You Should Take More Pictures In 2018

You Should Take More Pictures In 2018

This is one New Year's resolution you can actually keep.

New Year’s resolutions are often hard to keep. We ask too much of ourselves, expect ourselves to instantly adapt to a new and better lifestyle, and then we get upset with ourselves when we give up on our resolutions and fall back into our old ways.

With that being said, I have a New Year’s resolution that you can actually keep and you’ll thank me for it later.

One of your New Year’s resolutions should be to take more pictures.

We’re a generation of selfies and Instagram aesthetics so you might be wondering why I think we need to take more pictures. Sure, we take a lot of pictures already. But the kind of pictures I’m talking about aren’t the ones that you use to keep up your Insta aesthetic, or to finally hit one thousand followers, or to use as your new profile pic.

The pictures I’m talking about are the ones you are going to want to plaster all over your bedroom walls.

The kind of pictures you’ll hold onto and show your kids someday.

These pictures aren’t perfect, hell they may not even be good, but they’re the most important pictures you can take.

I recommend using disposable cameras and polaroid cameras for these pictures. Only because it makes it more fun. Seriously, taking a disposable camera to a GA concert is way better than snapping a million pictures on your phone.

I love getting my disposable shots back. Sometimes they don’t come out the best but the ones that don’t are usually my favorite.

Why should this be your New Year’s resolution? Because you’re going to want them when you’re older and you’re going to want them now too. Physical copies of pictures that remind you of good memories. Pictures to flip through when you miss your friends from your hometown and when you’re telling your friend about the best concert you ever went to.

Trust me, you’ll thank me when 2018 comes to a close and you have a bunch of pictures to flip through and remember the best moments of the year.

Cover Image Credit: Jenna Collins

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
Cover Image Credit: Laura Warshauer

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Even being shy in her personal life, Florence comes alive during her live shows. She twirls around in her flowy, bohemian dresses, barefoot. She tells the crowd to turn to one another and tell a stranger you love them. She runs through the front rows of the venue, still singing and interacting with her fans.

Florence Welch, despite having one of the best voices in the industry and being wildly successful, is humble. She never loses her gentle personality, full of candor and a whimsical magic that's hard to pin down. She has long been one of my biggest inspirations creatively and personally, and I can't wait to see what she creates in the years to come.

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