9 Ways To Make 2019 YOUR Year

9 Ways To Make 2019 YOUR Year

Make your New Year's resolutions realistic so they really count this year.

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With each New Year, comes the circulating conversation about New Year's resolutions. You reflect on positive memories and mistakes you made this past year and make a list of things you want to improve about yourself or changes you want to make to your lifestyle in hopes you'll actually follow through with them. Too often do people commit themselves to following their resolutions for the first month of the New Year and end up losing motivation or becoming too busy with other things. Resolutions don't have to be these huge, hyped up, and unattainable goals that don't coordinate with your lifestyle. They can range as long as they're realistic and you can work them into your daily routine and truly commit to following them the whole year. "Going to the gym" will forever be a permanent resolution on the common New Year's list that's never successfully checked off.

Every year as you get older, you start to appreciate more and more what you once took for granted or no longer have. 2018 certainly had its ups and downs and from each experience, whether positive or negative, you learned something that will hopefully help you in a future experience. How can you make this next year even better than the last? This New Year is your fresh start. It's your chance to take a risk and set new goals that are realistic. Here are 9 ways you can make 2019 YOUR year and the year you can proudly say that you made an impactful change in your life.

1. Substitute the junk for some healthier options

We all know that as you get older, your body sure doesn't look like what it did in high school, whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. Your metabolism slows down and you become more conscious of your exercise routines and diet. Maybe you're comfortable with your diet or maybe you're looking for a change. Whatever it is, it won't hurt to trade the bag of chips for a piece of fruit or swap the Diet Coke for water once in a while. You'll feel better and your body will thank you. There are so many popular diets out there now, such as Keto, Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten Free, that you may find you like and feel better about after trying out.

2. Find new ways to exercise

If you're intimidated by going to the gym or aren't a big fan of exercise machines, there are so many alternative methods of exercising out there that are worth trying. Take a yoga or Barre class, go for a bike ride, go for a long walk around the neighborhood, go for a hike, or go rock climbing. You can make it something social and go with a friend. You might even forget that you're exercising.

3. Put money aside and start saving

Things aren't getting any cheaper these days. The best thing you can do financially for yourself in this new year is to put some of that holiday gift money aside and start saving, especially if you have big expenses or a trip coming up. Take a little bit out of your earnings each week and add it to your savings. It doesn't have to be much, but every bit counts and soon enough you'll have quite a bit saved up.

4. Reconnect with old friends

Whether you've moved to a new place, are busy with work and family, or just haven't talked to some of your old buddies in a while, send a text or make a phone call to see how they're doing or set up a time to meet up. The effort goes a long way and it's always nice to rekindle old friendships.

5. Know your limits

Maybe you were too stressed out in 2018 because you took on too heavy of a load, said yes to too many things, or stretched yourself too thin. Maybe you felt like you didn't take on enough. Whatever it may be, it's important to know your limits and how much you can handle without being too overwhelmed and miserable. Say "yes" but make sure it's something you can fully commit to this year.

6. Go out of your comfort zone more

Why hold back from going out of your comfort zone? What are you waiting for? Speak up more, try something new, make a new friend, take that risk! It's 2019 after all.

7. Think more positively of yourself

Stop being so hard on yourself and thinking negatively. Positive motivation is the best way to help yourself succeed. You've had many accomplishments this past year that you should be proud of and you're going to have more this coming year. Give yourself some credit for the things you've succeeded in.

8. Spend less time on your phone and more time with those around you

Social media and the digital world is addicting and can consume all of your time. Limit yourself to the amount of time you spend on your phone. Spend more time with the people around you because as you get older, your time with them becomes more limited.

9. Live more in the moment and appreciate the little things

Don't get stuck in the past and don't wonder excessively about the future because you'll miss everything that's happening in the now. Appreciate what's happening now and live in it fully.

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19 YouTubers You Need To Watch, Favorite And Subscribe To In 2019

Because who really watches TV anymore?

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YouTube is great for someone who doesn't have the time or desire to watch movies or full-length episodes of shows, but it can be hard to find a YouTuber you like.

Here are 19 YouTubers everyone should be watching in 2019!

1. MissRemiAshten

Remi Cruz

Remi Cruz may be the most fun-loving and positive twenty-something on the internet and if you're not watching her already you need to stop reading this article and watch one of her videos right now! Remi posts lifestyle and fitness related videos multiple times a week on her main channel MissRemiAshten and her vlog channel RemLife. Remi is a glass-half-full kind of gal and watching her will help you look on the bright side too!

2. AlishaMarie

Alisha Marie

Alisha is another ray of sunshine, who posts anything from DIY, room decor, lifestyle and collabs with her YouTube besties! One of those besties just so happens to be Remi Cruz, and together they host a podcast called Pretty Basic, where they share stories and talk about their experiences in hopes that they can help their listeners going through similar things.

3. James Charles

James Charles

James Charles quickly became the makeup Queen of YouTube! This sister posts the most stunning makeup looks ranging from everyday wear to total glam, perfect for special events. James collaborated with Morphe Cosmetics to create his very own pallet that inspires everyone to unleash their inner artist. The James Charles Pallet launched November 2, 2018, and has basically been out of stock since then, it's so popular.

4. KathleenLights

Kathleen Lights

Kathleen Lights is one of the most honest, yet funny, beauty gurus on the internet. She's a firey Miami native who loves a good glam look! Kathleen collaborates with Colourpop regularly to create her own products. She is obsessed with all things astrology and incorporates Zodiac signs in many of her makeup products, one pallet is even titled "The Zodiac."

5. Safiya Nygaard

Safiya Nygaard

You may recognize Safiya from her days at Buzzfeed when she starred in the popular series "Ladylike," but since leaving Buzzfeed in March of 2017, Safiya has accumulated 6.8 million subscribers of her own on her YouTube channel. Safiya is most known for testing new products, following hacks and reporting back to her subscribers with the honest results.

6. Meghan Rienks

Meghan Rienks

Meghan is like that brutally honest friend that some people think is mean, but really they just haven't gotten a chance to get to know her. She's a busy lady as she's a working actress in L.A., has her own apparel and accessories online store called "Martie" and hosts her own advice podcast called "Don't Blame Me." After watching Meghan you'll wish she was your best friend.

7. Gabbie Hanna

Gabbie Hanna

Formally known as "thegabbieshow," Gabbie Hanna got her start on Vine years ago and fans followed her when she made she made the jump to YouTube. Gabbie is mostly known for her outrageous storytimes and near-death experiences, but she is also an amazing singer and has released half a dozen singles in the past two years.

8. Nikki Glamour

Nikki Glamour

She's your best friend, big sister and favorite cousin all wrapped into one! She gets so into the stories she tells it's like you are right next to her when they were happening. Nikki keeps it real and always has, she's hard working and lives her life to the fullest. Her family is growing so be sure to check out her family channel GlamourFamily to grow with her.

9. Sarah Baska

Sarah Baska

Sarah Baska is the funniest person on the internet! She's not afraid to make fun of herself, and others but she means no harm. She's the happy hippie we all need in our lives to remind us not to take life so seriously.

10. Kendall Rae

Kendall Rae

Kendall's channel is great if you want to think! Her channel is full of interesting topics like true crime, unsolved mysteries, space and ocean exploration, world travel, astrology and a little paranormal activity. If you're open-minded and want some thought-provoking content in your life, Kendall channel is the best for you!

11.  Mr. Kate

Mr. Kate

Think of Mr. Kate's channel as Extreme Home Makeover-YouTube Edition, follow her as she transforms your favorite social media influencer's spaces into gorgeous works of art. If you're an avid HGTV watcher, you'll love Mr. Kate.

12. Sierra Schultzzie 

Sierra Schultzzie

Sierra is a body-positive confidence building queen who stands by the notion that every body is beautiful. Her channel is full of look-books, Disney, DIY and lifestyle-related videos. She also has her own online clothing line called "The Curvy Crew."

13. Josh Peck

Josh Peck

It's like "Drake & Josh," but better. Josh Peck is all glown-up and even funnier than he was on the Nickelodeon show that we all know and love. Josh is also BFFs with YouTuber David Dobrik and he can be seen in many of Josh's videos.

14. Lily Marston

Lily Marston

Lily is not your average L.A. influencer, she's down to earth and lives off In-N-Out and Dr Pepper. Lily used to be a producer and host on "Clever Style" but decided to go her own way, shortly before Clever shut down. Lily posts lifestyle and beauty related videos, even though she definitely doesn't claim to be a beauty guru. She's hilarious, sarcastic and a little pessimistic, but an all-around good time.

15. Simply Nailogical 

Cristine

Cristine is the crazy nail lady on YouTube, but if you're even a little into nails you'll love her channel! She's hilarious and has so much knowledge to give on taking care of your nails. She posts seasonal nail tutorials and fun videos like Polish Mountain where she paints her nails with over 100 different coats!

16. Natalia Taylor 

Natalia Taylor

Natalia is a storytime YouTuber who has some of the craziest stories. Her stories range from paranormal activity to almost being on "America's Next Top Model" and faking her own death, Natalia will always expose herself before anyone else can.

17. Lindsey Hughes

Lindsey Hughes

Lindsey makes lifestyle vlogs and videos her travels, music festival experiences and beauty and fashion favorites. Lindsey has grown up on YouTube, first joining the platform in 2010, and though she's grown and changed she's always been real with her audience.

18. Bella Fiori

Isabella Fiori

Bella is an Australian YouTuber who posts anything from beauty videos to unsolved mysteries and vlogs of her daily life. She's cruelty-free and passionate about leaving the world a better place than when she found it.

19. Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson

Last but certainly not least, the King of Youtube, Shane Dawson! Shane has 19 million subscribers and has been active on his channel since he joined in 2005. His content has evolved with him over the years but he is best known for his conspiracy theories and mini-documentaries investigating other well-known YouTubers. As long as YouTube is around, Shane Dawson isn't going anywhere!

I hope this article helps you find your new favorite YouTuber!

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How Do You Celebrate The Lunar New Year?

What started as a yearly cultural recognition celebration blossomed into an honest appreciation for the major event.

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Ever since my freshman year in high school I have been involved with the Lunar New Year in some capacity. Although my connection to the celebration has only concluded its fifth year now, I feel immensely happy whenever this time rolls around. The high school years of celebrating involved a talent cultural show where students based in Asian history, along with some friends who might not fit that bill (me), could perform any type of act they wanted to. Fun rock bands were a favorite, a lovely erhu piece was an important staple to the show, and any number and forms of dancing stole the stage. I am proud and honored to say I eventually gathered the courage to join a Kpop dance group and performed in front of all my peers and teachers my senior year! I could not be happier with embracing this celebration and could not be more thankful for my school exposing me to it.

So I graduated. What now? As the time rolls around, I receive another opportunity to come to Universal Studios Hollywood and check out how they celebrate and bring in the new year! Ecstatic doesn't describe what I felt.

As my friend, Rachel, and I stepped into the park, we could feel the cultural shift in the air. The scent of Mr. Ping's Noodle Shop hit my nose pretty fast, so we decided to test the food first! Now I can't say much about authenticity, but the range of food options tasted incredible it was hard to believe they could produce so much food for so many visitors and have it taste perfect every time! After roaming around the center plaza and writing a wish and attaching it to a blossom tree, we decided to head over to the Dreamwork's Kung Fu Panda attraction, a great innovation in 4-D cinema with independently moving chairs and interactive lights and water guns. This was a fun respite to allow us to digest our food and continue on our cultural journey through the park.

After about an hour of riding some rides we missed before, we decided to check out the shops. The Hello Kitty shop transformed to celebrate the New Year and the decorations looked incredible! The whole effort from the park felt real and impassioned because it knew it had to wow all of its visitors and show them just what the New Year could look like! For anyone still interested in going in Los Angeles, the Lunar New Year celebration is running through February 18, so think fast! All I can say is that it is more than worth it.

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