5 Gym Etiquette Tips for Beginners

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By Lauren Giles

A brand-new year is upon us, and statistics show that up to 40% of people’s New Year’s resolutions will include going to the gym, whether they’ve resolved to work out more, lose weight, or live a healthier lifestyle. For many of us, that will mean going outside of our comfort zone and joining a gym, which can often be a little intimidating. To help limit your worries and slip into a new routine looking like you’ve been hitting the gym your whole life, here’s a short list of tips from a fitness center employee. Continue reading

This Year, Let’s…

This Year, Let's...

By Kate Kole

I’ve spent so many January 1st afternoons frustrated with myself. Because I already ate the row of brownies I vowed not to indulge in, or I lost the patience I promised I’d keep, or I skipped the morning meditation I resolved to stick to for 365 days. Less than 24 hours in, I’d already lost. Declared myself imperfect. Taken the inflated anticipation of a new year – a sparkling clean slate – and watched and felt as all its hope and all my eagerness slowly dwindled down to disappointment.

It seemed like I’d either a) set standards above myself or b) failed to meet the attainable standards I’d set. And either way, it felt really shitty. I felt really shitty. Continue reading

My One Word Mantra For 2018

My One Word Mantra For 2018

By Kate Kole

My mind has always aired on the side of imaginative. As a kid, my friend Andrea and I would spend our after-school hours writing plays. We’d climb through the woods behind my childhood home and make up stories that we were lost in the wilderness, needing to eat berries and build shelter in order to survive. Forget the fact that you could still see the back of my house as we marched our way through broken branches. As far as our fantasies were concerned, we may as well have been states away.

My daydreams are a bit more grounded now. They don’t typically require the same level of suspended reality that they did 20 years ago…except when I ask my husband if we can make a fort in our living room. They’re more like an expansion of everyday life. If I’m feeling lonely, I picture what it’d be like to live a block away from my family. And if I’m feeling cold, I envision a move back to a place with palm trees. If I’m worried about the future, I imagine all the worst ways life could go wrong. And if I’m feeling optimistic, I map out best case scenarios in my mind. Continue reading

17 Things I Learned In 2017

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By Jillian Stacia

Part of my New Year’s tradition is to develop a list of things I’ve learned throughout the past twelve months. Each year is different and filled with unique challenges and opportunities, and it’s nice to look back and think about what I’ve learned throughout the process.

2017 was no exception. Personally, it was a year of massive change on many levels, capped off with the birth of my first child. And for America as a whole, it was a shit show of a year with natural disasters, social issues, and political drama at every turn.

But despite these challenges, 2017 taught me a great deal about life and the part I hope to play in it. Here are just some of the things I’ve learned over the course of this crazy year: Continue reading

2017 Reminder: You’re Already Great

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By Casey Rose Frank

The promise of a new year is often one of hope and inspiration, with many of us praying that a new year will also bring bigger and brighter things. In the wake of the garbage fire that was 2016 in can be easy to want to pin our hopes on a better year ahead, but after watching 30 new years come into being, I’ve found there’s little magic that happens simply by flipping the calendar. Continue reading

Ringing in the New Year without Old Resolutions

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By Kate Kole

I am a New Year’s resolution pro. Not in that I successfully keep to all the resolutions I set, but rather, in that I’m really practiced in setting them. I’ve forever viewed those well-intentioned commitments as my opportunity to become a heathier, happier, more successful, and generally better person across all boards. Resolutions satisfy the perfection craving part of my soul. Continue reading

New Year, New Grind: 5 Ways to Recharge Your Hustle for 2017

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By Eliza David

To say that 2016 was a rollercoaster is an understatement. We went through a lot this year: violence in the streets, endless high-profile deaths, and – of course – the most polarizing presidential election in recent history. One thing, however, that remains constant for all girlbosses is the grind. The hustle never sleeps but it needs to recharge before we usher it into the New Year.

With the holidays, family commitments, and festive celebrations taking up your already-packed schedule, how do you find time to map out your grind for the New Year? Continue reading