How Are You Bringing In The New Year?

How Are You Bringing In The New Year?

Be the difference in the world.

The New Year is approaching us. Every year, millions of people try to set a New Years Resolution. What will yours be? I have tried many times to set mine for losing weight or eating more healthy but have never stuck with it.

Why do you think so many people set resolutions but do not keep with it? A lot of people, like myself, set the same one each year. Losing weight and eating healthy.

People always make fun of there are new members at the gym instead of being supportive of those who want to better themselves they shame them. It takes a lot for someone to join a gym let alone work out in front of already fit and good looking people. It's hard.

They already took the first steps of trying to join and the problem is keeping up with it. It is easy to say they are lazy and don't want to make a difference.

Think about this. Instead of making a New Years resolution about losing weight or eating healthy, make one about being kinder to people. Having less hate in the world would be so much better, don't you think? Pay it forward. You always hear of these amazing stories of someone paying it forward. Make that your resolution. Do not judge people.

Make a difference... it will go a long way, even if it's something as small as buying the person's coffee or food behind you in line. Or buy some flowers at the grocery store and give them to the person behind you. Be a positive difference to someone in the world.

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7 Ultimate Bucket List Items

Travel Europe more!

Just about everyone has a bucket list. It's full of goals and ideas that you aspire to achieve during your life. I know I have a bucket list and have completed some of the items on it so far. My list is full of goals and I am working towards some of them right now. Making a bucket list is a great way to outline some of your vacations, activities and risks that you want to take throughout your life. Here are some of my bucket list items that might inspire you to make yours:

1. Travel Europe (more!)

I was lucky enough to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland during my freshman year of college and got to see places I never thought I'd see. I got to travel to England, Poland, Spain and all throughout Ireland, but now I want to see more of Europe! Hopefully I get to go back and see more famous sites and the beautiful scenery that the continent has to offer!

2. Road Trip Across America

I've been lucky to see some countries throughout the world, but I feel like I haven't explored the United States. I would love to take a road trip across the country and make stops along the way to see everything America has to offer.

3. Go on a Service Trip to Africa

I got to go on a service trip to Jinotega, Nicaragua where I was able to teach children English. This trip inspired me to want to help more of the world. Now I want to travel to Africa and help underprivileged populations there!

4. Ride in a Helicopter

Riding in a helicopter is an experience that everyone should take part in! Riding in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon is near the top of my bucket list and would be an amazing experience.

5. See the Ellen Show Live

I'm a huge fan of "The Ellen Show" and would love to see her show be taped live. She is definitely someone that I really want to meet.

6. Run the Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is one of the most famous races in the world. I have always loved running and it's my dream to cross the Boston Marathon finish line someday.

7. Become a Nurse

My ultimate goal - of course - is to complete nursing school and become a nurse! I can't wait to be able to treat patients and try to make their days better when they are not feeling well.

Good luck!

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Just Because It's 2018 Doesn't Mean Offensive Language Can Be Overlooked

I dare you to resist offensive language.

Tuesday, amidst the excitement of canceled classes, I scrolled through the Odyssey Online homepage and read an article that spoke to a place I have visited a lot lately. The article, 8 Ways To Be More Mindful Of What You Say, written by University of Alabama student Amanda Topolski, addresses several phrases that are said in casual conversation, but are by no means casual subjects.

Amanda's article covers subjects from eating disorders to mental illness, to suicide. All of these topics are very important, however, most of the time seem to be overlooked or used as a casual anecdote to explain feelings that a person actually isn't feeling.

Eating disorders: Calling someone anorexic, or making any other remark about their weight, is heart-wrenching. To overhear conversations poking fun or criticizing someone else for their weight is discouraging, to say the least. Everyone carries weight differently, metabolizes differently, and loses or gains weight at a different pace than anyone else. And that's okay. You never know what path someone is walking on; you never know what battle someone is fighting.

Mental health: One of my biggest pet peeves is when people joke about mental health. I have a few close friends who have suffered from a variety of mental illnesses, and they have shared their stories with me and opened my eyes to things I never realized, considering I myself have never gone through those type of experiences. Depression, mental retardation, and bipolar disease, to name a few, are things that affect a lot of people and can be taken very offensively if joked about out of context.

Suicide: Too many times I've heard someone say jokingly, "If I don't pass this test I'm going to kill myself," or, "Please kill me now," and neither of those statements, or ones similar, are not joking matters.

Each year, 44,965 Americans are lost to suicide. That's 44,965 family members, friends, husbands and wives, children, co-workers; 44,965 humans that believed they were not good enough. Why anyone would joke about that is beyond my level of understanding.

Homosexuality: Gay is not an insult. Simple as that.

We all slip up, say things we don't mean, speak without thinking. Bottom line is it's important to be mindful of what we say while around others. So, reader, I challenge you to not be the many, but instead to be the movement.

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