It's that time of the year where everyone is thinking about the fresh slate they'll get in the new year. Who do I want to be in 2019? What do I want to change about myself? What are my goals?

When you set those new goals and aspirations for yourself within the new year, whether it's losing weight, killing a bad habit, or just working on yourself, you get excited. That's what the new year is all about, right? Glitz and glam about the brand new you coming in 2019.

New Year's resolutions are great and everything, but to be completely honest with you, more than half of you will forget about that goal within the first month. I've done it myself. I say I'm going to lose 20 pounds, live a healthier lifestyle, and do all these amazing things, but by the time January 30th rolls around, I'm tired and back to my old habits.

This year, let's all try something different.

Year mottos.

A motto for the year can be any simple phrase or even a word that defines how you want to be in 2019. You can make something up, take a quote from a song, or pick a single word. You can make these mottos into hashtags, make posters of them, wallpapers for your phone. You get the point.

For example, this year I want to focus on me. I want to be happier, healthier, or more driven to reach my future goals. I'll be graduating this year, starting a new job, beginning my graduate degree, and so much more. This is the year I am going to surpass all of my goals and more. This year I'm breaking the ceiling. So, it's only fitting that my motto is going to be "It's time to break the damn ceiling." I have this quote on my wall in front of my bed and as a screen saver in my phone as a reminder every day of what this year will entail.


Emily Gigliotti

Goals are great and everything, but using a phrase or word to define your goals for the year is going to help you more in the long run than anything. Once you change your mindset, your attitude and actions will follow.

New year, new you? Nah. New year, new mindset.