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.
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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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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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Part 1: Necessary Changes

One of my favorite movies is "Fried Green Tomatoes" with Kathy Bates. In the movie Bates' character Evelyn Couch says, "Someone helped put a mirror up in front of my face, and I didn't like what I saw one bit. And you know what I did? I changed." I know the feeling.

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I looked in the mirror over the weekend and didn't like what I saw.

The person I saw looking back at me is petty, selfish, manipulative, and unattractive. It wasn't that I hated what I saw, but I definitely didn't like what I saw either. It's a surreal feeling, looking at yourself through a critical lens, and it doesn't make you feel good in any way shape or form.

The image that I see of myself is not how I want others to perceive me. I want to be someone that people look at and see kindness, compassion, strength, and confidence.

I have enough general life experience to know that these types of changes aren't going to happen overnight, and not all of them will be physical; most of these will have to happen from the inside, from within myself.

When you find out you are all broken and damaged, it's hard to know where to start putting the pieces back together. I figured the best place to start would be the most literal: my actual insides; so, I decided to embark on a deep-cleansing journey to get all of the toxins out of my body, from the inside out.

I found this book on 10-day green smoothie detox stashed away in the dark corner of my bookshelf. The science behind it seems accurate and legitimate. By eliminating certain foods, your body is able to detox itself off of chemicals and foods that are slowing down your metabolism; the smoothies are specifically designed with combinations of foods that help restart your metabolism. Part of the detox process is getting rid of all dependencies on caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.

Every day you are given the recipe for a specific smoothie; you make the smoothie (about 40 ounces) and sip on it throughout the day whenever you get hungry. Every smoothie is a combination of leafy greens, water, fruit, and flax seeds. If you do happen to get hungry throughout the day, you are encouraged to eat raw nuts, hard boiled eggs, and a wide variety of crunchy green vegetables. There is also a detox tea that you have first thing in the morning, but other than that no other beverages are allowed except water.

I know that this is only the beginning of a very long, emotional, and draining journey. But I think I'm at the point in my life where I have to make these changes. I have to put my pieces together, I have to become a normal functioning adult, I have to find out who I am. I think that this is the perfect way to start.

For the next 10 days I am going to be documenting my experiences, how I'm feeling, what my emotions are doing, and any results that I see.

Stay tuned!

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