8 New Years Resolutions You'll Actually Want To Stick With

8 New Years Resolutions You'll Actually Want To Stick With

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I can honestly say I am glad 2017 is coming to an end. I am beyond ready for a new and fresh start. With 2018 being right around the corner, there are quite a few things I want to work on. I want to become a better me so that I can make a difference. I want to make a difference in my friends' lives, in my school life, in my work ethic, and so much more. Here are a few of the things that can be worked on throughout 2018 that do not take too much time and little to no money.

1. See The Positives In The Negatives

I try to be positive, but the negative will always take over. Time and time again I will be told to "lighten up" or just be happy. I always respond with "It's not that easy." I want to make it a personal goal to see the positives even in the darkest of situations. I want to realize that there is light in every scenario. I want to be happy and move on from downfalls quickly so that my happiness can radiate and make those around me happy.

2. Bite My Tongue

I have always been proud of how I am not afraid to speak my mind. I have also realized that in most of these scenarios, speaking my mind has done me more harm than good. I want to learn how to bite my tongue, to learn when to talk and when to stay quiet and be a fly on the wall. I have also learned that not everybody is like me; my sarcasm may differ from others', my jokes may not be funny to everyone, I may offend someone without having any intention to. By learning when to hold back, I hope to show that I am not rude or mean, but honest and truthful.

3. Be Healthy

I want to be healthy, both mentally and physically. Focusing on nutrition and a consistent work out plan is a serious goal of mine this year, and I say this same goal every year, but now I truly am dedicated. By focusing on myself, I hope that my happiness will be the strongest it has ever been before. I hope that in turn, this will strengthen my overall emotional well being, alleviating stress and anxiety. Growing up an athlete and then stopping completely takes a toll on a person. I am ready to go back to the person I used to be when I was so happy and focusing on health and fitness.

4. Focus on Friendships

I have recently let a lot of friendships slip. I have had my head in the wrong places and have not focused enough on friendships. I want to rebuild the friendships I have had for years. I'd rather have a few close friends than a large group of fake friends.

5. Put Myself First

Growing up, I had always put others' needs before my own. I was so concerned about their happiness that I was not happy myself. I need to learn how to put myself first while still caring about those around me. If I do not love myself, I cannot love another person. By putting myself first, I will focus on me and my needs both mental and physical. I will put my happiness and well-being first. Then, I can care for others.

6. Put My Phone Down

I am addicted to social media. I constantly find myself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and Facebook and Snapchat, seeing what other people are up to and then feeling bad about myself because I am not out doing anything in that moment. I care more about the number of likes I get, rather than how I feel in that moment. I'll pay more attention to my phone than my friends and family. I need to learn how to put my phone down and live in the moment.

7. Read More

In place of being on social media, I plan on reading more. Lately, self-help and motivational books have been my go-to choice of reading. My goal is to read at least a book each month this year. Hopefully, by doing some fun reading, it will help take my mind off of the stress coming from school and work and such. I want to use reading as an escape, rather than social media.

8. Stop Worrying About Others' Opinions

I need to make myself happy. Nobody knows me better than myself. Others' opinions truly are invalid. They do not know what I am going through, nor do they understand why I am the way I am. Real friends are there for you through thick and thin, and they will support you and want you to grow and mature. Fake friends want you to change so that they may see you in a better light. The true friends' opinions matter, but still not more than my own. I want to be able to block out those opinions around me or take them and throw them away, because they do not know me, they assume.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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5 Reasons My Staycation Is WAY Better Than Your Fancy European Vacation

You don't need a big, expensive vacation to enjoy your summer. Staycations can be just as rewarding.

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Going on vacation during the summer is always a great time. You get to experience a new culture, try delicious new foods, learn about a different part of the world. Vacations are an incredible way to get away from all the important tasks you have. You can hop on a plane and just forget about everything for a week or two and enjoy what life has to offer.

But do you know what is better than going vacation? A staycation! Yes, you read that right. And I know you what are thinking, "Um, no it's not. You're just laying around at home doing nothing." To which I say, yes, you are correct, but there is so much more to a staycation than just laying around the house.

Here are 5 reasons why a staycation is just as fun as a vacation:

1. Money

Let's be real, going on vacations are all fun and games until you have to spend your life savings just to make it happen. You have to spend money on food, drinks, Ubers, souvenirs, etc. Staycations are a lot cheaper and your bank account won't cry for months. You can relax the entire time without having to calculate how much you need to spend on dinner or if you can afford that super cute dress at a store that is only in the country you're in.

2. Home-cooked meals

As college students, this is something we take for granted while growing up. As soon as we're in college, it's ramen noodles and fast food 24/7. A staycation at your parents house in the summer means an endless amount of your favorite home-cooked meals from mom. Sure, authentic Italian food sounds SO good, but what's that compared to your mom slaving away in the kitchen to make sure her child is well fed?

3. Be a tourist

Okay, be honest, you've never gone full tourist in your own city. And that's okay! I get it. Why would you want to go around the town you grew up in and do things that tourist usually do? But here's the thing, it's actually kind of fun. I grew up in South Florida, and every time I get the chance to go home, I find myself doing touristy things with my parents that I never thought I would do. You learn more about the town or city you grew up in, and it's a lot cheaper than flying half-way across the world to see a statue or building.

4. No packing

One of the most stressful things about going on vacation is packing. You have to think about what to wear during the day, for dinner, and something to wear when you go out at night. Let's not forget about the "just in case" items that we always end up packing but never need. Staycations are great because you can roll right out of bed and change into a pair of sweatpants for the 3rd day in a row. You don't have to worry about the airports charging you because your bag was over 50 pounds or making sure you have enough room for anything you purchase on your trip.

5. 24/7 laziness

The best part about summer is all about the level of laziness you can achieve. You've worked endlessly during the school year to get good grades, and now all you want to do it relax. Going on a vacation may be relaxing at some points, but there will still be times where you may want to rip your hair out because of all the (other) tourists around you. Staying at home and watching movies all day and night is truly the best way to reach the maximum level of laziness we all want.

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