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19 Things That Only People With A Roommate Would Understand

19 Things That Only People With A Roommate Would Understand

Ah, roomies! You love them; you hate them; you wish they would leave; you wish they would come home. All of this ambivalence makes you wonder if you are developing a split personality! Take heart – it’s not a psychosis; it’s just normal roommate existence. And, if you currently have a roommate or have had one, then you will understand all of the following:

1. You have masking tape and Scripto pens in the fridge and the food cupboard

Food items, after all, have to be labeled, if they are to have the life span the owner intends for them. And this especially goes for leftover Chinese and pizza.

2. You sometimes wish you could put a line down the middle of your shared bedroom with duct tape

It’s sort of like when you traveled in the back seat of the car with your sibling – keep your crap on your side of the room!

3. You come home, there is a sock on the bedroom doorknob…

…and you know you will be sleeping in the chair tonight. Oh well, it’s not like your roomie hasn’t done the same for you!

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4. You decide to record “Criminal Minds” because you’ll be at work tonight…

…but there’s no recording space left, because “someone” has recorded 30 episodes of the “Housewives of New Jersey.”

5. You wonder who raised the “slob” you are living with

while they are wondering who raised the OCD neat freak they are living with.

6. You make a solo trip to the non-discount grocery store to splurge on your favorite Pepperidge Farm cookies

and you sneak in your room when roomie is at class so you can hide them in your special place. You eat them in the middle of the night, in the dark.

7. You carry your heavy load of dirty clothes to the laundry room, only to find items in there that are not yours

Someone thought they could sneak them in, and you would not discover it until they were washed, dried and ready to be folded.

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8. You get up super early

to try to get your “one night stand” out of the apartment before your roommates wake up and have a good hard look at him/her.

9. You stay awake until an ungodly hour waiting for someone to come home.

Why? Because you are convinced the newest incarnation of Jack the Ripper is outside your window.

10. You discover your Pepperidge Farm cookies have been “hacked”

and you now have to find a new hiding place.

11. You find a “science experiment” in the fridge

and you wonder why your roommate is trying to make penicillin out of bread.

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12. You get up in the middle of the night to pee, trying to be most considerate and quiet

until you stumble over some “stray human” on the floor.

13. You wonder why a full roll of toilet paper this morning is completely gone tonight, and the holder of extra rolls is empty

Whose job was it to buy toilet paper last week anyway?

14. You are looking for some quiet time to sleep or study

and your room has been turned into the equivalent of a party bus. Or your roommate is looking for quiet, and it’s your turn for the bus.

15. Your mom is in town for the day, and you bring her in for a quick visit

There’s that sock on the doorknob again, and the sounds coming from the bedroom are really obvious (and loud).

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16. You are wondering why…

…the person with the 7 a.m. class never learned how to dress and brush his/her teeth in the dark.

17. You wonder why…

…your roommate is sending you a text when s/he is on the other side of the room.

18. You look for that favorite T-shirt, only to find it dirty and in your laundry basket

The problem is, you haven’t worn it since the last time you did laundry. It must be those naughty elves at work again!

19. Your college years are over, and you are packing up your things

There, in your underwear drawer, is a new bag of Pepperidge Farm cookies, and you realize how much you will miss this person you just spent the last four years loving and hating and loving again!

Featured photo credit: I hate dorm life via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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