Happy New Year, But I Won't Be Making Any Resolutions

Happy New Year, But I Won't Be Making Any Resolutions

Self-improvement should be year long, not thought about once a year.
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New Years Resolutions are a practice that has been around for centuries. As the term suggests, resolutions are intended to allow people to fix their past mistakes. However, as society evolves, so do our resolutions. Commonly, the beginning of a new year means the start of losing weight, quitting a bad habit (such as smoking), saving money, or even learning a new language.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with setting goals and expectations for yourself. Goals provide us with something to strive for.

However, we need to know when these goals are impractical. Telling ourselves that 2018 will be the year that we go to the gym every day is not going to make it happen. We have to truly want it and know we will remain loyal to our ambitions. Only about 8% of people achieve their resolutions. Don't be a statistic, right?

I believe that New Years Resolutions are often all-or-nothing and generalized. The secret to self-improvement is baby steps and specificity. Do you want to be healthier? Start with getting more vegetables in your diet and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The task of being "healthier" is overwhelming, and too broad to know which direction to go in. Instead of wasting your money on a treadmill that you'll use twice, or one of those expensive gym memberships, try walking around your campus/neighborhood/etc. instead.

The reason why I never make New Years Resolutions is that I know that self-improvement is constant. I'd much rather go with the flow and see what I need to improve on now, rather than leave it for next year. However, I know that lists help some people. Instead of making a long list of things you want to achieve over the course of the year, think in the short term. This makes the goals more tangible, and less overwhelming.

Good luck in 2018.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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5 Horrific Halloween Costumes That Will Earn You Screams Sweeter Than Candy

The spooky month has finally arrived.

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The month of Halloween has arrived! The night that allows fun for all ages including grownups to get dressed in their scary or cute costume, knock on doors, get candy and eventually, eat the candy. On of the downsides I guess you can say are the horrific costumes you see every year. Well guess what; you are bound to see them again on Halloween. Here are a list of 5 terrifying costumes that you will see this Halloween.

1. The Clown From IT

I saw this costume last year when I was going trick-or-treating in my neighborhood. IT's the scariest thing I've ever seen. (Get it... IT the movie… or is it just me?)

2. The Nun

Okay, NUN too happy. NUN for the hills.

3. Bloody MARY

Every time I see someone wearing that costume, I swear I run as far as possible from that person. Also there's apparently a drink named after Bloody Mary.

4. Ghost Faces

I see this almost every year since this mask is pretty common. All children and adults love the idea to dress up as a serial killer every Halloween. But the mask still looks pretty creepy to me.

5. Weapons Involved

I know the weapon is probably fake, but who knows. This person could plan on hunting you down on this special night.

As a kid, I never wore Halloween costumes that were this terrifying because I absolutely hated scary costumes. However, every year, my cousin would dress up as a bloody skull and try to scare my brother and me off! Now that I am older, I genuinely miss that time when he used to scare us. Nowadays, on Halloween, I am left to do multiple assignments and study for tests for the upcoming day.

Nevertheless, I hope everyone has a great Halloween night full of candy and fun scares!

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