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How To Make Friends in Your 20s and 30s

There is no denying that making new friends in your 20s and 30s isn’t as easy as it once was in the schoolyard.

Nowadays, finding a solid friend who isn’t just an acquaintance seems more difficult since everyone has their own work and family commitments. If you want to change-up your group of friends, or simply looking to reconnect with some old ones, this is the guide for you.

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Have a hobby

A very important quote which still sticks to this day is ‘Old habits don’t open new doors.’

Sticking to the same-old routine won’t help you find new friends, or build a connection with anyone new. If your hobby lies in sport, exercise, or even in a number of creative fields, it’s important to take a risk, and join a class.

Even if you’re feeling shy or too embarrassed to go alone, it’s always worth it in the end! Making friends with people who share the same hobbies as you, makes it so much easier to connect.

Reconnect

Reaching out to an old friend is always a good idea, especially if it’s been a number of years since your last meeting. The connection with old high-school friends will always be something you have in common (especially if you were the best of friends), and you can always arrange an impromptu mini-reunion with those who want to reconnect. It’s a great way to see where everyone is at, and could possibly lead to a life-long friendship.

Be proactive

Don’t be the type of friend who sits around at home waiting for people to make plans with you. More often than not, this won’t get you out of the house anytime soon. Text, call, and keep in touch with friends, and better yet, show them that you’re interested in meeting up again.

Put yourself out there

Whether it’s hanging out with the family, or meeting a friend-of-a-friend for a cup of coffee, be prepared to put yourself out there and do something new. Be willing to compromise on plans and try something new with an extended group of people. Grab their mobile number, and be sure to engage in texts which will keep you out of the house, and into new and exciting company.

Meet online

Many forums, blogs, and message boards are filled with people who already have common interests as you. Just because you’re chatting through the internet, doesn’t mean that the friendship isn’t as genuine.

However if you do want to meet up, remember to stay safe and never send through any money to someone you don’t personally know. Anyone who truly values your friendship won’t expect anything in return.

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How To Care For Sickly House Plants

There are a lot of people who have great intentions when they bring a plant into the house, only to watch it slowly die. Even people with the greenest thumbs outside can kill off indoor varieties. Rather than watch your cash wilt away or murder a totally savable life, there are some ways to assess what’s going on and turn your plants life around. 

There are a few plausible reasons your plant is dying. Too much water, not enough water, poor positioning, not enough light, or too much light are all possibilities. So how do you tell what’s the problem with your plant?

Leaves reveal a lot about the health of the plant. A common problem is when leaves turn brown or yellow and fall off. In some cases, this is a natural occurrence in the life of the plant. However, there are several fatal reasons why this is happening. Where and how it is occurring can be a key indicator of why this is happening. For example:

  • Lower leaves or leaves on one side of the plant turning brown and falling off indicates lack of light.
  • Wilting leaves which curl, turn brown and then fall off, indicate too much heat and possible lack of water. Also try to increase airflow to reduce heat stress.
  • Wilting leaves which turn brown and fall off, usually starting from the bottom and working their way up, indicate lack of water.
  • Brown leaf tips or black spots on leaves indicates lack of humidity. Many house plants are tropical varieties and require a degree of humidity. If you move the plant into the bathroom, it will probably thrive.

If any of these things are happening to the leaves on your plant, correcting the conditions should improve the life of the plant. It won’t happen overnight, so give your plant time to heal. Apart from these indicators, there are a few other factors which could identify poor health of your plant which will eventually lead to its death. These include: the plant being oversized for the pot, the pot sitting in water, diseases, pests and fungus.

If the plant has outgrown the pot, it will be unable to retain water. The best solution is to upsize the pot or if possible, separate the plant and place it into different pots. For pots sitting in water, place some stones or pebbles under the pot to lift it away from the water run off. This will reduce the chance of root rot, which will effect your plant.

Disease, pests or fungus will require more work and some further research. As each problem differs, take a photo of an affected area and either take it to a nursery or search for it on the internet to identify the problem. There will be a particular care plan, including a specific spray or home remedy for each issue.

Remember that plants need food as well as water, so don’t forget to fertilize. Be careful to place your plant in an appropriate area and be aware of temperature differences due to heating and cooling, inside the home.

The last essential tip is to follow care instructions on the purchasing tag and keep it for reference should illness strikes your plant. With a little care most plants can bounce back to life and will thrive in correct conditions.

By Kim Chartres

Whale-Watching Sites Around Australia

It’s a truly amazing spectacle to see and hear the whales which migrate around the coast of Australia in cooler months. It’s a great free activity for all nature lovers. Some areas are better than others, so we’ve put together a list of the best places in each state or territory to take a peek.

Northern Territory

Spotting whales in our beautiful top end can be tricky. It’s often more miss than hit. In May 2014, False Killer Whales were viewed in shallow water around Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, north-east of Darwin. This was unusual, as these creatures are usually found in much deeper waters. If you are looking for whales in NT waters, check recent reports.

Queensland

There are a number of places to do some whale watching in QLD. The following list includes locations and the peak season:

  • Gold Coast – May to November
  • Hervey Bay – July to November
  • Brisbane – June to October
  • Sunshine Coast – June to October
  • Cairns – July to September
  • Whitsundays – May to September
  • Great Barrier Reef – March to October

New South Wales

NSW has multiple locations. The following list has been compiled as a guide, based on peak season times, May to November, with the exception of August:

  • Port Stephens
  • Jervis Bay
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Nelsons Bay

September to November:

  • Merimbula
  • Eden

June to November, excluding August:

  • Port Macquarie

June to November:

  • Byron Bay

June to October:

  • Tweed Heads

Victoria

By far the most popular whale watching area in Victoria is Warnambool. Peak season is from June to September when Southern Right Whales make the annual migration to give birth to their young, along the sheltered coast. Some people have been lucky enough to spot the whales else where around the state, but these sightings are fairly rare.

Tasmania

Tassy isn’t a prime whale watching location, however Bruny Island is known for annual sightings. They pass by during May to July and again during September and December. Once there, some whales congregate for up to five weeks. Humpbacks and Southern Right Whales are regular visitors, while Pygmy Right Whales, Minke Whales and Orca’s or Killer Whales can be seen as they migrating along the coast.

South Australia

SA has two prime locations, where whales are guaranteed to visit each year. From May to October, Southern Right Whales can be witnessed frolicking, mating, calving and nursing their young. The head of the bight, apparently has the best views, as whales are often viewed as close as 100 metres off the shore.

The second region is along the coastline from Victor Harbour to Goolwa Beach. Middleton, which is located in the middle, is a quaint surfing cove where commuters often view the whales whilst driving past. Once again Southern Right Whales dominate the area. July or August is the peak time, however you might snag you a peak during cooler months.

Western Australia

Albany and Broome are the hot spots around WA. Between June and November Humpback Whales are spotted as they migrate north-west to Broome, while Southern Right Whales migrating from Antarctica are know to visit Albany’s southern bays to mate and give birth.

Image via legendcharters.net.au

By Kim Chartres

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