My New Year's Resolution

Social Media And What I Learned Over The Years

Saying goodbye to Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.


I got my first phone when I was about 11 years old. To some people that seems a little young for a kid to have a phone. To others, it seems about normal. It was a really big deal for me. I loved staying connected to the world and enjoyed seeing interesting content from people who share the same interest as me. Social media plays a big role in that aspect. I would spend hours just scrolling through pictures or watching videos on things that a typical pre-teen would enjoy. What I didn't realize is how it would affect me.

As I got older and as social media grew, I noticed my interests were changed and were almost always technology-related and I didn't want to do anything but stare at a phone screen. That became toxic to me as it would cause me to have self-confidence issues, body issues, and deteriorate my learning brain. I would ignore friends and family just to watch a YouTube video or go through Facebook rather than have a face to face conversation with someone. It started to define my life. I knew I had to make a change.

With the new year, people tend to have resolutions but don't really seem to stick them. I started one of mine as soon as it became January 1st. I put my phone down. It was challenging at first. I didn't think I would have anything to keep me busy in the meantime but I actually did. I ended up donating my old clothes and learning a new riff on my guitar that I got for Christmas. It was a small achievement but it was the small foundation of how I want to live my life: controlled by me, not a phone.

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8 Lyrics From T. Swift's New Song 'You Need To Calm Down' That Will Give Your Instagram The Strong Female Empowerment It Needs

Let this girl-power ballad spark your insta-piration for your next post.


If you've ever experienced cyber-bullying, or if you ever feel caught up in our over-critical society, Tay Swift's new song "You Need To Come Down" is the song for you. While we live in a world with free speech, and especially as a journalist I am all for that, sometimes its best to think before you speak - or tweet. We should all try to be understanding and kind no matter what the circumstance, even if it means not clicking send on some Twitter rants. These lyrics are a friendly reminder to stay calm and focus on what's important.

1. "Say it in the street, that's a knock-out. But you say it in a tweet, that's a cop out."

If this isn't the call-out message of the year on cyber-bullying (in song, at least), I don't know what is.

2. "But I've learned a lesson that stressin' and obsessin' about somebody else is no fun."

We all need to remember at times that getting mixed up in drama isn't fruitful for our lives or growth.

3. "Like can you not step on my gown? You need to calm down."

Don't let the haters control you or stop you from living, just tell those voices to calm down.

4. "Why are you mad when you could be glad?"

Focusing on hate or being critical can be exhausting, and it's better to focus on the good things.

5. "Sunshine on the street at the parade, but you would rather be in the dark ages."

Show people that going into the light is so much easier than they realize when they are stuck in a drama-cloud.

6. "You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace."

Instead of trying to have the last word in every fight, try to be the peace-maker instead.

7. "Control your urges to scream about all the people that you hate."

Hate never made the world go 'round. Hate was never what Jesus spoke about. And some things just aren't worth using energy to yell at.

8. "But we all know now we all got crowns."

Don't be afraid to show that you are a princess and no one can take your crown.

This song is not just a collection of Insta-quotes, but also a call-out for all of us to live better lives, to remain a positive and uplifting human in this cancel culture world. By no means should we remain silent on important issues or let people get away with bad things, but we can choose to not get mixed up in petty drama that won't matter in a week. Let's agree to be kind to one another.

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These Are The Last Days

Without a doubt, the events that are occurring in this world are fulfilling Bible prophecy.


Today's individuals in the 21st century have completely shifted to an ideology that is well-accepted among many millennial's that the system of religion has caused a ton of division among the inhabitants of the earth, which is true. With the various different beliefs, doctrines, and religious ideologies it's obvious to see why individuals cannot follow a belief because of the variety of religions. The amount of religions out here is like a buffet of different religions and many can't choose what is truth and what isn't. Especially within the the religion of "Christianity," there are many denominations and different beliefs, and the result of this is that many individuals have utilized this notion of the variety of religions and denominations to completely reject religion and follow after their own will. Even though many can utilize this as an excuse to not draw close to God, that will not be a valid excuse when they stand before God on why they didn't repent of their sins, and get baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. However, the ignorance of the human race and their rebellion against God and his word is paving the way for the second coming of Jesus Christ. Though many may claim they have a relationship with God and that they're a Christian, they undoubtedly deny him with their works.

This world is becoming increasingly wicked, to the point where it's not even safe to just go to the supermarket because of the fear of somebody coming there and committing a mass shooting. The world is not getting any better, but in fact, it's actually getting worse. Rumors of wars are running ramped and individuals are turning towards their own lusts, and ultimately turning their backs towards God. With police shooting increasing, gang violence increasing, foreign warfare increasing, the wickedness in entertainment increasing, and an economical collapse creeping it's way into the financial markets it's without a doubt that this world is coming to an end.

Not only are there signs that Jesus is coming back through the events that are occurring in the secular world, but also within today's modern "churches." The Bible says 2 Timothy 4:3-4 " For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths." Churches across the world have completely forsaken the Bible, and turned the utilization of church into a pursuit of money and wealth, while removing the preaching and teaching of sound doctrine. This horrifying doctrinal change in the pulpits of America is undoubtedly a sign that Jesus is returning imminently because churches are preaching lukewarm messages that aren't equipping believers in Jesus Christ to be spiritually stronger and wiser when it comes to the things of God. Churches have completely discarded core doctrine and beliefs, and substituted the preaching of sound teaching to becoming a rock concert with a motivational speech. Churches all over the world have completely denounced true repentance, baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ, the infilling of the Holy Ghost, and most importantly the oneness of God in the exchange of the traditions of men and money.

The reluctance and refusal of many of these organizations and churches to preach biblical truth has displayed that many churches are in the business of tickling ears and making individuals feel good so they can receive more tithe money and offering. They no longer desire to preach repentance or things that will edify and assist the congregation to be prepared to stand before God. The disturbing part about it is that the sins of the world are creeping right into the churches of America, and the people in the church don't even know they're sinning because the preacher won't preach out against it. Sins such as fornication, homosexuality, the love of money, pride, adultery, lying, gossiping, and idolatry are no longer being preached on pulpits but rather just "grace," which is not preparing congregations to stand before God, but are actually fulfilling biblical prophecy and preparing the church to be thrown into the eternal lake of fire.

Many create the excuse that they're leaving "religion" for an intimate "relationship" with Jesus Christ, but all that means is that people are leaving true biblical teachings to make an excuse for their lifestyle, and to refuse and neglect sound teaching. The Bible says in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 "Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day { The coming of Jesus Christ} will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction." The great falling away is occurring right in front of everyone's faces! Professing Christians are leaving sound teachings and going after preaching that are not effective nor beneficial for their spirit. The common belief is that true biblical teaching if too harsh and because of that they go after teachings that don't keep them in "bondage." These "Christians" desire a lukewarm teaching that will allow them to have one foot in the church, and one foot in the world.

To conclude, even with the natural disasters occurring in America that should be enough to display that Jesus Christ is coming and that his second coming won't be "peaceful." There are multiple wildfires occurring in California, and tornadoes even arriving in the East Coasts of America, This world is in absolute chaos! From the political system all the way down to the entertainment being released. Good is being called evil and evil is being called good. These are the last days and when Jesus Christ returns we MUST be on his side because this world will be destroyed with fire. For a man to be on Jesus' side when he returns they must obey Acts 2:38 which states "Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

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