New Year, New Me?

By Alex Grady
Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2014


When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, we begin to hear (and see on social media) people use the phrase “New Year, New Me!” And while the New Year brings new opportunities and memories, it doesn’t necessarily mean we have to change everything about ourselves. It’s not a new you, but a better version of yourself, a “You 2.0.”

We normally hear the usual, “I’m going to start eating healthier and going to the gym more,” line when you ask someone what their New Year’s Resolution is. That’s an awesome goal to have, but if you’re going to be a “new person” this year, there are a lot more important things that you’re going to need to focus on. It’s much more important to start on things that are inside of you.

Everyone says that they don’t judge people by first glance, but let’s all be honest with each other for a second, we do! We don’t mean to, or at least I hope you don’t, it’s just a natural part of the world that we live in. As a society we judge people and more often than not, we’re wrong about our first assessment of someone. When looking at ways to become a better version of you, this is honestly one of the best places to start. Especially with all the new experiences coming up that many of you will be encountering.

There are so many more ways that you can fine-tune yourself to become the best version that you want to be. Instead of solely looking focusing on your outside appearance, I challenge you to look a little deeper. We can all grab the stereotypical New Year’s Resolutions and try to apply them to our lives, but it’s so much better to pick something that’s more important to you than that. Pick something that you’ll actually stick to and will challenge you in more ways than you ever expected. It’s so easy to take the simple way out and say, “Maybe next year,” but why not now? Why not be a better you? You already know what you want to change about yourself, so make this the year that you actually do it! Make this the year that when the clock is about to strike midnight on December 31st, you can proudly say that you’ve reached your “You 2.0.”


Alex Grady is a college freshman at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Alex was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa for 2014. Learn more about Alex here!

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