2018 Has Been the Best Year Because I'm Actually Achieving My Resolutions

2018 Has Been the Best Year Because I'm Actually Achieving My Resolutions

I've done some cool things, and I have already achieved some goals of mine.
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In the VERY beginning of this year, I posted an article about 18 things that I want to do in 2018. It’s the beginning of April, and that marks us about a quarter of the way through the year. Yeah, we got 9 ish more months of 2018, and it has flown by so fast.

With that being said, I want to give an update on this list. I find that in order to be successful, we need checkpoints and we need to hold ourselves accountable if we want to achieve something. In fact, it’s a thing that very successful people with ambitious goals do and I learned this in college.

Well, I have a goal to achieve these 18 things and I am checking in with you guys. Now, onto this list.

Now 2 of these things on this list are things I am SUPPOSED to be consistently doing throughout the year. As for those two things, yeah I failed on both of them. I haven’t documented every day of the year, I forgot quite a few days. College gets busy.

As for eating vegetables every day, yeah no I didn’t do that either. I have been eating better, but I have gone days without eating vegetables. College gets unhealthy.

My excuses aside, especially since they are totally illegitimate excuses, I have achieved QUITE a few things on this list. In fact, I have done 5 of those things. I am calling this a success so far, I still have technically 11 other things om this list.

These 5 things are pretty big things too. A couple of which are things that were actually on my original bucket list for life, that’s exciting.

The first thing I’ve done off this list was buy a lotto-ticket! The Powerball was really high one in the beginning of January, and my mom wanted a chance to win MILLIONS! She gave me money and told me to buy a lotto ticket, and we lost! However, it was cool to buy a lotto ticket and it felt very adult-ish of me.

The second thing I’ve done off this list this year was traveling off the East Coast. In fact, that trip was a life-changing trip and I wrote an article about it. I went to Texas one person and came back to the East Coast a new woman.

The third thing I’ve done off this list was cook 3 meals. My winter break is really long, and I had to eat at home and not order in every day. By doing that, I forced myself to cook some rather basic meals.

I learned how to cook Pasta, Eggs, and Pancakes. Not going to lie, I make a mean pancake, and yes it was from out of the box. However, I still made a tasty pancake and all of you would love them #trustme. As for the rest of the stuff, it was good and the eggs were edible, so that was a success.

Learning how to cook was felt like I was actually adulting. Doing laundry is one thing (I still DREAD doing it), but cooking is another because that takes a lot of time to like practice and get good at. Also, it feeds you and we all need food and healthy wallets.

The fourth thing I did was finish my book! Yeah, I wrote a book and I finished it. It’s a legit book with like 263 pages, and I am not going to be publishing it anytime soon! That part actually takes a lot of time and effort that is centered with deadlines and stuff, and I don’t have the energy to put into that process right now.

The final thing I have done so far is I volunteered at a Soup Kitchen. I went with a club on campus to a soup kitchen in Wilmington, and it was an eye-opening experience. The people we served, relied on this food and it hurt to see the poverty that is happening in the town over from my college. It makes me want to do more for this community.

Giving back is something that I have done a lot this semester, and I am not going to stop giving back. Each time, I do service it gets more humbling and I get more curious about the communities I am helping. It makes me want to make a bigger change on this planet.

We all are ripples on this planet, but we can make waves of change by giving back. We can change the world and be more than just a little ripple that nobody cares about. How? Doing service and giving back when possible.

Now, I have 11 more things to do. I got 9 ish months, and I will achieve these things. Just watch me.

2018 is my year, and I am killing it right now and I will continue to kill it.

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You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.
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High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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5 Things I Don't Know How To Do But Should've Learned Years Ago, As Told By The Kardashians

In my opinion, there should be college classes completely based on mastering these topics.

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There are many things that I don't know how to do yet. These, however, are things that I am now realizing are things I maybe should have learned a long time ago. Things that if I knew anything about them, it would improve my life exponentially. Hopefully some of you feel the same and we can learn together.

1. How to cook chicken

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Seems easy, but this is deceivingly difficult. No one tells you what type of chicken to get, and there are so many options. Like, do you get chicken breast or chicken cutlet or chicken tenders? Which way is the best way to cook it? Pan fry, bake, deep fry, poach, steam, etc! And how do you make it not taste like paper? What, like, spices do you put on it? In my last year of college I have made it my duty to learn how to make every type of chicken.

2. How to work a dishwasher

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So, I know how to put the plates and silverware in, obviously. And I always clean them off before because I never trust the dishwasher soap to get everything off. How would it? And where exactly does the little dishwasher soap go? No one tells you where the leetle hole is that the soap bar goes. There's like three different holes in the door thing, and how are you supposed to know which one the soap goes in? Just guess and hope for the best? That's what I do.

3. How to pay your taxes??? Literally how

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No matter who I ask, young or old, no one understands anything about taxes. I have been working since I was 17 and year after year when I ask my parents for help filing my taxes, they agree begrudgingly while squinting at the paper pointing at the little boxes with a "I think it's that one." I have never and will never understand anything to do with taxes, period. I will leave this to the professionals.

4. How to do anything with insurance, ever

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Once again, wtf? Do the companies make these things impossible to understand on purpose? Like, all I want is to get my birth control from CVS and be done. Is that so hard? Why do I have to switch it to Walgreens (to whom I am NOT brand loyal, to, by the way) and then check if they cover my insurance? And WTF is a copay? And there's something that you pay before you get a copay? All I'm gonna say is that my mom tried to explain it to me once and it went in one ear and out the other.

5. How to arrange a cheese board

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This is something that I feel shows you have truly made it at an adult. You have people over to your house and just throw together a lovely charcuterie board for your guests like its nothing. But what do you buy for it? Cheese, obviously. Meats? What types of cheese and meat? Grapes? Nuts? And how do you arrange it to look all pretty? Mark my words: when I can make a yummy and visually appealing cheese board, I've made it.

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