New Year, Old Me

New Year, Old Me

Keepin' it real in 2017.

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. When I was a kid, I remember going to a party with my parents. It was the typical cute neighborhood New Year’s party where the kids spent most of the evening running around upstairs. The parents drank champagne downstairs, wore New Year's party hats, and ate beautiful appetizers that I couldn’t yet appreciate. When it came time for the ball to drop and the kids to drink their sparkling white grape juice we all gathered in the host family’s sun room to say our resolutions. I flat-out made up something I now can't remember because—as I've mentioned—I’ve never really been into that kind of thing. I feel that for most of my life I’ve remained the same. I moved a lot and mostly kept the same outlook on life.

Today, I would love to be able to say that I’m going to totally change my lifestyle in 2017, but if I’m being real I’m probably never going to start going to bed before 11 or stop eating chocolate chip cookies at the dining hall. But it’s all about the attitude, right? I really do want to de-stress and take more time for myself. I want to go to yoga multiple times a week and find a workout that I don't completely despise. I want to love myself more and remember not to compare my life to others' lives. I don’t really think I will change all of that in one year. I think it would be a struggle to modify everything that contributes to my unhappiness in just 365 days; making my life a happier one would require a change in the way I look at everything in my life. In addition, I want to save my money, have makeup-free days (and feel good about it) and just lead an overall healthier life.

Sometimes, I look back and think about all the progress I've made over the years, and I feel good about all of my decisions and experiences— that’s how it’s supposed to be, right? I know I’m supposed to think about the past and be thankful for everything I have, be happy with the college I’m going to, cherish this moment I've made it to and be thankful for all of the times I’ve survived. But, looking back on my 18 years, I think I’m blissfully blinded by all of the happy times, and I’m really fine with not focusing on the bad. I think maintaining that kind of outlook on life is the best resolution I could ever make. So forget about “new year, new me.” How about a new year with the same cool, rocking, great, fabulous, positive person I’ve always been— despite a few bumps along the way?

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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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