5 New Year Resolutions That Will Make You Rethink Your Own

5 New Year Resolutions That Will Make You Rethink Your Own

Who doesn't want to start out with a clean slate?

Most New Year's traditions are believed to ensure good luck for the coming year.

But, does that mean we've all been behaving like we should have to receive good karma and good luck for the upcoming year?

Here's not two, but five New Year resolutions that will make you want to redesign your life for the next year, or embrace it to the max level of the life you can live:

1. Forgive Yourself

Not to the point of self-pity, but for the purpose of the faith you have in yourself. We are all human, all built different, and have a mind of our own. Forgive yourself for your own faults, take responsibility for your mistakes and believe in yourself for the next brilliant step you're about to take for the New Year.

2. Design The Person You Are At Heart

Every year we are evolving as human beings. We turn the fun 21 or we look forward to hitting our mid-life crisis, getting the dream job, falling in love many times, setting incredible goals, making six figures, happy wife and happy life...or so they say.

Truth is, we are getting older every day, and every year. So why not make a New Year resolution and be 100% the person you are? Accept your emotions, your surface look, certain flaws that you see but no one else does. Rock the age you are right now because you can't go back. Realize and accept you only get this beautiful life to express the person you were born to be.

3. Maintain Sustainability In Your Life

It's important to recognize the route you're taking in your life, whether it's for your own goals or your own pleasure of leading a life that you've always wanted. Maintaining sustainability in your life can be always beneficial. For the sake of you waking up every day, and focusing on what you need to get done vs. what you want to do. Your mindset reflects who you are on the outside since we can't see inside ourselves as others can.

Eating locally can help with the environment and your own health/diet changes in your life! Cleaning up the beaches whenever you decide to take a trip out to a local park or beach to relax, you see some trash, so why not pick it up? It's good karma you're bringing to the universe if you believe in "Karma" and also, it's giving back to your local community that you grow with. Selling and donating items you have around your house, turn them into bigger, better and faster products for consumers to use! Or even wrap it as a gift, handmade and give to a neighbor or dear friend.

Life is ALL about maintaining and managing sustainability in your life, but we all forget sometimes. So here's a refresher for the New Year!

4. Learn Some Patience

They say patience is the key to all forms of success, yet why do we seem to struggle on a daily with making it part of who we are? Some people are born with great patience, and some can't wait at all- rather throw a fit in public and react inhumanely. Patience can come with time, and self-love and believing in yourself but a great tip I've learned growing up dealing with trauma, issues, the drama from friends, life crisis, breakdowns.

Put yourself in someone else's shoes, don't feel like a therapist, and don't feel like you HAVE to find a reason. Not everything in life can be solved, and if you're okay with that and can acknowledge it. You just gained patience, realizing it's a beautiful thing and gift to obtain forever. So master your craft of patience, however, and whichever way. There IS a way.

5. Speaking Positive Affirmations To Anyone

Instant gratification, can be a blessing to most. Wouldn't you love, or at least be mind blown about shopping for your groceries and someone complimented you, or smiled at you, or helped you carry that 24 pack of water bottles we all hate carrying? It takes a second but lasts a lifetime knowing you made someone smile. Which makes you smile, knowing even though you're not a millionaire with money to help and save the world. There is the beauty of positive gestures and affirmations, to impact any human in a positive and friendly manner.

Don't focus on ONE thing when you have an enormous amount of opportunity right in front of your eyes. Stay positive, speak positive, and love yourself.

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19 Struggles Only Girls With The 'Looks Thin In Clothes But Not In A Bikini' Body Type Will Understand

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided one-pieces were cool again.

We grew up thinking the world was black and white. There's tall people and short people. There's old people and young people.

There's fat people and skinny people.

But as you get older, you realize there is a lot more in between those two ends of the spectrum than you ever thought possible. Especially when it comes to weight. And you do a lot more realizing if you're in an awkward position on that scale... Literally.

1. People always tell you to stop saying you are fat

Obviously, your friends SHOULD prevent you from talking negatively about yourself. And if you only saw you when you were fully dressed, you'd probably tell yourself to stop saying you're fat, too.

2. And are kind of surprised by your actual weight

You've definitely had friends who are shocked by the number on your scale because you can carry it pretty well when you are fully dressed.

3. Sometimes you feel like a catfish

Have you ever changed out of your super cute, flattering outfit and looked at yourself in the mirror and thought... Wow, am I lying to people?

4. But you know this is probably true for most people

When you're wearing clothes, typically the parts of a body that bring about insecurities (stomach, namely) are covered. No matter the body type, you realize most people are more comfortable in clothes than out of them.

5. Your confidence is often contingent on the month

November? Yep, won't need to be in shorts or a bikini for about 7-8 months. I am good to go.

February? I'll need to be in a bikini soon.. I could use some work.

6. You are thrilled by the one-piece bathing suit making a fashion come back

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided it was time to give one-pieces a try again. The stomachs of us in-between gals are appreciative.

7. Crop tops are 95% of the time not your top of choice

Yeah, okay, clothes are supposed to work for me and not against me.

8. You honestly don't understand jean sizes

I have fluctuated in weight a lot of my life, most recently losing 25lbs, and I still did not budge in jean sizes.

9. You wonder what other people think when they see you

Do other people see me as thin in clothing? Or fat in a bikini? What size am I perceived as?

10. Shopping is kind of a nightmare

Have you ever found about 27 items you liked, added the prices and thought, ah, it is going to be so tough to choose from all of these items? Only to go into the fitting room and realize only 2 of the items fit you well? Yep, me every single time I go to the store.

SEE ALSO: 7 Struggles Of Being The Girl Who Is "Not Skinny" But Also "Not Fat"

11. You're thankful that at least you've got boobs

You can kind of hide them in clothes, and then let them steal the show away from your tummy in a swimsuit.

12. You have a hard time setting weight-loss goals

You aren't really sure how overweight you are (if you are, at all) and you don't want to be at an unhealthy weight on either side of the spectrum.

13. Body positivity comes and goes

There are days, weeks or even months when you feel like the most beautiful person on the planet, and then something happens (old jeans don't fit, you try on a new bathing suit, etc.) and you convince yourself that all of that confidence was wrong and undeserved.

14. You always try on the biggest size first

Either this or you're in a weird limbo between the smallest plus sizes size and the biggest generic sizes size.

15. Half of you knows every body is a bikini body, and half of you is convinced that yours is not

You know that your body is worthy of wearing whatever you want to wear, but looking at yourself and seeing what society (and you) sometimes deem as unattractive can eat away at that knowledge.

16. But you also know self-love and confidence are key to beauty

Even if you have to fake it, you know that feeling confident is going to carry you pretty far.

17. Being in a bathing suit is a constant game of readjustment

Okay, I am sitting. Pull the bottoms up to cover as much as my stomach as possible and the back of the top down to cover any back rolls.

18. You've avoided the mirror after a shower before

You know that you are just going to lose all the comfort you felt in your body during the day when you see yourself, so sometimes it is best to just avoid it.

19. Ultimately, you know your beauty is not contingent on what you are wearing

The goal for everyone should be to get to a point where it doesn't matter if you're in a snowsuit, a bathing suit or a birthday suit... You can see your beauty no matter what and feel confident despite what you have on. It'll take time, but falling in love with the way you look is worth it.

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New York City’s Most Underrated Hot Spot

Beautiful flowers kept in true conditions

Good news New York: Spring has sprung! And that means spending time outside.

Personally, one of my favorite things to do on a nice day is spending time in the Botanical Gardens, conveniently located across the street from Fordham. Even more convenient is that Fordham students have free admission to the grounds.

But what is unfortunate is that we don’t get access to the shows. Currently, there is an Orchid Show. I splurged—ok my mom bought them not me—and went with my family over the weekend.

Even though it isn’t the cheapest event, I highly recommend it. Basically, the show is split into two parts: rainforest and desert. The flowers are beautiful and kept in true conditions. I learned that these flowers are actually poached and over half of the orchid species are endangered.

But it makes sense! They’re beautiful but hard to maintain. They have very specific watering instructions. But the Botanical Gardens preserves them for everyone to admire. The staff of the Botans spends time collaborating with artist and experts in the field to create an amazing experience. They time all the time to get every detail right, and audiences of all ages can appreciate it.

Going to school right next to the Botanical Gardens means I have easier access to it than most New Yorkers. But I still say it is worth the trip. It is a great place for a picnic and a long walk. The shows, like the Orchid Show, are truly worth it. It’s a different world than the city: the perfect escape for the New Yorker looking for fresh air.

The Botanical Gardens can be a whole day or an hour, it is exactly what you make it. I recommend going to the show early—especially if it’s a nice day—the lines will get long quickly.

In the spring, the Rockefeller Rose Garden opens, along with all the other flowers that are coming in bloom. I also recommend the Azalea Garden, which is along the way to the Rose Garden.

Now is the perfect time to make your way to the Bronx and appreciate its beauty!

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