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5 Ways To Clear Clutter

5 Ways To Clear Clutter

Author: Crystal Holdipp


1) Keep a Schedule/Calendar: Organization is a great start to removing clutter. No one sticks to a schedule 100 % every time. Life takes place, changes occur and cancellations are made. Having a guideline gives us an idea and some structure to being active.

 2) Making Time for Relaxation: That’s right! Relax! Take time to clear the mind. Mind clutter can put a lot of strain on a person mentally. Take a bubble bath, go for a nature walk or watch a clean funny movie or show.

 3) Letting Go of What No Longer Belongs: Whether it’s letting go of an outfit that no longer fits or getting rid of past destructive behaviors, when moving in transition we must simply let go of anything that doesn’t help us to progress.

 4) Laugh A lot: Find what makes you laugh and enjoy it thoroughly. Laughter is medicine for your soul! Lighthearted acts help us deal with little and bigger happenings instead of stressing.

5) Meditate on Jesus: Every believer knows that their strength and ability comes from God. Reflect on the faithfulness of the Lord and let Him do the work within.

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10 Ways To Say Thank You

10 Ways To Say Thank You

Author: Crystal Holdipp


As children we learn to say thank you when someone does something for us. Saying thank you is not only using good manners, but also lets the person know that you are grateful for what they have done. There are many ways to say thank you in appreciation of what someone has done.  Below are some ways we can show thanks:

With a smile

A smile says a lot in many known and unknown ways. It may be just what someone needs to brighten up their day.

With a letter

Writing a letter to show that you care and are thinking of that person shows a lot of thanks from the heart. Heart felt words are very meaningful.

Give encouragement

Encouragers get discouraged too. Take time out to encourage someone who has encouraged you.

Give a heartfelt hug

A hug from the heart warms the inside and lets that person know that you appreciate them.


It’s nothing like a special visit from a friend. Your company may be the comfort they need.

Bake a treat

Baking a cake, cookies, brownies or anything tasteful shows your time and effort to make someone’s day and put a smile on their face.

With a positive attitude

Positivity can be contagious and a good attitude can make a difference in anybody’s day.

Give a flower

To see and smell a flower is a simple beauty pleasure to enjoy.

Lending a helping hand

We all need help from time to time. Helping someone is a great thank you in action.

Surprise them

Do something special that you won’t normally do. Show them something that truly says from your heart “I love you.”

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Back to School Survival Tips

Back to School Survival Tips

Author: Crystal Holdipp



Are you frustrated with school? Does it seem that every time you try it just ends up in failure?

There are many challenges that students are faced with.

School survival in the midst of those challenges is important for the student to have a successful school year.

Below are some tips to help you overcome those challenges.

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Observe your surroundings

One way to memorize your way around your new school is to visualize what you are seeing all around you. Stop to look, listen and feel. What color is the building? What shape is the object in the hallway? How many rooms do I pass before I get to that class?

Take notes/record lectures

Bullet point notes and class recordings are helpful study aids for studying. Make sure to get permission from the teacher or lecturer before recording. You can then look back on what was taught and prepare effectively for quizzes and exams.



Sit at the front of the room


If you’re an audio learner or you get distracted easily, the closer to the front the better. The audio learner can use their ears to listen carefully to the information that is being lectured or discussed.

Ask questions

Many of us introverts may find it more challenging to ask questions in both small and larger groups. The good thing is that there are alternatives.

When you’re in class feeling confused, unsure and afraid you have the opportunity to write down all your questions on a piece of paper. At the end of the class there’s a second opportunity to either go to the teacher and share your questions or set up an appointment to meet with them at a later time.

Use a calendar

A calendar comes in handy when you are a busy student or forget the important often.
Many school agendas have room to record assignments, projects, events and other important information. Check your calendar every day to stay on track.


Get a study buddy

Having a study buddy can come in handy with those striving towards academic improvement. For students who are doing well, look out for other students who may be struggling. Offer to help them with their study skills. Privately ask them if they need help with anything?

Take advantage of free tutoring

There are plenty of opportunities for those who need extra academic support. There are some schools, organizations, churches and individuals that offer free tutoring. Look in the newspapers, telephone book directory and/or try calling around different places. Consider taking free tutoring classes. The more effort you make at least you know you tried to do better. Don’t allow fear to stop you from letting your tutor know when you don’t understand something.

Look for others who are by themselves

Making friends and connecting with others can be difficult for some. Be kind and friendly to someone who appears to often be by themselves. In addition use wisdom when connecting with others. Isolation can be signs of other things you may need to seek help in. While solitude is necessary sometimes, constant isolation is not healthy for anybody. When you feel isolated reach out to others.

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