Books to Motivate Your New Year

The start of a new year always begins with hopes and dreams of everything you want to accomplish. That usually means resolutions, purchasing a gym membership, and adding more books on your TBR list. Or maybe you’re a frazzled mess that needs a little bit of guidance. We have a couple of books that will help you start the new year right.


1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

A bold title for bold beginnings. This book is here to give you the raw and real advice necessary to kick start the year. Through entertaining anecdotes and ruthless humor, this book forces you to dive deep and be introspective. This will help you to determine your goals for this new year and actually start on the path to achieve them.




2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

If you have been down any self-help aisle in a bookstore, you’ve seen this book. This is a world-renowned book chock-full of stories from presidents, CEOs, educators, and individuals across the world. These stories are ones of improvement through integrity, service, dignity, and success. Qualities like these are necessary to be successful in your new year, so check this book out for more insight on how to put your best foot forward.



3. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

Looking for a transformative year? Then this is definitely the book for you. Follow along as the author uses all of the methods in the title (and more) to find true contentment. Rubin dedicated a year to her happiness project, and this light-hearted but inspiring read will encourage you to be the best you that you can be.




4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō

Take spring cleaning to a whole new level with this book. Kondō is a Japanese cleaning consultant that helps you find the best method to have a more organized space. This will help you not only be able to navigate your space, but be able to find the drive to start the new year right.





5. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I always find that auto-biographies by my favorite comedians are just as helpful as any of the other books listed above. This book follows the life and times of Parks and Rec star Amy Poehler. It chronicles all of the best, worst, and in-between moments that led her to be who she is today. Its vulnerable and honest writing is relatable and full of advice for your new year endeavors.




Whatever your plans may be for the new year, we hope that these books can help you be on the right track. Got any other self-help suggestions for us? Leave a comment or visit us at Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to tell us!

It’s the Finals Countdown

The time is upon us. Red Bull cans rattle through the streets, a sense of desperation hums throughout our small town, and the faint crying of college students can be heard, carried by the frigid breeze. Brace yourselves, my dear readers, for the time has come. It’s Finals Week. This apocalyptic time means desperate measures must be taken in order to survive. You must be prepared for whatever is thrown your way, roll with the punches, and overcome these challenges; one of the best ways to prepare is to create a bug out bag. So, dust off those backpacks and dry those eyes. Here’s a short list of the basics you’ll need in order to survive the chaos that is finals.

  1. Textbooks. This is self-explanatory. You need your textbooks (as well as your notes) in order to study for your finals. They could also double as a pillow; a handy fact when you fall asleep in the library. Again.
  2. Pencil/pen/quill. Use whatever writing utensil at your disposal. Rewrite your notes, just to make sure that the information is engraved into your brain. Don’t worry if your fingers begin to cramp and you develop carpal tunnel. That’s completely normal.
  3. Tissues. Hey, this is a judge-free zone. We won’t tell anyone if you cry (sob) a little bit. Finals are stressful and emotions run high. Odds are that you’re not the only one. Study sessions usually turn into therapy sessions, so pack extra tissues. Just in case.
  4. Some sort of edible substance. Whether it be protein bars, beef jerky, or chocolate, you need something that’ll give you energy to keep studying and offer some type of nutrients. Just make sure you pack some Flintstones multivitamins.
  5. Cash. You know the old saying “flattery will get you everywhere?” In college, it’s bribery that gets you everywhere. And I’m sure your professor would prefer some extra cash. Okay, I’m morally obligated to tell you not to do that; it’s a bad idea (and it’s against UNG policies). In reality, you need that cash to buy as much Ben & Jerrys as you possibly can. In fact, I’m pretty sure Walmart has them on sale.
  6. Deodorant. Let’s be honest, you’re going to sweat a lot. Finals are stressful, and stress makes you sweat. It’s basic biology (that’ll be probably on the biology final. You’re welcome). Have that extra deodorant to fight your natural “musk.”
  7. Water. Put the coffee and energy drinks down. Consider this is your intervention. Your poor heart is probably working overtime, and it needs a break. Also, drinking water is vital for your health. Don’t believe me? First off, rude, but that’s okay. I understand you’re stressed. Anyway, click here and here for more reasons to drink water.
  8. Movies. Pack your favorite movie, and set aside time to watch it. You deserve a break, so treat yourself to your favorite. I would recommend the award-winning masterpiece that is the Bee Movie, a modern-day classic. Be sure to save some of your tissues; it pulls at the heartstrings.
  9. Music. After you finish watching your favorite movie, set aside more time to listen to music. Listen to whatever calms your mind, takes you to your happy place. Anything will do if it takes your mind off your finals, even if it is just for a few minutes. I highly recommend this song and this song. They personally help me through tough times.
  10. Blanket. A Snuggie is more preferred. You’ve likely been studying for hours on end, an IV of caffeine hooked into your veins. There’s no telling when you’ll crash, so it’s best to be prepared at all times. Try to maintain a healthy sleep schedule because if you pull an all-nighter, it can be more damaging than helpful.


That’s it! It’s all up to you now. But don’t worry, we know you’ve got it. And be sure to check out our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram when it’s midnight, and you’re too tired to study.