Dealing With Addiction After You Start Dating

In the first few months of a relationship, couples go through the honeymoon phase. There are actual physiological changes in the brain that intensify favorable feelings towards a new partner. Even if something seems slightly off, it’s easy to overlook when you’re wearing rose-colored glasses. But as you begin to settle into the relationship and you both let your guard down, you may begin to see things you didn’t notice before.

This is often the case when a person has an alcohol or drug addiction. Many addicts are ashamed of their addiction and will go to great lengths to hide it from a new partner. They may even keep entire segments of their life secret to prevent a new partner from catching on to their addiction.

When you’re out of the honeymoon phase, you’re less likely to convince yourself that everything is fine when it isn’t. For some the natural instinct is to cut ties before there’s more emotional investment. But what if you’re willing to help your new partner get past their addiction? How can a couple cope with addiction without the relationship falling apart?

Carefully Consider Rehab

Rehab isn’t always the first step, but the health experts at Sandysplace.com note that it is an important one on the road to recovery. Their facility specializes in helping women overcome addiction by offering a variety of in-patient and out-patient programs.

Often people need professional help getting over an addiction. The extent of their addiction and how it’s impacting their quality of life should help guide you towards the best rehab program. Another factor is the person’s living and working environments. Getting over an addiction is much harder if a person is around drugs and alcohol on a regular basis.

Have an Open, Honest Conversation While They’re Sober

Addiction is something that will make many people leave a relationship because it’s not an easy problem to fix. However, most couples try to work through it together before coming to that conclusion.

The first thing you should do if you suspect your new partner may have a drug and/or alcohol addiction is to talk to them. Wait until they are sober to have the conversation, or it could end up being more destructive than productive.

Discuss your concerns and feelings, but avoid passing judgment, which may make your partner defensive. Let your partner know that your main priority is helping them get past addiction and on the road to recovery. Ask them how you can help and show initiative to live up to your promise right away.

Keep in mind that addiction isn’t something that’s easy for people to talk about. Often it’s connected to psychological distress that could be the result of a traumatizing event in their past.

Set Boundaries

If your partner is receptive and open to addressing their addiction, you’ll need to set boundaries. Setting boundaries is beneficial for several reasons:

  • It provides a consequence for your partner.
  • It prevents you from being taken advantage of.
  • It helps you avoid being an enabler.
  • It helps you maintain your self-respect.
  • You’ll avoid compromising your principles and prior decisions.

Boundaries are your way of gaining a bit of control over the situation. Make the boundaries directly related to their drug and alcohol use. For example, one boundary can be if your partner has been drinking or using drugs they can’t come to your house. These consequences may be hard to bear yourself, but healthy boundaries help people curb addiction and protect relationships.

Enlist the Help of Other Loved Ones

Since your relationship is new it may be beneficial to enlist the help of other loved ones that your significant other is close to and respects. Talk to the other loved ones about your concerns and the behavior you’ve observed. If they’ve had the same thoughts and concerns see how you can work together to help your partner.

Friends can help steer your partner to healthier activities and keep them out of trouble. Parents can agree to help get your partner professional help and set boundaries of their own so they don’t become enablers.

The main objective is to coordinate your efforts so your partner has a strong support system all around.

 

Ideas for Relaxing and Relieving Stress

We all have stressors in our lives. When the stress just gets to be a bit much, it can actually take a toll on our well-being and overall health. This is why stress relievers that are effective are critical when it comes to restoring your inner peace and your physical health. Here are a few different things that can assist you in feeling a little bit less affected by all those stressors in your life.

Spa Days

Have you ever been to the spa? There have been quite a few studies done that have shown that a massage can reduce the levels of cortisol – the stress hormone. Along with that, this can help to slow your pulse and bring your blood pressure to a lower level. One of the things that make for a comfortable and relaxing day at the spa is the actual spa equipment. From massage tables that will be used to massage your cares away and pedicure chairs that will give you another massage as you get your toes done, to loungers and other accessories for the spa, the right equipment can really help you relax and destress. Click here for more information.

Exercise

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to relieve stress, you really don’t have too far to look. Exercise is one of the best ways to get natural stress relief. It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is either. Physical exercise has been proven to provide relief from anxiety and stress. It does it without any chemicals and you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home to do it. Getting a half hour of some form of exercise on a daily basis includes other benefits too such as more energy, improved mood, better sleep, and weight loss.   

Clean and Music

When you have a little bit of stress that you want to relieve, what better way to do it than to put on your favorite music and clean your house? This can actually be fun believe it or not. The music will lift your mood and give you energy (if you have the right kind on), and cleaning provides you with a physical activity that can take your mind off of what is stressing you for a while. Your home will get clean too which means that your environment will be more soothing to you. 

Aromatherapy

Wake up and get ready to smell the roses, grapefruit, lavender, or any of the other essential oils. Aromatherapy can be an amazing way to reduce anxiety and relax in an effort to improve your overall well being and health. There are all sorts of essential oils to choose from so you are sure to find just the right scents to send you on your way to relaxation bliss.

Stress Balls

You know you have seen them. The little balls you squeeze to relieve stress. Now, they make giant stress balls too. These are a must have for anyone who tends to get stressed a lot. It is just your standard foam ball used for stress. It is just bigger than the ones you might be used to. This means that it is great for squeezing as well as for pounding when you just get that urge to hit something. 

Visual Relaxation Anyone?

There is something called an Aduki ni Light. This has got to be one of the most relaxing things you can get… especially if you are into visual relaxation gadgets. When the light is not on, it appears to be a teardrop the size if your hand, and that is made from a material such as hematite or mercury. Then you turn it on and it will shine in a color that you choose or it will cycle through the color spectrum. This can be totally relaxing, especially if you are in a dark room.

Growing Pains

Are you feeling conflicted at the moment? Like you don’t understand yourself anymore?  One minute you seem to be happy and calm, the next you are blowing off in an angry rage?  Maybe you have fallen out with a friend recently and you aren’t sure what you have done.  

Growing up is so tough.  When you become a parent you tend to get lost in how tough parenting is and forget what it was like to be going through so many hormonal changes, experiencing your first heart breaks, the pressure to work hard at school.  Adults can pretty quickly dismiss the issues you are going through and can make you feel that something which matters to you is really small.  

They don’t mean it, it’s just that they have so many issues going on that in their mind, having a friend who has fallen out with you, is really not a big deal.  Compared with having to pay for the house, or losing your job.  The problem is though is that it is all relative.  You don’t have to deal with the problems your parents do, your time will come, so currently the problems you are experiencing matter as much to you, as the problems your parents face.  So don’t feel guilty, or that your problems and worries don’t matter.  Because they do.  Don’t be angry at your parents either, they don’t mean to forget what it was like being a teen.

So how can you help yourself through your teenage years?  Firstly there are some mind blowing self development books which you can read.  These could help you become more aware of who you are and help you to focus your mind on problem solving.  Which is going to help you a lot over the next few years.  Of course The Bible is the best self development book out there! There are other ways though, to get through your issues and help make peace with yourself.  So let’s take a look at a few.

Firstly, the sisterhood is really important.  Your female friends understand exactly what you are going through on a day to day basis.  No matter how good the boys are, they just won’t get the hormones.  Sorry girls.  The sisterhood is also important because you understand what it is like to feel most of the emotions other girls are going through.  You get that no matter what anyone says, you feel too fat or too skinny.  You know what it is like to stand in the dressing room and feel worried about getting changed.  You know how hard it is to walk past the confident girls, because even if you are seen as one of them, you aren’t really.  Not all the time.  

Stand by your fellow females.  Don’t judge them or make fun of them.  You need to build them up so if you see another girl struggling, go to her aid.  Don’t bully other girls and if you see another girl being bullied, stand up.  Always.  Do not be afraid.  Too many girls turn the other way because they don’t want to get involved.  Do get involved.  

Don’t ignore the boys though, yes we need to stick together but that shouldn’t mean standing up against men.  It means working with them.  We have a slightly easier time of it that boys because girls tend to talk their feelings over more.  So get with the boys and help them talk a little more too.  You will discover a lot more about yourself when you hear a boy talking about girls.  You might even realize what it is that matters to boys.  Because it certainly isn’t the things you worry about.

Understand your parents and talk to them.  You want their respect and honesty, so give them yours.  Yes, ok parents can be pretty uncool when it comes to some matters but the truth is, they have been through almost every single emotion you are going through.  It might be tough to bring up your innermost thoughts with your mum, but trust us, she is going to drop everything to help you.  You might have to be a little persistent.  Sometimes parents need to be really stopped and told “this is important” before they really acknowledge it.  Parents have buzzwords which will get their attention.  Such as ‘help’ and ‘I’m scared’ or ‘I really need you’ these phrases are unignorable by most moms and dads.  So think of them like a computer that needs programming. Say the right words and they will listen.

Whatever you are feeling, talking is always the best way forward.  So do it.  Talk and keep talking.

Chit Chatting with Actress Sarah Grey

Written by:  Jill Sheets

“Allison Taylor Creative”

Recently I had the honor of interviewing up and coming actress Sarah Grey.  This talented young actress is in the movie “Power Rangers,” which opens on March 24th. Continue to read on about her, what people may not know about her and her hidden talent.

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting?

S: Well, I grew up on Vancouver Island B.C and initially wanted to be a singer! I didn’t really comprehend that acting could be a job when I was young, so it wasn’t on my radar. I fell into an acting class by a random series of events, and immediately fell in love with it. I have always had a strong curiosity for people. I think my love of performing and interest in people is the mix that got me hooked!

 

R:  Tell us about your TV movie “Story of a Girl” and about your character Caitlin Spinelli?

S: This film is based on Sara Zarr’s award winning novel “Story of a Girl”. It’s a powerful coming of age story, following the character “Deanna” who, at 16 is still dealing with the ramifications of a video with her and an older boy, that was leaked when she was only 13 years old. My character, Caitlin, is a popular cheerleader at school who takes pleasure in insulting Deanna, and receiving attention. Our director, Kyra Sedgwick, was absolutely lovely, as well as the rest of the cast. It was always good vibes on set! It made it challenging to play such a mean girl.

 

R: You are also in “Power Rangers” and “Last Night in Suburbia.”  Tell us the movies and your character.

S: “Last night in Suburbia” is an ensemble comedy about a group of friends spending their last fun night together, before they jet off to their various cities for College. All the while being followed around by a hilariously terrible undercover cop. I play “Hailey” who is dating “Spencer”.. another member of the friend group. They are kind of like the married couple of the group because they’ve been together since the beginning of highschool. They all get into a bunch of shenanigans but the movie can be quite touching and relatable at times. 

I also appear in “Power Rangers” which hits theatres this month (March 24th)! This film is based on the Power Rangers franchise that I think many of us have heard of/seen. I play the role of Amanda, another popular cheerleader type. ( I know it seems like a trend but I swear it’s just the two, laughs)

 

Picture source:  Allison Taylor Creative

R: What was it like being a Power Ranger? Did you have to do your own stunts? What was the hardest part when filming this movie?

S: It was fantastic being in Power Rangers. I was very excited because I would watch the T.V show with my sister when I was young (the odd time I actually woke up early on a school day). I didn’t have to worry about any major stunts. I think the hardest part was, again, having to be mean to the sweet Naomi Scott who plays the pink ranger. Playing a mean girl does not come naturally, which is a good thing I guess!

 

R: Our readers can also catch you on “Legends of Tomorrow.”  For those who have not seen then show yet, tell them a little bit about it and your character. 

S:”Legends of Tomorrow” is a DC Comic Series, that follows a team of time-travelling heroes and villains trying to prevent an apocalypse from happening. My character “Stargirl” shows up in season 2 with her “ Justice Society of America” squad. The two teams eventually start working together for the sake of good against evil. It is a blast to play a Superhero. The stunts were so much fun, and I can die happy now that I’ve flown- even if it was on wires. You can catch Stargirl in Episodes 1,2 and 12 of season 2.

 

R:  What are some of your future goals?

S: I’d love to travel for filming. Everything I’ve shot has been near or in Vancouver, which is nice and convenient, but I’d really like to see more of the world, and be earning an income while I’m at it! I’d also really like to be a lead on a T.V series. Writing for T.V is better than ever.

 

R: Do you have any hidden talents?

S: I can do the moonwalk.

 

R: What has been your favorite memory so far?

S: I have many favorite memories and inside jokes from filming “Last Night In Suburbia”. We would crack each other up constantly. Mackenzie Cardwell and I would improv rap songs on set. I’m still friends and keep in touch with many people from that cast.

 

R: Name five people you would like to work with.

S: Off the top of my head, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore,  Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, and Kevin Spacey.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence?

S: I would have to go with my entire family. I can’t pick just one person! If it weren’t for them I don’t know if I’d be pursuing this career. They instilled in me the desire to follow my passion. I have an extremely inspiring, supportive family that has led by example.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

S: I have an extreme love of hot sauce that is teetering on the line between delicious and dangerous. In elementary school, I could do a series of back walk overs that made me look like a slinky, so that’s what everyone started calling me, including teachers. Friends and their families still call me slinky to this day.  I play guitar and sing. I went on stage and did an impression of Cher for my moms 50th Birthday. I played Sandy in Grease in my first and only theatre production at the age of 13.

 

R: It is not easy being a teenager.  What advice would you give them in general?

S: Try to love yourself more and care less about what others think. Knowing who you are is overrated, people are constantly growing and changing anyway. Try new things, do more of what makes you happy, and believe in yourself! 

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

S: It must be this one because I don’t think I have one!

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites?  If so, which one and what are their addresses?  Do you have an official website and/or youtube page?

S: Yes! 

Instagram @ sarah_grey8

Twitter      @sarah_grey8

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

S: Thank you for your support and love. I deeply appreciate it. 

 

R:  Sarah, thank you for the interview.  It was an honor.  Have a great day.

S: Thanks for having me! Xo

Own Your Education!

Oh to be young again! You are probably fed up with adults telling you that these are the best years of your life.  However, the truth is they kind of are.  

Ok, so it’s easy for us to forget how hard it is growing up and learning so much stuff.  As you hit mid teens you feel like you know so much yet are talked to with such little respect, or maybe you want to control your destiny a little more but feel like you are being held back.  Whilst it is incredibly hard to respect that your teachers and parents may know best and are tasked with the huge responsibility of ensuring you are educated, healthy and safe, you do have to trust in your adult peers to do just that.  However there are many ways you can take control.  So let’s take a look at what you can do to ensure you are on the path you want to walk.

Education is probably going to be the biggest part of your life until you are around 24 years old.  Once you finish school you will have far more choices on which lessons you take, how you study and where you study.  Until then you kind of have to let your parents and teachers guide you.  That doesn’t mean you can’t throw a few ideas into the pot too.

Perhaps you are desperate to learn more about Europe.  Who can blame you?  As we get older it becomes harder for us to take time out and travel.  You may get the opportunity to do this if you take a gap year, however with more and more people looking for work and stiffer competition than ever before, you might be better off skipping your gap year and working through.  So, this is where you need to start thinking a little outside the box.

Your school will do many different types of school trips throughout the year.  Some of these will be local and during school time, others might be far away and eat into your vacation time.  There is a lot of planning involved, so don’t take these trips for granted, however, maybe you could do some planning of your own.

If there is enough interest in your idea and it fits with the projects your school has set for you, then there is no reason you couldn’t present your idea to your school principal.  In fact, if you can nail out a fantastic pitch, writing all the reasons you think you should go there, researching companies who may be able to take on the organisation and you have a list of pupils who would be up for heading out, you might just impress your tutors so much they ace your plan.

There are some great ideas for the ultimate school trip online, you don’t have to be a teacher to research the idea or to get in touch with the companies to discover all the information.  In fact it is going to help your pitch if you have already spoken to a company who can provide a full package and got all the info.  

Being able to answer all the questions your teachers are going to throw at you, will stand you ten steps ahead of them.  Think about why the trip would benefit your education and if you can link one trip to be positive across 4 or 5 subjects this will work in your favour.  You might be going because you are fascinated by the art, but don’t forget a few days looking at art and architecture will also involve history, geography and cuisine.  So you can link it through to make it a really great, multi subject trip.

Of course there are other ways you can take control of your education too.  Whilst it can seem a little dorky to become a school president it is actually the opposite of that.  Being a school president means you have a say in how your education works.  So it will really play in your favour and give you that respect you have been craving.  You will finally have a voice, so you need to use it for good (no evil geniuses here please)

We have a great guide for getting to the oval office of your class.

Firstly, you are going to find it easier to get ahead if you are involved from your freshman year and continuing that involvement every year.  You will need to participate in sports, volunteer to work on homecoming floats, decorate the gym for dances, and basically get to know the other students at your school besides your core group of friends. Make everybody know your name. If your school offers a class associated with the student body, sign up. This is all great networking experience for later life too, so by embarking on a campaign now you may be giving yourself the extra edge as you head to your first job. If everyone knows your name and you have been friendly and fun, when the time comes to run for class president, you’ll be remembered in the voting booth for your involvement and dedication to the school.

The best way to begin your campaign is to be the first to start campaigning.  Get out there and talk to people as soon as the political season opens.  Keep talking.  Be direct and ask people for signatures.  Don’t just get the ones you are required, get as many as you can.  Hitting it hard and fast means you can ingrain your name and your commitment in your fellow students.  Especially if you have taken the time to get to know what they want.  Give them a voice too.

You don’t have to be a teacher’s pet but it is going to pay if you build a rapport with a couple of teachers.  Keep your grades high too.  You need the respect of the faculty as well as your classmates.  It isn’t uncommon for the faculty members to provide recommendations for office eligibility.  Your teachers will also want students in office who recognize their own interest in the campus because it is you that will be called up to represent your school in front of committees or the district office.  If you have a high quality of work and respect with teachers then they will have the faith in you to represent them best.  Which is a great way of showing you are trusted and respected by the adults who have your future in their hands.  

Listening to your classmates is vital.  Ask them what they want you to accomplish.  If it is realistic then pursue it.  You need the masses to showcase your intentions within your campaign speech so if it touches a note with enough people, you are going to get a great reception.  

Believe in what you say you plan to do in your campaign platform. If you say, for instance, that you plan to begin new traditions, believe in your goal. Don’t repeat what you think your classmates want to hear. Instead, commit yourself to public service. At the same time, think “outside the box.” Come up with your own creative goals for the school.  But don’t make unrealistic campaign promises.  Taking hump day off of school might sound ace in your head, but it isn’t going to happen and will make you lose credibility.  

So when the actual president runs for power they won’t get far if they spend the whole time cracking jokes, however in high school politics you earn points for being funny.  When faced with questions on the campaign trail the best answers are those where you make the students laugh but address the issue, too.  The same goes for speeches. Throw in a joke or two, you know the score, young people love to laugh.  So go for that.  Leave the dullsville speeches to everyone else.

Taking control of your education is possible, you just need to do it in the right way.  So stop pushing the wrong buttons.  Get your head down, think about what it is you want and find a way to take control.

Teachers and parents love to see us putting all the passion we have to good use.  If we are wasting it at home chasing unrealistic goals then we end up being met with resistance.  However if you can put your thoughts down on paper and create a reasoned and grown up proposal you will find you are met with respect and, ultimately, trust.  You might not win every pitch you put out there, but at least you will win the respect of the people who are in charge.

If you can nurture these skills now, you will have a far more rounded future.  Know which battles are worth fighting and which are not.  Then dedicate yourself and push through with your ideas.  

You don’t have much control over your life, so make it count where you do.

 

What Could A Degree Mean For Your Future?

Your whole life, adults ask you what you want to be when you grow up. Children play dress up at kindergarten based on nurse, police officer and firefighter. You can’t get away from it – from the age of seven through to eighteen, you’re expected to make choices that push you toward the career you could have your whole life. It’s scary to think ahead that far when all you want to do is hang out with your friends and get through the next set of homework your teacher has set you. Unfortunately, life does move forward at a rapid pace. Those summer breaks may feel like they last forever when you’re a teenager, but really, it’s moving fast and so big decisions must be made.

One day you must ask for a bathroom pass and the next you’re putting in college applications; it’s a big leap. It’s important to know as early as possible whether you plan to continue your education and go into a degree once high school is over. This is because the choices you make for the subjects you study in high school will influence the type of degree and subsequent career you plan to have. For some career paths, no degree equals no career so it’s a tough choice! Sometimes, TV shows like these can influence your decision on what you want to be when you get to eighteen and are putting in those college applications. Understanding what a degree can mean for your future is the best way to ensure that you are making the right choice and exploring what a college degree can give you is a smart decision. Getting a degree at the same time as your friends tends to be a rite of passage for most high school students – it’s a coming of age situation where you blossom from child to young adult.

A lot of employers expect to see a college degree when they’re hiring you and it’s a sad fact of life because a lot of families are unable to afford a college degree. On the other hand, you may not need a college education for the career that you want. The ways that people go into the working world range from taking the time to get a degree, to working from the ground up in a company. A strong work ethic is usually required if you plan to work from junior to senior level in a company and there are plenty of businesses out there that like to offer a stepping stone from intern level. Some people do question what a college education can do for them and whether they are worth the money. Others hear the word ‘college’ and think about the student loan debt that comes with it. It’s a huge decision and with that, we have put together for you some great reasons you should go ahead with a college education.

  • Cash. Everyone loves cash. Most of us plan our futures based on earning potential and with the costs of living rising year on year, your future should be secured as early as possible. College can be an expensive prospect and of course, you can consider scholarships like these, but you may find the student debt worth having if you have the long-term benefits of the extra money in your salary. You have the option of working as you study, but for a lot of college students this can be a drag when you’re studying and want a social life. Needs must though and the most ambitious people are the ones who rise to the top. Cash may be a great incentive to studying in higher education, but the student loan that comes with it can be crippling. If you’re lucky enough to have won a scholarship, you won’t be as worried about the loans afterward, but not everyone is so fortunate.
  • As a college graduate, your prospects are far higher than someone who hasn’t achieved a degree. You can absolutely start working for a company and work your way up as we mentioned earlier, but high-level jobs usually want you to have an associate’s degree at the very minimum. You could have all the experience required for a job, but that piece of paper that says you are qualified does matter. Improving your prospects for achieving high level jobs is going to improve your salary so that piece of paper can really matter. Companies like 360 Healthcare Staffing has more options for roles that are high-level, a lot of which require the people they interview to have a degree under their belt to be an asset to a company. Some roles out there don’t require you to have a college education but if you want to rise to the big leagues, a college degree you must get.
  • Studying for a degree can help you to learn valuable skills. You will get out of college exactly what you put in and if you are ambitious and tenacious enough to choose to work while you study, you will gain so much from your time there. It’s not all about the parties, it’s about attending class regularly and choosing the classes that are going to challenge you and help you develop what you need for your future career. If you can, grab an internship with two hands and hold onto it. An internship – especially in the field you are interested in – can allow you to meet people in the career you’d like to be in. You can also gain valuable technical skills and it’ll also tell you if the major you chose was right for you.
  • College can allow you to really develop yourself as an adult. You are in situations where you can make your own decisions, without your parents holding your hand to do so. You’re obviously not paying out thousands of dollars just for an experience, but you should know that the experiences that college will bring you are worth every cent. You’ll interact with people you don’t usually meet in your day to day life at home and this will set you up perfectly for life outside of a school environment. College teaches you an independence you won’t find elsewhere.
  • If you are someone who wants to have a say in your own life, then college will be somewhere that is for you. Exploring who you are as a person happens when you move out of your parent’s home and onto a campus. You’ll understand how to manage money, read a lease and your education in a major you have chosen for yourself can be very empowering.
  • Something that all college graduates discover is how marketable they are. You could have the best resume in a pool of candidates but sometimes it can take having that college degree written down to cinch a job you really want! The doors you will be able to swing open for yourself can give you more opportunities with people in your field to help you step up to the top; which is the goal of most graduates.

If you are the first person in your family to consider a degree, you will be able to unlock pride you never knew you could feel. Your whole future is decided at a young age and you could get through an entire degree only to work somewhere else, in a field you may not have considered. This happens sometimes, as you can spend four years or more learning a subject and specialising in a field that you want to work in, only to discover it’s really not for you once you graduate. The bonus? You could move out of your field of work but that college education will always be on your resume. You could swap industries completely, but the skills you have acquired during your time at college will always be transferable.

Thinking about the future may feel overwhelming and something that seems lightyears away, but it isn’t and the sooner you are okay with the way the world moves quickly the sooner you can make bold decisions about your life that no one else can have a say in. Ask for advice from as many angles as you have in your life: parents, siblings, mentors and friends can all advise you. Ultimately, you need to be the master of your own future and taking the reins of your life into both hands and steering it forward in a way you want it to go is the key.

Whether you are ready to embark on your college applications or you have a few years yet, don’t be afraid of what’s to come. College is one adventure you won’t want to miss out on and it can map out the person you grow into.

 

Learn To Enjoy Yourself: How To Make The Most Out Of College

Going to college is a fantastic opportunity to better yourself and get qualifications that will assist your career. However, that doesn’t mean you should spend all your time studying. You should also make sure you take the time to enjoy the culture and activities your university provides. Networking with other students is always a wise move because they could help you to find a better job one day. You might also make friends that will stick around for your entire life. With that in mind, some tips on this page will help you to make the most out of your college experience. Put them into practice, and you could end up set for life.

Get involved with your university

There are lots of ways in which you could get involved with your college and improve your experience. For instance, you could apply to become a member of the student board or something similar. You could also become a course rep or spend your time helping people with their work. Your contribution could make a significant difference, and you might make a name for yourself. We spoke to students who completed graduate programmes by Nanyang Technological University recently. They told us that taking part in the running of their college was an excellent way to get ready for the working world. They claimed it helped them to get used to extra responsibilities.

Attend parties and social gatherings

While you need to make sure you work hard at university, you still need to let your hair down from time to time. That is especially the case if you’re staying away from home to complete your course. There are lots of parties every single night, and you just need to find the right crowd. However, that doesn’t mean you have to get drunk and lose sight of your goals. It just means you’ll get to meet lots of new people with similar interests. Many graduates say they will always remember the people they knew at college. Indeed, many of them start businesses together or share contacts their entire lives.

Make use of every opportunity

Students get lots of opportunities when they attend college these days. You should try to make the most of them if you want to create the best memories. Maybe a lecturer organizes a trip abroad that seems appealing? While your participation comes down to finances, you should always try to go along. The same applies to things that help to make the world a better place. Most universities run charitable services in which you could become involved. Maybe you’ll spend the last two weeks in December feeding the homeless or something similar? Just ensure you stay in the loop and take part in as many activities as possible.

Now you know how to make the most out of college, we hope you will have an fantastic time this year. You need to focus on making sure you gain your qualifications first and foremost. Even so, you can still have a good time if you’re smart. It’s all about learning how to manage your time effectively.

 

Rolling In It: How Students Can Make A Fortune

Prospects for students aren’t so great these days. If you’re doing an art degree, the chances are that you won’t see a return on your investment. There are now so many students taking so many degrees that the value of having a degree is going down. In fact, going to college may soon be seen as a net negative by employers, especially if they think that you could have been spending your time building skills in the workplace.

Because of this sorry state of affairs, many students are wondering whether they should take a different career path to get the lives they want. Should they waste their time competing against hordes of other university graduates in round after round of interviews with dozens of employers who claim to be in the Times Top 100 list? Or should they just go out into the market, find a problem that people want solving, and start their own business?

According to the data, it appears that more and more people are doing the latter. They want the freedom to be able to dictate the direction of their own lives, and so they’re choosing to ditch traditional career paths and find something new that will make them money.

The question for students, however, is: what can they do today to boost their chances of entrepreneurial success in the future?

Get Access To People

In business, knowing the right people is more important than having lots of cash. If you’re a student at university right now, it’s a good idea to start developing the relationships and networks you’ll need to succeed in the future. By meeting and listening to other people in the business world, you’ll find the information and the support you need for starting out by yourself.

Large companies also offer support for students looking to start up their own businesses. Companies like Ellis Whittam offer advice on how to approach employment law. And Google has launched their “Google Campus” initiative, providing young entrepreneurs access to their facilities to building their businesses, often for free.

There’s also something called General Assembly, a hub which has many education programs and networking events for students to attend.

Look For Funding

Although access to people is important, you’ll also need quite a bit of funding to get started. Startup Loans is a scheme run by the Dragon James Caan along with Lord Young. The idea is to provide students with the capital they need to put their ideas into practice. Caan says that he shows students on the scheme how to put together a team of people and grow a brand.

Another organization called Student Upstarts is also aimed at helping students get started. It was set up by Christian Jakenfelds and Matthew Stafford. The idea is to invest fixed sums of money for a share of the equity in the company. The criteria are simple. The applicant must be a student, and they must have graduated in the last twelve months.

Finally, it’s worth noting that the best way to learn a business is to just do it.

Save The Lost…The Game!

There are lots of fun games out there — but how many of them teach meaningful Christian principles?  Of those that do, how many are cool enough that kids and teens WANT to play them?  The obvious answer: “not many!”

That’s why we created Save the Lost.  It’s similar to classic outdoor games like Hide and Seek, Tag and Capture the Flag — but unlike those games, it’s played with specialty glowing lights.  LED Candles mark important boundaries. Players wear illuminated cross necklaces and flashing red bracelets.  The game’s objective revolves around one beautifully lit orb, called “The Light.”

This is not a “sit around and talk” kind of game.  This is a glow-in-the-dark adventure game, one that’s active, that calls for hiding, searching, running, even sneaking up on people!   It really is FUN — but it also teaches profound Christian principles.

Check out this video of the game in action:

Interested in learning more?

Visit the official website:

http://www.savethelostgame.com/

Or check out it out on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LX3WQ6X

Love People? These Jobs Might Be Just Up Your Street

Some people like to beaver away by themselves, getting the job done without too much interaction with the outside world. But others – the extroverts among us – can’t imagine growing up and having a career where we’re not around people.

The cool thing for young people today is that the job market is changing. According to Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., the author of 150 Best Jobs for Your Skills, people skills consistently come out as number one among the best-paying jobs in the country. Maths and science might be important, but applying social knowledge seems to be what is most scarce in the job market and, therefore, most valuable.

It’s easy to work out whether you’re a people person. Do you like to be the center of attention? Do you make new friends easily? Do people describe you as chatty? Do you want to work as part of a big team? Do you like speaking in front of crowded rooms? Do you hate the thought of working in a job where you wouldn’t get the opportunity to interact with other people? If you answered “yes” to most of those questions, then you’re an outgoing person who needs an outgoing career.

Here are some of the top careers you should focus on in your education.

Intelligence Analyst

Intelligence analysts do things like process and interpret data, usually for government agencies. It might seem surprising that this job is on the list. After all, isn’t analyzing data a solo task?

It turns out that intelligence analysts don’t just analyze data. They work in big teams with numerous other people in government and business and are constantly looking for ways to make the world a better place. Intelligence analysts believe, despite the fact that they work for the government, that they are doing a good job and report high levels of personal satisfaction. Over 80 percent of analysts said that they got satisfaction in what they do which is a lot more than the average level of satisfaction in the job market as a whole.

To work as an analyst, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree, as well as foreign language skills. If you’ve got both, then you’ll be able to work on exciting projects that make the world a better place, like protecting endangered species and putting people who depend on the land and polluting industries out of work. Intelligence analysts earn around $72,000 a year, according to the latest estimates from business insider.

Real Estate Broker

Real estate brokers are people who help grease the wheels in the property market, matching potential buyers to sellers and taking a cut of the final sale price for themselves. Historically, the real estate broker industry has been a lucrative one and remains so today.

It’s also an industry where you’ll get to interact with all sorts of people and eventually manage your own team of brokers. Every day, you’ll meet clients keen to get your expert knowledge of housing and whether a particular property is a good buy. And you’ll get to interact with other people involved in the buying and selling process, including lawyers and other agents.

To become a real estate broker, you’ll have to get qualifications from an institution like Allied Real Estate School. After going to school, you’ll get accreditation giving you the legal right to practice. Once you’ve got the basics, you can move up the skill ladder, acquiring new qualifications enabling you to enhance your career prospects.

Foundation Program Officer

Foundations have a limited sum of money that they can use. The job of a foundation officer is to work out which projects offer the best return on investment and who should get the foundation’s money. This job is usually for people who have excellent decision-making skills and have a sense of which projects will be most valuable to people and which won’t.

Those who become foundation program officers report a high level of job satisfaction. More than 87 percent of people who hold the position report high levels of meaning at work. To become a foundation program officer you’ll need a bachelor’s degree from a reputable university, so it’s worth planning ahead now.

Director Of Development

A director of development is somebody who is responsible for bringing in funds, usually at a non-profit. As you can imagine, these people need to be highly socially savvy and able to ingratiate themselves with other people in order to persuade them to part with their money. As a director of development, you’ll need to have experience procuring funds as well as have highly developed analytical skills.

Becoming a director is usually a career goal. Yes, you’ll need the usual bachelor’s degree, but you may also need to go on to obtain professional qualifications too if you want to be able to help non-profit organizations achieve their goals.

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists are people who help people recover from physical disabilities or injuries. As a result, you’ll constantly be working with other people in a very hands-on manner. As a therapist, your main job is to help people recover any lost physical capacities, like tying up their shoes, jogging or putting the lid back on a jar. All these activities require careful, step-by-step guidance and rehabilitation regularly lasts months, meaning you’ll build close relationships in the process.

To become a registered occupational therapist, you’ll need a master’s degree. You’ll also need to pass a licensing exam at the end of your course to be officially allowed to practice. Occupational therapists report high levels of on-the-job satisfaction concerning the work that they do. 92 percent say that they are happy doing what they’re doing which is around double the national average.

Director Of A Non-Profit

The most satisfying job for people who love people is director of a non-profit, according to Monster. More than 94 percent of people who do this job report being satisfied with what they do. This shouldn’t come as any surprise. Most individuals who run non-profits can be confident that they’re making the world a better place and helping their organizations to thrive. What’s more, if you’re a talented person, you don’t actually need any qualifications to head your own non-profit organization.