New Year resolutions tend to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life’s problems. It’s been proven that gyms have the highest membership rate during the month of January, but eventually dwindle down in numbers once March comes around. Why is that? Because so many people see the New Year as an excuse to drastically change. The problem with this is that it often is not truly change, but a forced dream. Stop and think it over. A new year marks a new start at altering your flaws, therefore you create a dream to sculpt your ideal body, study to become the best student you can be, and eat healthier to feel like a new person. Yes, these are great goals, but change is a process and not a spur of the moment decision. If change happened that fast then we’d have a problem. Although it’s great to have goal for the new year, stop overdoing it! And please don’t expect your mindset to alter overnight. The New Year is exciting, but not that magical. It can only motivate, not permanently create.

My suggestion? Have a theme.

In writing you always have to have a theme of some sort, whether you realize it or not. A good story will have an underlying message that stands as the base to each paragraph of the body. Once a theme is chosen you have a layout of what you want to say and how you want to say it, then you begin to write. In the process of writing you may find flaws in your outline, but that is exactly what you want to happen! If you can find a flaw, then that means you’ve discovered a way to improve on that area and make your overall project better. All because you began with that one small mishap.

The same goes for everyday life. This year choose a theme, something that you’ve been lacking in and need to slowly change. Then create a plan on how to go about training yourself to be motivated and end in positive results. If you know that you need to change your health, then plan out at least three super healthy meals a week. Thats one paragraph of your life. Chose to walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. That’s paragraph two. (Choosing the stairs really does work, I promise!)

It’s that easy! If you find that climbing up the ten flights of stairs is too much, then alter your outline and decide on adding in only one flight of stairs a day. Work toward your ultimate theme, don’t try and make the theme work for you. Watching The Biggest Looser while eating Ramen noodles is not going to do anything. (Unless you have a superpower to reap the benefits of others hard work, then by all means be my guest)

This past year has been one of the worst. I’m not saying that there weren’t amazing days, because there were, but life threw some huge boulders in my way that blocked my view of the positive light. Therefore, my theme for 2016 is love. Not the generic love that you hear about, the kind that you roll your eyes at, but the basics of the word love. I’m going back to what I’m passionate about, what makes me tick. I want to recapture the moment when I see a lost girl’s face light up as she shares her burden, the melodic sound of laughter from friends who were in need of each others company. The love that an artist has for his/her creations, the satisfied expression they have when they completed their goal. It’s the little things in life that should make us happy, and I’ve gotten so caught up in the craziness that I forgot how to take pleasure in the world’s little moments. How am I changing this? By intentionally placing myself in an atmosphere of love. I have started to seek out the needs of others, looking for opportunities to better people’s lives. When I get overwhelmed, I write or paint to calm the mind and reignite the love that I have for self expression. I’m not expecting a life altering enlightenment, but rather a rekindled love for living.

What have you lost this past year? What are you going to do about it?

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With the new school year so close I want to help empower those who are having to step back into the war zone of papers and public pressure. To empower those who are putting on their fake face in order to be accepted. The ones who plan on disappearing into the crowd and then slip out unnoticed. For all students who feel as if they cannot be themselves, or better themselves, within the critical eyes of  society.

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Challenge yourself to be the better person. Step out of the mind set that you have to be better than the other, start trying to be a better you. Because it’s when you start loving yourself that you begin to accept who you are.

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There is a lot going on in society that I do not agree with, especially when I see how it effects the younger generation. But always keep in mind, we are society! If we want to change the situation, we need to change what we’re doing about it. You cannot tell someone to do something without taking action yourself.


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This is a serious problem, especially with teenage girls. We will get fired up over a person or situation that won’t matter in the long run. The reason that we can make enemies at a rapid pace is because we typically don’t realize that the reaction we give is exactly what the other person wants. Even if we do, often times it just adds to the fire. If specific people come to mind when you read this, try to avoid letting them fire you up. They hold the ignitor, but it does’ mean that you have to burn.

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I am a reserved person. I don’t typically try to over power people, instead I try to take myself out of the situation. Sometimes it’s best, but other times that means that others have had the ability to walk over me. Don’t let them. The mind is powerful, deadly and empowering. You do have the ability to be strong, but you have to believe it.


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Attention, for most people, is the best feeling in the world. Others tell you how great you are or commend the work you’ve done. The emotions you get from attention can be addictive. Soon enough your throwing everything you’ve got out there in order to get that feeling that you love. You feel as if you’re on top, and maybe you are. But here’s the catch: It’s tiring and temporary. Eventually you feel more empty than full and what you did to seek attention no longer works. Life moves on and you’re stuck without any respect to carry through. Moral of the story, never falter for false feelings. Those who respect you will boost you higher, and help you gain success throughout life.

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This can be one of the most painful truths to accept. Always cherish those who you love, or who have stretched you. Remember the lessons they’ve taught you.


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Appreciate where you are in life! Do not race through high school, college, careers, or relationships in order to get to the desired end. When you get there, what are you going to be able to look back on? How did you spend your ride?

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These two quotes can tie together. Stand up against the flaws you see in life. Change what you don’t like and live for what you do. If you cave under each situation, you’ll never be able to stand up for yourself.

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Don’t make excuses for your poor choices. You know when it started as a mistake, and when it turned into a choice.

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So what if they don’t understand? All that matters is you deciding your path, not following someone else’s beaten trail.

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You need time to relax, make it. You need time to work, make it. You need time to rest, make it. It’s as simple as that. Let go of what distracts you and make time for what you need to do.

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Happiness is a choice, not a destination.

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