The Best Ways to Stick to Resolutions

Last week I had a great time talking about my resolutions for the year and so far, at only two days in, I feel like everything is going pretty well. Still, I know that things will get rough if I don’t stay conscious of what I want and have a clear plan to get where I want to go. Studies suggestion that nearly 92% of New Year’s resolutions are actually abandoned by the end of the year. That’s insane and I don’t want to add to that statistic. 

Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to write a post about my favorite ways to stick to resolutions. Not only do I feel it would be a great, positive way to kick of blogging in the new year, but it’s also a great opportunity for me to help put my goals into perspective. 

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My New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year when everyone starts saying “new year, new me” and while I love the idea of the new year being a chance for revival and starting over, at the same time, I don’t necessarily want to start completely over. So this year, my motto is “new year, better me” because I don’t want to just quit being myself. I just want to be a better version of me. Hopefully the best version of myself that I can be.

So, even though it’s a bit cliché and it seems like everyone is posting about their new year’s resolutions, I wanted to share with you guys my own! I thought it was not only be a really nice thing to share, but I also thought it was a great way to keep me accountable for my goals.

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December Favorites- 2018

Guys, what a year! I can hardly believe it’s over, but I can’t wait to see what next year has in store. This last month has been a crazy one for sure, filled with finals, cold weather, sporting events, holidays, baking, cleaning, cooking, and so much more! This was also the year that I started bogging, so it will forever hold a really special place in my heart. It has been one crazy adventure and I’m sure next year will be full of more friends to be made.

That’s been my favorite thing about this experience: I’ve made some really good friends through blogging. I love reading their content, because they’re not only super talented people, but they’re incredibly inspiring and insanely supportive! It’s a wonderful community here and I hope they all had a great year as well.

And, while we’re talking about favorite things, it’s that time again, where I share my favorites from the month.

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The Month I Read Positive News Stories- December 2018 Challenge

Honestly, I couldn’t think of a better way to end the year than by reading about positive news stories that have taken place throughout 2018. Sometimes it feels like there are so many sad, terrible, terrifying news stories being reported on anymore and I definitely loved this chance to take a step back and read about some of the amazing, wonderful people there are in the world and appreciate the fabulous things they’ve done.

I also loved that I got to share these articles with some of my friends and family in an effort to help spread the joy. And although I read one article a day,I just wanted to share seven of my absolute favorites with you to perhaps make you smile.

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2018 Favorites- Year End Review

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Can you believe that 2018 is already over! This was the year that had a January that lasted for five months and a summer that was over in the blink of an eye. And it was the year that I finally decided to put aside my fears and start blogging! I’ve followed the blogging world for so long and back in March I figured I might as well just give it a try! So I started this little adventure and it has been an amazing ride so far!

I’m so blessed to have had this experience and to have been able to meet so many amazing people through it. Seriously, it’s been an incredible time, so I wanted to relive this first year of blogging by doing a year end review of my favorite things I did this year and my favorite posts that I was able to write.

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Binge Watching Guilty Pleasures

It’s that time of year when the weather is too cold to enjoy being outside for very long. And that’s okay, because there’s hardly any daylight to enjoy outside anyway. Which means this is the time of year when I start catching up on all the television and shows I’ve missed for the last year.

What’s better on a cold night, after a long, stressful week, than curling up on the couch under a blanket with a mug of hot cocoa and some good shows to keep you entertained. Typically I don’t watch shows on a week-to-week basis, because it just doesn’t normally work with my schedule, and a lot of times I usually just revert back to rewatching episodes of my old favorites. So today I thought it would be fun to share with you guys my binge watching guilty pleasures!

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Gift Giving on a Budget

The holiday season is fun with all it’s gift giving, because if you’re like me, you love getting people things they’re excited about. Unfortunately, this gift giving can get somewhat stressful, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Even if you scrimp and save and cut back and work as hard as you can, it’s inevitable that there will be times when you simply can’t afford to give as many gifts or you can’t afford the perfect ones.

Just know that that’s totally okay. The holidays should be about family and love, not about the gifts. Those are just a perk! So today I thought it would be a good idea, since we’re so close to those crucial holiday moments and we’re running out of shopping time, to share some of my favorite tips for gift giving on a budget.

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