New Year, New Outlook

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Hes making a list, hes checking it twice! Theres a line we hear throughout the holiday season, but its not just Santa whos following that rule.

Come New Years Eve, many of us are scribbling down our goals for the coming year: dont procrastinate, be more organized, lose a little weight, etc. Then by January 2, those lists crumbled up in some drawer, and you forget them just as quickly as you made them.

But, lets be honest with ourselves, as human beings, we are beyond flawed. There is always room to improve. So, Id like propose a new type of list — a lifestyle list.

Try something a little more wholesome than just looking into a new gym membership. Maybe something more along the lines of drinking more water, buy yourself some work-out clothes, stock your pantry with healthier foods, and go on a hike three times a week.

2018 is an opportunity to be a whole new person, someone a little more confident, or a little more concerned with their health, or someone who grabs opportunity by the shoulders and goes through life in the drivers seat instead of the passengers.

In 2015, I decided I was done hiding behind the kid in class who raised their hand first, I was done showing up to school in a sweatshirt and leggings and hoping nobody noticed me. So, I made a lifestyle change.

I started studying up the curriculum so I could confidently voice my opinion in class, I went from a sweatshirt and leggings to dresses and blouses, and I made sure people could notice me. Its kind of the fake-it-till-you-make-it type situation.

My goal for 2018, is to be a little more patient, and to learn to control my temper. The lifestyle change Ive decided on is to start journaling, do yoga a couple times a week, and focus on breathing exercises when I get really upset.

Now, dont misunderstand me –– dont change yourself for anybody but you.

I didnt change so that other people would like me more, or so that I would feel accepted. I changed because I didnt like being afraid of slipping up when I ordered a burrito at Chipotle, or shaking when I apologized for bumping into someone.

But we can all stand to self-analyze, and try to be a better human being for ourselves. If you want,

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