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How to Live

L-I-V-I-N-G. Get to it. If you want to live to be the best version of yourself you can be, living a full and happy life without regrets, you can learn to find happiness, create meaning in your life, and be healthy in mind and body. See Step 1 for more information.

Steps

Finding Happiness

  1. Form meaningful and long-lasting relationships. No one should have to live alone. Find people you can rely on, and who can rely upon you in times of need. Friends and family are essential to a happy life, lived fully.
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    • Keep in touch with your family, old friends, and work actively to get to know the people in your life better. See the good in people.
    • Try and invest less in what people think of you. Focus actively on doing what makes you happy and keeping people around who will support you and lift you up, not people who’ll judge you and bring you down.
    • Share yourself with the people close to you. When you find people who you can trust and who you enjoy talking to, share good times and bad times.
  2. Find a community and participate in it. Finding a group of like-minded people is an important part of finding happiness. Whether you participate in church groups, social clubs, or online communities, it’s essential that you find people to move through the world with you.
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    • Join a church, join a band, join a kickball group. Join any club that’ll have you as a member and that you’re seriously interested in.
    • Communities don’t even need to exist in “the real world.” Online communities that give you joy and fellowship are perfectly healthy and increasingly popular. Whether you enjoy gaming, participating in a wiki, or putting videos on YouTube, throw yourself into the community and get everything you can out of the experience. Find like-minded people wherever you can.
  3. Vary your routine. Variety is the spice. Try and shake things up. When the human brain gets accustomed to the data its already experienced, time moves faster. Doing the same thing over and over makes your life whizz by. Changing things up every now and then, as much as you can, will help you slow down and appreciate the little things.
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    • Do little things, like taking a different route, or method of getting to work. If you usually drive, consider taking public transit, or riding your bike, or walking. If you always walk, take the long way.
    • Make big changes, if necessary. If you’re unhappy in your job, find a new one. If you’re bored of your regular relaxation routines, switch it up. Go out dancing, or visit new sections of town. Move somewhere else.
  4. Surprise yourself. Are you too predictable? Try and surprise yourself. Walk into places you’ve never been, talk to people you don’t know, change things up for the sake of changing it up.
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    • It’s good to cluster in communities of like-minded people for security and happiness, but there’s also a lot to learn from people who are very different than you. If you spend all your time with people who think the exact same things you do, things will get boring quickly. Try and actively spend time with people who are very different than you. Visit different areas of the country, different neighborhoods, and talk to the people you find there.
  5. Find reasons to celebrate. Don’t make life a slog. When there’s a reason to celebrate, find the time to party. If there’s no reason to celebrate, party anyway. Gathering with friends and loved ones during the holidays is an excellent way to improve your spirits and enjoy life.
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    • Don’t let your birthdays depress you. Getting older is a privilege denied many people. Celebrate the wisdom you’ve gained over the last year, rather than dwelling on aging.

Finding Purpose

  1. Devote yourself to something greater. Essential to a life lived fully is devotion to some work or purpose greater than yourself. How you define that work is completely up to you. It might be providing for your family, pursuing an art, worshipping a higher power, or giving back to your community. Find something that you can throw yourself into completely.
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    • Try and be great at something. You don’t have to be “the best” at everything you do, but devoting yourself to one thing and trying to reach your fullest possible potential is an integral part of living well. Know some guitar? Practice more. Decent with cars? Rebuild an engine. Like kids? Be a great parent.
  2. Work hard. Whatever it is you choose to do on a daily basis is completely up to you, but you should work as hard as possible and be the best version of yourself in light of that work. Take pride in what you do and carry yourself upright. If you’re unhappy or unsatisfied in your job, quit as soon as possible and seek employment elsewhere. You only live once.
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    • Alternatively, you might choose to look upon your “job” as peripheral to your true calling. Walt Whitman worked as an ambulance driver, but was arguably the greatest of American poets in his “true” life. That doesn’t mean he looked upon his ambulance work as secondary, though.[1]
  3. Set goals for yourself and actively work toward them. What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years? The next ten years? Setting goals and feeling as if you’re actively improving your life and moving toward some attainable goal creates a sense of purpose and drive in lots of people. If you’re one of them, try and write down meaningful goals for yourself and hang them in your workspace, or your living space. Remind yourself at the end of each day what you’ve done to work toward that goal. Celebrate even little things.
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    • If goals make you squeamish, forget them. Live day to day. Carpe diem. If you’re going to avoid thinking about the future, though, make sure that you’re living each day to the fullest. At the end of each day, stop and ask yourself if you’re really doing what you want to be doing, if your lifestyle makes you happy, and if you’re satisfied in it.
  4. Find out what you have a talent for. It’s nice to be good at what you do, especially if you’re the type of person for whom positive feedback is important. Go into a field or career that you have some innate talent for, regardless of the prestige or the financial gain of it.
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    • Don’t go into a field for the money. If you’re unhappy but financially secure, cultivate hobbies to which you’re particularly talented. Take up sports or music and devote your free time to these pursuits. Remember Whitman.
  5. Make mistakes and learn to live with them. No one does everything right. Dwelling on failures, though, is a good way to keep yourself down in the dumps and living less than a life. Let your failures act as fuel in your ambition. Learn from mistakes and do better next time.
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Being Healthy

  1. Be active. Start getting busy. Don’t let your body become a burden to you. Use it, hone it, and enjoy being alive. Find a physical activity that brings you pleasure and take the time to do it on a regular basis. Try and be active for at least 30 minutes a day, every day, even if that just means walking to and from work, or doing some stretches in the evening. Find something that’s easy to do and make it part of your life.[2]
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  2. Eat well. Few things in life are more pleasurable than a good meal. Learning to balance healthy foods and enjoyable ones is sometimes more difficult, though. Eating nothing but moong bean sprouts and dehydrated kale might be healthy, but it might also be less than living. Likewise, you can’t live on bacon and ice cream, however fun that brief life might prove to be. Try and find a balance of good things and things that are good for you.
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  3. Learn new things constantly. Mental health requires variety. As you get older, it’ll be easier and easier to relax your brain and stop learning. Avoid this at all costs. Aggressively seek new information, reading a variety of things–online, print, books, etc.–and make lifelong learning a priority in your life.
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    • The difference between becoming a crotchety old person who talks about the good ol’ days and becoming a person who ages with grace and dignity is that the latter made staying current, staying smart, and reading a part of their life. Do the same and age with grace.
  4. Be the best version of yourself. Describe yourself when you’re at your best on a piece of paper. Write down all the things you like about yourself, the things you do best. Try and come up with at least 10 and keep it in your pocket every day. Try and live up to that standard each and every moment.
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    • Identify the things you don’t like about yourself and change them. There’s no use in waiting around and wondering what life would be like if you weighed 10 pounds fewer, or guessing what Mexico is like. Drop that weight. Get a passport. Live.
    • Additionally, though, its important to accept things you cannot change. If you’re 47 and rail-thin, a new career in pro wrestling probably isn’t in the cards. Embrace the life you do live and enjoy it.
  5. Do all things in moderation. A good life isn’t one lived to excess all the time. Enjoy the things that give you pleasure, both eat and drink, but don’t be a slave to them. It’s ok to splurge every now and then and celebrate. Just don’t get addicted to the carnal pleasures and cause more problems for yourself.
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Tips

  • Put yourself out there in the world, take risks, and respect others.
  • If you know something is right, do it.
  • Take care of yourself, physically and mentally.
  • Be patient with yourself.

Warnings

  • This article is not the answer to all of living; it’s here to give you a start. The internet doesn’t give you all the answers. You have to find them yourself.

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How to Make Mad Eye Martini Jello Shots

“Mad Eye Moody” is a fictitious character in the Harry Potter series. He’s particularly renowned for his “shifty” magical eye that had its own powers, such as seeing things at the back of his head and through objects. You can recreate an artwork of an “eye” using a lychee garnish for this vivid blue drink for any occasion, and it’s especially suitable to serve for Halloween.

Makes 16 shot cups.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240 mL) boiling water
  • 1 envelope of Knox gelatin
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) cold water
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) flavored vodka, of your choice

Eyeball garnish

  • 1 can lychee in syrup, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon cherry, raspberry, or strawberry preserves
  • 1 blueberry

Steps

Making the eyeball

  1. Pat the lychee dry with paper towels.
  2. Use a small teaspoon to fill each lychee with preserves.
  3. Insert the blueberry inside the lychee. You’ll want the blossom facing out so it resembles the pupil of an eye.

Making the drink

  1. Dissolve the gelatin into the boiling water in a large bowl.
  2. Measure and pour the vodka and cold water into the bowl. Thoroughly stir until well mixed. Allow the mixture to cool a little.
  3. Add a lychee eyeball to each shot cup.
  4. Carefully pour the Jello mixture over the eyeballs.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator to allow the mixture to fully set and harden.
  6. Finished.

Things You’ll Need

  • Large bowl
  • 16 plastic shot cups

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How to Close Apps on a Samsung Galaxy

Having an excessive amount of apps open and running in the background of your Samsung Galaxy device can slow down its performance, consume a large amount of memory, and drain your battery. Closing apps that are not being used can result in quicker processing, a longer battery life, and extra memory. Follow the steps in this article to learn about the different ways you can close apps on your Samsung Galaxy.

Steps

Closing Recently Accessed Apps

  1. Go to the Home screen of your Samsung Galaxy device.
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  2. Press and hold down the “Home” key on your device. This action will display a list of all applications you have recently accessed.
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  3. Review the list of applications to determine which apps you want closed.
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  4. Tap and drag each app you want closed to the right or left. The apps you drag off-screen will automatically be closed.
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    • If you want all apps closed, tap on the “Remove All” icon located at the bottom right corner of your screen.

Closing Background Apps

  1. Return to the Home screen of your Samsung Galaxy.
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  2. Press and hold down the “Home” button on your device. This will display a list of the apps that are currently open on your Samsung Galaxy.
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  3. Tap on the “Task Manager” icon located at the bottom left corner of your screen. The screen will refresh to display all apps that are currently running in the background and consuming memory on your Samsung Galaxy.
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  4. Tap on the “End” button located to the right of each app you want closed. For example, if you are currently not using the Email app on your device, tap on “End” next to “Email.”
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    • If you want all background apps closed, click on “End all” near the top of the screen.
  5. Tap on “OK” when prompted to confirm that you want to close your background apps. All the background apps running on your Samsung Galaxy will now be closed[1].
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Closing Apps Using RAM Manager

  1. Go to the Home screen on your Samsung Galaxy.
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  2. Press and hold down the “Home” key until a list of all running apps are displayed on the screen.
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  3. Tap on the “Task Manager” icon located in the bottom left corner of the screen.
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  4. Tap on the “RAM” tab.
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  5. Tap on “Clear memory. Your Samsung Galaxy will end all open background apps that are currently running on your device and free up additional memory[2].
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Closing Apps Using Third-Party Task Managers

  1. Open the Google Play Store app on your Samsung Galaxy.
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  2. Click on the “search” button and type “task manager” into the field provided. The Google Play Store will display a list of multiple task manager applications available for download.
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  3. Browse through the list of task manager applications. Many task manager applications can be set up to close and end certain apps for you automatically and will help you with keeping memory free on your device throughout the day. Among some of the top recommended task manager apps are, “Advanced Task Manager” by InfoLife, “Android Task Manager” by SmartWho, and “Go TaskManager EX.”[3]
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  4. Tap on the task manager application you want downloaded, then tap on “Install. The application will then be downloaded and installed to your Samsung Galaxy.
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  5. Use the features of the task manager application to manage and close apps on your device. If you require additional support, you may need to contact the developer of the application for more information.
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Tips

  • Before downloading any third-party task manager applications to your Samsung Galaxy, take the app’s star rating and user reviews into consideration. In most cases, a large number of downloads and a high star rating can indicate the utility and popularity of a task manager app.

Warnings

  • Before closing or ending certain applications, make sure that you save any important data, otherwise, any unsaved changes will be discarded as soon as the application is closed.

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How to Have Fun by Yourself

Stuck alone? No worries! You don’t need anyone else to occupy your time for you. Easy, cheap, fun, ridiculous ways to spend your time await. See Step 1 for lots of options

Steps

  1. Take pictures. Go for a walk with your camera phone or regular camera, and take ten pictures of striking images. Look for weird people, strange graffiti, pets, flowers, stains on the concrete–look for anything. Take lots of close-up pictures of the interesting things you find as an art project.
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    • When you get back to your house, you could caption each picture and print them out for a project like a scrap book or a collage, or give them interesting titles and put them on the internet.
    • Come up with a story that links all the images together and write it.
  2. Make a collage. Cut up old magazines and put heads on the wrong bodies, or put Tiger Woods next to the Mars rover. Cut out large lips from make-up ads and give them goggly eyes with thought bubbles that say “Earth is overrated” or “Tuna Shark” or “Wednesday makes the people jealous.”
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    • Make an edition of several hundred of these, matted on high-quality card-stock.
    • Hang them on the walls of the living room and dress in your Sunday clothes.
    • Sip sparkling water from a tall glass and look at them very seriously. Very seriously.
    • Say things like, “This is terribly post-modern” and “Kandinsky, methinks.”
  3. Go to the library. You think the library’s boring? Think again. It’s like shopping somewhere they let you steal things. Go check out books, movies, comics, and music, FOR FREE. What’s not to like?
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    • Alternatively, pull a book off the shelf you’ve always meant to read but never got around to. If you’ve got your own library staring you in the face, hop to it.[1]
  4. Film a one-act horror movie in 15 minutes, starring you. The moon base is abandoned and the last astronaut from Earth is hearing voices. Scary, scary voices. The voices of his dead wife’s hamster. Write out the basic story as quickly as possible, then set it up your camera or phone to record you. Does it make sense? Who cares? Make sure you adjust the lighting.
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    • Instead of the other actors, act out each character yourself and edit them together later on the computer. Or use drawings with the lips cut out and your own lips in their place. Or use stuffed animals.
  5. Write flarf and mail it to strangers. Flarf is poetry made up of quotations from the Internet. Steal language from everywhere, Internet ads, YouTube videos, magazines, books, and cut it up into weird poems.
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    • To make analog Flarf, cut out individual sentences from the newspaper, or cut out things from magazines and glue it all together in weird ransom notes. Mail it to a friend, or scan it and email it. Start a tumblr under your poet pseudonym. Get Internet famous for weirdness.
  6. Try a random act of kindness. Take some quarters and go put them in expired parking meters, or just sit outside a coffee shop and tell people they look nice today. Compliment strangers. Call up someone you respect and tell them how much they mean to you.
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  7. Catch up with correspondence or phone calls. Haven’t talked to your grandmother or long-lost friend in a while? Shoot them a call. Instead of vegging out watching television or wasting time with video games, get back in touch with someone you might’ve lost contact with. Even a short 15 minute phone call can do wonders in touching someone’s life and letting them know you’re there. Ask how they’re doing, what they’ve been up to, and where they’re going.
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    • Alternatively, you could go super-analog and write a letter. Like, an actual pen and ink letter. With your own handwriting! Draw pictures, talk about your week and your goals, and ask how your friend is getting along. Even if they just live across town, a letter or a postcard can be a great gift. Yes, emails will do in a pinch.
  8. Go running. It’s the thing you do where you move your legs faster than they normally go and wear shorts. Some people think it’s fun? Maybe you should listen to music while you do it.
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  9. Clean. Yeah, yeah, it’s no fun. But if you’re alone and you’ve got time to kill, there are few things more productive than getting some cleaning done. And, clean spaces make happy people. Set yourself a short goal, like that you want to clean your room in less than 30 minutes, or you want to tidy the whole house in the next hour, and then move as quickly as possible to make it exciting. Put on loud or frantic music to turn it into your own fast-forward movie.
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  10. Record an album a cappella. Don’t worry, Britney Spears can’t sing either. Get on the computer and download free music editing software with a good range of effects. GarageBand and Audacity are common options. Open a new track and hit record.
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    • Make the sounds of a choking cat, or recite the Pledge of Allegiance in a tinny mouse voice. Do over-dubs with other weird voice sounds, or lay down some sick drums by playing the pencil on your desktop. Do a whole track of you making police siren noises with your mouth.
    • Go back over the tracks and mess with the effects to make them sound like electric guitars and synthesizers. Play around with the reverb and echo to make it sound like alien transmissions. Have fun with it.
    • Name your song something ridiculous, like “Moon Unit Transmission Delta” and then play it for your grandparents.
  11. Dance to music you don’t usually listen to. Cue up some Tibetan Chant music on YouTube, or some Japanese punk rock and listen to it. Invent a new dance routine to the weird sounds. Get low, shorty. Explore weird music until you find something you like. Check out:
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    • Robert Ashley
    • John Fahey
    • Black Moth Super Rainbow
    • Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
    • DIIV
    • TV Ghost
  12. Get in shape. Exercising isn’t any fun when someone else is there, anyway. Shoot some hoops, or do some aerobics, or do some push-ups and sit-ups. Get moving! Feeling good is fun.
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  13. Film a vlog and put it on YouTube. YouTube is the place where boredom goes to die. There are plenty of communities of people who do weird things and put them on YouTube, and then comment. Common Vlog topics include:
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    • Hauls. When you come back from the grocery store, mall, library, or wherever you go to stock up on something, record a “haul” video when you get back, showing off each item for the camera and describing why you purchased it, or borrowed it.
    • Whats in my bag? Record yourself rummaging through your purse or wallet and talking about everything you find there. Let each item launch you off on a weird story or ramble.
    • How tos. Teach the camera how you put on your make-up every day, or how to play “Good Riddance” on guitar. Teach us something we need to know.
    • Review something. Know everything there is to know about shoes, or heavy metal, or hot sauce? Pick a new variety and review it. Try it out on camera, give us a sample, and then give it however many stars out of five you think it deserves.
  14. Talk to strangers. All your friends are busy? Quit feeling sorry for yourself. Go make a new one. Strike up a conversation with someone at a coffee shop or at school. Tell them you’re organizing a jailbreak and you need a lieutenant.
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    • Try and learn one interesting fact about a person you’ve never met before. Strike up a conversation with someone at the bus stop, or in the lunch room at school and try to make a new friend, at least for a minute.
  15. Sit in on a 12 step meeting and say absolutely nothing. Look at the bulletin board at your community center, library, or school. Find where strangers meet to talk about their problems. Listen closely without disturbing anyone. You can be courteous of the meeting, but still sit in on it to learn something about people and a community you’d never considered. They’re usually free, and quite interesting.
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    • Alternatively, readings, lectures, and church services are all generally free and under-attended events that you might stumble onto to learn something you’d never considered before.
  16. Volunteer your time. If you’re bored and alone, find some productive way to spend that time doing something for others.
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    • The Humane Society regularly needs people to come and spend time with the animals, taking them for walks and giving them some much-needed attention. If you like animals, you could do a lot worse than hanging out with some that need it.
    • Check out soup kitchens in your area that accept volunteers and give back to the community.
    • Many cities and towns have community gardens that need watering. If you’ve got a green thumb but don’t have the space for your own garden, get planting on communal property.
  17. Best of luck!

Tips

  • Listen to some fun, exciting music mc.
  • Don’t get self-conscious and decide not to do something you think would be fun. You may not be the type that goes to the library, but going once wouldn’t hurt, would it? There’s no one around to tease you about it anyway.
  • Just have a good time and don’t worry if your alone time wasn’t productive or time well spent.

Warnings

  • Don’t do anything, as fun as it may look, that could be dangerous or end badly. Even if you really want to hang up your new chandelier, wait until you borrow that ladder from your friend, don’t try to hang it up while balancing on a chair.
  • Be safe; don’t give strangers your personal information.

Things You’ll Need

  • Computer
  • TV
  • DVDs
  • Books
  • Access to a library, movie theatre, book store, café, etc.
  • Music
  • A space to organize
  • Cleaning supplies

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