Tips To Survive The 20-Something Juggling Act

Tips To Survive The 20-Something Juggling Act

Being a student comes with the stress of getting good grades, attending class and, completing all of your homework assignments on time.

Being an employee comes with the stress of abiding by a work schedule, representing an employer, and saving an acceptable/survivable amount of money.

Being human comes with the stress of maintaining a good sleep pattern, keeping a satisfying social life, and an overall, healthy lifestyle (both fitness and nutrition).

In other words – it’s the 20-something juggling act.

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It’s important to work hard and achieve what you need in live, but it’s ALSO important to maintain your sanity and take the time out of your busy schedule to relax. When you’re overwhelmed, pause, breathe and remember that you’re not the only one. Everyone gets stressed and spends their days running around, trying to complete everything that needs to be done.

How many times do you hear someone say, “there’s not enough hours in the day?”

The key is to be efficient and use your time wisely!

  • If you have a part-time job while you’re in school, limit your availability at work. Work 1 or 2 shifts a week during the school year. This will let you focus on other things while still maintaining an income. You can then change your availability back to ‘open’ during Christmas break, Spring break, and Summer.
  • Always be fortunate for your opportunities. A lot of students struggle to find a job due to the economy, lack of experience, or poor availability.
  • Keep organized. It’s so important to clear your mind of dates and events. Write it down! Input tests, assignment due dates, Birthday’s, and your work schedule into a calendar, agenda, or cell phone. This will prevent you from forgetting something important and ensure that you get everything done.
  • Never forget to take mental health breaks’. You may say you don’t have the time to step away, but taking a break will actually make your work BETTER.
  • Grab a coffee with a friend, go to the gym, walk your dog, or spend a little more time at the dinner table. It’s important to enjoy life and release your stress before things become too overwhelming and really damage your physical/mental health.

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  • Make it a habit – RIGHT NOW – to stop leaving your homework assignments, studying, and important tasks to the last minute. By giving yourself as much time as possible, you don’t have to rush, you can take the time to step away from your work, and your work will be better as a result. This may include limiting your use of time wasting events (unless you use them for work).
  • This means Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other time-consuming websites. Don’t concern yourself with other people’s lives when YOURS is the priority.
  • It can be hard when your friends are at the bar while you’re working, or they’re skipping class while you’re attentively taking notes, but keep focused on your goal and the successful future you have ahead. There will always be time to be foolish with your friends.
  • Peer pressure is a huge factor to the juggling act, but it’s important to say NO when necessary. If they are truly your friends, they will respect your decisions.

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  • This could be anything from a car, vacation, or a new home! This will act as an enticement and help you feel like it’s all a little more worth it.
  • Don’t base your life around the TV schedule. Tape your favorite shows or watch them online when you have free time. Don’t cut a study session short or stay up late to watch a show when you can watch it at a better time and accomplish more.
  • Fit as much as you can into your weekends. You can really get a lot done when you’re productive with your time. Go away on the weekends, arrange dinner with friends on weekdays, and keep your days planned with new and exciting things.

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So, welcome to reality.

Welcome to the responsibilities that come along with growing up and being mature.

Your hard work will pay off, that’s a promise. You are on the path to make not only yourself – but those around you proud. Stay focused. Stay organized. Stay prioritized. Turn to the people you love for support and motivation, because, even if things are hard, they’re harder when you’re doing it alone.

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Zeena

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Zeena Garnett
A Black Girl About Town
Age • 25

“It was KFC and I was making just over minimum wage – but it was putting cash in my pocket. I wasn’t always grateful because I felt like I should’ve been further in life.”

BEING Young & Twenty means you don’t have it figured out.

That’s okay!

Some days, you may feel like you have all your ducks in a row and other times, it can feel like you’re barely keeping your head above water.

Again, that’s okay!

You’re not a failure if you don’t make the Forbes List by 21, or become the Head of a big company by 25. Everything is a process and greatness takes time.

After I graduated college, I needed a job.

My former boss was gracious enough to re-hire me. It was KFC and I was making just over minimum wage, BUT it was putting cash in my pocket. I wasn’t always grateful because I felt like I should’ve been further in life.

I remember waiting for the bus one night after work and seeing a girl who I’d gone to college with. I was so embarrassed of her seeing me in my KFC uniform that I didn’t speak. I pretended not to see her. Here I was with a degree, working at a fast-food joint. What happened to my big plans? Surely she’d go back and talk about me to all of our mutual acquaintances.

The big picture is that we all have our own journey and that job was just a stepping stone on my journey. It may not have been ideal but having that experience is part of the reason I am the woman that I am today.

It’s part of the reason that I can sit here and tell someone else that it’ll be okay.

You’ll be fine.

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Small Business Review • Dog’s Best Trend

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Dog’s Best Trend is a subscription service for your dog!

Dog’s Best Trend designs and delivers (1) exclusive scarf to your doorstep every 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.  The scarves are chosen according to the month. They’re sometimes seasonable, sometimes holiday related, and sometimes they’re simply fashionable.

But, Dog’s Best Trend is confident that you and your dog will love each and every one.

On top of the backstory and beautiful business that this company has become, each scarf is also designed by a different, small artist (the artist is identified on a card that comes alongside your scarf). This makes the fashionable pieces ALSO a piece of art.

What’re your thoughts on dressing up pets?
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(July 2016)

Dogs Best Trend Review

The fact that the Dog’s Best Trend scarves are manufactured in bulk, this allows them to offer you high-quality satin scarves at an affordable cost. The material feels amazing and the designs are both creative and beautiful.

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“A portion of every subscription is donated to dog rescue groups across the country.”

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(Gift Box Inside)

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Even better – Dog’s Best Trend offers a ‘Gift Subscription’ option.

Scarves sent as gifts are beautifully packaged in an elegant gift box with a personalized card. If you’re looking to turn heads at the dog park or step up your dogs Instagram game, Dog’s Best Trend may be the perfect answer.

(Nov. 2016 • Artist: Bo Kristensen • Charity: Bianca Rae Foundation)

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(Dec. 2016 • Artist: Skyler Still • Charity: Retriever Rescue of Colorado)

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(Jan. 2017 • Artist: Borbala Biro • Charity: Disco’s Dogs)

(Jan. 2017 • Artist: Sue Schroeder • Charity: Big Dogs Huge Paws)

(Feb. 2017 • Artist: Borbala Biro • Charity: Big Dogs Huge Paws)

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The Good

  • You can subscribe to a monthly or annual plan
  • Shipping is FREE and you can cancel anytime!
  • You can’t find these scarves in big-box stores. Each design is available for 1 month.
  • A portion of every subscription is donated to a dog rescue program across the country.

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The Bad

  • Scarves cannot be purchased individually
  • Scarf designs cannot be requested or chosen
  • You’ll receive (1) scarf – no add-on’s if you have more than 1 dog
  • There is no online shop to purchase a specific -or favorite- scarf
  • Only (2) sizes are available, possibly making it difficult for x-small and x-large dogs

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COMPANY • Dog’s Best Trend

TYPE • Monthly Subscription Service

PRODUCT • Exclusive, Satin, Dog Scarves

PRICE • $24 – $139

GIFT OPTIONS • Yes!

SHIPPING • FREE Shipping


This product was sent for review but opinions remain 100% honest and unbiased

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Nancy

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Nancy Barnes
Nancy Lost In Life
Age • 19

“One of my many symptoms of anxiety is feeling as if I have no time, or at least that time is passing by so quickly I will never be able to achieve any of my goals.”

I’ll be 20 soon.

It feels like a huge milestone is looming over me.

One of my symptoms of anxiety is feeling as if I have no time, or at least that time is passing me by. I will never be able to achieve my goals and before I know it, I’ll be old and alone.

My fears are justified by the pressure put on society to succeed young. To have life sorted out before 30. But life is complicated and I don’t feel like I’ll have anything sorted out by then.

BEING Young & Twenty will hopefully be a time of becoming who I need to be. To find myself by doing things that both scare and excite me. My hopes for a 20-year-old Nancy is that she’s happy.

That she continues to learn and realizes that she is has a whole life ahead of her to worry about the shitty things in her life. As someone who’s been so close to throwing that away, I wish myself and others a happy life, filled with the good and the bad.

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Understanding Life • Beauty In A Gloomy Day

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“Thunderstorms aren’t sadness just like happiness isn’t the sun.”

Not enough people appreciate the beauty in a gloomy day.

The sky teases us for hours with raindrops and distant thunder. It’s a day of suspense. A beautiful build up. We carry on, living our lives beneath a chaotic mess, and we live knowing the end is worth waiting for.

We live, knowing our pain is as permanent as rain.

They both go away as graceful as the sky fills with colour after a storm. As unexpected as a flash of lighting. As quickly as a pavement of chalk beneath rain.

So don’t worry.

Once today’s pain is yesterday’s – you’ll be given a clean slate to make a mess.

Thunderstorms aren’t sadness just like happiness isn’t the sun.

Just like people who leave the clouds in the hands of the sky see a different allure than those who hold the clouds on a string.


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