1) How to change a tyre: Now, this may not be the most exciting thing you will ever learn, but chances are that at some point in your life, you will need to get your nails dirty. Ask your dad or any man in your life to teach you how. Or check out this step-by-step guide on changing a tyre on your own. It’s an invaluable skill that all women - even those without a driver's licence - should have. Along with knowing how to change a tyre, make sure that you have all the essentials in your car at all times. (spare tyre, jack, flash light etc)
2) How to braai like a boy: Or at least get the fire going. There’s no reason why the girls can’t get together for a braai and a glass of wine. As South African’s we should be born with an instruction on how to braai, in our DNA. But, it’s not that easy. Go ahead and learn. It’ll be fun.
3) How to find the one: We’re talking about your foundation. Because no matter how much MTV throws it in your face, looking like you’re the new cast member of Jersey Shore is NOT cool. So, make sure you’re using the right product. Not only the right shade but the one that is best for your type of skin. It’s not difficult to this find out; any consultant at your local make-up counter will be able to help you.
4) Release your inner-ninja: I’ll spare you the lecture; we all know it’s a big bad world out there. Make sure you know how to protect yourself. Take a self-defense class or get educated on the latest safety gadgets. Always be alert and prepared.
5) Your bra size: Wearing the right sized bra that fits well to your body will make you look and feel better and when shopping for new underwear it is important to know what works for you. If measuring your bra size on your own is a bit too complicated then ask the assistant at the undergarment section of the store to measure it for you. It’s usually free of charge and they’re always happy to help.
6) How to Say no (assertively but sweetly): Saying ‘yes’ may seem like the easier option but easy isn’t always right. Don’t let yourself become a push-over. If you’re not happy with something, change it. If you can’t take on another task, say no. Sometime’s saying no will leave you feeling happier and more respected than you thought, provided you say no in a way that is polite. Do not come across as defensive.
7) How to manage money: This goes for everything from your living expenses, loans, and credit card debts to how much that pair of shoes costs. Firstly, know what you’re working with. Make a list of who you owe money to, how much and when it needs to be paid off by. Budget wisely and don’t buy something on impulse unless you are absolutely certain that there is space in your budget for it. Treat yourself once in a while but within reason.
8) Your menstrual cycle: Ladies, take note of what happens to your body when it’s that time of the month. This varies from woman to woman but it’s important to know how your body works during this time, so that if there are any changes, you’ll pick up in them and be able to chat to your doctor about it.
9) Your emergency numbers: Most people know which number to dial in case of a fire or an intruder. But also learn the numbers of those you can count on when you’re in need of help. Like a family member or close friend. You never know when your cell phone might not be around and you urgently need to get hold of someone. Now moving on to a different set of numbers that you should know. Your waist size, height, and blood pressure. If these numbers are changing unexplainably, you might need to visit your doctor.
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