The Friday Five 2.8.19
Quotes I am pondering.
“Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom” Jim Rohn.
While we certainly may wish for an easier life during tough times, those wishes are not so useful. Problems are going to come, so we might as well make the best use of them by preparing for them. How do we prepare? By educating ourselves and by investing in ourselves. Spiritually, financially, emotionally and physically. Invest the time now to be prepared later. With Google and all of the free resources we have available to us, we have absolutely no excuses. If you really want a great video on how a few simple, and even basic, disciplines practiced every day can dramatically change your life, click here!
How to keep the money the insurance company pays you and keep your older car after an accident
If you have an older car or have car mechanics in the family, it may be possible to negotiate with the insurance adjuster to allow you to keep the car and collect money for its value, as long as you have no loan on the car. You’ll typically receive what the adjuster offered, minus what is called the “salvage value”. The salvage value is what the insurance company could sell it for salvage – typically 10% of the value of the car. Before making this type of arrangement with the insurance company, make sure to read up on the salvage title requirements. In the state of Texas, if a vehicle was ever considered a total loss, the car must have a salvage title, but depending on the repairability of the vehicle, you may be able to apply for a rebuilt title. More information on salvage titles can be found here: https://www.dmv.org/tx-texas/salvaged-vehicles.php.
Get you kids to do what you want them to do with psychological hacks
This article on ways to kindly “trick” your kids into following directions is brilliant. The article suggests turning mundane tasks like brushing your teeth into a story, giving them the freedom to say no, and “playing dumb” to get them to show you how to do things the right way.
Keep your boots standing tall and proud
We all love our boots here in Texas, so we thought we’d share this funny little trick we came across to save their shape when they’re not being worn. This is especially helpful for taller women’s boots, but all you have to do is put an empty, rinsed-out wine bottle in each one after you take them off to keep them standing tall. So have a glass (or two) of wine to drain the bottle to celebrate this little hack.
Write down the story of how you met your significant other for Valentine’s Day
I love telling the story of how Edith and I met and fell in love. What was even better was when I wrote it down, which you can read here. If you aren’t sure what to get your loved one for Valentine’s Day or you want to surprise them with something special, get some nice paper and hand-write the story. It will take you both down memory lane and will be a great tribute to him or her to document the story.