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Random advice for life

Are you looking for some random advice for life? Good advice makes navigating life much easier. I have decades of real life experience navigating various situations – not always successfully, which is how I learned the lessons I know now. I’d like to share some random advice for life to help you avoid some painful mistakes and make better decisions for yourself. 

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What’s some good random advice for life?

My favorite good random advice for life that has served me well is to not be afraid of failure, but welcome it instead. Expose yourself to new experiences that can open up new opportunities to learn your own preferences, strengths and weaknesses. 

You will not succeed in everything you try, but if you never leave your comfort zone and try something new, you will not gain that valuable experience. It’s better to regret something you did, rather than something you didn’t do

Random advice for life

Know your values 

Your values represent your personal guiding principles or life goals. Your values are important because they help you identify who you are and help you make decisions that focus on moving towards the life you ultimately want to live. Your values influence your relationships, career, and all other aspects of your life. 

Choose your friends wisely

The people you surround yourself with influence the person you become. If you hang out with negative people, you will become a negative person. If you surround yourself with positive people, you will become a more positive person. Choose friends you admire who have common values and who treat you with love and respect.

Be humble

Humble people value the wellbeing of their relationships more than they value being right or getting their own way. People who are humble own their mistakes and are open to new ideas, advice, and criticism. Being humble helps to build trust and strengthens our relationships with others.

Ask for help

Life is hard and everyone needs help sometimes. Asking for help shows trust in your relationships and helps build intimacy in friendships as it shows that you’re willing to be vulnerable. Plus, people love to help because they like to be supportive and helping is a great way of connecting with other people.

Treat yourself as your own best friend

Support yourself by being nice to yourself. Stop being so self critical and acknowledge your positive qualities, talents and skills. Negative-self talk can lower self-esteem, cause anxiety and depression, and can increase stress levels.

Live alone at least once

Even if it’s just a studio or bachelor pad with just the basics, living alone can be the most liberating experience of your life. The sense of freedom and independence can be incredible and your confidence will increase exponentially when you rely only on yourself. It’s the best way to learn exactly how capable you really are.

Be grateful

Gratitude is not just thanking someone for something they do for you. It’s a deeper appreciation for everything in your life that makes you feel positive emotions. Even in tough situations, taking the time to acknowledge all the wonderful people and opportunities that positively affect your life increases your sense of purpose, happiness and satisfaction. Change your perspective by focusing on the good parts of your life and minimizing the negative.

Create a morning and evening routine

Wake up at the same time every morning and do something that makes you ready for a productive day. My morning routine includes strengthening and stretching exercises for 15 minutes before I even get out of bed. Then I have my coffee and plan my day.

A regular evening routine can help you relax and get a good night’s sleep. Get yourself ready for the next day by choosing an outfit, getting your lunch ready and finishing up the dinner dishes so you wake up to a clean kitchen. I love to read for half an hour to rest my body before I go to sleep.

Take care of your health 

You only get one body, so taking care of it is important.

  • Eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. 
  • Manage stress with meditation, yoga, getting a massage, taking a bubble bath, hiking or whatever else relaxes you.
  • Have regular medical check-ups.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Brush your teeth and floss daily. Visit your dentist at least once a year.
  • Get enough sleep – at least 7 hours a night. 
  • Move your body for at least a half hour every day. 
  • Wear sunscreen.

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Random advice for home

Buy a plunger before you need a plunger

Nothing throws your home into chaos more than a clogged toilet, especially if you only have one. You can use a plunger on clogged sinks and bathtubs too. Most of the time, a plunger will fix the problem and save you from calling a plumber.

Have a space for everything

The key to having an inviting home where you can relax is for everything to have its own space. If you know where things live in your home, then you can more easily find them when you need them and put them away when you’re done. 

This organization helps immensely when cleaning as you won’t get overwhelmed and have to spend a bunch of time finding spots to put things away before you clean. Be ruthless and assign all the things a place to live as soon as you bring them into your home.

If your home is cluttered and out of control and you don’t know where to start, The Organized Home is a 100% self-paced course that you can do from the comfort and privacy of home. No one needs to know!

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Clean as you go

Avoid overwhelm and save time by cleaning as you go. Tidy up your kitchen, sweep the floor and load the dishwasher as your dinner cooks. Wipe down the bathroom sink after you brush your teeth. Put clothes away when you get changed, or put them in a laundry basket and wash them as soon as the basket is full. 

These types of small, incremental steps can make cleaning days less stressful, less messy and a whole lot easier.

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Hydrogen Peroxide removes biological stains

If you’re dealing with blood on your clothes, vomit on the couch, cat urine on the carpet or dog butt scoots on your bed, hydrogen peroxide will remove the stain and odor. Carefully wipe up any solids or blot excessive liquid with paper towels. 

Pour a generous amount of hydrogen peroxide on the stain, enough to soak it thoroughly. Let it sit until the stain disappears, then blot with a paper towel or soft cloth – don’t rub. If the stain remains after the area has dried, repeat the process.

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Velcro strips can hang almost anything

Velcro strips can hold up to four pounds per set, peel off cleanly, don’t leave holes and won’t damage paint, drywall or other wall materials. They can be used on a variety of surfaces, including drywall, metal, stained wood, cinder block, and plaster.

You can hang pictures, mirrors, a tablet or even kitchen items with Velcro strips. They also have hooks to hold cleaning supplies and anything else you might want to hang. You can even secure area rugs with them. I recommend having a set on hand at all times.

Citric acid removes iron rust stains

If you have hard water, you probably have high levels of iron that leave reddish orange or yellow stains on your bathtubs, shower stalls, sinks and toilets. It’s the oxidation of the iron in the water that causes the stains. Another common problem in those areas is mineral buildup, especially on faucets.

Citric acid removes rust stains and mineral deposits. Simply dissolve 2 tablespoons in a spray bottle filled with hot water and spray directly onto the stains and/or deposits. Let sit for 5-10 minutes (don’t let it dry), then scrub. You may have to repeat the process for stubborn stains or deposits. The citric acid binds metals by making them soluble and easier to remove.

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Take pictures when you have to take something apart

I don’t know about you, but I find it really easy to take things apart. It’s not so easy, however, to put them back together again properly. Taking pictures as you go gives you a handy reference to use as you reassemble the item so you don’t have extra parts when you’re done.

Shred meat with your hand mixer

Serving pulled pork or beef? Need some shredded chicken for your recipe? Cook your meat as usual and shred it easily with your hand mixer. Don’t use 2 forks to shred manually while steaming your face when you can get it done so much more easily.

Reheat takeout meals to their original perfection

You don’t have to waste those takeout leftovers. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place your leftovers – even deep fried french fries or onion rings – on a baking sheet. Let reheat for 10-15 minutes (keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn). Your food should be perfectly reheated and crisped using this method. The trick is to heat it up fast on high heat. Or you could do this in your air fryer.

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Random advice to maximize your money

Budget

Set a budget and stick to it. If you’re not sure how much to allocate, record your expenses for a full 60 days. This will help you determine how much things cost so you can accurately predict your monthly expenses. 

Be realistic, live within your means and make sure you set aside some savings for a rainy day.

Use credit wisely

Credit cards can be a useful tool to help you manage your finances and build your credit. It’s important to spend only what you can afford to pay off at the end of the month. Paying your balance in full on time can help you establish a pattern of responsible borrowing and raise your credit score. 

Have a side job

Try to find something that interests you as a way to make money on the side. Use your crafting skills to sell holiday decorations, your building skills to assemble furniture, your artistic abilities to refurbish curbside finds to sell or your love of children to babysit. 

Having a side gig lets you enjoy your hobbies and make extra money at the same time. Plus it lets you save for the extras not covered by your budget.

Shop at thrift stores

There are tons of bargains to be had at thrift stores! Buying second hand items can offer big savings and are often almost as good as brand new. Consignment stores, garage sales, eBay, Poshmark, Letgo and Craigslist are all great ways to save money. 

Buy generic, not name brand

Store brands are almost always just as good as name brands. Supermarkets and other stores offer their own line of foods that are manufactured especially for that retailer, usually by the same manufacturer as the name brand. 

Retailers don’t spend a lot of advertising money on store brands, so they can be up to 50% less expensive than name brands. This is especially true for generic over the counter drugs such as Tylenol, Advil and Benedryl, to name a few. Even prescription drugs have cheaper generic versions.

Buy bulk meat on sale 

Every week I scan the sales flyers to see what the best deal is on meat. When I can find meat for $1.99 or less per pound, I buy multiple packages. I repackage it into meal portions and freeze immediately. This way, I always have meat on hand and don’t have to run out and buy it at full price.

Buy frozen veggies 

Frozen vegetables are packed at the peak of freshness and are often as flavorful and good as fresh ones. They often come in microwaveable bags or with microwave directions. I have a bad habit of buying more fresh produce than I can use and end up wasting it. Frozen vegetables keep much longer and I find I don’t waste as much.

Don’t be afraid to switch providers

If you find your cell phone or internet bill is getting out of hand, or your insurance premiums seem to be skyrocketing, it’s time to look into new providers. Shop around and find the best deal for your needs. Many companies offer great deals to get your business. Take advantage of them and don’t be afraid to switch again when they start raising your prices.

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What’s the best advice for living a happy life?

Happiness is a state of mind. A happy life doesn’t just come to you, it is a consequence of personal effort. If you think positive thoughts about yourself and the world around you, your actions will follow to reinforce your thoughts.

If you incorporate some of this random advice for life into your own personal life, you will find that it’s easier than you thought to live the life you want. Pass it on if you find it works for you.

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