How to Keep Your New Years Resolutions

How To Actually Accomplish Your New Year's Resolutions In 2019

Most of us start strong, a few a us keep the momentum going until mid-year, but very few of us see our goals all the way through the entire year. If only we knew the secret formula to reaching our goals. Well now, you do!

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One of the many reasons why we don't accomplish the goals that we intend to achieve in the New Year is because they are not attainable. If you've had terrible money management skills for your whole life, you're probably not going to be able to save $10,000. So why is that your goal? Just because you want to do something doesn't mean that making it your goal means that you're one step closer to achieving it. Continuing with the example of saving $10,000, I'm sure most people would love for their savings to be that plush. However, without establishing the precursor - which would be good money management skills - how would that come to fruition? The answer is- it wouldn't.

While this seems rather obvious, many people set these lofty, unattainable goals that are bound for disappointment, and in turn decrease their resolve to affect change in their lives. The way to solve this is to think in terms of "what practices can I establish that would lead me closer to accomplishing my bigger goal." This is where the practice of good money management comes in. Honing your money management skills would ultimately lead to better saving practices, which then would open the possibility for saving $10,000. This applies to many areas of goal setting, whether it's in the home, with relationships, with finances, or personal development. Establishing practices is a significant step in accomplishing the overarching goals.

Also, goals should be exciting! We can often fall the monotonous wagon very easily when we feel detached from our goals. All goals you should set for yourself should be goals that would make you very enthused to reach. If your overarching goal is to be more social, yet the arts really excite you, maybe sign up for a group museum tour or a painting class where you can meet new people while challenging yourself (and enjoying it!).

Lastly, perhaps the most important way to accomplish your goals is to create a list of actionable steps that lead to you to that ultimate goal, if not all the way, then a bit closer than you were before. These steps should have timelines that are realistic for you. If you know you're busy but your goal is to lose 25 pounds by the summer, an actionable step would be to go to the gym for an hour, three times a week for three months. For these actionable steps, you should think in the short term, such as in the next 3-6 months. Your larger attainable goals should be geared towards the long-term, such as in the next 2+ years.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that all the goals and aspirations you have are possible. It's just a matter of creating your own guide, your own roadmap of actionable steps to lead you to accomplish them.

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Me Saying I Don't Watch 'Game of Thrones' Is NOT Your Cue To Convince Me To Start

"Once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you."

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Yes, I have flaws. We all do. But it seems as if though my biggest flaw is that I have never seen "Games of Thrones." Nope, not even one single second. I don't know why I haven't seen it, it's not that I'm particularly against the show. I guess it's just too late now for me to start it, as the premiere of the eighth and final season aired April 14th. And for some reason, I just feel that I'm too far behind to even attempt to start it.

But please, I beg of you, do not try to get me to watch it. I don't want to; I've made my decision that I have missed the "Game of Thrones" train and I have accepted my fate. It's OK, you can use your heavy TV series persuasion on someone else, don't waste it on me.

But not being a Thronie (I have no idea if you "Game of Thrones" fans actually use that term, but it's fine) comes with its own set of hardships. Yes, I know that missing out on "unquestionably the most acclaimed and beloved show on television" is probably the greatest hardship, I know, I know.

But trying to scroll through social media while seemingly every single person on my feed is posting about the show? Now that's hard. I see memes left and right, constant reaction videos, clips of scenes that I will never understand. I see people being shocked by certain characters doing certain things to certain other characters and I just cannot understand! It's tough, it really is. I feel like I'm in elementary school, sitting on the bench beside the playground watching all of the cool kids playing together. I feel excluded and uninvited to the party that is the "Game of Thrones" fandom.

It really is hard. It's difficult not understanding the jokes and comments about all the happenings in "Game of Thrones." But to those who are obsessed avid watchers, I apologize. I sincerely am sorry that I can never understand your "Game of Thrones" talk. I am sorry that my inferior self is not interested in your favorite show.

As some character that I will never know in "Game of Thrones" says, "once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you." I have accepted that my major flaw is the fact that I have never seen "Game of Thrones" and that I, unfortunately, have no interest in watching. So please, don't use it against me. Besides, that one character that I don't even know said that you can't anyway.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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