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15 Things You Can Achieve Before You Turn 25

15 Things You Can Achieve Before You Turn 25

Are you almost 25? Your early twenties are about finding yourself, having fun and gaining independence for most women. You may feel like you’re halfway between a teenager and an adult, working a full-time job while eating dry cereal and candy for dinner.

This is totally normal – don’t worry! However, there are a few things you should be able to do by the time you hit 25 to make your own life easier and more pleasant – check them out here.

1. Make a new friend

Your friends are awesome, but you can never have enough friends. Don’t just associate with the people you have known since high school – lose the fear and realize everyone you talk to is a potential friend.

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2. Think for yourself

Don’t believe everything you read or are told. Research before you form an opinion, whether you are reading the news or your best friend’s tweets.

3. Be able to enjoy your own company

You don’t have to become a hermit, but don’t fear being alone. You have a lot in common with yourself, so try to spend a night a week enjoying your own company and doing the things you love – just alone.

4. Be able to cook a nutritious meal

Learn to cook a meal you love that is nutritious and healthy. You don’t have to learn an entire cookbook – just one or two recipes that you can use when you feel like having a tasty, warm, nutritious dinner.

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5. Go a week without complaining

It may seem impossible, but you might notice that you’re happier when you’re not fixating on the things that annoy you.

6. Be confident enough to ask for a raise

If you feel like you deserve a promotion, don’t be afraid to ask after one. Women often earn less than men, and it is important to know your worth and how to ask for more.

7. Understand your money

Student loans are real and so is credit card debt. Start paying off your debts and consider opening a saving account.

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8. Trust yourself

Second guessing yourself and self-doubt will only make your life harder. Trust yourself and realize you are the best person to make your own life choices.

9. Walk away from a negative relationship

Most people have a toxic relationship in their lives – it could be a co-worker, a friend or a member of your family, but if you know that the relationship has gone sour, walk away. Even if they were kind to you once, you don’t deserve that toxicity in your life.

10. Become more compassionate

Many people are proud of being blunt, but being compassionate is often nicer for the people around you. It is important to be honest, but it is also important to be a kind and supportive person – aim to be both.

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11. Put together a piece of furniture

If you can’t do something, learn to do it. Instead of asking your friend to help you set up the furniture, sit down with the manual and figure it out yourself. You’ll feel so proud whenever you look at the completed piece of furniture.

12. Stick up for yourself

If you need to sit down on the train, ask the person sat down to move up so there is room for both of you. You are just as important as everyone else in this world, so don’t sell yourself short or let others steamroll you.

13. Have a disagreement without getting upset

Being able to argue without getting upset or personally offended is an important part of being a mature adult. Be logical during conflict and people are more likely to respect your opinions and listen to you.

14. Create a signature drink

Alcoholic or not, it is pretty fun mixing up a unique drink that tastes delicious.

15. Learn to budget

Budget your entire pay check and set aside money for rent, bills, food, debt, savings and fun. This will make the rest of your life much easier and less stressful.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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