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Dec. 24th, 2008 12:15 pm Merry Guess What!)))

So, folks! It's coming! Knock-knock-knocking on all doors)))
Christmas... My favorite holiday. Cuz it smells like childhood. When I think of Christmas, i nearly feel the smell of granny's turkey, cookies and cranberry sauce... I see me and my brother in our pj's hidhing behind  wooden stair railings, watching parents and grandma fill our stockings, hanging from mantel, with sweets, and place gifts for us under Xmas tree.  Nice heart-warming memories...
You know, I wouldn't say I am a conformist. But there are some things I always want the traditional way.
This is how I see Christmas.

Though I don't have a fireplace (I rent a stuio with my boyfriend) and enough room to place a big tree, when we get our own house (after the crisis is over)))), move in, we're gonna have a christmas just like in this picture)
I'm not just day-dreaming, btw. I'm sure that if a person sets the right goals, believes and does much to achieve something, his dreams wil come true. Besides, our thoughts materialize, you know...

Merry Christmas!

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Dec. 18th, 2008 05:32 pm A Funny One

I saw this joke on the Web. Next moment I was OTFL))) Here it is.

Due to the current financial crisis the world facing at the moment, the light at the end of the tunnel will be switched off to save on electricity costs, until further notice.
Sincerely yours, God

A good one, huh? ))))

But you know, as it goes, many a true word is spoken in jest. In fact the joke is pretty sad, since it's more than half-true, I believe. Experts have different opinions on that account. Sometimes even opposite ones. When do we recover from this crisis? Will we ever?... Hope we will. And in the nearest future. I was considering taking out a mortgage next year)))

P.S. It's good to keep a sense of humor in all situations. Especially at the most trying moments
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Nov. 19th, 2008 08:53 am Passion for Travelling

It's not a secret that today more and more people are fond of travelling. No wonder, as nowadays it's not luxury than in the previous years. Fortunately, it has become affordable for many people. Comparing different types of entertainment I would prefer travelling. And my choice is quite obvious. The fact is that this type of entertainment has more advantages than others. Of course, it's only my point of view.

However, I have several reasons why I prefer travelling to other types of entertainment. First of all, we can have a rest all over the world. Secondly, we can enlarge our knowledge about cultures of various countries. So, travelling can be both entertaining and informative.

I want to have a rest and visit another country. Hope I will be able to do it in the nearest future  :)

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Oct. 29th, 2008 03:04 pm To Go or Not to Go?

Unfortunately, I sometimes face unpleasant situations and I don't know how to behave in them. You see, yesterday my boyfriend's aunt invited us to her birthday. On the one hand, I don't want to go, as it will be right after a job on Friday and I will be tired after my job. And I'm not sure that I will be able to enjoy this birthday. On the other hand, my boyfriend wants to go and communicate with his relatives and I know that he won't go there without me. So, I can't decide what to do....
Of course, there is enough time to think over this situation. However, I learn towards the second variant (to go to the party), as I want to make my boyfriend happy:)

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Sep. 23rd, 2008 04:08 pm Betrayal… How to Endure It?

Unfortunately, today many people face betrayal. And it is one of the worst moments that can happen to us. What to do if it happens? How to endure this awful period in your life? It is very difficult to make the right decision about what to do next and whether continue your relationships or not…

They say that there are two possible ways to solve this problem. In the first case, people can’t live with those who have betrayed them. So, they divorce and don’t communicate with their ex-partners. They try to forget about betrayal. And it is easier to achieve it when you don’t see the cause of your depression.

In the second case, people forgive their partners. And it is really difficult. However, in this situation people give others the second chance.

Of course, it’s up to you to decide which of these two ways to choose. However, we should remember that people are not protected against mistakes and each of us can make them.

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Sep. 8th, 2008 02:35 pm Achieving Aims

Nowadays you will hardly find a person who has no certain aims that he or she wants to achieve. You see, having aims is normal, as people should have something to strive for. In this case they will be able to change something in their life for the better. Logan Pearsall Smith says that there are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. And in some cases it is really so. The fact is that for many people the process of achieving their aim is more important than the aim itself.  You see, achieving certain aims is a kind of competition for such people. They enjoy the process but not the result. So, people are different and they have different approach to certain things. Some people enjoy the process of doing something and others are satisfied with the result of their actions. However, all of them change something in their life when they strive for achieving their aims.

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Sep. 2nd, 2008 10:16 am Forgiveness Is Possible...

For some people forgiveness seems to be something next to impossible. The fact is that such people can't forgive those who have hurt them.

However, you should realize that forgiveness is not something that you do for someone else. You just do it for yourself. It is a kind of a gift that you give to yourself. Mind that if you forgive a person it means that you forget about everything that hurts you. So, you won't waste your energy on this very matter anymore.

On the other hand, forgiveness lets you imagine a better future. It allows you to give up your negative thoughts about this or that situation and believe in a better future.

Of course, it's up to you to forgive people or not. However, you should remember that refusing to forgive can make your life miserable.

People say that there is nothing so bad that can't be forgiven. So, thinks about it and make your choice.



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Aug. 4th, 2008 04:48 pm Credit Cards or Cash?

We can't deny the fact that credit cards have become irreplaceable friends for many people. And now there are a few people who still prefer cash. The fact is that some people are really afraid of something new. And credit cards are one of those new things.
However, those who have chosen credit cards are happy that they have a chance to benefit from plastics' features. It goes without saying that credit cards are much more convenient than cash. Just imagine that you don't have to carry large sums of money in your pocket. Instead of it, you will carry a small plastic. It's convenient, isn't it?
The next advantage of credit cards is the possibility to get different rewards just for using your plastic. For instance, you have a cash back credit card. So, you can get some of your spent money back. Isn't it tempting? Will you have the same opportunity having cash?
Of course we can't make people use plastics. It's up to people to decide what they prefer, cash or plastics. However, both cash and credit cards have advantages and disadvantages. So, we should weight all pros and cons and decide what suits us best.

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Jul. 22nd, 2008 09:53 am Staying Happy… Is It Possible?

Happiness… Very often people can't determine what makes them happy. Do you know what things make you happy? Most people first of all think about such things as money, new house or a new car. But happiness of this kind is short lived. The research reveals that unless we are below the poverty line, money doesn't bring us much happiness.
So, do you believe that staying happy all the time is possible? There are several useful tips that help people to make their life happy.
One of the tips is to stay active. For example, don't stay at home during your weekend or after work. Spend your free time doing something pleasant. For instance, try to determine your passion and use it in your everyday life.
One more useful tip to stay happy is to get more sunshine. It's true that light deprivation can be the main source of depression. So, sunshine can improve your mood.
And don't forget to laugh often. I hope that I don't need to explain why:)
Most people are sure that it is next to impossible to stay happy all the time. However, people can bring a little happiness to their life.

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Jul. 2nd, 2008 01:59 pm Friendship between Men and Women

Do you believe in friendship between men and women? Can women and men be "just friends"? There is no doubt that everyone faces this problem. And people have different opinions towards this topic.
Some people believe in such friendship. Others are sure that it is impossible. Everything depends on people.
They say that women and men can be just friends if they follow certain rules. And it depends on the situation. For example, if a person isn't married, it is ok to have friends of the opposite sex. You see, it is almost inevitable. The fact is that nowadays women and men go to school together, work together. So, they make friends with each other.
Things are absolutely different if a person is married. In this situation you compare your friend of the opposite sex with your partner. And it can lead to serious problems.
Of course, it's up to you to believe in friendship between men and women or not. However, I think that such friendship is possible as long as people maintain proper borders.

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Jun. 24th, 2008 04:36 pm People's Habits that Drive Us Crazy

It's not a secret that bad habits are unconscious for many people. It goes without saying that you met people whose behavior drives you crazy. For example, some people don't realize that clipping their fingernails in the lunchroom is disgusting. Others don't know that having a shower once a week is unhygienic.
However, nobody is perfect. And we are not an exception. You see, the research shows that 20% of questioned people say that their colleagues have at least one habit that drives them crazy.
So, how can you cope with the situation when someone's behavior drives you crazy? Very often annoying behavior can be the source of many conflicts. No wonder, as sometimes people can't restrain their emotions and, as a result, they hurt people.
In such situations we should think about our own behavior. Probably, we don't notice that our habits also annoy other people. And if something in people's behavior drives us crazy, it's better to talk to people and try to solve this problem.
I think that in such situations we should be patient. Then it will be easier to talk to other people about their behavior.

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Jun. 17th, 2008 04:08 pm Importance of Credit Report

Nowadays credit history is very important for people's business and financial affairs. Applying for a plastic, renting an apartment or a car, going for a new job, we will have to show our credit report to companies who have a legal right to look at it. Credit reporting organizations collect all the information about our credit card applications, our ways of paying off balances, our debts and other personal details. There are three main credit reporting agencies and each of them is running a file about our payment history.
Actually, every US credit card user has a right t apply for a free credit report once a year. And it is recommended to do it, as checking our credit report regularly will help us to keep our credit under control. It's not a secret that there are benefits of excellent credit report and everyone wants to get them. And if we check our credit report regularly, we can figure out possible mistakes and inaccuracies that can damage our credit score.
Very often we don't pay attention to our credit report and it can be our main mistake that can lead to serious financial problems. However, we can change the situation if we check our credit report regularly.

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Jun. 4th, 2008 10:26 am Steps to Lasting Beauty

Unfortunately, many people don't understand that the way they look and the way they think about their appearance are two different issues. The fact is that they are sure that when they change themselves, they will be filled with self-esteem and peace.
Do you believe that beauty is eternal? Unfortunately, it isn't so… However, there are different steps to lasting your beauty.
For example, you can get any makeover from new clothes to plastic surgery you believe will help you. However, these changes will make you feel better if approach them with the right attitude. First of all, you must be sure that you want this makeover and it will bring you closer to your definition of beauty.
One more step to lasting beauty is to become glamorous. For example, think of a person whose beauty you admire and for 5 minutes imagine that you are this person. If you manage to get into this role, you will notice that people begin to respond to you differently.
In fact, there are different steps that can last your beauty. However, remember that being yourself will make you more attractive.

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May. 23rd, 2008 05:18 pm Overcoming Shyness

It's not a secret that many people suffer from shyness. And very often it prevents people from communication with others. If you think that it is impossible to overcome your shyness, you are mistaken. There are several steps that can help you to do it.
First of all, ask questions. As a rule, people like to be asked about them and their life. For example, before you social engagement, think of several open ended questions that you will be able to ask. In case you put your attention over on to the other person, then you will less think about how shy you feel.
The next step is to become a good listener. Probably, if someone is telling you about something interesting that happened in his/her life you will want to tell him/her your own examples.
One more step to overcoming shyness is to practise with strangers. For example, you can practise engaging in small talk with a person standing next to you or with a cashier. Practising with people who you will never meet again can give you more confidence and help you to overcome your shyness

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May. 14th, 2008 04:14 pm What Way of Solving Problems Is the Best?

It's not a secret that early or late we face situations when we can't avoid various quarrels in the families. However, they say that those quarrels and problems are natural in young families, as people get accustomed to each other and quarrels are the result of this process. And may be this way of solving problem is a possible one, as people should tell each other about different things that annoy them.
However, quarrels are not the only possible way of solving problems. Unfortunately, most people can't control their anger when they are irritated and they shout at their spouses. More than that, sometimes they can even fight with each other. And very often quarrels can result in divorce.
People who don't want topsoil good relationships with their spouses prefer another ways of informing them about thing that irritate them. For instance, my cousin Vanessa chooses one of such methods. When she is irritated by something, she doesn't quarrel with her husband. She just writes about this or that situation in her own blog. And her husband read it. Then they talk about the problem and solve it without quarrels.
I'm against quarrels and I'm sure that they can lead to serious problems in the family. So, think twice before quarrel with your spouse.

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