5 Important Reminders for 2019

5 Important Reminders for 2019

Start off the new year in tune with your world rather than just obsessed with yourself.

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1. Race does NOT exist.

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It's not biological. It's not even real. The labels we use are absolutely ridiculous and we only use them because we want to feel comfortable and we want to label someone and put them in their particular box.

Ex:" You are white." You are telling a person they are a color, not a race. Race does not exist. Our classifications consist of colors and continents (Asian, European, African). Those just indicate where we come from not who we are, and most of the time, where we come from is not how we identify.

2. Culture can not be owned and does not strictly belong to someone or a group. 

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Culture is always changing and evolving but it does not belong to anyone. It originates from a group or a person, yes, but it's not theirs. People identify it and hone in on it, but it is not their property. This does NOT give you the excuse to appropriate culture. Understand where the practice of the culture came from and celebrate it that way. It is not your right to evolve the culture or practice without giving the culture respect.

In sum, culture originates and evolves.

3. Just because today is sunny, doesn't mean tomorrow will be too. Climate change is real; pollution is only growing. 

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Start using public transportation more. Get a bike. There are so many places to bike too and it will help you stay in shape with all those getting fit new years resolutions. Push for renewable energy in your living space. It will only save you money in the long run and will help the earth.

Please refrain from using plastic as much as you can. If you do, do your best to try to find alternatives and reuse the plastic. There are SO many resources for you to understand how to recycle plastic in your dorm room and at home, so there's really no excuse. Your plastic hurts animals in the ocean. It hurts those in the sky. It hurts those on land. Especially if you eat seafood and meat, you may want to reconsider and understand that you're harming your own food source!

4. Go dark. 

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By dark, I mean the darknet. Your privacy is not protected. Google, Amazon, and Facebook (and many more) are relentless companies who data mine and sell as much as they can without you knowing. Your bank passwords, your interests, your children--everything is up for grabs. Nothing is protected. There is only an illusion.

How do you go dark?

Install a VPN on your phone, laptop, and all other devices. (This allows your internet history to never be tracked and your internet service provider to be clueless about your history).

Change your search engine from Google to DuckDuckGo for unbiased results from all over the world.

If you want to go further, use operating systems like TOR or Linux to get access to the rest of the internet that is under the surface. (and NO, it's not illegal activity or crimes, etc, whatever you think, it's actually much safer. Don't believe me? Click here to watch this amazing TED talk that will change your mind. )

5. Civility is not and should not be dead. 

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1. Manners.

2. Actions.

3. Mindfulness

4. Repeating.

It's a simple formula that will help you be a better person with an open mind. People have stopped holding doors for each other. Everyone is now plugging in their headphones and isolating themselves. The least you can do is be nice and be kind. Say Thank you and Please every single chance you get. Don't miss an opportunity. Hold the door open. Pick up that trash on the street in front of you. Help the person who dropped their pen. And do it every. single. day. And realize that there are people who don't have the luxury around you for clean streets, for the chance to be polite, so take it into account.

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Keeping these reminders in mind and acting on them, you are sure to be a new person with a new mind--a person you will truly love--in 2019.

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

Grab a cup of coffee at Central Park.
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As a Friends fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite Friends moments. So, here are 6 places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a Friends fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in Friends is real, and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pullitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in The One WIth Monica's Thunder, and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

The fictional Chandler works in the real Solow Building, located on West 57th street.

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Hannah B. Named The Next Bachelorette: Get Excited!!

Roll Tide.

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On the season finale of the hit reality TV show 'The Bachelor' Chris Harrison announced the new Bachelorette to be Hannah Brown, affectionately referred to as "Hannah Beast." Hannah made it far in Colton's season of the Bachelor, but hit some bumps along the way. She was involved in serious drama with costar and fellow pageant competitor Caelynn. Not only is Hannah B. known for drama and tears, she is also known for her awkward and often uncomfortable behavior around the cameras. And let's not forget the most awkward first date and toast of all time...Roll Tide!

Despite her awkward and quirky personality, I think the Alabama native is truly a sweetheart. She cannot be judged based on the controversy that took place between her and Caelynn because no one knows the full truth of the story. In my opinion, no one was completely innocent in their "cat fight" but the way in which each girl handled themselves in the resolution of this drama was mature and, quite frankly, impressive. I think Hannah B's season will be full of more tears and could potentially be very uncomfortable to watch at some moments, but at the end of the say, Hannah B. deserves to find love just like any other 'Bachelor' hopeful. It will definitely be an interesting season to watch, so get excited!!

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