did i really just spend that much money

things i wish i’d known in my first year of university

I’m reaching the end of my time at university and it’s got me all sentimental. and regretful. There are a number of things that I had learned during my time at university that I wish I’d known during first year. 

  • Read everything. The only valid excuse for not reading everything on the reading list is that you didn’t have time, not that you found it boring, or that it wasn’t useful. Because there’s nothing scarier than trying to write an essay on something you studied a month ago, and you have no notes on the topic. 
  • Revise constantly. I wish I’d revisited everything I did a week after I did it, just as a recap. I tended to focus on what I was doing in the moment because it felt the most important thing at the time. Well, during exams, everything is equal. And it’s so frustrating not quite being able to remember something. So, revise. Even just for ten minutes.
  • Don’t spend all of your money on impulse. I’ve bought so much rubbish that I really don’t need. And if I’d saved that money, I could have gone on holiday. Save every last penny you can. 
  • Eat well. I just said that you should save all the money you can, but I think that food is one exception to that rule. Try and save money where you can, obviously, but don’t go for days and days without fresh vegetables because you’re saving money for a holiday. Your mind, as well as your body, needs food.
  • Go and talk to professors in their student hours. I used to find this so awkward. To be honest, I still do. But if you’re going sending them an email and asking for clarification on a topic, consider maybe popping into their office when it’s open to students. And tell them if you’re struggling! If you don’t let them know, then they can’t help you.
  • Take hot drinks with you, to your lectures or to the library. Don’t spend all your money in the library cafe. Bring a flask of tea, and loads of study snacks in a packed lunch box. Trust me on this.
  • Make time to meet up with friends you haven’t seen in ages. Don’t wait for them to ask you. I make sure to socialise with my friends at least twice a week. And by socialise, I don’t mean getting blind drunk and going clubbing. Sit down and have lunch together. Chat. Get to know each other properly. Friendships formed over alcohol never last as long as friendships formed through actual conversation.
  • Do stuff that the university puts on for students. Join societies. Get involved. One of the best nights I ever had at university was a masquerade ball that my college put on. And for some reason, I’ve never done anything like that since then? And I don’t understand why! University is for making memories, and I don’t really have many!
  • Travel around your university town. If you’re university is on a campus, don’t let your life revolve around that one place. If you’ve travelled away from home to go to university, then make it worth your while! See the sights, be a tourist, get on a bus and go to a random town and buy ice cream. 
  • Experiment. This is the time. Dye your hair blue, join a weird and random society and take up a hobby you’d never dreamed of.  If you want to try drugs, make sure it’s a safe environment and do your research before hand. If you don’t want to do that kind of thing, then don’t judge other people for doing so.
  • Give yourself a day off per week. When you’re at university and you’ve got loads of work, it’s tempting to just work constantly - or at least, to work every day, if not all the time. But it’s so much better for your mental state to take a day off to just relax. 
  • Keep up with your chores. When you’re stressed about an assignment, you don’t want to be also stressed about that pile of washing up accumulating by the sink. Keep your room tidy too - clear space, clear mind.
  • Be kind to everyone. You’re going to meet a lot of people at university, some you’re going to hit it off with immediately. But there will be some who really rub you up the wrong way. Don’t worry about it, it’s completely fine to not like someone. But don’t be mean to them. This isn’t high school, you’re all here to learn and there’s just no need to make them feel bad about themselves. It’s just petty and childish.
  • Think about the future. I know that you’re completely wrapped up in your university life right now, but you’re going to have to venture out into the real world at some point. Do things that might help your future career: volunteer, get a job, join a sports club, make connections. University isn’t, sadly, forever.

There you have it! The advice that I would have given myself in the first year of university. Whether you’re just about to start university, or whether you’re just about to leave, I hope this is useful to you.

Food prices in America were down for the longest period in about 60 years.

Wait, what?

It’s not something that shoppers seemed to have noticed much.

“Are you serious? Really?” says Michelle German, holding a bag of groceries and wine at a Harris Teeter store in Washington, D.C. “I just spent about $40 dollars on four items and I’m like, wait, how did I spend that much money?”

But a number of foods — most notably, beef, eggs and dairy — saw some serious price drops over the course of 2016 and into 2017. For 19 months straight, the U.S. government reported declines in the food consumer price index, which compares supermarket prices with what they were a year earlier.

Grocery Prices Have Been Falling. Did You Notice?

Chart: Brittany Mayes and Jessenia Araya/NPR

2.18.17 | 11/100 Days of Productivity | Poor Student Drawer Organizer Hack

I opened my desk drawer today, and it was just overflowing with clutter and stationery. I knew it was time for a drawer organizer. I did some Amazon research and found one I liked for around $20. But it wouldn’t really suit my needs (I have a lot of needs, as you can see). I just didn’t want to spend that money on something not quite right (I’d rather be spending it on cute stationery or giveaways). So, I simply cut the cover flaps off of small parcel boxes (mostly had contained cute stationery from Amazon) and placed them neatly in my drawers (after, of course, throwing out the crap I didn’t need).

The moral of this story is that I need to stop spending so much money on Amazon. But at least I’m tidy and organized for free now! Too bad I didn’t take a before picture so you could see just how much of an improvement this made.

How do you organize your desks/stationery?

SF9 reacting to their S/O buying them an expensive gift

Youngbin

This fluff he would be hella proud of you for making the big money. He would be so surprised when you just show up at his door with a rolex or something. But for the most part he would be like my girl did that. Would show it off whenever he gets the chance. You wanna know what time it is? Let me just check my Rolex my girlfriend got me.

Inseong

Would be swept off his feet. Would point back and forth from the gift to him like Is this really for me? Would treasure it so much and only bring it out on special occasions and for the rest of the time display it somewhere around the dorm for everyone to see.

Jaeyoon

Squishy would take a few moments to get that this is the real deal. Are you sure this is for me? Are you mistaking me for someone else? And you’d just have to tell him every 5 minutes that yes this is for him. He would be shook bc he remembered mentioning that he wants this only like once to you so it would mean extremely much to him not only that you spent all this money on him but also that you remembered it so well.

Dawon

Would also be really proud that his gf is out there doing her thing and making that money. Just like Youngbin he would use every opportunity to show it off but in a more subtle way. Scratching his head. Oh that? thats the Rolex my girlfriend got me. Tying his shoe. Oh yeah the Rolex my girlfriend got me.

Rowoon

This whole man baby would melt right then and there. Since I see him as someone who would spoil you nonstop it would really have an impact on him that you would do the same for him. Wouldn’t stop smiling for the rest of the day. Rowoon what are you smiling at? Whispers something about your gift and waddles away giggling.

Juho

Would get really flattered as soon as he sees it but play it off and act as if its no big deal. butweallknowwhatasoftieheactuallyis. So he would eventually get caught by you smiling to himself or telling one of the other members what you did for him and how grateful and lucky he is to have you.

Taeyang

Little sunshine. I can literally see him go :O as soon as he opens it. Would take a second to snap out of it because he was so surprised but then would melt into a little shy Taeyang puddle. Is this really for me? You didn’t have to. Wasn’t this really expensive? I can’t accept this. Yes Taeyang you can. I love you. I love you too Taeyang.

Hwiyoung

Shy baby wouldn’t know what to say. Like Youngbin he would be extremely proud but also really flustered bc what did he do to deserve someone who spends that much money on him. So every time he wears it he just stares at it for a solid minute bc he still doesn’t get what he did to deserve it and to deserve someone like you.

Chani

Another shy baby. Would be at loss for words. Since he said himself he doesn’t have any experience with relationships it would catch him off guard. Any little present from you would mean a lot to him but since it’s something really expensive he would treasure it even more and make sure to take extra good care of it.

anonymous asked:

about anon asking if they're millionaires: I think it's interesting that with the structure and personal-ness of youtube, people forget that they are still making their living in the entertainment industry and of course are making boatloads of money

Yeah I think people really want to preserve the idea that Dan and Phil do youtube just because they love doing youtube, or that they do livestreams because they want to be open and honest with the audience. 

Over on IDB, @europeansoul did a conservative estimate of how much they make per liveshow (based on what we can see people spend) and it came out to a minimum of 5k per liveshow (link). Based on public financial figures we know that just from 2015-2016 they made around 300k each from merch (and that was not accounting for most of TATINOF merch sales since most of the stage show didn’t fall in that time frame). That isn’t counting what they used to make from the radio show, book sales twice over, tickets to their show while that was happening, or whatever their cut of the youtube red doc/tour videos were initially and whatever their cut is now. And I’d be stunned if they did a spon deal like Tinder on their main channels for less than six figures each, plus they do smaller spon deals on the gaming channel. 

All of that comes on top of youtube ad revenue itself. They’re loaded. This is a job to them, it’s a business and they are absolutely crushing it in terms of profitability. 

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Yuanfen - Part 5

Characters - Bucky x Reader, Steve (briefly)

Word Count - 1729

Warnings - None 

A/N - This is an AU. 缘分 (Yuanfen) is a Chinese word that has no direct English translation and (roughly) means “A relationship that is brought together by a force such as destiny or fate.“ It’s been MONTHS! Yuanfen is back, please let me know what you guys think! A special thanks to @bovaria for reading this over and giving me the confidence to post this.

Yuanfen Masterlist

“I’m not too sure about this, James.” You puffed out your cheeks, eyeing the stunning red dress that hugged your frame.

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Leon Draisaitl #1

Requested by Anon:  Could you do a Leon draisaitl one FILLLLLLLLED with angst?

*I hope this is angsty enought!! Enjoy!:)*

Word count: 998

Originally posted by neuerstolemynutella

What are you doing here? What are you doing freezing your ass off in the middle of Canadian winter when you can be safe and warm in your apartment in Germany. Did you really have to spend that much money and twelve hours of traveling just to get to Edmonton?

Two days ago, you would answer that yes, you had to go to Edmonton. Leon is in Edmonton and you missed him so much that you’re willing to take five days off just to spend time with him. Actually, you’d pretty much do anything and everything for him. He knows that.

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Happy birthday @alolanman145!

I know, a lot of birthdays hahaha

I think you’ll like this one, I really enjoyed writing this.

“Hey Princess?”

Marinette looked up from her latest design at Chat’s glistening face, trying to decipher what kind of question was going to be thrown at her. “Yeah?”

“I’m bored.”

“And I’m busy. What do you want?”

“Let’s do a pun battle.”

“A what?”

“A pun battle. We both throw puns at each other until one can’t go on anymore.”

Marinette gave Chat a questioning look, trying to see how he possibly thought his idea was more important than Marinette’s work.

“No.”

“Oh come on, paw-lease????”

The punfilled beg irritated Marinette, but also sparked her with a little bit of sympathy for the feline. After sighing Marinette returned his pun.

“I would kitty, but I’m purretty busy right meow.”

Chat could not believe his ears. Did Marinette just make two puns in one sentence?

“Oh, two can play at that game princess. I’ve been purrracticing my jokes since I was a kitten.”

“If that’s so, why did you use a pun I already used? Don’t be such a copy cat, kitty.”

Chat blushed. Marinette had caught him already? No way was she going to beat him at his own game.

“Alrighty then, princess,” Chat began, his face twisting into a devilish smirk,“I’ll make sure you don’t cat-ch me again.”

“If I do I’ll put you right in purgatory.”

“Aha!” Chat shouted, pointing at Marinette with an accomplished grin,“You just used that same pun again!”

Marinette only crossed her arms while she gave Chat a sly grin. “Actually,” she began, a tone of pride prominent in her voice,“Gato is cat in Spanish if I’m correct.” Indeed she was right, for Chat slumped back in defeat.

“Well played princess,” Chat grumbled,“Well played.”

“So do you have anything to say after that? Or do I already win?” Marinette said snarkily. Judging by her face, she was enjoying this.

“Well princess, if you were to throw me in jail I would just bail myself out. I’m actually really rich, fur real.”

“Are you now?” Marinette began, unable to stop herself from chuckling. “In that case I should ask you to buy me something. I could really use a new outfit for my clawset.”

“Tail me more and I’ll definitely get you something,” Chat replied with a wink.

“Well I want it to be something mew. Something I don’t already have in my wardrobe.”

“Ah, I see,” Chat began, struggling to find a new pun to use. It seemed as if all the possible cat related wordplay was already taken. Marinette’s smirk only grew as chat continued to fumble around.

“What’s the matter kitty?” Marinette asked, leaning in so that her nose almost grazed his. “Cat got your tongue?”

After a flick of his bell, Chat’s face burned with embarrassment. He had been defeated in his own pun game by a civilian girl, his own princess. She only burst into laughter at his reaction before asking,“So what do I win?”

“What?”

“I won the game, kitty. What’s my prize?”

“Oh,” Chat started, thinking of what he could possibly get,“How about that outfit you were talking about?”

“Oh, I was just joking about that Chat, but I could really use some more accessories.”

“On it!”

“What?”

Marinette had been so caught up in her teasing that she didn’t realize Chat was being serious the whole time. “No, don’t actually get me something!”

“Why not? You won fair and square. You deserve it.”

“But I don’t want you spending money on me.”

Chat shrugged. “I said I was rich, did I not?”

“I thought you were joking!”

Chat just smiled at his favorite civilian. As much as she protested, he was still going to get her something. “I’ll see you some other time princess,” he said as he began to leave,“And I will return with something. I purrrrromise.” Marinette groaned at the final pun as Chat kept back up to her balcony, but she couldn’t help but smile as the superhero made his way back into the darkness of Paris’ night sky.

What’s the Scoop?

Based on this list of Celebrity AU Ideas. I thought this fit Alyadrien perfectly.

Prompt:  “you’re the photographer who’s been camped in front of my penthouse apartment for two weeks and i finally got lonely enough to come downstairs and share my leftovers with you” au


Adrien was used to stubborn reporters. He considered it a part of the job, something off camera he’d have to deal with that many people didn’t talk about. Still, he had to admit this one was especially persistent. She’d been there, night and day, rain or shine, for the past two weeks, and frankly Adrien was impressed and maybe a little concerned.

Not to mention, his house was feeling especially empty tonight, and he wouldn’t mind some company.

She was scribbling notes when he approached her, and she jumped to her feet when she saw that he wasn’t accompanied by his typical bodyguard. “Mr. Agreste! I just have a few questions-”

He held up a hand. “It’s, uh, Ms. Cesaire, isn’t it?”

She nodded. “I’m with the-”

“Do you want to come in for some dinner?”

This was probably the first time he’d ever seen her at a loss for words. “Uh… Dinner?” she asked, slowly lowering her notepad.

“Yeah, I’ve got enough leftovers to feed a dozen people by now if you want to come in and see what I have. Or I can order something-”

“No, no! Leftovers is great!” She beamed. “Can I ask you a few questions?”

He shrugged. “Why not?”

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Being Moriarty’s significant other would include:

requested by no one lmaoooo ahahah is it because i write shitty imagines T^T

♡ Teas. lots and lots and lots of tea. You could make one at 2.30 AM for no reason and he would wake up and asks for some just by smelling them.

♡ Never ever spending money on anything ever because he just gets them for you. You don’t ask, he just knows.

♡ He cloned your phone ^

♡ Gets his face really close to you when he’s angry, moving his head around side to side, looking directly into your eyes as he did so.

♡ Does the exact same thing ^ when he feels loving, albeit with a much softer look and soft kisses on random parts of your face

♡ You got acne breakouts from time to time because of the random kisses.

♡ One time near christmas he kissed you on the tip of your nose, and a super large pimple grew there. and your code name since then, and will always be, until the end of your days, is Rudolph.

♡ You’re not his number one priority, of course, but still up there on his top ten.

♡ You and Moran flirted with each other for fun for a while, and Moriarty put an end to it immediately. He didn’t want you two to catch feelings and leave him out.

♡ Absolutely could not be bothered when he’s focused on something. You got a nicked ear because of this.

♡ Sometimes he would do things out of spite. Sometimes you would take advantage.

♡ Takes candid pictures of people special to his heart. He told you how wonderful you look when you eat pasta.
“That can’t be right.”
He showed you, and you were right. It was horrendous, and he loved that picture best.

♡ There was a book store cashier that was nice to you and gave you a free discounted book once or twice. Keyword was. You’re Moriarty’s, even though Moriarty would never be truly yours.

Helping Your Soul

Hello! So here I finally bring you the fanfic I had promised you. It’s the longest I have ever written and also could be seen as an original story so I hope you enjoy it.

based on these prompts: “Our children are best friends….yeah”  +
“We are the only two parents who agreed to attend the school trip”

summary: Phil Lester is a single dad struggling to give his daughter Olivia the best life she could have. What happens when Billie Howell (Olivia’s best friend) and his dad enter their life in more ways that one can imagine?  

word count: 9.5k

no trigger warnings


“Dad, they need some parents for this trip, could you come with us, pleaseeeee?” Olivia’s pleading voice asked his dad, who was washing the dishes in their not so big kitchen. “C'mon dad, we are going to the amusement park, you love rollercoasters! We can spend time together and eat popcorn while waiting!”

“Olivia…” her dad started saying, “It’s a three day trip, I don’t know if I can miss so many days of work.”

Phil Lester was a single dad struggling to keep up with all the bills with his office cleaning job, and now his daughter was asking if he could miss work to go on a three-day trip. He knew how much Olivia wanted him to go, but he didn’t know if he would be able to ask for some free days.

“Dad please, you haven’t taken a vacation day in ages!” his daughter reminded him. It was true, since he had been fired from his previous job he couldn’t stay without one for long, so he took the first job that had been offered to him, which didn’t pay much, but enough to give Olivia everything she needed.

Even though Phil was trying to find something better for the both of them, it was difficult. He often argued with his parents because he thought he wasn’t doing enough for Olivia and he felt terrible but his parents tried to reassure him that he was the best dad Olivia could have. He was glad his daughter didn’t know how bad he felt for her, he would feel terrible if that happened.

Phil started thinking about the trip. It was a three day trip, and that meant staying somewhere to sleep, and also the tickets to the amusement park, and the bus… Oh god. He was sure he couldn’t afford that much. But his daughter was so excited…

“Dad” his eight year old woke him up from the not so enjoyable daydream “don’t worry about money, the school is paying for everything, except whatever we want to buy at the park.”

“Oh” Phil whispered, a relieving sensation passing through his body. That changed things. If he didn’t have to pay for anything other than miscenalleous things he could maybe go with his daughter. “I will have to ask at work tomorrow so don’t make any promises yet, but if I can I could maybe go with you.”

“YES!” his daughter screamed, circling her tiny arms around his waist, resting his head in his stomach. “You are the best dad, thank you.” Olivia muttered before deattaching herself and skipping her way to her bedroom.

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It was easier said than done. Phil had approached his boss the next morning, asking for a few days off, explaining the situation.

After a few minutes, his boss considered his request and allowed him those three days of vacation, but on one condition, “You will have to work extra next week, mornings, evenings and some nights even, understood?” his boss said with a serious tone.

Phil could only nod and thank him, making his way back to the storage closet to pick some products before starting cleaning again.

As he was doing his work, his mind wandered off again. Working extra hours would mean leaving Olivia with a babysitter, which he would have to pay and that mean spending more money…

It was going to be an adventure trying to find one.

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“Olivia, can we talk?” Phil asked his daughter who was reading a book on her bed.

“Yeah, sure” his daughter responded, letting the book down on the nightstand, and folding his legs to let his dad sit at the end of her bed.

“I managed to have some days off so I can go with you to that trip” Phil started explining, seeing his daughter’s face light up, but before she could scream he spoke again, “but I will need to work extra hours next week, so that will mean that I need to find a babysitter for you.”

Olivia’s face sobered up, not liking so much the idea of having to spend time with a babysitter, “Oh,  okay. Maybe one day I can stay with Billie, do a sleepover, we haven’t managed to do one yet. That way you won’t have to pay the babysitter much more.”

Billie was Olivia’s best friend. Billie and her dad moved to the city a year ago, and the girls instantly connected, making the both of them inseparable. Phil still hadn’t met Billie’s dad, maybe this time he could get to meet him, he was sure having another friend who was a parent wouldn’t hurt much.

“It’s a very good idea Olivia, make sure you can get Billie’s dad phone number so we can arrange something, okay?” Phil smiled at his daughter, so glad she had suggested that idea.

“Dad,” Olivia’s tiny voice said, opening his arms towards his father, asking for a hug. Oh Olivia. Phil gladly accepted his daughter’s hug, kissing the top of her head, “thank you for all of this., I love you.”

“Olivia, there is no need to thank me” Phil whispered, his voice cracking a bit trying not cry.

“You know? I would love you more if you made pizza for dinner” Olivia told him, making both of them laugh before separating from the hug.

“Oh really? So pizza it is” Phil said before grabbing his daughter and lifting her above his head, a loud shriek echoing through the hallway, carrying her to the kitchen.

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Olivia had managed to bring Billie’s dad phone number the next day. His daughter told her that ‘Dan’ (that was the name of Billie’s dad) would be avaliable after 6 pm, so Phil waited till almost 7pm to call.

The phone beeped three times before a soft but masculine voice greeted him from the other side “Hello, who is this?”

“Oh, hi I’m Phil, Olivia’s dad. I suppose you are Dan, right?” Phil said, a bit nervous.

“Hi Phil, Billie told me about the sleepover your daughter wanted to organize and all is fine by me, don’t worry! That’s why you were calling, right?” the other dad asked him.

“Yes, that’s why. Could you maybe pick them up at school? I will be working all day so I cannot pick Olivia, I will send her with everything she needs.” Phil worriedly asked.

“Yeah, no problem. When will you be picking Olivia up? Next morning?” Dan wondered.

“Could it be better by lunchtime? I also work in the morning and…” Phil explained, bringing a hand nervously through his hair, realising how much he was asking Dan. Pick her daughter up, let her sleep in their house…

You could tell Dan sensed how stressed Phil was about this so he tried to reassure him that it was okay “Phil, don’t worry, okay? I will take care of Olivia till you arrive, I will be glad to spend a bit of time with her after Billie told me so many things about her.”

“Thank you Dan, really.” Dan’s words had calmed him down a bit. Dan was a great dad, he could tell.

“It’s nothing Phil, I will send you my adress later and if you need anything just call me again, don’t hesitate” Phil heard some background noise, and before he could speak again Dan was already saying goodbye “Phil, I need to hang up, Billie needs something. Bye!”

“Bye Dan.” Phil whispered into the room, letting the phone down on the kitchen table and calling Olivia down for dinner.

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It was the morning Olivia was going to stay at Dan’s and Phil was nervous. “Dad, calm down, you have already checked my bag six times and I’m not leaving anything” Olivia told him, finally managing to stop Phil from pacing around the room.

Phil kneeled down so he could face Olivia and zipping her coat. “Promise me you are going to be good to Billie’s dad, okay? And if anything is wrong please call me, I will leave and pick y…”

“DAD STOP!” Olivia shouted at him, grabbing Phil’s cheeks and squeezing them, making his dad put a funny face “everything is gonna be fine, now c'mon, we are gonna be late.” she said, opening the front door and walking down the stairs, a little smile appearing when he heard his dad runing down the stairs trying to catch her up.

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Dan was waiting outside the school waiting for Billie and Olivia. He was glad his daughter had finally found someone so nice and outgoing as Olivia, since Billie wasn’t always the best opening up.

“Dad!” he heard his daughter’s voice, two little eight year old’s running to him.

“Hey girls!” Dan gave each a hug, “Excited for today, girls? Hope we are good hosts, Olivia.”

“Oh, I’m sure you are, Mr. Howell” Olivia responded politely, like his father had taught her.

“Olivia please, call me Dan” he told her with a smile, grabbing the backpacks of the two girls and making their way to the car.

“Now, let’s blast some Disney songs on the ride home!” Dan excitedly said, the two girls letting out a tiny shriek and getting inside the car.

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They girls had spent the afternoon painting, playing some videogames and now they were braiding eachother’s hair while sitting in Billie’s bed.

Dan was walking towards his daughter’s bedroom, ready to tell them that the dinner was ready when he heard them talking, Olivia’s voice a bit sad. 'Did she miss her dad?’ Dan thought, probably that was it.

“Billie, he doesn’t know that I know that he spends all the money he earns in the house bills and me. It’s not that we are poor, but I just want to help him. He hasn’t bought any new clothes for him in like three years! He works so much, really, he took extra shifts so he could go with me on the trip and is trying to find a babysitter for those days when he needs to work.” he heard Olivia tell Billie, not really knowing if he should have heard that or not.

“Olivia, your dad works so much because he wants to give you the best. You know that…” Billie was trying to tell her friend when she cut her off.

“I know, he told me that, but I still saw him the other day reading all the bill papers and crying a bit, and I don’t want to see him like that Billie.” Olivia whispered, her voice getting lower.

“Olivia I…” Dan heard his daughter say, sensing she didn’t know how to really comfort her friend. That’s when Dan lightly knocked on the door, opening it a bit.

“Hey girls,” The both of them looked up and he saw Olivia’s eyes a bit red, trying to hold tears “Dinner is ready if you two have finished brading your hair. Billie, go wash your hands.”

“But Olivia…” Billie said, her word dying in her mouth.

“I’m going to talk to Olivia, okay? Now you go.” Dan told his daughter, who was rapidly exiting the bedroom, not wanting to question his father.

“Mr. How… Dan, did I do something wrong? I promise I won’t do it again, I’m sorry.” Olivia quickly excused herself, not really knowing why Dan wanted to talk to her alone.

“No, Olivia, no,” Dan calmly told her, sitting down next to her on the bed, “you did nothing wrong.”

“Oh okay” she told him, sniffling a bit, “so, why did you want to talk to me?”

“I’m gonna be honest, I heard you two talking about your father’s situation,” Dan said, “I know, it is a bad thing and I shouldn’t have done it and I’m sorry but Olivia, really, if any of you need help with anything at all just ask us, okay?”

“I… I… Dan I can’t let you do that,” Olivia nervously spoke, shaking her head a bit “please don’t tell my dad I know about it, he probably is gonna feel worse if he knows and I don’t want that.”

Dan, seeing how stressed Olivia was about this, quickly hugged her trying to calm her down “Hey no, I won’t tell him, don’t worry Olivia, everything is gonna be fine.”

After a few minutes the both of them separated and softly Dan tucked a strand of hair into Olivia’s braid, a small smile appearing on her face “now go, wash your hands and I will wait for you two down, okay?”

Olivia quickly nodded and went to the bathroom, leaving Dan thinking what he could do to help that family.

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Dan had already left the girls tucked in their beds and he headed straight into the bedroom, when he noticed his phone shining. He picked it up and saw that Phil had sent him mutiple texts asking about Olivia.

'Hey Dan, Phil here. Is Olivia okay? We left in a rush this morning and I didn’t even check if everything was fine. Tell her I love her. Thank you. Bye!’

'Hi Dan, Phil again. Just wondering if Olivia needs something or if she is feeling poorly just call me please.’

'As you might have guessed it’s me again. It’s just I miss her. Sorry for bothering you I promise I won’t sent anymore messages. Thanks again Dan’

Phil was worried about Olivia, he knew that feeling. They didn’t even know eachother, he would be worried about his daughter too. And Phil was probably stressed about work also, which didn’t make it any better.

'Phil, don’t worry about Olivia, she is great, she is such an amazing kid, really. I can feel she misses you too, but she is fine. No need to thank me, Phil. Anything you need just ask.’

No response came instantly, guessing Phil was still working so he changed into his pyjamas and went to sleep.

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It was a bit strange but Dan woke up energized for the day. He made too many pancakes for him and the girls, he even managed to get a jug of orange juice ready by the time the girls woke up, the both of them with puffy eyes, probably from staying up late chating.

Now they were all playing videogames in Billie’s room when they heard the doorbell, guessing it was Phil, Billie paused the game and they three walked down to greet Phil.

Dan let Olivia open the front door, who let out a loud “DAD!” as he saw Phil and run straight into his arms.

“Oh my little one, how are you? Did you have a good time with Billie and Mr. Howell?” Phil asked his daughter, crouching down to her level and tucking some strands of hair that were falling in front of her eyes.

“Dad we had a karaoke session at night and I won! The were the best hosts ever, I promise you” Olivia pecked her dad on the cheek as a greeting.

Dan and Billie, who were also at the door looked at the scene, a soft smile on both of their faces.

Phil suddenly aware of their audience stood up and coughed a bit before extending his hand to properly thank the other man, who gladly shook his hand “Mr. Howell, thank you for taking care of Olivia.”

“Oh, Phil please, call me Dan, we already talked on the phone no need for formalities. And no worries, Olivia here was the perfect guest.” Dan said, smiling at her, who smiled back.

“And, who is my daughter’s best friend here?” Phil asked, crouching down again to greet Billie.

“I’m Billie Mr. Lester, nice to meet you.” she handed out her hand for him to shake, who Phil gladly accepted, laughing a bit.

“You can call me Phil, Billie; Mr. Lester is too formal” he told her, standing up again.

Dan realised that Phil was still wearing his uniform, and that probably meant he came here straight from work. He had been working for almost 24 hours, he must be exhausted. He looked at Phil’s face, who was chatting with the two girls now and realised the bags under his eyes.

“Um, would you maybe want a coffee or something before you two head home?” Dan offered, wanting to give Phil a bit of relaxing time before going home again.

“Oh, we don’t want to intrude anymore Dan, thank you but…” Phil started but Olivia cut him off.

“Dad, you just arrived and I haven’t even packed my bag yet, you can take a coffee with Dan while I do that, okay?”

“Um so okay, I will have that coffee” Phil laughed a bit while entering the Howell’s home and Billie led him to the living room.

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The two dad’s were chatting while sitting on the comfy sofa when the trip came up. “Dan, are you going to the trip?” Phil asked him, sipping a bit of his coffee.

“Yes, Billie told me they needed some parents so I decided that it could be a good idea to go, you are going too, right?” Dan said, suspecting a yes from the other dad.

“Yeah, I took extra shifts so I could go with Olivia.” Phil looked down at his mug, “She was so excited to go that if I said no I would have disappointed her so much” a sad tone could be percieved in Phil’s voice.

“Phil,” Dan sofly called him, waiting for the other man to lift his gaze “you are an excellent dad, you could never let her down.”

“I think I don’t do enough for her, you know? I could do much more but I’m stuck in this job unable to move on scared that I won’t find anything better for us.” Phil explained his worry letting his empty cup of coffee on the table while a yawn made its way to his mouth.

“Sorry Dan,” Phil excused himself drawing a hand to his mouth trying to hide his yawn, “I have been working for almost 24 hours and I’m exhausted, we should better head home.” he comented, standing up and calling for Olivia.

Dan quickly stood up too, “Phil, I can give you both a ride home since I guess you walked here.”

“Dan, I cannot let you do more for us, you have done enough, really.” Phil told him, not really wanting to bother Dan anymore.

Olivia and Billie quickly arrived downstairs where their parents were, Olivia wearing her coat and backpack, not really wanting to go home yet.

“Phil it’s nothing, I don’t want you falling asleep in the middle of the street.” Dan said, and before Phil could deny his request again he ran to the entrance where he grabbed the car and house keys from the and opened the door.

“C'mon you all, road trip to the Lester’s!”

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Once Dan had parked outside Phil and Olivia’s house, he remembered how Olivia mentioned that Phil was trying to find a babysitter. Maybe he could help Phil by taking Olivia those days when she couldn’t stay with her dad, and that way Phil could also save some money.

“Um Phil, before you get off I wanted to talk to you” Dan commented, and Phil seeing the serious look on his face handed the house keys to Olivia and Billie and told them to go inside, that they could play for a bit.

'Yeah, what’s up? Did something happen to Olivia?“ Phil worriedly asked him once the girls were out.

’'No no, Olivia is fine. You mentioned before that you were taking extra shifts and I’m guessing that you were looking for a babysitter to stay with Olivia so I was thinking that I could take Olivia with me those days when you can’t.” Dan offered with a smile, happy that he could help Phil in some way or another.

Phil considered this, and it wouldn’t be that bad, sensing that Olivia would be with the Howell’s and not with a stranger “Oh Dan, that would be wonderful, I didn’t really feel comfortable to leave Olivia with someone she doesn’t really know but…” Phil shut up for a moment, a bit embarrassed of was he was going to say next “but I cannot pay you much money Dan I’m sorry, I will pay you enough don’t worry, but it’s just…”

Dan cut him off by posing a hand on his shoulder “Phil, I don’t want your money. You don’t have to pay me.”

“But Dan I have to pay you back somehow, I cannot let you take care of Olivia for a week and not pay you!” Phil exclaimed a bit shakily.

“You know how you can pay me back?” Dan said, making Phil look at him, “by letting me sit by the window seat on the trip bus” And with that sentence he managed Phil to laugh a bit, which it made him laugh to.

“Okay, I will let you the window seat.” Phil responded with a smile, glad he had found someone as good as Dan to take care of his daughter.

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A week had passed since that conversation and Dan had been “babysitting” Olivia for some days. Phil texted him the day before to let him know if he had to pick her up or not and he always came over by 10pm, exhausted as ever to bring her home, and even though Dan offered them a ride home Phil always denied, picking a tired Olivia in his arms and walking all the way back to their home.

The day of the trip had arrived, and the four of them were on time to meet the teachers and some other parents that had also agreed to come to the trip. Dan could see how tired Phil was, he could even sense he had lost some weight and he was even paler, probably for not eating enough between breaks.

They got on the bus Dan seatting on the window seat as Phil had promised. He looked at Phil again, who was fiddling with his fingers, so he touched his forearm trying to catch his attention.  

“Hey Phil, are you feeling okay?” Dan asked him worry clear in his voice.

“Um yeah Dan” Phil answered distractedly, ready to fall asleep anywhere “just tired.”

Dan could sense something else was wrong but he didn’t ask since the bus had started moving already and Phil had thrown his head back, trying to sleep for a bit.

“Don’t worry Phil, sleep. You deserve it.” Dan whispered just to the both of them while he rested his head into a small pillow he had brought.

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They had finally arrived into their hotel, where they showed them their respective rooms. Phil had slept the entire ride, and even though he seemed more energized he was still showing signs of tiredness.

The students had special rooms prepared for them, with some bunkbeds where they would be sleeping. For the parents and teachers they had managed to get some two single bed rooms. Phil and Dan only looked at each other to confirm that they would be sharing one of those, not really wanting to bother to ask other parents.

They had reached their room and as soon as they entered Phil dived into one fo the beds, resting his head into one of the cushions, making Dan laugh a bit at the other man’s action and at the same time feeling a bit sorry for him.

Dan sat at the end of Phil’s bed, taking the black haired man’s worn out shoes so he could sleep more comfortably “Phil we are leaving to the park in an hour, take a short nap if you want, I will wake you up.”

Dan only heard a hum before soft snoring sounds filled the room.

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They were now in the park, Olivia and Billie quickly listing all the rides they wanted to go in. Phil had taken out his old phone to take some photos of Olivia’s excited and happy face, seeing his daughter so happy was something he wouldn’t change.

Dan was doing the same, but he asked the girls to pose for a picture at the entrance, the both of them with big smiles on their faces. It had been worth it to go on this trip, that for sure.

“Could you send me that picture, Dan? It’s beautiful. It’s just my phone is old and the camera isn’t that good…” Phil asked him a bit embarrassed for having such and outdated phone. He couldn’t afford a better one.

“Of course Phil, I can send you all the pictures we take today, even the silliest ones.” he smiled at Phil, lifting his phone to take a picture of him before Phil could shield his face from the camera.

“Dan no!” Phil shouted, turning around so Dan couldn’t see him anymore.

Both girls looked at each other with a smirk and grabbed their dad’s hands and led them to the first ride, the four of them laughing.

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They had spent the day laughing, taking photos and even riding some rollercoasters more than twice, so it had been an eventful day for the girls and their dads.

Now they were back at the hotel, the girls having dinner with their classmates and Dan and Phil with few of the teachers and parents. Phil had only eaten some fries and salad when he annouced that he was going to bed.

Dan looked at him worriedly, but not really wanting to question him in front of anyone, wished him goodnight and saw how he made his way to Olivia and Billie’s seats, wishing them both good night before leaving the dining room.

After half an hour of socialising and seeing that some of the kids were also retiring to their bunkbeds, Dan also stood up and went to Billie and Olivia’s table, the both of them chatting.

“Girls, I think it’s time you both go to bed too, don’t you think?”

“Oh, hi dad” Billie said, looking up at him, “are you going to bed too?”

“Yes, I just came to wish you both goodnight, so” Dan was about to continue when Olivia’s voice cut him off.

“Dan, can you check if my dad is okay please? I saw him looking a bit down when he came here…”

Oh Olivia. God, he hoped he could something soon to help them. “Olivia I will check on him, don’t worry, I’m sure he will be fine by tomorrow and the offer of helping you both still stands, you know?”

Olivia nodded, muttering a “thank you” before both girls got off the seat, Billie giving his best friend a comforting hug and leading them both back to their bunkbed.

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Dan entered the hotel room not expecting to find Phil, already in his pyjamas softly crying into one of his pillows. Oh Phil. He didn’t even realise Dan had entered the room when he felt the side of his bed sink a bit.

Phil quickly sat up, croaking out a “Dan”, trying to clean the tears from his face.

Dan was worried. He didnt expect to find Phil crying and it was really shocking to him, seeing as he was always such a happy man even though his life wasn’t the best, but even the happiest people had its bad moments.

“Phil, care to tell me what’s wrong? I think it will do you good” Dan encouraged him, not really wanting to tell him that Olivia was worried about him too, that would only make it worse.

Phil took a long breath before speaking, “I came up because I was tired from all the rides and also working so much has taken a toll on me, so maybe going to bed early would be a good idea but as soon as I closed my eyes I started thinking about my life and it just…”

Dan saw hesitation in Phil’s face, he probably felt embarrassed because unlike Phil, Dan had such a perfect life he couldn’t believe it himself. “Phil, it’s okay if you don’t wanna tell me, but I’m not gonna judge you, I just want to help you, okay?”

Phil could tell Dan was being honest, he could trust Dan, so he took another breath and continued, “Three years ago I was fired. I worked for a company as a consultant and it seemed like they didn’t need my experience anymore so they fired me. I realised that I couldn’t stay unemployed long so I picked up the first job that appeared in front of me. It isn’t the best job, I work a lot of hours and it doesn’t pay enough, but just so I can pay the bills and give Olivia everything she needs.”

“I have tried searching for something more but I’m stuck. I went to a few job interviews but I never got a call back. I think it’s because I cannot really afford any good looking clothes anymore, so I have to show up in worn out shoes and washed out shirts, not giving the companies a first good impression is always bad. And it just really hurts me because I want to give Olivia everything because she deserves it and I cannot give it to her and it breaks my heart and I’m a terrible dad for it.” Phil broke down again, burying his face into his hands.

Dan’s heart broke for him. He really wanted to help Phil, help him and his daughter to have a better life. “Phil, listen to me” Dan called out for him, waiting for the other man’s gaze to lock on his.

“Phil, once this trip is over I will help you get a better job, I will lend you some of my clothes or even buy you new ones and I also know people that might need someone like you in their company, okay?” Dan promised him, wanting to give him the best help he could recieve.

“Dan I cannot let you do th…” Phil started but Dan cut him off.

“Phil no. You are gonna let me do this for you and Olivia. I promised I wasn’t gonna tell you but Olivia is worried about you Phil, she has seen you cry about bills and also she noticed how much you were working” Dan’s voice softened a bit, “You cannot keep dealing with this alone, and if you want to make everything better for Olivia you are going to take my help, okay?”

The mention of Olivia’s worry made Phil see things other way. He was dealing with all of this, not even stopping for a moment to check on his daughter, who was also worried about his well being. He was a terrible dad, oh god.

“I’m a terrible dad, Dan.” A sob escaped Phil’s lips before starting crying again.

“Phil…” Dan whispered, bringing the other man into a hug, trying to calm him down. “Phil, you are not a terrible dad, you couldn’t be. You made everything that was in your hands so Olivia could have a happy life and she has one, but if you want to improve that you need to have help and I’m offering to help you so please, let me.”

A broken “Okay” was heard form Phil, who slowly calmed down, and hugged Dan back, getting finally some comfort from the other dad.

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It was the next day already and both dad’s were waiting for their daughters to come out from their bedroom so they could make it to the park on time. After the night they had had, their friendship had improved.

After Phil’s breakdown, Dan put on his pyjamas and both laid down on their respective beds, and since neither could sleep, they had spent few hours talking about their lives. Apparently Dan worked for BBC, writing articles about pretty much everything. Also Phil told him about how Olivia had been a surprise child, and her mom didn’t really want her, so Phil signed the papers so he could be her only parent. Dan told him that Billie’s mother died after her birth, he had been heartbroken at the time, but after eight years he had managed to deal with it. The topics drifted from one to another, till they both finally fell asleep.

“Dad!” they heard two squeaky voices behind, both girls running towards them.

Olivia collided with his dad’s legs and hugging him tightly, making Phil crouch down to properly hug her daughter, whispering a “Dad is okay, don’t worry” into her ear, knowing his daughter needed those reassuring words right now.

Dan lifted Billie up, tapping her nose making her giggle,“did you sleep well you little munchkin?”

Billie leaned a bit into his dad embrace and nodded, looking at the scene in front of them “They are gonna be okay, right dad?”

“Billie,” Dan hugged his daughter tighter, glad his daughter had such a kind heart, “we are gonna help them, they are going to be fine.”

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They had spent all day on the amusement park, and now they had decided to go and see some of the souvenir shops, see if they could buy something to remember their trip.

Olivia and Billie had found some 'best friend’ necklaces that were beautiful so they ran to their dads to convice them so they could get them.

“Why are you both running so excitedly?” Dan asked them, already knowing what they were going to ask.

“Dad, look at this necklaces, they are perfect for Olivia and me! Look!” Billie handed the necklace to her dad as Olivia did the same so Phil could also see.

Phil looked at it, and Billie was right, the necklaces really were beautiful. He checked the price tag and he almost had a heart attack, it was more than he could afford. He looked back at his daughter who was looking at him with pleading eyes, he was sure he would break her heart if he didn’t buy it but it was too expensive…

Dan looked at Phil, already knowing what he was thinking. He was sure Phil didn’t have enough money on him to spend on the necklace. He looked back at the girls who were looking at them waiting for an answer when Phil started speaking.

“Olivia…” but Dan cut his sentence off by snatching Olivia’s necklace from his hands.

“C'mon girls, you are getting out of here with your necklaces.” Dan said, heading to the check out.

The girls let out a little scream as they followed Dan.

Phil, still dazed about what was happinging realized that he couldn’t let Dan spend so much money on his daughter, so he caught up with them and grabbed Dan by the forearm, leading him a bit further where the girls couldn’t hear them.

“Dan no, I cannot let you spend so much money on Olivia” Phil told him, “Yes, I cannot afford to pay so much money on a necklace but I cannot let you spend it too. It is too much.”

“Phil, you promised me yesterday you were going to let me help you and I have seen the look you had in your eyes, you don’t want to break Olivia’s heart, do you?” Dan said, trying to reason with Phil.

Phil looked down, still a bit embarrassed about his situation, “Olivia has never asked for anything and now that she is just asking for a necklace I cannot afford it, it’s just so frustrating… I’m just disappointing her” a lone tear slid down his left cheek, quickly cleaning it with his hand.

Dan’s heart was aching seeing how much this affected Phil. He didn’t want to disappoint his daughter by not buying her one thing she had asked for. “Phil no…” Dan whispered, “listen to me, you are not disappointing her.”

“Yes I am Dan! I cannot buy her a necklace to have along with her best friend, what kind of dad that makes me?” Phil almost shouted, loud enough to catch Olivia and Billie’s attention and come running to them.

Olivia saw how upset her dad was so she instantly gave him a tight hug by circling her arms around his waist, “Dad, you could never disappoint me, I love you.”

Billie was watching the scene and she saw who Phil was having an internal battle between believing Olivia or not. “Phil” Billie’s tiny voice called him, “Olivia has always told me how an amazing dad you are and we all can see that, so please, let us help you. There is nothing wrong with accepting people’s help.”

Phil was surprised at Billie’s words, the girl had always been a bit shy but apparently she had managed to get out of her comfort zone to console him. So, he crouched down and looked at both girls’ eyes before bringing them both into a bear hug.

Once the hug was over Billie spoke again, “so Phil, are you gonna let us help you? We just want the best for you two.”

“Yes Billie, I will accept your help, thank you so much.” Phil smiled shyly at her, and she returned the smile back.

Dan, who was witnessing the scene with a soft smile on his face loocked his gaze with Phil’s and muttered a silent 'thank you’, which Phil responded with another smile, standing up after giving each girl kiss on the top of their head.

“C'mon girls, you will be the envy of school with these necklaces” Dan told them as he approached the check out again, the girls happily following him.

Phil looked at the three people that were now walking toward the exit, focusing on Olivia who had a big smile plastered on her face, while Dan took a picture of the two girls showing their new necklaces. Maybe getting help wouldn’t be that bad, right?

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They were back at the hotel, all of them had already had dinner and now both dad’s had finished preparing the suitcases before they had to go back tomorrow evening. Even though they were visiting a natural park tomorrow, they had decided to pack everthing now so that they wouldn’t be rushing later.

Now they were sitting in the two seat sofa watching some kind of TV game show. At one point Phil turned the volume down so he could speak.

“Dan I haven’t told you but you and Billie are amazing, I am so glad Olivia has found a friend as good as Billie, you really are a good dad” Dan looked at him ready to thank him but Phil continued, “it’s just like a dream to have found such good people like you in our lowest moment so really Dan, thank you.”

“Phil, I told you like a million times now, you don’t need to thank us.” Dan replied, smiling a bit, getting lost in Phil’s blue eyes.

“But I need to thank you, no one has ever done anything like this for us ever.” Phil told him, his voice getting lower as he was losing himself also in the other’s brown eyes.

One of them knew how happened, but suddenly their lips were on eachother’s, a bit slow, testing the waters. One of Dan’s hands made his way onto Phil’s neck, bringing him a bit closer, as Phil’s hands grabbed Dan’s waist, circling it, the movement showing that they both wanted it so they deepened the kiss, making Phil lean onto Dan, so that they were now lying horizontally on the sofa, lazily making out.

“Wow” they both said at the same time, making a soft laugh erupt from them both as well.

Dan looked at Phil, biting his lower lip. After that kiss (okay, kisses but still) Dan knew they couldn’t just be friends. But if Phil didn’t want anything more… He hadn’t been with anyone for a long time, yes he had had some dates but no one really stuck around. He just hopped at least Phil would.

“So… what happens now?” he asked nervously, a bit afraid of what Phil could respond.

Phil he looked into Dan’s eyes and saw uncertainty in them, probably scared of what he could say. But he shouldn’t be. He really wanted to try something more than a friendship with Dan, even if he was scared too. “Dan, you know that I’m not in my best life moment, but I would like us to try to be something more than friends.” Phil paused, thinking his next words “We don’t have to really label anything, just let it flow, follow our instincts, only if you want too, of course.”

Dan was glad Phil proposed the 'no-label’ thing. It was too soon to know what they could be and he wasn’t sure if both of them were ready for a relationship yet, as Phil had said, he wasn’t in his best moment and Dan was also insecure about having a formal relationship.

“Okay, I like that idea.” Dan agreed, caresing Phil’s cheek making him lean into the touch, a smile appearing on his face. “C'mon, let’s go to bed, we have a tiring day tomorrow.”

And with that Phil lifted himself up from Dan’s body, extending a hand so the other man could take it, leading them to their respective beds.

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The next morning was nice. The girls had enjoyed the nature park, learning about the widlife surrounding them, as they excitedly told their parents all they had taught them. Dan and Phil had also enjoyed it, they had walked around the park while their daughters were with their teachers, subtly touching eachother and sometimes holding hands when they made sure no one was really looking.

Now they were already seated on the bus on their way back home, Dan on the window seat of course, as Phil had promised him. “You know, I don’t think I would have enjoyed this trip that much if you and Billie hadn’t come.” Phil quietly told Dan, trying not to disturb the sleeping passengers on the bus, while trying to untangle his earphones.

“I was thinking the same. It was nice to get to know you better, Phil. And…” Dan leaned a bit, just so he could whisper into Phil’s ear, “I’m glad we decided to give us a try, even though we still don’t know what it will lead to.” And Dan quickly looked around, making sure no one was looking before pecking Phil on the cheek, rapidly looking out of the window again, not wanting to let Phil see his red cheeks.

What he didn’t see is the way Phil lifted a hand onto his cheek, touching where he had just kissed him and smiling at the gesture.  

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It had been a week since the trip, and Dan and Phil hadn’t managed to meet again due to their work hours, but they had been texting eachother nonstop.

One of those days, Dan called him and excitedly told him that he had contacted one of his friends and they were looking for people in their company. Phil swore he could cry in that moment. So, they had decided to meet up on Thursday afternoon to go shopping for Phil so he could finally show how professional he really was.

They left the girls with a babysitter at Dan’s house so they could shop without any distractions. They were both excited, they hadn’t seen eachother since the trip and now they would be a few hours all alone. It wasn’t a 'date’ but they both felt it was, even though any of them brought it up.

They were now in what would be their fifth shop. Phil was having an inner battle now. He had tried on many suits, but he always checked the tag, saw how much it was and even though Dan was the one buying he still didn’t want him to spend so much money on him; so he tried them on in the dressing room and told Dan that they didn’t suit him through the curtain before he changed back into his clothes.

He was now in the dressing room, a red tie on his hands, trying to tie it up, but he had lost practice after not wearing one. Dan was waiting for him and when he noticed that Phil wasn’t going out he called out “Phil, you okay there?”

“Um yeah,” Phil responded, a bit strangled “just, the tie is not my thing…”

Oh, the tie. Dan suggested trying one, it would make him look more professional. “Let me help you” Dan said, drawing the curtain to the left so Phil could step out of the dressing room.

He swatted Phil’s hand off the tie and explained to him how he had to do it. “Now, that’s how you tie a tie” Dan laughed, letting his hands rest against Phil’s chest once he had finished while he looked at his blue eyes.

Phil grabbed his hands and laced their fingers, tugging Dan closer so that they touched their noses, giving each other eskimo kisses, both enjoying the moment.

Suddenly Phil moved his head a bit, giving Dan a peck on the cheek and another on the lips, feeling the brown eyed’s smile on his lips.

“Thank you, and not only for the tie.” Phil whispered once their lips had parted.

Dan tugged Phil so he could kiss him again, “I told you, no need to thank me. Now mister,” Dan took some steps back and looked at Phil, admiring how attractive he looked in that suit, “I am getting you that suit because you look amazing.”

“But Dan…” Phil was going to put the same excuse he had put all those other times but Dan didn’t let him speak more.

“No, Phil, no buts. I am getting you that suit and you are going to get that new job, okay?” he playfully pushed Phil onto the changing room again, closing the curtain. “I will wait for you in the shoe section, don’t make me wait.” Dan shouted and letting Phil change into his normal clothes.

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It was the day of the interview and Phil was extremely nervous. After dropping Olivia at school (who had wished him “good luck” with a tight hug and a peck on the cheek) he went back to his house, put on his new suit and took the tube to the company.

He was checking his phone when suddenly a text from Dan showed up. 'Phil, I cannot call you right now but I wish you the best of luck today. You are going to be fine, don’t worry. I believe in you. I will check with you later. Kisses x D’

He smiled at it, that was the confidence boost he needed. He could get through this.

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“You are hired, Mr. Lester. Welcome to our company. You start next Monday at 10am.”

As soon as he had heard the words Phil almost cried. He did it. He could finally give Olivia what she deserved. He could finally be at peace with it.

“Thank you Mrs. Aiken, thank you so much” Phil answered, shaking his new boss’ hand.

Once he was out of what would be his new company he called his what would be his old boss to let him know that he wouldn’t be working with them anymore.

When the call ended he noticed how a weight had been lifted from his chest, making him breath easier.

He and Olivia could finally breath.

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Phil arrived home happier than ever and he suddenly remembered the text Dan had sent him. Maybe he should ask him to come and tell him the good news in person, yeah, Dan deserved that.

'As soon as you can come to my house. I need to see you’ he texted and sent. He hoped Dan could come soon, he needed to tell someone.

A few minutes later a text came back. 'How did it go? You okay? I can be there in 20’

'Yeah, just come soon please’ Phil texted back. He just needed Dan right now.

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Dan parked his car and got out of the car running straight into Phil’s porch, knockikng on the door harder that he had intended. The texts he had recieved from Phil were so ambiguous he didn’t know if he had bad or good news. He hoped it would be the last one.

Suddenly the door opened, a poker faced Phil appeared in front of him and as soon he went to greet him a smile broke into Phil’s face “I got the job.”

Dan went to scream but before he could make any sound two hands grabbed his cheeks and brought him into a deep kiss, making him close his eyes and lean into Phil’s body, latching his hands in his tie bringing him even closer.

“I hope you have good news more often so you kiss me like that” Dan told him once they both had parted for air, “I’m proud of you Phil.”

“Dan, it was all thanks to you, I cannot thank you enough for this,” Phil kissed him again, this time just a peck, “I will pay you back all the money you have spent on us and…”

Dan cut him off with another quick kiss, “I don’t want you to pay me back. I don’t want your money, Phil. Seeing you finally happy is enough.” he told the blue eyed man.

Phil stared at him, a smile appearing at the kindness of the man in front of him. “At least let me take you on a date. Once I get my first salary let me take you to a fancy dinner, just the both of us, or with the girls if you want, I don’t care. I also kind of wanna see you wearing a suit…” he blushed at the last part. He couldn’t deny Dan was very attractive but the thought of seeing him on a suit was making him have punishable thoughts.

Dan bit his lower lip and pulled a thinking face even though he already knew the answer, “of course I would want to go on a date with you,” he leaned a bit to whisper onto his ear “and I kind of want to see you on a suit again, those pants make your butt look great.”

And with that Dan skipped off to his car “Hurry up Phil! we need to pick up Billie and Olivia and tell them the good news!”

Phil had managed not to be red faced by the time they reached their daughters’ school.

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Billie and Olivia were chatting about one of their classmate’s birthday when suddenly Billie spotted her dad with a suited clad Phil waiting for them, so she grabbed Olivia’s hand and ran as fast as she could to them, leaving her and her friend out of breath.

“Don’t worry girls, we are not leaving without you” Phil laughed at them, reaching for Olivia and lifting her onto his arms while Dan did the same with Billie.

“Dad! How did it go? Did you get the job?” Olivia asked Phil, quiestioning him with her big eyes.

“I got the job Olivia, I will finally be able to give you everything you deserve, my little girl” Phil told her, his eyes watering.

“Oh dad” Olivia hugged his dad tight circling her arms around his neck, making him hug her closer to him “you always gave me everything I wanted, now I just want to see you happy.”

That made it for Phil. He couldn’t stop his tears from falling into his daughter’s shoulder, “I was happy because you made my life happy Olivia, but now it will be even happier, I promise you.”

Dan and Billie looked at them, one of Dan’s hand traveled to Phil’s back, rubbing circles so he could calm down. Billie put a hand on one of Phil’s shoulders, making him lift his head and look at the smaller Howell.

“Congratulations Phil, I knew you would get the job.” Billie smiled at him.

“It was all thanks to you both, so thank you so much Howells. You really are amazing.” Phil croacked out, fixing his gaze on Dan who was smiling at him and leaned to peck him in the cheek, both girls squealing at the movement.

“I’m starting to think 'thank you’ is the only word you know, Phil Lester” Dan teased him, putting Billie down on her feet and grabbing her hand, “why don’t we celebrate this with ice cream?”

Olivia jumped ot of his father’s arms and grabbed his hand, dragging him after Billie and Dan, not wanting to miss the ice cream.

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It had been a month and a week since Phil got his new job. He loved the company, and his co-workers were so nice he never wanted to leave. His life was like a dream right now except for one thing.

He and Dan were still on the no-label thing and everytime they meet, he wanted to ask Dan to be his boyfriend, but since he had promised him a fancy dinner he wanted to do it properly, not after a coffee date. Dan deserved it after helping Phil change his life 180º degrees.

He wanted it to be a surprise, but then he remembered that he had told Dan that he didn’t care about  bringing Olivia and Billie with them, and Dan didn’t seem to mind either. So, he told Olivia about his plan.

She would told Billie to stay in their house as a sleepover, but then they would dress up and suprisedly pick Dan up to go with them to have dinner. Yeah, that would be best.

Now, he was waiting for both girls to get out of school so he could bring them to their 'sleepover’, since he had told Dan that he would pick them up and bring them directly to his house. Dan seemed to be alright with it so…

Two pairs of arms circled his legs, making him wake up from his daydream and loook down to greet them “Ready for your 'sleepover’?” he asked them, making quotation marks with his hands.

Olivia and Billie eagerly nodded at him, grabbing each of his hands and making their way to the Lester’s house, chatting exitedly about the dinner.

“He is going to love it Phil, really.” Billie told him after a few minutes.

“I hope so, Billie, I hope so.”

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Dan was just watching a movie wearing his pyjamas even though it was just 7 o'clock but since Billie was at a sleepover with Olivia he was bored. He was going to switch on his Wii when he heard a knock.

Who could that even be? His 60 year old neighbour asking for sugar? Well, a 10 minute conversation wouldn’t hurt to be honest.

“Hi, what do you want?” tha last word died in his throat when he saw Phil with Olivia and Billie, fancily dressed up. “What are you even doing here all dressed up?” he exclaimed, a smile appearing on his face at the sight.

“I promised you a fancy dinner, didn’t I?” Phil told him, his voice wavering a bit from his nerves.

“But…” Dan wanted to speak, but the girls pushed him, leading him onto his bedroom so he could get dressed fancily.

“Don’t take too long, we have reservations at 8!” Phil shouted, making the girls scream and hurry Dan up.

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They were at the restaurant, the four of them having eaten the main courses and now they were waiting for the desserts. Phil decided it was time…

“I want to say something.” Phil coughed before speaking again, making Dan and the girls look at him, “After you both entered our lives I was struggling to keep on with my life, but now, I have an amazing job, an extraordinary daughter and her best friend but I just need one more thing to be completely happy…” Phil paused a but and fixed his gaze on Dan, who was sitting next to him, “Dan, when we first established this we had a non-label kind of relationship but I have realized I want more and I hope you do too so… Dan Howell, will you be my boyfriend?”

Dan looked at him, his smile getting bigger and muttering a yes before grabbing Phil by the neck and bringing him into a kiss, keeping it appropiate since they had an audience, who were cheering at them.

Once they parted Dan leaned a bit, enough to whisper into Phil’s ear so only them could hear eachother “Once we are alone I wanna get you out of that suit and kiss every single freckle you have on your skin, Phil Lester.”

“That will take you like all you life to complete” Phil laughed softly into his ear.

“I don’t care. That is what I was hoping for anyways” Dan whispered back, leaning back against his chair and biting his bottom lip while winking at him before starting a conversation with the girls.

Phil sighed and smiled at the sight. This was the life he had dreamed of, and all thanks to the Howells.

Regarding the 300 hg for V’s route

I saw a lot of ppl complaining about this route being quite expensive compared to the rest. On a positive note, let’s start with the fact that after the new update Cheritz gave everyone 150 hg as compensation. Next, I don’t know if anyone noticed but the guests that were in the previous routes have been reset. That means that you can get an hour glass for reading their info. If you managed to invite everyone from the previous routes that would be a total of 70 hg, plus the 150 you have, it would mean you already have 220 hg for free! Now, I know that if you had 0 in the beginning that would still leave you 80 hg but it’s not such an impossible number that you won’t be able to gather in let’s say a month if you go through the previous routes.

I know this sucks for the players that either don’t want or can’t afford to pay for the hour glasses. Still, compared to other otomo games, Cheritz is really generous! 

Trust me, what you would pay for opening V’s route (300 hg) is what I pay normally for an event in other games. An event that can not compare with this update, seeing as how most otome games don’t offer CGs, if they do it’s like only 4-5 per event and for the English version most of them don’t have voice messages. Not to mention there’s a trend for bringing back past events so it’s not even new content that you have to pay for if you want to get in like top 300-500 (yeah, you spend that much money and you don’t get to be top 100 at least lol).

In other words Cheritz worked a lot for V’s route! I think they’re also very generous with the hour glasses and take in consideration the fact that many users can’t buy them. I’ve noticed that they did the same when the special Christmas route was out, they gave around 70 hg in an update just after they released it. 

What I’m trying to say is that, from the start, you should have around 220 hg and that they’re not really asking for much compared to the amount of money they had to spend in order to make this route. If V’s route is successful then I’m hopeful that they will consider making a Saeran route in the future and maybe other content as well.

Really? Mcdonald’s? (With Sehun)

Originally posted by wooyoung

genre: angst?, def some smut
5200 words

summary: after sehun finally admit to liking you, after 15 fucking years, he decides to bring you to happiest place on Earth: McDonald’s

The afternoon is ruined by the same person you thought was going to be beyond amazing, exceeding expectations, but apparently you weren’t special enough to take out to a normal restaurant.

Instead of the romantic candle lights and classical violin music playing in the background of a fancy restaurant, you’re hanging out at a McDonald’s with Sehun who’s playing with his happy meal toy.

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The thing that’s even more idiotic with all this combinded app, transfer shit is that Amemix is making their already small fan base even smaller. You can say they’re trying to appeal to more people with the new app being free, but if people weren’t interested then, why would they be interested now? Is the cheap interface and sloppy work supposed to be appealing?? They can’t even bother to keep the pay to play apps in the app store and people lose their stories in the paid apps after transfering them to the free app now. All they’re really doing is alienating their fans. Like is the reason they’re doing this due to people crying about having to pay? They’re still not going to pay! If people weren’t willing to spend money on these games before, they’re still not! Are they just being greedy? Like are they thinking they’ll get more money from the people that already paid? Like just because we spent money on their apps before we’ll spend money on this one? You can spend much more on these “free” games, compared to just pay per route apps. Like “They’ll pay then, they’ll pay now”. It’s such a shame that they’re going in this direction because I really did enjoy these games.

150 Life Lessons / Quotes you'll learn from Sophia Amoruso's #GIRLBOSS

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[THE ONLY THING I SMOKE IS MY COMPETITION]
 

1. Know when to follow the rules and when to rewrite
   them. It will help you identify your weaknesses and play
   to your strengths.

2. I don’t want to spend too much time dwelling on what I’ve
    already done because there is still so much to do.

3. Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t ever let
    the Man get to you.

[A #GIRLBOSS KNOWS WHEN TO THROW PUNCHES AND WHEN TO ROLL WITH THEM]

4. Life is short. Don’t be lazy.

5. It takes a lot of hardwork to get there, and then once you arrive, it takes even more hardwork to stay there.

6. A #GIRLBOSS is someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.

7. Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always in your own terms.

8. It took years of living with dirty fingernails from digging through vintage, a few painful burns from steaming clothes, and many aged Kleenex hiding in a coat pocket to get here.

9. I don’t want you to look up, #GIRLBOSS, because all that looking up can keep you down. The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.

10. The straight and narrow is not the only path to success.

11. I’d been told for so long that the path to success was paved with a series of boxes you checked off, starting with getting a degree and getting a job, and as I kept trying and failing at these, it sometimes seemed that I was destined for a life in the loser lane. But I always suspected that I was destined for, and that I was capable of, something bigger.

12. Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.

13. Instead of sitting around and talking about how much I care, I’m going to kick ass and prove it.

14. You don’t have to choose between smart and sexy. You can have both. You are both.

15. It’s insulting to be praised for being a woman with ni college degree. But then, I’m aware that this is also to my advantage: I can show up to a meeting and blow people away just by being my street-educated self.

16. You don’t get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously. You’ve got to show up and own it.

17. You combine hard work, creativity, and self-determination, and things start to happen.

18. When you believe in yourself, other people will believe in you, too.

[FIGHT THE BOREDOM]

19. I had no income and no plan. But boy, did I have time.

20. The thought of paying to look like everyone else seemed utterly ridiculuous.

21. Two keys to running a successful business: Knowing your customer and knowing how to get free marketing.

22. Many companies were spending millions of dollars trying to nail social media, but I just went with my instincts and treated my customers like they were my friends.

23. If you believe that what you’re doing will have positive results, it will—even if it’s not immediately obvious.

24. I noted every flaw, and was always totally honest about the condition of everything.

25. What made me successful wasn’t necessarily what I sold, but how I sold it.

26. Instead of spendig my time trolling the forums and obsessing about what other sellers were doing, I focused on making my store as unique as possible.

27. Internet Catfights: It seemed like a pointless waste of time, but it soon got too annoying to ignore.

28. I was beginning to see that it had potential far beyond anything that I had ever imagined, and to see that potential I’d have to go out on my own.

29. It takes a special kind of stubbornness to succeed as an entrepreneur. And anyway, you don’t get what you don’t ask for.

30. If it sold, we learned. If it didn’t sell, we learned. And we kept on learning.

31. I just knew that talking to the girls who bought from me was important and always had been.

32. My customers told me what they wanted, and I always knew that if I listened to them, we’d both do okay.

33. There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.

[ALL ACTIONS ARE CREATIVE]

34. I believed that my variety of short-lived failures, or as I prefer to call it, job promiscuity, made me an experienced young adult.

35. Customer Service Tip: Just apologize to people. Even if it’s not your fault, they’ve been disappointed by the company you work for and it’s your job to empathize with them.

36. It makes me sad to remember how apathetic I was.

37. What I know now is that nothing is universally boring–what’s boring to you could be totally engaging to someone else. If you’re bored and hating it, it’s a big sign that you’re most likely just in the wrong place.

38. Unless you’re born the child of a billionaire, work is something we all have to do.

39. It’s pretty impossible to succeed while doing something that you genuinely hate.

40. Time may be the one thing in the world I can’t negotiate, no matter how hard I’ve tried.

41. Shitty jobs made the good ones more meaningful. Most people don’t land their dream job right out of the gate, which means we all have to start somewhere. You’ll appreciate your amazing career so much more when you look back at your not-so-amazing jobs in the past, and hopefully realize that you learned something from all of them.

42. I was looking for something that would pay me to do nothing and still get ahead of life, and that, my friends, does not exist.

43. We’re internet kids who have been spoiled by our desires being no more than a click away. We think fast, type fast, move fast, and expect everything else to happen just as fast.

44. You’ve got to work for what you want.

45. I respect people who are willing to just roll up their sleeves and get the job done, even if it’s a shitty one.

46. If you suck at school, don’t let it kill your spirit. It does not mean that you are stupid or worthless, or that you are never going to succeed at anything. It just means that your talents lie elsewhere, so take the opportunity to seek out what you’re good at, and find a place where you can flourish it. Once you do, you’re going to kill it.

47. Madeline Poole: I’m still striving for fabulousness. I knew I didn’t want to worry–I wanted a well-traveled, creatively inspired life where money was not my first concern.

48. I’ve always had to work hard because I had no other choice, but I always believed in myself. I always knew I’d be a #GIRLBOSS.

[THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW IS NOT THE ONLY PATH TO SUCCESS]

49. I wanted to live outside the capitalist structure, to live free and travel free, and to exist outside a nine-to-five lifestyle.

50. But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in. -Junot Diaz

51. Living a comfortable life can allow you the psychic space needed to focus on other, often bigger, things, and when you treat your possessions as emblems of your hard work, they inherit a meaning that transcends the objects themselves.

52. Compromise is just a part of life.

53. Life is unwritten, like a great big experiment.

[MONEY LOOKS BETTER IN THE BANK THAN ON YOUR FEET]

54. I cared as much about the process as I did about the results. No decision was too small.

55. Learning how to manage your money is one of the most important things you’ll ever do.

56. Being broke gets old, so start making decisions now to avoid paying for stupid ones later.

57. When you take care of little things, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that the big things often happen much more easily.

58. Big companies are like the mob—they never forget, they never give up, and they alwas get their money.

59. Money is a guarantee that we may have what we want in the future. Though we need nothing at the moment, it insures the possibility of satisfying a new desire when it arises. -Aristotle

60. Do not spend more money than you have.

61. Forcing me to figure out how to provide for myself was probably one of the best things my parents ever did to me.

62. Another big no-no is increasing your spending as soon as your income increases.

63. You can’t act like you’ve arrived when you’re only just recieving the invitation.

64. As much as I liked the shoes I could afford, I liked having the money more.

65. Treat your savings account like just another bill. It has to be paid every month, or there are consequences.

66. Be really honest with yourself and make sure that you deserve the raise that you’re asking for. You do not automatically deserve a raise just because you’ve been somewhere for a certain amount of time.

67. Spend money because it’s an investment in your own well-being, not because you’re bored and have nothing else to do.

68. Luxury can be a great experience, and the things around you should represent the life that you’ve made for yourself, as long as you are taking the time to appreciate those items.

69. Don’t live like a CEO when you’re still a sandwich artist.

[TREAT YOUR MIND LIKE YOUR MONEY: DON’T WASTE IT.]

70. What I hate about luck is that it implies being devoid of responsibility.

71. Success is something given to a knighted and often undeserving few. Luck tells us that we don’t control our own fate, and that our path to success or failure is written by someone, or something, entirely outside ourselves. Luck let us believe that whatever happens, whether good or bad, it's  not to our credit or our fault.

72. Recognize the fact that we control our own thoughts and our thoughts control our lives.

73. It’s the age-old concept of like attracts like, or the law of attraction. You get back what you put out, so you might as well think positively, focus on visualizing what you want instead of getting distracted by what you don’t want, and send the universe your good intentions so that it can send them right back.

74. I didn’t want to talk about my job–I wanted to do my job. But then talking about my job became my job. Even worse, people expected me to be a certain way just because I’d accomplished something.

75. Magical thinking is the alchemy that you can use to visualize and project yourself into the professional and personal life that you want.

76. I am talking about the visualization that works when we actually get off our asses and do stuff.

77. Take care of the little things–even the little things that you hate–and treat them as promises to your own future. Soon you’ll see that fortune favors the bold who get shit done.

78. This ensures that when I’m bogged down with day-to-day bureaucracy and details, I don’t lose sight of what I really want.

79. Keep reminding yourself over and over that this is what you want, and you’ll soon find that the more you know what you want, the less you’re willing to put up with what you don’t.

80. One of the best things about life–a reason not to go blindly after one goal and one goal only–is that sometimes it will take you to something that is way cooler than anything you would have consciously set out to do in the first place.

81. All I knew was that I wanted to do something awesome, and was open to whatever shape or form this awesomeness took.

82. While I truly believe that you must have intentions to fulfill your dreams, I also think you have to leave room for the universe to have its way and play around a bit.

83. Don’t get so focused on one particular opportunity that you’re blind to other ones that come up.

84. I also think you can end up ignoring, and even losing, the positive things in your life by focusing too much on the negative. That’s a huge drain, as well as a waste of time.

85. I realized that I’d put so much energy into thinking about what I didn’t want to happen that I’d caused that exact thing to happen.

86. I don’t want to spend time thinking about things that I don’t want to have a place in my life. You have to kick people out of your head as forcefully as you’d kick someone out of your house if you didn’t want them to be there.

87. Focus on the positive things in your life and you’ll be shocked at how many more positive things start happening.

[LET YOUR FASHION FREAK FLAG FLY]

88. There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.

89. It’s a weird world we live in, and until time travel exists we’ve all got to make the most of where we land.

90. Dive headfirst into things with-out being too attached  to the results. When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility. Failure is your invention.

91. It is she who listens to the rest of the world who fails, and it is she who has enough confidence to define success and failure for herself who succeeds.

92. No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be. You is who you is, so get used to it.

93. When you accept yourself, it’s surprising how much other people will accept you too.

94. It’s not cool to get drunk on your own success.

95. Norma Kamali: I think if you have a unique point of view and stay relevant and authentic, you will make an impression. You have to be excited and passionate about your ideas to make them work.

96. Norma Kamali: The most important thing to do is to take risk. The risks are where breakthroughs happen, and big shifts take you to new places and create opportunities. They can be really scary and intimidating, but that means it is taking you out of your comfort zone.

97. Norma Kamali: Dream and never stop dreaming. Making my dreams come true has always inspired me to work hard.

[WORKING IN FASHION IS NOT AN EXTENDED TRIP TO THE MALL]

98. Competition is stiff–particularly in a tight job market and tough economy–so unless you can sweep someone off his or her feet, unemployed you will stay. Ideally, you’ll be applying for a job that you genuinely think is interesting and exciting. If you’re not, #GIRLBOSS, then fake it till you make it.

99. People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. -Leonardo da Vinci

100. Opinions are like assholes; everybody’s got one.

101. A #GIRLBOSS knows that she may not nail it on the first try, and that’s okay. Remember to be open and keep your head up when something doesn’t work out.

102. A #GIRLBOSS knows where she excels and where she could use some work, so get to know yourself and your weakness.

103. Knowing when to speak up and when to shut up will get you very far not only in business, but in life.

104. Sometimes you’ll find an opportunity to step in when your boss is out, or just swamped, and show your worth.

105. It’s that attitude, and behavior, that will get you ahead.

106. Own up to your mistakes and apologize for them. Everyone will make a mistake at some point, and the sooner you can admit where you went wrong, the sooner you can start to fix it.

107. Everyone should be given the opportunity to improve.

108. Getting fired can be a much-needed wake-up call, a push in the right direction, or an escape route.

109. Christene Barberich: I don’t think you can truly know what you’re made of until you are in charge of your days. How you use that time, and the work you pursue, teaches you so much about who you are and what you can become.

110. Christene Barberich: It’s really astounding how discouraging people can be, especially if it’s something that seems particularly risky. But, you know, risk can be thrilling.

111. Christene Barberich: Sometimes you just have to jump, screaming the whole fucking way. I don’t know  if there is any greater feeling then proving you are your own biggest advocate. And all that noise out there is seriously just bullshit.

112. Christene Barberich: As hard as it is, stop caring so much about what other people think. Find a way to hear what you want. Recognize what is your dream.

[DREAM BIG, START SMALL]

113. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. - Abraham Lincoln

114. When you begin with the finish line in mind, you miss all the fun stuff along the way.

115. The best entrepreneurs know to listen along the way and adjust things, including their business plan.

116. Tooting your own horn too early can put you under the spotlight when you’re still figuring out the basics of running your business.

117. There is a whole wide world of free education out there for anyone who wishes to take advantage of it.

118. Human nature tells us to want what we can’t have.

119. Jenne Lombardo: I always wanted to have my own office–I thought that epitomized success. I also always wanted something that was mine. Something that was tangible, which I could look at and say, with pride, “I did this.”

120. Jenne Lombardo: I never want to be without financial stability again.

121. Jenne Lombardo: Without risk, there is no reward and no change.

122. Jenne Lombardo: If you are a risk taker, you have to feel comfortable in knowing you could fail. You have to have enough confidence and conviction to go full force even if things don’t work out.

123. Jenne Lombardo: There is a solution to everything. It’s all a matter of perspective and how willing we are to be flexible when it comes to our point of view.

124. Jenne Lombardo: Become the master of what you do.

125. Jenne Lombardo: Never forget where you came from.

126. Jenne Lombardo: Good old-fashioned manners can get you very far.

[OWN YOUR STYLE LIKE YOU OWN YOUR USED CAR]

127. It taught me that when I do things because I want to do them, and not because I have to, I can accomplish a lot.

128. If you’re dreaming big, #GIRLBOSS, don’t be discouraged if you have to start small.

129. Leandra Medine: I knew I never wanted to have to ask anyone to appease my indulgences, so that was a point of motivation to work hard.

130. Leandra Medine: Overwhelmingly busy is much better state to be in than overwhelmingly bored.

131. Be willing to try something new.

132. And we don’t just want to stay on top of that game-we want to stay ahead of it.

133. I believe a #GIRLBOSS should have a sneer and a smile in her back pocket, ready to whip either out at any moment.

134. No amount of money can buy you style. Having good style takes thought, creativity, confidence, self-awareness, even sometimes a little bit of work.

135. Being mean won’t make you cool, being rich won’t make you cool, and having the right clothes, while it may help, won’t make you cool.

136. Being a girl is fun. We can experiment with our looks as much as we want.

[BET ON YOURSELF]

137. When you are a one-percenter, you live your life your way.

138. I remind myself that if I really want something badly enough, I have it within myself to make it happen.

139. You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.

140. Regardless of what your dreams are, if you listen only to those around you, the chances of your dreams coming true are pretty small.

141. You can’t have it all, and nothing comes easy.

142. Difficult doesn’t mean impossible.

143. When life hits you with something unexpected, you have to be prepared to hit right back–and leave your own smear in the process.

144. Never let go of your appetite to go after new ideas, new experiences, and new adventures.

145. Judge yourself on what is your personal best and you’ll accomplish more than you could ever have imagined.

146. Breaking the rules just for fun is too easy–the real challenge lies in perfecting the art of knowing which rules to accept and which to rewrite.

147. Once you’ve found success, don’t stop. It’s not about being insatiable; it’s about not resting on your laurels.

148. Look up and look around, and if you’re not finding something inspiring, then you’re probably not looking hard enough.

149. An advantage of being naive is being able to believe in oneself when no one else will.

150.They take leaps before seeing the bridge because they know that if they don’t, someone else will gt that holy grail. That holy grail is yours for the taking.

bumblebee-bucky  asked:

I'm so happy you're back! What was your favorite part of the arctic? Favorite animal? What did you miss the most? What didn't you miss? I have so many questions!!!!!

Hello!! Thank you! My favourite part.. oh geez… probably getting a chance to work in such a wild, remote location, with such amazing people, and being so close to wildlife. It’s such a nice break from the rushing pace of my regular life. Also the weather is very pleasant up there (well, most of the time). I did miss my partner and friends, and yes, the internet haha. 

I missed all the daily interactions I have on social media. I also missed the little things - like, not being cold while brushing my teeth, and not having to worry about which way to spit out my toothpaste so that the wind didn’t slap it back onto my face or clothing XD Also I guess I sometimes did miss the easy availability of privacy - in the camp, all the crew members (5 in this case) live in one small cabin, and then we always work in teams in the field, so there’s not a lot of alone time. Sometimes, when you’re tired at the end of a long day, that can be a bit tense. 

I did NOT miss the heat of summer - but apparently in Ottawa there wasn’t really much summer weather haha. I also didn’t miss having to spend money on things!! You go into camp for the two months with all food and supplies bought up front (I don’t pay for anything), so we don’t make any transactions for the entire season haha. 

It was so fun!!! Check out my photo blast I just posted on my primary blog @geomagics!! Here’s one of a caribou:

anonymous asked:

OMg! Loved that Christian scenario. love fluff. can you do moer please! but i dont have a specific idea.. maybe like... watching shows? domestic christian? idk cause of his livestreams thats all im thinking of! or livestreaming with him being all cute and shit. idk do your magic!! !haha

ahhh, so much christian im in love (ALSO DID YOU ALL SEE HIS HAIRCUT HE LOOKS SO GOOD [like he said his hair was getting out of control so that’s why he cut it but man….he looks Good])

Originally posted by jisatsusakuru

  • so christian here is a really simple guy
  • he just likes hanging out and what not
  • no need to spend a ton of money out on dates or whatever
  • so when you suggest hanging out, he’s pretty pumped because 
  • it’s simple
  • and chill
  • so you guys just watch some netflix and what not
  • with lori hanging out with you more than him
  • which makes him laugh bc man that dog gets jealous easy
  • he tried to kiss you and lori growled at him
  • “babe i’m gonna order some take out what do you want” 
  • “uhhh”
  • “ok i’ll get your usual i know you won’t change your mind”
  • sometimes he likes to have you hang out with him and the boys
  • like when dabin brings his gf around you two just roast the fuck out of them
  • which dabin eventually joins in on roasting christian 
  • then christian gets all pouty when you guys are home alone again
  • “babe why are you being a sourpuss”
  • “cause you guys were making fun of me”
  • “aw cmon babe you know it’s all in good fun, and you also know dabin is way more fun to make fun of so”
  • that makes him laugh a lot 
  • sometimes you’ll go on live with him
  • and his fans are mostly supportive
  • which makes him really happy, and you as well
  • you’re usually around when he does lives, even if you’re not in them
  • so you can hear him talk about you and stuff
  • “yeah (y/n) is really great…i don’t know what i’d do without them”
  • all in all this list is a mess but i love christian so…it’s worth it

i come back to the places we found us 

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five weddings aaron and robert attend over the course of one summer.

or, how aaron and robert figured out what exactly their perfect wedding would look like.

for @inloveamateursatbest, who asked for a wedding au sequel! 


rosie and david

Robert couldn’t help but admire the suit Aaron was wearing, a new, deep blue coloured suit Robert had dragged him to buy a week previously when they both realised Robert had been invited to four weddings that summer (all with a plus one) and Aaron didn’t own a suit other than the grubby black number he liked to jokingly refer to as his funeral suit.

They’d somehow made it over a year together, that first date the night of Chrissie’s wedding (it had been a date, no matter how much Aaron tried to argue otherwise) had turned to ten, and by March they’d been head over heels in love, unstoppably, madly, deeply in love, and ever since then, well -

well, it hadn’t been perfect. Nothing in life ever was, really, but Robert got to come home to Aaron every night now, and had been able to for the past eight months they’d been living together, and that’s all he could want.

“You look good,” Robert commented, brushing an invisible speck of dust from Aaron’s suit jacket. He was wearing one of the neat grey suits Rosie and her future husband had picked out for their oversized bridal party, having been roped in to being a part of it all.

He’d nearly refused to go when Rosie had sent him one of the cheesy invitations she’d sent all her bridesmaids, filled with flowers and promises of champagne and spa breaks, but Robert loved Rosie, and he couldn’t say no.

(and if he’d enjoyed the spa weekend he’d ended up on with the bridesmaids more than the girls actually had, well, no one had to know, did they?)

“So do you,” Aaron admitted, looking at Robert intently. He’d grown his hair out more recently, the dark curls more obvious and pronounced now, somehow making him look older, more distinguished. “Funny to see ya on the bridesmaids side, though.”

Robert laughed. They’d just finished up the pictures, and for the most part he’d blended in with the groomsmen, but Rosie had insisted on a proper picture with all the bridesmaids, Robert standing out like a sore thumb in the midst of the peach coloured dresses.

“I think peach is my colour, actually.” Robert said, leaning in to press a soft kiss to Aaron’s lips. Even now, over a year on from that first night they’d spent together, kissing Aaron sent a thrill through his entire body.

He’d never felt like this before, however cheesy it was to admit. Not with Katie, or Chrissie, or Connor - the way Aaron made him feel, it was like nothing else he’d ever known, experienced in his life.

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Jared Padalecki

Ok, serious question. For those of you who have met him…I’m assuming it was either a photo op, autograph session, meet and greet, or random encounter at restaurant/bar/street.

If you paid to see/meet him…was it worth it? Was it worth over a hundred dollars to stand next to him for 8 seconds to get a picture? He says hi to everyone, I’m sure…so he’d say hi, you’d be near him for a minuscule amount of time, they rush you off…is that really meeting him?

Did it affect you in any way? Was it enough?

I want as many answers as I can get…opinions of those who have “met” him. Help spread the word so I know if I should invest in this chance. It would be a big deal to spend that much money (for me, anyway) So I want to hear about experiences…

thanks in advance to anyone who responds or reblogs to help me…

Jensen Ackles, too if you have that experience…I just wanna know what it feels like…

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I managed to snag both! Woo! :D My penny jar runneth low because I did not expect them so soon. Not the Calidus repaint, anyway. The Kultur redeco I was on the fence about getting, initially. He is lovely, though, so no regrets. <3 (I swear I’m not made of money, really. I just don’t have much of anything else I spend it on, fun-wise, because I’m kind of a boring homebody. ^^; )

Also, Tyrantron! I’ve had him for a while, but never took any pics until now. I should surround him in Rodimi for one. That would be amusing. XD

Also also, Porn ‘Stache Roddy needs to back off the twins. *frowns at him*

I so need more shelves. And better lighting. At night with a lamp or two or flash is not a good time or set up for photos. *lol* Oh well. Maybe tomorrow when the sun is up.