Some Unconventional New Year's Resolutions

Some Unconventional New Year's Resolutions

New Year, different you.

New Year's are a great way to change aspects of your life that you aren't thrilled with. Many people plan to work out more, sign up for a gym membership, go the first week and then realize they hate working out and never go back.

They tend to give up on making New Year's resolutions, but a resolution doesn't have to be strictly to eat better and lose weight. Resolutions can be a various assortment of things.

If you're struggling to come up with one, I came up with a few unconventional resolutions for this year:

Complain less

I'm really bad with this. I complain about the stupidest little things, but instead of complaining this year, work to change what you tend to complain about and speak up if something's bothering you.

Drink more water

Literally the easiest resolution with many benefits for your health and skin care!

Go to more concerts

There's nothing quite like seeing a band perform live, even if it's a free concert and you don't know the band, you might find a new type of genre to listen to

Road trip more

I'm not saying take a week long road trip (totally should if you have the spare time) but make a plans to road trip for certain weekends with some friends to explore new places.

Apologize less

Stop apologizing for stupid things. Don't apologize for just being yourself and don't let people force you in a position where you think you're the problem.

Treat yourself more

You can splurge for spend $200 on a shopping spree or simply take yourself out for ice cream once a week. Just does something for yourself often.

Be more organized

Buy yourself a planner and write down your social plans. Don't use this planner for homework, make this separate so you can see how many times you actually go out for yourself.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Easter Is More Than Just A Day

He is risen, and LIVES today... Not just on Easter.


Every Easter there is always a flood of posts on social media, and every post has a similar caption: "He is risen!" And indeed He is.

Not that there is anything wrong with these posts. It's nice to see everyone in their "Sunday best." However, my question is why do we make Easter a one-day ordeal? We should be celebrating the resurrection and life of our Savior every day, not just one day a year.

Jesus's death on the cross is worth so much more than one day. He is deserving of far greater.

So often, we let ourselves be consumed by life and all our problems that we get distracted. We let ourselves forget the work that Jesus did on the cross.

Yet, this should not be our reality because Jesus won.

Jesus won. He defeated the grave. Let that sink in, because all too frequently I feel like this falls deaf to our ears and hearts.

Understanding that Jesus conquered death and has already won the battle for the world (John 16:33) should give us peace.

Having this knowledge should help us to say, "I see these things that I can't fix. But Jesus has conquered death, and everything else is taken care of."

Celebrate who Jesus is and what He has done every day, not just on Easter.

Lord, thank you that I can celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ every single day. Thank you that Easter is so much bigger and far better than just a holiday. You have defeated death, so now I can rest in that truth--knowing that you will take care of even the most minuscule details of my life. You hold today, tomorrow, and forever. Thank you that I can celebrate who you are and what you've done from now until eternity.

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