Conversation Starters for Adults

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conversation starters
conversation starters

Want to start a conversation with someone you don’t know? Is it your first day at a new job or school, or maybe you’re a plus-one at a party with no one you know? There are lots of situations where you can find yourself alone and just desperately wanting someone to come talk to you.

But you don’t need someone to approach you first, because you have conversation starters! You can start a conversation with anyone you want- don’t be intimidated. Read on for some conversation starters that will lead to fun and interesting conversations.

So, you’ve walked up to someone and introduced yourself, now what?

  1. Ask them about a current event.

Okay, so this one might need some homework before you go to that party. Unless, you read a newspaper everyday… scan the hot topics for some articles that interest you while you’re getting ready. Word of caution: of course, you want to steer clear of obvious controversial topics like politics and religion. You don’t want to debate with or ruffle the feathers of a bunch of strangers, do you? No, you want to be pleasant and likeable.

Also, don’t pick stories that you know nothing about just because you think they will impress or make you look smart or cool. If you don’t know anything about stocks and bonds, people will realize soon enough.

  1. Compliment them.

Try to pick something unique or different about your companion, because there might be more of a story there to keep them talking. Some examples of conversation starting compliments: “That’s a pretty necklace. It’s pretty unique.” The response might be: “Yes, it’s an heirloom…” Or how about: “I love your hair. Do you have a hair salon you could recommend?”

These compliments will draw people out and you’ll be able to get to know them better.

  1. Talk about what you have in common.

If you’re at a party ask them how they know the host. Respond by telling them a funny story that involved you and the host. Maybe you’re a foodie and the appetizers are great. Use what’s around you. Or if you’re at a new job, ask them what they enjoy about the company and what they’re looking to do with their career. You can continue by telling them how nervous you were at the interview.

Think about what surrounds you both and use it.

  1. Consider the timing.

Are you at a retirement party? Halloween party? Ask them how they put together their costume. What was their most creative costume ever? Their favorite holiday memories?

Use the event specifics to spur your conversation efforts.

Now that you’ve got the conversation started, keep it going!

Important note: don’t get lost in your head- worried about what you should say next. You don’t have to stress about remembering your conversation starters. Just listen to the person you’re talking to and what you should say next will come naturally. Be interested in what they have to say and then respond with something just as funny and entertaining.

If you’re worried about putting your foot in your mouth, just remember these two things: stay away from controversial topics and don’t make fun of people (at the event or in the news). You don’t want to come off as a bully or mean.

Also, if you want to have an engaging conversation with someone- don’t pull out your phone! It’s the ultimate conversation killer. Plus, your companion might think you’re not interested and rude.

To conclude, hopefully this how to list of conversation starters helps you to approach people with more confidence to have fun and interesting conversations. Don’t be afraid- you can do it. Let’s achieve our life goal of having meaningful relationships with others! The conversation starts now!

9 Essentials for a Backyard Movie Night

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backyard movie night essentials
backyard movie night essentials

Looking for a fun family summer activity? Read on for a guide on how to create the perfect backyard movie night experience!

Comfort

    1. Blankets/Throws. Up the warmth and comfort factor of your backyard with some fluffy blankets to cuddle in. Prevent getting poked by grass, by putting a thicker water proof blanket underneath your blankets. Optional: For those who don’t want to lounge on blankets on the floor, have some outdoor lounge chairs handy.


2. Pillows. Some big plump pillows are great to prop your back and lounge on, so you don’t have to stay sitting up the whole movie.


Lighting

    1. Fairy lights. Up the ambiance by hanging up some cool overhead string lights. Plus, they’ll make walking around a little safer. Tiki torches are also an option, if you prefer the look.


Food

  1. The classics. Run to the market and pick up your favorite movie theater snacks. Popcorn and candy for all! To make eating outside a little easier (and to hopefully reduce some bug attracting spills) consider grabbing some trays for people to use.

The Tech

    1. Projector. Every movie night needs a big screen. A projector makes it easy for everyone to see the movie. There are lots of models to choose from when buying. Do some research and find one that fits your needs and price point.
    2. Outdoor Speakers. For an enhanced experience use some outdoor speakers to amplify your sound. Really whatever you can hook up that you have on hand will work ok.
    3. The Screen. Project onto a wall of your house or hang a big sheet between some tall trees in your backyard. Or if you’re feeling like movie night could become a regular event at your house, consider diy’ing something permanent or buying a premade screen.
    4. Laptop. You need a source for your movie. Laptops are versatile, but you can use whatever you have that will connect to your projector and sound system.


The Neighbors

  1. Be considerate. If you have close neighbors, it is worth mentioning that your neighbors are a big part of your movie night. Keep the movie PG, if there are kids in the vicinity who might see your screen. Keep the sound at a moderate level. Also, consider inviting your neighbors to help keep the peace.

To conclude, hopefully this list helps you to create the backyard movie night of your dreams. Keep in mind that modifications can be made to make it as fancy or as low-key as you want.

10 Must Do Family Summer Activities

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10 must do family summer activities
10 must do family summer activities

Summer is here! Everyone knows summer is the time for fun. Read on for 10 easy, fun, must do family summer activities.

The Eats

1.      Annual Backyard BBQ. Invite the friends and fam over to enjoy the summer heat, good eats, and good times.

2.      Family picnic. Find a shady spot under a large tree in a pretty park and enjoy.

Backyard Fun

3.      Outdoor games. Fun for kids and adults, inexpensive backyard games are a great way to pass the time in the good weather.

4.      Water fight. Fill up some water balloons or grabs some water guns! What better way to cool off in the summer heat.

5.      Camp in the backyard. Don’t have the time or inclination to trek to the mountains for real outdoorsy camping? Set up a tent in the backyard for a fun night (camping in a tent with access to an indoor bathroom- best of both worlds, to be sure).

6.      Backyard movie night. Set out some pillows and blankets and prop up a sheet with a projector for a movie in the park feeling.

Read more about how to set up your own Backyard Movie Night >>

Outings

7.      Hikes. Fun and exercise for everyone- even the pets can come along!

8.      Amusement parks. Riding rollercoasters and winning prizes are classic memory makers for kids.

9.      Pool day. Invite your friends and your kids’ friends and enjoy the water and sunbathing.

10.   Fun center. If rollercoasters aren’t your thing, try a fun center with mini-golf, go-karts, and bumper boats!

To conclude, hopefully this list of 10 fun, easy summer family activities gives you lots of ideas of how to make lasting summer memories with your loved ones. Have fun bonding and enjoying each other in this great season!

8 Tips to Stay Sane While TTC

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How to Stay Sane While TTC
How to Stay Sane While TTC

Are you ttc? As the months drag on, it can be really difficult to cope with the stress, disappointment, and anxiety. Here is a list of 8 things to do to stay sane while ttc!

1.      Do everything your doctor tells you to do. Keep all your appointments and take all your medications on time. This way you can be assured that you are doing all you can from a medical standpoint.

2.      Make a work goal. Keep in mind that baby making is just one part of your life. Having a successful career can be a facet of a happy and fulfilling life. So, focus on an achievable work goal that you can feel good working towards.

3.      Work towards any goal. If you don’t want to focus on a career goal, make a goal in a different part of your life.

4.      Pick up a hobby (or indulge in an existing one). It’s easy to feel sad and depressed while ttc, so do something you know brings you joy. Hobbies are great ways to pass the time in between months while you wait. Try to still enjoy life.

5.      Workout or find a physical hobby. Moving your body is a great stress reliever. Get rid of your pent-up frustrations in spin class or running up a mountain. Look for an infertility yoga program near you and get the stress relief with the added benefit of finding a community of people experiencing the same issues.

6.      Cry out all your disappointment. When you get your period don’t pretend to be okay. Let loose your feelings. It’s okay to be disappointed, but don’t let those negative feelings dominate your precious time. Cry and then move on. Stay positive.

7.      Go out with friends. Having a support group is key to getting over the rough patches in life. Hang out with friends to get your mind off baby making. Distract yourself with fun times.

8.      Enjoy your significant other. Don’t let baby making consume your every conversation. Do Step 1, discuss and agree upon next steps, and then act like you did before this was your goal. Go on dates, talk, have sex for fun! Remember you didn’t marry your spouse just to make a baby- you fell in love with your life-long companion- so act that way.

Read 3 Easy Ways to Talk More with Your Husband >>

To conclude, hopefully this list gives you some ideas on how to stay sane while ttc. Your journey can be a bit more manageable- you can do it!