Essential Qualities to Look for in an Orthodontist

An orthodontist is essentially a dentist who specializes in transforming crooked teeth into a set of perfectly straight and well-spaced pearly whites. If you know of people with retainers or braces on, then you’ve seen the handiwork of an orthodontist.

Now, not all orthodontists can offer similar benefits to patients because they have different skillsets and personalities. If you’re currently searching for one that matches your needs because your present orthodontist doesn’t provide the results that you expect, you have to read carefully. These are five qualities that you have to look for in your orthodontist:

  • They are skilled. Your orthodontist should be highly skilled at their craft and should have the ability to handle every imaginable concern of the client. For example, your orthodontist should know how to have different orthodontic appliancescreated that are requested by clients, such as retainers, distalizers, and space maintainers. These products should be customized to the client’s specifications and should be functional to provide their intended benefits.
  • They follow a holistic approach. The best orthodontists are known to have the foresight and not just a limited approach to ensuring the client’s great oral health. Your orthodontist should follow a holistic approach-meaning, they have to design an oral health care plan that encompasses your overall needs. Your orthodontist must understand what you want to achieve and what your oral health care needs are. This is so that you can be appropriately guided and motivated to adhere to a tailored plan towards realizing your personal goals.
  • They manage the client’s pain well. A lot of patients experience traumatic visits to dental clinics due to some painful procedures handled by an inexperienced or indifferent orthodontist. Whether it’s adjusting the braces or installing retainers, your orthodontist must know how to do things without causing unnecessary pain. In instances where a certain level of pain is inevitable, your orthodontist should manage it well through specific techniques like applying the pre-numbing gel before injecting anesthesia. Patients react to pain differently, and the orthodontist must be fully aware of such.
  • They are highly qualified and trained. Your orthodontist must have the necessary professional education and training in the field. They should be duly licensed and a member of industry organizations. You may simply ask for such credentials to be sure about the qualification of your orthodontist.
  • They offer a flexible schedule and reasonable rates. For patients with busy schedules, having an orthodontist who can offer flexible appointment schedules is a definite plus. The orthodontist should also charge reasonably. That means that they must have professional rates that are within the acceptable range. You may do quick research to know the going prices for specific orthodontic services so that you’ll know if your orthodontist is ripping you off or charging reasonably.

Use these qualities as your guide when scouting for an orthodontist. These essential traits should be more than enough to guarantee you a pleasant experience each time you come into your orthodontist’s clinic for a visit. You’ll also know that you’re getting the service that you should receive.

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What’s Next For The Oil And Gas Industry?

Earlier in the year, the oil and gas industry went into shock. The pandemic led to a massive contraction in demand for the industry’s products, thanks to industrial and consumer squeeze. In short, businesses weren’t operating, and customers weren’t buying. 

Things got so bad at one point that the price of crude futures went negative. Owners were paying refineries and storage facilities to take excess production off their hands. It was a crazy situation – and something that had never happened to the market as a whole before. 

The oil and gas industry is having to deal with more secular long-term issues as well. The current crisis will eventually pass. But whether the industry has a future in its current state depends on a variety of factors and how they ultimately play out. 

Companies such as T Bailey Inc are currently supplying the oil and gas industry. But like so many other ancillary services to the industry, they’re diversifying their portfolio, striking out into other areas such as paper and pulp or marine. 

For many, the writing is on the wall. So what’s going to happen? 

Oil Demand Will Peak In 2022

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According to Our Energy Policy, the oil demand will peak around 2022 as we reach peak fossil fuel transportation. Countries like India and China are expanding their demand for ICE vehicles, which is likely to reach a head in a couple of years. 

From that point onwards, however, a combination of demand and supply factors are going to limit production and lead to the deployment of alternative technologies. 

On the demand side, we will see the number of new ICE vehicles hitting the road coming down substantially, replaced by hybrids and full battery-electrics. 

On the supply side, easy-to-access shale and ground oil wells are going to dry up, making it more costly to remove oil from the ground. Eventually, this will hit a critical point where the current low price of oil will have to rise. And when that happens, consumers will switch away from gas and find alternative, cheaper fuel sources for their vehicles. 

OPEC’s Role Is going To Change

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The role of OPEC is going to change as well. The organization is going to have to accept that it no longer has a monopoly on the transport market. Other producers, like Panasonic and Tesla, are now direct competition, thanks to technological innovation

Gas Will Continue To Expand

At the same time, the non-transport use of gas is going to continue to expand. Renewables are not yet able to provide a ready source of energy for grid load, and many governments see gas as a greener alternative to coal. Already, most western countries derive the majority of their power from gas outside the US. 

Financing New Projects Will Become More Difficult

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Finally, the oil and gas industry is going to find financing new projects more challenging. Many lenders will be skeptical of the long-term profitability of drilling for new oil fields if prices rise and demand for products falls. 

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Are You Making The Most Out Of Outsourcing?

When it comes to your business, time is the most valuable commodity that you have. The problem is that the bigger and more successful your business becomes, the less time that you have. And, when you are doing everything that you possibly can to grow your business, you need that time more than ever.

It is a no-win situation for many small business owners; they spend so much time managing basic business tasks that the ones that will help them to grow are often neglected.

There is one way around this: outsourcing.

Outsourcing involved giving specific tasks to a third party, whether that be a freelancer on an ad-hoc basis or an agency which enters into a long-term contract with you.

 Here, we look at some of the tasks that you may want to consider outsourcing so you can focus on growing your business.

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Information technology services

As your business grows, you will need to consider implementing more sophisticated technology. It may be that you need to organise a network that remote workers can access easily, a software system for your retail business or just general IT needs. 

The problem with technology is that there is a lot that can go wrong, and it can be expensive to deal with. Outsourcing the management of your IT services to NetQuest means that you do not have to worry about this as there is always a team of IT experts on call to sort out any issues, and make sure it is running as smoothly and as efficiently as possible.

Accounting and finances

It can be overwhelming for a small business to manage payrolls effectively and everything to do with the financial organisation side. Outsourcing this service to experts has been shown to improve business performance and minimise costs. According to studies, businesses that have outsourced their accounting and financial save on average 18 per cent more than those who try to do it in house. Trying to do it on your own can lead to inaccurate payments and late filings, which incur fines. Hiring a third party or automated programme to perform accounting duties will significantly minimise these risks and save you money.

Marketing

Marketing is vital if your company is to succeed. Technological advances have made e-commerce, webshops, social media and online marketing important to small businesses. But, before you set up an in-house marketing department, ask yourself if this is economically sustainable. However, trying to do it all yourself can mean that you do not have enough time to attend to core business tasks. It is also a task that requires expert knowledge much of the time. 

Outsourcing certain operations will help your company grow while paying careful attention to core competencies. It is also usually more cost-effective to outsource these services compared to hiring full-time employees. Outsourcing would allow the company to concentrate on priorities instead of spending their time on tasks that could be best done by experts.

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Saving The Environment One Car At A Time

Saving The Environment One Car At A Time

It is not uncommon to find the local salvage yard filled with different car models. While this may seem like a waste, an extensive process goes into ensuring that whenever possible, all 30,000 parts of each car are put to the best use. 

So don’t be so worried about the environment when you sell your car for scraps. As you will see in this infographic below, lots of junkyards are protecting the environment by making sure that they recycle as many car parts as possible. Parts like the battery, electronics, glass, plastics, rubber, fabric, steel and aluminum, can and will be used in other ways, such as being turned into fuel for cement production and asphalt. This means that none of those components will get to the landfill, significantly reducing the amount of waste that ends up there. Considering how long it takes some of these components to degrade, that is very positive. 

Aside from making extra cash for yourself, you will be doing the environment a big favor by selling your old car to a junkyard. By helping to reduce landfill waste harmful greenhouse gases are lowered, as are the levels of additional pollutants and chemicals released into the surrounding land and bodies of water.

Whichever way you look at it taking your car to the junkyard is a win-win situation. But to fully understand what goes into it, you will need some vital information, all of which can be found in the infographic.


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A Millennial Homeowner’s Guide When It Comes to Common Household Issues

Millennials are today’s largest number of consumers. Both older and younger millennials managed to beat other generations when it comes to home buying. Most millennials are first-time home buyers and many are still navigating how the whole homeownership works. The reason behind this is that owning a house is a lot different from renting.

Now that you are a homeowner, you are left to fend for everything you might need, including home upkeep and maintenance. Are you having trouble getting rid of that musty smell in your new home? Is your yard in great need of a makeover? Maybe you are worried about how you can afford your next home renovation or maintenance project? The following are just some of the best ways to deal with such issues.

Getting Rid of Bad Smells in Your Home

Your garbage bin and garbage disposal are not the only places where that unpleasant smell could be coming from. Even if you buy abrand-newhouse, it can house than the unwanted smell and your job is to investigate where that bad odor is coming from.Somecommon causes of bad smells are as follows.

Mold. Most people associate mold with a musty odor. But in reality, mold can be different odor depending on the type. Some molds have a sweeter smell while some have that earthy smell. Some mold smells like rotten meat, fermenting alcohol, or even cat urine. If you are not sure where the moldy odor comes from, consult the pros to find the source. They can do professionalmold removal serviceson your behalf.

Dried-out P-trap. Is what youare smellingresembles a raw sewage smell? Then a dried out P-trap could be the culprit. You must use all the drains inside your home to create a blockage in your piping’s P-section. If, you tried running water in your drain but the bad, stinky smell still won’t go away, it is time that you call a local plumber for help.

The Smell of Sulfur. Some people smell sulfur smell like rotten eggs. If this resembles that odor you often have in your home, it is crucial that you rectify the issue asap. This is since there can be three reasons for a rotten egg smell and these are electrical issues, old anode run, or a serious gas leak. If your gas company confirms there is no gas leak and a plumber claims your anode rod is still in good condition, then it is time you call an electrician to diagnose the issue.

Fixing an Ugly Yard

As many real homeowners and real estate experts say, ugly yards should be a crime. Your yard is among the first things people will see in your home. It can boost your curb appeal or drag your home value down. Even if you are a first-time homeowner, it becomes a must that you take care of your yard.

You may not be here to impress your loved ones or neighbors, but a beautiful yard will always be a worthy investment for your home. You and your family would want to spend more time outdoors if you have a beautiful yard to relax in. Maintaining a yard is also good for the environment since it encourages wildlife to thrive. Don’t forget about thehealth benefits landscaping haveto offer.

You can start bydeclutteringyour yard and getting rid of anything that does not belong in the yard. Get rid of overgrown weeds, mow your lawn, and mulch your garden. You have the option to choose which pesticide to use, but you can always go for an all-natural solution to get rid of lawn pests. If you have no time to fix or maintain your yard, there are landscaping services you can take advantage of.

Preparing for a Home Maintenance or Renovation

Home maintenance is no joke. If you don’t tackle regular maintenance tasks, then your home will deteriorate faster. You can end having to pay for bigger and more expensive repairs. The same goes for a renovation. Some will require you to hire contractors to make sure the project goes smoothly.

All homeowners need to make it a point to prepare for home maintenance and possible renovations. You don’t want to end up using all your savings just topay for repairs and renovations. Homeowners should also prioritize saving up for a home maintenance emergency fund. This is since most millennial homeowners chose fixer-uppers instead ofbrand-newhouses. Save a portion of your income to cover for future home repairs and you will be better prepared in case your home needs a few maintenance tasks, a minor repair, or even a major renovation.

Now that you are a homeowner, every decision will fall into your hands. It is time to step up your game and better prepare yourself for any household issues you may encounter in the future. For best results, save up enough emergency funds for renovations and repairs, know what to do in case you encounter bad smells, and be sure to give your yard some TLC.

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How To Choose The Best IT Support

When they’re scaling their business, a lot of companies decide to outsource some or all of their IT needs. There are a lot of companies out there offering IT services, but choosing the best one for your business can be hard. Handing over a business-critical function like IT to someone outside of your company can be a daunting idea. How do you know who is reliable/ Is there service good value? What happens if it goes wrong? To get the best IT support, interview each vendor and ask these questions. 

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Where Are You Based?

It doesn’t matter that much where your IT support has their head office, but you should know where their servers are. The location is important if they will be offering you services like cloud hosting, computer networking, or VoIP. Server location can impact on the quality of your services. Local law about GDPR may also have implications on the way your data is stored, especially if your company works in an industry with a high level of regulation.

What Geographical Areas Do You Cover?

You don’t need your IT support vendor to be based in the same city as you these days. However, you do need to know what areas they cover, especially if you might move your premises in the future, or want to expand your business into new areas or different countries. You need to know that your provider can keep supporting you. 

Do You Offer Different Levels Of IT Support?

IT support companies usually offer a few different levels of service, which can suit different budgets, businesses, and requirements. For example, you can choose between:

  • Pay-as-you-go or ad-hoc support
  • Break-fix support
  • Managed service support

Look for a company who can offer the level of support that you need and can afford. 

What Exactly Is Supported In The Contract?

You should be careful with a company who says they support everything, without giving detail about what that actually means and what is included in the agreement with them. It’s not unusual for companies to assume they will get complete coverage, only to find out that they can actually only log a maximum number of support tickets every month, or that some services will be charged as an extra. Get this laid out clearly from the beginning, so you understand exactly what kind of support you will get. Otherwise, you run the risk of signing a contract that doesn’t actually work for your business. 

What Isn’t Covered In The IT Support Contract?

You could assume that this is covered by asking what is included in your support, but it’s still wise to get more detail by asking this question as well. There may be some services which are not covered by your contract. It’s better to know in advance what will be billed separately so you can budget more accurately. If there are any services that are not included in your contract, then you need to know about ad-hoc or hourly pricing. 

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Different Types Of Math Questions

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In today’s blog post, we will assess different types of math questions, as well as providing advice on answering them.

Multi-Step Mental Math Problems

Mental math questions can be a source of confusion and difficulty, especially when it comes to multi-step mental math problems. This is something that was definitely reinforced by the statistics that were drawn from the exam bodies in regard to math results. Read on for more information about this. 

While questions change from year to year, the same type of questions feature in school math papers. This is why it is important to look at areas where children have struggled so that you can get your child to focus on these areas when practicing math questions. 

A good example of this is in a 2016 paper, where a lot of children struggled with Question 4 on Paper 3 for their Math KS2 test. This was a mental math question, which required four steps. Viewed individually, the steps were very simple. However, the question perplexed many students last year, with a lot of children getting it incorrect. 

The likely reason why so many failed to get the question right is that they did not take all of the four steps that were stated. The best way to ensure your child is prepared for questions like this is to present math questions in innovative and new ways so that they have experience in dealing with questions that may be presented in a daunting or different way. 

Of course, you can’t show your child every single type of question, but by exposing them to a greater variety of question types, you encourage them to apply diverse strategies and skills. Puzzles can be a fun way to help with this, such as https://www.pennydellpuzzles.com/sudoku/subscriptions/ and other types of math puzzles.

What Sort Of Questions Can You Expect From An Arithmetic Test?

We are going to take a look at taking an arithmetic paper in further detail so that you know what to expect. 

An arithmetic paper is designed to test your number and calculation skills. Some of the maths questions will test your use of calculation methods, others will require you to know some number facts, for example, multiplication tables. It is a good idea to practice with past math papers so that you can get familiar with the sort of questions you will be asked. 

The questions will get more difficult as you turn the pages. Start questions include the likes of 869 + 200 and 56 divided by 8. More challenging questions may be something along the lines of 2/4 + 6/8 or 1971 divided by 27. You will notice that there are two marks available for multiplication and division questions. It is important to show your working out when doing these questions. If the final answer is incorrect, but you have followed the correct method, you will still get a point.

To conclude, math papers test a range of skills, so preparation is key.

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Cut The Time It Takes To Care For Your Garden

We all want to make sure our garden doesn’t reflect too badly on our home. As such, taking care of the essential garden maintenance should always be a concern if you got plenty of greenery to care for. However, if you’re not the most green-thumbed of people, it’s easy to get frustrated with how much time you can end up spending out there. For that reason, we’re looking at ways you can make sure your garden gets the care it needs without you having to spend as much time out there.

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Split your schedule up

If you leave everything too long, there will be a greater sense of urgency about having to do more. Do a little bit twice a week and you will find you have fewer of those long gardening days. Find out the basics of garden maintenance, then create a routine for the month, giving yourself fewer tasks to do each time you get out there, but get out there more regularly.

Know when to tackle weeds

Weeds are going to be one of the most persistent and time-consuming problems in any garden. If you really want to get rid of them, the recommendation is to dig them right out at the roots, but not everyone is going to do that. Aside from using natural weedkiller to help diminish them, pluck them out of the soil after it rains and when it’s moist to make it easier to pull them.

Use more efficient tools

Good equipment makes all the difference. There’s nothing wrong with a motor-powered lawnmower if you’re simply looking to get the job of cutting your grass done. However, a good string trimmer can do that, as well as helping cut back bushes and overgrown plants all while standing. Check it out and see if it can’t help you. Good multitasking tools can help you get your gardening over and done with much more quickly.

Plant sensibly

Does your gardening routine see you going from one end of the property to the other to reach those plants that need the most care? If that’s the case, it might just be poor planning that’s getting in your way more than anything. Space-effective planting, such as grouping plants near to the home can help make it much more efficient. Take a look at how to group your plants effectively.

Know when to prune

If you have trees in the garden, check to see if they’re evergreens. Trees like yew will grow continuously for months and then stop growing usually towards the middle of fall. Get to know when your trees stop growing and then take the time to prune them. If you prune them too early, their growth cycle won’t have finished yet and, as a result, you’ll have to prune them again before too long.

To end up with a good-looking garden, you do need to spend some time out there. However, with the tips above you can at least make sure entire days aren’t going by out there.

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The Pandemic Redefines Loyalty For Brands


The coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of disappearing. With contagion and spread rates have been slowing down all around the world, regions are already facing the second CVODI wave. For businesses, the situation is challenging to manage. Surviving the first wave of lockdown and quarantine hasn’t been easy. A lot of small companies and independent businesses have been forced to take drastic measures, such as letting teams go, to recoup some of the losses. Others have not been able to reopen. The pandemic has been the last straw for struggling businesses that have now gone bankrupt. 

Yet, even if you’ve been able to reopen your companies, the survival path is paved with obstacles. For brands, surviving and keeping the business afloat is a priority. Most countries and regions have made grants available to support struggling businesses. Entrepreneurs can expect to find small financial relief to help with rent payments or the introduction of new health requirements. Investors are also joining the economic support, through crowdfunding platforms and crypto investments to protect the global economy. There is, however, only so much you can achieve with financial assistance. For a start, monetary aid is limited, as most states are already running high debts. Additionally, ad hoc cash flow boosts can provide the long-term stability businesses need for their recovery. If businesses are going to survive the pandemic loss, they need to build a supportive network. They need to refine business loyalty to create the sturdy foundations of their post-pandemic growth. 

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Consider negotiating payment delays

What costs do companies face as they plan their recovery from the pandemic? The first and most crucial factor is that the coronavirus crisis has shattered the economic stability. People have been staying at home, avoiding unnecessary purchases. While we’ve passed the first virus wave, a lot of customers are still cautious about visiting shops and buying new items. As such, it can be tricky to build a new strategy on an uncertain path. Most tips for businesses to survive a rocky economy suggest negotiating payment delays. Companies that are in a commercial lease can reach out to their landlord to review their options. It’s in landlords’ best interest to keep their tenants, even if it means decreasing the monthly rent. Suppliers are also open to negotiations, especially as many can’t afford to lose a contract. Yet, offering payment delays or discounts can be beneficial to keep both parties in business. The process can be challenging, but now is the time to build new loyal connections with your business partners so that everybody can survive. 

Don’t sacrifice quality

The customers who loved your brand and products before the pandemic are keen to return to the businesses they trust. Keeping their trust in a post-pandemic world can be challenging. It is tricky to maintain consistent product quality when you are running on a tight budget. However, loyal customers are not ready to compromise on the quality of your products and services. Many appreciate that you can’t meet the pre-pandemic production volume and pace as you need to accommodate delays for supply sourcing, health and safety regulations, social distancing practices. As such, manufacturers will need to reduce production volumes to maintain quality. But you can reassure customers by turning delays to your advantage and emphasizing your commitment to health. For instance, quality controls now need to include contagion checks and decontamination processes to guarantee the safety of all. 

Don’t keep bad news secret

Now, more than ever, delay and production mishaps are likely to happen. You only need one person to be contaminated for the entire production process to be put on hold until the situation has cleared. As a result, your customers will potentially face unexpected delays. However, the last thing you want is to hide the truth from them. Don’t let them wait and get frustrated as the delivery never happens. On the contrary, when a customer asks where their order is, you have already failed to earn their loyalty. Instead, embracing a policy of complete and total transparency with your customers can transform the situation. Sharing your limitations openly will help them prepare for eventual frictions. You could, for instance, let them know that your main supplier is having problems meeting your volume demands. The process doesn’t serve as a blaming game and pointing fingers exercise. On the contrary, it explains that you may not be able to finish production on time. You can even share an estimate of your worst-case scenario so that your audience is in the know. 

Survival in a post-pandemic world is all about creating a loyal network to grow. Loyalty is built in honest truths, from sharing your financial struggles with your landlord to ask for a discount to informing customers about production changes that can cause delays while maintaining quality. The lesson is that you can’t expect to stick with your brand because they liked your post-pandemic performance. Instead, convince them to stick with you because you are doing everything possible to make it work. 

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5 Hobbies That Will Make You Feel Good

Life is full of stress for most people. We work all day long, and we try to fit in the time for a family and a social life. In all of that time, we have to find at least an hour a day to do something for ourselves. We’re told that self-care is important, well, a hobby is the best self-care there is!

Hobbies give you a place to be at a certain time. They give you fulfilment around everything else that you do in your life – something that’s for you! Whether you enjoy reading about the Nissan Sileighty or watching it race on TV, or you plan to take up skydiving in your spare time, you need a hobby that will interest you and ignite passion in your life. Below, we’ve put together five hobbies that will make a difference to the way that you feel about your time.

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  1. Learn To Play An Instrument

Music soothes the soul, so why wouldn’t learning how to play an instrument enhance your cultural education? Playing music has so many benefits for the mind as much as your body, and it creates a huge sense of achievement when you learn how to play something new. You can watch YouTube and self-teach any instrument if you know what you are looking for, too! Dance party, anyone?

  1. Study A Language

Learning a language in the pursuit of travelling the world and actually using it can help you in so many ways. You get to widen your knowledge while widening your perception of the world around you. You can meet new people and know how to communicate, and you can even download language learning apps on your phone to learn on the go.

  1. Put Your Fitness First

Often in men, skincare, health and fitness are a big deal. What is lacking in physical health almost always translates to something lacking in mental health, too. It’s so important that you know where to turn when you need a break from all of the pent-up stress, and pouring energy into running or other physical activity will flood the brain with happy hormones. Stress-busting can begin in the gym for you!

  1. Start Cooking

The percentage of male celebrity chefs to females is higher for a good reason, and it has nothing to do with skills in the kitchen. Men and women can cook as well as each other, but that doesn’t mean that men can’t be the best! Get your creativity out onto the table – literally. Learn to cook. Hit some cookery classes and baking classes and get out of the house. Once you pay for a course like that, you can spend time really enjoying yourself and pushing all of your pain into food. It’s worth it, with delicious consequences.

  1. Go Back To School

It doesn’t matter if you are in the peak of your life, there is always room for learning. You can go back to school and get another degree or learn a new skill, and add to your bow!

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