Well, it’s New Years again. That completely arbitrary day when we suddenly realize we all need to be fitter, braver, more adventurous people. (Good for us!) I’m spending New Years day in Dubai, UAE, where 1.5 million people are expected to gather for the world-record holding fireworks show at the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Here’s a peek:

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Lol. They literally set the building on fire. Anyways…

2015 was a hoot. To name a few highlights, I finished up my first year of college (holy crap), I got to travel all over the world, and this blog went public and became a much bigger part of my life. I met wonderful people, ate delicious food, and kissed attractive boys. It was a good year. But if 2015 was a hoot, I hope 2016 is a holler.

Everyone’s got resolutions

One year ago, I wrote a post called Pre-New Years Eve Ending. In it, I talked about my distaste for New Years resolutions, mainly because of their arbitrary significance on the 1st of January. But for the sake of writing a balanced piece, I’ll include mine here.

In the new year, I hope to stretch my mind and my heart further than they’ve ever been stretched before. I plan to read lots of books and lots of news stories. I want to fill my brain with so much knowledge, intelligence starts oozing from my pores. I want to become a better student, friend, and citizen by looking for answers as opposed to making assumptions. In 2016, I want to take steps to prove that understanding is the key to peace. I want to inspire others to be patient and curious and kind and confident and authentic. And I definitely want to surround myself with more alpha women. (So that I might absorb their prowess and let it sink into the essence of my being.)

But I don’t want to totally change in 2016.

I get that the point of New Years resolutions are to make us better people, but I’d argue that while we’re thinking about all the ways we want to change, it’s just as important to think about the ways we DON’T. I like who I am. I like what I do. There are plenty of qualities I want to take with me into the new year.

My New Years UN-resolutions

In 2016, I want to continue being 110% authentically ME, without any misgivings, as I have learned to do in 2015.

I want to keep saying whatever I goddamn feel.

I want to keep having an open mind about the things I do not understand.

I want to keep standing up for people who need it.

I want to keep calling people out on their bullsh*t.

I want to keep studying hard and learning harder.

I don’t want to change my body.

I don’t want to change my laugh.

I don’t want to change how introverted or how extraverted I am.

In sum, I don’t want to change anything that makes me, me. 

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Are they palm trees? Are they fireworks? Will we ever know?

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Now, Colin Mochrie says it’s your turn!

So, Dear Reader– you sexy, strong fiend– Are you a great listener? Are you a thoughtful friend? Are you kind, peaceful, badass, or all of the above? I’m sure you’ve been asked a million times already what your new years resolutions are. But what I want to know is: What are you “unresolving” to change about yourself this year?

Fill out the form below and I’ll repost all my favorite “un-resolutions” in the first week of the New Year. 

Your new years “Un-resolutions”

^C’mon! It’ll be fun 🙂

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Written by Catherine Goetze

Catherine Goetze www.cathincollege.com Find me on social media! Facebook: www.facebook.com/cathincollege Twitter: @catherinegoetze Instagram: @catherinegoetze SnapChat: @catherinegoetze Contact me: cathincollege@gmail.com

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