10 New Years Resolutions You'll Actually Want to Keep

10 New Years Resolutions You'll Actually Want to Keep

Stop making yourself miserable.
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I am not a fan of New Year's Eve or New Year's Resolutions. December 31 is inevitably disappointing, with expectations of parties and kisses that turn into a reality of falling asleep at 10 p.m. kissing a bottle of wine.

Similarly, New Year's Resolutions are an inevitable disappointment. You promise to work out/eat more vegetables/stop buying Starbucks, and by the end of the first week you've given up. This year, however, instead of making a promise which will only become annoying and disappointing, I decided to make fun resolutions. So without further ado, I thought I'd share some ideas for enjoyable New Years Resolutions that you'll actually want to keep.

1. Watch more dog videos

We all love dogs. They're always friendly, always love you, and are a perfect study break. Unfortunately, we don't live in a world with constant dog companions for everyone, so that's where the great world of YouTube comes in. Take a break, curl up and watch some cute dogs. My personal favorites are dog fail videos. Silly puppers.


2. Do a weekly spa night

Who doesn't love a great face mask? Especially when you get into the grind of the semester, taking some time for yourself is important. Make some hot chocolate, put on a face mask and paint your nails.


3. Go to bed early

I know, I know, going to bed early every single night doesn't seem achievable. You have homework to finish, papers to write, exams to cram for and Netflix to watch. But once a week, get your beauty rest and crawl into bed early. Even if 'early' for you means midnight.


4. Do something crazy

This doesn't have to be as crazy as skydiving–unless that's something you want to do–but try committing to trying something new every so often this year. Whether it's dyeing your hair fuschia, trying pineapple on pizza (it's delicious, don't @ me) or putting new twinkle lights in your room, making a change can be refreshing and rejuvenation–not to mention fun.


5. Watch your favorite show

I'm constantly hearing people promise to watch less Netflix this year, and while that's great for some people, watching your favorite show can be a great way to relax. I'm not saying you should drop everything in favor of endless Netflix binges–although that sounds great–but don't make yourself miserable by cutting off all entertainment. There's a balance to be found, and your favorite TV show is an important part of that.


6. Dress up (or don't)

Just like changing your hair can be refreshing, sometimes switching up your wardrobe is a welcome change. Swap out your yoga pants for a cute (comfy) dress, or alternately, treat yourself to a day of sweatpants and t-shirts. Whatever makes you happy.


7. Talk to your best friend

Even if it's your roommate that you see every day, take two minutes and shoot them a text. Call your girlfriend, Snapchat your long-distance BFF or call your Mom. Whoever it is, even a five-minute conversation can turn your entire week around.


8. Disconnect

Like any millennial, I love social media. Scrolling through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are usually my go-to study breaks. Because of this, I've never actually given up social media, and never really felt the need to do so, but with modern news the way it is I've been more tempted than ever to put down my phone. Even if you don't want to entirely shut down your social media accounts, sometimes just unfollowing that one account on Twitter is good for your mental health (*cough, Trump, cough*). Yes, staying involved and aware is important, but so is your mental stability.


9. Redecorate

Get some new sheets, move your bed to the opposite wall or just hang a new poster. You don't have to be an organization freak like me–organizing my planner is honestly my favorite pastime–but cleaning up your desk or hanging up that pile of clothes can really be good for your stress levels.


10. Read for fun

This is actually one of my 2018 resolutions. Instead of solely reading my textbooks for the whole semester, I'm going to read at least one chapter of a fun book each week. Even if it's a trashy romance–hello, Twilight–take a break from that giant econ textbook and read what you want.

New Year's Resolutions are stressful. We're asked to restrict our favorite foods, get out of bed at the crack of dawn and basically do lots of unpleasant things in the name of improving our lives. This year, however, instead of forcing yourself to do unpleasant things, take the time to treat yourself.

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10 Reasons Why You Need Crocs In Your Life

I don't understand why you haven't bought a pair yet.
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Crocs have the perception of being the world's ugliest shoe, or sometimes you hear wearing them is "social suicide". Well, I'm here to tell you everything you've heard is wrong.

1. They go with everything

Personally, after finding the perfect outfit to wear to class, I struggle finding the right shoe to wear. I think about all the walking I'm going to have to do and I always grab my Crocs. Whether I'm wearing jeans, yoga pants or even sweatpants, Crocs are always my go-to. I mean, look at these people, doesn't look like social suicide to me. Looks pretty damn good.


2. They're extremely comfortable

If you ask anyone who owns a pair of Crocs, I guarantee you they'll tell you how comfortable these shoes are. It's like walking on memory foam or a cloud, whatever anaolgy you want to use.

3. The color range is fantastic

When you go to most sites to shop, there's a color list. Crocs gives you a color wheel. A FLIPPIN' wheel. Not to mention the bunch of patterns you can choose from like, zebra, leapord, camo, and more.

4. They come with their own accessories

Don't even get my started on the little accessories that can be added to every pair of Crocs, called Jibbitz. They're like little pins that bring out your inner child. Decorate your shoes with Disney princesses or even Star Wars.

Yes, you can get Mater on your shoe.

5. They'll be your best friend in college

This may be my own personally opinion and I may be biased, but with all the walking I do on college campus, these shoes are the best purchase I've ever made. They never leave my feet smelling like death or in pain, which I think is pretty amazing.

6. They can be worn all year round

I personally would wear my classic Crocs all year round but some people may not like that idea. That's why you should know they make a variety of different styles like sandals, wedges, boots and even FLEECE lined ones. Yes I said fleece.

7. You don't have to be an adult to wear them

Maybe it's just a girl thing, but I hated that I couldn't wear my mom's 5 inch stiletto heels when I was a kid, but with Crocs that's not a problem and my dreams aren't crushed.

8. They're a unisex shoe

This life-changing experience doesn't have to be just for girls. Guys, if you want to lounge in your sweats all day, throw some Crocs on. Heck, they even make boots that don't empty out our pockets and make your feet stink, so doesn't hurt giving it a shot.

9. They give back to their community

Crocs created Crocs Cares, which has donated over 3 million pairs of shoes to people in need around the world.

10. They can be worn in water

Nothing grinds my gears more than when I go to the beach and have to take off my shoes, that just get covered in sand anyways. An added plus to Crocs is they can be worn in water.

Most of this shocking and extremely awesome information was found on the Crocs website, where you should go because I know after reading this, you really want a pair.


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No Fur In Future Fashion

What brands are making cuts to animal cruelty.

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It's been a common controversy over recent decades on the issue of using fur in fashion.

This first started way before any of us even knew what 'fashion' was. It was a form of clothing worn by the early hominids who wore it not to strut around for fashion shows, but probably to keep warm from the harsh winters. Fur in fashion was first introduced in the 1800s, and these garments such as hats and coats were generally made of beaver hides. Fur, while warm and durable, was also a sowing sign of wealth and prestige, which spurred its popularity into the 1900s.

Its peak in popularity of fur was in the 1960s where the skins of the mink, silver striped and red fox were used in clothing by the rich. However, the 1960s were also the time when people started to protest its use and question the morality of using such fabrics in clothing.

Flash forward to today, fights for animal rights and anti-animal cruelty are becoming more and more prevalent. This affects companies, fashion, and cosmetics alike, who still use fur or test animals for their products. Lately, however, the number of companies who are taking a stand against animal cruelty and eliminating the use of fur in their merchandise seems to be growing.

Maybe it's because the owners of the companies have a soft spot for animals, or maybe it's because of the relentless pushing of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Either way, it seems to be working. After a video PETA produced of the process of cultivating goat pelts (commonly known as mohair) for clothing uses, they claim that over 140 different companies have dropped the production of mohair in their stores.

One of those companies was ASOS. And now they're making headlines again by taking it one step further: they've banned cashmere, silk, down and feathers across its entire company. Declaring their love for our fellow furry friends must not have been easy for ASOS, considering that they carry and sell over 850 different fashion labels, as well as produce their own private label brand of clothing and accessories.

Maybe this will start a domino effect? If more brands like ASOS who are multibrand companies start to exclude items containing fur, then the brands that sell those fur-filled products may have to cease to make them due to fewer buyers putting them in their stores.

Amongst ASOS, brands such as Versace, Gucci (stopped using fur in 2017), Michael Kors (will be fur-free by the end of 2018), Armani (2016), Stella McCartney (established since 2001, the McCartney brand has never used real fur), Vivienne Westwood (2007), Ralph Lauren (2007), Tommy Hilfiger (2007), and Calvin Klein, who stopped using fur in 1994 was one of the trailblazers for fur-free products.

So if high-end brands like these, especially those who used to be known for using fur in their products (like Gucci's famous fur loafer), then I foresee (and hope) that the trickle-down theory takes place and that more companies will follow suit and we'll love all animals.

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