Tips on making mum feel special in ISO!

This Mothers day on May 10th, isn’t going to be any kind of usual Mothers day. However nothing in life is running as usual at the moment. So if mum is living at a different address, what can we do to make her day special? There are a number of options available and mum is sure to be delighted!

A delivery

Now is the time to sort out what you can get delivered to mum. Since the postal service is inundated, your physical products will have to be sent via express post by Wednesday in order to make it in time.

What to send??

If you are reading this, you need to get organised quick! So what is available that can arrive in time? My first advice is to check out some local wineries or restaurants that Mum loves… many are sending out Mothers day gift packs! Right now, we can’t go to the venue, but we can have venue deliver to mum!! If you have no luck there, check out these cool last minute ideas. If postage is involved, make sure you select express! (Click text to link through to the site)

– Adopt a Koala (e-adopt for instant delivery)

– The Gifting Guild for some lovely hamper ideas:

– Endota Spa

– Experience gifts from BananaLab
(validity of vouchers extended to 3.5yrs!)

– Brazillian Butterfly

Send a letter

This could be the perfect time to write mum a letter to express how you really do appreciate her. You could include some special memories, or a particular moment in time which had a real impact on you. Sometimes words are such a better way of getting the message across without feeling awkward to too emotional. Mum is sure to be touched by your thoughtfulness.

Connect

As we are doing with everyone these days, connect with mum via an online conference software. If all members are on iOS it could be a simple as using facetime, which allows up to 32 people to connect to one call. Otherwise you could use Skype (not password protected), Google Hangouts (needs a google account, max 10 participants) or Zoom (40min max for free). 

You could consider some fun online activities such as Kahoot, Virtual Bingo, Scattegories or good old fashioned Charades. Any of these should create a good laugh! 🙂

Whatever you do, we’re sure mum will enjoy being with her family in whatever way possible, and she’ll be left with a smile 🙂 

Wishing all the mums a beautiful day!!

Your guide to the best ISO Baby Shower!

Whilst all of us are forced to adjust to the new rules of life with Covid 19, precious new arrivals haven’t changed their plans at all! They are coming, whether we are ready or not!

So to combat your inevitable disappointment of not being able to have a conventional event,  we have put together this guide for you to host the best baby shower possible, it may even turn out to be better than you imagined!

Create an online event/invitation

The easiest way to do this is by creating a private event on Facebook. Your event page provides the ‘when and how’ and is a space where all attendees can forward photo’s and messages in one spot. However you could investigate using Paperless Post or Greenvelope who also provide digital invitations and communication platforms.

If for some reason you are not comfortable hosting the event, have a close friend or maid of honour do it for you 🙂

Forward an online gift registry to your guests

This is where we come in 🙂 Sign up to The Gift Register, compile a list of your favourite items – anything from anywhere, then share it with your guests via a URL link. Your guests can select and purchase an item and ensure it is delivered to your address. So on the day of your shower, you will have a special time opening gifts and thanking guests for their contributions.

If guests are close by, another novel idea for gifting is a ‘sprinkle shower’. Have a few people drop presents off every hour (you can use a digital roster such as Signup Genius) and that way the fun is spread over the whole day!

A special guest book

Prior to the day, give guests instructions to submit a sheet for your guestbook (as a PDF by email). This might be a great job for a friend or Maid of Honour. Define the specifications such as size (A5 or A4) and orientation (landscape or portrait) and then have each guest submit their own personalised page. To make it easy, maybe you can provide a template? All sheets are emailed to you prior to the day so you can compile a special book to show at the event!

The online gathering

On your digital platform, set a day and time for the event (just like a normal shower) This is when all your friends and family come together on a live stream. There are a few options here: Facetime group on your phone (only iOS devices), Skype (not password protected), Google Hangouts (needs a google account, max 10 participants) or Zoom (40min max for free)… or you might also want to consider Facebook live! Our advice here is to go with whatever you are most comfortable with and to avoid having any tech issues, make sure you do a trial run prior to the event 🙂

Decorate your home or room just like a normal party … it will get everyone into the mood! You could even pre-organise your favourite take away food or cupcake/snack items to be delivered to your guests in their own house!

Itinerary

If you are on Zoom and confined to a 40minute stream, you could organise your time like this:

0-5mins: Fix any connection issues. Hellos & introductions.
5-30mins: Games of your choice.
30-35mins: Thank guests for all gifts received.
35-40mins: General banter & goodbyes when time is up.

The time is obviously going to fly by and 4o minutes is a bare minimum time to stream. Set alarms to notify you when each section is over. If using this format we suggest sticking to a maximum of 2 games. Obviously with more time, you would have the freedom to pad this out so it is a bit more relaxed!

Game ideas

Create a Kahoot trivia game: A,B,C,D answers … ask questions like: How did parents meet? What colour theme is in the nursery? Who will be the strict parent? What is the circumference of my belly? List baby items from cheapest to most expensive. All the tech for this can be set up prior to the event.

Song contest. How many songs your guest name with the word ‘baby’ in the title? The one with the most wins a prize!

The Price is Right! Choose a standard baby item, and have everyone guess the price (written on a piece of paper). Everyone reveals their answers to the camera. The two guests who are the closest to the price are then given 6 baby items to put in order from cheapest to most expensive. The person with the most items in the correct position will receive a prize.

Optional extras

Organise a drive by Shower Parade! If guests are located nearby, it could be a nice surprise (and a bit of fun)  to ask the couple to go outside (before or after their live stream) and have a few people drive by and throw some nappies and/or presents out the window!!

Consider part of your event to be dedicated to some charitable giving for mums in need.

Don’t forget to do your thank you!

Once all the fun is over, use your chosen digital platform to send out a personalised thank you.

We hope this guide is helpful, and at the end of the day your ISO Baby shower is a huge success!! Maybe even just as much fun as a real one! … All the best for your new arrival! 🙂

6 Easter games & activities for the family at home!

Right now, even if we are all stuck at home in isolation, we can still make the best of Easter!! Start with the food. Ditch the diet for the day and go with your favourites… maybe its Tsoureki (Greek Easter bread), French toasts, or some Rosquillas (spanish doughnuts flavoured with cinnamon, rosemary and honey)… YUM! Of course hot cross buns are likely to be on the menu, and maybe some scrummy apple & cinnamon rolls straight out of the oven, but whatever your choice of brekky, it will be well received after the traditional early morning chocolate hunt (which you may choose to do virtually with family from afar!!) … see below.

These ideas of a virtual Easter egg hunt and activities/games after your brekky bellies are full are sure to create some fantastic unique family memories that will last a lifetime!

Virtual Easter egg hunt. If you have other family members to connect to via video conferencing or facetime, you can have a virtual Easter egg hunt! The idea is to have all participants connect on the day, and then take turns at having one person instruct the other on where to look for their eggs. So nominate an ‘egg finder’ and a ‘navigator’. The ‘finder’ awaits instructions from the ‘navigator’ in order to seek out their eggs. That way the excitement of egg finding is shared between those near and far, like an interactive version of ‘I-Spy’! Of course the finders are rewarded by enjoying all the goodies they discover 🙂 

Easter bocce ball. All you need is two matching, dyed hardboiled eggs per player and one plain egg (this will be the target). Have one player roll the target egg several metres away then players take it in turn to roll their eggs as close as possible. All players get two turns. Once all the eggs have been rolled, the player with the egg closest to the target wins.

Pass the egg – an old favourite and sure to make the family laugh. Gather in a circle and place the egg under the chin of player one. Using no hands, player one passes the egg to player two and so on around the circle. The first one to drop the egg is the first one out. Last player standing wins the game. For an extra level of tension, use raw eggs – the losers clean up the mess!

Easter piñata. Buy a premade piñata or make your own using a balloon,easter pinatapaper mache paste andan old newspaper.  Fill it with chocolate eggs and treats and decorate with an Easter theme. Use a large wooden spoon or stick to whack the balloon, blindfolding players for extra fun. When the balloon pops, you get to eat the treats!

For a bit more of Easter DIY, make some melted crayon Easter eggs. All you have to do is hard boil several eggs and roll them into a plate of crayon shavings, while they’re still hot, using plastic tongs so you don’t burn your fingers – be careful not to crack the shells. The heat from the eggs will melt the shavings to create a beautiful pattern. Add some glitter for extra sparkle!

Eggstacle course. Set up a homemade obstacle course using whatever items you have on hand –get the kids to help. While balancing an egg on a spoon, walk the tightrope using your garden hose, jump through hula-hoops, lay a broomstick across two chairs and crawl under, weave through a line of plastic cups. The imagination has no limits! Who can complete the course without dropping the egg?

Whatever you do this weekend in these unusual and challenging times, we wish you and your family all the very best for Easter. We hope you get time to relax (maybe fit in your favourite bunny movie), and enjoy a few laughs together.

Don’t forget, it is still possible for gifts to arrive to your doorstep which could be a wonderful way to celebrate any special occasion. Just hop onto The Gift Register to create and share gift lists with family & friends. Its easy and free!

Happy Easter. Stay safe.

The awesomeness of the modern dad!

These days, dads are not what they used to be. Today dads are taking on a whole lot more than their predecessors and they are exhausted! Here’s why.

20th century dads are very different from the dads of the ‘60s. Forget about the guy who came home from work, patted his kids on the head and retired to the couch. Forget about provider of the family, head of the household, ultimate disciplinarian. Today’s dad spends three times the amount of hours every week with his kids as dads did back then. He’s more involved and more nurturing than ever. 

It’s an evolution of fatherhood. 

It starts from the very beginning where he actually stays in the room during labour. He sits by his partner’s side, holding her hand and enduring her abuse then resists passing out as he cuts the umbilical cord. When they take their tiny bundle home, he shares shifts as she wakes through the night, rocking her back to sleep and singing lullabies even though he has the tone of a deaf walrus. He reads parenting books, strolls the supermarket isles and stops to study the ingredients in baby food before he buys.

He helps around the house, cooks meals and shares cleaning duties. As the children grow, he covers for mum – packs lunches, does the school drop then continues to work where his boss berates him for being late. And when he returns, exhausted, longing for the couch and an ice-cold beer, he taxi’s to & from after school activities and helps with homework. 

When they test him to his wits end, gone are the days of easy discipline when a swift clip to the ear would put an to end to it. Today’s dad must summon all the patience in the world limited by means of confiscation and naughty corners.

Today’s dad is complex and multi-tasked: coach to his kid’s footy team, volunteer on the school committee, parent helper in class. He teaches his son how to be a man, how to change a tyre, how to defend himself against bullies in the school yard then rushes to dress wounds when he falls off his bike.

Times have changed. 

The heir to the English throne changes nappies. Celebrity dads are tattooing their kids’ names on their backs. There are now over one hundred thousand stay-at-home Australian dads.

We don’t mean to undermine mum’s role (she has her own juggling act to balance). But it doesn’t mean we can’t recognise the awesomeness of the modern dad. It’s a wonderful, liberated and tiring role… 

So this is why Dad needs super-spoiling this Father’s Day. And don’t worry if you’re feeling overwhelmed for ideas. Heres a few to ensure he re-coups his energy:

Mens Happy Socks
So much fun! What better way to sure he starts the day off on the right foot!!
https://www.theiconic.com.au/mens-happy-socks/

The Art of Growing up by John Marsden
Have him put his feet up and delve into a fascinating insight to parenting – and the conundrum of what it means to grow up and be ‘happy’ in the 21st century.
https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-art-of-growing-up-john-marsden/book/9781760556723.html

Boxing Bag and Glove set
When all else fails, let him take his frustrations out with this boxing bag & glove set from Rebel. Could be just what the doctor ordered!
https://www.rebelsport.com.au/p/everlast-nevatear-3-feet-heavy-boxing-bag-and-glove-set-559748.html

Grounding – foot therapy – Endota Spa
Why not introduce him to the world of day spas? This 60min foot treatment isn’t too invasive and sure to have him chilled in no time!
https://endotaspa.com.au/treatments/spa-packages/grounding.html

Sony Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
938 positive reviews can’t be wrong! Get him chilling to his fav beats with these wireless noise cancelling headphones!
https://www.jbhifi.com.au/sony/sony-wh1000xm3-wireless-noise-cancelling-over-ear-headphones-black/339990/

Want more ideas? Download our iOS app and sign up to gain access to our ‘Quick Lists’. Click ‘Must haves for Men’ for over 50 more ideas! 

We’re more than confident you’ll find something just right for him 🙂

5 Sympathy Gift Ideas Instead of Flowers

When a friend or relative loses someone close, it’s not easy knowing how to ease their grief. You want to help, but how? With the best intentions in mind, most people send flowers. But flowers are temporary and one bouquet often blends into the next when they arrive in abundance. So, what can you give that will last, have meaning and offer support to someone who’s suffering?

These 5 touching and special gift ideas may help.

Rosemary tea.

We all know tea is a comfort drink. And rosemary symbolizes love and remembrance. Steeped in thousands of years of myth and tradition, it’s also known to have magic and healing virtues. Herbalists often use it as a tonic to help with fatigue and over-exertion and it’s loved all around the world for its uplifting aroma and unmistakable flavour.

A collection of memories.

When we lose people close to us, we like to take time to remember their lives, why we love them and what they mean to us. You may have photos or mementos your friend or relative hasn’t seen before. Ask around and see if you can collate some special memories to put together in an album or scrapbook. You could add a personal touch or theme that was special and relative to the person deceased.

Donate to the cause.

When someone is taken early because of illness or accident, there’s often a feeling of hopelessness. By donating to a relevant charity in the deceased’s name, you not only offer comfort to their family but you proactively support the cause which can alleviate feelings of despair. 

Adopt a bench.

When we’re grieving, it helps to visit a place that was special to the person we have lost to reflect and remember. Many parks and councils offer the opportunity to adopt a bench in their honour, which can be a touching communal or family gift that creates a lasting memory.

Name a star.

While naming a star doesn’t actually mean you own that star (it only registers the star within the database of the company you buy the certificate through), this can be a comforting gesture for grieving children. Children grieve differently to adults. And really young children find it hard to understand death. By naming a star, they have something physical to look at and seek comfort from which represents the person they are missing.

There’s no magic cure.

When a friend or relative loses someone they love, it’s painful. This type of grief can’t be fixed, repaired or solved and unfortunately you just can’t take the pain away. You can only love and support and be there.

People grieve in different ways. It’s a personal experience, one that belongs entirely to the person experiencing it. Sometimes, the people grieving feel awkward because friends don’t know what to say or how to behave, which only adds to their despair. Giving something you have truly put thought into reminds them you care and that you’re there for them if they need you.

Aside from your love and support, it is time that heals. In their own time, your friend or relative’s pain will become more bearable.

Have you ever received a gift that helped to sooth your pain in times of grief? We’d love to know about it. Tell us in the comments section.

Why Australian Charities are struggling

It’s not easy for charities in Australia today.

They face greater competition to raise funds than ever before. There are over 56,000 registered charities in Australia – that’s 1 charity for every 400 Australians. And many of them are competing for the same cause (over 2,000 organisations are seeking donations for breast cancer alone).

To add to the problem, Australians are tighter with their donation dollars, the government is slashing grants and the volunteer workforce is shrinking forcing charities to explore more innovative strategies through alliances, mergers and sharing resources.

The problem reached a cross roads late last year with sector leaders calling for charities to merge or shut down because too many are wasting valuable resources competing with each other.

How The Gift Register is getting around the problem.

The Gift Register is choosing to support charities that will benefit from our ‘wish list’ structure as we have everything in place to help them achieve their mission, including a broad range of gift items.

We want to support organisations we feel passionate about – charities that prove to make a difference locally with a philosophy that complements our dedication to giving. This way, the charities we support benefit through a fresh and innovative way of attracting public support.

Our first featured charity, Lighthouse Foundation, has a vision to end youth homelessness. And over the past 25 years they’ve made incredible headway helping more than 800 young people successfully break the homelessness cycle. Lighthouse does this by providing a safe and nurturing living environment and consistent parental role models, as well as clinical and practical support services. At present, they are welcoming gifts that will help create comfortable homes to resettle young people from homelessness. The process involves a dedicated level of support, not only providing practical necessities like homewares, bed linen and even Miki cards to get around – but also on a personal level involving emotional wellbeing.

All of Lighthouse foundation’s needs are featured via a public wish list, which can be accessed through The Gift Register’s charity page.  The beauty of this is that the items you choose to purchase are sent directly to Light House Foundation’s head office for them to distribute to young homeless people within their care.

You deserve to know exactly where your money is going.

With the competition so fierce in today’s climate, charities have to allocate a large proportion of their funding to marketing and administration costs, which means you have no idea whether your support is having a direct impact on the cause.

By donating through The Gift Register, you’re in control of the item you buy. You choose were your money is going. And you can feel reassured that your gift(s) will have a direct impact to young homeless people across Victoria.

Together, we can help make a difference.

Visit our charity page today to find out more about how you can help the charities we feature.

The Gift Register aims to rotate a number of charities over a calendar year. If you hold an interest in becoming one of these charities, please apply to [email protected].

6 Ideas To Give Mum The Mother’s Day She Deserves

If you’re truly honest, how much effort do you really put into Mother’s Day?   

Think of all those years your mum cooked for you, cleaned for you, packed your school lunches. Endless hours helping you with homework, being your taxi driver, tidying your room, washing your clothes…

And what does she get to show for it all?

A limp bunch of flowers each Mother’s Day? Some box of chocolates you grab from Coles just before you drop in to see her for afternoon tea? When you think about it, she deserves so much more – something super special to let her know how grateful you are for everything she’s done.

And we’ve put together 6 ideas that will show her just how much you care:

Finish that DIY project dad started but never gets around to finishing.

The water feature she’s always dreamed of, a herb garden or a fresh coat of paint for her drab walls. There will be one thing she’s always wanted for her home or garden that never seems to happen. You can make it happen. Gather your siblings and work like elves to get it finished. If you can, surprise her for Mother’s Day. You can bet she’ll appreciate your hard work and dedication over any gift you buy off the shelf.

A montage of family memories.

Hunt through your photo albums and pick a selection of family memories to create a photo montage, mobile or canvas that mum can hang on her wall. If she enjoys the modern touch, create an online slide show accompanied by one of her favourite songs using Smile Box, or buy her a digital photo frame and display a stream of precious photos she can place on her mantle piece.

A family picnic. 

Keep it a surprise and pick mum’s favourite place – the beach or that park she used to take you to when you were little. Pack a vintage picnic blanket, a wicker basket with her favourite foods and some good wine. Invite the whole family or keep it just the two of you.

One less for the bucket list.

Perhaps there’s something she’s always wanted to do like swim with the dolphins, wine tasting or a French cooking class.  Show her you’ve been listening all these years and make it happen for Mother’s Day. Book her in with dad, or accompany her yourself. Put in with your siblings and make it a gift from you all.

A week without chores.

Every mum dreams of a week with no cooking, washing, cleaning or ironing. Gather the troops and tally up a roster so that she gets the entire week off. Time she never has to catch up on episodes of The Good Wife she keeps missing, or to have a relaxing candlelit bath or read a book. Join together each night to prepare her favourite dinners and let her hear your banter and laughter in the kitchen as you work as a team. When the week is up, you’ll appreciate her all the more as you realise just how much time the house chores eat out of her day.

All it takes is a little time and thought…

It’s easy to get blasé as Mother’s Day rolls in each year, but it doesn’t take much to make your mum feel special. Why give the same old clichéd gifts, when all it takes is a little thought and consideration and you can give her something truly unique. You have a lot to thank her for after all the work she’s put in over the years!

So what will you do to make mum feel special this year?

6 Ways to Spice Up your Valentine’s Day!

Ahh Valentine’s Day, when restaurants become crammed with starry-eyed couples sharing chilled wine and platters of tiny, quaint foods.

A romantic dinner at home suddenly seems like a better option…

And if you’re looking to spice things up, we have just the solution. Maybe you’re planning a first date and you desperately want to impress the guy, or you’ve been in a relationship for what’s beginning to feel like centuries and it’s lacking that certain je ne sais quoi.

Well then. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to crank things up.

Dinner2A romantic home-cooked dinner means you can manipulate the mood, show off your flair for cooking and make sure the lighting is complementary… Candles, oysters, fishnet stockings and Marvin Gaye spring to mind, but of course those are just clichés. We have some special, less obvious mood-enhancers in mind –

Spices.

Yes, spices. Because, believe it or not, they are understated mood-setters, with the ability to stimulate your state of mind, subtly influencing how you feel and behave. So, for those of you wanting to turn up the heat this Valentine’s Day, we’ve concocted some spicy menu ideas to help set the mood and ensure your evening flows with a touch of passion and sensuality.

The Icebreaker…

star_aniseStar Anise is perfect for a first date or the beginning of a date when nerves are rattled and there’s a chill in the air. This pretty star-shaped spice has a strong, licorice flavour and scent known to relieve tension. Start the evening off with an elegant cocktail infused with star anise and feel yourself and your date slip into a more relaxed temper.

Our recommendation? Star anise and cinnamon cocktail

(Extra tip: Keep a bowl of star anise pods on the table and let their scent waft around the room.)

H’orderves…

Encourage a light and happy vibe with cardamom because it’s known to possess anti-depressant properties. Subtly burn some cardamom-fragranced essential oil in the background while serving our recommended entrée:

Butternut squash and onion bhajis

For the main…

As the evening rolls on, fire things up with some hot and smokin’ cayenne pepper. This zesty spice gets its kick from capsaicin, which is proven to improve blood flow and increase body temperature. So if you’re really serious about turning up the heat, sprinkle more than a dash of cayenne pepper to your mains. Steady!

Our recommendation? Sweet potato & black bean quinoa chili

Sweets…

churrosOf course, it could only be cinnamon. Not only is this spice perfect for deserts because of its sweetness; it’s an effective deterrent for bad breath. Proven to kill off odor-causing bacteria, this warm and nurturing spice could be just what you need after all those onion bhajis!

Our suggestion? Cinnamon sugar churros with bittersweet chocolate sauce – Mmmm! 

A nightcap…

Ginseng and saffron are natural aphrodisiacs proven to improve sex drive. So, why not steer things towards the bedroom as dinner draws to a close and serve these tantalising little spices in some hot tea?

Our recommendation? Ginseng & Saffron tea 

Bonne nuit…

Valentine’s day doesn’t always happen according to plan. Emotions can lead to arguments. Nerves can stifle conversation. Sometimes, the vibe and atmosphere is plain flat – even Marvin Gaye may not be able to solve that problem. But if you have a crack at our Spicy Valentine’s Day Menu, the natural affects of these special spices may keep the atmosphere relaxed, add some sizzle between you and your date and steer the evening towards a more intimate closure.

ValentinesSquareLast but not least, why not give your partner an intimate Valentine’s Day gift because we’ve scrolled every corner of our virtual planet to create a special list of Valentine’s gift ideas – the final touch to spice up your date.

The cutest Santa letter … wins!

With Christmas almost upon us, children around the world are busily compiling their stocking wish lists. Strange and, sometimes, hilarious letters are written to Santa and cast away to the North Pole by various means; up chimneys, in helium balloons or simply posted in the mail. Each child secretly praying they’ll get there in time.

How did it all begin?

The story behind Christmas stockings is old and clouded over time. But it starts with a young man named Nicholas who was left a large inheritance when his parents died. A devote Christian, he became legendary for his generosity to the poor; most notoriously, when he helped a father of three daughters who had lost all their money. So poor, the man could barely put food on their table with no dowry to offer for his daughters to marry.

One night, so the story is told, Nicholas crept into their home and left a small gold ball in each of the daughter’s stockings, which they had hung out in front of the fire to dry – enough to pay for their dowry and save them from a life of slavery. 

And so the tradition of Santa stockings began.

Do you have a Santa letter? If so, submit to WIN!

Today, children’s letters to Santa vary in length, personality and imagination. They’re a beautiful insight into their innocent souls and dreams with all kinds of requests from trampolines to puppies to world peace. The requests can defy logic and bring tears to parent’s eyes. Which is why here at The Gift Register, we’ve decided to run a special competition to celebrate the most imaginative requests we can find.

So, if you think your child’s wish list is funny, outrageous, quirky or just darn cute – enter our competition to win a $100 Visa shopping voucher. We’ll pick the entry that makes us laugh the loudest or tugs our heart strings the strongest. All you have to do is take a picture of the letter and email it to us with your child’s first name, age and suburb to [email protected]. See our Facebook page for T&C’s.

The winner will be advised via email and announced on our Facebook page on Christmas night!

In Christmas spirit and to get the ball rolling, here are some letters we have already collected. We hope you enjoy them!

PS. If you are still stuck for gift ideas, check the gift tabs on our website for some inspiration!

Merry Christmas!

Jack Letter

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Dear Graduate… 20 Life Skills for the Road Ahead

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve graduated – or you’re close to.

It’s a major accomplishment. All those years spent hunched over a desk studying. Now, you can stand tall, walk proud and reach for your dreams. This is the next milestone in your life. Who knows what the future holds?

But before you hurl yourself into a world of possibilities, we’d like to set you off on the right foot. Because from this point forward, you’ll define who you are as a person and what type of life you will lead.

So, here’s some advice for the road ahead: 20 life skills (from those of us with a few more years under our belt). Print them out. Memorise them. Keep them close to your heart. They’re your salvation to a bright and successful future:

1/ Whatever you do for your first job, do it with pride. It might not be your dream role, but you’re working for a business that somebody feels passionate about. Someday, you may be the employer and you’ll expect your employees to do the same for you.

2/ On that note, if you ever have a job serving coffee – be polite and smile. For many people, coffee is the one small pleasure in their day.barista

3/ Look after your skin. You’ll thank the high heavens you did when you’re older.

4/ Embrace your failures. They will make you stronger and wiser.

5/ Say ‘yes’ as much as possible. Otherwise, you might just miss out on your biggest opportunity.

6/ Cans and Subway wrappers go in the bin – look after your planet. One day, your generation will be in charge of it and you don’t want to make the job any more difficult than it needs to be.

7/ Have patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Each small step you take, you’re a little closer to fulfilling your dreams.

8/ Colour outside of the lines. Those that dare to be different achieve great things.outside-the-lines

9/ Put the darn phone down – especially when in company. Life is slipping past you.

10/ Dance like nobody’s watching – and they probably all will.

11/ Be kind. Always. Including to yourself.

12/ You were fooled by your parents – you’re not entitled to anything. In the real world you have to work for it.

13/ Oh and btw, stop using acronyms. You are now a mature member of society (lol).

14/ When you think you’ve hit rock bottom, watch an episode of Dr Phil. You’ll quickly realise you have a long way to go.

15/ Never tell your parents how uncool they are. One day your children will feel exactly the same way about you.

16/ And have patience with elderly drivers. We all know they shouldn’t be driving, but no-one has the guts to tell them.elderlydriver

17/ Don’t point out the problem unless you’re willing to be part of the solution.

18/ Travel. Everywhere. Except, perhaps, to Brussels.

19/ Laugh, often. Even if you don’t feel like it. Laughing is infectious, so you’ll be creating a happier world.

20/ Listen, learn, inspire. The world is yours now, so put yourself out there.

If you can master these skills early, your journey through life will be smoother, richer and more rewarding. We wish you the best of luck, graduate. Don’t be afraid to reach for the stars – may your adventure begin!