And so the adventure begins


Jenna Bartlett

Make 2018 the year you hoped it would be.

It is hard to believe 2007 was ten years ago. Wait, eleven years ago! This is an outrage. The date on the top of my papers are going to be wrong until marking period three, so bear with me.

Every year, everyone comes up with the same boring resolutions for the new year. Losing weight, getting organized, yada yada yada. The majority of those people never fulfill their resolutions they plan to do; they end up eating more and losing less weight than they intended, or becoming more cluttered in the process of going back to work after the break and the situations that come up in the new year.

Create a mindset for yourself in this new year that says, ‘2018, I’m coming for you—so you better watch out.’

I hope this year is different than any other year. I hope you do not think about the past decisions made in 2017, but look ahead to the beautiful outcomes made in 2018. I hope each and every one of you have dreams this year, whether you are 16 or 65. Create a mindset for yourself in this new year that says, “2018, I’m coming for you—so you better watch out.” Go into this year with a different way of thinking, even though the adventures are unknown, just know that they are going to be good.

Waking up New Years Day after going to bed at 9:00 p.m. the night before (no, I did not stay up to watch the ball drop; I go to bed early, thank you very much), I felt fresh and excited about what was to come. The days would become longer, the snow will and SHOULD begin to melt (not Erie, PA, of course, but we’re in Central PA), and spring is quickly approaching. I feel as though 2017 just begun. However, I have been trying not to think that way. Stop thinking about the past, and it is hard to do, but this year has so many amazing things that are going to happen to you and me, I can hardly wait. I’m not pretending like I have the big book of answers, because I don’t, God has that. This is a 365 page book, and you best write a good one.

After changing my comforter on my bed to my spring/summer one, I changed my phone background to a beach scene, as well. Then, I deleted the Instagram app on my phone.

GASP. Relax, I didn’t delete my account, simply the icon on my cellular device. I’ve done it in the past, and it makes me feel like a heavy weight I’ve been holding on my back for so long has been lifted. For some, it is tough to delete social media, but try a detox. Keep the streaks on snapchat, but lay off checking everyone’s stories every two minutes. Deleting Instagram altogether is such a breath of fresh air. Oh, and get some fresh air. I understand it was -13 with the windchill today, but bundle up and take a walk. Leave your phone at home. Take out your earbuds and listen to nature or the cars along the freeway or something. Drink more water. Our bodies may be 60% water on average, but YOU need it. And yes, everyone knew I was going to say it, but exercise more. You don’t have to go crazy. But please, for the sake of your body’s health, a little jog will do you much good. Wake up and do five pushups before school. If you wait until the weather is perfect, you’ll never get anything done.

Alright, alright, I guess I’m done preaching.

The Lord has good stuff in store for you. He’s looking at you right now and thinking, wow, this year is going to be a good one. GET READY.


2 Corinthians 5:17 — “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”