Enjoying Valentine's Day when you're single
By Cassie (Cassado) and Haley (Halcyon)
Valentine's Day is a highly anticipated day for some, but the complete opposite for others. Many single people struggle with conflicting feelings on Valentine's Day, but they are not alone in their struggles. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help combat the negative feelings you experience around Valentine's Day.
Create a plan for the day. Time flies if you're having fun, and ...
By Haley (Halcyon)
While travelling abroad can be an amazing experience, it can also be quite stressful. Travelling abroad requires a lot of organisation and planning. Things like insurance, passports, currency, flights, and other factors need to be taken into consideration before travelling. Everything must fall into place to ensure a safe and timely trip. Here are some things to consider while planning your journey.
Passports and Visas
Before you think about...
By Jess (i_like_black)
Goals are a good thing to have in life. Having something to work towards can help develop a sense of achievement and can also combat symptoms of mental illness. Being aware of a direction builds a sense of purpose, and it is well recognised that having a sense of purpose contributes to a person's longevity.
Something that commonly trips people up with goals is that they know what they want to achieve but not how to achieve it. Having a vague...
The basics of creative writing
By Chess ( *~Skittles Martinski~* ) and Dez ( *~Skittlify~* )
Creative writing is an excellent way for you to express thoughts, ideas, and opinions in an interesting and imaginative way. There are many forms of creative writing that you can do depending on your interests, and inspiration can be found in a variety of areas. It is a good way to escape from the formal writing you do at work or in school and instead share your talent! Due to the number of...
Getting started with volunteering
By Harrison (BravestLittleHobbit) and Sammi (Masquerade.)
Do you ever find yourself getting bored over the holidays? Being away from school for so long can result in running out of things to do. Sometimes, the holidays seem to drag on, and you find yourself constantly trying to find ways to fill your time. Volunteering for something in your local community can be a great way to kill time, expand your résumé/CV and give back to your community. Besides...
How to make lucky stars
By Hollie (James Moriarty)
Chances are many of you have tried out some form of origami in your lifetime, perhaps in school or on your own. This could be by creating something as simple as a chatterbox or, for some people, practicing a more advanced level of origami. Either way, this can be an extremely beneficial and fulfilling activity to take up. The problem for many people, however, is that many designs can look extremely complex, and for beginners, may often...
The role of dogs in society
By Chess (Syzygy.)
Since their domestication, dogs have proven to be invaluable to human society, from hunting to guarding to providing companionship. They have definitely earned their name as 'man's best friend’, as they are great companions, and they can also be trained to assist people in many different ways. Although the concept of guide dogs is not new, there has been a recent branching out as people have come to understand more about how useful dogs can be....
Making Poetry An Art
By Holly (Algernon)
1. Write as though you are appealing to the five senses. Taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing. This is a great way to convey to the reader the very essence of your poetry. People understand when you are directing your words to their "vulnerable" zones. When you are speaking to your lover, you try and use words to describe how they taste and how they look. It's alluring. The same goes for poetry. If you can seduce someone with your words, they will...
Acing the New Year
By Robin (PSY)
It's February, which means we are one month into the new year! It also means that many of us have already given up on our New Year's resolutions. Why are some resolutions harder to keep than others? One reason may be that we lack the motivation to develop better habits. It's easy to eat healthier for a few days, but what about after a few weeks or months? Another reason may be that we simply don't know how to stick to our resolutions. You may want to become...
Effectively managing money
By Jenny (coolkid98)
Managing money sounds straightforward, but it can actually be quite challenging. It can be hard to know how much to save, how to budget for unexpected costs and how to avoid the temptation to spend savings on unnecessary items. It's important to have some money saved as sometimes extra cash may be needed for emergency repairs or necessities. This article gives a few easy tips for keeping on top of your finances, and ensuring you don't...