Is 2017 Going To Be Better Than 2016?

Is 2017 Going To Be Better Than 2016?

You can't say new year, new me and not do anything.

At the beginning of 2016 a lot of people said that it was going to be the best year yet, but at the end of the year, a lot of people said that the only upside of 2016 was that they didn't die.

Trump was elected president, 59 people were killed in a shooting in Orlando, and there's a new case of Ebola in Africa.

I don't know if it was just me paying more attention to the news this year or it's actually true but there was a lot happening in 2016. There was bombings, shootings, wildfires, hurricanes, and a lot of people died this year including Harambe the gorilla from the Cincinnati Zoo.

Despite all the serious things that have happened in 2016, there was the not so serious stuff like Kim Kardashian exposing Taylor Swift and people trying to find out if Hiddleswift was actually a thing. Now that I think about it Taylor Swift was always on my newsfeed with new drama every day.

There was new music, movies, and new tv shows that were released in 2016 that made us laugh or made us cry.

Disney channel aired all 100 of their original movies and then aired the "Hannah Montana" series, Disney also has a new Disney princess that took us by a storm named "Moana."

NBC and FOX graced the theater geeks with "Grease: Live" and "Hairspray Live!" and other musicals that were just as great. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the screenplay and music for Hamilton and made everyone happy.

Let's not forget about the crazy words that came about in 2016. We used words like "lowkey" and "fam." And we changed the meaning of the words "savage," "lit," and "dead" and a lot of other words.

A lot of people excepted 2016 to be the year that made them a better person, but all they did was sit a home binge watching Netflix and whining about how they didn't want to go to school, myself included. And now that 2016 is over people are saying that 2017 will be better, but is it going to be better?

You can't wish for this year to be better than last year and sit at home watching tv all day.

For there to be a "new you" your going to have to work on yourself by yourself for yourself. You can't change yourself for another person. That's not how life works.

If you want 2017 to be as lit as you say it's going to be, you have to make your dreams become goals and make your goals become realities, nobody's going to make it happen for you.

A new year means a fresh start for the same dream you had last year. You have to change your own story.

2016 was the past and it taught you lessons, 2017 is the present and its testing those lessons that you learned in 2016.

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33 Basic Summer Bucket List Ideas For College Girls That Don't SUCK

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

32. Go to an aquarium

33. Lay in the back of a pickup truck

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45 #Goals For The End-All Be-All College Kid's Summer Bucket List

Running out of ideas of things to do this summer? No, you're not!

It's finally summertime, or as I'd like to call it, the best time of the year! But every summer I notice that there are tons of things I could be doing than just sitting around doing a whole lot of nothing. Do you run out of ideas of things to do during your summer breaks? Well if so, here are 45 activity ideas that will make your summer adventurous and memorable!

1. Have some nice days to relax on the beach.

I mean... this a summer must, right?

2. Relax by the pool.

3. Take some summer classes.

It never hurts to get some college credits on your time off.

4. Finish a TV series on Netflix.

... or multiple.

5. Take a trip to the aquarium or zoo.

6. Go on a froyo or ice cream date.

7. Go indoor/outdoor skydiving.

It seems like skydiving places are popping up everywhere, nowadays.

8. Visit some museums.

9. Go see a new movie that's being released.

10. Take a road trip with your besties.

Road trips are the best for friendship bonding!

11. Go to your favorite restaurant, but try something NEW!

12. Make a summer Spotify playlist.

Come on now... what is summer without the tunes to go with it?

13. Have a cookout or party with your friends.

14. Take your dog for a walk or to a dog park.

Pets are your friends, too.

15. Go parasailing or tubing.

16. Attend a local sports game.

17. Have mini photo shoots (of people or nature).

This one is for all my photoholics out there.

18. Go on a hike.

19. Get a part-time (or full-time) job.

It's nice to actually have money to do this stuff.

20. Go on a shopping spree.

21. Try out some new recipes.

22. Go to a local fair/festival.

24. Go strawberry picking.

25. Go to an amusement or water park.

26. Donate old clothes.

27. Paint a picture.

28. Go on a boat ride.

29. Catch up on some sleep.

30. If you have a record player, go shopping for used vinyl records.

31. Visit a friend who doesn't live close to you.

They will definitely appreciate having visitors.

32. Redo your bedroom.

33. Have a spa day.

Massages? Mani/Pedis? Doesn't matter, get your relaxation on!

34. Help with chores around the house.

Your parents should appreciate this one, and it's a good way for you to get yourself on their good side.

35. Get tan.

36. Have some lazy days to do nothing.

37. Go fishing.

38. Try out a local coffee shop.

You'll notice that these little local coffee shops literally have the best coffee ever.

39. Go to summer concerts.

40. Go to a drive-in movie.

41. Watch a sunrise/sunset.

42. Help out your community and do some volunteer work.

43. Be a tourist for a day in your own hometown.

It's a lot more interesting to be home when you take in what the tourists do.

44. If you have a Polaroid camera, take lots of pictures.

45. Make a summer scrapbook documenting your unforgettable summer.

It'll definitely be one to remember!

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