7 Things To Look Forward To in 2018

7 Things To Look Forward To in 2018

It should be an exciting year of new entertainment, major events and opportunities for change.
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In this new year of 2018, the world is ready for some optimism and positivity following the crazy 2017 we just had. Unfortunately, 2018 will still probably bring a lot of both excitement and insanity set up by the events of last year. That does not mean, however, that there is not a ton of things to look forward to! So, let's take a look at some of the great things that 2018 will bring into our lives.

1. Major Sporting Events

2018 will be a fun year for sports fans of all sorts with major events hitting our screens from around the world. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea, sure to tote with it plenty of intense global competition. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia and pit some of the greatest international football clubs against one another (though the United States is going to miss the World Cup for the first time since 1986 after an embarrassing World Cup qualifying run). But not to worry, my fellow Americans, because we can bask in the glory and singular excitement of the NFL Super Bowl which will conclude the 2017-2018 season. Seems like we have a lot of brackets to fill out.


2. Movies

2018 is going to be an incredible (pun intended: see The Incredibles 2!) year for films. With new releases in the superhero sector like the much anticipated Marvel entries of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, along with DC's Aquaman, 2018 will host a variety of films with familiar origins. Other titles to look for include Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline's pop-culture masterpiece, Solo: A Star Wars Story, another standalone Star Wars film for fans to divide themselves over, and A Wrinkle in Time, based on the classic sci-fi novel Madeleine L'Engle. Not only are there going to be a load of new movies, but we can also get hyped to fill out those Oscar ballots!


3. Music

This should be an intriguing year in the music industry for a few reasons. There should be a major resurgence in pop with the likes of Ariana Grande returning with a new album following the attack at her concert last year. I am personally most anticipating the third in a trilogy of albums from the unique, British Indie Rock band, The 1975, who are releasing what could be an LP for the ages in Music for Cars. Of course, we will also witness the 2018 Grammy's, which are likely to create some historic decisions with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z in the running for Album of the Year. Singing competitions will return such as the hugely influential American Idol and The Voice, along with a new competition led by Sean "Puffy" Combs called The Four. Perhaps the most important update in the music industry this year will be the streaming wars between services with huge companies like YouTube and Facebook trying to get in on the action.


4. Video Games

The video game industry is booming with the recent release of the top tier of what are now the current-gen consoles, such as the Xbox One X, the PS4 Pro and the Nintendo Switch. Games are looking and playing better than ever, and don't forget that Virtual Reality is beginning to find some footing in the major market with tech like the PSVR. 2018 should carry with it a list of anticipated games to continue to outfit the hardware that we've been recently receiving. Exciting titles include Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Anthem, Spider-Man, Kingdom Hearts 3 (finally!!!), Days Gone, Detroit: Become Human, Mega Man 11, The Walking Dead: The Final Season and The Wolf Among Us: Season 2. That's only the tip of the iceberg, so stay tuned for even more games on the horizon. Also, the hugely anticipated The Last of Us: Part II is expected to hit shelves in early 2019, but know that we are at least getting a big look at it come E3 2018. Oh, yeah, E3 2018 is something to look forward to as well!



5. Space Events

Look to the skies in 2018 for a few cool events taking place out of the atmosphere. A total lunar eclipse should be visible to people in North America on January 31st. There are always meteor showers to look out for, and the Perseid's won't disappoint in August. There is great hope that ESO will be releasing the first ever photos of a black hole after 2017's observations. This is particularly exciting because it is something that has simply never been seen before, so keep an eye out in the early part of 2018. Also, almost 50 years after the US Moon landing, humans are likely to go back to the Moon. India should be landing a rover on the Moon, and SpaceX has talked about flying two regular people to orbit around the Moon this year. There have also been talks about the US taking people back, but news has been quiet. It would certainly be exciting for members of generations after the initial moon landings to get to witness something for themselves.



6. A LOT of political craziness

Yes, 2017 was a year of upheaval and change around the globe, but 2018 can expect likely just as much, if not more activity in the political sector. What will Trump tweet? Will North Korea make good on their threats? How will the U.K. handle the results of Brexit that are still shaking its foundations? Russia is likely to re-elect Putin, but what will the details of that election prove about the nation and Putin moving forward? Will tensions between Spain and Catalonia worsen or flatten out? It may not be things to look forward to, but it is certainly a lot to watch for, folks.


7. A (hopefully) better you!

A new year is always a chance to start working on enacting better habits, searching for better goals and creating a better, healthier, more happy you. Take 2018 by the horns and work on yourself. What are your New Year's resolutions?

Happy New Year everyone!

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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

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3. Sometimes you feel like a catfish

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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.

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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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