30 Life-Altering New Years Resolutions That Everyone In Their 20's Should Make For 2019

30 Life-Altering New Years Resolutions That Everyone In Their 20's Should Make For 2019

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New Year's Eve is a great Holiday... but it's also the time that we all have to start reevaluating our lives. It's a time for self-reflection, self-love and most important, time to say we're going to make some big life changes that we won't actually stick to.

Here's the thing, we should be doing good things for ourselves anyway. New Year's is just a restart button and a reminder that we need to start doing these good things sooner than later.

Instead of the usual, "lose weight", "save money", "travel more", basic answers... a new years resolution should be specific and achievable. Set your heart on one or choose your top five, but don't let yourself down this year.

This is your year to change your own life, starting with one of these resolutions...

1. Eat at least one vegetable everyday

2. Eat at least one fruit everyday

3. Start your morning with a ten minute homework out

4. Go get a physical to make sure you're good

5. Spend at least one day a week off social media

6. Make plans with your friends at least once a week, even if it's just to get coffee

7. Enhance your education outside of the classroom or workplace by taking a class online, at a local community college or rec center

8. Try to learn a new sport

9. Try to learn a new language

10. Download a budget app and actually use it

11. Learn to cook a family recipe

12. Serve your family recipe to your friends

13. Handwrite a letter to your grandparents or a long distance family member, see how they're doing

14. Take a yoga class 

15. Try meditating for 15 minutes everyday for two weeks and if you like it... keep it up

16. Buy a journal and write your feelings in it... because why not?

17. Read one book every month. A book without pictures.

18. Do one week without sugar

19. Show up to work on time for a whole month

20. Bake cookies for your neighbors

21. Learn to sew a button

22. Volunteer once a month

23. Complete one of your bucket list items

24. If you don't have a bucket list, make one

25. Try a new podcast that you usually wouldn't listen to

26. Clean your closet and donate clothes to charity

27. Create a vision board

28. Look up job postings and find your dream job, then make a plan about how you're going to get there

29. Visit a city you've never been to before

30. Pray every night before you go to bed

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

SEE ALSO: Finding A Husband In College

Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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11 Signs You've Attained Grandma Status, BEFORE Graduating College

Knowing that you're a 20-year-old grandma is the first step.


Have you ever realized you have a surprising amount of candy in your purse? Or that your house is where everyone goes when they want to watch soap operas and eat snacks? You may be a grandma without realizing. Check off how many things are true of you to see if you're really a young grandma!

1. You have candy in your purse.

I personally have at least two to three pieces of chocolate or hard candy in my purse at all times. I don't even eat the candy I keep it solely to give out to other people.

2. You always refer to your friends as cute.

Because they are! All of your friends just have such pinchable cheeks and you would do anything for them. Those cuties deserve the world.

3. You watch daytime TV.

I'm talking "Days of Our Lives," "Say Yes to The Dress," "Untold Stories of The ER." Those are some of the best shows on television! It's almost rewarding watching that girl get the dress of her dreams or the weird ER stories.

4. You go for walks.

Nothing too strenuous, just a light walk around the block. You want to just enjoy the weather outside and wave to all your neighbors while you judge them.

5. You judge everyone.

You're never going to say anything to their face or start drama but it's nice to be in on all of your neighbors' secrets. Bonus points if your eyes narrow when you see your neighbors up to something in particular.

6. You go to bed early.

Maybe not 8 or 9 o' clock but definitely by 9:30, you're out cold. You need to get all the beauty sleep that you can if you want to prevent wrinkles.

7. You don't understand modern music.

What is a lil Zan? This music is terrible and it doesn't make sense. Thank God we still have the ASAP Mob.

8. A club is not your idea of a good time.

I mean who really wants to be all sweaty and crowded around a bunch of strangers. It's not fun and everyone's belligerent.

9. Your house always has snacks.

Snacks make the world go around. I'm talking cookies and popsicles, all the good stuff. All your friends know this too and they take total advantage of it.

10. You have calm hobbies.

Collecting things or knitting are examples of calm hobbies. Or maybe you like to sew or bake. Definitely grandma type hobbies.

11. You eat a lot of sweets.

Not typical sweets like chocolate or mummies, but things like muffins and baked goods. They just really hit the spot sometimes, well most of the time.

If you can relate to at least six out of the 11 things listed, you're probably a grandma. That's OK though! Grandmas keep us all fed and warm and you're friends probably love you for it.

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