2019 Goals that are far more superior than losing weight

2019 Goals That Are More Important Than A Summer Body

The new year is well under way, but it is never too late to make resolutions to improve your life and make this the best year yet.


I, like most 20-something-year-old girls, feel like there is a major emphasis to lose weight after the holidays so that once beach season comes around we won't be ashamed to take off our coverups. My first response to this is that you don't need to lose weight to love the body you're in! Secondly, I am so sick of every year making my resolution involve my looks, which is why this year all my resolutions focus on making myself feel good! Hopefully these goals inspire you to put yourself and your happiness first!

1. Drink more water


I think this is a goal of mine every year. When I'm at home I usually drink tons of water bottle and leave them all over my room, but once I get back to school I fall off with my water consumption. I don't really know why that always seems to happen, but this year i am determined to drink more water no matter where I am.

A couple ways I am going to try to achieve this goal is by cutting out soda and and ween myself off of coffee (yikes). Another thing I'm going to do is get a Hydro Flask (not sponsored, but Hydro Flask if you're reading this plz sponsor me) and decorate it to make drinking water more fun!

2. Keep a journal


Sometimes I get very caught up in my own thoughts and when I journal I have an outlet to release everything I am thinking and feeling in a healthy and productive manner. Whether it is writing about my day, how I feel, goals I have for myself or just some doodles or song lyrics I like it is fun to put a pen to paper and let it all out. A lot of people take journaling a step farther than I do and make it more like a work or art. If you are feeling creative there are plenty of Pintrest boards that can help you get started!

One of my friends who has been journling since she was younger says that she loves to look back at her old journals and see how far she has come and grown and changed, which I think is really beautiful!

3. Listen to more music


Music always makes me feel good! I think its really fun to create playlists and have music on when doing work or hanging out in your room!

4. Be more creative


My 2019 goal is to be as happy as Bob Ross. I think it is really important to have a creative outlet, whether that is painting or writing or dancing in your room.

5. Take time for myself

"I have four classes all in a row, there's no me time. . . where's the me time Billy?" Tim Riggins is my spirit animal. This year I want to remind myself that it is okay to stay in when all my friends are going out. If I want to be alone it is okay and I should take time for myself. A lot of time in college is spent around other people and sometimes you just need a break. Giving yourself time whether it is to nap, listen to music, or do nothing at all is so important.

6. Say yes to more things


Although I think it is okay to stay in when all your friends go out, I want to say yes to more plans that I want to partake in and not worry about the time commitment or how much money it will cost me.

7. Cut out negativity

It is so hard to be happy and positive when you are surrounded by negative energy all the time. I have this one "friend" who literally sucks all the life out of me because she always has something to complain about or is moping around for no reason. Those people are not good for your soul. I am not suggesting just dropping friends because they are negative, but once it starts taking a toll on your own mental health I think it is okay to distance yourself from them in order to find happiness.

8. Appreciate little things


9. Read more


The only thing I ever read is my Twitter feed. I used to love reading and I want to get back into it. Reading is a fun way to get lost in another place for a little while or learn new things. Who doesn't love knowledge?

10. Stop apologizing


I am always apologizing for my feelings and I'm sick of it! I am no longer going to apologize for getting upset or crying. I don't know why we always apologize for how we feel. I think that is so stupid, so 2019 I'm going to stop that.

11. Have a better sleep schedule


I need to learn that going to bed before 2 am is okay

12. Be more productive

I waste so much time on social media or watching tv or just laying in my bed. I want to use my time in a more productive manner like helping others, doing homework and spending time with people I care about. I think it would be beneficial for everyone if they spent a little less time doing silly and useless things and started doing more things they genuinely care about.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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