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New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make

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It’s time to ring in a new year! But this year, instead of making a resolution we both know you won’t keep, try something different. The suggestions I have for you below are all easy and will definitely make you feel better, unlike the letdown that comes with knowing you couldn’t keep a resolution, such as cutting out junk food altogether, or getting to the gym for an hour each day!

1. Stress Less

If I had a penny for every time someone said they were stressed out, I could afford my own tropical vacation. Make a list of every stressor, then make another list of ways to combat it. It could be going for a walk, writing in a journal, calling a friend, dancing to music, etc. Whenever you find yourself getting too caught up in your worries, take a deep breath and bring yourself back to the present moment.

2. Drink More

No, not at parties! I’m talking about water! Did you know the daily drinking water requirement per person is 2-4 liters? Getting enough water has numerous benefits, including making you less tired during the day and giving you more energy. So if one of your personal New Year resolutions is to lose weight, drinking a glass or two of water instead of eating when you feel hungry can help you achieve that.

3. Be Encouraging…

And be vocal about it! It’s a popular theory that the more we vocalize encouraging words to others, the higher feeling of endorphins we feel ourselves, thus making us feel better. This year, make it a point to congratulate your friends when they snag a great job, get a promotion, or just conquer a big day. They’ll feel great and you’ll feel great in return! It’s a win-win!

4. Say ‘Yes’ Instead of No

I once told a person I admired that I wanted the same amazing opportunities she had. Her answer? “Just say yes to everything!” The advice has given me amazing experiences! This year, even though it might be easier to stay in under the comfort of your house in front of the TV, whenever someone invites you out, say yes! You never know what the excursion will lead you to.

What resolutions do you have for 2014? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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5 Ideas For Celebrating New Year’s Eve

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A night as big as New Year’s Eve deserves a celebration just as big! If you are stuck on how to celebrate the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, check out these suggestions:

1. House Party

Get a bunch of friends together for a New Year’s Eve party! Whether it be at your place or someone else’s, have everyone bring a dessert, dinner dish, or drink, and dress up! You can rent a couple movies or dance to the year’s hits until the ball drops!

2. Bar Gathering

Campuses always have bars open New Year’s Eve. Call up a few in your area, ask what celebrations are going on, and head over with a few of your friends! Usually bars offer live music, contests, karaoke, and other fun deals to pass the time until the countdown.

3. Beach Bonfire

Close to the water? You can maybe pool your money together with some friends and rent a beach house for the night’s celebrations or you can build a bonfire on the shore! Have a small barbecue, make s’mores, and discuss your favorite moments of the year and your New Year resolutions.

4. Hike Your Favorite Mountain

Grab your significant other or friends and bring a picnic with sparkling cider for a midnight view of the city’s celebrations. Chances are you’ll see fireworks from somewhere over the city, but even if you don’t, the view of the stars above will add to a night you won’t forget. Just don’t forget the flashlight!

5. Games

If you do stay in your dorm, visit home, or are at a friend’s house, add games to your celebrations! This guessing game idea from Real Simple is one of my favorite ideas – print and cut out the cards, have each person fill them out, then take turns guessing who wrote what. Another great game is Quelf, which I guarantee will have you laughing nonstop. Or, have all your friends bring their favorite game and take turns!

No matter how you celebrate, make sure champagne or sparkling cider is present! It just wouldn’t be a New Year’s Eve celebration without the bubbly!

What do you like to do New Year’s Eve?

Happy New Year!

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Start Off The New Year Right!

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This is it, we are in our last week of 2012! This year went by fast and now it’s time for a new year. Maybe you had the best year of your life or even the worst year. Either way, it is time for a fresh new start! Here are some ways to welcome in 2013 to make sure you are off to a good start!

01. Purge

I don’t mean your usual quick clean, I mean a deep clean of every corner. You would be surprised how clutter can impact your mood. Dust, throw out old papers, donate old clothing, organize belongings and make room for all the new stuff you will accumulate over the year. Starting the new year off clean will help make you feel fresh and in control of your surroundings.

02. Resolution

Make a SMALL resolution that you know you can stick to. It’s great to have big aspirations, but this will decrease the likelihood of completing your goal and you can easily become discouraged. Instead, make a smaller short-term goal like walking five minutes every day around the neighborhood (instead of saying you will get in shape) or decrease your bad habits by less (instead of saying you will quit cold turkey). Having a specific concrete goal will be easier to reach.

03. Memories

I am sure we have all had not so fond experiences this year, but this new year means it is time to let go of all those negative memories. Reflect on all the good memories that were important to you. Go into the new year with a good attitude and remember this year to focus on being positive.

04. Traditions

To make your New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day feel special, create new AND stick to old traditions. Go somewhere fun, or have loved ones come visit you. Make it an annual tradition and get creative along the way to incorporate new ones.

05. Improvement

Even if you had a great year and are happy with how things are, take a second to think about it and you will realize there is room for improvement at least in one area of your life. Reflect on things you want to change and how you think you could change them to make a better year than last.

I hope all of these ideas help you ring in 2013 with a bang! Happy New Year! What will you be doing, tell us in the comments below!

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10 New Ideas for New Year’s

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Hello Bookrenters! I know it’s early, but start thinking NOW what you will be doing for New Year’s! This month will fly by faster than you think and no one wants to be scrambling last minute for plans! Here are ten fabulous ideas to bring in your New Year’s right with your friends and family.

1. New Year’s Eve Party In The City

Most major cities have a wide variety of bars, eateries, and entertainment, so it should be a breeze finding a good time.

2. Tune In To The Radio

Your favorite radio stations often host parties around the area, and you could even win free tickets to the next concert!

3. Host

Running low on cash? That’s okay, host your own party. Invite everyone and have your friends chip in with the food, music, drinks, and entertainment.

4. Television Countdown

It’s a tradition! The exciting performances and interviews from the country’s top musicians and entertainers make you feel as though you’re in New York, except you get to miss out on the cold weather and the big crowds.

5. New York Trip

Plan a road trip and make memories that will have you talking for the rest of the year. Who says the fun has to be for one day?

6. Date

Bring in the New Year with a kiss that your significant other will never forget.

7. Concert

Check to see if any of your local or favorite popular artists are performing for cheap! Rock it out!

8. Football

There are plenty of games on television to save some of your guy friends from complete boredom. Even if you don’t like football, the tailgating food is the best!

9. Family

Go on, they don’t bite (always). You will remember who is most important in times of celebration. Trust me, your parents will thank me later.

10. Resolution

Pick a resolution you know you can stick to but will also change your life in the better for the new year! This year, I plan to have fun and be safe!


No matter what you do this New Years, just make sure to enjoy it! Reflect on all the good times over the year, and think of all your goals for the new one!

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New Year’s Resolutions – Why?

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By BookRenter Andy

New Year’s is over, so it’s high time you decided on your New Year’s Resolutions and wrote them down/printed them out. Don’t think you can get away with just thinking about them, no one can do that. Not even Tikiman (aka “The Man”).

by Phillie Casablanca

by Phillie Casablanca

First, General Complaints about NYR’s:

  • New Year’s resolutions are personal goals. So why make them on Jan 1? Is your birthday on Jan 1? NO! (If it is, we’ll send you a birthday t-shirt).
  • It would make more sense to make a New Years Resolution on your birthday, when it’s actually a new year for you. On your birthday, you are entering into a new year of your life. On Jan. 1, you are probably the most hungover you’ve ever been in your life, and you’re probably still the same age in years you were on Dec. 31.

Still, there’s no defying tradition in America, so you have to make NYR’s. I asked The Man what his were. He sent a spear flying my way with some NYR’s on it:

  • Save students tons of dough by renting their textbooks. (Check out our new coupon tab)
  • Donate even more books, this year through our partnership with First Book, to put new books in the hands of children.
  • Get some shoes (?)

Mine are a bit more traditional. What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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