What do books, bullying prevention, breast cancer, AIDs, and domestic violence awareness all seem to have in common? They all find philanthropic awareness geared toward their causes in the month of October.

Most months support whole lists of causes, from Mental Wellness Month in January to Yoga Month in September. However, October has proven to be one of the most exciting months for advocacy. The causes listed above are just a few items out of a list of twenty or so organizations, and there are plenty of ways in which people can get involved.

With National Book Month, one can participate by encouraging all-things-literary like reading to a child or donating books to one of these ten places, so that those in less fortunate circumstances can still receive the opportunity to read and learn. Literature opens the mind up to all new possibilities in education and creativity, which is why there is a month dedicated to promoting it.

There are also multiple chances throughout the month to get involved in supporting organizations monetarily. Participation in walks for breast cancer and AIDs research has declined in recent years and your participation in such activities could help eradicate such diseases from our world. Nevertheless, if donating is not an option for you, just aiding the cause by spreading awareness can go a long way. Wearing pink for breast cancer or orange for bullying prevention, and posting news about advocacy groups online can foster a sense of charity and generosity which each advocacy group can benefit from.

One related issue I got to experience this month was the slam poetry production headlined by G. Yamazawa, which touched heavily on domestic abuse. Seeing as how October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, my university decided to showcase the issue for students to learn about and understand the issue being presented.

I saw this as important because as a part of the current youth and future leading generations of America, it is vital that we take opportunities to give back and help out. We need to seize these chances to better the future and create favorable circumstances for younger generations. Each month has tons of awareness organizations and advocacy groups laying claim to them for special attention in the media, so there is no excuse for a lack of activities to get involved in. So when you see links or posts that ask for support for causes that interest you, get involved and carpe juvenis!

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Happy 2014! When we think of the new year, we think of how we can improve and make the next year even better. Some call these improvements resolutions, some call them goals. Either way, thinking about how you want to spend the next 365 days can be very beneficial for making the most of your time. Instead of just writing down what it is you want to do, also write down how you are going to reach your goals. When you give yourself a goal and action item combo, you’re setting yourself up for success.

Share your resolutions and goals with your friends, write them down, and say them out loud – you’re more likely to keep your resolutions when they aren’t just hanging out in your mind. Since we love working on self-improvement here at Carpe Juvenis, we wanted to share our 2014 resolutions…

1. Improve our finance knowledge.

We will read books on finance and the economy to understand how the two work together. An online class will definitely help us gain a better understanding of finance.

2. Read (at least) one book each month.

We will read every day. That’s right – every single day. Even if it is just for five minutes on the bus to school or work, a couple of pages before falling asleep, or for 20 minutes each morning. A little bit goes a long way, and the consistent reading of a few pages will accumulate to an entire novel before you know it. We will first tackle our Winter Reading List

3. Make each day count.

Academically, career-wise, and personally. Whether you want to make each day count by completing your to-do list, tackling a difficult assignment, waking up early and going for a sunrise run, or spending quality time with family and friends, make each day of 2014 count – you only get 365 of them!

4. Worry less.

Sometimes we just can’t help but worry, and then worry some more. But this year we want to be conscious of our worries and remember that we can only worry about what is in our control. Let go of the rest and let things unfold as they happen.

5. Give back more.

We will get involved in an organization for an issue that we care deeply about. If you have extra change, donate. If you have a couple of hours each month to volunteer, do it. This year we would like to give back more with our time and energy by attending organization meetings, getting involved in fundraisers/events, and by spreading awareness. 

6. Laugh (more) every day.

We laugh a lot as it is, but you can never have too many laughs in a day. We vow to laugh more, to laugh harder, and to make others laugh. 

What are your 2014 resolutions and goals?