2017 Is The Year Of The Rooster
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2017 Is The Year Of The Rooster

It's time to put the past behind.

Cock-a-doodle-doo, ya'll... According to the Chinese horoscope, it's the Year of the Fire Rooster!

I think we can all agree that 2016 was not our best, but if we had listened to the Chinese, we may have seen it coming. The last year was the Year of the Monkey, full of lots of shenanigans.

The monkey swung from month to month bringing with it lots of surprises and hyperactivity. But starting on Jan 28, the beginning of Chinese New Year, it's time for the Rooster to step in.

The Year of the Rooster is powerful, meant to propel us forward and move on with our lives. It's best to stick to practical and proven paths, rather than taking risks like you may have in 2016.

Impressions will surely count so you'll want to be clear of any intentions involving love, money, and business. Since 2017 is specifically under the fire element, it will bring lots of energy and enthusiasm.

If you were born during the rooster (any 1993 babies out there), then this year could do more for you than it does for others. If you're in a relationship, it's either time to jump the gun and get married or break up.

Apparently, any 24-year-old roosters need to call it quits if there is no progress in their relationships. As far as any single roosters out there, you may meet someone this year, but you will have to be patient as it progresses.

This year, it is recommended for roosters to "do more, and speak less".

If you are working towards a career in business or leadership, you will have luck! If you are a creative rooster, your superiors will finally give you some recognition. Use this to motivate you, because recognition will not always match their actions.

Specifically, some of the best career options for roosters are journalist, public relations officer, travel writer, restaurant owner, surgeon, dentist, athlete, teacher, or soldier.

Even if you aren't a rooster, you can channel rooster traits in order to get the most out of 2017. Roosters are typically observant, confident, resourceful, courageous, and talented.

The traits you should tap into this year to reap the rewards are loyalty, commitment, hard work, family values, and great appearances. If you're friends with any roosters, then try to hang around them more. They make devoted friends and always stay true to their word.

Rise and shine, it's rooster time!

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What Your New Year Resolution Says About You

New Year, New Meme.

We all make a resolution and forget about it by the end of January. And every year we promise it'll be different this time around and you will commit. Whatever promises you choose to make to yourself says a lot about you.

1. Reduce your carbon footprint.
What Al Gore said in An Inconvenient Truth is just now hitting you. That or the weather during the winter has been really weird lately and you feel as though mother nature is trying to get your attention. You are normally a skeptical person but can no longer deny the facts.

2. Eat healthy and exercise.
This one mostly comes from the fact you let yourself eat everything and anything between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve. You are a person that likes to treat themselves so this will be the hardest one to keep.

3. Learn something new.
You don't want to waste your life doing the same four things you did last year. You want to do things a little different this year, like developing self-control in the snack aisle. You are somewhat of a boring person and are looking for something to spice up your life.

4. Travel.
Whether you are a world traveler or have never left your state, you want to experience a new culture and see new sights. The food being the thing you look forward to the most. You are an adventurous soul, but only as adventurous as your bank account will allow you to be.

5. Be a nicer person.
This is one of the easier resolutions to keep. And Karma told you to do it. You are becoming more sensitive to others.

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New Year's Resolutions For 2017

It's that time of year!

Year after year, we make new goals, promises and resolutions to ourselves. The new year brings hope, change and growth to each and every one of us. If we're being honest, most of those resolutions do not last for the entire 12-month time frame. For 2017, let's allow our first resolution stick through the year. I've come up with some ideas that could make 2017 a bit brighter than the slop tart that was 2016.

1. No more petty Facebook status fights and Twitter wars. By all means stand up for things that you believe in. Use your social media to project your voice and beliefs. You should stand strong for what you believe is right, but at the same time respect the opinions of others. There is no need to start fights in the comment sections or attack people using a status. Instead, spread light, positivity, and love.

2. Travel. See the world! Take a vacation on the beach, teach English abroad, or go visit family that you never see. Spend the year on the road and allow yourself to let those experiences shape who you are.

3. Go to the gym. Remember three very important rules: Never miss a Monday, never go three days without working out, and go at least three times per week. There are going to be days where you don't feel like going, but on those days just push yourself to do something, like taking the dog on a walk at the very least.

4. Wave goodbye to toxic people. Putting up with someone's crap is doing neither you or them a favor. Life is too short to allow yourself to be miserable by caring about people who do not care about you.

5. Put yourself out there more. Tell the person you love how you feel. If it doesn't work out, at least you tried. Post pictures that make you feel beautiful and don't give yourself a panic attack over who likes it and who doesn't. Own who you are and give this life all you have.

6. Selflessly pay it forward. Do things to make the world a more beautiful place without benefiting from it.

7. Tackle one of your greatest fears. It's completely normal to have fear, but never let it keep you from living. Have courage, be brave.

8. Start your weekday mornings off without your phone. Instead of laying in bed for the first twenty minutes pouring over texts and social media, start your day with meditation, a morning run, and a great breakfast.

9. Keep a journal. I started doing this in 2016 and found it very therapeutic. You choose what you want to write down. Be alone with your thoughts and you never know where it might take you.

10. Forgive. Forgive yourself for mistakes you've made and forgive people who have hurt you in the past. Once you forgive, you can leave it all behind you and continue on to better things.

2017 brings with it all the opportunity in the world. It's up to you what you do with it. And let's be real, it can't get much worse than 2016. There's no where to go but up!

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Enough with the Trump Facebook Posts

Put down your boners, #TeamHillary, it's over.

We get it. Democrats are pissssed. I mean they are PISSED. But you know what, America elected Donald Trump! You can complain, and mourn, and cry, (unsure why everyone is CRYING, seems a little dramatic) but I think it's time to accept the outcome and move along.

Pretty sure your outpouring of over-the-top grief is causing everyone to avoid Facebook, and that's not cool because someone I know in some place could be getting married, or like graduating early or something, and I want to know about it, dammit!

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Weight Loss Tips For 2017

Get ready for the slim-down!

It can't get much worse than 2016, so there's no where to go but up! Most New Year's Resolutions circle around fitness.

The New Year comes right after the holiday season where we chow down on pie and get a little too comfortable in our winter bods. Whether you want to lose 20 pounds, five pounds, or just turn some fat into muscle, I have some tips for you!

Make sure you aren't taking adderall, skipping meals, and simply hoping for the best. This will not keep the pounds off permanently! In fact, it may even pack them on later.

Skipping meals slows down your metabolism and won't give you the long term results you want. In 2017, start exercising, eating healthy, and putting in the work.

Here are some ways you can help aid the process:

At least eight glasses of eight ounces every day.

2. Cut back on alcohol.
Choose red over white and lose the sugary mixers.

3. Do a cleanse.
Tea-Toxes are my favorite!

4. Speaking of tea...
Drink more green tea on the daily!

5. Turmuric.
It supports natural weight loss, aids muscles and joints, and reduces inflammation.

6. Take a shot of apple cider vinegar in the morning!
It's gross, but it works.

7. Flaxseed Oil.
It supports natural weight loss and fights cellulite.

8. Eat flat tummy foods.
Almonds, asparagus, blueberries, oatmeal, salmon, spinach are all great for that.

9. Never Skip Breakfast!
Ever ever ever!

10. Eat Throughout The Day
Six little meals are better than three big meals.

11. L-Carnitine.
It regulates how the body metabolizes fats and carbs.

12. Hit the gym.
Go at least three times a week & never go three days without it.

13. Mix up your workout.
Try boxing, cycling, pole dancing, etc.

14. Add lemon to your water/tea.
It makes it taste better without any extra calories.

15. Avoid processed foods.
This should be obvious.

16. Whole grains are your friend.
Avoid white bread, white rice, and potatoes.

17. Crank up the cardio.
The more sweat, the more pounds you lose.

18. Enjoy your food.
Eat slowly!

19. Get enough sleep & reduce stress.
You'll be happier all-around, also!

You have to start now, keep your goals in mind, and remember that it won't happen overnight. It will be a happy new year indeed!

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Diet Tips For The New Year

Simple Tips to Help Achieve Your Diet Resolutions for 2017

Many things happened in 2016 that I think we all want to forget. Famous stars passing, a stressful election, and for some unlucky students, possibly the freshman 15. I know we all want to forget it but those pounds unfortunately carry over.

If you are like me, then you want to make some changes for the better. Here are some diet tips that can have a big impact on your health this next year and get you ready for bathing suit season!

  • Cut the soda and energy drinks. I know that early classes suck, especially if you are like me and you don't like coffee. However, replacing these with water will have a huge impact on your diet. Look at it in a numbers kind of way. Each soda bottle you drink is roughly 180 calories and approximately 50 grams of sugar. So if you had two bottles of soda a day that you cut from your diet, you lose 2,520 calories and 700 grams of sugar. It adds up real quick.
  • Watch the fruits and the fruit juice! I know what you're thinking. "I thought fruits would be a good substitute for candy bars and soda!" You aren't wrong; replacing some junk food with fruit is a great idea... when it's not done in excess. Fruits are sweet because they contain natural sugars. A couple of servings throughout the day are great, but when you eat too sugar that you don't burn off, it turns to fat.
  • Salads don't always equal healthy eating. Sure it sounds great in theory: veggies in a bowl... what could possibly be bad about that? It's got to be healthier to eat a side salad than a thing of fries right? Well not every salad is healthy. Time for more numbers! The average salad from a restaurant contains over 500 calories, most all of which comes from the fatty dressing (honey mustard, ranch, the good stuff). An average order of fries contains roughly 520 calories; they are practically the same. However, using light vinaigrette or limiting the portion of dressing down to the recommended two tablespoons can greatly increase the healthy aspect of that salad. If ya do that, then you are good to go!
  • Substitute deserts with better substitutes. For me, a meal isn't complete without something sweet to eat. Unfortunately that cake does not contain some magical healing properties. It probably contains 240 calories and 50 grams of sugar. It's the same concept as the soda; it all adds up over time.
  • Portion control! This is the single biggest tip for dieting. Any good food can turn into something unhealthy if it's eaten in excess. Websites like caloriecount.com can give you a great look into what portion sizes you should be eating to have a healthy diet.

These tips are here to promote the healthier you this year! Let's start this New Year off right!