You Don't Need A New Year To Become A New You

You Don't Need A New Year To Become A New You

Motivation doesn't come from the calendar.

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, resolutions are sure to follow. Pinky-promising yourself you’re going to drop those last five pounds, letting the entirety of Facebook know that you’re finally going to start your novel this year, and you and your friends hyping each other up about how this will finally be your year. We’ve all been there. Some of us will even be there in a few days.

The start of a New Year is a very exciting time, because with it comes the unknown. It’s a chance to finally be the person you want to be and make the changes you’ve always wanted to make. It’s a fresh start, and moreover, a reason to start fresh. I understand and can appreciate the excitement. I truly can. However, I personally do not partake. Sure, I’ll have some champagne, stay up well after midnight, and enjoy my New Year like everyone else, but I don’t make resolutions.

I am a firm believer in the power of the self and the idea that you do not need a new year to be better or to want better for yourself. I believe that people are always growing and changing and becoming better through each and every thing they experience. Learning is the name of the game, and I think people are constantly learning. Each day is a new opportunity to change yourself and make yourself better. Every day is a fresh start.

A new year is an excuse to turn yourself around, and for many, maybe the push they finally needed. However, motivation does not come from the calendar. Motivation is something that must come from within. Hence, why many people tend to fail when it comes to keeping their resolutions at first. Motivation stemming from somewhere besides yourself is not strong enough to elicit true change. You have to truly want to change. The drive has to come from an internal urge, not a social obligation born from tradition.

Furthermore, the custom of New Year’s resolutions doesn’t take into account how difficult it is to truly change. Especially if you’re making large lifestyle changes. Studies have shown that, on average, it takes over two months to form new habits. With the two-month finish line being somewhat daunting and more than a little distant, it’s easy to fall off the wagon, especially when you’re trying to change yourself completely, or undo deeply rooted habits.

New Year’s resolutions don’t allow any room for error. They appear to be just a final, all-encompassing goal, insinuating that reaching goals themselves is linear. Failure is not an option; it’s a requirement. No one that’s ever accomplished anything did it on the first try. It’s a matter of constant effort and yes, sometimes even starting over.

So why put yourself through it? Change starts one day at a time. And that change can start whenever you want. My goal for myself every day is to do better and be better for myself and by myself. And with that, I make sure to try new things every day and branch out and challenge myself all for the hope of a better me. By partaking in my own betterment every day, there’s a higher chance of success and even more so, I am constantly growing and becoming the person I want to be- everyday! It’s never too late to change yourself. And it’s never too early to start, either. So what are you waiting for?

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44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

Your caption is just as important as the filter.

Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

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Sorry, Not Sorry, Your Opinion On My Body isn't wanted Here

Stop telling people what they can and can't do with their bodies.


You have the right to your own opinion, yes. But do you have the right to make someone feel like crap because of what they decided to do to their body?


I am sick and tired of hearing people say "You'd look so much better with your natural hair color," or "What do you think those tattoos are going to look like when you're older?"

Colored hair, pierced faces or ears, and tattooed skin is a norm in my generation. It's time that the older generations, and any other person that agrees with them, to butt out and mind their own business. We love you, but seriously. Unless we ask for it, keep your opinion to yourself.

As someone who has a couple tattoos, I understand how it feels to be questioned and lectured about the decision to permanently mark your body. You can absolutely ask what my tattoos mean. But from then on out, you keep your mouth shut.

You don't get to tell me that my decision to get something permanently inked on my skin because I thought it was pretty was a stupid and immature idea. You don't get to ask me what I think they'll look like when I'm old, because I know. They'll be withered and wrinkled and faded, just like I will be. But I lived.

Don't you think the people that color their hair know that there may be potential damage? Don't you think they know that it'll take a while to get back to their natural color? If someone wants to dye their hair purple, you don't get to tell them that you think it'd look better brown. Change is good. You may not agree with the change, but that change may have helped them past a rough spot in their life. Don't take the fun in looking like a unicorn away from them.

News flash, the piercings come out. So what if someone pierced their lip? Or their eyebrow? Or their nose? You aren't entitled to tell them that the hole in their face makes them look trashy. I pierced my nose and I don't know how many times I was told that employers wouldn't hire me. We are all fully aware that employers might not hire. But we are also fully aware that it comes out.

Self-expression is something people are always praising and encouraging. But as soon as someone does something they don't like we are told, "No, not like that." Um, excuse me? Opinions are only welcome if they are encouraging. I'm sorry, but we don't encourage your negative attitude.

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