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Change Is Up to YOU

Q.. I can't help feeling discouraged living at home, working at a job where I'm totally overqualified and underpaid. Because of this economy, I think there's never going to be any way to get out of this rut. Most of my friends are discouraged but none as much as I am. How can I even start to lift my spirits when there's nothing good about my life? And even though I like my family, I don't like living with them at 25.

Ans. You're the only person who can make that change. Author Selwa Hamati, with Michelle Gamble-Risley, write in Once Upon a Recession that there is hope for change and you can make it happen. They suggest you "have a vision" and then pursue it. If you feel there's a barrier in your way, clear your mind of fearing it. Meditate and focus on what you want to accomplish and keep thinking about that. Most importantly, instead of saying you can't fix it, keep telling yourself "It will be ok." And eventually it will be. No bad scene goes on forever if you work to change it. It may take a while, they contend, but if you keep at it, eventually you'll reap rewards.

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