I Hate New Years Resolutions

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This time of year, everyone is on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook dishing about their New Years Resolution. I used to hate it because I’m honestly just cynical like that but then I started hating it because every time I would try to make one, I just couldn’t stick to it. So recently I decided that if I was going to do something, I might as well start today. For instance, I said I was going to go back to the gym. Instead of waiting for January 1st to roll around so I could sign up for a gym membership, I signed up for it today so I’d be forced to get my money’s worth. (Because who likes wasting money?)

The thing with me and deadlines is that when I miss one, I have to set an entirely new one. For instance, if I planned to study at 8 and I miss it by 2 minutes, I’d set a new time for 8:30. AND THUS PROCRASTINATION WAS BORN.

Same for my resolutions honestly. I’d say “I’m going to eat healthy starting January 1st, totally forget, and decide “Alright, try again February.”

Don’t be a me. If you want to do something, what’s stopping you from doing it now?

 

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Vegucated.

I’ve been vegucated guys! For the longest time I was looking for a reason to give up meat. At some point in my college career it just didn’t taste as good. Don’t get me wrong, I would still eat it when I got the chance, but after being in a school that never served meat for over 2 years, it had lost its appeal. ┬áSo around August I had decided that eventually, I’d give up meat. In order to do so, I needed to know why this move was the right move so over the course of 4 months, I did my research, watched countless documentaries, and talked to people who had made the change. It wasn’t until I watched 3 particular documentaries on Netflix was I sold on the idea. The 3 documentaries were Vegucated, Food Inc, and Cowspiracy and I couldn’t help but go on a whole “angry vegan” rant (in my head of course). And there it was, the word “vegan”. For the longest, my uneducated opinion of vegans was that they were tree hugging extremists, but after even more research I realized what being vegan was really about. I no longer could be apart of anything that would treat animals in such a cruel manner and then have the audacity to go on television and show me pictures of happy cows. No Shade.

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I learned in my health principles class that the best diet was a whole food, plant based diet. The vegan diet is basically that but like most things, it has to be done right.

I’m slooooooowly weening myself of meat because living in a Haitian household during Christmas break makes it hard to cut it out completely but once I’m back in school, I’ll be saying bye bye forever.

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I don’t think I’ll mourn it much. At the end of the day, this is a change that can reap nothing but benefits.

SOOOOOO you guys should definitely check out the documentaries I mentioned. I’m not going to tell you to give up meat because I don’t want to be an angry vegan. There are definitely people who eat meat and live pretty healthy lives. Personally, I think I’ll be better off.

If you’ve recently made the switch, let me know how it’s going for you and some tips to help me out!

I Chose The Wrong Major

Maybe you’re a senior in high school, currently a college student, or have already graduated college, but the stress of choosing the wrong major is a weight carried by all three. Being in my 3rd year of college, I am well aware that I am quite honestly in the wrong major. You know how it happens. There’s the pressure of adult figures in your life telling you what majors you need to choose to make a lot of money to support yourself, but a lot of times, there aren’t a lot of people telling you to do what makes you happy. As a child, I loved the arts: Literature, Music, Drama , you name it. It wasn’t practical in my household but I knew that it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So…how am I currently a 3rd year Chemistry major? I started to believe everyone who said “You’ll never make money doing that.”. So growing up, it was all about the money and now…I’m stuck. You could be stuck too.

Stop trying to be something you’re not. If God wants you to be a Lawyer, why are you trying to be a Physician’s Assistant? We have this habit of telling God “Yeah i know you want this, but I’m gonna do that.” Then we wonder why life seems so hard and unbearable. Maybe you’re not where you’re supposed to be.

If you’re just starting out in college, you still have time to figure it out but if you’re like me and are basically almost done and just wanna stick it out…well…there’s always grad school. Just because you have a degree you don’t want doesn’t mean you can’t still use it as a stepping stone.

I’ve tried very hard to fit the mold of what many of the adults in my life thought I should be but I realized that it’s never worth my happiness and it isn’t worth yours either. Do something practical that makes you happy and do it well enough so you can get paid for it.

21 Days of No Complaints

I was talking to a couple friends of mine last week who had started a plan that I thought was worth sharing. 21 Days of No Complaints. Sounds easy enough, right? I thought so too until after the very first day, I found myself complaining about school and life and just about everything. So today, I’m starting over and I urge anyone else to try it too and see how your quality of living changes over the course of 21 days. If you find yourself wanting to complain, instead write down 3 things you’re thankful for. It takes some time to get the hang of but don’t beat yourself up if a complaint slips out. Catch it, literally count your blessings, and move on.