New Year's Resolutions That Will Make A Difference

New Year's Resolutions That Will Make A Difference

Don't just say it, do it.
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It`s the beginning of a new year which means people are thinking about what their New Year's resolutions should be. Losing weight, giving up a bad habit, eating healthy, and getting in shape are just a few examples, and that's barely scratching the surface of all the possibilities. Instead of thinking about this next set of 365 days as a chore or impossible task, think about it as an opportunity to do something for someone else, or yourself, even if it isn't something everyone else can see. You aren't living this year to show everyone how great you are, you're living to show yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind to. Here are 11 ideas to make this year one to remember.

1. Volunteer

Giving is always a great way to help your community. Go out to a soup kitchen once a month and volunteer a couple hours with other people who want to help those less fortunate. Not only does it make other people feel like someone else cares about them, it allows you to have some perspective in life and feel good about making someone else's day better.

2. Change a routine

Stuck in the same old routine all the time? Well mix it up. Go find a different way to drive to work or take a set amount of time out of your day to reflect and see what it is you have been wanting to switch. Go get a new outfit, be bold, daring. Finally switch up your lunch, go from that ham and cheese sandwich to a new restaurant down the street with your coworkers. Do something that is so not you that it is you.

3. Give to something that matters to you

Set a jar aside and put all your loose change in it, then at the end of the year, or however many times you choose to throughout the year, donate it to a cause that is important to you. Every little bit helps and it doesn't take much to make even the smallest difference.

4. Work on relationships

Go out and meet new people. Find someone who shares your passion and have some fun with it. Take a look at relationships you are currently in with family, friends, significant others, and even strangers, and then change them. Ask if your grandma wants to go get coffee with you. But also be strong enough to say no to someone if you don't have the time, or just don't want to hang out with them.

5. Make a plan

Sometimes a calendar is your best friend. In order to have an organized life, one must organize it for themselves. If you want to travel the world, you better start coming up with ideas on how to earn enough money and how you plan to make it happen.

6. Learn something new

Gaining new knowledge helps a person grow. Learn about something you're interested in. Go take an art class, start learning a new language, expand your knowledge. Get into something you care to know more about.

7. Work on yourself

Time to stop worrying what everyone else thinks of you and focus on who you want to be. Work on being someone you would want to remember, someone who makes a difference, someone that you would want the next generation to look up to.

8. Weed out negativity

We all have our down days but we don't have to let them stop us. For each negative thought, think two positive. Change that half empty to half full, or better yet completely full, because there is no time to waste arguing over a glass that has been sitting out too long. Take your cup and refill it with what makes you happy and don't settle for less.

9. Get a gym membership and use it

This is one people tend to struggle with. It's a good thought, but until you get yourself to the gym, go to a class, or make time to follow through, that's all it will ever be. Sign up for a new class every week to mix things up. Take a friend along so you can talk about life and pass the time during your ab circuit. Reach higher and push yourself.

10. Try something you've always wanted to do

Look into helicopter rides, skydiving, white water rafting, foreign countries, anything that you have always had an interest in. Then do it. Go out and be adventurous. Release your inner child, spread your wings, and experience life.

11. Give up giving up

Now is the time to have a chat with yourself, face to face in the mirror, and make sure you're both on the same page. You need to believe in yourself and be willing to face the hardships head on. The person staring back at you is counting on your effort and they know you can do it, one way or another.

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

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As a Friends fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite Friends moments. So, here are 6 places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a Friends fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in Friends is real, and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pullitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in The One WIth Monica's Thunder, and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

The fictional Chandler works in the real Solow Building, located on West 57th street.

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Dance Marathon Helped Me Understand What It Is That I Stand For

What do you stand for?

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The weekend of March 1, 2019, I stood for over 20 hours for the kids. Yep, I am not lying.

Dance Marathon at FSU is a 40-hour event split into two shifts of 20 hours. My freshman year, I earned sit times throughout the marathon, which I was incredibly thankful for, but this year was something totally different. I was on the internal team this year, which means, I worked behind the scenes of Dance Marathon since September. Since I was on the internal team, I did not get the opportunity to get the set times that I did the year prior. I was worried about this because I was not sure if I would be able to do it.

Spoiler Alert! I did it.

There were many times during the marathon where I thought that I could not stand much longer, but then some thoughts came into my mind. Who was I standing for? I was standing for the kids who had to get their leg amputated because they had osteosarcoma and could no longer stand on both legs. I was standing for the kids who are bound to their hospital beds right at this very moment because they are not strong enough to walk on their own. I was standing for the children who needed me to help them win their fight.

This is what kept me standing. This motivated me so much that I did not complain once because I knew who I was doing it for, and I was not going to let them down.

There were multiple people who kept complaining. Every word out of their mouth was about how their feet hurt, or how they were so tired. A large part of me wanted to turn to them and tell them, "Do you know how tired Grayson was when he had to have his many rounds of chemotherapy when he was just one-year-old?" I did not say that to them because I realized something. I knew what and who I was standing for, but maybe they didn't. My goal this year is to help all of those people understand WHY they are doing it.

20 hours on your feet may seem like a long time, but to watch $2,210,165.21 go up at the end, nothing compares.

Like the musical group Fun. once sang, "What do I stand? What do I stand for?" To that, I say, "I stand for the kids."


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