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How to Survive a Long-Distance Relationship

Whether you have been in a long-distance relationship for a while, or recently started a long-distance relationship, it’s important for the both of you to be on the same wave length. It can be challenging to be in one, but if you’re both committed then it can definitely become worthwhile and can either bring the two of you closer together, or pull you further apart.

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  1. Communication is Key – It is sacred and your partner will definitely value all and any messages, whether they’re short or long from you. If you lose communication then you might end up in a difficult situation so make sure to text or FaceTime every day.

 

  1. Write Down your Commitments –When you know exactly what your partner’s plans are on the relationship, then it will help you both to feel more secure and at ease. Jotting a few things down shows that you both plan on working on developing your relationship every single day.  

 

  1. Visit each other whenever you can – Your work schedule may be very busy but if you’re committed enough, you will take the time to visit each other to develop your relationship. Making the effort to visit them is vital as you can catch up and spend some quality time together.

 

  1. Always Have Something To Look Forward To Together – Whether it’s a skype call or a holiday abroad together, you should both be excited and waiting for something. If you don’t have a milestone to look forward to then the relationship can feel pointless and uncertainties will arise and may grow into legitimate existential crises.

 

  1. Be Real – This is probably the most important piece of advice. If you don’t see it working out in the long-term, then you might as well quit while you’re ahead. Although many long-distance relationships work, obviously some do not; remember not to kid yourself and to be honest with each other.

 


 

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Our Top 3 Secrets to Overcoming Interview Jitters

No matter many how many times we all go through the interview process, it is still very nerve racking.  Walking into a new place with new people and asking to be judged is definitely not my idea of fun.

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Do your homework.

aaMake sure you research the company from head to toe, even if it requires Internet stalking…I mean sleuthing. Try and find unique facts and information about the company that none of your competitors may know about. Having a good grasp of what the company’s mission is, can really set you ahead and will make answering interview questions like
‘Why do you want to work here’ or
‘why should we hire you’ so much easier.

 

 

Choose your look 24 hours in advance.

aaaInstead of rushing in the morning to prepare a smart outfit for your interview, do it beforehand as this will make you feel more relaxed. Check the weather report and make sure what you wear is practical and formal.  The key here is to plan every detail of your appearance out so you feel as comfortable and confident as possible.

 

Work out in the morning of the interview.

 

aaaaTake your mind off your interview by focusing on something else like exercise. Some of the adrenaline and endorphins when you work out will help you to feel more grounded during the interview.  Also, your body has the opportunity to release excess energy and this will help your mind to relax and stay clear.

 


 

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How To Throw A Holiday Party That Doesn’t Suck

Remember when we used to celebrate the holidays with our families and people would actually interact with one another? Holiday parties these days are literally everyone sitting on the sofa, on their phones and iPads. If you’re ready to bring back the holiday spirit this season, here are a few things you might want to consider doing at your next holiday party.

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PLAY OLD HOME MOVIES

1This is guaranteed to be a huge hit and is an awesome time for everyone to bond and reflect on some great memories. But be prepared for your parents are grandparents to ask questions like ‘why can’t you guys be little again?’

 

 

 

DECORATE COOKIES

2You don’t even have to make the cookies from scratch, just make it easy for yourself and buy some cookie mix.  You can have them ready when everyone shows up to your house, and you can set up a decoration station with different icings and sprinkles. I think that’s a little more fun than Facebook stalking people from school.  

 

 

HAVE A PHOTO BOOTH

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Instead of taking a million selfies on your iPhone, why not set up a little photo booth? All you need is a simple backdrop and some fun props. Everyone can join in and share in the holiday spirit.  

 

 

 

MAKE A SIGNATURE DRINK

4You can’t have a holiday party without a good drink to down to avoid those awkward conversations with a cousin that you haven’t seen since birth. Have a recipe card available, and encourage everyone to try making it…that’ll get people off the sofa for sure!

 

 


 

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5 Signs You Are Becoming an Adult

Let’s take a moment of silence and pay our respects to all the monumental life moments below, because now we’re staring adulthood directly in the eyes.

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1Health –You’ve eaten a salad because you want one, and not because you feel like you have to. You actually make a conscious effort to eat nutritious foods and the thought of Kale smoothies don’t give you the shudders anymore.

 

 

 

 

11Enjoying your Own Company – in contrast to your teen years, you actually value and look forward to the nights where you can stay in by yourself. Watching a whole load of rubbish movies on Netflix whilst you’re drowning in pepperoni pizza excites you more than big nights out partying.

 

 

 

111Chores – WOW! You have actually done your laundry before you run out of underwear. What’s even weirder is that you actually like living in a clean house and you make sure to tidy up at least every week or before a guest comes over.

 

 

 

1111Matching Everything – it’s ok, you can admit it…you have an addiction to purchasing home décor. You’ve just been to IKEA and couldn’t help yourself and being stuck with matching cutlery, towels and cushions for life makes you feel happier than ever.

 

 

 

2Another One Bites The Dust – it’s another day and it’s another Facebook engagement post on our timeline. Seeing the ‘Oh my god, I can’t wait to marry my best friend #ISaidYes’ makes us feel slightly uneasy. Oh and let’s not even talk about the ‘we’re expecting our first child, #IsItABoyOrAGirl?’ posts.  

 

 

 


 

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Top Tips for Millennials Travelling Abroad

Many of us confused millennials are always looking for ways to better understand ourselves and the world around us. According to Forbes, 20% of the world’s travellers are millennials, and that number is getting bigger and bigger every year.

 

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CHOOSING A DESTINATION

1If you’re looking for the best eye-opening experience then why not challenge yourself by visiting a country where the native language isn’t English?  You can learn a lot about yourself and other people when you leave your comfort zone. The experience will also help you to become more self-reliant in difficult situations.

 

 

 

SKIP THE GUIDED TOURS

11A seasoned Travel Guide is a relatively fool proof way to visit the must-see stops at your destination, while hearing tons of fun facts in the process. However, guided tours can quickly erode your budget and dictate your time. Why not do your own research, build an itinerary and embark on your own customized vacation?

 

 

 

MONEY MATTERS

111Money is a necessary evil for traveling, but don’t let the idea of it discourage you from traveling. Exchange rates are always changing so bookmark a currency exchange converter. It can be easy to overspend when you’re overseas so consider applying for a travel card that allows free ATM withdrawals since many other countries prefer to use cash for everyday transactions.

 

 


 

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Top Tips for Millennial Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial bug has definitely bitten many millennials since 2008. As many opportunities exist to start your own thing, there are just as many to fail. Check out these 4 tips to help you set yourself up for success as an entrepreneur:

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  1. Narrow Your Focus

1Try to focus on one aspect of an industry, preferably one that you can master with ease. By finding your niche, you will be able to focus all of your energy and effort into making those particular areas a great success.

 

 

 

 

  1. Know When to Get Help

2If you want to succeed, you can’t rely on your capabilities and ambitions alone. Why not get some help in the form of a mentor or partner that will help you develop and grow? They can aid in avoiding common pitfalls or overcoming future obstacles.

 

 

 

  1. Prepare For Failure

3Failure is inevitable and, more importantly it is vital to your growth as a person as well as an entrepreneur.  Every situation, no matter how bad or bleak, is a learning experience. All of these unfortunate incidents will help shape the leader and the success story that you will become in the future.

 

 

 

  1. Take Risks When Necessary

maxresdefaultAt one point or another, you will have to carefully monitor a situation and then take somewhat of a gamble. Sometimes it will pay off and at other moments, you may find yourself paying for your mistake. Nonetheless, you should not shy away from these opportunities.

 

 

 

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Best Budgeting Tips for Your 20s!

All of my friends are like ‘just get what you need, I don’t care how much it costs’ type…and I’m more like, ‘hey, I’m going to be here a while trying to figure out which pack of toilet roll gives us the best value.’

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  1. Learn To Differentiate Between ‘Wants’ and ‘Needs’a

The line that separates the two can be a bit blurry sometimes, but you’re the only one who can make these decisions. Food, housing, and warmth, of course, fall under the needs category. But if you just use things for entertainment, then it’s probably a want, given that less expensive options are usually available.

 

 

  1. bUse A Personal Finance App

The greatest challenge when it comes to managing your finances is actually sticking to one. There are lots of apps for your smartphone that can help you monitor your expenses so you can stay on top of your money.

 

 

 

  1. cReview Your Expenses

If your expense report tells you you’ve achieved your budget goals, then YAY well done! However, don’t stop there, keep on reviewing your expenses and look at categories you spend the most on. Prices of utilities and even your rent can change, so this can help you determine whether or not you need to adjust your budget to meet your current needs.

 

 

  1. dComparison Shop

You can still live comfortably while saving money. There are comparison websites and voucher websites out there to help you find the cheapest option on many household items like toilet roll or apples. Spending a little time to do your research will pay off greatly for you in the long run.

 

 

  1. eFinancial Goals

From the day you create your budget you should also be planning for your financial goals. This includes planning for the unexpected like setting up an Emergency Fund in case of an accident or an unexpected car repair. This list can also include fun things; like saving for a car or a holiday and should act as a motivator of what you are working towards.

 


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The Most Hilarious Tweets That Will Make You LOL

Dear Twitter, you never fail to make me laugh…so thank you for your endless laughs in just 140 characters. Sincerely, the world.

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  1. Vandalism isn’t cool…unless it looks like this.

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  1. The lengths we go to these days…

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  1. *Raven Voice* YA LIL NASTY

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  1. Netflix and so-drunk-I-feel-ill

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  1. Mind = Blown

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  1. Twitter life hacks > Pinterest life hacks

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  1. What a guy…

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  1. #SquadGoals

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5 Easy Ways To Spruce Up Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is just as important as a paper résumé these days so make sure yours is up to date and in order.  Instead of spending hours perfecting your profile, it’s smarter to focus on a few key items that will really make an impact, so read our top tips below!

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USE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTO Men's Black Coat With White Polo Shirt

It may seem obvious but you would be shocked at how many #selfies and darkly lit pictures I see on LinkedIn profiles. Good lighting and a genuine smile will work wonders but make sure no one else is in your photo.

 

WRITE IN ACTIVE VOICE

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I always have trouble with figuring out how to best list my responsibilities on my résumé in a compelling way, especially the wording to use.  Writing in active voice subconsciously implies enthusiasm and action without any additional craziness or effort.  

 

ASK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

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They add credibility to your account and give your audience a chance to learn more about you as a reputable professional. It doesn’t even have to be your boss who recommends you, it could be a co-worker.

 

HIGHLIGHT YOUR CURRENT PROJECTS

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Does the ‘summary’ section of LinkedIn make you itch? There are 100 questions in your mind like ‘what do you include, how long should it be, what tone of voice should I have?’ Discuss that huge project you’re working on, or the new initiative you just pitched to your manager. This is obviously going to change pretty consistently, which gives people a reason to come back and keeps your profile looking fresh and up-to-date.


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