• Thursday Tip-Off: Resolutions You Can Keep

    Our Thursday Tip-Off series is a weekly set of tips, suggestions, and tricks for making you a better-informed person. You're welcome.

    Happy 2015, everybody! We're starting the new year off with nothing but positivity and good vibes, which means we absolutely refuse to make any resolutions that are impossible to stick to this year. (For example, "somehow morphing into Gigi Hadid" is not a realistic goal.) We've come up with a few resolutions that will be easy to stick to, and will also improve our lives in the process. Read on to learn more!

    1. Eat healthier... sometimes
    Look, doing an entire food overhaul is hard. We get it. And we're not going to try to kid ourselves into pretending we're going to become the next [insert highly disciplined fitness person here] in 2015. That's why we've decided to allow ourselves to eat all the potato chips and cookies that we want - we'll just make sure to also throw some healthy juices in there from time to time. We tried out a few recipes from Juice It! recently, and we were seriously impressed. The drinks are all tasty, and they're a great way to inject some nutrients into our daily food routine. Plus, who knows what other good eating habits this could lead to! We're feeling good.

    2. Read... a little bit more
    We're always making big plans to read one book a week when the new year hits, because we want to be so cultured, but realistically, that's a little hard to pull off. (Unless you can speed-read, and if so, we're jealous, and please teach us.) If you want to read more, it's a lot easier to stick to smaller goals, like trying to read a single meaningful paragraph daily or even a magazine article. We've also found that a ton of people tend to buy more books before they've even finished reading all the ones they currently own, so make sure to troll your own bookshelves for new reading material, too, instead of overwhelming yourself with new choices. If you've exhausted all your options, pick one book that you've been dying to read and get your hands on it! Don't pick up another book until you've finished that one. You'll finish 2015 feeling like a book champ.

    3. Organize... slowly but surely
    We're always dying to revamp our houses when the new year hits, but in our excitement to declutter, we usually end up biting off a bit more than we can chew. The solution? Focus on one problem at a time. Seems easy enough, but it can be hard to remember that not everything has to happen all at once. One of our main problems recently has been figuring out what to do with all of our photographs. (Yes, real photographs.) They sit in drawers, on tables - everywhere. Finding a cute display solution like the one above helps fix the photo clutter problem, and also forces us to tidy up a small corner of the house. Even if you only end up organizing one nook of your living room, it's still a start! Once you get that first problem tackled, you can slowly make your way on to the next one. Baby steps.

    4. Find a new hobby... but just one
    We've always got BIG PLANS for new hobbies when the new year hits, but it's best to just focus on one in a small way and stick with it. For example, if you want to start taking more photos in the new year but aren't sure where to begin, don't go out and buy a whole bunch of gear straight away. Buy a book that focuses on what you're looking to improve in (film/composition/etc.), make sure it's something you think you'd definitely be interested in, and then go out and find the best tools for whatever you're working towards. With everyone in high "go out and get 'em!" spirits at the beginning of the new year, it's easy to jump the gun and wind up with a ton of supplies for a hobby you end up having no interest in (like, you know there was some point in your life where you were like, "I'm going to be sooo into scrapbooking" and 8 years later you've still got weird stickers floating around your bedroom). Just take your time and it'll all work out. We've got all year!

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