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New Year's Resolutions You Need To Make For 2015

The only thing to fall apart quicker than an unrealistic New Years Resolution is Kim Kardashian's marriage to Kris Humphries. This year, let's all stop spending New Year's vowing to lose 20 lbs and cut out all junk food and let's start spending New Year's making promises to ourselves that we’ll actually keep.

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1. Accept Yourself

We're the generation of Victoria's Secret models and somewhere between photoshop and instagram filters we've lost sight of reality. The reality is, there will always be someone out there that is prettier than you, skinnier than you, smarter than you, funnier than you and that's not going to change. What can change is our constant need to alter ourselves to be like somebody else. The key to happiness isn't a different hair color, 5 pounds or longer eyelashes, the key to happiness is being alright with being you. Let's let 2015 be the year we stop obsessing and start accepting.

2. Put Down Your Cell Phone


Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are a great way to maintain connections with your friends and family but the greatest way to maintain a connection with someone you care about? Being present in the moment when you're together. In 2015 let's put our phones away at meals and enjoy face-to-face interaction with our parents, siblings, friends, and the strangers we meet on the street. There's going to come a time when the chance to really get to know the people in our life is gone and when that time comes we won't remember what was posted to Instagram, we'll remember the times they made us laugh, the things they said and most of all how they made us feel.

3. Stop Comparing

We've been fed by the media that by 22 we should have a career we love, an apartment with a view and a boyfriend who we'll be married to in 2-3 years. The problem with that? It's only happening for the 1%, for the Taylor Swifts, Emma Watsons and Zac Efrons of the world which leaves the majority of us feeling inadequate FOR NO REASON. Not everyone can be those people, in fact very few people will be those people The jobs, boyfriend or apartments the people around you have does not diminish your own worth. Everyone's path is different and the only success that matters to you, is your own.

4. Think Before You Tweet


Social media has given us the amazing ability to let people know how great our burger from Shake Shack is at the exact moment we're experiencing it but we've forgotten the huge responsibility social media comes with. What you say on social media DOES matter and the harmful effects of a single, emotionally driven tweet can have effects all over the world and even stay with you for the rest of your life. Instead of spending 2015 jumping on every uninformed, bandwagon hashtag and negative comment let's spend 2015 using social media to empower the causes that matter, the stories that matter, the people who matter.

5. Make Life Happen

Most commencement speeches include some version of, "you can be anything you want to be, achieve anything you want to achieve," but none of them tell you where to start or how to get to where you want to go, but now is the time to try. Pound the pavement, network with everyone you meet, follow up and follow up again, reach out to people who you admire, make your presence known and don't be afraid of what anyone thinks. Going after what you want can be tough; there's older people with more experience, more resources, more money, more connections but the one thing we have that they don't, is our youth and it makes all the difference. Without families to support and mortgages to pay, we can chase our dreams, take big risks and turn our passions into payoffs knowing that if we crash and burn, we have our whole lives to rebuild. Figure out what you want out of life and make your opportunities happen, the time is now.

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