The 7 Things I Started Doing To Be A Better Me, And You Should Too

The 7 Things I Started Doing To Be A Better Me, And You Should Too

I might've come up with 7 things thanks to Miley Cyrus, but the rest is all me.
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I'm not big on New Year's Resolutions. I don't remember the last time I had one, but I am big on setting personal goals. As I get older (I mean, I am in my 20s now), I'm noticing my body doesn't handle my high school habits the way it used to. This year, I've really been focusing on living a healthier life without having to make some drastic change or sign up for some weird eating plan.

I'm all about practicality, I live in a sorority with 60 people, and I'm a broke college student who is always busy. My resources are limited, but it's easy to make small changes without sacrificing too much.

1. Read more than you watch T.V.

What a concept... Is this what people did before television?

Books can get pricey, but it's so fun to exchange books with friends. I just started reading yet another Nicholas Sparks book and finally got some reading glasses. Woop, Woop!

2. Add him on LinkedIn instead of Snapchat

I've never actually tried this, but my theory is if he cares about you/wants to get to know you, he’ll love to check out your accomplishments and professional experience. This will also expand your network, and who knows, maybe you two will be a power couple someday.

3. Drink more water

If it means you have to invest in a $40 HydroFlask and some Red Bubble stickers, so be it. While you’re at it, eat some vegetables and lay off the dairy (milk is made for baby cows, not grown-up humans).

4. Exercise

If you have time to sit around and watch Netflix or go out on the weekends, you have time to work out. It doesn't have to be anything too intense, it can be walking or running on a treadmill, and you can watch Netflix while you do it. Make sure to stretch and alternate between cardio and conditioning. They work best together!

5. Cool it with sugary drinks

Energy drinks are just a no. You don’t need them and they don’t need you. Even the "healthy" ones aren't good for you. Also, your iced coconut milk caramel macchiatto probably has a few days' worth of sugar. I used to be a coffee feen when I worked as a barista, then I realized how much sugar I was drinking. Now, I love iced americanos with a touch of honey.

6. Have dedicated "you" time

I'm a full-time student, a content creator for Odyssey, and a public relations intern. I could easily be working or doing homework seven days a week, but I would go crazy. I always make it a point to get all my school work, articles, or internship assignments done between Monday and Friday so the weekend is mine to refresh and recharge.

7. Have goals instead of dreams

A dream is a goal without a plan and isn't likely to be achieved. If this dream is something you'd like to reach, start planning. It's okay to start small — the baby steps matter too, but without a plan, your dreams will probably just stay dreams. One of my dreams was going to graduate school, and I started taking the baby steps to get there. Now I'm going to Spokane next year for speech and hearing sciences. Dreams do come true if you turn them into attainable goals!

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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My Love-Hate Relationship with Starbucks

This is my oh so wonderful experience at Starbucks during the week of midterms.

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When I usually go to Starbucks, I typically get the same type of drinks: carmel macchiato, chai tea latte, chestnut praline chai tea latte (which sadly is only a holiday drink), or a shaken black tea lemonade with light ice. However, sometimes a person just gets bored drinking the same three drinks over and over, so I thought, "Hey! lets get out of our comfort zone here pal and try something new." So I did I walked my tired stressed out self to Starbucks 10 minutes before my next class and ordered a tall cinnamon shortbread latte, I mean the description and other peoples comments about it made it sound super good.


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As I was waiting for my drink I noticed that one of the baristas was having some issues with some type of syrup, but I thought that they would refill it and then add what they need, and that one probably wasn't even mine. When they did that, I saw them get a new jug of syrup and I went back onto my phone and to try and plan how I was going to get through this midterms week.

Quick info about midterms: everyone is dead, and everyone is stressed. Us college students literally live off of caffeine during midterms week. If you're lucky like me you are at school from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., so the caffeine is really needed.


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Now soon after I saw the new jug come, my name was called. I grabbed my drink and walked like the walking zombie I was to my next class. I went in for my first drink I was so excited to have this sweet taste of vanilla, cinnamon and coffee...but what I got was the opposite. It literally tasted like a very burnt somewhat coffee and cinnamon edible without the marijuana affects, or for the non-edible people, a very bad tasting cookie that was missing all the sugar. I was not a happy camper one bit, but I was going to drink it anyway because I payed $4 for this coffee. I struggled drinking this during my writing class because it tasted terrible, but then out of no where I got this hit of sweet — I was drinking the sweet vanilla and the sweet cinnamon part of my drink minus the majority of the coffee since I was 3/4 done with the drink. I was seriously crying on the inside because I didn't get to enjoy this drink the way I needed.


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Then the realization hit me: 1. They probably didn't add in the missing parts of the syrup once it got refilled since they suddenly got busy. 2. They did not stir that drink one bit because all the syrup was literally at the bottom of the cup. If they did these, then the problem wouldn't have happened.

This is not the first time this has happened to me having all the syrup at the bottom of the cup at a Starbucks. Its not like I am able to swish it around myself because it is full to the top and I don't want hot coffee poured or splashed on my hand. Also, most people are on-the-go while they are drinking their coffee or doing other things. I have only had this issue at Starbucks and never at any other place have I had this issue like Anthem Coffee.


So can Starbucks just agree to always mix their drinks? So that the zombie college kids during midterms have good coffee to keep them alive?


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