2018 Might've Hit Me Like A Ton of Bricks But At Least I'm Ending It With These 5 Lessons

2018 Might've Hit Me Like A Ton of Bricks But At Least I'm Ending It With These 5 Lessons

Some things out there that honestly aren't worth stressing over. If it won't have a major impact in your life within the next week, odds are it isn't important.


This year is finally coming to a close. Unfortunately, we tend to look back at a year and measure it by remembering all of the bad things that have happened. While this is sort of inevitable, let's try to find the silver linings. For all the bad that has happened, some good has to have resulted from it. Here are a few of the things I learned throughout my journey this year.

1. Don't sweat the small stuff

It's cliche, but truer than ever. Some things out there that honestly aren't worth stressing over. If it won't have a major impact in your life within the next week, odds are it isn't important. Your not-so-gray hairs will thank me later.

2. Not everyone has the same agenda

Everybody moves through life at their own pace. We all want different things, and want to take our own unique path to achieve those. There is no use in criticizing another person's growth and development. Our purposes are not all the same, and that's what makes life so interesting.

3. Some people aren't worth chasing

Those who are meant to be in your life will stick by your side no matter what. Still, I understand that life can often get in the way of our friendships and relationships. At the end of the day though, those who want to be in your life will make the effort to stay in it. Those who don't are probably better off being let go.

4. Do what makes you happy

Participate in the things that will move you and improve your life. Stop listening to the people who put down the things you love and tell you that they aren't productive. If you have a passion for something, your possibilities with it are endless.

5. Life goes on

No matter what undesirable thing may have happened to you today, tomorrow you will wake up to a brand new start. Every day is a chance to start over and try something new. You'll get through whatever it is that's bothering you now, and you will turn out better because of it.

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What Are Your New Year's Resolutions?

Have you made your list yet?

It's about to be that time of year again where people start making New Year's Resolutions, varying from growing closer to God and those and around you and getting back in shape. New Year's Resolution are a great way to kick off the new year. Improving the new year from the year before. However, I personally don't think we have to wait until the new year to start getting better and improving. We can read our bibles more now, we can grow our friendships more now, we can get back in the gym now, so why do we wait until the first of the year, and then in a few months forget our resolutions? I think we can make resolutions every day, one step at a time, to better ourselves and to better the world around us to make it a better place. Each day we can make small lists of great things to do for the bettering of those around us.

However, I do like to make a list at the beginning of each new year to see growth in my own life. Last year I made a new year's resolution to try new things and I would say I have tried more new things than in year's before, it's great to see resolutions and things wanted to accomplish become a reality.

I want to take this article to not only encourage you to make a New Year's Resolution list this year but to hang it up somewhere where you can look at it every day and remind yourself of your resolutions to keep them every day. However, I also want to encourage me and those reading to make small lists of ways to just better yourself and to help someone else.

I am excited for this year and to work on making my New Year's resolutions list. I don't think it will be real long this year but I am excited for the changes that the New Year will bring. There are always changes, and it's the small changes that eventually amount to the large ones. As of now, my resolutions would be to grow closer to God, closer to friends, to get back in the gym, and to get a great Journalism job. This list is short but I think if I can complete just the first one, I will be in great shape with all of the others following.

So what are your New Year's resolutions? Getting closer to God? Being more joyful? Getting out and about more? The lists go on, however, think of something fun and exciting to make your year a little better, try to accomplish it, work on bettering the world, making it a better place. Because New Year's resolutions are about become better! That is the goal and that is why we make this list year in and year out, for our own good and for the good of others around us!

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It's Always A Good Time To Better Yourself

New year, new you.


We all like to play the New Year's game of creating resolutions most of us will most definitely not keep. We hear everyone going on and on about "new year, new me" and pretend like we want to engage as well. I failed to realize what it is about the new year that makes people want to change themselves. It's as if the digit changing at the end of the year is important to us changing ourselves.

You can make a change at any time of the year, so why now?

With this upcoming year, I feel like I have answered the qualms of the above statements. I have realized it is less about a new you, but more about a better you. The new year makes us feel fresh and gives us new energy. The digit changing, it gives us the motivation to make the changes to improve ourselves. While the last year has been so generous, I want to make the next year even better.

This is not a how-to guide on how to keep your resolutions, but more on how to make them. We tend to set unrealistic goals based off of ideas perpetuated by society rather than what truly makes us happy. We think by losing weight we will feel better about ourselves. By doing this we bypass the real goal altogether, feeling good about ourselves. This can apply in other circumstances. as well. If you're a writer, your goal could be to write more instead of writing better or writing something you care about. By deciding what truly matters to us, we can set goals that guide us to success instead of deterring it.

Even a simple task every day, like making the bed, can set the tone for the day as productive and neat.

Everyone is different and having the same three goals as every other person will not help you. Think about who you are and what you need to motivate you. Going to the gym may make you hate getting out of bed in the morning, but a small workout at home can be just as effective and more interesting for you.

Resolutions are what you make them out to be. You can choose to make them something meaningful.

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