What I Wish To Accomplish In 2019

What I Wish To Accomplish In 2019

Here's to a better year!

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As cliché as it sounds, it needs to be addressed: everyone has their own set of laurels and goals for the new year. Some may have had a bit of an off year or had a great year by their standards, everyone strives to outdo themselves the next year. That is the case for me as I feel there are still stones to unturn. These are the five things I wish to accomplish in the year 2019!

1. Hit the 160 lb marker

Working out

If you took a look at me, you would never guess that I used to weight 235 lbs. Since Memorial Day of 2017, I have been on a mission to be as healthy and fit as possible. Right now, I stand at 5'7.5", 167 lbs. By losing close to 70 lbs in 19 months, my goal is to get down to at least 160 lbs and then worry about muscle later. I just want to look like a healthy person with a healthy weight. I have done so by changing my diet and working out a significant amount of times a week. Hey, I've lost 68 lbs, why can't I lose 7 more in 2019?

2. Graduate College

Graduating College

When I started going to college in late August of 2014, I never imagined I would be in a position where I can graduate college. Now that I enter 2019 as a senior in college, it is looking more and more like a dream that can come true that I never thought I could accomplish. Believe it or not, I went through a brief period of turmoil a few years back where I considered dropping out of college. Then, I grew common sense and thought "I made it through high school, I can make it through college. That website won't write for itself in the future!" Speaking of which...

3. Get an internship in journalism

Newspaper

I believe I mentioned this in one of my first articles: I never realized how skilled of a writer I was until my upper-classmen years in high school. Since then, I have gone out of my way to showcase my ability to write to many people and have received both good and bad feedback. However, the one thing I need to do is get my foot in the door with this so I can do this for a career potentially. Luckily, I know a few people that are also in the same field as me so let the talking and interviews begin!

4. Limit how much I spend

Credit Card

It's so tempting isn't it? You bring home a pay check and you want to buy something. Well we all have temptations, but money is no object to take for granted. You need to save your money in order to live on your own in the future. Money isn't everything, but considering I wish to buy a house, move out, and get a new car in the very near future, it's time I start another diet: a credit card diet!

5. Write for Odyssey

Writing

I've written for you guys for four months now. I have had a ton of fun and great experience doing it and I wish to continue it for 2019. Hopefully beyond! It is a great resume builder, better than my other two blogs I used to write for, and I really do feel like I write for an official website sometimes. Thank you so much for accepting me on here and let's get the writing underway! It's a new year!

Want to spend another year just sitting around, missing out, and not having a clue as to what you want to do with your life? Make some goals and you will shine! Even if you fail to meet an expectation or goal, it's not the end of the world: there's always next year!

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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The Cliche 'Follow Your Heart' Is Probably The Most Important Cliche Of All Time

Our heart or our brain? What should we listen to first?

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In life, we are constantly faced with tough decisions concerning relationships, college, career, marriage … the list of decisions we must make in a lifetime is endless. This means, however, that there are plenty of moments in our life where we will put into question our very own intuition, where we will waste time going back and forth between our mind and our soul. So then we ask ourselves when faced with a decision, what do we listen to? What should we listen to? Our brain or our heart?

Yeah, okay so following your heart is probably the most cliche thing you've ever heard. Our younger selves constantly heard the saying all the time growing up. Did we act on it? Maybe, but not in the ways that we should be acting on it now. Give it a chance and just think about it for a second.

I've realized that as you get older, it becomes harder to just listen to yourself. There are distractions all around you. Some come from the comments of your peers, some come from the devices in your hands, some come from the news headlines you see in bold. With this, you find yourself struggling to find a balance between thinking about something and just doing it. You find yourself unable to decipher what exactly you should listen to. You suddenly become lost within your own little world.

Who would you be if you didn't follow your heart? Would your life be completely different than it is now?

If we think about how we got to the place we're at today, we simultaneously also think about those decisions I mentioned earlier. And those decisions were probably mostly made from our own intuition, not from logistical thinking. The sad part is we don't even realize this, and we don't even realize how important this is.

How did you choose a college? Deciding where you're going to spend the next four years of your life, working towards a career is a big deal. Some will describe their decision as a feeling they got when they stepped on campus. Yes, the tuition was a factor along with retention rates and undergraduate programs and study abroad opportunities, but the one factor that truly mattered was how they felt so at home, while in reality being so far away from their hometown. So, this decision was made from a feeling, this decision was made from the heart.

Relationships. When deciding to tell someone you love them, you're following your heart. When deciding to commit to someone in a relationship or in a friendship or whatever it may be, you're following your heart. You're putting everything on the line because of how you feel. Nothing else matters. Just the two of you, together, happy and in love. And because of that, because of the magnitude of that one feeling, you listen to your heart first and figure out everything else later. Now, being able to have that, being able to experience this type of love, well that's just one of the best feelings in the world.

We can even consider a career. When trying to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life, you are looking for that feeling, for that career to find you. You are searching for that inevitable inclination telling you, you're meant to do something in this world. You dream big imagining yourself doing this one job that you feel so passionately about, changing the world and inspiring others to do the same. You are motivated by this one field so much that you decide to do it for the rest of your life. If that's not following your heart, then I don't know what is.

It seems so obvious. We hear "follow your heart" all the time. But do we ever actually realize how much impact a heart can have on one's life? No. And that's why it's maybe not so obvious. Because we're told to follow our hearts, but we never actually take the time to comprehend it. And so, we live our lives letting this concept of intuition before cognition become underrated. We let it secretly impact some of our most important life decisions without even ever realizing it.

So realize it. From now on don't just listen. Act. Follow your heart as much as you can and never look back.

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