18 Resolutions For 2018 That Are Easier To Keep Than Losing Weight

18 Resolutions For 2018 That Are Easier To Keep Than Losing Weight

It's okay to choose health, but don't forget these other ways to improve yourself this year.

2018 is here! Often, this transition into the new year is coupled with countless resolutions, made in hopes of improving yourself from the previous year. Losing weight and getting fit is often among the most popular new year's resolutions. If you're looking for something different this year, listed below are 18 ideas to improve yourself in 2018 that aren't related to joining a gym.

1. Read every day.

Whether it's in the morning while you're eating breakfast or a short 20 minutes before you go to sleep, reading every day is a way to give your brain a good workout.

2. Pray more.

Pray often and strengthen your relationship with God. If you're not religious, meditation is a good alternative for relieving stress levels and increasing peace of mind.

3. Drink more water.

Drinking the recommended amount of water daily is honestly an accomplishment for me if it happens. To help with this, keep a full water bottle with you at all times.

4. Have a regular sleep schedule.

A consistent sleep schedule has a variety of benefits for your body's health such as improved mental health and better sleep quality. If you're looking to regulate your schedule, try waking up earlier. Early risers are shown to have more consistent sleep schedules compared to those who wake up later in the day.

5. Keep a daily gratitude journal.

Before going to bed each night, write one thing you were thankful for throughout the day. You're going to sleep with a happy and grateful mind.

6. Volunteer.

Ideally, take a few hours out of your day once a week to volunteer. Nursing homes, hospitals, or even libraries are often looking for volunteers.

7. Start saving money.

Decreasing money spent on material goods - clothes, shoes, makeup, etc. - and making coffee at home are two great ways to start saving money in the new year.

8. Spend less time on social media.

Various studies exist pairing social media with mental health issues in teens and young adults. Decreasing the time spent on social media can improve your mental state, and may lead to increased productivity as well.

9. Keep a food journal.

Keeping a food journal does not necessarily need to equate to counting calories or tracking macro-nutrients. Being conscientious of the food you're eating will most likely help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

10. Get organized.

Clutter and disarray has a surprisingly large effect on mental state. Cleaning and organizing can help increase productivity, lighten your mood, and increase sleep quality. It may seem like a burden to do, but the payoff will be well worth it.

11. Be vulnerable.

This one might be cliche, but don't be afraid to be vulnerable. Be completely open and honest with your feelings towards people. Be more appreciative of the little things in life. Always look for reasons to be happy.

12. Learn to cook.

Learning to cook can help you become healthier and also help you save money. Stop spending money on fast-food restaurants and instead search for recipes online.

13. Be more present.

Turn off your cell phone, put your worries aside, and really be present in conversations. Give your full attention to people whenever you're interacting with them. It will make a world of a difference in your relationships.

14. Be an active news reader.

Sometimes, it's difficult to keep up-to-date on the news between classes, work, and our other social activities. Reading the news keeps us informed and active citizens. Download a news app, watch a video, or read the newspaper; just stay connected.

15. Make breakfast a priority.

A cold piece of leftover pizza does not count as breakfast. A nutritious breakfast such as eggs, oatmeal, or a fruit smoothie will provide a much better start to your day.

16. Reduce your carbon footprint.

Recognize your personal contribution to climate change. Try walking or biking to work instead of driving, or take public transportation instead of your own vehicle. Buying locally-grown food or reducing your dairy/meat intake could also help reduce CO2 emissions.

17. Take care of your teeth.

Dental hygiene is so incredibly important and is often overlooked. Be sure to take care of your teeth, not just by brushing and flossing daily, but don't forget to make appointments for regular cleanings.

18. Smile more.

Research suggests that smiling can transform your life. It not only is proven to lift our mood, but it can make us appear more attractive to others and brighten the mood of those around us as well. If you're looking for a simple, yet effective, new year's resolution to improve your life, smile.

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My New Years Resolutions

Taking 2017 and making 2018 ten times better

New year, new resolutions right? Making a list of New Year's resolutions may seem silly and tedious, but I actually think they're very valuable things to have. It's a great way to get a head start on what you want to say the year was like come December.

This time around, I sat down and really thought about my 2017. What about it was good and I want to continue? What about it do I want to improve in 2018? I truly believe this could be my year and it can be yours too. Here are 18 resolutions I have for 2018. Feel free to take a read and base my personal experiences on what you want to do for your 2018.

1. Travel more

This is probably one of my biggest goals for 2018. If you know me, I am always craving for adventure. From traveling to new countries to wanting to try new places in town, I am always looking to see what the world has to offer. Last year, I had the chance to travel quite a lot and I would love to travel just that much or even more.

When I studied abroad in Italy last summer, it really opened my eyes to the world. I saw so many incredible things and experienced life-changing events. It's only deepened my crave to travel even more and taught me proper travel techniques that I will need if I wish to travel even more. I want to travel to new cities, new states, new countries, new continents, everything.

2. Form more/closer relationships

I can't even begin to describe to you my personality. If you know me you know that I'm incredibly shy, but if you really know me you also know that I'm a huge people person. It's weird. I have many friends and close relationships because of how much of a people person I am.

But I also take longer to form these bonds because of that initial shyness. However, as I've gotten older, I've started to realize that maybe it's not necessarily shyness that gets in the way but rather it's turned into my insecurity that turns me away from forming that close bond faster.

I am always wanting to make more friends and deepen existing ones, but I always convince myself people don't like me as much as others or sometimes at all. This year I want to push those negative thoughts aside and just put myself out there to start forming friends/closer relationships.

3. Stop procrastinating (or at least less procrastinating)

All throughout life I was quite good at not procrastinating. I was always one step ahead. Then college happened. I've never been as involved and busy in my life till college which is what I think triggered the procrastination. I probably don't procrastinate as bad as I think I do, but when I'm so used to this one step ahead idea it makes me think I'm not doing enough. This year I want to learn how to balance not procrastinating and being one step ahead.

4. Respond to people

I have this horrible habit of not automatically reading notifications I get from my phone. I don't have read receipts on and the red numbers that rack up next to apps don't seem to phase me. This year I want to be more on top of it. Feel free to nag me till I respond.

5. Improve my style

All the time I am getting compliments on my style which is very flattering and I appreciate very much. But deep down, some days I actually don't like my style. Sometimes I think its too girly and involves way too many flowers. This year I would like to explore multiple different styles and wear what I feel makes me feel the most confident.

6. Take more photos

If you know me, I love taking photos. I'm always the one suggesting we take photos or you can always catch me taking photos of events. Surprisingly enough, I'm still convinced I don't have enough photos. I want to take more small pictures, capturing the little but important things.

7. Learn more music

Every music majors goal, right? Especially this music major. I just really want to expand my repertoire. For my career but also just for the love of music.

8. Focus on self-love

I'm constantly putting myself down or blaming myself for all the bad parts of life. No more. Sometimes you just need to be your own personal cheerleader.

9. Less focus on weight

Every year the goal is to always lose more weight. Although I want to stay healthy and at least maintain my weight, I'm tired of constantly pushing myself to do whatever it takes to lose weight. Sometimes it's even unhealthy to do so. I want to be confident in the body God gave me and if I'm really falling off the edge then I will push to be better, but for now I just want to appreciate what I have.

10. Attempt to be less overdramatic

If you know me, I'm probably one of the most dramatic people you know. Sorry about that, working on it!

11. Prove my worth

2017 was quite the year for ups and downs. There were times where I shined, but also times where I failed. Everyone makes mistakes. It's going to happen. But no longer am I letting my mistakes define me. I deserve better and I am much better than that. This year I want to prove my worth in multiple areas. Watch out world.

12. Learn how to do makeup better

There are so many people out there that learned how to do makeup from constantly watching YouTube videos and being truly dedicated to mastering makeup from a young age. I've never had that desire till now. I've always liked makeup, but figured I was doing good enough on my own.

I was never really taught how to do makeup. I started doing theatre and just learned from watching the other kids who knew what they were doing. This year I want to learn better techniques and get proper makeup.

13. Worry less about what other people think about me

Resolutions 13 and 14 are pretty much the same but so important. These two are vey big reasons why I am so insecure about myself. This year I just want to be myself and love what I am and have to offer.

14. Stop comparing myself to others

15. Accept defeat

Like I've said, 2017 was full of many ups and downs. I made some mistakes and sometimes you just need to own those mistakes and become a better person from those mistakes.

16. Stand up for myself

Although there are instances where you need to accept defeat, you also need to know when you are being played. I am always seen as the small guy or the nice guy. No more. I'm tired of letting people play with me because they think I'm too soft to do anything about it. This year I am going to stand up for myself more.

17. Do more small things with friends

College just gives us this culture that you should always be doing homework or you should be incredibly involved in clubs or you should always be going to a party on the weekends. But what about little things like getting coffee with friends or going out to a movie? This year I want to do all these things but in moderation.

18. Prepare for the future

It is crazy to think that 2018 is the year that I am going to start my senior year of college. It's so exciting yet terrifying at the same time. I want to focus on preparing for my future and what exactly I want to do after I graduate.

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11 Things You Will Undoubtedly See When It Snows In The South

In the South, we don't do snow.

Snow in the South is an infamous joke, after a season of being tough as nails in football, the snow sort of destroys our pride. There is widespread panic and we are reminded we are not that superior to all the other areas of America. Winter is not a season for the weak, or really for the south. So here are 11 things you will see when it snow's in the south.

1. Bread and Milk? Gone.

You can go to your local Publix, Kroger, or whatever. I promise the shelves are barren.

2. An inch and a foot are essentially the same thing.

All horrible driving conditions, we may not make it out of this alive.

3. Snow has the Power to shut down an entire city.

Nobody move! Nobody Drive!

4. When the Mom's find out school is getting out early.

Gotta get them babies out of school, they might get snowed in.

5. There is widespread panic!

Cabin Fever!!

6. Waiting for School to be closed tomorrow.

It never fails to be a thrilling wait.

7. ICE???

We are often forgetful that something that goes hand & hand with snow is Ice.

8. 30 Degrees & light snow absolutely calls for Eskimo gear.

If you aren't sweating them you aren't really properly snow dressed.

9. No matter the amount, kids are playing in it.

You can absolutely sled in 1/2 an inch of snow & build an entire igloo.

10. The People who don't like snow.

Hot cocoa & the indoors anyone?

11. VS the people who do love snow.

Overall, I hope your snow days are fun and I promise it won't last long. So enjoy them and have no fear, it will melt, the sun is bound to come out eventually.

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