1. LIVE A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

According to the Huffington Post, the most common resolution is to lose weight. Although it is similar, my goal is a little different. I want to eat nourishing food and drink eight glasses of water. I want to excersize and keep a positive mindset. My goal isn’t to change my appearance, but to do things I know are good for me.

2. GROW MY BLOG

I have learned a lot by starting a blog. I have strengthened my love for writing while also being able to interact with other people with similar passions. I am so thankful to have made so much progress in such a small amount of time and I am truly thankful for everyone who reads my blog.

3. MAKE BUSINESS CONNECTIONS

I am a Journalism major at Arizona State University. In this field, making connections is fundamental to growing a career. Last December, I toured the Minneapolis Star Tribune and met with an editor to talk about the field. I want to interact with other journalists in 2018.

4. MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Since a young age, I have always loved being around people.  People are constantly moving in at ASU so I want to socialize more.

5. IMPROVE MY PHOTOGRAPHY AND WRITING

I got my first DSLR as a graduation gift. Since then, I have done a couple of photoshoots for my friends and I really want to improve. Along with my photography, I would like to improve my writing.

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Today is the last day of Madewell’s end off the year sale.  Since some items are up to 40% off, I thought I would share some of my favorite pieces to buy from Madewell. Use the code YESPLEASE online for money off.

1. Cashmere Sweater// 2. Stembend Earrings// 3. Velvet Mockneck Dress// 4. 10” High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Danny Wash

1. CASHMERE SWEATER

When I first went to Madewell I was shocked at how soft their sweaters are. This Cashmere sweater comes in  vintage gold (shown above) and chalk (off-white with olive stripes). It is a versatile piece which would look good with most pants.

2. EARRINGS

It can be frustrating when jewelry breaks. However, these Stembend Earrings are made of brass and feature titanium posts. They come in “vintage gold” and look good from all angles.

3.  DRESS

We all need a basic, black dress. This Velvet Mockneck Dress also comes in a mauve color. This type of dress looks great under jackets. It’s made of stretchy, soft material and can be included in formal and informal outfits.

4.  JEANS

Madewell is known for making quality items. Jeans are a stable and because we wear them for a variety of reasons, buying durable jeans is a necessity.  These high-rise skinny jeans are one of Madewell’s most popular items.  There are a variety of sizes and they come in regular, short, tall, and taller. Before you check out these “Danny” colored jeans remember they come in European sizes!

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1. You can overcome any obstacle

In May, 2017, I graduated high school. It had been a long four years with many ups and downs. Senior year was difficult but I achieved my goals.

2. College is not as hard as it seems

Moving from Wisconsin was a huge transition. I was intimidated knowing I would have to start completely over. Yet, I did well and made many friends

3. Relationships come and go

This was one of the most important lessons I learned this year. We meet many people throughout our lives and although some relationships are temporary, other friendships last.

4. Don’t let stress overwhelm your life

It can be easy to let your stressors dominate your thoughts. Remember, it is only temporary and you WILL make it through.

5. Don’t underestimate yourself

Last semester in my journalism class, we learned that humans are awful at predicting the future. Five years ago I never pictured myself being where I am today.  If you try to be optimistic and work your hardest it’s hard to dissapoint.

6. Surround yourself with the people you want to be like

It’s said that we are the average of the five people we are around the most. College gives you a lot of freedom and with so many choices to make it can be overwhelming. Choose your friends wisely.

7. Make connections

Never be hesitant to meet new people. Knowing certain people can bring you a lot of opportunities!

What did you learn in 2017? Post in the comments!

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