4 Apps To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

4 Apps To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Help with everything from learning a language to saving more money.

New Years is around the corner! And with it comes New Years Resolutions. But New Years Resolutions are hard! As a matter of fact, most people don't succeed with their resolutions. But hey, you're not most people! Here are 4 apps to help you achieve your goals this year:

1. Learn a new language with Duolingo.

Learning a language is one of the most common resolutions people make on New Years. Duolingo is quickly becoming a popular way to learn new languages. Anything from Spanish to Korean, Duo's got it! Not only that but Duolingo is ridiculously fun. It makes learning seem like a game, which is great if you get bored easily.

2. Lose weight and get healthy with MyFitnessPal.

MyFitnessPal can help you reach your goals the healthy way. It offers recommendations for caloric intake, macros, and micros. And it never lets you go under, making sure you approach your weight loss in a healthy and safe way. The best part is it makes room for you to treat yourself every so often while staying on the plan.

3. Read more with Goodreads.

Goodreads is like the Facebook of the book reading world. It lets you keep up with what your friends are reading and offers suggestions based on books you've previously liked. The best part for New Years is it lets you set a yearly goal each year for how many books you want to read. Just the motivation you need!

4. Save money with Qapital.

Saving money is not fun. But it can be! Qapital makes saving money easy, simple, and actually enjoyable. It lets you set goals based on specific things, rather than arbitrarily saving money in nameless accounts. You can also set rules for yourself like: Every time I go to the gym, I'll save 5 bucks. Simple.

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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 towards 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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Essential Oils Have A Cult Following, It's Time To Figure Out If They're Worth The Hype

Can a few drops of oil really help a headache or make you fall asleep? Seems pretty impossible to me.


I never really understood the use of essential oils or believed that they worked until I got my first diffuser from my aunt for my birthday. It was a tiny egg looking thing with place to put water and oils but an even cooler thing about it is that it changed COLORS! My seventeen-year-old self definitely thought that was a cool thing to have in my room. Anyways, my mom had already had some oils of her own that she used but I never was introduced to them until I started using them myself. In the beginning, I thought it was just something people used to make their house smell nice but turns out, there are so many more uses for certain oils than most people know about.

A few months after using whatever oils I had around my house, my mom decided to upgrade and sign up for Young Living, where you get a pack of starter oils and a diffuser to continue our essential oil journey. It was a huge steal and we have bought all of our oils from that website ever since. I also was added to groups that talked about the use of different oils and peoples reviews on if it worked or not. It has been awesome being a part of such an amazing community that shares their tricks and tips on how to use these.

Like I said before, I really thought people used them to make their houses smell better but after a while I started to learn the different ways to use oils and the benefits that come from specific oils. Most people are familiar with lavender being helpful when trying to fall asleep and I am someone who needs their beauty sleep. I started putting lavender oil in my diffuser every night and turns out it helped me fall asleep every single time. Now, if I do not have that oil, or any other type of oil depending on my state, I can rarely fall asleep easily. When I say depending on my state, I mean that when I am sick sometimes I will ditch the lavender and put something that will help my system when I breathe it in such as Raven or Thieves. Those are the best oils, in my opinion, to use when feeling under the weather. Also, RC is great for putting on your chest when feeling tightness or trouble breathing in. There are so many great oils that help respiratory problems and congestion. What makes it even better is that you really get your money's worth out of the oils, they really do work! I feel like my recovery and sleep schedule has improved so much ever since I started using oils.

Along with sleep and illness, essential oils can be used for cleaning supplies, water flavoring, etc. My mom has a Thieves spray that she carries around with her places because it cleans off and fights germs wherever it is sprayed. My favorite is when we use it to wipe down the trays on airplanes. It is so much better and also has a better smell to it than chemical spray that you buy at the grocery store. Plus, it saves you loads of money. That also goes for flavoring water or making tea...forget the tea bags and the overpriced flavored water, you can make it yourself. Put a couple drops of lemon or peppermint in your water or tea and you are set with a nice flavored drink! Who would have thought that you could put oil in water and it would taste good?

There are so many other benefits about oils that I could go on and on about but I am challenging you to do your own research on oils and start your journey. If you are like me and hate taking medication, try going the holistic route. It has benefited me in so many ways without the awful side effects and daily medications doctors prescribe. I am a firm believer that using oils in the right way to heal yourself works far better than anything else or even alongside other things that you may have to do during your everyday life. There is nothing wrong with weaving in a little something natural into your routine to make your life feel a little bit more balanced and wholesome.

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