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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Let's Give Michigan Winters The Benefit Of The Doubt

As cold as it gets, this is still the best place in the world.

Anyone who goes to a cold school understands how miserable the winter can be. We’ll do anything and everything to avoid being outdoors; skipping class sounds much more ideal than having to suffer through getting there and back. Every day, I wonder how people did it before Uber because I most definitely couldn't.

When I'm asked why I’d ever go to a school that's so unbearably cold, my response is the same every time: “Because it’s worth it.” Because there’s nowhere else, hot or cold, in the world that I’d rather be. Because even on the coldest, snowiest days, something about being at Michigan makes me happy.

As cold as it gets and as hard as the subzero temperatures make being productive, we all adjust and have our own ways of making it work. A scarf makes any outfit that much more adorable, and speaking of outfits, what’s wrong with rotating between the same few sweatshirts every day when no one sees whats under your Goose? Nothing! And that means waking up about 10 minutes before you have to leave for class. Every cloud has a silver lining!

Most days here, even though they're bitter cold, are nice and sunny, making for such a pleasant environment. If it were dark and gloomy every day, maybe it'd be harder to survive the winter. It’d be harder to leave bed every day, but luckily that’s not the case. It’s definitely cold, but layers are a pretty good solution.

You know how they say you can’t have a rainbow without rain? I’d argue the same about having seasons. The bitterly cold winter makes the summer that much more special. I, for one, will not be taking a second of this summer for granted. When I’m not working, I will be outside for some reason or another taking it all in. Yearlong heat definitely has its pros, but there is something amazing to be said about changing seasons.

Anyone would agree that it'd be nice if winter were just a little warmer. You know, not so cold that you walk outside and lose feeling in your extremities, but also cold enough for a cute sweater, scarf, hat, jacket and boots.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't change a thing about where I am, but I also can’t deny being really sick of the cold and more than ready for some summer.

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Don't Use Valentine's Day As An Excuse to Show Your Love

It was just another day, but a slightly better, slightly happier day.

Valentine's Day has come and gone. That day was filled with love, affection, and care. You wake up in the morning with excitement for the day and show those special people in your life that you care. It was just another day, but a slightly better, slightly happier day because you can literally see the love in the air.

There are three positions on Valentine's Day: those people who have a valentine and therefore, they have the whole day planned out. The other extreme is those who yearn for a valentine and therefore, are bitter and cynical about this day. The third lot is rare because they are the ones that are completely neutral about Valentine's Day and they don't mind it.

It is most logical to be in the third lot. Valentine's Day is like Mother's Day. It is a day that's focus is to show your appreciation of people in your life that you love. Same for Mother's Day. It is a day that focuses on showing appreciation for your mother, but the important thing to remember is that this day is not an excuse. It is merely a day that tells you what you should be doing to show your love. That doesn't mean that you are very public in your celebration of those you love because sometimes, celebrating your significant other doesn't need to be a bouquet of flowers and serenading, maybe it is just a simple homecooked meal.

This day emphasizes on making those special people in your life feel special. It is a celebration of caring and love and there is nothing wrong with this. It doesn't need to be about romantic love, it extends to all loves like platonic and familiar.

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