The 12 Stages Of (Not) Accomplishing Your New Year’s Resolution

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1. Mull Phase

It’s been something you’ve been thinking about doing; something you’re capable of, something that would likely improve your life by leaps, bounds, and other ambiguous distance metrics. Something that would enable you to talk at parties with an unforseen confidence; “Yes, I’m doing the Paleo diet. Yes, I am exponentially better than you.

The mull phase strictly occurs in your mind. It’s the fantasy stage, the stage that someone at a TED Talk would likely refer to as the ideation stage. 

The key here is to only view the positives of your potential resolution. This way, you’ll be able to slowly delude yourself into thinking your resolution is something you’re actually capable of doing.

2. The Emotionally-Fueled Rash Decision

Usually occurs around the holidays, when those really depressing Silent Night drunk driving PSAs make you ponder your existence more than usual. This decision then, is…

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23 Reasonable Things Every Person Should Resolve To Do In The New Year

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1. Not only focus on the inherently positive things that warrant gratitude but also the difficult things that were crucial for getting you to where you are now. Failure and loss are almost always pivotal redirects.

2. Stop annihilating yourself for having some self doubt, an off day, a not-so-picture-perfect past or uncertainty about what you want your future to look like. You don’t have to have it together all the time. You don’t always have to understand yourself, and nobody should expect you to, least of all yourself.

3. Take notes on your life. If you take a second to write down the little, otherwise insignificant things in your day that made you happy or upset you, especially if you seldom care to admit that they affected you, you’ll notice some pretty telling patterns about yourself.

4. Understand that the opposite of love is indifference. Re-evaluate your relationships with that…

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8 Things We Should Pay More Attention To In 2014

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We learn that there are things we should ignore. We are taught to disregard the ignorant and hurtful manifestations of bullies’ reactions to their own internalized insecurities. We need to let their words roll off our shoulders like we are made of ice—don’t fuel the fire. The nonbelievers, the naysayers, the haters are people we need to ignore as well. They’re just wing-clippers, waiting below us with nasty ulterior motives, determined to never see us soar, eager to watch us fail. We ignore the pangs of pain rippling through waves of exhaustion as our lungs tighten and our hearts pump, desperate for more air, when we return to the gym after a longer than intended hiatus. We pretend not to hear the inappropriate comments of relatives at holiday dinners (within reason) because we’re so rarely together, it’s not worth tarnishing the quality of quality time. We ignore the behavior of…

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23 Tenacious Quotes To Inspire You To Jump Start Your Resolutions

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I know for a lot of people New Year’s resolutions are a reason to be cynical and scoff, but I think it’s a great American past time. It’s a healthy tradition to take stock of the course of your life (at least) once a year and set some goals for self-improvement. I’m not into cynicism and making fun of people who have the courage to be vulnerable and try so these are quotes I’ve curated to inspire people who hope to make 2014 even better than 2013.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Sally Berger
It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius
And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk more. Erica Jong
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

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14 Incredible Nora Ephron Quotes That Explain What Women Want Today

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I don’t think any day is worth living without thinking about what you’re going to eat next at all times.
The desire to get married is a basic and primal instinct in women. It’s followed by another basic and primal instinct: the desire to be single again.
Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.
Summer bachelors like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.
I have no desire to be dominated. Honestly I don’t. And yet I find myself becoming angry when I’m not.
So many of the conscious and unconscious ways men and women treat each other have…

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