7 Ways To Make The Most Of The New Year

7 Ways To Make The Most Of The New Year

Keep the end goal in mind.
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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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In a generation where friendships and relationships don't last, debt is the only constant factor.

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As I sit on Jane's bed, I begin to start typing a topic that has been long over due, millennial debt.

Debt is not just a financial entity, but is intertwined in every aspect of our lives. It shapes the way we grow up, our political views, and even our friends.


I think my finances could be better, and it stresses me out sometimes, but why am I in debt to begin with?

As I started to ask this question for my own beneficial purposes, I realized that people around me are worse off.

During spring quarter I had (what felt like) my first big girl finance talk. An Alpha Phi alumna came and gave a quick talk about the book "Rich Bitch", and I loved it. It was the first time I was exposed to the theory of 'financial stability' and I wanted it. I kind of thought of college as this lawless place, where I can do whatever and figure it out later, but it's not. Talking about finances is uncomfortable and weird, but it has to be done. Just because you have a job doesn't mean you can do what you want, especially when you're spending and are already in debt. I feel like it's harder going to school in a big city because everything is so expensive. There's so much to do and explore, and it all cost money.

I looked around me and realized for the first time that people take out crazy loans to go to school.

I think our culture is very fucked up.

"But it's all cool and all because we're all doing it". What kind of mentality is that? We don't have to go to school, let alone a private expensive university. Where is this pressure that 'going to college solves everything' ? Going to college does not guarantee you the best years of your life. You might not find your 'sisters' or 'brothers'. I am the living proof that college kinda f*cking sucks, people are shitty and justify their behaviors on alcohol.

So why are we spending so much money to be here?

The loans that we are taking out are not for education, but for the lifestyle that college offers. The debt you will have for the rest of your life, is for four years of 'college'. You're going to take out loans just so that you have a desk job, go out to happy hours with your buddies, and save for European vacations once in a while; while slaved to your loans for pretty much the rest of your life. When did this become the norm? There's nothing wrong with this lifestyle, because it provides a sense of security, but it cannot be the path we take because we are scared to explore our other options.


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