The “New Year, New Me” Motto Goes Viral. . .

In just two short days, “2015” will be here. The whole “new year, new me” posts will soon go viral. Don’t get me wrong . . . it’s certainly reassuring that everyone is wanting to be positive about the new year and new beginnings and fresh starts. But, in all honesty, are they really going to change? Is the “new year, new me” motto really going to come through to the majority of the ones saying it?

Probably not. It’s one thing to want to change your thoughts or actions to become a better you in 2015, but it’s another thing to actually do it.

We post these cliche’ slogans and quotes for others to view how positive our thoughts seem to be on social media, only to live in complete opposite of these posts in our real lives.

Love others as you would want to be loved.

New year, new me!

Jeremiah 29:11.

I’m guilty of such posts as well, so I need to listen to my own advice. But lets take a closer look at things — are we really living out the quotes that we are posting on the Internet, or are we only posting these just so others can get a look at how we want them to view us? Do you really love others as you would want to be loved? Are you really going to drop that bad habit or those negative thoughts this new year? Are you really taking these bible verses into account and living them through each day of your life, instead of just within that one hour of you posting it?

Breaking old habits and ridding the negativity that envelops us is definitely one of the most challenging things to do.

And these are the thoughts that flutter through my mind as I sip on my coffee at 2 p.m.

2014, for me, was something of a whirlwind. From new friends to new experiences, I heavily believe that these 365 days that have passed have made me better . . . and maybe even more prudent.

As I take on this new year, I don’t want to become wrapped up in the routine-like actions that everyone else seems to take part in at the beginning of each year, such as wanting to change certain things about themselves only to crash within two days and return to the way they originally were. Instead, I genuinely want to take each day and cling to each moment. Not only be there in that minute, but to actually take into account the present time.

Taking happiness from common things is what helped to make this year worthwhile. If you can’t be happy with the small things in life, then happiness will simply be a come-and-go destination for you. Embrace each moment that you have. Whether you are ordering at Taco Bell, watching your friends study for their finals, going for a run, or having dinner with a few people . . . take each experience and fully take that moment into account. Happiness this past year was in the small things more-so than the big things. It made each day worth remembering.

I still have places that I desire to visit, books that I want to read, people that I haven’t met, and new music that I haven’t listened to. With a new year comes new adventures and new moments to cling to. My desire in 2015 is to trust the magic of new beginnings. Think of happiness not as a destination, but rather as a mood and a way in which you act. If you do that, I promise this new year will be one worth remembering.

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