Fast Spring Cleaning Tips

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Spring is just beginning, and it’s the season for cleaning.

Maybe you realize it’s time for spring cleaning, but you just don’t have the time. It happens, and it’s understandable.

But before summer creeps up on you, don’t let this season pass you by! Take advantage of some fast spring cleaning tips to get your house in order.

Get Rid of Old Pantyhose

Take a look at the pantyhose, socks, and leggings you have. Sort through yours to see if you have any that don’t fit, are too stretched out, are stained, or in the case of socks, those that don’t have a mate. You can Google ways to re-purpose pantyhose and socks and find ways to up-cycle these items that can no longer be worn. Things like using socks as cleaning rags, or using pantyhose for gardening to start seeds, are good ideas. But in the end, if it doesn’t work as part of your wardrobe, it shouldn’t be in your closet! Move those items out so they won’t waste any more of your time or energy. If need be, replacements for the things that no longer fit or are past the point of repair.

Guys, Donate Unwanted Ties

Guys, do you have ties that you haven’t worn in a long time and probably won’t ever wear again? Maybe you work in a job that will never ever require you to wear a tie. Or maybe your personal style has changed – maybe you used to wear lots of ties with cartoon characters on them but your style has matured and you go for a more sophisticated look. Either way, look at your collection of ties, and if you have more that what you want to keep, donate it! There’s bound to be a a thrift shop near you that will happily take your old neck ties. If you find that you need more ties for work or church, you can take care of that in less than five minutes here. There is also a lot of up-cycling potential in ties – the crafty ladies in your life might want to take these for various projects. (Just ask a girl that likes to play on Pinterest what she can do with a bunch of old ties – there are may things.)

Sort Through Children’s Items

While you’re watching TV or listening to a favorite podcast, you can sort through children’s clothing that you’ve just washed and dried, using a critical eye to make sure they still fit properly. Can the items be used as a hand-me-down for a sibling, or is it best to just get rid of the item? Pruning down items that no longer fit can make getting your child dressed much easier and for every child’s clothing item that you get rid of, when you discover that another is needed, you can order a new one.

Tips for Christian Guys Getting Back Into the Dating Scene

Are you a single Christian guy needing advice about how to get back into the dating scene? Maybe you’ve never dated at all, and your lack of experience is making you nervous. Perhaps you’ve been busy with other goals – things like college and work may have been more important than your social life. Or maybe you’ve been through a break-up or a divorce, but now you’re ready to date again. Take these tips for single Christian guys…

Free How to Write a Resume Tips

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When is the last time you looked at your resume? If your resume has been tucked away somewhere, it may take a drastic effort to update it. You might be asking yourself, “How do I get a resume for free?” or “How do I write a resume?” If you’re more experienced and more confident with the art of writing, you might just be wondering how you can spruce things up a bit to show how qualified you are.

If you’ve pulled a free resume from the internet to use as a starting point, that may help if you have no idea to start. But, if you’re a more seasoned pro, you might just be looking for stronger words to make your resume stronger. You might be wondering how to show accomplishment through a resume.

Below are some tips and some prompts through words that can guide you, like a brainstorming exercise. I hope you find these helpful as you start, build, or strengthen your resume.

Words for Workers in Creative or Educational Fields

It can be hard to show how hard you’ve worked in a creative field. Is your resume showing what you’ve done? Maybe you’re a creative worker, such as a teacher, coach, musician, photographer, artist, or non-profit worker. Perhaps you work in several fields and are piecing together a living. Maybe what you do helps people a great deal, but the results are hard to measure. Do any of these words accurately describe your work? Action words such as:

  • Acted
  • Advised
  • Coached
  • Collaborated
  • Composed
  • Counseled
  • Created
  • Developed
  • Directed
  • Evaluated
  • Implemented
  • Organized
  • Photographed
  • Planned
  • Raised funds for
  • Wrote

Words for Workers in People-Centered Fields

Are your results contingent upon people? Do you build good relationships with others? Maybe what you do is not reliant upon strong knowledge of a thing but on how well you can motivate others and get them to do what you want. You might be a manager or a life coach. Consider action words such as:

  • Advised
  • Coached
  • Collaborated
  • Communicated
  • Developed
  • Implemented
  • Led
  • Mentored
  • Organized
  • Oversaw
  • Planned
  • Scheduled
  • Supervised

Words for Workers in Technical Fields

Does your job rely on a lot of technical expertise? Is it thing-oriented? Do you have to know a lot about a particular subject matter, something that requires years of study to master? Or perhaps you are a writer, scientist, or you work in the medical field. Maybe these ideas will work for you:

  • Collaborated
  • Developed
  • Drafted
  • Invented
  • Measured
  • Mentored
  • Organized
  • Piloted
  • Planned
  • Published
  • Researched
  • Studied
  • Trained
  • Treated

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Book Review – The Louder Song by Aubrey Sampson

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Have you ever been at a point in your life when you asked God “Why is this happening?”

If you’ve been filled with grief over a tragic event and you can’t understand why God would allow such disappointment, Aubrey Sampson understands. Such a point in life she refers to as lament. Lament can happen over a job loss, diagnosis of an illness, death, or a difficulty in a marital relationship. In her new book The Louder Song, she talks about her own journey of lament and weaves it with the lament stories that you might have heard in the Bible (or may not have, given that Christians are so often told to put on a happy face).

Aubrey Sampson is honest in telling her story. She knows that on the journey of grief, you can’t just get a how-to-do-grief book, and go on your merry way. You can’t just fix it neatly for yourself or someone else. You have to go through it. You have to feel the hurt and pass through it. There are no shortcuts for grief. She affirms every Christian who has asked the tough questions – why did this happen? How could God do this to me? Why don’t I have answers? She affirms that you are not a weak Christian for asking the questions and not having answers. Faith and questioning can and should co-exist in times of trials.

If you want a book that’s honest about grief, I highly recommend this book. Sampson is honest with her raw emotions and about her questions of God; I really liked her vulnerability.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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