New Year, New Me

Happy New Year! It is the first day of the year and everyone is ready to be a "new person." Everyone has supposedly cut people off, is ready to make smarter decisions and ready for new opportunities. We all have our resolutions and habits we vow to break in 2018, but the question is will it last? Will all these people preaching actually change? I am all for people setting goals and wanting to transform into better versions of themselves. The beauty of life is that you can make many mistakes and you can "start over" at any time. However, I believe in setting realistic goals.


Instead of setting goals for the year why not set monthly goals? Every month set like two goals for yourself and focus on achieving those. This will be more helpful as opposed to trying to work on ten goals all at once. For example, I told myself last year that I was only going to drink water in 2017. I always hated water and I would only drink like one bottle of water a week, until I realized how terrible that is. Going from one bottle a week to drinking nothing but water was just completely unrealistic. Therefore, after I failed my attempt to cut out juice and other drinks cold turkey, I started to set smaller goals; Three bottles of water per week, eight bottles of water per week, then once I got used to drinking it, I increased my intake to two bottles per day. Now that I got used to drinking more water, I feel better than ever. I should probably still drink more of it, but that is something I will continue to work on.


My whole point in sharing my testimony is that realistic goals will help you get further a long in life. Saying you're going to work out, saying you're going to stop drinking alcohol and saying you will be a better person this year isn't going to make you get any closer to your goals-. To be successful, you have to put in the work and do the actions which includes proper planning and organization. Here are a few tips to help you achieve your goals and have a prosperous year:

 1. Set Realistic Goals

(Realistic Goal: In January, I Will Cook Once a Week. Non Realistic Goal: In February, I Will Lose 20 Pounds)

2. Cut off Negative Non Encouraging Individuals (L.I.G.)

3. Invest in a Planner (They are Cheap and Handy AF)

4. Drink More Water! (Water= Clear skin, more energy, etc!)

5. Don't Talk, Just Do (Actions Speak Louder Than Words)

6. Live More in Reality and Less On Social Media (Everyone Doesn't Have to Know Your Business)

7. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself (You Are Human!)

8. Make Sure to Schedule "Me" Time (Spa Day, Nail Shop, Whatever You Like!)

9. Quit the Job You Hate (I Did It This Year and It Feels Sooo Good!)

10. Create a Budget (The App I Use is Good Budget)

This is my first piece of advice for 2018! Every week I will be providing you all with some life advice and a personal anecdote to encourage you and help you succeed this year. Thank you so much for reading.

Michaela P. Shelton is Managing Editor of

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Item: Planner 

Where: Dollar Tree, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Etc.

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 “And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.”

—Rainer Maria Rilke

 “And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.”

—Rainer Maria Rilke

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