Why I Think New Year's Resolutions Are Important To Make

Why I Think New Year's Resolutions Are Important To Make

Some may think New Year's resolutions are foolish, I think they are progress.

It's that time of the year again—the time of anticipation to transition from New Year's Eve to New Year's Day. It marks the end of one year and the commencement of a brand new year. It's like the end of one chapter of life and the start of the next.

Every year, countless people make New Year's resolutions of what they hope to change and accomplish in the new year. Some people believe that New Year's Resolutions are a waste of time and foolish. For example, many people make a resolution to start going to the gym more. Going to the gym more is just one really common resolution. The possibilities of things people can resolve to either do or not do are practically infinite and definitely vary from person to person. Usually when people resolve to start going to the gym more, they are good for maybe a month or so, but then they get busy and perhaps even a little lazy and miss a gym session here and there. Before they know it, their resolution has gone out the window, they settle, and agree to try harder the following year when they make the same resolution again that they couldn't keep the year before.

Therefore, some people believe there's no point in making New Year's resolutions when they are most likely just going to get broken and ignored. Peoples' intentions are usually good, but the effort and dedication to follow through with keeping the resolutions is usually lacking. Some people also believe they are a waste of time and silly because they feel people shouldn't wait all the way for a new year as an excuse to make a change in their lives. They believe that if you really want to do something, you should get started on it as soon as possible instead of using New Year's as an excuse or a reason. To an extent, I agree with this.

I believe that New Year's Resolutions are important. Call me sentimental, hopeful, optimistic, or perhaps even a little bit naive, but I like the idea of a New Year signifying a fresh start. Sure, resolutions and fresh starts shouldn't and don't only occur on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Each day—rather each moment—is a beautiful blessing, gift, and opportunity to create a resolution, make a change, create an impact, follow your passions, enjoy life, etc. People shouldn't wait until New Year's to realize this, but I think it definitely does create an extra incentive and spark additional motivation.

So, even if you wind up breaking your New Year's resolutions, make them anyway. Don't let the fear of breaking them stop you from trying to make a change. Failure can be a very scary thing, but if you never try, you never know. If you don't try at all, you already practically have a 100% chance of failure. But if you at least try—and really give it your best and your all—you are already paving your path towards success. And if you do make a New Year's resolution like going to the gym for example, and you miss a workout or two, it's no big deal. Things happen. That in no way means that you failed or that it's over and not worth continuing and trying. Get back out there the next chance you get, go to the gym, and get your workout in. This same outlook of perseverance not only applies to the gym, but also to basically everything else that you do in life.

Nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes and hit a few bumps in the road along the way—that's just called being human. You might mess up a little bit here and there, but that's ok. It can teach you valuable lessons and help you grow. It's all part of the process and the journey, so please don't be so hard on yourself. The important thing is that you still try your best to change, succeed, and accomplish anything it is you are either trying to do or not do.

So this New Year's, set some New Year's resolutions for yourself. It doesn't have to be anything major—but it definitely can be if that's a goal of yours. Think of this New Year as a fresh new start and a blank page to write your life's story on. Because this New Year—along with every other moment of your life—is a time to have fun, enjoy yourself, love others, be a good and kind person, make memories, be positive, make a change, and simply live your life!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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5 Reasons It's Always Worth It To Be A Summer Camp Counselor

Summer camps have a special place in my heart, and I'm here to share that with you.


Since I was 15, I have been a counselor at various summer camps. I have been a Program Aide at Girl Scout camp, a counselor at church camp, and a counselor at a day camp. These were all camps that I attended as a kid, so they already had a special place in my heart when I got a chance to work at them.

After being a camp counselor for five years, there are things that I have learned on the job that has helped me in life. Being a counselor has also helped me grow as a person. It's helped me gain skills that I don't think I would have learned in other jobs. I'm here to share what I love about the job of being a camp counselor.

1. You get to be the leader/role model

As a kid, there were many counselors in my life that I looked up to. They were people that I strived to be alike in my life, but now that I'm older, I get to be that person for the kid. What I say and do will influence how the kids around me act. That comes with a lot of stress, but it's also empowering. You can be a positive influence in a kids life, and hopefully, teach them important life lessons.

2. You can be your goofy self

One thing that I love about working with kids is that I can be silly around them. Kids won't judge you for being silly because they're silly right alongside you. They feed off your energy, and it can help them explore the world around them through communication. Plus, when was it not fun to be silly?

3. You get to hang out with kids all day

This reason might turn people off from the job, but it's a part of why I love being a counselor. Hanging out with kids tires me out at times, but they also motivate me to keep going. They're little balls of energy, and I feed off of other people's energies well. The kids also help me feel youthful and like nothing matters. Everything is fun to them; they help me keep a positive outlook on life.

4. Your coworkers become your best friends

Working at a summer camp can be difficult at times. It's emotionally and physically draining as well. But having a good support team helps with that. The counselors that I have worked with in the past have become my best friends, and I still stay in touch with some. They're there for you when no one else is, and they understand what you're going through. You know that their feelings for you are genuine, and they want to help as much as they can.

5. You get to watch the kids grow

Over the summer, I get to see the same kids every week at my camp. I get to see them grow as people over the summer and it's a rewarding experience knowing that I was able to help them. Watching them become leaders and grow into little helpers by the end of the summer is one of my favorite things.

I'm excited to have the opportunity to work at a summer camp again this year. I know that it'll provide an opportunity to grow as a person and I can't wait to see my favorite kids again.

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