Friday’s Grateful Goodness 8/16/13

Friday’s Five Grateful Goodness Links of The Week


1. 11 Questions Every Twentysomething Should Ask –

Often, the question of “what now?” plagues us in our twenties like chickenpox. The more we scratch, the worse it itches. The overwhelming vagueness of “what am I doing with my life?” can crush us like the bully who sat on our head in third grade.

Our twenties can feel like being smothered in questions, but if we don’t ask the right questions, we will forever remain stuck.

2.  5 Warning Signs of Chronic Stress –

As things pile on, it is easy to get caught in a cycle of chronic stress. Especially with illness, which is a form of stress all its own, it takes very little to begin feeling overwhelmed.

How do you know when you’ve gotten there? Many times, you’ll just know. You’ll hear an ominous voice in your head say, “If one more thing happens, I’m going to lose it.” Other times it’s more subtle: a stubborn kink in your neck that returns day after day.

3. 10 Unchanging Pillars of a Happy Life –

1. The ability to deal with issues head-on. Most often, the universe will work things out for you, but it’s still your responsibility to deal with the residual aftermath. You can ignore it and wish it away for years, but they will always boil to the surface eventually. Learn to embrace your issues as they come, deal with them appropriately, and move on, or you’ll be fighting with them forever.

4. Accountability, Responsibility and Changing Your Life –

Your life is a direct result of the choices you make, not of external forces beyond your control. You decide what to eat. You decide whether to exercise. You decide how to handle stressful situations, whether to let them get to you or whether to shake them off. You decide how to respond to what people say or do to you. It really is all about you.

5. Goal Accomplished: I Saved $2000 in 5 Months –

In a post I wrote over a year ago titled “Emerge,” I discussed the turn of events that led me to begin the journey of getting out of debt. “Save for a rainy day” is what they always tell you, but no one really tells you how to do that. And while it seems like a simple task, it’s one of those lessons that many of us don’t learn until we end up in a sticky situation.