tips for keeping new year's resolution

4 Quick Tips For Actually Sticking To Your New Year's Resolution

We all want to lose the weight, get the grades, and stop stressing, but how do we actually do it?


The new year brings a time of reflection and resolution. While many will make promises to themselves to go to the gym more often, eat healthier, stress less, study harder, or sleep more, the reality of everyone actually fulfilling their promises is a chance that equals slim to none. Sure, the first week of the new year many will get a gym membership or buy broccoli instead of frozen french fries at the grocery store, but how long does this actually last? Come March, or February even, many will have gone back to their old habits, gone back to the excuse of "I'll do it later," until that excuse leads them to the next year, another promise of a "New year, new me."

For this January, and for the months that follow, if one plans to fulfill their promise, to stick to their resolution not just for the first week of the new year, but for the year itself, it will require self-discipline. Here are some tips for making sure that you can truly stick to your resolution, and to make sure that this new year really brings a new and better you.

1. Pick a resolution that is actually attainable.

The easiest way to complete a goal is to make sure that the goal is realistic. If you want to get better grades in math, don't make the goal to be at the top of your class, but make the goal be to simply improve. Going from a C- to a B+ is something to be proud of, you don't need to be on the all A Honor Roll just to feel satisfied in the new year.

2. Start slow.

In order to fulfill a resolution, you have to realize that a goal is something to work toward, not something that you'll achieve all at once. If you want to work out more, don't commit yourself to twice a day, everyday, at first. That will only end up with you getting injured and sore and telling yourself your body has to rest and that you'll go back when you're better, only to never go back. It's better to start out with maybe three days a week, then work your way upwards as your body gets stronger. This way, maybe by April you'll be at the gym at least five days a week.

3. Find someone to help you stay on track.

While it might seem easy to convince yourself that you will achieve your goal, let's be real, you're going to need a bit of help along the way. If your goal is to stress less, find a friend to study with, who will take you out for ice cream the minute anxiety over this week's exam starts to take over.

4. Remember to stay motivated.

All goals will have bumps along the way to accomplishment. Staying motivated and on task is never going to be easy, especially when there are so many other things you'd rather be doing than working towards your goal. If your resolution is to sleep more, it's understandable if late night Netflix binges tend to be a problem, but if you stay motivated towards what you promised yourself you would do in the new year, you might just find the strength to close that laptop screen and go to bed before midnight.

Overall, a new year brings a time of new ambitions and a time of new hopes. If one is able to stick to their goals and stick to their resolutions, then they truly have something to be proud of, and they truly will be on the path towards making 2019 a Happy New Year.

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10 Photos You Have On Your Camera Roll Of Your S.O. When You've Been Dating For More Than A Year

A wide range from "Aw" to "WTF?"


My boyfriend and I just hit the year and a half mark of dating, even though it seems like we've been together forever. Over the months, we've taken many pictures together... from football games, to his track meets, to holidays. Although we may have a lot of pictures together, I definitely have a lot of candids of him in my camera roll. If you've been dating your partner for as long as I have or longer, then you'll probably notice you have these same pictures in your photos as well.

1. The awkward first photos together

We laugh at these now, especially this one. Why am I so pale compared to him? It was July! And also, we noticed not to long ago that I was sweating under my arms and his underarms were sweating on me... what a great first time meeting!

2. The ones for VSCO

Every girl who has a significant other posts them onto their VSCO. VSCO is like Instagram, but more has more aesthetically pleasing pictures and there are no "likes." The pictures that include my boyfriend on my VSCO ranges from him holding a bunny to him holding my hand while we went ice skating.

3. Them sleeping

I have so many pictures of my boyfriend sleeping (I promise it's not as weird as it sounds), I just think he's so cute when he's fast asleep while cuddling with me.

4. The embarrassing ones they want no one to see

He's going to kill me when he sees this... but we all have those embarrassing Snapchat pictures that we start to send each other because we've gotten more comfortable with one another.

5. The ones for Facebook

The good looking pictures so you can keep yours and his family updated on how you two are doing. I took my boyfriend to a baby bird meet and greet since he loves birds and has one for a pet. I posted this cute picture of him and his new friends on Facebook so my family can see our adventures together.

6. Old pictures

One of the best parts of dating someone is finally seeing their old pictures. Although, sometimes they may make you cringe... like the one I posted above of my boyfriend after prom in his sophomore year of high school.

7. Their accomplishments

My boyfriend pole vaults for his college and he's really good at it. He just went to division III nationals in March because he qualified! I'm always at his meets so I make sure to get him on video in case he or anyone wants to see. I always try to snag a picture with him too because I'm always so proud.

8. The straight up ugly ones

He sure knows how to make me laugh. And I know he's going to be mad at me for this one too but I think it's a talent that he can do that with his stomach! Sorry, Adam, I promise I still think you look good when you send me these snaps for the most part.

9. But you have the hot ones too

He may be funny and sweet, but he is pretty good looking too. I know us girls keep some attractive pictures of our S.O.'s so we can remind ourselves of what a great looking partner we have.

10. FaceTime screenshots

If you and your lover go to different colleges like my boyfriend and I do, then FaceTiming happens a lot. Sometimes I get some great screenshots, like the one above, to make fun of him later.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.


1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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