How to get into a routine that lasts

The Importance Of Routine & How It Keeps Me Going

YAY! I get to wake up at 5am and work out!

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While I do believe that there is no better feeling than the one that goes along with "Taking off for the holidays" -there is pure joy in thriving in your good routine. This new year is going to be a game changer for everyone, I am sure of it.

Start easy and find want works for you. Turn off Instagram. Find a kick-ass Spotify playlist. Tackle cleaning one room at a time, instead of being intimidated by the idea of completing the entire house in a day. Make a healthy lunch, and actually eat it.

Rest and relaxation are important too and time is made for them, but I enjoy challenging myself into better versions of who I can be. Taking time for oneself doesn't have to look the same for everyone.

My "me time" is before the day really begins, and then whenever I can fit it in as a bonus. Others may vary and the only person you should ever compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.

Sleep. If you only remember one thing out of all of this please remember, sleep. Allow your body and mind to reset. Without sleep, you will not be in your best shape to take on the world. Rest and remind yourself every morning that you are doing the very best that you can.

I hope you encourage yourself and you encourage others. Be genuine with the steps you take and the path you chose to walk. Practice makes perfect, and practice takes time. You (with some help from routines) are capable of accomplishing your goals.

Write down your goals, track your progress, do not cheat yourself and just wait to see the results. You can do anything you set your mind too.

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Me Saying I Don't Watch 'Game of Thrones' Is NOT Your Cue To Convince Me To Start

"Once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you."

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Yes, I have flaws. We all do. But it seems as if though my biggest flaw is that I have never seen "Games of Thrones." Nope, not even one single second. I don't know why I haven't seen it, it's not that I'm particularly against the show. I guess it's just too late now for me to start it, as the premiere of the eighth and final season aired April 14th. And for some reason, I just feel that I'm too far behind to even attempt to start it.

But please, I beg of you, do not try to get me to watch it. I don't want to; I've made my decision that I have missed the "Game of Thrones" train and I have accepted my fate. It's OK, you can use your heavy TV series persuasion on someone else, don't waste it on me.

But not being a Thronie (I have no idea if you "Game of Thrones" fans actually use that term, but it's fine) comes with its own set of hardships. Yes, I know that missing out on "unquestionably the most acclaimed and beloved show on television" is probably the greatest hardship, I know, I know.

But trying to scroll through social media while seemingly every single person on my feed is posting about the show? Now that's hard. I see memes left and right, constant reaction videos, clips of scenes that I will never understand. I see people being shocked by certain characters doing certain things to certain other characters and I just cannot understand! It's tough, it really is. I feel like I'm in elementary school, sitting on the bench beside the playground watching all of the cool kids playing together. I feel excluded and uninvited to the party that is the "Game of Thrones" fandom.

It really is hard. It's difficult not understanding the jokes and comments about all the happenings in "Game of Thrones." But to those who are obsessed avid watchers, I apologize. I sincerely am sorry that I can never understand your "Game of Thrones" talk. I am sorry that my inferior self is not interested in your favorite show.

As some character that I will never know in "Game of Thrones" says, "once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you." I have accepted that my major flaw is the fact that I have never seen "Game of Thrones" and that I, unfortunately, have no interest in watching. So please, don't use it against me. Besides, that one character that I don't even know said that you can't anyway.

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What They Don't Tell You About College

Everything you need to know before your first year.

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College is great. It's so much better than high school could ever be, but it's not all rainbows and sunshine, either. Here's everything you need to know about college before your first year.

1. It's boring if you don't involve yourself in clubs/activities

There's only so much time classes and hanging out with friends can kill. Involve yourself in clubs, get a job, or join some extra-curricular activity on the side in order to keep yourself occupied.

2. The parties aren't that glamorous 

They can be quite disappointing, actually. There will be some nights where you'll genuinely have a good time and others nights where everything will go wrong. This includes pouring rain, dead parties, and/or overly-drunk friends that need babysitting.

3. The workload can be intense even if you don't procrastinate 

Sometimes, you're going to have to work into the AM regardless of how much planning and working ahead you do.

4. You do see some people more than once 

No matter how large your school may be, you will probably come across some faces more than once.

5. You can be 20 minutes from home and still get homesick

Even though I attend a university that's 25 minutes away from my home, I find myself getting homesick every now and then. Being in college means having little time to talk to your family and, naturally, missing them from time to time.

6. Not everyone is...accepting

People always tell you that college is super open and tolerant, but you will meet many people that are quite literally the opposite. Take that how you will.

7. It's only as fun as you let it be 

It's really easy to get bored in college if you're not taking every opportunity to get out and meet new people. Don't limit yourself to your room, no matter how tired or lazy you may be, because you'll never now what you're missing out on.

8. You're not always going to be in classes that you like 

Most universities require students to take a class or two in every subject regardless of their major. As a journalism major, the fact that I had to take a math and science class was quite possibly the worst news I had ever heard. Fortunately, once you get those classes out of the way, you can continue taking classes you actually enjoy.

9. Time flies! 

The semesters go by fast. Make the most of your four years and remember that life's not supposed to be all that stressful.

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