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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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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Get The Most Out of Your Trip To The Thrift Store

Tips from a self-proclaimed thrifting expert.

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If you know me, you know I love thrift stores. Sorting through racks of clothes, filling my basket up with dozens of different pieces, and walking away with a couple of different things is always so satisfying. Some people go for the vintage items, but I'm there to find the best over-sized t-shirt around and maybe yet another pair of shoes to add to the dozens I already own. Every time I go, there is a different selection of clothes for me too look at, so I end up going there all the time to see what's new! The bonus of thrifting? You can get a bunch of new styles without spending a bunch of money. To make the most out of your own trips to the thrift store, here are six rules you should follow.

Try on EVERYTHING that catches your eye

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We've all had those moments where we see a shirt we like at the mall, but then decide it might not fit, or it's not in our usual comfort zone, or it's too expensive, so we skip right over it. Not the case at thrift stores. If you like it and you think it might fit, try it out. I've gone into thrift stores and tried on fifteen or twenty things, some of which are just t-shirts but others that are interesting tops that I normally would never pick up. Sometimes those different clothes end up being my favorite, and since the prices are low it's the perfect way to test out a different style without dropping a lot of money on a shirt you might not wear more than once.

Bring a friend

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If you're going to a big store like Savers, there can be an overwhelming amount of racks to go through. With a friend, you can look for each other and end up with outfits you like that you might've not seen by yourself. Last time I went, my friends found a ton of UMD gear for me to try on! Going with a friend means double the finds.

Scope out different locations

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College gear is all over the place at thrift stores. Have you seen the price of a sweatshirt at your college bookstore? Check for something similar at the thrift store before you snag that $50 crewneck. If you're going to an instate school, there is a solid chance your local thrift stores will have gear for your school so you can show your spirit without breaking the bank. Some of my favorite college t-shirts are from thrift stores and they were under $5 each. For out of state schools, hit up the thrift stores in the towns close to it.

Read the label

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Where else are you going to get an authentic Longchamp purse and a Southern Marsh fuzzy pullover for $3 each? Expensive brand names at ridiculously low prices are one of the hidden gems of thrift stores. They are rare finds but totally make going to the store with it. Make sure to check the shoes, too!

Look for deals

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Many of the major chain thrift stores offer 50% off at the end of the month for one day only, if you're a rewards member. The rewards programs are usually free and sometimes include early access to sales or bonus coupons after shopping a certain number of times or spending enough money.

Give back

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Got clothing in great condition that doesn't fit anymore or isn't your style? Donate it and make room for your new clothes while doing something good at the same time! If you aren't bringing it to the thrift store, look into non-profits or organizations around you that will take what you don't wear anymore. Many places will take books, shoes, and furniture, so bring those on your next trip, too. Donating is a win for people and the planet!

Whether you hit up the thrift store all the time or you're just starting out, thrifting is the way to go if you want to revamp your wardrobe without spending a ton of money!

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