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…

9 Things Everybody in Their 20s Should Know


Whether you’re in you 20s or you are fast approaching them, there are a few things that you should know about life as a 20 to 29 year old. In fact, there are 9 things that you should know; to see these 9 things, make sure to read on.

It’s still okay to feel young

In your 20s you are going to be doing a lot of very ‘adultly’ things, and you are going to be spending a lot of time with people who you deem to actually be adults. This is going to make you feel very much like an adult. But, even though you will feel like an adult, and in truth will be an adult, that doesn’t mean you should surrender your youth with a fight. No, you should still continue to squeeze the most out of your youth whilst you still have it by doing things like travelling, seeing different people and generally having a good time. You should do so because, once your 20s are over, you’ll wish you had done!

It’s still okay not to have everything figured out

And just as it is okay to still feel and act young, it’s equally okay to not have your life figured out. What this means, first and foremost, is that you should never compare yourself to your friends who are of a similar age to you. If they are putting down a montage on a home and you are not, do not worry. If they are climbing their career ladder and you are not, do not worry. Everybody develops through life at different speeds and at different times.

It’s even still okay to have and chase your dreams

It’s funny. When you were a kid you were told to chase your dreams and ‘be all you can be’, right? Well, now you’ve reached adulthood and your 20s you’re being told to ‘stop being so silly’ and to ‘give up on your daydream’ in order to focus on getting yourself a comfortable job, right? Even if those words have not been explicitly said to you, it’s still the truth. But you can stick it to the monolithic man that tells you that by continuing to give it a go in chasing your childhood dreams. This means continuing to pen (or type) that story idea you’ve had for yours. This means getting the old guitar and guitar straps and practising your music, and even busking, until you are spotted. And this means doing as much studying as your dream job in life dictates that you do.

Be open to continuing your learning

And on that note, whether it is in order to grab your dream role or not, you should be open to containing your learning and education. You should be willing to do this, simply, because you have a lot more learning to do! Now, this could mean heading back to college or university and taking a degree as a ‘mature’ student (whether you feel mature or not). Or, this could just mean taking courses that are offered to you in regards to your work or your hobby.

You don’t have to please everyone

But you shouldn’t take these courses or doing anything at all for that matter in order to please others. Yes, it’s still nice to please your parents and the rest of your family. But, the only person that you should really be trying to please in your 20s is you. You see, this is a time to be selfish and do things that will enrich your life — and you can’t do that by trying to please everybody you meet, can you?

Be flexible

You should also be flexible and open to pretty much everything that comes your way and everything that life throws at you. Have you ever heard that old adage ‘you should try everything once’? Well, this means something! This means something because practicing it will allow you to truly find out what you like and who you are now you do not have the restraints or parents, guardians and teachers pushing and pulling you in certain directions.

 

It’s a good idea to learn how to manage your time

As flexible as you should be, you should still be learning to manage your time. You should be doing so because adulthood can come and does come thick and fast, and it will leave you pretty much no time at all to do things that you want to do in life in order to better it. You see, your life is split into three times: time at work, time to sleep and spare time, and you will need to protect that last one with your life. You will need to protect it, by learning to manage your time correctly, because that’s the only time you will get to devote to betting your life and chasing your personal dreams.

 

Money shouldn’t be prioritised

Money is not the be all and end all in life; if you think it is, you’ll never have it. Simply, yes, money is important because it allows us the chance to retain the standard of life that we deserve. But, it is not the most important thing on this earth, and the sooner you learn that in life the better!

But you shouldn’t forget to save

However, it’s still a good idea to save your money and contribute towards your retirement or pension pot. It is never too early to be doing this and you should be doing this because you are in the best positing possible to do so: your money now has the time and potential to accrue enough interest when left in savings accounts to see you be able to retire happily ever after.

Life in your 20s is equals parts tough and fun — and this balance is something that you should be both remembering and protecting at all times! So, go out there and do what needs to be done in your life as an adult, but don’t forget to have some fun whilst you do so!

 



5 Stressful Times Only Twentysomething's Will Understand


Being in your twenties does not mean you’re immune to stress, and no matter how many times your parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles (delete accordingly) tell you not worry because you’re still only twenty-something the fact doesn’t change. You still have to do battle with that voice in your head, the one that can’t handle life’s intensity and constantly screams at you to quit your job because this isn’t how you are meant to spend your life and you should just give up trying by moving to Colombia and hiding from all responsibilities.

The important thing to remember in these moments is that you are not alone and that your brain isn’t the only one screaming that kind of thing at its hosts. Oh, and you mustn’t give up. By all means, go to Colombia, but don’t give up; you’re way too awesome.

Instead, what you need to do is work out what stress management techniques work best for you, couple them up with some adrenal balance, green tea and dried mango and then prepare yourself for those stressful moments you and all your twenty-something peers will have to endure.

 

  1. The Dreaded Job Hunt

Nothing is more stressful than stepping out of college with a degree and $80,000 worth of debt only to realize you are incredibly unqualified in the eyes of all employers. The job descriptions are fine, you can do that, but the qualifications are way out of reach, as is the required experience. Cue stress.

  1. Hearing Financial Terms

You suddenly realize how unprepared you are for life when you hear financial terms like 401K, compound interest, tax rates and budgeting and have no idea what they mean. All that education you had to endure and no one taught you about money management; it’s stressful.

  1. Having A Life Plan

You finally land a job after college, the kind that you aren’t excited about but it lets you move into your own place and have your own life, and that’s cool. But then you discover almost every conversation you have is geared toward what your long-term plan is. You get asked things like, “so what’s next for you?” and you have zero ideas because you’ve only just got your first job. Come on, people, give us a break.

  1. New Definition Of Poor

Every month comes with two weeks of financial stress because you suddenly realize your current salary only stretches two weeks and the term poor relates to how much month is left at the end of your money. It is stressful, and it becomes even worse when you start comparing yourself to that one friend who landed on their feet right out of college (we all have that one friend).

  1. Managing Your Personal Life

Some people just seemed to have it all figured out and that is stressful. They are somehow managing to balance having a job, paying rent, holidaying six times a year, find the one and getting engaged and you are still living off leftover pizza and sleeping diagonally in your bed. No one warns you about these stresses and yet the struggle is oh so real.



Bring Hollywood To Your Wedding!


When it comes to getting engaged and tying the knot in style, the celebs really know how to do it. This is mostly due to the amount of connections and money they can come up with for a big bash, so transporting this to the smaller screen of our own lives requires a little bit of thinking. If you need some ideas on how to make the wedding of a lifetime possible on a tighter budget, take a look at a few of these celebrity engagement trends.

The Right Kind of Ring

The Hollywood scene often likes to get stuck in its ways, but sometimes that doesn’t have to mean for the wrong reason. Take their penchant for platinum jewelery, as their rings mainly followed this theme for a few years until 2015.

If you like these kinds of ideas, as they work with anything you wear and are very classy to show off in those engagement photos, retailers such as 77 Diamonds stock multiple stones and colors and cheaply! Picking either a vintage or more modern trend is a lot easier.

Picking the Right Place

A lot of celebrities wait until they’re on holiday with their partner before they decide to propose, and they never do it in public either. This is a great way to make sure your significant other doesn’t feel pressured in the situation, and keeps the event romantic for the both of you!

So try booking a weekend away, or even a day trip to a big city, and pop the question with just the two of you in your element. You can eat in a fancy restaurant to savor the moment, or have a rooftop bar view. It sounds, and feels, glamorous!

Saving the Season

When we think about it, Christmas is the best time of year to celebrate with your friends and family, and anyone else who means the world to you. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that a lot of celebrities choose to ask during the December and January months.

Instead of a ski trip to really mark the occasion, book yourself a cabin and set the fireplace roaring. It’s comfortable and warm, and really brings the festive cheer to your engagement.

Announcing the Event

A lot of celebs take to social media to announce their upcoming nuptials, and they do it in a variety of ways. If you have everyone important in your life on this kind of platform, then try taking a subtle photo of your hands, or just a body shot, and see if anyone notices! This is a popular method, as Kelly Osbourne showed us back in 2014, and makes you feel a little sneaky about it!

So there’s a lot of things the celebrities like to post about, and their upcoming nuptials are usually one of the biggest. Helping to be inspired by these stories can make our own big days a little more magical! Give it a try if you have something in mind.



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