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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27. Stay up all night and watch the sun come up

The weather is finally getting warmer and summer is just two short months away.

The other day I got my first whiff of food being cooked on the way home and it made me think of all the stuff I want to do this summer and what I want to accomplish in the upcoming months. It also made me think about how I make the same promises to myself every year and don't accomplish half of the things I want. So, this year, I decided to make a summer bucket list. I've heard of people doing this and I always thought it was kind of stupid, but I figure writing it down would motivate me more than just thinking, "That would be a nice thing to do."

So here are some things on my summer bucket list and hopefully they inspire you to go out and have the best summer of your life.

1. Find and do a summer exercise challenge

2. Go on a road trip

3. Visit a water park

4. Make fresh-squeezed lemonade

5. Have a water fight

6. Attend at least one outdoor concert

7. Research and apply to internships

8. Start journaling

9. Sign up for a class

10. Spend an afternoon on a boat

11. Read a new book every month of the summer

12. Eat fried dough

13. Attend a fair

14. Spend the day at a beach

15. Roast a marshmallow and make s’mores

16. Host an awesome summer party

17. Go to a drive-in movie

18. Cook something you never cooked before

19. Have an epic movie marathon with friends

20. Go river tubing

21. Reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a while

22. Eat lunch on a dock

23. Order a new flavor of ice cream

24. Go bowling

25. Take pictures in a photo booth

26. Go shopping on a boardwalk

27. Stay up all night and watch the sun come up

28. Eat pizza by a pool

29. Do a Pinterest craft

30. Ride a four wheeler

31. Big an epic blanket fort

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10 Times I Love Returning Home To Suburbia Maryland

What are yours?

During the summer I temporarily part ways with the concrete jungle of NYC and return to my home childhood home in Maryland for a few months. I miss the Big Apple dearly during this break, but there are a few little things I can only do in suburbia, that I don't have the ability to enjoy when I'm back the city.

1. Driving

There's something invigoration about driving your own car and not having to depend on the subway or an Uber to get around town.

2. Friends

I'm really blessed that I have so many good friends at home. I miss them all A LOT during the school year, so it's nice that I'm able to come back and pick up exactly where we left off.

3. My queen-sized bed

I think this one is self-explanatory.

4. Drivethru

This goes along with driving, but I LOVE being able to order a McFlurry and fries from the comfort of my own car.

5. Movies (with reclining seats)

The average movie ticket costs about $17 in New York, which gains you access to a packed theater with tiny seats. In Maryland, $12 gains you access to a movie theater with seats that recline to the point that you are laying almost horizontal, for an optimal viewing experience.

6. Nature

I'm not even the outdoor type, but it's so nice walking outside and seeing actual green grass and trees without having to ride the train half an hour to Central Park.

7. Wild Life

This might just be because I live near the woods, but I see all type of wild animals on the daily. Most of the time its deer, but I also sometimes get glimpses of bunnies, fox, squirrels, birds of all sorts and horses occasionally.

8. Baths

I don't trust dorm bathtubs so there's something about coming home to all my bath bombs and shower jellies to taking a nice relaxing bath.

9. Annoying my baby brother

Okay, well, he's, like, 14 now, but still messing with him (out of love) is one of the best things ever.

10. My parents

I wish I could go back in time and tell my high school self to spend more time with my parents because they're really amazing people and they're probably the biggest thing I miss when I'm at school.

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