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Etiquette: Unsolicited Advice from Life’s Experts

Scratch that. Nobody is an expert on the facts of life. There are only people with experiences. These people are around long enough to know the difference between what works and what doesn’t. They know how to deal with people and work with the bumps along the way. Most of all, they are self-assured. They know enough to help the lost and young on the questions they had when they were at the same age.

When advice is put into action, it becomes a part of etiquette. Instilling manners into your system does not only benefit yourself. It also helps the community and the society once everyone gets going with the trend. You get to score points with your neighbors at your condo in Nuvali. You live a long life as you fill yourself with confidence and love.

However, a twenty-something may still be unaware of how to accomplish these things. Most of them recently got their diplomas, on their first job or serious relationship. Some of them think they have it all under control when they absolutely have no idea what to do. They face problems head-on and apply solutions that only smack them in the face. Stumbles will always be part of life, but they become fewer as one learns how to face the hurdles.

Experienced Humans: Fifty-Somethings

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Below are some bits of advice from experienced humans, in this case, fifty-somethings that will help you through life. These people already spent half their life on Earth. Hence, they don’t mess around when talking about life.

Actively work on identifying what job will make you feel like you don’t work in a 9-to-5 setup. Pursue it with all the energy you can manage. Nothing says demise than daily routine. Clocking in and out at the office, sending and replying to e-mails, and accomplishing the same ad-hoc tasks is a surefire way to kill the spirit. Instead, ignite the passion inside of you. Dance, draw, paint, read, sing, write, or travel if that’s what you wish to do. You can immerse in various pursuits throughout your lifetime. Doing them brings you closer to what works for you.

No one wins or loses in the game of life. It’s the journey that counts. The material wealth you have – cash, automobiles, electronics, and other luxury items – have the same value as the generic ones. A Chanel bag is still a bag. A Bentley is still a car. It all boils down to perspective. Switching to newer and better versions of the former will result in the same way it was before after six months.

Consequently, do not put stuff above people when making priority lists. They are never as important as the people you love. Cherish the memories and time you have with each person in your life. Family and friends are the ones there for you at a time of crisis. Not your iPhone.

Major life decisions are for you to decide. Other people exist to encourage and provide support. They must not be the one running the show. Thus, don’t make decisions to please others. Live for yourself. Remember, there is no one else to support you and your dreams but you.

If you don’t have confidence, fake it. Pretend as if you do. Going through the motions will trick your brain into believing. Eventually, you will gain it, and everything will fall into place.

These five pieces of advice target the self. Change starts within a person the spreads to others once they are sure of themselves. Twenty-somethings are in a period of insecurity due to the unstable footing and lack of knowledge in the world. Having a guide, mentor or someone who is wise beyond their years are the people who give out nuggets of wisdom.


7 Simple Hacks on How to Make your Own Home Library

Whether you would agree with me or not, books can never replace e-books! Yes, the convenience e-books can give is also to our advantage. But I would still prefer flipping the pages of my old book at one of the nooks of my Nuvali property. There are even some people who go to school or public library just to read their favorite books or even buy a particular book on the cheapest book store. I bet, book lovers would do what they can just to have the book that they love.

If you are a kind of person who is passionate enough to read and collect books, why don’t you consider having your own library at home? Having your own library at home can bring a relaxing and genuine atmosphere of a modern residence or apartment. Well, it doesn’t take a big space in your home – just enough to accommodate all your books.

1. Bookshelf

First and foremost, before you can have your own library, you have to know where you would like to put your books. You have to know whether you still have enough space in your home for your own mini-library or not. Well, if you don’t have enough space, then there must be a way where you can still put your books. If you are creative enough, then you might want to try installing some bookshelves on your wall – it’s an artistic style to have your own personalized library.

2. Find your library style

If you are a kind of person who wants to take their home library to the next level, you must first determine what kind of style you want for your library. You have to know first what kind of theme, or book order you want to have. If you want to have it a bookstore-style – then sorting the nonfiction books by subject and fiction books alphabetically by an author is also best for larger book collectors. If you want it by theme – then you can sort your books from topics to topics. And if you want to arrange your books by its color, then you can also play with the style.

3. Take care of oversized books

One way or another, books like to be supported. And having proper shelving is one way to ensure that they are. Well, if you have some oversized books, consider laying them flat instead of standing them up. With that manner, it will reduce the wear and tear on the spines. Just make sure to stack them in ascending order, so each book is entirely supported by the book beneath it.

4. Rotate books to spark new interest

We all love to read our books at home, but there are certain books that we really love to read over and over again. Well, if you have that kind of book, why not try rotating it for a new twist of arrangement? You can have it off the shelf and put it on your coffee table, or in a little pile beside your bed, and/or any other places where you can definitely notice it. With that, it will be easier for you to remember that you will be going to have a good read once again.

5. Special care for rare books

Usually, people who love to collect books have a particular book that is distinctive from any other books they have at home. And basically, if you have this kind of book that you really cherish a lot, then you have to make sure that it is not placed in direct sunlight since it can bleach the covers. Moreover, you have to take precautions to protect your investments.

6. Put a bookend on it

You definitely can protect your book even if you don’t have any bookshelves at all. All you have to do is secure a bookend and place it on both ends. Using of bookends is a simple hack perfect for adding a small collection of your favorite books to space without bookshelves. And mind you, it is going to be a lifesaver. Of course, you can have your books even in the kitchen – keeping a seasonal selection of cookbooks within reach on the counter.

7. Get inspired while you work

When you are feeling down, and you don’t have the right motivation to work on the task that you are working on, then why not try reading your favorite book first. Flipping through a stack of inspiring books can be a quick and easy way to spark new ideas.