18 Things To Help Make Your 2018 One To Remember

18 Things To Help Make Your 2018 One To Remember

You're not getting any younger.

Along with a new year comes new resolutions made to help make life better than it was before the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve.

Each year, resolutions are made and let's face it, some are made unrealistically and we are totally unmotivated to achieve them because of how much work it takes to really try and want to make a change. The best way to make a change is to start small, and work up to the overall goal.

Here are 18 small steps to take in 2018 to make your year one to remember.

1. Become more studious.

You'll be surprised how much better your classes become when you actually take an interest in learning the material.

2. Make a new friend.

There are so many awesome people in the world that you have yet to meet.

3. Get to know someone you already know on a deeper level.

It feels so good to open yourself up to someone different and have them do the same. It's cool to get to know a friend in a new way.

4. Call your parents more often.

As much as they say they are proud and happy for you, they miss having you around.

5. Actually go to the gym.

When it's thought of as an opportunity to catch up on that Netflix show or have a little jam sash all alone, the gym doesn't seem like such a bad place. Not to mention it feels good after.

6. Read more books.

Books are an amazing way to enter another world and let your imagination soar.

7. Devote more time to yourself.

As the Jesuits say, Cura Personalis. Take a nap, binge watch that new series or just sit and do nothing. You work hard and deserve a break every once in a while. Your body will thank you.

8. Travel more.

You don't even have to leave the country to experience some of the most amazing things the world has to offer.

9. Put your phone down.

Ever think of what happens around you while you're staring down at your phone screen? Now is a great time to find out.

10. Pick up a new hobby or skill.

Find something you enjoy doing and just do it.

11. Deepen your faith.

Faith is one of the best things that you can have. God is waiting for you to get to know Him.

12. Expand your comfort zone.

As Neale Donald Walsh once said: "Life begins where your comfort zone ends."

13. Get involved in a club on campus.

Getting involved in a club on campus is where you meet those with the same interests as you, and these people become some of the best people that you ever met.

14. Cook and bake more.

A yummy hobby to have. It's fun to see (and taste) what you can make with so many different ingredients.

15. Rekindle an old friendship.

People from middle school and high school probably knew you at your worst time. A lunch date or coffee never hurt.

16. Give your grandparents a call every once in a while.

They love you and miss you so much more than you think and would love to hear about what you're doing. Not to mention, they probably are up to some interesting things that they can't wait to tell someone about.

17. Take more pictures.

After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

18. Live in the moment.

Each day is a brand new opportunity that only happens once, so take advantage of every moment. You're not getting any younger.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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The Rejuvenating Qualities Of Panama City Beach

There are definitely some healing properties in these ocean waves.


We have gone to the beach quite a few times this summer season. We live around 2 hours away and try to make it to Panama City Beach at least once a week. It's a venture for sure, but compared to the 7-day drive from The Rockies of Colorado to the Peanut Capital of the World, Dothan, Alabama (a time in which no one has heard of) we can't really make any excuses.

Now, I am sitting here typing away in the early morning while watching a summer storm blow in over the sea but, make no doubt about it, the ocean and its shores are one of the most healing, rejuvenating places on this planet. There is a calm in the break of the waves on the shoreline, and yet it pairs with an unspoken knowledge that the ocean is this uncontrollable force.

This isn't a speech on saving the planet and being eco-friendly, recycling and watching out for our beaches, which is a topic I am very passionate about and a post I would totally create. This is simply an open letter to those who might need to get away in order to revive their souls.

If you are anything like me, you have emotions pulsing through you at all times, ideas about everything under the sun, a longing to explore and adventure, and a deep need for rest, all at the same time. There are not many things in this world that truly satisfy me. There is a lot of disappointment. There is a lot of wrongdoing and suffering. It's overwhelming.

That is why I come to the beach. It removes the overwhelming things.

You see, there is nothing complicated about the waves (unless you make it complicated, but we stay away from people like you). They are simple. They are peaceful. And 99% of the time in my life that is what I need, simplicity and peace. I over-complicate things myself, I make excuses and I feel hurt in most moments of my life. I lived an exposed, vulnerable lifestyle that drains me.

That is why I love the ocean. It replenishes my drained soul. It energizes me. It is motivating and inspiring, relaxing and unwinding.

I don't pass out advice. I never have. I do, however, try living an honest life, always in the moment, so I can share my experiences in hopes that others might find them helpful. That is precisely why I am writing this. Because if you could just get to the beach, to a shoreline, it might change you. Seeing this vast landscape changes your perspective on the situations in your life you thought might overtake you.

The ocean speaks. It heals. It tells your worries to cease and your mind to rest. It tells your body to relax and your busy schedule that there IS time to take a moment. Don't forget to take a moment for yourself this summer season.

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