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A College Girl’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions

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From the government shutdown to the rise of twerking, 2013 was certainly a crazy ride. But now that it’s officially 2014, it’s time to reflect on the past year and set some goals to make the new year even more awesome.

As cliché as it might sound, a new year grants us an opportunity: a blank slate. A new year is a chance to have a fresh start – after all, it’s never too late or too early to be the person you want to be.

Read on for some New Year’s Resolution inspiration, as well as some tips and tricks for staying on track throughout 2014:

Sticking With It

While we often start out the year on a good note with our resolutions, all too often they get pushed aside or forgotten about once college life gets too hectic.

The key to sticking with your goals is holding yourself accountable for the good and the bad. There is no need to make excuses whenever we fall short. Nobody’s perfect, and we all inevitably screw up once in a while.

Instead of focusing on the negative, celebrate your milestone achievements by treating yourself to that pair of shoes you’ve been lusting after, going out for a nice dinner with your friends, or even just taking a personal day for yourself. These little rewards will help motivate you to keep going.

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Another great way to keep up with your resolutions is to simply write them down. Even better, stick your list in a cute frame and put it on your night stand, so that you’re constantly reminded of your goals. While it may seem daunting at first, taking the time each month to reflect on your progress and break down your strategy for the upcoming days will make all the difference.

Resolution Inspiration

Still can’t quite narrow down what you’d like to accomplish for the new year? Here are a few prompts to get you thinking:

  • A new skill I’d like to learn:
  • A good deed I will do:
  • A bad habit I’m going to break:
  • A person I aspire to be more like:
  • A new food I’m going to try:
  • A place I would like to visit:
  • A book I would like to read:
  • I’m going to do better at:

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My 2014 Resolutions

And in case any of you are curious, here are my resolutions for 2014. My theory is that publicly posting them on the internet will hold me more accountable, so here goes:

  1. Revel in the single life: you’re awesome and someone out there wants to be with you. So until you find that person, it’s 100% okay to be single. In fact, it might even be fun… *cue “Single Ladies” song*
  2. Continue to go to the gym so you can get that Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show-style rockin’ body.
  3. Don’t worry so much about being perfect. Failure is inevitable, unavoidable, and vital for growth; but failure should never have the last word.
  4. Take more risks, because as my homegirl J.K. Rowling says: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
  5. Be kind. Be kind for the sake of being selfless, without expecting anything in return. Plain and simple.

Your thoughts?

Do you have big dreams or resolutions for 2014? Any advice on how you stuck to your resolutions this past year? Leave a comment and let us know. Cheers to you, a New Year, and another chance to get it right!

Posted on on January 5, 2014 / Filed Under: College Life / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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5 Responses to “A College Girl’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions”

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    January 5th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Nice advice and guidelines.
    However, I’m disappointed to see you encouraging girls to go to the gym in order to achieve a “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show style rockin’ body”, as opposed to going for the purpose of being healthy. Although it may seem like an innocent and even positive thing to include here, it’s toxic and harmful to encourage girls to strive for shallow, unrealistic, and even unhealthy beauty standards.

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    January 6th, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Its important to stick to ones resolution for the entire year and not break them after the first month!

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    January 6th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Lara – such an important point. Thanks for adding. It’s completely unattainable body for 99% of us ladies. Setting impossible goal is setting yourself up for failure.

    I find what helps me reach my goals is remembering why I set them in the first place.

    I want a killer body. But that’s a byproduct of my goal – I want to be able to snowboard without getting tired. I want to eat healthier because I physically feel better when I do (no heartburn, more energy, etc). I want to be in better control of my finances, because independence makes me confident.

    Remembering and reminding yourself why you set goals in the first place is wayyy more powerful than pasting a “motivational” picture of a victoria’s secret model on your metaphorical wall.

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    January 7th, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I am really going to try and stick to my New Year’s resolutions. This year, I plan on going after my dreams, being more fearless, and finding my signature style.

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    January 7th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Great point Lara! I definitely agree with you there. It was not at all my intention to promote an unattainable body type. What I really meant was having a healthy fitness goal to aspire to so that you feel just as confident and sexy as the Victoria Secret models on the runway. I truly believe that all shapes and sizes of women are beautiful.

    Good luck with your resolutions ladies! We’re in this together!

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