7 Ways To Make The Most Of The New Year

7 Ways To Make The Most Of The New Year

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Almost everyone has heard the famous statement, "new year, new me," but how many times have you actually seen it come true? These simple, easy tips can help you become the person that you've always wanted to be in 2018.

1. Get rid of the toxic people in your life.

Toxic people can only provide you with pain and negativity. Find positive people that will bring you lots of joy and happiness in the new year. These optimistic people will play a large role in making 2018 a good year for you.

2. Stay focused.

Think of the goals that mean the most to you and stay focused on them. Don’t let anything distract you from them. Keep your concentration on ensuring that you achieve these goals and let nothing allow you to break your concentration. This will ensure that you follow through on said goals throughout the year.

3. Try something different.

Step out of your comfort zone in the new year and do something you would never usually do. Whether it be traveling, skydiving, swimming with sharks, it doesn’t matter. Just go out and do it. What’s stopping you?

4. Take control of your life.

Stop letting people talk you into doing things you don't want to do. Learn to say no and take control of your life. If you would rather lay in your bed and watch Netflix rather than go to a party with the girls, then lay in your bed and ask for a raincheck. This, in turn, will provide you with the opportunity to make 2018 a year full of what you actually want rather than what you feel obligated to say “yes” to.

5. Turn off the screens.

In this day and age, technology has become so prevalent in our everyday lives that it sometimes can distract us from the world outside our screens. In the new year, turn off your screens and stop allowing them to distract you from the world. Go outside and appreciate the sun and the earth that you are freely given. This will provide you with more time to do other things and accomplish other goals.

6. Take small steps.

Don’t waltz into the new year thinking that you can change in a day. If you wish to better yourself in 2018, take it one day at a time. Small baby steps will lead to great changes throughout the entirety of the year.

7. Keep the end in mind.

While 365 days can seem like a long time, in retrospect, it is actually much less time than it seems. Visualize where you want to be at the end of the new year, then spend every single day working to make that end goal possible.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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