18 Tips And Tricks To Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet

18 Tips And Tricks To Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet

Make it your goal to become a better version of yourself.
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Like many people, I began the new year with a set of goals and resolutions in mind. I want to improve my physical health and become better at saving money. Rather than changing who I am, I want to better myself. These tips and tricks are just a few of the ways that you can become a better version of yourself in the new year.

Set Realistic Goals

When setting goals and making resolutions, make sure that they are reasonable. Spending a few extra dollars on a book that you like, or eating an extra serving at dinner won't be the end of the world. You can't reach a goal overnight, so be patient with yourself. Remember, good things take time. 

Hold Yourself Accountable

Make sure you complete what you set out to accomplish. Encourage your friends and family members to support you, write down your goals in an agenda, and set reminders on your phone or computer. When you reach a goal, celebrate! Reward yourself for all of your hard work.

Focus On Yourself

Do YOU. Focus on who you are and who you want to become. It's okay to spend time alone and reflect on your goals.

Be More Optimistic

Life is much easier when you have a positive outlook. Motivate yourself the way that you would motivate others. Try and find light even during the darkest days.

Do What Makes You Happy

Make more time to do things that you enjoy, and set aside time to see people that make you happy. Your responsibilities can wait.

Save Money

There are countless ways to go about saving money. Keeping all of your change in a jar, or holding onto five dollar bills is just one way to go about doing so. Any amount of extra change can be helpful, whether it comes to paying a bill or buying yourself a something new.

Exercise

Getting in shape is a cliché resolution, but, let's face it, physical health is important. Any kind of exercise is better than none at all, but finding a workout that you enjoy will make this goal more of a hobby. If you can't make it to a gym, walking outside is a good way to become healthier.

Try Something New

Whether it be a new food or a new hobby, try something new in the new year. You might really enjoy something that you've never done before.

Follow A Schedule

Getting into a routine can reduce stress. If you follow a loose schedule each day, you'll have more time to get work done and still have time to do what you enjoy.

Unplug

Spend less time watching Netflix, scrolling through Facebook, and playing games on your phone. Too much screen time doesn't do anybody any good. Instead of binge watching your favorite TV show, read a book, take a walk, or play a board game.

Let Go Of The Past

If you want to move forward, you can't let the past weight you down. Don't forget what you learned, but don't let it hurt you any longer. Forgive. Don't forget.

Find Better Ways To Manage Stress

Try new ways to destress by journaling, doing yoga, or meditating. Removing yourself from the chaos of your daily life could improve your mood, concentration, and performance at school or work. 

Be More Empathetic 

Rather than having sympathy towards someone or a situation, try to be empathetic. By being empathetic, you will be putting yourself in someone else's shoes and thinking about how they feel. If you try to understand why people are acting a certain way, you could be a better friend and support system.

Stop Making Excuses

Turn "I'm going to do this..." into "I did it." Instead of procrastinating and making excuses about why you can't or don't want to do something, just do it. 

Face Your Fears

Take a leap of faith, and enjoy the fall. 

Make Someone Smile

A little kindness can go a long way. Make it a priority to do be kind to other people. Something as simple as holding the door open for someone who has full hands, or paying the extra fifty cents for someone who is short on change could brighten up a stranger's day. Volunteering in your community is also a great way to make someone smile.

Don't Give Up

It's easy to get discouraged when things don't go your way. Instead of giving up, think about ways to change or improve the situation. If the situation is out of your control, let it go. Sometimes, you have to be your own #1 fan. As said best by Theodore Roosevelt, "believe you can and you're halfway there."

Stay True To Who You Are

Despite all of the changes that you might want to make during the new year, it is important to remain true to who you are during this fresh start. Don't be afraid to alter your lifestyle. Do what makes YOU happy because, after all, no one knows you better than you know yourself. 

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We used to call it "flipping the switch." You would go through eight hours of school (somehow) and then your mentality would automatically change. The worries and stress from the school day would dwindle as you put on your cleats and begin to warm up. Anything that was going on in your life didn't matter when you hit the dirt. You create lifelong friendships with the girls you spent every day with for months at a time. Teammates who see you susceptible after a bad game and on cloud nine after one of your bests.

You develop a routine and superstitions. Hitting your bat on the inside of your cleat before you hit, chewing a certain type of gum on the volleyball court, how many times you spin the ball before you shoot a free throw, whatever your quirk was, you 100% believed it would make you play better. You practice in your free time with your dad, devote three to five months of your school year to a team, and play all summer long with your travel team as you live off hotel breakfast. Then one day, it's all over.

It is a feeling that nobody can prepare you for. They say enjoy it while it lasts but you never really understand what you'll be walking away from when you play your last game and hang it up for good. You lose a part of yourself when you're no longer an athlete. I forgot what it feels like to be competitive and be a part of something that is bigger than myself. It has been two years since I've played my last softball game and not a day goes by when I don't miss it. I didn't play because I wanted to go pro or even to the collegiate level, but I played because it was an escape and helped me become who I am.

You begin to forget what it felt like to hit the sweet spot on a bat, what it sounded like to have an audience cheer for you as you stand alone on second base and see your family in the stands, to hear the metal spikes of your cleats on concrete when walking in the dugout. It's simple things about the game you love that brought you pure joy and an escape from the world and the thoughts in your head. Batting practice was always mine. Focusing on nothing but the next pitch and how hard I could hit it.

When you have to watch the game from the other side of the fence, you realize how much pressure you put on yourself when you played. It's just a game. Make as many memories as you can and enjoy every inning because when you leave sports behind you have to find your inner athlete in other things. Create a workout routine, joining a club sport or intramurals, or even becoming a coach. As much as I miss the sport, I am thankful for everything it brought me. It taught me how to be a good friend, respect others around me, and to push myself to discover what I was capable of.

So, enjoy it while it lasts.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo And Christian Yelich Have Put Milwaukee Back On The Map

Two small market teams making sure the world knows who they are

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"MVP" is currently being chanted around the city of Milwaukee and the people of Milwaukee aren't just talking about one person. Giannis Antetokounmpo, a forward for the Milwaukee Bucks and Christian Yelich, an outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. Giannis is on the path to winning this year's NBA MVP and Yelich, who happened to win the NL MVP last year, is showing no doubts on potentially becoming this year's MVP as well.

Both the Bucks and the Brewers have struggled in the past few years. The Bucks finished their 2013-2014 season with a record of 15-67. On top of that, they have been playing in the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the past couple of decades. The Bradley Center was intentionally built for hockey and not basketball so attending games for the Bucks sometimes had you in the nosebleeds barely seeing what was going on on the court. The Bucks struggled after their 2013-2014 season with records of 41-41 (2014-2015) and 33-49 (2015-2016). Now, the Bucks have recently finished their regular season and moved to the playoffs. From 15-67 just five years ago, to now 60-22 which gave them the best record in the NBA, the number one seed in the East and home-court advantage, Giannis has proved himself as potentially one of the greatest players the NBA and the Bucks franchise will ever see.

The Bucks now have a new arena that opened this season, Fiserv Forum, which is built specifically for the Bucks (and Marquette) instead of hockey. Looking back on the Bucks in their previous years compared to now, the Bucks have sold out every single game this season. Something Milwaukee never thought they would see from being a small market team. From my experience, while working for the Bucks, you can see the difference in the crowd and feel their enthusiasm and excitement radiating off of the fans. And this is all thanks to Mr. Antetokounmpo who is making his mark here in Milwaukee. Giannis has won Eastern Conference Player of the Month for October/November, December, February and March/April and even earned his spot as Eastern Conference captain for the All-Star game this year. Giannis may be considered in his prime right now, but he is only 24-years-old which means he has plenty of time to only make himself better.

The Brewers had won the NL Central Divison back in 2011 but lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. After that, they struggled a bit and haven't won the title since until last year in 2018. He brought the Brewers to the NLCS last season, but unfortunately, they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yelich had 36 home runs last season and already has eight (as of 4/16/19) this season. He happens to be a great right fielder as well. In last night's (4/15/19) game against the Cardinals, Yelich alone scored three home runs.

Miller Park has been filling up more and more each game of Brewers fans. Being a small market team like their cross-city friends, the Bucks, bringing home an MVP title as well as a division title, it makes everyone aware of their greatness and dedication. The season may have just started back up again, but there is no doubt, if Yelich and his teammates keep playing like they are right now, they will have another shot of making it to the World Series.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Christian Yelich have brought and will continue to bring excitement and greatness to Milwaukee which is something the city hasn't seen in a while. This era of sports will surely be remembered for a long time by the people of Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

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