5 New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Want To Keep

5 New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Want To Keep

And they don’t involve exercise.

The new year is a great time to change your habits by introducing new goals to keep. Unfortunately, New Year’s Resolutions are notorious for being easily broken, and they tend to be the same: exercise more, join a gym, and eat healthier. While these are fine goals to strive for, here are five unique goals that focus on well-being.

1. Keep a Gratitude Journal

A gratitude journal is a simple way to keep track of the blessings in your life. Every day, write down a few things you are thankful for in a notebook, Word document, or whatever you choose. Regularly recognizing good things in your life will help prepare you for rough patches, lower stress, change your perspective on life, be more mindful, and a bunch of other positive benefits.

2. Clean out your closet

Let’s be honest: we all have too many clothes in our closets, drawers, and wardrobes. The new year is a great time to start sifting through your piles and heaps — you’ll probably discover things you forgot you owned. There are many different strategies for cleaning out your closet, so choose the one that works best for you. At the very least, you’ll just create room to fill with more clothes you don’t need.

3. Write in a diary

With technology, it’s easy to wonder what the purpose of a diary (or journal, whatever) is: if you can take a picture or video, why write about it? For me, keeping a journal helps me record specific thoughts and feelings, which can’t be captured in a picture. It’s also something nice to look back on and see how much you’ve grown. I try to write once a week, though some people are super dedicated and write once a day. Also, writing in a journal is not “girly” – guys do it too.

4. Read a new book

There are way too many books in the world for you to read them all in one year, but you can start out by picking one that piques your interest and finishing it in a week. Too much of a time crunch? Create a reading plan. This works best if you want to read super long works like "War and Peace" or the Bible.

5. Learn a new instrument, or practice your instrument

Learning how to play an instrument should be a goal for everyone’s life. If there’s an instrument you’ve always wanted to know, why not start it in the new year? You can learn from an instructor or teach yourself. If you know an instrument but haven’t played it in forever, make an effort to practice a little bit each day, and you may find that your skills improve drastically. You may also enjoy yourself along the way.

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11 Feminist Halloween Costumes You Don't Need Cleavage To Feel Sexy In

If you’re looking for the most scandalous outfits to wear this Halloween, this may not be it.

If you're a socially conscious f eminist, you'll know sexy shouldn't be defined by anything other than what you make of it.

However, when most people type in "sexy Halloween costumes" into their search engine, they might be looking for tight bodysuits or something that shows a little more cleavage. Don’t get me wrong, I'm not knocking out bunny ears or mesh tights. However, it might be time to stretch what that definition means.

I've gathered a few costume ideas that are sure to make a statement this Halloween while representing some of the most iconic women of our time. So, here are the ten best Halloween costumes for forward-thinking women like us!

1. Rosie the Riveter

Who better to show that we are equal and can do a “man’s job” just as good (or better) than Rosie the Riveter? This outfit is bold and inexpensive. You may even have this in your closet!

2. Marilyn Monroe

"I am very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.”

More proof that you can be beautiful in pants or a dress. Embrace the beauty within.

3. Taylor Swift

“I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life,” Taylor Swift said in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Enough said.

4. Hillary Clinton

President or not I’m still with her. Just like feminists and activists before her, she has paved the way for modern women to stand up for themselves and have a voice.

5. Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony proved any woman could turn her dreams into a reality. She helped remove limitations and showed women to be fearless. Fast forward 97 years and women can achieve even more than. Yes, we still have more to accomplish, but we’re definitely nearing the horizon!

6. Amelia Earhart

Not only was she an American aviator, she was also the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Talk about goals. This Halloween, you can defy gender norms just like Amelia did.

7. Frida Kahlo

Surrealist painter Frida Kahlo explored the depths of her identity, culture, gender, class, love, and loss. Through her persona and her artwork, she defied feminine beauty and gender stereotypes in a time where women had few rights and were viewed as submissive. Who ever said you had to get your brows waxed anyway?

8. Birth Control

Hands off my birth control!

This might be sound a little kooky, but isn't that what Halloween is all about? This year, make it a point to express how you feel through your costume. Women need to stick together! So, let's dress up as birth control to remind the GOP we will not accept another restriction.

9. Wonder Woman

Adding Wonder Woman to our list was a no-brainer. She’s a crowd favorite, especially the way Gal Gadot represented her in the new movie.

Overall, Wonder Woman is a symbolic character that reminds us anyone can be a hero. The days when only little boys looked up to their favorite superhero are long gone. Now, kids and adults of any gender have a badass female superhero to fawn over.

10. Madonna

More than 30 years ago Madonna broke the barriers of what men wanted women to be. In a time where women were expected to follow certain rules, her attitude and bravery overcame those norms. Shoutout to "Hocus Pocus" for the inspo.

11. Rey from "Star Wars"

In "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Han Solo's new protégé Rey is loaded with martial skills anyone would admire. Daisy Ridley plays the franchise's first female protagonist with a strong feminist persona. Rey refuses to be defined as "just a woman" and is definitely no damsel in distress. Instead, she is a fighter, survivor, and all around badass.

This Halloween, don't just be brave. Be Rey.

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4 Must-Know Style Tips For Surviving Rhode Island Weather

Because we all know Rhody weather has a mind of its own.


Rhode Island weather has a mind of its own. With these tips, you'll never find yourself in a bind you aren't prepared for!


This is CRUCIAL to surviving the crazy seasons. Sometimes you need to bundle up in the morning but you could be sweating by the end of the day. Therefore, make sure to have multiple layers on so you can take off or put on one when needed.

2. Always have a rain jacket or umbrella on hand

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It always rains in Rhode Island, so you have to have rain gear all the time. One day I went to class without anything because it was supposed to be clear skies and I walked out to it down pouring. All in all, I will never not bring rain gear again.

3. Keep multi-season clothing with you, especially if you're away at college

The weather can honestly go from summer to fall back to summer then winter real quick, therefore you shouldn't take all your summer clothes home with you when going home. You may want some tank tops in order to layer (as mentioned in 1#) or even just wear with jeans on a slightly warmer day.

4. Accessorize to keep warm 

Scarves and hats are a must if you live in Rhode Island. Plus it makes outfits extra cute and adds a little oomph. And you can stay on trend with upcoming new designs and patterns for a lower cost then a shirt might be.

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