By Julianna Mirabile
In the blink of an eye 2017 came and went. The ball dropped, ringing in the new year of 2018 all across America. With a new year, comes new resolutions. There are the common ones ranging from being healthy, working out, or learning a new skill. These kind of resolutions are more likely to be broken because they are so broad. There are also more specific goals that people set that focus on certain areas to make sure they are followed, such as working out three times a week, cutting out chocolate, or learning how to play the piano by June. Making your resolutions more specific will help you maintain your goals and finish off the year saying you actually kept up with it all year.
If your resolution has to do with cutting out an unhealthy food, try replacing it with something healthy but just as yummy to keep your mind off of it. For example, if you are cutting out chocolate, replace it with eating strawberries everytime you would go to grab a piece. A few years back I used to drink soda daily. After learning about all of the negative effects it has on my body, I decided to cut it out for a whole year as my resolution. I ended up surviving the whole year without soda and replacing it with seltzer water, and to this day I am a seltzer addict and will barely touch a soda can. This year, I will be trying to cut out gluten for at least half the year to keep myself from overeating on unhealthy foods that contain gluten.
Learning a new specific skill is always a fun resolution to have. Senior, Julia Herboldt, attended a reiki session (a type of healing that involves natural energies and crystal healing) and said that “I am going to start to study crystals and meditating to release stress. It was an amazing experience and I am interested in getting involved.” Finding something that you are passionate about and pursuing it as a skill or hobby is something that will inspire you to continue throughout the rest of the year.
The most common resolution that people set is to start working out, though it is also the most common resolution that is broken. This is because the resolution is too generic. If the resolution is to just “work out”, there will be no strive or determination to actually get up every morning and go to the gym. Senior, Tony Mobley, explains that he specified his resolution to “Go to the gym four times a week at two o’clock every afternoon.” By giving an exact time and how many times a week he plans to go, it will drive him to actually follow through with the resolution. Although millions of people will be setting resolutions this coming year, let's see how many actually make it to 2019.