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Unsolicited Advice//A List

September 18, 2010

  1. You might as well look on the bright side.
  2. Don’t burn bridges.
  3. The house doesn’t have to be spotless.
  4. Take good care of your skin.
  5. If you haven’t learned to enjoy sitting by a pool, you need to practice until you do.
  6. Don’t buy it just because it’s on sale.
  7. Let the person with one item go before you.
  8. Laughing is the best.
  9. Cheer loudly for the whole team, not just your child.
  10. Avoid regret.
  11. Marry your best friend.
  12. Let people be who they are.
  13. Never flip people off.
  14. A good education is worth the cost.
  15. Find a way to give back to your Alma Mater.
  16. Make cookies and give them to people.
  17. Go to new places.
  18. Say yes to things that scare you.
  19. Say no sometimes so that people know you have boundaries.
  20. Have boundaries.
  21. If you accidentally use someone else’s toothbrush, just put it back and try to forget about it.
  22. Give people the benefit of the doubt.
  23. Everybody is a product of their own experience.
  24. Holding on to the past feels right, but it isn’t.
  25. Question everything, and don’t be afraid of the answers.
  26. Be patient with yourself.
  27. Tip 20% unless it’s bad service.
  28. Don’t judge.
  29. If you can’t help but judge, keep it to yourself or your spouse. Don’t blab.
  30. Ask people about themselves and then listen.
  31. Avoid pointing out the positives to someone who is sad or mad. Listen and let them be.
  32. Play music in your house.
  33. Tuck your kids in at night.
  34. If someone has hurt you, and you want a relationship with them, talk it out.
  35. If someone has hurt you, and you don’t want a relationship with them, let it go.
  36. Letting it go is easier said than done.
  37. Be a friend to yourself.
  38. Say, “I love you.”
  39. Make friends with smart, interesting people.
  40. Your kids should be a teensy bit afraid of you.
  41. Be true to yourself.
  42. Do what you think is right.
  43. Work hard, but have a lot of fun.
  44. Buy from small businesses.
  45. Fight fair.
  46. Give stuff away.
  47. Be their parent, not their friend.
  48. There is always another solution. There is always another way.
  49. Don’t waste your money on stupid movies.
  50. Give sincere compliments.
  51. Sing in the shower, the kitchen, and the car.
  52. Every now and then you need to embarrass your kids in public.  It creates memories.
  53. Speed up on the freeway on-ramp.
  54. Let people know the real you.
  55. Buy two gallons of milk. Running out of milk sucks.
  56. Write, write, write. Then write some more.
  57. Avoid home-hosted selling parties if you’re a pansy (like me) and feel obligated to buy stuff.
  58. Don’t give unsolicited advice, unless it’s on your blog.

Got any free advice?  Feel free to add to the list in the comments.



PS  The majority of this list (seriously…like 97%) was borrowed (completely stolen) from Tiffany’s blog, The Would-Be Writer’s Guild.  It was filled with so much good free advice, I just couldn’t resist re-posting!  Check out Tiffany’s blog for all kinds of good advice, funny stories and a tutorial on how to cut a watermelon (life changing!).   Thanks, Tiffany!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Amy permalink
    September 18, 2010 11:06 am

    Love them all! I may have to post these on my bathroom mirror and review them often.

  2. Suzanne Rivera permalink
    September 25, 2010 1:15 am

    OMG VICKI the one about the pool bring me back to the early 90’s when we were in Georgia visiting John at Spring break and it was about 70 outside and we were swimming in the pool and the pool guy came by and said….”you must not be from here if you are in the pool” cuz in Georgia it was COLD for them but for us NORTHERNERS it was SUMMER TIME!!!!!

    • September 25, 2010 8:31 am

      I totally remember laying out with you by the pool and freezing our (at the time) little fannies off in order to come home with the perfect tan! : )

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