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Hello Everyone!

I am excited to start this journey with all of you readers. Week to week, I will be answering questions or addressing issues that you send in. Although I may not always know the perfect answer, I will try my best to find something that will help you. So go on, don’t be shy, and ask away!

Let us begin with our first set of questions for this week.

First question is from #ItsmypartyandIcancryifIwantto”:

“My birthday is this weekend and I have a lot of deadlines but I want to party, how do I manage my time?”

First of all, I love your signature! I see the importance of this question, I mean who doesn’t want to have a great time on their birthday? However, I understand how difficult time management can be when you have many things to do.

What I recommend is getting as much work in as you can. Especially between now and your birthday. If that means not watching your favorite TV show of the day to catch up on homework or work, then so be it. The point is to have as much work done before your birthday, that way you can have that day to yourself. Do some work the day of your birthday, but leave the night of your birthday and the morning after free of worry.

Also, we are all human and deserve a break from all responsibility every now and then. Maybe ask a friend to help you out as well! It is here where you will find out who your true friends are. Ok, maybe not that intense, but asking can’t hurt!

Just make sure you enjoy your birthday as much as you can! After all, we only get one a year!

Second question comes from #CuriousGeorge:

“Lent is coming up, I am not Catholic but I would like to contribute to this event by giving something up. I am encouraging my father to participate as well. I was wondering if this can be taken as an offense by someone who is Catholic.”

Well hello there! I am of the Catholic religion and think it’s awesome that you find it intriguing to participate in Lent! I personally think it truly is a wonderful thing to be a part of.

I went and looked online to see if what you were doing was wrong in some way and found nothing “official” saying that it was wrong. I guess it’s all really based on opinion and intention.

Some people see what they want to see no matter what and will find ways to be offended. However, if your intentions in participating in Lent are not malicious, then I really do not see anything wrong with your intentions. As long as you’re still respecting the Catholic religion and its traditions, you are ok. Of course that doesn’t mean you have to agree to everything or become Catholic, you can continue to do your thing.

If you’re doing it for a positive cause and you do it keeping God in mind, then it can all be a beautiful experience for you and your father. All this of course is my opinion, and other people might have a different mindset.

I am truly excited for you and your father and I hope that everything goes smoothly for you two.

Final question comes from #Andy:

“I have been biting my nails since I was younger, what should I do to stop? Help!”

Andy, Andy, Andy…let me tell you, I have the same problem! It is truly the worst habit a person can have. Chewing your nails is not only distracting, but it is also disgusting because our fingers have so many germs and bacteria and when we bite, all of that is going into our mouths.

What do you say we break this bad habit together? I think that we should start by putting something on our fingers that tastes bad so that when we try to chew our nails, we grow discouraged by the taste of our fingers.

If that doesn’t work, we can try putting Band-Aids on our finger tips. I am sure that could help as well.

Funny enough, I started chewing my nails in Kindergarten after my teacher told the whole class not to. Talk about a plot twist!

I hope this helps the both of us. Remember we are in this together, good luck Andy!

Well ladies and gents, this is all I have for this week. I hope you enjoy reading what I have to say, and keep asking questions! Remember, I am here for you. Now as I leave you, a little thought to keep in mind:

Never ever settle for less than you deserve.

Your favorite girl,

Jolene

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