Commonly Used New Year's Resolutions

Commonly Used New Year's Resolutions

We all create basic resolutions one time or another.

Congratulations for surviving yet another year on Earth! The hard part is over, now it's time to welcome in a new year and new experiences. We all know that a new year means we're required to make a resolution for what we'll do differently this year. These resolutions are used as a way for us to understand what we should've done the year before but didn't.

We've all used the phrase "new year, new me" believing that if we live by this motto, we'll have a completely different life by the end of the next year. WRONG. Typically, when we say this, we expect to reverse everything we normally would.

New Year's resolutions are our dreams for the future. Now, sometimes we may fall short and use the most common resolutions known to mankind, but they're also some of the greatest. While most of the time, we set unrealistic goals, it's nice to know we've set them. It is time to see the resolutions we have all used once, or twice. *Drum roll please* The most commonly used New Year's resolutions that we are still using for this upcoming year:

1. Spend Less, Save More.

Okay, the holidays are finally over. We're officially able to save money as there are no gifts to buy. While we like to believe this is the case, we all know we end up spending money we don't need to on things we probably will only use once. Half the time we end up spending a majority of it on food.

2. Sleep, Gym, Repeat.

A new year means it's time to officially start that diet you've been pushing back. They say it takes 21 days to kick a bad habit so all you have to do is survive one month of dieting and you'll be in the clear. The first month is always the hardest and it's typically the same month people decide to give up. When setting weight loss goals and sleep schedules, make sure to be realistic. The more realistic, the less you are to quit.

3. Cut Back On Drinking.

I feel this will apply to most college students. Not only does drinking ruin your diet plans and spending habits, but you'll probably end up regretting it the next day. We believe that if we cut back on our drinking habits we'll save more money than we ever thought possible and we won't gain that beer belly by the end of our senior years. Less drinking is always a great thought; however, extremely difficult for most to achieve.

4. Stop Procrastinating.

"My project is in 2 weeks, i'll start it tonight." Somehow, we tell ourselves the second a new year begins, we will no longer be lazy and unwilling to get ahead in our studies or work. We'll be able to keep up the notion that we can finish work or homework early for a few weeks, and then it just hits. We begin to question why we do it to begin with. This is when some of us will lose to our unproductive habits and fall victim to procrastination one again.

5. Quit Your job.

The job you're barely scraping by in and the one you hate to show up to weekly. Yeah, we tell ourselves we're going to quit the second the new year begins. Come February, we'll still be in the same position at the same location believing that "now isn't the best time" to leave.

6. Create More "Me" Time.

If you're similar to me, you probably started a bucket list for the new year of everything you hope to achieve by 2018. You write down fantastic road trips and adventures to embark on, realizing you won't really be able to do everything as well, life happens.

7. Worry About Yourself.

We tell ourselves the second the new year begins, we will only focus on ourselves. That our happiness needs to be put before anyone else's. While I pray every time that I will follow this resolution and truly look after myself, I understand it's never that easy.

8. Live Life To The Fullest.

Y.O.L.O. Indeed we do, only live once. From this we decide to let go of those which do not fulfill our time and energy needs. Each time knowing that down the road we'll most likely to be talking to them once again. While we plan to become a whole new self, chances are extremely slim that that'll actually happen. While we cannot change who we are overnight, we can work on being the next version up of ourselves.

However wild and crazy your New Year's resolution may be, let's make this year our year!

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10 Reasons Everything Is Better In The Summer

You know it is true.

I know we're still in the middle of winter where the days are short and dark and the nights are below freezing. While the winter is fun and exciting, especially with the ever-prevalent hope of a possible snow day, a little bit of seasonal depression might be kicking in for some of us. That is what inspired me to take a step back from the cold and reminisce about what makes the summer the most special time of the year.

1. There is no school

This means no responsibilities no waking up early, no homework, no classes and no studying. These past few summers, I've had to work, which in some way still requires getting up early and having responsibilities. But, come on, summer jobs are nothing like the real world, or the strict school calendar.

2. The days are SO much longer

I can't wait for when it isn't dark at 5:30 and the day feels like it's over even before it really begins. In the summer, getting dinner at 7 p.m. and driving to the beach to watch the sunset seems like the perfect plan. Waiting to eat dinner in the winter until 7 p.m. is the WORST because it's already been dark for close to two hours and my internal clock gets so thrown off.

3. No makeup

There's something that happens when you're tan and happy, the need for makeup goes completely out the window. Either you're going to the beach later that day, or you just don't even think of it because your skin is finally clearing up from the dryness of the dark winter days.

4. Bathing suit and shorts—NO COAT

Not being able to walk outside without bundling up in a coat, hat, gloves, scarf, two pairs of pants, and snow boots is getting a little old. In just a few months, we'll be sweating in just shorts and a tank top, and I cannot wait.

5. Better vibes

For whatever reason, everyone is genuinely more kind and happy in the summer.

6. Bonfires with best friends

This is something my friend group executes perfectly and it is the best because I grew up around fires every Sunday in the summer and a week-long vacation where every night was closed around a bonfire.

7. Driving with all the windows down

Coming home from the beach or work with all the windows down, but the AC still blaring— I don't really know what it is but it's amazing.

8. Laying on top of the covers

Even though you're only wearing an oversized T-shirt and the AC is on, for whatever reason, there's just no way u can stay under the covers. You'll probably wake up in an hour sweating profusely but, still, there is something amazing about this.

9. Vacations

Whether it's a mid-day road trip with no destination or week-long trips to the beach, everything is just so much more fun and enjoyable.

10. Staying up and waking up late

In the wise words of Luke Bryan, "Sunrise, sunburn, sunset. Repeat."

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12 Reasons To Be Excited For Spring This Year

It's been a long winter, we deserve this.

It seems as though the weather (especially in the midwest) seems to be incredibly unpredictable around this time year. We are in a very weird transition between the back end of winter, and the early months of spring. Yet, before we know it, we will be in the months of April and May all within the blink of an eye.

Students, in particular, anticipate the arrival summer all year. This anticipation usually distracts people as they move into the spring months, and always causes people to ignore all the awesome things about spring. While we're waiting, perhaps we should take more time to appreciate all the good that comes with spring.

1. It is a new beginning

Spring is the renaissance month of the four. It is a chance to be reborn again and prepare for the rest of the year with a clear mind. Many people are doing the annual "spring cleaning" and getting a fresh start.

2. The sun is out longer

The winter solstice is the promise of longer days in contrast to the shorter days of winter. Longer days turn into long nights and allow for both outdoor and outdoor activities to be extended into the day. Plus, it doesn't always feel like it's as late as it should be.

3. The sun is hotter

While the weather is still sometimes cold throughout spring, you can still feel how hot the sun is in your head and your face. Even when the weather is still fluctuating, the sun is the one thing that feels good.

4. Everything is colorful

The presence of the sun means that everything starts to gain its color back. The dry, yellow grass of winter turns into a vibrant green. The disappearance of constant gloomy clouds turns into the beautiful blue sky. Everything from nature, to animals, and even people seem to have a brighter shade of happiness to it.

5. The weather is just right

While it may fluctuate, at least it's not winter. Most of the time it isn't cold enough to wear a winter jacket, but not hot enough to just go into a t-shirt. A sweatshirt and jeans are the best bet every day and it brings a stable amount of comfortability.

6. Everything is in bloom

Because the weather is just right, life starts to bloom everywhere. Flowers of all kinds litter fields and gardens. Flower buds cover the tree branches and eventually turn into vibrantly colored leaves. Life is happening everywhere.

7. Even the rain is beautiful

They say, "April showers bring May flowers". Something about the rain in spring is soothing though. It serves as a reminder that the gray blanket of winter is being washed away, and we are getting a cleansing for the upcoming season.

8. It's always a long winter

Winters in the midwest seem last forever. They are always very cold, unforgiving, and relentless. The drag of winter leads to the onset of seasonal depression and eventually becomes a nuisance altogether. Entering spring means the end of a long internal and external battle against the weather.

9. Everyone is coming out of hibernation

Birds, animals and even people are starting to wake up again and become more active after the long winter. Everything feels new and fresh and opportunity is everywhere.

10. It is almost the end of the school year

Spring break is the most fun time of year. Letting loose for a week with friends and family after making it through winter serves as the best reward. After spring break though, there is only a couple of weeks until finals and then we're out of school for the summer.

11. Driving with the windows down

Once the weather gets warmer, it finally becomes bearable to drive with the windows down without experiencing harsh cold. Driving with the windows down is the epitome of summer nostalgia and serves a reminder that summer is near.

12. We are that much closer to summer

Literally one season away.

Although the arrival of summer is the most anticipated of the year, spring is the beautiful pathway to that season. We get to watch summer bloom into warmth, beauty, and relaxation; and that just builds up our anticipation that much more. The seasons always go too fast, and they always have something to offer. Perhaps we should slow down and appreciate them in the moment before they change again.

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