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Post of The Month

One-in-a-million is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Just a bit of fun here if you could create an advent calendar what would you put in it and why.

For me you would still get chocolate 😆😆
But inside each door is a task for the day. Something that includes you helping/talking to others, doing something festive and spreading Christmas cheer
For example

1. Tell your parents/carers you love them
2. Say hello when passing an OAP (that might be the only thing someone says to them all week)
3. Watch a Christmas movie
4. Help someone in need e.g put some spare change in a charity box, buy a warm drink for the homeless person who sits on the corner, dothe washing up ha ha ha😂
5 make hot chocolate
6. Visit your grandparents (if you donít already) They will more than likely love to see you.
7. Sing a Christmas song with a friend
8. Dress up in something Christmasy when you do your shopping.

You get the idea 😂😉 my reason for this is to get people in the mood and understand what Christmas actually means.

What would yours have and why."
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Living with people I don't know. Help

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    Soo this year for my student house I'm living with 3 people I don't actually know. Today one of them came to get their keys and it just felt so awkward and I personally felt anxious letting this person I don't even know into the house.
    Does anyone have an advice around breaking the ice with new housemates?
    Just advice in general about living with people you don't know.

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      Hey Meggles,

      I'm sorry to hear you felt anxious letting your new housemate into the house. For many people, it can be difficult living with new people we don't know yet. These feelings you're experiencing are common for many people in this situation so you're not alone in feeling this way. It can take a bit time to feel comfortable around new housemates and that's okay. It's great that you're reaching out for advice on how to break the ice with new housemates. How are things going at the moment?

      There's a great Buzzfeed article that I found with some tips for living with housemates that might be helpful to read through. You can find this here. One of the tips mentioned is to not be afraid to sit with your housemate and do nothing, sometimes this can be the best way to get to know someone rather than going out and doing something fun.

      Hope this is helpful, do keep us updated with how it's going

      - Aife


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        I moved in to a shared house end of last year with females I didnt know and I just sat with them and I have gotten to know them mostly
        I dont want a signature.


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          Thank you both.
          It's been really awkward today. One of the people fully moved in and straight away he had friends over. It was really awkward because they were being so loud and I didn't feel comfortable asking them to be quiet


          • #6
            hey meggles i just moved and i brought some wine and set up a group whatsapp group


            • #7
              Originally posted by turtle09 View Post
              hey meggles i just moved and i brought some wine and set up a group whatsapp group

              i cant do that. 2 of them have royally pissed me off. theyve taken up all the fridge and storage space in the kitchen so theres no room for others to store food etc when they move in. they keep leaving lights on around the house, wondering around shouting at 3am. they dont clean or tidy after themselves and its driving me in insane. how am i gonna live like this for a year?
              might go buy a tent and pitch up next to the river and hope it doesnt flood.


              • #8
                Hey @Meggles

                Has your room sharing got better for you since last August? Sorry to be late to your thread.

                The greatest female power is empathy to create relationships on a personal level. It's better for a woman to come across as more nurturing, more warm, and that is going to lend more success to her than for a man doing the same thing.


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