How To Make A New Years Resolution

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Using the new year to your advantage...

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Although the most wonderful time of the year is coming to a close, January is the month of new beginnings - which, in many ways, is even better. We are always looking for a restart button, a way to redefine ourselves, an excuse to become what we have always wanted, a time to become motivated and refocus our priorities.

Each year, I brainstorm approximately 15 different changes I would like to make for myself in the new year - you know, the basics - "be happier" "work out more" "drink more water" or, possibly the most iconic "lose weight". These are all great goals, but when you choose such generic resolutions, and so many of them, they become nearly impossible to accomplish. Come the next year, I cannot even remember what my resolution even was and whether or not I really accomplished it. With each new year we become stronger, wiser, and better versions of ourselves for sure, but as far as accomplishing my New Years resolution, I cannot say I have ever really followed through with it... which is a shame!

Let's use this year to our advantage and start by implementing a couple of basic ideas that will turn into changes.

Reflect on 2018.

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It is nearly impossible to think of what you want to accomplish in the future if you are unsure of what you did not accomplish in the past. Each January, I try to sit down and just write about my year. Maybe even get together with friends and talk about the year together. I think back on each month, the things that made me the happiest as well as the things that caused me the most pain and stress. When you understand how 2018 went and look back before leaving it behind, it can make you more aware for the year to come.

2019 is the year of self-love (for me).

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Think of a broad goal for your year - a recurring theme that you want to focus on. For me, I will be focusing on self-love. I have realized that I was happiest in 2018 when I was in a very healthy mental state and surrounded by people that I love and accomplishments I made. I lost sense of self as the year came to a close with all the changes that entered my life recently. For you, it may be your year of fitness and health - where your health is your top priority, or the year of selflessness - focusing more on others. The list is infinite. Pick what you want to work on and make a broad goal.

Begin a journal.

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I am not a super artistic person, although I like to pretend I am. I have always found peace by writing down my thoughts, but when the bullet journal trend popularized, I began one myself. Keeping a creating outlet, a way to write down anything bottled up, brainstorm changes for the future, track habits - for me, maybe reading each day, cleaning my room, going to bed at a normal-ish time... is so helpful (and fun)! It is proven to be one of the best remedies for your mental state and anxiety reducers. No matter your resolution, writing down your thoughts is a proven way to keep the ideas alive and keep you on track.

I want to have more confidence.

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Still a general goal, but one you can then break into different categories. With this comes; be happier with your appearance, make new friends, do things that you are out of your comfort zone, start better conversations. You can make a small goal each day like "talk to one new person" or "raise your hand in class three times". Making a small daily goal each day will get you places! This is where to really start. Regardless of what you may be working on.

Check in with yourself each month.

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Sure, you have implemented some goals and you are motivated to be a better you - but you have to keep up with it. I love to write, so writing a small reflection on your month may help you to push forward in the ones to come. Or talking about it with a friend, or just spending some time to think back.

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Lil Dicky's 'Earth' Is The Most Influential Song Of 2019, Change My Mind

And the music video may be even better.

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Lil Dicky is a known musician know for his songs 'Pillow Talking' and 'Freaky Friday' featuring Chris Brown. The songs are fun silly and are very catchy. Last week, Lil Dicky released a new song titled 'Earth' featuring about 30 plus artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Brendon Urie, Zac Brown Band, and many others. This song is just as enjoyable as his other songs; however, this one carries an extremely important message.

In this song, Dicky brings awareness to the condition of the Earth along with the idea of world unity. Through the inclusion of several animal species, he shows how the earth doesn't just belong to us as human, but to the animals as well. Oftentimes, the human race can be extremely selfish and forget that we do share the planet with other species who are just as important as us.

In one of his last verses, Dicky mentions the way we are harming the earth through pollution and fighting wars. This part of the song becomes more serious to emphasize the importance of this topic. In the music video, the colorful visuals turn dark and gray which can bring to attending the dying planet.

In his effort to save the earth, Dicky calls for unity among all countries and continents. Saying how all past issues are in the past and we all need to come together since we live on the same planet. With all the political issues happening on a global scale, the earth and its health are often pushed to the end of the priority list. By adding this part to the song, Dicky brings awareness of that topic back to the top.

'Earth' by Lil Dicky is the most important song of 2019. Through his creative artistry and inclusion of over 30 artists, people will notice the message of this song and hopefully begin to make changes that will impact the earth in positive ways. If you haven't watched the music video or listened to the song please do.

Earth is the only planet we have; thus, we need to show how much we love it by actually taking action to care for it.

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

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

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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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