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The Difference Between New Year's Resolutions And Goal Setting

No one likes to set resolutions anymore, but people still set goals.

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The way people think about new year's resolutions has dramatically changed in the past 5 years. I've found that when resolutions for the new year are brought up, people roll their eyes. People don't like the idea of resolutions anymore because there's a stigma that they won't actually happen or won't be followed through with. With that being said, we live in a time where people are constantly setting goals; those can be daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly. So resolutions have kind of turned into just setting goals for the year.

When you put a negative connotation behind something, you're putting it in your head from the start that you aren't going to succeed. If you set your mind to something and constantly tell yourself "I'm so close, I can do this, I'm going to keep up with this", it's going to have an amazing effect on how you keep up with a resolution. New Year's resolutions are supposed to be seen as a positive thing, but because so many people don't stick to them, it has developed a negative connotation.

Goal setting has become a huge part of my life and daily routine. I think it's very important to have goals for different sections of your life and times. My goal categories are health/fitness, work, personal, and friends/family; I usually will do monthly and yearly goals. Having goals every month makes me keep up with things that I need to be doing. Whether that's exercising, drinking enough water, having family dinners, etc. It's a tool for prioritizing your time and making sure that you're getting everything you need done while implementing a good lifestyle.

The most popular resolution that has a negative outlook behind it is everything for health and fitness; that one is the easiest to give up on. It's not a bad thing to go to the gym regularly or eat healthier as a resolution, I think it's one of the best ones out there. Some people need the idea of a new year to be able to kickstart a healthy lifestyle because you're literally starting at the beginning of the year. It's everyone's fault for turning resolutions (especially that one) into something unachievable because then those people who actually try just end up thinking, "Ugh, I will just do it next year, I can't do it now" when in reality they can if they set goals.

This is the first year where because of my constant goal setting, I kept up with everything I wanted to accomplish in 2018 (besides finishing my Invisalign treatment). When someone asks if I have new year resolutions, I just tell them that I'm an avid goal setter. I feel like we can bring back new years resolutions to be a positive thing if we just act positive towards them and motivate each other! It's all about changing the way that something is defined by how we act it out, and how we react to it. So, for this new year try goal setting instead of the resolutions and shut down the haters!

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19 YouTubers You Need To Watch, Favorite And Subscribe To In 2019

Because who really watches TV anymore?

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YouTube is great for someone who doesn't have the time or desire to watch movies or full-length episodes of shows, but it can be hard to find a YouTuber you like.

Here are 19 YouTubers everyone should be watching in 2019!

1. MissRemiAshten

Remi Cruz

Remi Cruz may be the most fun-loving and positive twenty-something on the internet and if you're not watching her already you need to stop reading this article and watch one of her videos right now! Remi posts lifestyle and fitness related videos multiple times a week on her main channel MissRemiAshten and her vlog channel RemLife. Remi is a glass-half-full kind of gal and watching her will help you look on the bright side too!

2. AlishaMarie

Alisha Marie

Alisha is another ray of sunshine, who posts anything from DIY, room decor, lifestyle and collabs with her YouTube besties! One of those besties just so happens to be Remi Cruz, and together they host a podcast called Pretty Basic, where they share stories and talk about their experiences in hopes that they can help their listeners going through similar things.

3. James Charles

James Charles

James Charles quickly became the makeup Queen of YouTube! This sister posts the most stunning makeup looks ranging from everyday wear to total glam, perfect for special events. James collaborated with Morphe Cosmetics to create his very own pallet that inspires everyone to unleash their inner artist. The James Charles Pallet launched November 2, 2018, and has basically been out of stock since then, it's so popular.

4. KathleenLights

Kathleen Lights

Kathleen Lights is one of the most honest, yet funny, beauty gurus on the internet. She's a firey Miami native who loves a good glam look! Kathleen collaborates with Colourpop regularly to create her own products. She is obsessed with all things astrology and incorporates Zodiac signs in many of her makeup products, one pallet is even titled "The Zodiac."

5. Safiya Nygaard

Safiya Nygaard

You may recognize Safiya from her days at Buzzfeed when she starred in the popular series "Ladylike," but since leaving Buzzfeed in March of 2017, Safiya has accumulated 6.8 million subscribers of her own on her YouTube channel. Safiya is most known for testing new products, following hacks and reporting back to her subscribers with the honest results.

6. Meghan Rienks

Meghan Rienks

Meghan is like that brutally honest friend that some people think is mean, but really they just haven't gotten a chance to get to know her. She's a busy lady as she's a working actress in L.A., has her own apparel and accessories online store called "Martie" and hosts her own advice podcast called "Don't Blame Me." After watching Meghan you'll wish she was your best friend.

7. Gabbie Hanna

Gabbie Hanna

Formally known as "thegabbieshow," Gabbie Hanna got her start on Vine years ago and fans followed her when she made she made the jump to YouTube. Gabbie is mostly known for her outrageous storytimes and near-death experiences, but she is also an amazing singer and has released half a dozen singles in the past two years.

8. Nikki Glamour

Nikki Glamour

She's your best friend, big sister and favorite cousin all wrapped into one! She gets so into the stories she tells it's like you are right next to her when they were happening. Nikki keeps it real and always has, she's hard working and lives her life to the fullest. Her family is growing so be sure to check out her family channel GlamourFamily to grow with her.

9. Sarah Baska

Sarah Baska

Sarah Baska is the funniest person on the internet! She's not afraid to make fun of herself, and others but she means no harm. She's the happy hippie we all need in our lives to remind us not to take life so seriously.

10. Kendall Rae

Kendall Rae

Kendall's channel is great if you want to think! Her channel is full of interesting topics like true crime, unsolved mysteries, space and ocean exploration, world travel, astrology and a little paranormal activity. If you're open-minded and want some thought-provoking content in your life, Kendall channel is the best for you!

11.  Mr. Kate

Mr. Kate

Think of Mr. Kate's channel as Extreme Home Makeover-YouTube Edition, follow her as she transforms your favorite social media influencer's spaces into gorgeous works of art. If you're an avid HGTV watcher, you'll love Mr. Kate.

12. Sierra Schultzzie 

Sierra Schultzzie

Sierra is a body-positive confidence building queen who stands by the notion that every body is beautiful. Her channel is full of look-books, Disney, DIY and lifestyle-related videos. She also has her own online clothing line called "The Curvy Crew."

13. Josh Peck

Josh Peck

It's like "Drake & Josh," but better. Josh Peck is all glown-up and even funnier than he was on the Nickelodeon show that we all know and love. Josh is also BFFs with YouTuber David Dobrik and he can be seen in many of Josh's videos.

14. Lily Marston

Lily Marston

Lily is not your average L.A. influencer, she's down to earth and lives off In-N-Out and Dr Pepper. Lily used to be a producer and host on "Clever Style" but decided to go her own way, shortly before Clever shut down. Lily posts lifestyle and beauty related videos, even though she definitely doesn't claim to be a beauty guru. She's hilarious, sarcastic and a little pessimistic, but an all-around good time.

15. Simply Nailogical 

Cristine

Cristine is the crazy nail lady on YouTube, but if you're even a little into nails you'll love her channel! She's hilarious and has so much knowledge to give on taking care of your nails. She posts seasonal nail tutorials and fun videos like Polish Mountain where she paints her nails with over 100 different coats!

16. Natalia Taylor 

Natalia Taylor

Natalia is a storytime YouTuber who has some of the craziest stories. Her stories range from paranormal activity to almost being on "America's Next Top Model" and faking her own death, Natalia will always expose herself before anyone else can.

17. Lindsey Hughes

Lindsey Hughes

Lindsey makes lifestyle vlogs and videos her travels, music festival experiences and beauty and fashion favorites. Lindsey has grown up on YouTube, first joining the platform in 2010, and though she's grown and changed she's always been real with her audience.

18. Bella Fiori

Isabella Fiori

Bella is an Australian YouTuber who posts anything from beauty videos to unsolved mysteries and vlogs of her daily life. She's cruelty-free and passionate about leaving the world a better place than when she found it.

19. Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson

Last but certainly not least, the King of Youtube, Shane Dawson! Shane has 19 million subscribers and has been active on his channel since he joined in 2005. His content has evolved with him over the years but he is best known for his conspiracy theories and mini-documentaries investigating other well-known YouTubers. As long as YouTube is around, Shane Dawson isn't going anywhere!

I hope this article helps you find your new favorite YouTuber!

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10 Facts That You May Or May Not Know About The Chinese New Year Or Spring Festival

It's known as both the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival

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The Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is a festival that celebrates the start of a new year on the Chinese Calendar. It's also one of the Lunar New Years as well. This year, the Chinese New Year started on February 5th, 2019. And 2019 is the year of the pig. The pig is one of the Chinese zodiac signs and is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals. Here are ten facts about the Chinese New Year that you may or may not know.

1. There is no set date

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The Spring Festival is on the first of January and it lasts until the 15th of January when there is a full moon on the Lunar Calendar. On the Gregorian calendar, the date is different each year. It can range from January 21st to February 20th.

2. It is the longest Chinese holiday

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The Spring Festival is fifteen days long and is a national holiday. For the first five days, people spend time with their families and can only come out after the fifth day. People will stock up on cooking supplies, snacks, gifts, and more.

3. You can't shower, sweep, or throw garbage out

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You can't shower on New Year's Day and you can't sweep or throw out garbage out before the 5th. If you do, you will wash away the good luck.

4. Children get red envelopes with money in them

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The money is to help transfer the fortune of the elders down to the children. Bosses also give red envelopes to their employees, co-workers give envelopes to one another, and friends also do it as well.

5. People are supposed to eat dumplings everyday for every meal

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Most people will eat dumplings for dinner on New Year's Eve and some will eat them for the first breakfast.

6. Desserts for the Chinese New Year all have special meanings

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For example, Fa Gao, which is a sponge cake and muffin and people dye it colors. The fa in Fa Gao means "to get rich." There are many other desserts that have special meanings as well.

7. Everything is decorated red for the New Year

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They will hang up red lanterns and strings of either real or fake chili peppers, chili pepper paste, red paper, and much more. People will also wear red clothing as well.

8. There are 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs and every year has a zodiac animal

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The 12 Chinese Zodiac signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. My Chinese zodiac sign is a rat. If I was born a year later, I would have been an ox, and if I was born a year earlier, I would have been a pig.

2019 is the year of the pig. People born, will get positive traits of the zodiac of that year. In the western world, your animal can decide things like your career and health, but your zodiac year is bad luck for you.

9. In China, you have a 'real' age and a 'fake' nominal age

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The real age is the one that you celebrate on your birthday, but the normal age is the one you celebrate during the Spring Festival.

10. The New Year ends with the Lantern Festival

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Yuanxiao Festival or Lantern Festival is celebrated on the first full moon of the lunar year. People spend the night partying and letting lanterns go into the night sky.

I learned a lot more about the Chinese New Year and the meaning that goes into it. There were things that I did know, while other things, I did not know.

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