15 Easy New Years Resolutions For 2018

15 Easy New Years Resolutions For 2018

New Year, New You? Give some of these ideas a try to make small positive changes to your every day life!
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It's that time of year again! It's time for a brand new year and new beginnings! Each year we set goals for ourselves that sometimes seem so far out of reach that we often give up after only a month or two. Dieting, exercising, and saving money are all pretty common but do we ever really achieve them they way we wanted to? Sure, maybe you lost some weight but not as much as you wanted to. Or maybe your goal was to save $2,000 and you only save $600. While those are amazing goals to have, I have compiled a list of smaller, achievable goals to make this year a great year!

1) Start a Budget.

There are many reasons people start budgets. To save money, to see where their money is going, and to just better organize their finances. Figure out what your money goal is and try setting a small budget for each month or week to track your spending. Limit yourself to buying coffee twice a week instead of everyday, or try buy off brand food at the store to save some money. Tracking your spending, even just for 6 months to a year can go a long way when trying to save up for a big purchase or to pay off debt.


2) $5 Shoebox (or Envelope)

This is one that I actually did this last year and saved almost $400! It's simple, every time you get a $5 bill, you put it in the box (or envelope) and don't spend it. You just keep adding to it. Another thing I do with this is in addition to $5 bills, at the end of each week I take all the $1 bills left over from change in my wallet and add it in the box too. You'd be surprised at how quickly it adds up!

3) Stop Drinking Soda!

It's literally that simple. Try it for a year. A single year without soda! It forces you to drink more water and it even saves you some money when you go to restaurants. It's been 4 years without soda for me and I certainly don't miss it!

4) Find a Good Skin Care/Face Wash Routine

It may sound a little silly, but your face will thank you years from now. A great moisturizer is a life saver and will make you feel so much better! Find a product and brand that you like and it's worth it to spend a little extra money on something you love! Set a morning and night routine that will keep your face soft and fresh. (Extra Tip: Make a point to always take your make up off and clean your face good afterwards, again your face with thank you!)

5) Read Books

Pick a new book to read each month. If you've never read Harry Potter, thats 7 books and 7 months already planned for! Reading allows you to have some time to relax, so pick some books and enjoy the read!

6) Take Weekly Walks

When it's warm outside make it a point to take 20-30 minute walks a few times a week. Get some fresh air and enjoy the scenery.

7) Posting Positive Messages

Do yourself a favor and set a goal to not post anything negative on social media! Keep your complaints to yourself and add some good stories and comments to your newsfeed! Especially with Facebook Memories and Time Hop its hard to look back a read all the bad things you have posted in the past!

8) Reach Out To Old Friends

Oftentimes we get so busy in life that we lose touch with people who used to be so important to us. Make it a point to reach out to someone and make plans! Even if you meet up 2 or 3 times a year, you both will appreciate the time spent together so much more than a Facebook post!

9) Eat Breakfast Everyday

Another very silly goal, but you will feel so much better throughout the day after eating a nice breakfast. Pre-made smoothies, oatmeal, and eggs are very quick and easy options in the morning and your body will thank you!

10) Self Care (Make Time For Yourself)

Take baths, use face masks, and just take some time for yourself! Make sure you spend some time each week just doing something small. Paint your nails, go sit at Starbucks and listen to some music, write in a journal, whatever it is that helps you unwind. It's so important for your mental health to take some time to yourself.

11) Getting Rid of Excess

This can be anything! Old clothes, or movies and books. This can even mean people and responsibilities. Get rid of things that are holding you back and slowing you down. Do you really need to go to book club every week for a book you're pretending to read because you're too busy doing everything else? Do you really need all 5 of your credit cards even though you only use 3 of them? When was the last time you wore that jacket? Get rid of it and cut it out!

12) Volunteer or Donate!

This goal can be a weekly, monthly, or even a one time thing. Find a place or organization that you can get involved in and help out! Find a cause and donate money. Find something you love and do what you can to make a difference, whether it be with animals, kids, or senior citizens.

13) Try New Hobbies

Make a list at the beginning of the year of things you would love to try! Learn how to plan an instrument, take a pottery class, cooking, join yoga! Just make a list and try something new each month! Find some friends to do it with you or make new friends as you go! Allow yourself to enjoy all the things life has to offer and take any opportunity you have to try something new!

14) Get Organized!

Spend the first week or two of the new year organizing your life. Organize your room and clean your car! Get a planner to help keep yourself on track with bills, assignments, and work. Even if your organization is very basic, you will feel so much better about having a place for everything and it will make life easier as the year goes on.

15) STAY POSITIVE

I can't stress this enough! It is so easy to let life knock us down. We all go through rough patches for many different reasons. Try to remember each day the things you are thankful for and why you keep striving every day. Practice healthy self-talk and surround yourself with people who support you and will get you though those hard days. Staying positive and having a good outlook on anything (even failure of all of the above resolutions) will make this upcoming year a great one!

Good luck with these resolutions and maybe the ones you have for yourself! Pick a few that are the best fit for you and go with it. Also, remember that it's okay to fail! Don't beat yourself up for having a soda when you've already finished 7 books by April and volunteer at the animal shelter once a week! Find your groove and stick to it! I wish nothing but the very best for the upcoming New Year!



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However, when most people type in "sexy Halloween costumes" into their search engine, they might be looking for tight bodysuits or something that shows a little more cleavage. Don’t get me wrong, I'm not knocking out bunny ears or mesh tights. However, it might be time to stretch what that definition means.

I've gathered a few costume ideas that are sure to make a statement this Halloween while representing some of the most iconic women of our time. So, here are the ten best Halloween costumes for forward-thinking women like us!

1. Rosie the Riveter

Who better to show that we are equal and can do a “man’s job” just as good (or better) than Rosie the Riveter? This outfit is bold and inexpensive. You may even have this in your closet!

2. Marilyn Monroe

"I am very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.”

More proof that you can be beautiful in pants or a dress. Embrace the beauty within.

3. Taylor Swift

“I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life,” Taylor Swift said in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Enough said.

4. Hillary Clinton

President or not I’m still with her. Just like feminists and activists before her, she has paved the way for modern women to stand up for themselves and have a voice.

5. Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony proved any woman could turn her dreams into a reality. She helped remove limitations and showed women to be fearless. Fast forward 97 years and women can achieve even more than. Yes, we still have more to accomplish, but we’re definitely nearing the horizon!

6. Amelia Earhart

Not only was she an American aviator, she was also the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Talk about goals. This Halloween, you can defy gender norms just like Amelia did.

7. Frida Kahlo

Surrealist painter Frida Kahlo explored the depths of her identity, culture, gender, class, love, and loss. Through her persona and her artwork, she defied feminine beauty and gender stereotypes in a time where women had few rights and were viewed as submissive. Who ever said you had to get your brows waxed anyway?

8. Birth Control

Hands off my birth control!

This might be sound a little kooky, but isn't that what Halloween is all about? This year, make it a point to express how you feel through your costume. Women need to stick together! So, let's dress up as birth control to remind the GOP we will not accept another restriction.

9. Wonder Woman

Adding Wonder Woman to our list was a no-brainer. She’s a crowd favorite, especially the way Gal Gadot represented her in the new movie.

Overall, Wonder Woman is a symbolic character that reminds us anyone can be a hero. The days when only little boys looked up to their favorite superhero are long gone. Now, kids and adults of any gender have a badass female superhero to fawn over.

10. Madonna

More than 30 years ago Madonna broke the barriers of what men wanted women to be. In a time where women were expected to follow certain rules, her attitude and bravery overcame those norms. Shoutout to "Hocus Pocus" for the inspo.

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This Halloween, don't just be brave. Be Rey.

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15 Last-Minute Fall Activities For Anyone Who Hasn’t Done Anything Yet

You don't want to wait another year to do these fun things!

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With the weather we keep having here in Ohio, it feels as if we have just skipped the season of fall altogether and went from summer straight to winter. What is that about? Fall is my favorite season and every year I tell my friends that we should do all these fall-related activities. Last year, I didn't do any of them. And this year, that same ending is likely to be repeated. So, if you're like me, and haven't done anything related to the season, here are fifteen activities you should plan before the season is completely over.

1. Go apple picking

Either to an actual orchard, or you could go to the grocery store and buy a bundle of apples, place them in a basket, and pose by any old tree, and take pictures. No one will be able to tell the difference.

2. Go to a pumpkin patch

Or any grocery store and buy pumpkins of various sizes and tell yourself you didn't have time this year to go to an actual patch.

3. Go to a haunted house

Why pay $35 or more on a haunted house, when logging onto Blackboard or Canvas can give you an even bigger scare for free?

4. Get lost in a corn maze

Picture this: going to the grocery store with your mom, she wanders off, and you spend the remainder of your trip trying to look for her. It's basically the same thing.

5. Have a scary movie marathon

A fun roommate bonding activity: put on a scary movie, scream, and jump, then go to bed. All the while, it's pitch black outside. What's better than that?

6. Get dressed up

Wear a tuxedo or formal dress to classes and you're all dressed up. Or find a costume at Goodwill and wear that.

7. Go out partying

Or get dressed up at your dorm/apartment and stay in and watch movies or do homework. You could go out in the cold in a costume or you could stay in and huddle under three blankets. The choice is up to you but staying in already sounds so much more enticing.

8. Go camping

And try not to think about how dozens of horror movies end when a group of people going camping. That would just ruin your fun.

9. Buy a pumpkin spice latte

Go to Starbucks. Order a PSL. Take one sip. Post a picture of the drink on your Snapchat or Instagram story. Then throw it in the garbage because those drinks are trash.

10. Jump into a pile of leaves

And try to ignore the fact that there could be thousands of little bugs and germs within that pile and just try to reach your inner child.

11. Drink apple cider

This will bring back some memories from your childhood. But as an adult, don't look at the nutrition facts. Especially the sugar content.

12. Carve or paint pumpkins

Take out your grocery store bought pumpkins and carve or paint away. While you're doing that, throw those pumpkin seeds into the oven to have a snack when you're done carving away.

13. Eat a caramel apple

This will get you into the fall spirit: with a sweet snack that is almost healthy.

14. Step on every leaf you pass

Hearing that satisfying crunch of leaves as you step on them is one of the best parts of fall. The worst is when you step on a leaf and it doesn't crunch.

15. Get ready for Christmas

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