18 Resolutions To Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet

18 Resolutions To Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet

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1. Start.

Let 2018 be the year you finally start doing what you've always dreamed about. If you've always wanted to If you've always been too scared. Let 2018 be the year that you can finally say, "I did it." Start.

2. And finish what you started.

The art project, the screenplay, the manuscript. The TV show you’ve been watching for too long, the Hemingway you never got through even though the guy from the coffeeshop thinks you’re, like, a Lost Generation aficionado or whatever. Whether it’s the small accomplishments or the biggest one of your life, it will feel good to cross it off your list. Stop dragging it out for the years to come—the time is now.

3. Stop comparing yourself to others.

You will never be the girl you see on the “Explore” page of Instagram or that one kid in your major who is somehow twelve steps ahead of everyone else. You will never be them, but the good news is you don’t have to be. You can be yourself, and be so good at it that you become beyond compare. Be so busy working on your own life that you have no time to focus on the successes or failures of others.

4. Believe in new beginnings.

Bad days don't have to stay bad. Change your sheets. Take a shower. Wash the defeat off your skin. Be brave enough to believe that every minute of every day offers you a chance to start over. It’s not a bad day. At least, it doesn’t have to be.

5. Learn to love yourself.

Love yourself, even though you’ve always struggled to accept the stretchmarks on your thighs and have always been frustrated by how your hair never does the thing you want it to. Love yourself, even though you’re reliably fifteen minutes late to everything and you plan conversations ahead of time only to draw a blank when the moment comes and you always come across as too much for the people who aren’t enough to handle you. Love yourself, even when it’s hard. The only constant in your life is yourself. Make this a good thing.

6. Go for it.

Make the first move, even if it terrifies you. Especially if it terrifies you—because then, you know it’s worth it. Life is so beautiful when the only “what if” we go to sleep thinking about is, “What if it all goes right?”

7. Take risks.

Book a spontaneous trip. Chop off your hair. Kiss a stranger. Get your blood to rush through your veins. Do the things that remind you that you are here, and you are alive, and everything around you is beautiful.

8. Say the thing that scares you.

“I love you.” “I’m sorry.” “I look up to you.” “You inspire me.” Don’t be too proud to say the thing that could change that person and your relationship with them forever.

9. Explore new places.

Go where you have never gone before. Rooftops, waterfalls, abandoned buildings and railways. Bring your friends and a blanket and a camera and watch the sun rise. Find these places that give you peace of mind. Find the places that take your breath away.

10. Discover hidden parts of yourself.

Take a dance class. Or a painting class. Volunteer to do something you never thought about doing before. Write poetry, even if you never understood it in your high school English class. You never know what’s been inside you this whole time, waiting to be found, begging to be tended to.

11. Read more.

Read everything you can get your hands on. Short stories. Books. Poems. Read to understand others. Read to understand yourself. Someone poured the most secret parts of themselves onto those pages— how wonderful would it be to realize that your soul is connected to someone you have never even met.

12. Stop settling.

For a job that never brought you joy, for the Saturday nights you never envisioned, for a person who never made you so happy you swore you could die. Stop settling for anything less than you deserve simply because you are afraid of never finding anything better. If there is a vision in your mind of the life you want to live, chase it shamelessly and relentlessly until it becomes your reality.

13. Make time for the people you love.

Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a coffee date or a phone call at the end of the day, remember to prioritize the people you love. They won’t be here forever. Make time for your family and your friends because, in the end, they are what make our lives worth living, and they deserve so much more than a mere text message from you.

14. Make time for the things you love.

If 2017 was the year you gave up your favorite pastimes in order to focus on more serious matters, make 2018 the year you reacquaint yourself with the things that make you happy to be alive. You are what your heart beats for.

15. Take care of yourself.

Drink more water. Set up a fitness routine that you’ll actually stick to. Tackle your mental health. Schedule out time to watch the show that makes you double over in laughter. Work to feel okay when you wake up every morning.

16. Let go of what is not meant for you.

Learn to let go of the friendship that weighs you down, the relationship that suffocates you, the dream that doesn’t fulfill you anymore. Sometimes it’s worth fighting for. And sometimes, you realize that you can’t fight forever. Learn to let go of what you refuses to stay in your life. Learn to let go of what is already gone.

17. Be intentional.

Ask people how they are doing and listen. Offer help when you can. Compliment others on their drive and dedication and softness, the things that go unnoticed. Live consciously. Step up for people. Care.

18. Fail.

Fail gracelessly and emotionally and violently. Fail because you don’t know what you’re doing, but you’re doing it, and that’s the important part. Fail because you’ll know what to do better the next time around. Fail. And try again.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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10 Struggles Every Big Has Planning And Leading Up To The Perfect Big-Little Reveal

Big-little season is here, and with that comes hordes of paint covered Bigs trying to create the best Reveal ever. There's a lot of stress, suspense and glitter. Mostly glitter.

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Every sorority girl knows the absolute joy of receiving gifts from their bigs. Bigs secretly give their littles gifts in the days before the reveal, where littles discover who their bigs are. There are costumes and lots of excitement, and lifelong bonds begin to form.

There's nothing like being surprised with seemingly endless presents that are filled with your favorite things, sent with love from a person who cares a lot about you. You'll be showered with things like snacks, canvases and flowers. When it is your turn to give gifts, there is a long tradition and a big responsibility before you.

These are 10 struggles every future big will understand.

1. Loving your little already, and hoping she likes you too

You picked her out because of her charming personality and great sense of humor, and she's everything you dreamed of. One can only hope that she's as excited to be your little as you are to be her big. There's countless movie nights, brunches and functions ahead of the two of you. Trust me, she's even more excited to meet you!

2. Trying to live up to what your big did for your own reveal

There were so many gifts, you felt like Christmas came early. She knew exactly what to get you and got you everything in your favorite colors. You still hang the canvases she got you on the wall, and the t-shirts are regularly worn. You've got big, artistically gifted shoes to fill.

3. Hopelessly scouring Pinterest for ideas

Pinterest is a blessing and a curse. Yes, there are hundreds of ideas, but the pictures of museum-worthy crafts make you think your own gifts look like they were made by a kindergartener. Thankfully, your little will love them anyway.

4. Saving money in order to pay for the extravaganza

All of these purchases won't be cheap. Bigs regularly spend over 100 dollars for the reveal. Some Pinterest stars can spend three times that much in Christmas lights, Patagonia pullovers and jewelry.

5. Staying up all night to finish a project

Larger crafts like paddles and tables can take hours to complete. On top of being bigs, sorority girls are also students and have to juggle classes on top of their preparations. Good time management and a lot of caffeine is the only way to juggle all of your responsibilities during this hectic time.

6. Living your life covered in paint

Leading up to gift days, you're forced to craft whenever you can. This can mean walking around with paint smudges on your clothes and body, glitter on your face and pieces of ribbon stuck in your hair. Every other soon-to-be big will look the same, so embrace being part of a group of exhausted and artsy girls.

7. Feeling kinda like Santa Claus

Delivering gifts to a person who doesn't really know who you are during a festive season can make anyone feel like Saint Nick. (And let's be real, big-little reveal IS a Holiday). It's good practice for the big leagues when you have your own family.

8. Trying to find the best theme EVER

Rock and roll? Candy? Peanut butter and jelly? There's so many options out there it's hard to choose.

9. Trying to slyly ask if your little likes her gifts without revealing who you are

You might just casually bump into her on campus, or stalk her Snapchat for any signs that she received her gifts. It's not creepy, it's love.

10. Impatiently waiting behind a curtain, or in a box, to finally reveal yourself

The last couple minutes before you formally become a big are incredibly stressful. All of your hard work and long nights are over, and all there is left to do is have your amazing little run into your arms. The dedication paid off, and now you get to enjoy the post-Reveal revelries and celebrate never having to craft this much ever again.

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