- Written by Kaitlyn Hoene
- Category: Spotlight
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Every time a new year rolls around, people set out to better themselves. They promise they will lose weight, find a new job, or maybe even take that vacation they've always talked about.
Here are some of the top new year's resolutions:
Help Others Pursue Their Goals
Spend More Quality Time With Family Members
Spend less, save more
Spend more time with friends
Learn something new
Break your smartphone addiction
Eat at home more
Get more sleep
These are just some of the top new year's resolutions and there are still many more. The issue with new year's resolutions is that most people don't make a realistic goal and they set themselves up for failure. People don't think about the reality of the goal before they say what they want it to be.
Here are a few tips to make your goal achievable. Your goals should be smart — and SMART. That’s an acronym for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. It may work for management, but it can also work in setting your resolutions, too.
Specific. Your resolution should be absolutely clear. “Making a concrete goal is really important rather than just vaguely saying ‘I want to lose weight.’ You want to have a goal: How much weight do you want to lose and at what time interval?” Five pounds in the next two months — that’s going to be more effective.
Measurable. This may seem obvious if your goal is a fitness or weight loss related one, but it’s also important if you’re trying to cut back on something, too. If, for example, you want to stop biting your nails, take pictures of your nails over time so you can track your progress in how those nails grow back out. Logging progress into a journal or making notes on your phone or in an app designed to help you track behaviors can reinforce the progress, no matter what your resolution may be.
Achievable. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have big stretch goals. But trying to take too big a step too fast can leave you frustrated, or affect other areas of your life to the point that your resolution takes over your life — and both you and your friends and family flail. So, for example, resolving to save enough money to retire in five years when you’re 30 years old is probably not realistic, but saving an extra $100 a month may be. (And if that’s easy, you can slide that number up to an extra $200, $300 or $400 a month).
Relevant. Is this a goal that really matters to you, and are you making it for the right reasons? “If you do it out of the sense of self-hate or remorse or a strong passion in that moment, it doesn’t usually last long. But if you build up a process where you’re thinking harder about what’s good for you, you’re changing the structure of your life, you’re bringing people into your life who will reinforce that resolution, then I think you have a fighting chance.”
Time-bound. Like “achievable,” the timeline toward reaching your goal should be realistic, too. That means giving yourself enough time to do it with lots of smaller intermediate goals set up along the way. “Focus on these small wins so you can make gradual progress. If you’re building a habit, you’re planning for the next decade, not the next couple of months.”
- Written by Hayden Voelker
- Category: Sports
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Next week is NTC week, one of the busiest weeks of the year. With either one, two, or three games every night of the week, the school gets overflowed with fans. Some teachers even assign less homework. So for the basketball players, the band members, the fans, and even the cheerleaders, it’s hectic. The first game of the week is the number eight seed North Clay vs. the number nine seed Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Monday at 6:15. The second game is the number one seed St. Anthony vs the winner of game one. The third game is the number four seed Altamont vs. the number five seed Negoa. Both the second and third game are on Tuesday. Game number two will start at 6:15 with game number three following. On Wednesday, the games start with game four, the number two seeded Dietrich plays the number seven seeded South Central at 6:15. Game five is following game four with the number three seed St. Elmo/ Brownstown playing the number six seed Windsor/Stew-Stras. Thursday is game six, seven and eight, six starting at 5:00 and the other two following after. Game six is the loser of game one vs. the loser of game 4. Game number seven is the loser of game two vs. the loser of game three. Game eight is the winner of game two vs. the winner of game three. Friday is game nine at 6:15 and game ten after, game nine is the winner of game six vs. the loser of game five. Game ten is the winner of game four vs. the winner of game five. Saturday has four games, the first is game eleven at 11:30, then game twelve and game thirteen are after, then at 7:30 is the championship game. Game eleven is the loser of game seven vs. the loser of game nine. Game twelve is the winner of game seven vs. the winner of game nine, this is the consolation championship. Game thirteen is the loser of game eight and the loser of game ten, this is the third place game. Game fourteen is the championship game, it will be the winner of game eight vs. the winner of game ten. For a schedule visit www.effinghamradio.com for the list of games.
- Written by Austin Wendling
- Category: Opinions
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The near year brings new opportunities for many people. Opportunities to do good and opportunities to do bad, such is the case for Youtube star Logan Paul. Logan Paul and his brother Jake Paul have had many controversies last year and some hoped that there would be a change in their behavior for at least a couple days in the new year. The award goes to the oldest Paul brother for starting the controversies in this new year.
On January 2nd the world awakened to see a new video by the Youtube famous Logan Paul. The video featured Logan and group of friends visiting Japan’s Aokigahara forest, which is more commonly known across the world as the infamous suicide forest. To state this is not the first time youtubers have gone into the forest for the thrill or the fame. The issue that’s arising with Logan is the fact that he actually found a dead body this time and to make matters worse he only blurred the face.
The blurring of the image is just one of the many things people are upset about, the fact that he even decided to post the video in the first place enraged people. He did put a disclaimer on the video, but that falls flat when the thumbnail has the image of the dead body hanging from the tree with Logan standing next to it.
Another thing that upset people about Paul’s video is the way he acted during the video, laughing and trying to keep a smile. This is where I must disagree with the crowd of people. When you are put in a traumatizing experience like finding a suicide victim you don’t know how you are going to act. Sometimes your mind tries to force something funny to combat the dreary feeling of what you are going through. I am in no way defending what he did. My personal opinion is that he shouldn’t have even posted the video in the first place. But with how he reacted I feel like he shouldn’t be hated for that because if you watch the video you can clearly see this is a traumatizing thing.
Away from Logan Paul people are angry at Youtube for allowing the video to go up and even for it appearing on the trending page before Logan Paul took it down. With Youtube the way it is now quickly demonetizing videos and taking them down it was crazy to some people that it seemed Logan Paul was an exception to these strict guidelines.
With Logan Paul being Youtube’s new golden child bringing in the site a steady stream of revenue it’s no surprise that he would get a free pass from this. The fact that Logan Paul took down the video himself with no push from Youtube tells you how they operate.
Logan has since apologized twice for is actions, once on twitter and a second and more scenery time on Youtube. He even demonetized his own video as to not gain any profits from his public apology. He even told his fans who have been defending him online to stop. He admits that what he did was inexcusable. He apologized to his viewers and most importantly he apologized to the family of the man he found.
So where does this leave Logan Paul’s rising career? Does this send his growing media empire tumbling down? No, not really. As the case with the media cycle and the world as it is someone else will gain the hatred of the world for a couple days and this speed bump in Paul’s career will be forgotten. Let’s hope though that Logan doesn’t forget this, and that he learns from what has happened. He has public stated how he’s taking some time to reflect on what he’s done and to hopefully improve who is as a person. I for one hope he finds what he’s looking for with his time away from the platform and to come back a better person.
- Written by Ashlie Rosine
- Category: Opinions
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As a kid, I believed a lot. I believed in Santa until I was 5 when I caught my mom trying to quickly hide Christmas gifts in her closet. I never believed in the Easter bunny, because I didn’t like any animal at all at that time in my life. I believed that New Year’s was a time of redemption, and what you did last year was all forgiven.
I believed that people were only mean because they are jealous of what you have and they want it. I believed in Krampus, Saint Nicholas’s sidekick. The legend goes that while St. Nicholas brought the good children gifts, Krampus would give beatings, kidnap the children, and bringing them to his underworld lair to live there for a year as punishment. I was a weird child. Don’t judge me.
I believed in the tooth fairy. I sleep like a dead person, so I really don’t feel a thing. I figured out the tooth fairy was fake when I felt my mom lift my head to place money under my pillow when I was 6. I remember feeling very disappointed, but it was ok, because mom bought me ice cream to make me feel better.
The biggest lie that I remember believing was “If you just tell the truth, you won’t get in trouble.” Everyone remembers this one. That was the biggest lie you could ever make a child believe. You still got in trouble even if you told the truth. If you had siblings like mine, they would get you in trouble to make them look like the good kids, so if they did anything, they either got a slap on the wrist, or a “it’s ok. Just know better next time.” and they would smirk at you as they walked past.