I’m Cassie from cassie cares, and I’m honored to be a part of Hayley’s Top Ten Tuesday feature. In writing this I wanted to give her readers something that I think all of us are trying to achieve: the opportunity to learn from one another. Lifestyle blogging is all about mastering a skill (gracefully or otherwise) and then sharing our inspiration and process with all of you. I thought about listing my favorite DIY projects or beauty products, but I don’t think those things are the most important part of what we do. It’s looking back and realizing how far we’ve come, and how much we’ve learned.
So for my list I’m sharing my Top Ten Life-Skills that Will Save Your Butt Someday, which hopefully helps us all in both the blogosphere and the real world.
10. Driving in the Snow
There may be a time in your life where you really wish you paid attention in the “winter driving” portion of Driver’s Ed. That time may arise when your Prius is stuck in a snow bank and you’re trying your best not to say “I told you so” in the freezing cold storms of a mountain pass.
Joking aside, knowing how to navigate snowy terrain could save your life someday, and applying this knowledge can prevent very serious accidents. Pay attention, slow down, and stay safe.
9. Basic Car Maintenance
When I was 17 a mechanic tried to sell me a $50 air filter after showing me how dirty mine was. I let him talk, then squeaked a polite “no thank you.” Filters are cheap, and take about one minute to change. You should how to do this, and while you’re at it, learn where your fuse box is, and where your car’s starter is located. Know how to jump start your car. Know what not to touch. I’m not saying change your own brakes, but you can save a lot of money by knowing something about your car. These very basic car skills could prevent you from getting stranded someday, especially when you’re in the middle of nowhere and AAA can’t save you.
8. Doing “Future You” a Favor
Yes, you need that $89 rug and your bedroom floor is totally bare without it. But Future-You could use that $89. One of the problems with impulse-purchases is that it neglects our future selves. Present-You can’t live without it? Split it with Future-You. Get in the habit of setting yourself up for success, and guess what? You’ll be successful.
7. Staying Calm in a Crisis
There will be times (a wedding, a car accident, a busy day at work) where a level head will positively influence what happens next. Separate your emotions from the task at hand, and you will learn that you are capable of a lot more than you think.
6. Mastering One Good Meal
Having last-minute guests coming over? Good thing you taught yourself an awesome meal that you can whip up in a hurry. It can really make guests feel welcome, and knowing one impressive dish can give whomever it is (your in-laws, your boss, your sister’s new boyfriend) something good to remember about you.
5. Squashing Insecurity
Sometimes the only person standing in your way is you. Your bad attitude, your fear, your insecurity. Ignore the haters (especially when you’re the haters) and you will open yourself up to so many opportunities.
4. Basic DIY, Home Maintenance, and Power Tools
If you don’t know where your fuse box is, or how to check your pilot, you have a problem. If you don’t know how to find studs or use a drill, a saw, or a paint roller, you are dooming yourself to a life of paying others to do very easy work. Master these skills. Future-You will thank you.
3. Writing the Perfect Hand-Written Note
I like to keep nice stationery handy because a sweet little poem or note can take a gift to a whole new level. A sincere thank-you note can get you the job. A simple “thinking of you” can change someone’s day. Get pretty cardstock, a solid pen, and be honest in your writing. That’s it.
2. Speaking Up
When you know something’s not right, say so. If you’re being skipped over at work, or a doctor isn’t listening to your concerns, speak up. Yes, sometimes it’s scary, but you can save your own life by expressing yourself. Do it. (Refer to numbers 5; 7; and 8)
1. Looking at What Things Could Be (Not Just What They Are).
With a little elbow grease, a Craigslist find could be your favorite possession.
A job that pays slightly less could open so many doors for you. Look at the possibilities. Look for pins, look for blog posts, look for ideas. You can amaze yourself by realizing the potential in your home, your relationships, and yourself.