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New Year, Improved Me

Not only is 2020 a new year, but it is also a new decade. Over the next ten years, we are going to be graduating from college, starting our careers, and finding our (hopefully) forever partners. This is a big deal for all of us. Personally, my goal for this new decade is to be a healthier version of myself. I want to start this new beginning off by improving my health physically, mentally, socially, financially, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and environmentally. 

The main way that I am improving my physical health as most people do at the start of every year, is by eating healthy and exercising. Since I struggle with keeping up healthy habits I downloaded a couple of apps on my phone to help me stay focused on my goals. Apps such as MyFitnessPal, Google Fit, Samsung Health, and Sweatcoin. MyFitnessPal syncs data such as step count, exercise, and diet from Google Fit and Samsung Health. Sweatcoin is different from the other applications because the sole purpose of it is to track your steps outdoors. With Sweatcoin, once you reach a certain amount of points, you are able to cash them in for different items. 

My improvements mentally, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually all coincide with one another. My resolutions to improve these health areas are: get at least eight hours of sleep, journal at least once each week, learn something new each week, and stay organized. My mental health is impacted by my sleep. My mental health is reflected in my emotional health because when I am in good mental health, I am a happier and more outgoing person. When I am well-rested, it also makes me more organized. 

Journalling will help me to reflect on everything that happens and can help me to form questions about what might happen in the future. I think that it would be cool to look back at what I wrote as a sophomore in college when I am in my thirties and see if anything that I am interested in in the year 2020 will be the same in 2030 or 2040. This not only improves my intellectual health but can also improve my spiritual health as well. 

My goal for improving my social health is to try to make more friends and to strengthen the friendships that I currently have. One thing that I have always struggled with is making connections with people so my goal this year and for this decade is to try and make stronger relationships with people that I consider to be friends or close acquaintances. 

Financial health is extremely important, it doesn’t just impact you in the present, but bad financial decisions now can haunt you in the future. My goal for this year is to learn how to save money and budget. I used to be good at saving money and budgeting, then I got a car and my license and realized how convenient it is to swing by any fast food restaurant to grab a bite to eat. My first step in doing this is to limit how much I visit Starbucks, my goal is to keep it between 1-3 times each week, which for me is very difficult. 

Michelle Boyette

Coastal Carolina '22

Michelle is a student studying public health, psychology, and creative writing. She is hoping that through her writing she will spark joy and change in a world that is desperately in need of both.
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