Commonly Used New Year's Resolutions

Commonly Used New Year's Resolutions

We all create basic resolutions one time or another.
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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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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

Perfect for those beach daze.
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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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10 Ways To NOT Melt Like The Wicked Witch Of The Pacific Northwest In This Summer's Heat

Follow these tips to stay safe from the heat in the usually gloomy Pacific Northwest.

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In the Pacific Northwest, we are used to the gloomy weather, cold temperatures, and a constant cover of grey clouds. That's why when we enter these hotter months, Seattlites are more prone to heat exhaustion and heat stroke since Seattle is one of the least air-conditioned states in the country.

Follow these tips to stay safe and cool and keep an eye on how you're feeling to avoid the symptoms of heat stroke:

1. Keep The Lights Off.

Turning off the lights is not only environmentally friendly, it has the benefit of saving you cash on your power bill and keeping you cool. According to the government energy website, lightbulbs only release about 10% of their energy as light, the rest of it is dispersed into your home as heat. It might not seem like much, but keeping the lights off if you can help it will make a difference,

2. Close the Windows and Blinds!

While I understand if you don't want to feel like a creepy Boo Radley shut-in, especially on such a beautiful day, shuttering your windows can help keep your house cooler. The less sunlight that can enter your house, the cooler it'll stay. You can open them all up again when the sun sets to let that cool night air in.

3. Make Smart Clothing Choices.

In the winter, you probably bundle up with some nice cozy sweaters and some blankets. Now, its time to do the exact opposite. Take off as many layers as you can even better if you can be in your home in the nude. And make sure that the clothes you are wearing are loose and comfortable so that they aren't holding any extra body heat against your skin.

4. Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol; Stick with Water.

This tip doesn't exactly keep you cool, but it's important since we'll be getting sweaty in this heat. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they both are dehydrating and you're already losing enough liquid as it is. Stick with some water or some juice. Even better, load up on that Gatorade or Powerade, to help you keep up your electrolytes since you'll be losing those as well.

5. Invest in a Good Fan.

Lots of Seattlites don't find it worth it to purchase an AC unit for the few months of the year where they would use it. While understandable, it is worthwhile to invest in a couple of good fans, to keep the air in your place circulated, so you can at least have a nice breeze. You can even place a bowl of ice water in front of the fan to help circulate some cooler air.

6. When in Doubt, take a Cold Shower.

I know what you're thinking. "That's never pleasant!" But you'll feel refreshed if you take a cold shower, and it'll knock your body temperature down. If you take one at night, it'll make it easier to sleep. Besides, cold showers are proven to have many other benefits.

7. Sunscreen.

You're probably tired of people harping on this one, but they harp because its true. Make sure you protect your skin. Most signs of aging are from sun damage, as well as the risk of skin cancer. Don't be sorry, be safe.

8. Ice Packs.

They aren't just for boo-boos anymore. Stick an ice pack on your feet or on the back of your neck, both spots are sensitive to temperature and you'll be feeling better in a jiffy.

9. Check on Your Pets.

Humans aren't the only ones who feel like they're melting in the heat. Remember to check on your pets! They can experience signs of heat exhaustion as well, especially because they have a limited skin area to sweat. Make sure they have extra water and are staying cool too.

10. Go Swimming!

There's a reason everyone flocks to the beach in good weather! Take a refreshing dip in the ocean or the pool, and you won't feel like you're melting like the Wicked Witch of the East — Or Pacific Northwest — anymore. Just remember to be safe when you swim and don't drink alcohol when you get into the water.

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