The 10 New Year's Resolutions No One Ever Sticks To, But Makes Anyway

The 10 New Year's Resolutions No One Ever Sticks To, But Makes Anyway

The goals we want to reach but never quite do.
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A new year brings ambitions to change whatever was bad in the past year and make them better. Every new year we all pick one thing we are going to change, or stop, or even begin, but as New Years comes and goes all those old habits they die hard. It's hard to change a habit that you are so used to having.

Here are 10 resoultions that nobody sticks to:

1. Losing Weight

We all have that 5, 10, or even 20 pounds we want to lose and say we will but never do. For some, it may be more, but it always stays the same. The first week goes great and maybe you even lose a pound or two, but then you get busy and life gets in the way and bam, you are right back to where you started at the end of last year.

2. Hitting the Gym

Whether it be to lose weight or to just simply tone up, we say we will start going to the gym more and sometimes we do for that first week or two but then it becomes more of a hassle. That’s when little by little you go less and less until you don’t go anymore.

3. Stop Procrastinating

Okay, so this is more one for my generation (AKA college students). We always say we are going to stop procrastinating and get ahead on our work so we don’t stress ourselves out. However, something happens when you do this. Once you get ahead in one area you feel so proud of yourself that you give yourself a break, which only results in you getting behind in another area and you end up right back where you started.

4. Eating Healthier

This one, for me anyway, only ever lasts about a day. Eating healthy is really hard, in my opinion, anyway. A lot of times healthier products are more expensive and if you are on a budget, that presents a challenge. And if you are like me and are a busy bee, you don’t always have the time cook a healthy meal and you end up grabbing whatever I convenient.

5. Getting More Sleep

Again, another one for the college kids. We are a bunch of caffeine hyped, sleep deprived, young adults. It’s easy to say, ‘"Oh I'll start going to bed earlier", but when you got that 10-page paper due in three days and that Calc test tomorrow and homework up to your eyeballs, sleep is more of an afterthought.

6. Quit Smoking

Now, personally, I don’t smoke but just about everybody else I know does. This is a hard feat because you get addicted to the tobacco and it's hard to just drop it. Most people I know don’t even last a day because it's too hard. That’s what makes this one of the hardest resolutions to keep.

7. Stop the Extra Spending

This one is actually easier than most people make it. I have personal experience with this one. When I got my first job and got the taste of real money and didn’t have any bills to pay, the online shopping addiction was real. But once I lost that job and no longer had any money it made me realize I need to watch what I spend. However, old habits do die hard and if you are one to buy whatever you want whenever you want this would be pretty hard to break.

8. Spend More Time with Family

I don’t personally have this resolution ever because I get enough of my family as it is. I can only take them in small doses. This tends to be a resolution to for others. This is nice and all but if you have the same schedule January 1st that you had December 31st, chances are you really aren’t going to be able to carve out any extra time.

9. Try New Things

We would all love to have hobbies and try new things but if you have a busy schedule it's just hard to do, especially if you are bad at managing your time. Like my last point, if you have the same schedule as before this resolution is sure to fail as you simply don’t have the extra time to put towards this.

10. Be Less Stressed

Be Less Stressed

This is definitely easier said than done. If you are a naturally anxious and high-strung person like myself then you know stress just kind of becomes a part of everyday life. I feel like this is a bad resolution only because I know personally I would become more stressed by trying not to be stressed.

Now, I’m sure there are many more, but I feel like this is a solid list. However, this is not me saying you can’t have these resolutions because they will fail, this is just what I have noticed to fail most often with myself and others I know. If one of these is your resolution, good for you. I truly hope that you achieve your goal and have a happy new year.
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8 Reasons Why Winter Is Better Than Summer

While we're all counting down to the warmth, we should be counting back to the cold.
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Warm weather is right around the corner, and this means a lot of things. Picnics, bonfires, hikes through the park and the quick approach of summer. After months of cold, dreary days, finally sunshine is on the horizon. However, with the sunshine comes sweat, the inescapable smell of bonfire smoke, and the return of bugs. Here is a concise list of reasons why winter is superior to summer.


1. The Sports

Being outside in the summer is fun, especially when the warmth makes it so pleasant. However, being outside in the sun too long can lead to exhaustion, heatstroke or sunburn. Being outside in the winter involves sledding, skiing, ice skating and snowball fights. You stay cool and still have fun doing it. There is only so much you can do to stay cool in the summer, but it’s easy to have fun in the winter when there are so many things to do without ever breaking a sweat.

2. The Clothes

While we all love the simplicity of a comfy T-shirt and shorts, the best clothing is fuzzy clothing. Winter means fluffy sweaters and thick socks. The possibilities of summer outfits are very limited, but the amount of outfits that can come out of a sweater, cardigan, jean or legging combination are endless. While a summer wardrobe can be simple, you can add new life to jeans or a blouse by adding a cardigan or boots, something impossible in the summer heat. The cold winter weather allows for layering that would never be possible in the summer.

3. Seasonal Symptoms

In the winter, dry skin and sickness are the worst result of the cold weather. In the summer, sunburn, sweat, hay fever and humidity all mess with every part of the body. Static-y hair has nothing on humidity. And sweaty skin beats dry skin any day. The heat constrains you and makes you feel like 800 pounds are weighing on your shoulders. In addition to the 800 pounds of humidity, there is no easy way to get rid of it, besides standing in front of a fan. The seasonal symptoms of the winter are nothing compared to the brutal and inescapable heat of summer.

4. Winter Break vs. Summer Break

While summer break does involve a long vacation from school, often it’s filled with job searches and preparation for the following year. There is time to spend a day at the beach or lounge on the couch, but for the most part, these weeks of summer are for making money and gaining experience in order to succeed in the future. Winter break is a month of relaxing, eating cookies, and spending time with family. The stress of school is off for a while, and you can take some time for yourself.

5. Television and Movies

In the summer, there are a few great blockbuster movies. However, in the winter, there are countless movies and TV specials, specifically around the holidays. Multiple options for entertainment exist during the winter season, as opposed to in the summer when there is no new television until the fall and very few entertaining movies.

6. The Food

Barbecue food is pretty good, but burgers and hot dogs can get old pretty quick. In the winter, the possibilities are endless. There are countless soup combinations and warm drinks to fill you up and warm your body and soul.

7. Activities

When it’s warm outside, there is a constant pressure to go out and enjoy the weather. In the winter, it’s perfect alright to stay in for a day or two. Or a week. The summer means a constant stream of activities because the weather allows it. In the winter there is no pressure to go out or be social because we all love to stay in and enjoy the warmth or get a group of people together for a movie night.

8. The Bugs

This one explains itself. There are no bees stinging you in winter. There are no mosquitoes biting you in winter. There are no gnats buzzing around you in winter. Winter is a bug-free haven.


So while we anticipate the summer, let us also look fondly back on our time during the winter and patiently await the time to trade our sunburn for windburn.

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11 Cute Gift Ideas For Your Galentine, Because You Don't Need No Man

Don't forget the wine!

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Now that we've picked up the Glitter from New Year's and gotten back into the swing of things at work and school, it's time to prepare for February's best holiday: Galentine's Day. Bet you weren't expecting that, right? Yeah, you don't need a man to celebrate Galentine's Day, instead, just an awesome gal pal.

Galentine's Day was originally coined by "Parks and Rec" front lady and badass woman Leslie Knope, and has quickly become a tradition. Celebrated on February 13, Galentine's Day is all about the amazing ladies in your life, whether that's your best friend, mom, roommate, or entire girl gang!

If you're looking for some amazing gifts to get your Galentine this year, I've got you covered! Don't even stress it if you don't have a Valentine this year because, remember, ovaries before bro-varies.

1. Women's Libation!: Cocktails to Celebrate a Woman's Right to Booze

What's better than feminism and alcohol? Honestly, nothing. Celebrate Galentine's Day by buying this book full of feminist-inspired cocktails for your favorite strong woman. Don't forget to make a couple of your favorite drinks that night, too!

Click here to purchase. Cost: $14.40 for hardcover

2. A bracelet with power.

Instead of just another cute piece of jewelry, get your Galentine a bracelet that will remind them every day just how strong they are.

Click here to purchase. Cost: $11.26

3. Another bracelet, this one that reminds you of your true priorities.

If you're looking for another piece of jewelry to add to your Galentine's collection, why not this one that reminds them that at the end of the day your gal pals will ALWAYS come first?

Purchase it here. Cost: $9.99

4. Wine bottle labels.

We all know that no Galentine's Day is complete without a little wine! Make your bottles even more personal and festive and include these super cute wine bottle labels. This is an easy way to spruce up a traditional gift.

Order them here. Cost: $8.89 for a pack of four.

5. The book that will help your broken-hearted bestie move on.

Have a Galentine that's a little down in the dumps this year due to a breakup or loss of someone important to her? Cheer them up with a sweet and sappy book! "You Always Change the Love of Your Life (For Another Love or Another Life)" by Amalia Andrade is an interactive way to help readers get over heartbreak. For any Galentine who has a lot of feelings and loves to write about them, this seems like the perfect gift!

Order it here. Cost: $13.66 for paperback.

6. Powerful wall decor.

What girl doesn't love some inspirational wall decor? This poster is perfect for any strong, driven young woman you know. It's perfect to hang up in a dorm room, apartment, or office!

Pick it up here. Cost: $18.00

7. Another Parks and Rec reference, but this time, on a mug!

Your Galentine doesn't even have to be a Parks and Rec fan to appreciate this one! This mug screams girl power and any strong woman will love it.

Purchase it here. Cost: $5.99

8. One badass coloring book.

Give your Galentine the perfect way to chill out and relax after a long day with a coloring book. This coloring book is special, though, because it's filled with many boss women from throughout history, sure to make any feminist beam with joy as she does she colors her stresses away.

Pick it up here. Cost: $7.98

9. A journal to help her see the good in every day.

Recently, daily gratitude journals have become increasingly popular. This journal will help your Galentine take a few moments each day to step back and think about all she has to be grateful for.

Purchase it here. Cost: $8.59

10. A girl boss wine glass.

Who doesn't love another cute wine glass? Pair this with a bottle of her favorite wine and it's such a simple, yet wonderful, gift!

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11. A candle to help her relax.

Time for some good aromatherapy! This classic Bath & Body Works candle is a great gift for any stressed out gal pal who needs to treat herself and relax.

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