5 Ways To Boost Yourself After January

5 Ways To Boost Yourself After January

Tips to help you for the other 334 days of the year.
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2018 has already started and I know that some of us have already quit going to the gym! That’s okay, we got 2019 in the bag. But for now, we are still in 2018 and we all have this general feeling like it is going to be better than 2017 (hopefully) so here are some ideas that can add some positivity to your year and make your life overall more uplifting than before.

Build a reflection jar

Reflection Jar, Memory box, whatever you would like to call it is fine, because it is yours. The concept of it is for you to sit for 5 minutes a day and then on an index card or half sheet a paper you would write 1-2 good things that happened to you that day. Then on the back you would write 1 not so good thing that happened that day (if any!). By the end of the year when you look back on all the good things that happened to you, there will be a giant smile on your face. When you read the not so good things that have happened, you can remind yourself that it is in the past and that you have grown since then and that it is not a big issue to you anymore.

Start every morning with an upbeat song and end the day with a song with deep meaning

This for my big music lovers! For me, music is a big part of my life and it molds the entirety of my day. By playing an upbeat song in the morning, you are already kicking off the day in a more positive attitude and you’ll mostly end up putting more a ‘pep to your step’ when you’re on your way to work/school. When it is time to wind down and get settled, try playing a song that gets you to think, or brings some emotion to you. This would allow for your brain to distract itself for a bit and let all the worries of the day wash away as you are powering down for the evening.

Buy something big for yourself and yourself only

As we get older, many of us tend to forget ourselves and only worry about the people around us. In 2018, try to look out for yourself more often. Splurge every once and a while. Buy that music festival ticket, go to that fancy restaurant, take up the mani-pedi you’ve wanted for weeks. Do not put yourself off. There is only ONE of you!

Clear out living space

This can happen anytime of the year, but I fully recommend in between spring and summer so you could hold a yard sale and sell all the stuff you do not want. Clearing out your living space is a great way to recollect and focus on what is important in your life. This will also give you a chance to figure out what needs to be replaced, or fixed; as well as figuring out if you want to rearrange the place. I personally believe that you can get tired of a space after a while, so it always cheered me up to see my room in a new perspective and it makes me want to keep the room positive.

Believe in something

Believing in something does not necessarily mean God. It could mean multiple things, whether it be an organized religion, a spiritual idea, or a life guide book for examples. Try to find something that you could go to in a time of stress or struggle. Doing this could benefit you in the way of bringing some relief into your life. This would also bring you some reassurance and a type of safety that a lot of us try to get in our lifetime. 2018 shall be a time of growth, change and passion and having belief in something could help bring you to the next level of your own awesomeness!

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Be True To Yourself And Stay Real With Those Around You

You're not being rude, hopefully.

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It is important to not be fake or easily swayed by others' opinions. Being true to yourself and having a set of values that people acknowledge as respectable can get you far. Doing the right thing and being reasonable allow you to keep it real. Keeping it real is constantly seeking the truth. However, there is a fine line between being real and being rude.

If you say you're "just being honest" and following that with a rude comment, you're not being real. You can't tear down the people around you just because you're trying to be real with everyone. Being real with the people around you means being respectful. Think about others before you think about yourself. Think about what you're going to say before you say it. Also, think about how you're going to say it.

Tone plays a critical role in keeping it real versus being rude. There are many ways to phrase a statement, and many meanings can come from one statement. By putting emphasis on a different word each time you repeat the statement, it can drastically change the tone. Tone is the intonation of the voice as expressive of some meaning or feeling. If you are aware of your tone, it can stop you from being perceived as rude. It is important to be heard and say what you need to say, but it is also important not to hurt those you care enough about.

Intent also plays a role in being real versus being rude. It is obvious when my mother is telling me something with her best interest at heart. It is obvious when a guy in my elective is telling me something with malicious intent. The fine line between being real and being rude is the intent. The purpose of the phrase coming out of the other person's mouth has a profound effect. Once you learn how to tell the difference between the two, you will have an easier time in life. Make sure to think before you speak. Analyze whether what you're about to say will benefit the person and take into consideration why you are even phrasing a statement. There is a real reason for everything you have to say, and there are also real consequences for what you say.

Context is also important when it comes to maintaining the conversation. Conversations are situational and it is important to only say what is relevant. In order to keep it real and not be rude, you have to dissociate from other outside conversations. You have to know that comments taken out of context can be hurtful and used against you. The circumstances are different for each person involved, so it is in your best interest to keep it real.

It's definitely easier said than done. However, taking context, intent, and tone into consideration will stop you from being perceived as rude. Everyone wants to keep it real, but not everyone is capable of staying within the threshold. This line between being real and being rude has consequences, when the line is crossed. Keeping it real is truly an admirable quality to have.


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