I Survived​ JLo’s Challenge

Now that February has come and gone without me posting any new blogs, I think it’s time for me to jump back on and let you know what I’ve been up to.

As you’ve read the title of today’s post, I decided to spend the last 10 days in March trying Jennifer Lopez’s 10 days of no added sugar, no carbs. Yup, that’s right. The pancake queen herself refrained from breakfast sweets, dairy, coffee creamer, bread, fruit, and more.

Now, I first heard of this from Hoda Kotb on the Today show. JLo challenged her at the end of January, and by February I kept feeling like I wanted to get a piece of the action. Fast forward to Monday, Feb. 18. – it was official, I was doing it.

Originally, I took daily video diaries of how each day felt or went, but they bored me to death. I’ll recap what I droned on about for about 20 minutes total: I don’t know if I was doing something wrong, but I didn’t feel like this was the hardest challenge in the world. The lack of fruit sucked and I felt a little bit tired, but I truly did fine for the most part. The weekend was hard, and I cheated a tiny bit when I went out with friends, but I didn’t cheat with food.

Here’s how I prepared and made it through the 10 days.

1. I researched it

I first researched the challenge then I researched any questions I had about it. I spent the majority of my time on the Today show’s website because, after Hoda did it, they had a couple good posts about it.

2. I prepped what I was going to eat

After researching what I could eat, I spend a lot of time deciding what I actually would eat. I didn’t want to waste money on stuff I wouldn’t make or wouldn’t even want to eat. The best way to survive this challenge is to make food that sounds good! I got ideas from Joy Bauer, who helped Hoda plan what to eat.

3. Meal prepping

If you’re hungry after a long day and you have no food, you’ll be more apt to cheat. I promise you that making some breakfast quiches ahead of time or dinner that works for lunch the following days, you will be able to fight the urge of quitting.

4. Have snacks ready

I’m terrible at eating when I’m bored or snacking when I’m watching a show or movie. Make sure you have snacks, like natural almonds around. I also would have carrots with guacamole for less of a dry snack. P.s. sugar-free Jello was my favorite “before bed” snack.

5. Don’t beat yourself up

If you fall off the wagon for half a second (I did during the weekend when I went out with friends) accept it and move on. I spent a lot of time worrying that I was doing something wrong because I didn’t feel as tired as people said I would. I was fine, and I talked myself into doing something wrong for a couple of the days. Don’t let negative thoughts control your time.

6. You can do anything for 10 days

It’s only for 10 days. Maybe you’ll surprise yourself. I did.


That’s all the advice and thoughts I can think of on how I accomplished it. This experience was not at all what I thought it would be, but I found some of the things I was looking for. I needed a change to motivate me to finish February in a better attitude. I don’t want you to think this was the easiest thing I’ve ever done because it wasn’t. It will be different for everyone, but if I can do it then so can you.

If you have any questions about what I ate or want another post on how I felt, where I post “10-day challenge,” feel free to let me know.

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a “K”

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A Week Full of Joy

The day has finally come that I post from America once again. Since my last post, I have finished my time in Florence, flown stateside, and settled back into my life in Michigan a little bit.

Throughout my last week in Italy, my travel home, and my first couple of days back,  I have felt an overflow of emotions. Multiple times I thought to start a draft, but, honestly, I had no motivation or I was overall just confused about what I was feeling. I had no idea what to expect when leaving. I was looking forward to seeing my family, yet I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. My first couple days home felt overwhelming. How was I supposed to transition back to my home when I was homesick for a place I’d only known for a short amount of time?

I found the answer to this question at mass last Sunday morning. On this particular morning, I was looking forward to participating in my first English-speaking mass since August. Luckily for me, I was home just in time for the third week in Advent. For those of you who don’t know, the third week in Advent represents joy. I will spare the details and cut to the chase; the answer to my previous question is joy.

The message during mass was all about finding the joy even in the worst moments of life. I can’t remember every detail to the homily, but the overall message of choosing and finding joy spoke to me. It is completely normal to feel all of the things I am feeling post-study abroad. Instead of letting every negative emotion or thought consume me, it is important to find the joy in even the smallest of places.

I’ve chosen to find joy in the new puppy my mom has gotten. He makes me laugh and forget about any sadness I may feel. I’ve found joy in holding my stepbrother’s baby. All the times I’ve gotten to spend with those I’ve missed, I have felt joy. Snuggling my other dogs and relaxing has also brought me great joy. My family has helped me find the joy in everything. Despite how I may be feeling, finding and doing the smallest things that bring me joy has been the biggest life-saver thus far.

 

I’m not going to lie and tell you that this has cured any negative feelings I may have, but I do know it makes the days a lot better. I’m thankful for the experience, but most especially, I’m thankful for my family.

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a “K”

P.s. I have attached the link to an 8-minute video I made summarizing the last 3 and a half months.

That Fourth of July Feeling

When the end of June rolls around I’m left thinking about one thing: the Fourth of July. I don’t know if it’s the fireworks, good food, good people, or the increased number of American flags hanging up- it’s my absolute favorite holiday.

Some of my very best memories growing up include the Fourth of July. My family and I would wake up early to get ready for one of the local parades, putting on the classic Old Navy American flag shirts that virtually everyone would wear. We would drive to my aunt and uncle’s house to walk down to the parade with my cousins and other family friends. To this day I can still pick out the corner we would put all our chairs on as we would wait for the parade to get started and, most importantly, the candy we would collect and eat way too quickly!

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself loving the holiday even more, but for a different number of reasons.

I love the way that the American flags line up and flow in the wind on the bridges near my house. I love getting together with friends or family and hanging out by the pool, beach, or wherever thinking that life couldn’t get any sweeter than this. I love the way we can still gather together as Americans on one night to stare into the sky, “oohing” and “ahhing” at the beauty and wonder that bursts out of the sky during a fireworks show. Finally, I love the sense of pride I get knowing I’m lucky enough to wake up as an American on another Independence Day.

Now, I know what you’re all thinking; “The Fourth of July isn’t really your favorite holiday.” I know there are Christmas and Thanksgiving that also bring people together, but I truly hands-down pick Independence Day for the sheer fact that I feel truly blessed to wake up in this beautiful country every single day.

I hope that wherever you’re celebrating this Fourth of July, that you stop to think of the true reason. Maybe you too will have that Fourth of July feeling that I love so much.

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a “K”

Life Hacks I Live By

Hello beautiful people! Today’s post is all about my life hacks (or the ones I can think of right away from the top of my head). I’ve been on the Earth for almost 20 years, and there are a few things I’ve learned to help me in my life. These hacks will be anything from health and fitness hacks to school hacks. Like I said before, this is just the list off the top of my head that I do use on a regular basis. These aren’t in any specific order, and the links listed below are not advertisements, just my personal favorites. I hope this helps you guys, and be sure to comment which hack is your favorite!

HACK #1: Cheap Sunglasses

I don’t know about you guys, but it seems like I’m ALWAYS wearing sunglasses. I absolutely love them, and I believe they can say so much about a person. My personal opinion is that you should have as many pairs of sunglasses as you do moods (if you’re like me that’s quite a few). I like to buy cheap sunglasses because then I don’t feel bad if I don’t wear a pair less often than another pair. Also, it’s easy to leave sunglasses in your car, a purse, my dad’s car, and more. If I lose a pair I feel sad because they’re cute, but I hardly feel bad about how much I spent. Usually when I lose a pair of sunglasses I end up buying them again because they were so cheap- that’s the best part! Some of my fav places to buy cheap sunglasses are Target, Pacsun, Charming Charlie, and Forever 21.

HACK #2: Starbucks & Protein Shakes

With this hack, I’m kind of cheating because someone else showed this to me when I used to work at Starbucks, but it is the best thing ever! The hack is to order espresso shot(s) in a venti cup and add your favorite protein shakes. I usually order a triple and add Muscle Milk’s chocolate or vanilla protein shake. It’s my way of getting an espresso-based drink with half the sugar, carbs, and calories with more protein than a regular Starbucks drink. PLUS, it comes out to less than $4 depending on how many shots you get and where you buy the protein shakes. This drink gives me energy and protein to help me stay on track with my health goals.

HACK #3: Take Coasters

This is another stolen hack, but it came from my aunt so I’m saying it’s fine. Whenever I go on vacation I try to take a coaster from my favorite restraints that we visit. It’s a good way to recall some of your best vacation memories without spending more than dinner. I tend to use them around my room or hang them on bulletin boards. I recently found a couple from this fun restaurant we went to in Nashville’s Midtown that had a nautical theme with dragonflies on their merchandise. They were known for their margaritas, and my dad loved them (a little too much if you know what I mean). As you can tell, just seeing my coasters brings back great memories, something you can’t buy.

HACK #4: Always Become a Member

This is something I started doing such a long time ago. Sometimes my friends think I’m crazy for how many places I’m a member of, but becoming a member of places you go somewhere regularly or even once a month is a good way to earn free things. I look at it this way, if I’m going to be obsessed with Starbucks and spend too much money there, I might as well get a free coffee every so often. In addition to earning things when you spend money, you’re likely to earn free things solely because it’s your birthday. Also, sometimes I get better deals or learn about things quicker because I’m a member? For example, I found out about Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Stadium Tours first because I’m a member of Thomas Rhett’s fan club. Who doesn’t like free things and being in the known??

HACK #5: Mini Deodorant/Mini Body Mist

This is probably a TMI, but I know I’m not the only one who suffers from sweat! I always have a travel size deodorant or body mist (or both) in my purse and backpack. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked across campus and just felt like I needed to freshen up a little.

HACK #6: Student Discounts!!!!!!

Don’t ever be afraid to ask someone who is ringing you up at your favorite clothing store if they have a student discount. The worst they could tell you is no, and the best is that you save a dollar or two on the top you were going to buy regardless of the price. Amazon Prime, Apple Music, Spotify, Adobe, and more offer student discounts. My personal favorite sites that send can send you emails about student discounts with codes are UNiDAYS and StudentBeans.

HACK #7: Set the Car Clock Ahead

This drives some of my passengers bonkers, but this is something I’ve come to love. When I was growing up, my mother made sure my two other siblings and I were always early to anything looking put together. Unfortunately, as I’ve become my own adult I’ve found it impossible to make it to things on-time unless I choose to look like I just rolled out of bed. I have tried extremely hard to break this, so I have set my car clock fast. I DON’T RUSH ANYWHERE rather I try to get into my car at a certain time. Then when I arrive somewhere right on time I’m actually early.

HACK #8: Keep a Reusable Water Bottle Everywhere

Whether I’m living at school or at home, I always make sure to have a reusable water bottle by my bedside, in my car, and just about anywhere else that I spend a large amount of time. This is a good way for me to drink my daily amount of water as well as in case I’m ever just extremely thirsty in the middle of the night.

In the end, I can only come up with 8 hacks I use regularly.  I hope that you guys find some of these hacks useful, or maybe you just find them funny. Either way, I hope you liked this post. Let me know what you think below.

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a “K”

 

The Art of a Resolution

3, 2, 1. . . It’s officially here, the beginning of a new year! 365 chances to become someone better. It’s that serious time of the year where no matter who you follow on Instagram or Twitter they are talking about what they are going to change about themselves physically, mentally, or what they’re going to do better. We all have that small voice in the back of our minds saying, “This will be my year,” so we promise to ourselves that we will spend less money on stupid things, go to the gym every day while eating perfectly, or some other unrealistic goal with no actual plan. All of a sudden, after week one or maybe a month, you have failed to continue towards your goal, and you tell yourself, “There’s always next year.”

Another year, another goal that you just didn’t have time for, or it was really too hard. There are a couple problems with most of our New Year’s resolutions. For starters, they are usually unrealistic; are you really going to all of a sudden drop half of your body weight after never working out or eating well a single day prior to this resolution? Are you really going to spend less money on materialistic items after you’ve never paid attention to what you buy or how much money you spend? Losing weight or aiming to spend less money on things isn’t unrealistic, but losing a large amount of weight or cutting your spending habits cold turkey is. Instead of saying you’re going to lose weight, focus more so on smaller goals, for example, packing a healthy lunch every day versus going through the drive-through every day. These small changes can work up to a larger goal. When you think you have reached that small goal make another and then another, working your way up to that larger goal.

Another problem with our new goals is that we don’t hold ourselves accountable. It’s important to write down your goals or maybe tell someone who you’re close to what you’re working towards. Doing something small like writing your goal on a notecard and sticking it to your mirror so you can see it every day will help remind you of your goals each morning. Furthermore, after making a goal do you reflect on how well you’ve worked towards it each week? Mentally telling yourself what you did well towards your goal the past week or what you need to do better the next week (or physically writing it down) can be extremely helpful when it comes to reaching a goal.

Finally, another problem we have when it comes to the goals we make at the beginning of the year is that we don’t make it a habit to change. We often want the change to happen right when we decide it, so when we don’t see the change in the mirror, our wallet, our everyday environment, or any other place we expect to see a change, we often feel like giving up. It’s important to realize that everything takes time, and practice makes perfect. You can’t expect to drink more water each day if you don’t try to be consistent about it. Practice and consistency create habit. Once you create habit you will see a change; maybe not overnight, but little by little you will see it and feel it.

Overall, the new year is a great time to take a look at your life to make a change. No matter what you decide to change, whether big or small, be realistic, keep yourself accountable, and make a habit. If you aren’t going to be serious about your goal, do you even really want to make a change that badly?

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a “K”

 

The Satisfaction of Planning

What is it about the start of a new year or school year where the planners are displayed at every endcap in Target that makes you lose track of the reason you are actually there? For me, I always buy a planner that is supposed to last two years, but once the new school year comes around I’m drawn to Home Goods’ “Back to School” collection where the desk organization supplies are all pretty and neat. Maybe it is just me, but the planners take up a whole side of the store; big ones that are monthly, small ones that are monthly/daily, and a whole shelf and a half more of endless patterned options that you didn’t know you needed. Seriously though, I can’t say no to a new planner for back to school.

This years’ choice of a planner is a simple, perfect bind (an actual type of book bind), navy blue one that says “stay the course” with a boat wheel above it in metallic gold. It even has one of those stretchy pieces of fabric to keep it closed and the pages protected. Despite the cute design, I picked it because of the monthly overview and each week is broken down so that I can see each, individual day.

Planning is something I usually do 110% or not at all. The beginning of a busy school year is where I’m at my full force of planning. I don’t know why I end up losing my so-called planning spirit because there is something to be said about opening it up and seeing exactly what you have planned for each day. Even on my busiest days where it looks like I have time for nothing but work or schoolwork I am able to see that there is time that I can spend doing something for myself. I like to see my homework all written out so that I can check it off when I finish an assignment, and once I’m done seeing an empty list on my day is so satisfying.

I think that a lot of people either don’t want to plan because it can seem like a lot of work and overwhelming. Also, it can feel like you aren’t enjoying the moments that life has to offer. Some people might say that they have nothing to put on a calendar so why even bother. Don’t get me wrong, planning can feel like you’re wishing time away when you open it up to months down the road to add a vacation or appointment to the schedule, but for me, having a plan lets me get things done which opens up more time for myself, friends, and family later on.

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The famous Phoebe Buffay “pla” quote

Now, I wish I had the actual time and the money to create my own planner or buy a massive one with countless stickers to use as a key for what I’m doing each day but I just don’t. I wish that I had that much in me to plan, but the satisfaction for me is lost when I overdo it. The number one reason that I plan is to make sure that I’m on some sort of track for my goals. If I want to reach some type of goal or be successful I try to plan and make goals in my planner which keeps me a little bit accountable because when I open up my planner each day I see that note to myself to keep going.

If you don’t have a planner or you don’t even know where to start, take a trip to your local Target and buy one that fits your personality, or simply search Pinterest for easy ideas. There is no right or wrong way for planning, so go crazy or simply write down a goal. Whatever you do, make it your own.

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a “K”

 

 

 

Sweet Summertime

The trees are full, the sun is out, and the bees are buzzing. The air is warm, the flowers are blooming, and everyone seems to have an extra “pep in their step”. It’s summer!

This seems to be the time of the year that everyone dreams of. Warm nights spent by the lake, the nightly routine of roasting marshmallows over campfires, weekend festivals, concerts, and so much more. As we say hello to the summer sun there is so much to do, for instance, hanging out with friends, cleaning up the yard, attending graduation parties, and working that dreaded summer job to pay for school.

With all the crazy excitement of seeing the friends I’ve missed, making money once again, trying to regain my summer “glow”, and soon start my summer classes it can feel like I have no time for anything and that I can slowly see my summer passing before my eyes. Now, I know what you may be thinking: “Krystal, you’ve had extra time off because you’ve been out of school for almost a month and what do you do anyway??.” Well, let me tell you that summer isn’t all fun and games anymore, and I am sure that every adult to read this would laugh and say “Welcome to the rest of your life!”

As of now I have been working two jobs, cleaning my aunt’s house along with random babysitting on the side, and trying to hang out with my family and friends as often as I can. I won’t lie and say that I haven’t been overwhelmed, because I have. With two jobs that don’t give me a consistent schedule (which is not their faults), friends who also work and have their own lives, and family who seem to hang out whenever you work, my life can sometimes seem like it is all over the place.

All these thoughts have been constantly running through my mind this past week, so I have completely decided to take my life day by day. This doesn’t mean that I don’t look to the future because this girl needs to have some things planned out; it’s just who I am. I decided that each full day off from work I will try to catch up with a friend or my family or maybe I will hide out and watch Netflix all day. My life is way too short to drown in something that doesn’t make me even the slightest bit happy and a teeny bit sane. I’ve also decided to try new things, places, and adventures to enjoy the free time that I do have this summer.

Even when life can seem like an endless, repetitive movie where you seem to work the same job every day, for me, it is important to make the most of it all. You never know when your last day will come, and although that seems super morbid, we often see too many who leave us unexpectedly. So, let’s make the most of every “bad” day, every great day, and all the in-betweens. Don’t be afraid to drop something or someone who doesn’t make or bring you a little bit of happiness each day, and don’t be afraid to be utterly and completely yourself. Do something for yourself and someone else every day. Overall, just find your happy and follow it.

Here’s to a summer full of love, happiness, adventure, and the people who help you achieve all three!

“Nights when we kept dancing, changing all our plans, and making every day a holiday” -Onerepublic

Sincerely,

Krystal, with a “K”

Drop Everything and Go

The kind of person that I strive to be is the kind that can have a fixed schedule and follow their daily routines, yet if given the chance I would drop everything and find that next adventure. A couple of weeks ago, I was this person.

As I am sure many of you have been annoyed by or noticed, I am obsessed with not only country music, but also singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett. I had the chance to see him when he performed alongside another favorite of mine, Brett Eldrege, in 2015 for the Suits and Boots Tour. It was from then on that I decided I love country music and especially Thomas Rhett.

When Rhett announced his first ever headline tour in September I decided that I had to go. My roommate and I joked about it for months saying even though we have no money and the tickets are way out of our price range we will make it work. We continued to blast our favorite songs by him in my car and live like we were about to go to Thomas Rhett when he finally came back to Michigan.

When February (the month of the concert) rolled around we still had no tickets and whenever we looked at the prices they got more and more expensive. Our dreams of jamming in person to his new album were slowly being derailed, but never the less, I kept looking. For some reason I knew that this would happen, I just had to figure out how.

Fast forward to the night before the concert. My best friend knows me so well that when someone posted on his university facebook page about selling tickets he sent the post to me. When I told him to ask this girl about the tickets he thought I was crazy but he still contacted the girl. As it turns out, my roommate and I got the tickets, and we bought them about $100 less than they were being sold for online!

Excited doesn’t even begin to describe what we felt that day. We went to all our classes that Thursday in anticipation of the concert at night. After my last class, we quickly grabbed what we needed and made our way to Saginaw for the first night of the Home Team Tour.

Once we got to the venue, we still couldn’t believe we had gotten the tickets and that we were actually there. After we found our seats at the very back of the floor in the small arena, our hearts were racing. A little bit into the concert the people sitting around us got up, left, and never came back, so my roommate and I were alone in a row that should have been filled with people.

The opening acts were great, but from the moment Thomas Rhett came out on that stage we were jumping up and down, dancing all around, and breathless from screaming the lyrics to our favorite songs. We were having a blast, and I really kept thinking that my life couldn’t get better than this. Oh boy, how I was wrong!

Not even 45 minutes into a night filled with pure joy, Thomas Rhett moved from the stage to a small square stage at end of the arena. We were literally less than 2 feet from him. These seats that were originally out of our price range then were considered to be “bad” floor seats, eventually turning into front row tickets. My heart was so full, and I realized that life is all about the moments that ignite a fire in your soul.

The moral of this long, drawn-out story is that sometimes it’s okay to be crazy and drop everything for something that makes your heart beat so fast you feel like you might die of happiness. Take chances and go see your favorite artist in concert, or drop everything to go visit the people you love. No matter what makes you happy, it’s okay to forget your worries and responsibilities for a while and fill your heart to the brim.

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a “K”

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Where I Am

I feel like I should let anyone who reads my blog know where I am at in case they wonder why I haven’t posted too frequently lately.

I am currently going into the fifth week of my second semester as a college freshman. I have made a step towards where I want to go in this crazy life by choosing a major that I believe will suit me best throughout all that I want to do. The major I chose is called Integrative Public Relations or IPR. It is a big fancy title for someone who doesn’t want to spend their life as strictly a journalist or someone in only public relations. The degree requires a lot of communication, broadcasting, journalism types of classes and more. I am not sure if I will minor in anything, yet there is always a possibility to minor in something to aid with my major.

The classes that I am taking this semester still mostly class that the university requires I have to graduate. Although it may sound as though the required classes are still easier, you are wrong. I got to choose some of them in hopes that they were a double whammy and count towards my major. My current class schedule is a lot of writing. I have an English class where we write a lot of research-type papers, a writer for the mass media which is exactly what it sounds like, a journalism class where we discuss controversial issues then write, and a class about environmental science that shouldn’t need writing but my luck we have papers due. My only saving grace is that my macroeconomics class is a boring, regular, lecture-based class where you take notes then quizzes.

Basically, I am writing a lot. Aside from my classes, I write for my university’s online magazine, called Grand Central Magazine, where I write for the Student Lifestyle section. The stories are about what is going on around campus and are out of my comfort zone of writing. I interview people, and my writing is like a regular feature story you would read online.

Along with Grand Central, I just applied to write for the Odyssey at Central Michigan University. The Odyssey is something that I am sure most people have read, and it is more like a blog. My first post has just been uploaded, and the stories I have started writing are my style and I am enjoying it a lot. I really hope it works out.

So, that is where I am at mostly. My spring break is coming up in the next month so I really hope I have time to write before then because I do have some great ideas. I am sorry if I don’t update more, not that too many people read this. If you want, check out my articles on the other sites, they are different than what I write here, but I know that they will be great to help me get to where I am going in life.

-Krystal, With a “K”

P.s. It would mean so much to me if ya’ll check out my first post on the Odyssey!

 

New Year, New Goals!

Every New Year my goals tend to be the same whether that includes losing some weight, trying to overall be healthier, be a better friend/sibling/daughter or any other New Year’s resolution that most people have. This year I have found myself in the same list of resolutions. Since going to college I have put on a little bit of the so-called “Freshman 15”, so of course being healthier and losing weight is on my list. Also, since I will return to school I want to be a better person to those I love or maybe don’t even know.

I know that it is already January 4th, but resolutions can begin at any time as long as you start them and consciously try to make a change.

I am sick of looking at the same list and feeling trapped in the couple things I don’t always feel are easy to change. When I looked at the items on my list this year, I decided that I need some new goals. Of course, I took to Pinterest where there are so many resolution ideas that I am above overwhelmed.

Instead of following one blogger’s specific list or taking a pin and trying to copy it completely, I decided to take goals that seemed to fit into my lifestyle. The goals that I found and put into a single list will, for the most part, confuse you, so let me explain.

In the end, my list sounds a little like this:

  1. Get more sleep
  2. Drink more water (preferably amount needed in a day)
  3. Exercise more regularly
  4. Don’t always say the first thing that comes to your mind when talking to others
  5. Be conscious of what you put in your body
  6. Take more time to get to know me
  7. Be more open-minded
  8. Spread more love
  9. Study more consistently
  10. Choose happiness

Okay, so that was a lengthy list, and the thought of me finishing them all 100% isn’t completely likely. What is great about all of the goals I have are that they fit into what my previous goals were. By sleeping more, exercising more regularly, thinking about what I eat, and drinking more water I will get closer to the weight I want and being overall healthier. The remaining goals fit into becoming a better person.

Now, you may be thinking that I contradicted my whole entry because my goals are broken down versions of my original goals. I’m telling you, THAT IS THE POINT. By breaking down my goals into more in-depth ways to make myself better, I have a place to start!

I hope that this entry helps you to break down your goals that seem impossible. Remember that you have 365 days (okay a little less than that now) to try and make some changes. You will fail, and that’s the beauty of New Year’s goals or any goals: you have a fresh start every day that you wake up.

Go kick butt, and prove to the world and the year 2017 that your goals weren’t useless! Goodluck!

-Krystal, With a “K”