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5 Ways to Be a Better You in 2019

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The New Year is coming up which means new year's eve parties and new year's resolutions. We will quickly find ourselves saying "I strive to do this..." but most of the time, it's February 1st and we still haven't done those daily ab workouts that we promised we would do. This article is about how to be a better you and follow through with your new year's resolutions.

1. Set goals, but start small. 

If you want to become a runner, you aren't going to be able to train for a marathon overnight. It's better to start small when it comes to goals you have in mind. Let's say you want to run a 5k by the end of 2019, but you have never run that far before. Start with a few half mile repeats. If you walk some and then run some over and over again, you will eventually find that your body adjusts to the pain of running, and you can run farther each time. It may take time and effort to reach your goals, but be patient and keep working at it, and you will get there eventually.

2. Do and go after things that make you happy. 

It can be easy to find yourself caught up what other people want you to do with your life. However, this is your life, not other people's life, so you need to focus on what makes you happy. Do you want to look back on your life and wonder "What if I had followed my dreams?" It doesn't matter if your dreams don't match up what others' expectations of your life are. It's your life, and you get to choose how you live your life.

3. Be easy on yourself. 

You are not perfect, and you are not going to do things perfectly, no matter how hard you try. It's just how life is. There's no use in beating yourself up about things. You are uniquely you, and you are where you are supposed to be right now. Focus on the things you are doing right in your life, rather than focusing on what you are doing "wrong."

4. Take time for yourself. 

No matter how clique it sounds the saying that "life is short" is timelessly true. We don't have an endless amount of years to live, so it's important to take advantage of the time that we do have. This means that we should do things that make us happy, as long as we aren't hurting others. Oftentimes, we get so caught up in school, work, friends, and family and all the expectations that others have for us and all the things we have to do for others that we forgot to stop. And breathe. It's important to focus on yourself. Life can be stressful, and if we don't ever have some "me time", we can get lost in the stress and laundry lists of things you have to do. Try to find a few minutes each day to take some time to relax.

5. Stick to commitments. 

If you say you are going to do something, try your hardest to follow through with it. Don't be that person who flakes out on plans at the last minute. It's not fair to the person you made plans with, and it's not fair to you. People like those who they can trust, and if you always cancel on someone last minute, they are going to hesitate before they make plans with you next time.

6. Find a new hobby. 

Explore your talents. You may find out that you have a real knack for poetry or crafts or playing the guitar. Or maybe you'll find out that you actually enjoy writing and reading. You never know until you try. Don't be afraid to try something new.

7. Chase adventures and go out of your comfort zones. 

Julia Sanders

The world is full of so many cool places to see and people to meet, but if you stay in your little comfort bubble all the time, you miss out on making some amazing memories. In 2019, try to push yourself past your comfort zones. For example, if you are introverted, try to join a club at school to force you to meet others more, or make an effort to meet new people every week.

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Growing Up Catholic And How It Shaped Me

"I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth."

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Ever since I can remember, I have attended church every Sunday morning. Not always at the same church, but always at the same time with all the same people. I've never known anything different.

Both of my parents are Catholic and so are their parents and so on and so forth. I attended religious education classes my whole childhood and when I was 15, I chose to get confirmed which basically says you are choosing to continue your faith.

As a kid, I didn't really understand why we went to church every Sunday and there were some Sundays where I just didn't want to get out of bed to go. When I'm on the verge of not going to mass I tell myself that it is just 1 hour of my time, 1 hour each week and that is all I have to give. Everyone has 1 hour to spare.

Now that I am older, I'm grateful my parents have introduced me to the Catholic Church. I like having something to believe in and being able to have faith. I'm a huge optimist in my daily life and a big part of that is because I trust God's plan for me, whatever happens is with his best intentions for me. I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth.

It seems that the word "Catholic" has a negative connotation nowadays and that makes me extremely sad. No one should be judged or profiled based on their religion.

Being Catholic to me means always striving to better myself and bring myself closer to God. Being Catholic might mean something else to another person and that's what is great about religion and faith, they affect everyone differently and it is up to you to decide what to do with these 2 things.

At the end of the day, I am grateful for being brought up in the Catholic family I was because it gave me my morals and made me the person I am today, whom I am proud of.

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Bulldogs Get Their Shot At Professional Baseball

Four Georgia Baseball players were selected through the first two days of the MLB draft. The Bulldogs garnered national attention in the 2019 season after an impressive 46-17 record.

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Georgia baseball has been steadily improving ever since a string of sub-.500 finishes over the past decade. Consecutive appearances in the NCAA Regional Tournament shows the nation that Athens is once again a powerhouse. Even Major League Baseball is starting to take notice.

1. Aaron Schunk - 62nd pick, Colorado Rockies

Schunk was considered a two-way prospect going into the draft. He split his time between third base and closing pitcher. A winner of the Triple Crown award, Schunk had 15 home runs and 58 RBIs with a batting average of .339 as the Bulldog third baseman. As the closer, he had 12 saves with a 2.49 ERA. The position assigned to him by the Rockies was third base but he is likely to still get an opportunity to pitch in the minor league system.

2. Tony Locey - 96th pick, St. Louis Cardinals

A semifinalist for the 2019 pitcher of the year, Locey had a season ERA of 2.53 accompanied by an 11-2 record. His season was somewhat of a surprise after having a 3.92 career ERA at the collegiate level. MLB teams typically look at a number under 3.00 as being impressive. The Cardinals expect Locey to continue his upward trajectory.

3. Tim Elliott - 126th pick, Seattle Mariners

Another Bulldog pitcher comes off the board on the draft's second day. Elliott posted impressive numbers during his junior campaign with a 2.38 ERA and a 7-3 record. One of those seven wins came by way of the complete game which is becoming ever more rare in today's game. Originally coming to Georgia as a reliever, Elliott transitioned to a starter while posting a 3.10 career ERA across 41 appearances.

4. LJ Talley - 207th pick, Toronto Blue Jays

The best fielder on the team has shown yearly improvement with the bat which was the most crucial area needed for him to be on the MLB's radar. His fielding is solid with an appearance on the 2019 SEC All-Defensive team. Talley finished his senior season with a batting average of .332 accompanied by 8 home runs and 41 RBIs.

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