New Year, New Me?

New Year, New Me?

It's that time of year, when the gym memberships skyrocket and the gym becomes unbearably crowded throughout the end of the month.

It's almost that time of year, as Christmas festivities wind down, the New Year's resolutions arise. It's the time gym memberships skyrocket and the gym becomes unbearably crowded throughout the end of the month. Then the holiday hype dies down and most of us go back to our normal daily routines from the year before.

I'm not a huge believer in New Year's Resolutions, I personally always revert back to my old ways and feel like I let myself down year after year by not fulfilling my resolutions I set. Now don't get me wrong, I definitely have seen people flourish and kick old habits because of New Year's Resolutions, but not everyone is the same.

Throughout the years I found myself trying to take on too many goals at one time, so I quickly got overwhelmed and gave up relatively quickly. It's easy to sit down and think about 5 things we want to be different this upcoming year, but change doesn't happen overnight. Kicking a habit takes about 21 days, which seems much more attainable than creating a new habit, which takes, on average, 66 days.

A few years ago I stopped trying to force myself to make 5 resolutions for the New Year and focused on a habit I wanted to change or improve on, and steadily I worked towards my new goal every day. The thing about goals is that it doesn't matter when you start the change, if you want to attain something, as long as you put in the effort, you can achieve it.

Every year has the same 365 days and any one of those days is a great time to make a "New Years Resolution". If you're the type of person who gets overwhelmed by taking on too many things at one time, then maybe picking one resolution to pursue at the beginning of the year will help you slowly work towards your goals without wanting to give up before you barely get started. However, if you're a go-getter and it's easier for you to make New Year's resolutions and go full force after all of them, then stick to what works! Some people are lucky to have a very diligent and persistent personality, which works in their favor to balance normal life and a "New Year, New Me" attitude!

But, overall, whether you decide to make New Year's resolutions this year or not, remember that you are already perfectly and intentionally made! You're perfect the way you are! God gave you a life to live and enjoy, not one to make you stressed or feel helpless, so whatever makes you feel the most confident and the most valued is what you should strive to achieve! No one expects you to have everything figured out, so focus on what makes you happy and what you feel God is calling you to do this next year!

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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.

It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

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8 Things You Learn When You're Related To A Drug Addict

1. No one is obligated to choose you.

Being the child, or family member of a drug addict can be hard but depending on how you look at it, it can also be a blessing in a very weird way. Here are eight things you learn about life from being the child or family member of a drug addict.

1. No one is obligated to choose you.

2. When people choose you, you know to cherish it.

3. Not everyone is going to understand your situation.

4. People have very skewed opinions about families of drug addicts.

5. People can change.

6. Not all people choose to change.

7. Being selfish is actually a lot of work.

8. Don't judge a book by its cover, or a person by their family members.

There are many things you learn about life, often sooner than most, when you're related or close to a drug addict. In my case, I have many members of my dad's family as well as my dad, who overdosed when I was young, who are addicted to drugs. Seeing people choose substance over blood at a young age is eyeopening, and hard to understand. As you get older and begin to understand the severity of the situation; life becomes clearer. You don't trust everyone you meet, you try to stay away from risky behavior, and family that chooses you becomes all the more important.

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