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"New year, new me"
Teens set ambitious goals for 2016
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December is flying past, and the new year is quickly approaching.

What are teens expecting out of the year 2016? Great grades, a better spring break bod, acceptance into college. Young Edge had the opportunity to speak with a few teens that had eye-opening 2016 New Year’s Resolutions, leaving the basics behind and thinking brighter and bigger than ever.

“You are what you eat. You are who you hang out with. You are the vibes you produce,” said Hunter Longley, a former Flowery Branch High School student.

Hunter’s New Year’s Resolution is the challenge of a lifetime. Longley tells Young Edge, “I want to partake in the activity of being pure.” Purity in Longley’s eyes is “yoga, no meats, no sweets and constant positive energy.”

At the age of 18, this is a serious commitment, seeing the average teen partakes in the Zaxby’s drive-thru more than twice a week. Some may ask why is it so important. “I want 2016 to be peace of mind and peace of body,” Longley said.

“This world is a wild one, and I want to help settle the storm,” says Jessica Holmes.

Holmes’ mother describes her as “a light to the world, a selfless soul.” Holmes says her 2016 plan is to help the homeless and hungry in downtown Atlanta.

“Every Saturday morning humanly possible in 2016 I want to feed, clothe and spread the Lord’s word into the souls of those who need it most,” she said.

Jessica is far from the average. In fact, she has planned to go on this journey for the past two years. Holmes says, “Since 2014 I’ve saved 10 dollars every paycheck in order to fund the clothes and food I will need to pursue one of my life dreams.”

“College is tough. Sometimes it’s best to just get away from it all,” Georgia State pharmacy major Josh Hampton tells Young Edge. School is “brain busting,” Hampton said. He says he intends to take 15 minutes a day to sit in complete silence with no electronics and simply reflect.

“Each day I will reflect on something different,” Hampton says.

Possible reflection topics for him include whether anything is worrying or bothering him, what he can do to make himself happier and if he’s being the best he can be today.

His New Year’s resolution as caught so much attention that GSU counselors have sent it out electronically school-wide in order to get more students to participate in similar activities.

Make a New Year’s Resolution that is personal to you. But most important, be great in 2016.

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