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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But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

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She's 12 years old.

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My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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The Struggle of Taking Classes During the Summer

It can put a bit of a damper on summer fun

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To everyone reading: I hope you're having a nice, relaxing summer. Even if you're working I hope you can get a few days off to hang out with friends, go to the beach, and have some nice downtime. Not me. I am currently in the process of completing two four-week long summer classes. I'm taking them now to get ahead for next semester and to keep my overall schedule on track. It certainly isn't fun, but the reminder that it is only four weeks is what really keeps me going. If you are in the same boat as me, you'll relate to this list like no one else can; if you're not taking summer classes, don't let this list scare you, but use it to mentally prepare yourself for any you may have in the future.

1. Studying and homework

The homework isn't too bad with some summer classes just because you don't have time for a lot of intense projects. Still, since the class is so short you have to do some kind of homework pretty much every day. Make a schedule and spread it out so you don't get too behind.

2. Actually going to class

I am in two classes. One meets in person every day from 10 am to 11:45 am. The other is online. Let me be the first to say that getting up for class during the normal semesters is hard enough, but knowing my little brother gets to sleep in while I have to wake up early and go class is a real motivation suppressant.

I will say, though, it's kind of nice being on campus when it's basically empty.

3. No going out...

You'll probably be a little down because you might not be able to really go out at all during the time you're in class. For me, I go to lecture every morning, come home and do homework for that class, then do homework for my online class. I have some free time on the weekends, but I try to use those lecture-free days to study or work on papers.

4. But being super busy

Even though you might not be able to go out like a summer off, you'll be keeping yourself busy with all that super fun homework I mentioned.

5. Stress

Yes, summer classes can be a little stressful and it's pretty much all thanks to how fast-paced they are. Just do what I do: make a homework and project schedule as soon as you can and remind yourself how short it is.

Summer classes are not the worst thing in the world, and if you choose to take one at some point it won't be absolutely horrible. The nice thing about them is it's like ripping off a Band-Aid; it may be a little painful and annoying, but it's over so fast you don't suffer. Pick your class and professor wisely and get down to business; taking the class means you're one step closer to graduation!

So, to anyone else taking a summer class: good luck and you got this!

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