Fizz, crackle, pop! You clinked glasses with friends, counted down as the ball dropped at midnight, wore your best party dress, and watched as fireworks shot off into the night sky! Now it's time to decide what you're doing with the next 365 days!
Roughly 45% of American start the New Year off with a New Year’s resolution, and of that more than 50% will give up on their New Year resolution within 6 months (that’s if they make it that far)! So how can we avoid “being one of them?” Whether your goal is to finish a book, take more naps, or vowing to eat healthier- these simple steps can help you achieve the “New You” this year!
Know what you want- Be specific with your goals so you know exactly what you are trying to accomplish this year. Create an action plan for your goals, and include mini goals as stepping stones until you reach your ultimate goal. Be realistic with setting attainable goals and don’t set yourself up for failure. If you want to read more books, pick a book and set an end date of when you will finish chapter 2, 6 and 12 by.
Treat Yo’ Self: Props to those of you who can stop bad behaviors and never look back. Not all of us can quit cold turkey like that! So make sure when you are eliminating one “bad” thing from your life, replace it with something good to help you fill the time or space. This will help increase your confidence and help that goal be associated with something positive! Treat yourself to Starbucks as you crack open that book for the first time!
Let the World Know: It is scary to come out and tell the world what you are about to do! This does not necessarily mean you have to blast your before pics all over the web! Share your goal with your closest friends and family members who can offer encouragement and support through your journey. Sharing your goals may help you feel more obligated to fulfill your goals, in return making more of a drive to achieve them.
There’s nothing like coming home to the smell of apple pie cooking in the oven, peppermint in your drinks, and the scent of pine from a fresh tree. These are constant reminders that the holidays are here, and that love, peace and joy are upon us. But let’s be real here, these reminders come with a huge price tag! So how do we enjoy these things, when your mental state is ‘buddy the elf,’ but your pocket state is ‘ballin on the dollar menu at McDonalds?’ Luckily for you, I am here with some easy and affordable tips and tricks to make your apartment a winter wonderland this holiday!
Smell is the strongest of our 5 senses! Try lighting some Holiday scented candles around the apartment to add that special touch when your friends walk in. We would all love to have cookies baking in the oven 24/7 but try boiling a pot of water with fresh cranberries and pine to make your home smell like the holidays. Walmart also sells budget friendly scented candles that smell like a fresh cut trees or a warm apple pie that is fresh from the oven.
If you have not heard of Pintrest, you are in for something special! Pintrest has hundreds of DIY projects that you can use old things stored in your closet, or dollar store wonder items. Pro tip: Popsicle sticks are always a cheap and fun way of creating festive ornaments, or making snowflakes to hang from the ceiling.
Give these tricks a go this year to make your apartment look and smell like a winter wonderland without breaking the bank!
13th & Olive has kicked off leasing for the Fall 2018-2019 school year! Make sure to reserve your spot and the lowest rate of the year. Our student housing community combines the perfect location next to University of Oregon with a magnitude of amenities designed with you in mind! Enjoy your friends company at Resort Style Pool, relax in our 24 hour clubhouse with entertainment and study rooms, or stay fit with our fully equipped fitness center with treadmills, ellipticals, free lift weights and more!
Don’t take our word for it, hear what some of our residents have to say about living at 13th & Olive!
“The community is really great, love the area & what 13th and Olive has to offer! Been living here for 3 years and it's been nothing but great memories!”- Ashley
“Great staff! They are always super helpful! Amenities are awesome and make day to day life much easier! Very happy with my decision to live here!”- Colleen
“Great community, my friend recommend this place to me, and I moved to it. I like it so far. The gym is good and study room is great :) I would recommend it to a best friend.”- Abdulraham
“Very well helped by everyone! Everyone at the front desk is always nice to talk to. I could always ask for help, and get the help I need. I love being greeted at the front door.”- Kim
“The community at 13th and olive is wonderful. The apartment quality is amazing like the appliances and such. The free parking is very nice to have with the security of it as well.”- Anthony