3 Strategies on how to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions

By Fatima Kane 

Here are our strategies on how to actually keep your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions – and not just until January 2nd!

Plan it out 

It’s great to aim high with your goals, but you want have an idea how to get there. To make your resolution seem less daunting, plan it out on paper in smaller, more specific steps that will allow you to accomplish your goal. Giving yourself deadlines and time limits to complete certain steps can help you stay on track and keep moving forward. You can easily set up your plans on a calendar, agenda, journal and with reminders to make sure that 2019 is the year for you!

Remind yourself. Constantly. 

All the hopes for your resolutions go out the window, unless you constantly remind yourself of your goals and make them a daily important priority. Setting up to-do lists, notes, or reminders for yourself, allows you to keep your resolutions at the forefront of your mind. Positive reminders of your plans will go a long way in helping to keep you motivated. 

Keep track of your progress!

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Recording significant (or even seemingly insignificant steps) you’ll take during the year is the perfect way to keep to being motivated, committed, and striving for your target! Studies have shown that “monitoring” your steps leads to higher success in sticking with your resolutions. Keeping track of your progress allows you to remind yourself of how far you have gone and how close you are to the finish line! And don’t stress about having a couple “cheat-days.” Perfection can’t be expected, and any progress is a reason to be proud! Just don’t let these days distract you from your goals. 

Good luck with your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions! 

 

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Guide to Thanksgiving 2018

By Savannah G. Eschenroeder

Thanksgiving is a much-loved American holiday, one in which all you do is eat. And I don’t know about you, but I just absolutely love food!

Not a lot of people celebrate Thanksgiving, or know the backstory to it. Thanksgiving was first just a three-day feast between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans. Before coming the America, life in England was hard. The pilgrims, formerly known as the Puritans, were persecuted for their faith and they were desperate for religious freedom. After leaving Holland in September 1620 and arriving in America (present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts) in November 1620, the pilgrims soon found out that surviving would be hard. Besides the harsh winter, they needed food and a place to sleep. Squanto, a fellow Native American, felt pity for these new strangers and so he helped them by teaching them how to grow crops such as corn, harvest berries and maple syrup, fish, hunt, and avoid poisonous plants. One year later, in November 1621, after a successful harvest and a prosperous year for the pilgrims, they decided to celebrate with the Wampanoag Native Americans. So together, they enjoyed fellowship and friendship during a three-day feast.

       Nowadays the typical Thanksgiving feast consists of turkey, stuffing, corn bread, mashed potatoes, yams (sweet potatoes), cranberry sauce, and all the pies (pumpkin, pecan, apple) for dessert.

         Thanksgiving is also a time for us to reflect on all the joy of our life and the blessings that God has given us. I love looking at the tiny moments of this life, and just stop for a moment to be thankful for it. Often I write down all the beautiful memories in my gratitude journal; it’s good practice to look at the bright side of things, even when our day seems a bit gloomy. And every time I point out something negative, I tell myself three positive things. So my challenge to you who are reading this is: write down 10 things that you are thankful for this season. Who knows, it might even bring a smile to your face.

“Thanksgiving 2018.” History.com, November 13, 2018,

https://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving. Accessed November 28, 2018.