with your friends and family truly value and enjoy that time you are spending with them– leave your phone elsewhere.

9. If you think somebody is cute, say “hi” and introduce yourself. Every relationship you have ever had started with a greeting.

10. This one is simple– eat fresher. Make sure the things you are consuming are fresh. Have a colorful plate.

11. Stop caring about how many people “like” your Instagram photos. If you like the photo enough to post it, what else matters? Social media anxiety is a waste of time.

12. Cross something off your bucket list. Sky dive, bungee jump, scuba dive, etc. Don’t make excuses as to why you can’t accomplish something, and check out

13.  Take up a new hobby! Learn how to make peanut butter, knit, take up running. I don’t care what it is, but make sure it’s something you enjoy. You might have to try a few things before you find one you really like.

14. Keep a journal. It doesn’t have to be something you use daily, but documenting your experiences is incredibly important. You’ll appreciate it later.

15. Strengthen relationships with family members. Blood is thicker than water.

16. Help strangers. “Pay it forward,” do good things for the world — and don’t post a Facebook status about it.

17. Conquer a fear.

19. Don’t check your Twitter feed when you’re with friends.

20. Politeness goes along way. When you are feeling glum, it’s always nice to have a cheerful face around. Make sure to greet everyone in your office. Be polite and say hello.

21. Double-text without fear. THOU SHALL NOT BE IGNORED!

22. Find one awesome piece of artwork. Maybe it’s your own? Whatever this awesome art is, make sure to display it

23. Cry. When you’re happy and when you’re sad; embrace your emotions as they come.

24. Stop being so shallow. Next time you find yourself judging someone based on his or her appearance, imagine the person standing in front of you saying, “I’m beautiful.” You’ll start to believe it.

25. Conversations. Make and have conversations. Make it a point to call people rather than text and email them. It’s important to have this type of interaction and I am sure your parents (family and friends) will love to hear from you.

dream chasing

reasons why people don’t pursue their passions

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After countless classes, trips to my academic counselors and internships I never really could figure out what I wanted to do. Classes and internships helped me to see what I enjoyed doing. They also helped me understand that I didn’t want to sit down and call reporters and pitch stories to them all day– that’s not for me. Deep down, I know that I want to pursue a career that I want and that I was extremely passionate about. But it’s hard to find that perfect fit. What I’ve learned is sometimes, you just need to take a leap of faith.

From an article I recently read, I decided to alter a list of ‘Top 5’ list of the reasons why people (myself included) do not pursue their passions.

Aren’t willing to standout and be “weird”

 It is so much easier to go down the road that everybody else is taking instead of staying true to yourself. It is an awfully daunting task to carve your own path! As an impressionable undergraduate, it was significantly easier to go down the path of everybody else instead of following my own heart. You need to adopt the mentality and understanding that “normal” is the absences of creativity. I will be the first person to tell you that I’m weird, and I love it.

People are satisfied with ‘interested’

Most people I know settle for interested. They will tell you I’m interested in law/politics/writing/music. I think it’s easier to see and to understand that you shouldn’t settle especially when you have the opportunity to see individuals who ‘knew what they were suppose to do’. When you see these people you can just tell how much happier they were because they truly loved and enjoyed what they were doing.

Excuses

Promise me this, never again start a sentence by saying…If only I had ____. Listen, if I can do it then so can you. I had to overcome these obstacles, and so will you. I knew someone who decided to break into sports/entertainment marketing. He had no money to his name, no relevant work experience in four years of college, few contacts in the industry, not a clue where to begin, a huge student loan payment, and a degree from a college that nobody had ever heard of. But you know what he did it. He really did it, and couldn’t be happier. There is no such thing as an excuses. Chase your dreams!

“I had a dream…”

Countless times I have heard older people start off their sentences like this. It is truly unfortunate. You can never let others hold you from your goals and dreams.

Fear

We fear so many things in life it is incredible. Maybe your fear is that you never will accomplish your goals or dreams, and that’s one huge reason that you are being stopped from doing so. It’s better to try and succeed in some fashion, rather than not going for it at all.

I truly hope that this resonates with you. I hope this gives you the motivation to get up tomorrow today and take chances and get out there! There are a lot of questions you will encounter along the way. You have to remember that you need to go on with your journey which will turn into an adventure. For me I have to discover what I truly love doing and I won’t stop until I discovered it. I know I’m not in this boat alone, I will see you a long the way, my friends.