You asked, we listened! The second edition of “Life Skills for Ladies” debuts, because one can never have too much wisdom. And isn’t it essential that we learn the things in life from one another’s’ experiences?
We women do need to look out for one another. So sit back, relax, and learn something new today from some of the women on the same feminine pilgrimage that you now find yourself on.
#1. Know When to Say “No”
Crystalyn, The Prudent Housewife
“Knowing how and when to firmly say “no” can be difficult for most women, including me, but it is absolutely essential to a woman’s well-being. So many people and things are begging for our time and money. And no matter how hard we try, we will never have enough time, energy, and money for everything. Besides, only the important things in life deserve our attention and to be a part of our busy lives, anyway. So, it is up to each of us to decide what is most important and then say “no” to everything and everybody else. Each individual is responsible for their own happiness, so make it a priority to put the important people in your life first, do what you love, and focus on what matters the most to you. And if other people blame their unhappiness on you, always remember, it is not your job to make everyone else happy!”
#2. Learn How to Budget
Cindy Scott, Smart Family Money
“Learning to manage her finances is one of the best things that a woman can do to help herself succeed in life. The first step in that process is making and following a budget. The word budget has gotten an undeserved bad reputation. A budget is simply a personal plan to make sure that your spending (and saving) aligns with your personal goals and values. What is most important to you? Being debt-free? The security of money in the bank? Buying a home? An epic vacation? Write down all of your goals and then make a budget that helps you get there. Once you have your budget, it’s time to follow it every day. Your budget is there to remind you of the important things when you’re faced with the next shiny object. Is that new pair of shoes more important than being debt-free? Is that coffee more important than the vacation you’re saving for? Just remember that your budget is not a straitjacket. It’s a road map to help you reach your biggest goals!”
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#3. Learn How to Code
Beatrice, Tech With Tris
“By learning to code, you’re allowing your brain to expand in the same way as learning a new language, or taking a dance class. It’s better than those things, because our community is millions strong, and you get to create real, substantial things that people will use. It’ll help you to become a more focused, and creative person. Not convinced? Hear me out. Right now, there are 66,000 job listings for programmers on LinkedIn alone. This number is expected to grow exponentially in the next decade, and will not dwindle anytime soon. Women have reported to get better pay and career advancement after learning to code. Programming jobs will effectively allow you to work in flexible hours, enabling you to take care of your family both financially and physically. If you don’t have a family, it makes for an incredibly profitable side job (5 hour’s work can get you $500, easy). Sounds too good to be true? Join millions of women techmakers and start creating solutions for everyday problems. Start learning to code today by building websites. I promise you won’t regret it.”
#4. Find Apps to Aid Traveling
April Morehouse, Our Traveled Road
“These are three of my go to apps when I travel: 1.) PackPoint– One of the most frustrating and dreaded preparations for a trip is packing. PackPoint makes the packing process a whole lot easier by suggesting what items you might need on a trip. You just enter the dates of your trip, destination, length of your visit and activities. Then BAM PackPoint will generate a custom packing list just for you. This app is especially wonderful for women travelers’ because it includes items like tampons, make up, dresses/skirts and birth control. 2.) Toilet Finder– There is nothing worse than being in an unfamiliar place and needing a restroom. This app is perfect for those awkward moments. It will display the nearest facilities based on your GPS location in either map or list view. You can also search for gas stations, malls, restaurants, hospitals, and public toilets depending on your need. 3.) Taxi Apps– Taxi apps are gaining popularity with women travelers more and more everyday mainly because of the wonderful tracking ability they have. This can be especially comforting when traveling alone in an unknown country or city. Depending on your location, Liftago in Prague, SpeedTaxi in Bucharest, Lyft in North America and Asia, or Taxi.eu in Europe will be some of your best options. Although many times individual cities will have local taxi apps available. An added bonus to a local app is they sometimes have cheaper rates or specials that the larger apps might not. So always check each city when you arrive.”