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  2. JewelsCat22

    Staying Active During the Pandemic

    How are you all staying active right now? Have your local gyms opened back up yet? I don't go out much, and I don't have a treadmill, so I try to walk a lot in my kitchen - back and forth I go about 100 times. I know it sounds silly, but I figure it is better than not doing anything. I hope to be able to get another treadmill someday. I really liked having one before.
  3. bluemoon

    Hit My 7th

    Hello, I've posted the additional posts requested. Look forward to hearing from you.
  4. The internet is changing how many of us work. The company I work for has allowed employees to work remotely for several years now. We are only required to be on site for meetings and client visits. I don’t know if online/remote working will ever outpace jobs requiring working on site (conventional jobs). There are many jobs that cannot be done remotely: medical professionals, auto mechanics, construction works, store clerks, hair stylists, and many more. While a good number of people like working on computers and/or online, there are a lot of people who do not and would prefer jobs that require working at the office or jobsite. It’s good that people have different ambitions, talents and likes. If we all worked online, our society would fall apart.
  5. bluemoon

    Don't go to college.

    Current studies show that college graduates in the USA earn more than non-college graduates in every state. However, I don’t think the statistics tell us the whole story. In the US, many employers require a college degree even when it is not really needed and then underpay. Recently I read about the way Germany handles their education. When a student graduates from high school they have the equivalent of either an associate degree or trade school training. Most jobs/careers in Germany do not require a college degree. College is free in Germany, but attendance is lower than in the US.
  6. bluemoon

    Adoption prices & wait times

    We adopted our son when he was 10 days old. There are reasons for the long waiting periods and for the high costs. In the USA, there are very few babies available for adoption. Some sources estimate that there are 36 couples (or people) wanting to adopt for every baby or young child available for adoption. It also takes time for adoption agencies to complete background checks, home visits, etc. It is time consuming to make sure that the potential adoptive parents are good candidates. The cost is high because there are a lot of expenses involved in setting up and completing the adoption. The agency staff who handle the case studies and paperwork need to be paid. The agency has overhead to pay as well. Some adoption agencies are for-profit entities, so a profit might be added. Adoption fees usually cover the medical bills for the pregnancy, birth and baby. Then are also legal fees for the adoption. From what I’ve heard, the waiting period and costs skyrocket if the adoptive parents decide on an international adoption. This is largely due to the strict laws in most countries regulating foreign adoptions.
  7. daveyk

    Hit My 7th

    Hello, I have finished my seven posts. I hope you enjoy reading them!
  8. cherrybunny

    Hit My 7th

    Hi! I'm done with my 7th post! Thanks so much for this opportunity. I genuinely enjoyed the process. I'm hoping for the best!
  9. cherrybunny

    The Pain of Being a Failure

    Oh my. It's nice to see that a lot of us are like-minded here. If I could throw another quote into the mix: The real victory is seeing failure as a lesson. It is when you allow it to help you and not consume you. A lot of my friends and family are obsessed with perfection. It gets tough sometimes, since their standards inevitably get passed on to me. But I try to introduce them to these ideas little by little. It's intensely draining, though. I wish I could channel the wisdom of every poster in this thread and make them realize and understand what they've been missing for so long.
  10. cherrybunny

    Dealing with a Breakup

    Many people cite the Five Stages of Grief as a sort of guide to "knowing where you are" in terms of getting over someone. The problem is, I seem to be cycling through all stages at once, but I mostly alternate between anger and depression. I'm not sure what that's supposed to mean, but I guess it's safe to infer that I'm far from getting over my ex. We haven't really been together for long, but we've known each other for more than eight years, and we've been good friends for around five of those years. Familiarity seems to be a big factor that makes it hard for me to get over our relationship. To make things worse, he got over me pretty quickly. I really don't know what to do at this point. He was my first boyfriend, so this is all very new to me. I've tried plunging into a new hobby and surrounding myself with different people, but nothing seems to do it for me. Is there something I still need to do? The anger and sadness is getting terribly out of hand-- to the point where it's already affecting my performance at work. I just want to be okay. I would appreciate any form advice or wisdom.
  11. cherrybunny

    Who Is More Important

    I agree that the SO should be more important. He/she is the one you're going to spend your entire life with, so it's only natural for you to be biased towards your partner. Although frankly, I'd like to believe that friendship is just as important as romance. If you can strike a reasonable balance between your SO and your friends, then you should! Proper communication can help a lot in these kinds of circumstances. Oh, and if situations where you have to choose between your SO and friends keep happening, then maybe it's time to question: which one of these relationships is unhealthy? You're not supposed to choose between your SO and friends, after all. All humans deserve to have and keep both.
  12. Hi guys! I'm planning to make videos as a side hustle for some extra cash... but then, I really don't know if it's the right thing to do, considering I'm already juggling a 9-to-5 job with two other part-time ones that pay pretty fairly. I've heard that it's good as a means for passive income, but I'm thinking the work might be more tedious than I expect it to be? I'm honestly not so sure. Do you think making videos can actually be worth it?
  13. cherrybunny

    Need Help with Pimples!

    I'm in urgent need of proper skincare! Sorry if I'm making this sound dramatic, but a pimple army suddenly showed up on my T-zone this morning! I have a really important interview tomorrow-- let's just say first impressions and looking good are very important for me to get this job. I've already tried a lot of home remedies, like using vinegar as toner, and using lemon juice during cleansing... but none of them seem to have made any difference. Do you have any tips on how to make them go away by tomorrow morning? Or, at least, make them look smaller? Thanks in advance!
  14. cherrybunny

    Technology, Curse or Blessing?

    While I do agree that it may be both a blessing and a curse, I think that it will be more beneficial for people if they see technology for what it is: a tool. All tools have their pros and cons, after all. I think that if you have sufficient knowledge of any tool, you can utilize their pros more often than encounter their cons. This is why I think people should educate themselves more about the tools they use, and about what to expect of them. Who knows? Maybe a change in perspective can take out the "cursed" aspect of technology.
  15. cherrybunny

    Which gaming console is the best

    Personally, I'd go with the PlayStation consoles. I mean, I've tried all consoles from the big three you mentioned, so I'm relatively qualified to rank them all according to preference. Unfortunately though, I might tend to have a biased view on this topic due to nostalgia, since I grew up playing with PlayStation consoles above all the others. I'll try to be objective, though, and say: it is notable that the first PlayStation was the most popular console of its time. Its release also paved the way for its competitors to release newer generation consoles. To me, that is a huge reason why it should be deemed "the best gaming console". I believe it sparked a new generation of gaming-- and it still continues to. Can you believe it's already on its fifth iteration?
  16. daveyk

    The Pain of Being a Failure

    As soon as I read this topic I felt motivated to reply to it. If anyone is depressed by failure, I think it would help to remember that there is probably no-one in history that has not failed in some capacity. It also depends on how high you set your goals. Maybe it is useful to reach your required achievements in smaller steps. One example from the past that comes to mind is Vincent van Gogh. He is a very good example of someone that considered himself to be a failure all his life, but subsequently became one of the most remembered artists of all time. Can anyone think of other good examples?
  17. daveyk

    An Unusual Hug

    The above post is fascinating! I'm sure that there are a lot of people from England, myself included, that have never seen a sugar glider, not even in a zoo. My wife and I would love to have one as a pet, but I think we should think in practical terms and get a kitten instead! Does anyone know how many sugar gliders are owned as pets?
  18. daveyk

    Health by Subtraction

    I found this post very interesting! I have been a vegetarian since the beginning of 2019, and I have found that it not only makes me feel more healthy, it also helps me to feel better about myself. "Removing negative people from your life" does seem like a great idea, but unfortunately we are surrounded by this kind of person in the media. Has anyone else used "health by subtraction" to their advantage?
  19. daveyk

    Valentines Day

    My honest opinion is that if two celebrations fall on the same day, then one gift is sufficient. If, however, they are separated by at least one day, they should be celebrated separately. Speaking personally, I proposed to my wife on St. Valentine's Day. In the example in the first post, I believe that sometimes our partners do not criticize us for the sake of being kind!
  20. daveyk

    Do you like pets?

    Hello everyone. I found it interesting reading the above posts because my wife is very much an animal lover. She especially likes cats. When our daughter starts school we intend to buy her a kitten. We are going to say to her, "If you promise to be very good at school, you can have your own kitten!" Do you all think this is a good idea?
  21. daveyk

    Career Guidance For Children

    I have a daughter who will have her 3rd birthday in July 2020. I was interested to read the above posts, as I am keen to integrate her with other children, but unfortunately because of the lock-down where we live she is unable to visit the soft-play areas. As regards to her career, I believe that it is important to encourage her to develop her own interests, without imposing too strongly my own wishes on her. For instance, I am a keen tennis player, but if she doesn't want to take up the sport, I must respect that.
  22. daveyk

    Stress Reliever

    I believe that a good way to reduce your stress levels is to take up gardening. It has many benefits as a hobby, not least being that you will get more exercise in the fresh air. I find that it may also take your mind off whatever is stressing you in the first place. It has the added advantage of encouraging you to grow your own fruit and vegetables, or, if you prefer, brighten up your environment with flowers. It is something you can do on your own, without worrying about shielding due to the coronavirus. In these uncertain times, gardening can be a lot of fun!
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    Hit My 7th

    Hello, I just finished by 7 posts. Look forward to hearing from you.
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