The Ways of Life

There are so many situations that we experience on a daily basis. The regular life issues that keep it interesting–and challenging. For all of the random stuff that a teen goes through, we have it covered. Maybe this will help make life just a little bit easier…

How To Make The Choices That Matter


The younger you are, the bigger the future will seem to you. However, the future doesn’t suddenly shrink with your age – when you get older, the future seems as big and bright as you were when you were fourteen! However, with age, we get a bit more realistic, and we might accept that some ideas are just dreams. Youth is where this changes, as with the right planning, you can make your dreams come true. Certainly so if you are grounded and ready to put the work in. Some big choices are coming.

The first huge choice that people make in their young lives is a college degree. Sometimes, that choice comes earlier when kids choose specialized high schools to enroll with. This all hinges on the area of life that you want to learn about and specialize in. Sometimes, the choice of college is just as big of a degree, but what you choose to study is important, and often more so than where you choose to study it. It’s never too early to start thinking about your major or degree, and there’s plenty online to learn. You can examine and explore the career prospects that come with degrees. You can even find out who makes what in terms of income based on their degree. You can also study online with courses like the online MBA in Healthcare Management, so it’s not just research you can perform. Question what you want to do with your life and find courses and majors that can propel you in the right direction. It’s not just online, consult with school and college counselors and make the right decision – doing what you want to do.

It’s difficult, because college is followed by a huge decision. College degrees fall in line with a future line of work, but this is not always the case. No matter what you choose to do with your education, you will have to choose a line of work at some point. Sometimes, this might not be what you have studied – so research career paths and see how your skills could take you up that path. This might mean you need to jump into internships and the like, but once you find the right path for you find ways to climb it.

There are a lot of big decisions to make in life, and as you get older you might get worried. You might get cold feet and think about changing your mind. If this happens, it’s no bother. You are never too old to pursue a new path in life as long as you start again and follow the correct path of doing your research.

These decisions are stressful to make, and that’s only right – because they will be a big part of what defines your future. However, if you take the decisions needed for your future seriously and do your research and make balanced decisions, you’ll do alright. Remember that changing your mind is not an issue, as long as you do one thing – you guessed it. Do your research!



It's Not Too Late To Put The 'U' Back Into Your Summer Break


The beginning of summer was all about fun, fun, fun. By now, though, you’re probably wishing that you’d made more of this opportunity to better yourself. Well, given that the new school/college/university year is still a few weeks away, you still have time.

Here are just five phenomenal ways to maximize productivity throughout the rest of your summer. Use that time wisely to…

 

#1. Look & Feel Your Best

If you’re planning to take time out to focus on becoming the best possible version of you, your appearance is the first place to start. It may seem a little vain, and looks aren’t everything in this world. Still, there’s no denying that feeling your best bring many rewards.

Reinventing your style with a little retail therapy can help. However, your first focus should be on your natural appearances. Start using a hyaluronic acid serum to get your skin looking better than ever. The confidence and happiness gained from doing this are second to none.

The increased recreational time is also the perfect moment to start getting fit. Whether you join a gym or find fun home workouts is entirely up to you. Either way, hitting those body goals will fill you with happiness.

 

#2. Seek Work Experience

While the academic year is on a break, you might not be thinking too much about your future career. This is a huge error of judgment, however, because you have a wonderful opportunity to seek an advantage over your future competition.

Unpaid internships may not feel overly attractive right now, especially as they mean you’ll be giving up a large section of your leisure time. The rewards are plentiful, though, and could help point you towards your future dream job. Besides, you never know who you might connect to during that work experience.

Alternatively, you could look for paid work in an unrelated field. You might not be working towards your dream job, but it’ll still prepare you for a far better career.

 

#3. Invest In Your Future

Working on a short-term contract with no long-term guarantees may not appeal to everyone. But there are other ways to start building towards your future career. With the extra time on your hands, you could take the time to write a better resume or build a portfolio website.

Alternatively, you could launch a business of your own. Thanks to the benefits of online interactions, an increasing number of teenagers are carving a name for themselves. Even if you don’t gain the riches that you’d love, the lessons you’ll gain could have a telling impact on your future.

Finally, you could look at learning a new skill. In today’s climate, being bilingual is more attractive than ever. Add another language to your repertoire, and it will pay dividends for your future.

 

#4. Prepare For The School Year Ahead

There is still plenty of time left this summer, but the new academic year is still fast approaching. Whether you’re heading off to college for the first time or will be a returning student doesn’t matter. Putting yourself one step ahead of the game will be very rewarding.

Ultimately, you want to reduce the stress so that you can concentrate on studying. In truth, financial elements are likely to be the biggest problem. Learning how to save money with couponing and other tips for students will work wonders. Aside from the physical gains, it’ll give you peace of mind.

All academic years are important, but there’s no doubt that some are more crucial than others. If you’re entering a big one, there’s nothing wrong with sourcing textbooks or thinking about projects at this early stage. You could even find graduates online and ask for their support. Anything that provides an advantage can only be positive.

 

#5. Help People Out

The rest of the summer should be committed to making personal improvements. Sometimes, however, helping others is the best way to help yourself.

This can manifest itself in many different forms. Having said that, spending time with senior citizens is one of the most mutually beneficial. While they will take a lot of comfort from your visits, they’ll also repay you with valuable lessons and knowledge. Moreover, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of happiness that comes from helping someone in need.

If this isn’t your bag, helping out at charity events or signing up for one yourself can be equally wonderful. Seriously, the confidence boost you’ll gain is massive. And it should prepare you nicely for the coming academic year.

 



My Parents are Getting a Divorce


Whether you’re five, fifteen or thirty, the news that your parents are getting a divorce is never going to be insignificant. Even if ending their marriage will ultimately make life easier, divorce means big changes for everyone. As a teenager, accustomed to living at home with both parents, you’re bound to be affected in some way and it’s more than likely you’ll have questions, fears and worries to respond to.

You’re not alone

The first thing to bear in mind is that you’re not alone. Unfortunately, many U.S. marriages, for a whole host of reasons, end in divorce. According to Pew Research Center, while divorce figures for 25 to 39 year olds are going down, divorce for 40+ adults is rising and these are the marriages most likely to include teenage children.

Also, according to family law help in Scottsdale, some couples choose to pursue legal separation rather than filing for divorce, and so the number of teenagers who experience parental separation may indeed be higher than the official figures reveal.

Common fears and concerns

Safe in the knowledge that you’re not the only young girl in the world with parents who are getting a divorce, you should also know that you’re not the only one with worries and concerns about the future.

Love and commitment don’t last

You might be feeling the need to protect yourself from further heartache. It might seem like the safer option to avoid growing attached to anyone from now on, but that will only make you feel more isolated in the long-term. It’s true that not all love lasts forever, but sometimes it does. Indeed, just because your parents have fallen out of love with each other, don’t assume that they don’t love you or that they won’t be committed to you forever.

And remember, whether love and commitment last or not, the beauty of the feeling lies in the simple opportunity we get to experience it, however long it lasts.

I too will fail at marriage

Just because your parents’ marriage hasn’t worked doesn’t mean that yours won’t either. Every partnership and every situation is different. There’s nothing written in the future to suggest you won’t be able to live a long and happy marriage and there’s nothing wrong with taking your time before you choose to marry in order to make sure you’re making the very best of decisions.

Maybe I could have done something

It’s a natural reaction to think that as the daughter you could have done more to help about the house or to bring your parents together. This simply isn’t the case. For whatever reason, your parents’ marriage broke down because of something that happened between them; something that you couldn’t have prevented or fixed under any circumstances.

What you can do

While there’s nothing you can do to change the situation between your parents, there’s plenty you can do to avoid further heartache. Regular communication and finding the positives are two excellent places to begin.

Talk

Don’t be afraid of talking through your feelings with friends, family or even mom and dad. Keeping things bottled up inside always makes them seem worse. You may also find that by airing your worries, solutions are presented to you. Two heads are normally better than one.

Enjoy the positives

While you might not have your mom and dad by your side every day, you may find that by spending time with them individually you begin to connect with them on a much deeper level. Suggest different things you can do together – places you can visit and activities you can try – to make the time you spend with each one as memorable as possible.



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