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113 Amazing Things You Can Do in 2013

1. Write in a journal or diary

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2. Dance around your room

3. Sing in the shower

4. Send someone a secret gift

5. Write down 100 things that you are grateful for

6. Make a list of all the things you love about yourself. Hang it on the wall.

7. Hug a friend or family member

8. Give someone a sincere compliment

9. Purchase a planner and use it

10. Do something that you’ve never done before

11. Go somewhere you’ve never been before

12. Cook a new recipe

13. Jump up and down for 5 minutes

14. Hula hoop

photo by: quinn.anya

photo by: quinn.anya

15. Go roller skating

16. Smile at a stranger

17. laugh until you cry

18. Take a nap

19. Create something new

20. Have a party

21. Read a book that you’ve never read before

22. Listen to a different style of music than you normally listen to

23. Keep a secret

24. Share a secret

25. Do something daring and a little dangerous

26. Make someone smile

27. Solve a mystery

28. Change someone’s life

29. Volunteer

30. Recycle

31. Clean your room

32. Wake up early

33. Go to bed late

34. Pray

35. Do a random act of kindness

36. Visit a park

37. Take a walk

38. Make jewelry…or pottery

39. Enter a contest

40. Make your parents breakfast

41. Write down your dreams

42. Ask someone to help you to reach those dreams

43. Watch a good movie

44. Update your Facebook profile and/or Twitter account

45. Forgive yourself

46. Forgive others

47. Yawn

48. Smile

49. Do a cartwheel

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50. Jump rope

51. Clean your closet

52. Redecorate your room

53. Breathe deeply

54. Give something away

55. Purchase something for someone else

56. Have a great idea

57. Hold your head up high

58. Climb a mountain….or a hill (and sled back down it)

59. Drink eight glasses of water

60. Try some food that you’ve never had before

61. Eat fruit

62. Go to the doctor…and the dentist

63. Visit relatives (smile!)

64. Take a great picture

65. Clap your hands

66. Go see a play

67. Run

68. Play kickball…or hide and go seek…or both

69. Embrace your weirdness

70. Try a different hairstyle

71. Challenge yourself

72. Challenge others

73. Make believe

74. Make a list

75. Check it off

76. Pet an animal

77. strum a guitar

78. Talk to someone new

79. Learn to knit

photo by kimadababe

photo by kimadababe

80. Read a newspaper

81. Write a note to someone else

82. Be you

83. Stand up for yourself

84. Stand up for someone else

85. Stand up for what you believe in

86. Be proud of who you are

87. Wave at the haters

88. Let go of old grudges

89. Strut your stuff

90. Believe in something

91. Believe in yourself

92. Finish what you started

93. Work hard

94. Play harder

95. Take a break

96. Spin around until you feel dizzy

97. Look at pictures that make you smile

98. Discover something

99. Keep going

100. Ask for help

101. Try out for something

102. Join a club

103. Look at a painting

104. Look at the clouds

105. Kiss someone (on the cheek 🙂

106. Be a romantic

107. Start a trend

108. Spend time in silence

109. Make memories

110. Write down old memories

111. Consider making a scrapbook

112. Be blessed

113. Be amazing

 

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Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Work for You

New Year’s Resolutions–we make them every year, and every year many of us are disappointed at how little we are able to keep up with our resolutions. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips for making the most of your New Year’s Resolutions.

1. Make it small.

Make sure your New Year’s Resolution is less “I will climb Mount Everest” (unless you are a professional climber) and more “I will take a walk around the block.” The easiest way to make sure that you actually meet your New Year’s Resolution is to make that resolution small and manageable. The easiest way to make a small New Year’s Resolution is to think of the resolution that you definitely want to make…and make it smaller. For example, one of my dreams is to write for a bagillion magazines. My (smaller) resolution this year is to write for 12 magazines (yes, only 12). I think I can do that.

2. Make it specific.

New Year’s Resolutions, or goals of any type, are easier to make when you are specific about them. So, instead of making a resolution of, say, “I want to exercise more,” make it your goal to exercise at least 3 times a week (or once a week if you’re like me :). That way, you know exactly how well you are meeting your resolution.

3. Check yourself

Using a checklist is a great way to ensure that you get your New Year’s Resolutions accomplished. So, for example, if your resolution is to exercise at least 3 times per week, then create a simple checklist that you will check off every time you meet your resolution. You can put the checklist in your smartphone, using apps like GoalCheck or GoalTracker (android) or websites like http://www.42goals.com. Even better, you can print out your checklist and hang it up where you (and other people) can see it at least once a day. Having other people know what your goals are can motivate you to keep those goals.

4. Have other people check you

Which brings us to the fourth way to get your goals met. Have someone else support and help motivate you to meet those goals. For example, if your resolution is to wake up at 7am every morning, have a parent or a friend wake you up will help. If your goal is to work out at a certain time a day, have a friend meet you at your designated workout spot. Trust me, when I’ve made plans to do things (even things I don’t necessarily like doing–like studying–with friends, I’m way more likely to actually meet that goal when I’ve made plans in advance to do it with other people. Having other people encourage you or hold you accountable for your dreams is a great way to ensure that those dreams get realized.

5. But don’t get crazy.

The biggest way for me to make sure that I don’t get my New Year’s Resolutions met is to make too many resolutions. Making too many resolutions is a good way to feel overwhelmed. When you feel overwhelmed, you are less likely to do anything. So please, don’t make too many resolutions, try for less than 5. Even better, make less than three New Year’s Resolutions.

6. Have fun!

Take New Year’s Resolutions seriously, but don’t overdo it. Resolutions are supposed to make your life better, not worse. If you find that your goals are no longer fun or beneficial, then yes, it’s perfectly fine to quit them. There’s always next year!

P.S. This post is part of my New Year’s Resolution to write at least 500 words per day. One day accomplished!

Love Letters

Psalms 42:8 “By day the Lord directs His love, at night His song is with me- a prayer to the God of my life.

Okay, I have a secret to share with you all. There are times, when I’m in my apartment alone-that I still get scared at night. (Usually after watching something I shouldn’t be watching.) Some of you may be afraid at night-maybe there’s someone in your own house that you fear. But God has a promise to us. He says that He will never leave us day or night. By day He directs His love toward us, at night He gives us hope. He is our song and our Everlasting Love.

Just sit still for a moment and think about God’s love for you. He is there…and He loves you. You may be going through a hard time right now, but God hasn’t left you. Give that burden to God, and know that here at Michaela Magazine, we are praying for all of you. Continue to trust in the blessing of God’s love.

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