15 To-Dos for the New Year

What you need on your list of resolutions.
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  1. Keep a Notebook

A notebook will serve as an outlet to jot down what's on your mind and help you reflect but as simple as that seems, it can be left untouched after some time. Start a daily entry to record your inspirations, dreams or special memories. This pin gives you 35 things to do with your notebook.

  1. Establish Goals

Sleeping more or eating healthier are resolutions you should still follow, but it's time to set long-term goals such as, what job you would like to get or putting up a small business. These bigger goals require more planning, look into this pin that takes you through the process.

  1. Love Yourself

We can be exposed to a lot of stress and negativity that we allow to happen. This year, stay on a positive mindset, give yourself time to breathe and be patient with yourself. Remember, you're still growing.

  1. Do Less & More


Do a list and divide it into a Less and More section where you can write down what bad habits and traits that you might be doing and it’s positive counterpart. Your 2017 is chance for a better you.

  1. Stop a Bad Habit

This informative read explains that our emotions are the source of our actions that can keep us motivated or lead us to overeat or overwork, and eventually cause you to form habits. This pin summarizes 3 steps you can do to understand and reassess a habit.

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  1. Start a Healthy Habit

Taking care of your body should be top priority and though there are so many good eats out there, we have to admit it’s not the best for us. Consider setting a health goal each month.

  1. Room Resolutions

The New Year is the perfect opportunity to focus and declutter your room because honestly, there’s a lot to throw away and you probably won’t regret it.

  1. Eliminate Stress

Being calm is easier said than done, do you know simple acts like little sleep or poor diet can make you more susceptible to stress? Here are 21 ways you can remove it from your life this 2017.  

  1. Reading Challenge

Begin the new year with a new book, it's time to brush up on your reading and finally get through your TBR list. This is a fun challenge to take on to keep you motivated to read a book.

  1. Money Challenge

Save more money when you know how much you'll earn. On a jar, label it P5 or P10, etc. and give yourself a number of days to save but the key is to place the total amount by the end of the period so you're always  aware of the end goal.

  1. Watch More Film

Instead of short videos online, commit to watching more movies and documentaries that have a wider breadth to learn from.

  1. Declutter Your Laptop

If you find your laptop freezing and loading takes forever, try these simple steps to clean out and organize your digital files, just like your room.

  1. Stop Buying Lunch

And by this we mean to stop relying on fast food. Put that money in healthy meals you can DIY and invest it in ingredients that are top in benefits.

  1. Learn to Say No

Don't feel bad about declining, don't make excuses and simply say no. When you stand firm on your decision you are able to prioritize what you really need.

  1. Start a Memory Jar

Begin 2017 with a good memory and end it with one as well, keep a jar and fill it with highlights that'll happen so by the 31st, you can reminisce all the good memories that made the year amazing.













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Melanie Santiago
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Frustrated painter and writer, Melanie also takes time to drop by and share the stories she comes across.

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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.


You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”


I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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