YOU SHOULD... pursue your education
People often plan to go back to school “later,” but life gets in the way. And this is especially true after marriage. Therefore, seize the moment, and go after your educational dreams. You can enroll in an online program, or even start a part-time evening course. Plus, if you do the research, you’ll find several private and governmental scholarships for adult learners. Ecclesiastes 11:4-10 advises, “You must take a chance. If you wait for perfect weather, you will never plant your seeds” (Easy-to-Read Version).

YOU SHOULD... travel a bit
Get out there and explore. When you’re single, it’s easier (and cheaper) to pick up and go. It’s also a great period in your life to learn about different cultures and people. Last minute vacation deals can be found on Travelocity.com, LastMinuteTravel.com, Expedia.com, and similar websites. Venture out! Learn more about God, yourself, and the world.

YOU SHOULD... increase your income
Why not get an extra job, or launch your business idea? Single adults shouldn’t waste their free time. Without having to consult a spouse, you can run with your goals. Proverbs 12:11 warns, “Those who waste their time on worthless projects are foolish” (Easy-to-Read Version). Therefore, take advantage of opportunities to be productive. You can work longer hours without feeling guilty, and invest in your start-up company without feeling selfish.

YOU SHOULD... save at least 15 percent
Marriage presents the option for two incomes, but it tends to lead to more expenses: nicer homes, more mouths to feed, more people to clothe, and so on. But when you’re single, you can trim the financial fat with greater ease. Thus, use this season to squirrel away money. Proverbs 13:11 states, “Money earned little by little will grow and grow” (Contemporary English Version).

YOU SHOULD... consider purchasing property Don’t put your life on hold just because you’re unmarried. You can create a wonderful home while you’re single. If you’re going to live in a location for at least three years, and it makes financial sense, buy property. Why wait? No, you don’t need to purchase a seven bedroom mansion, but you can buy a reasonable investment (like a condo, townhouse, or starter home). If you marry later, you can use your purchase as an income property, sell it, or even continue to live in it.

YOU SHOULD... make exercise a habit Women who exercise regularly before marriage are more likely to continue after marriage. So get moving! Make your workout all about you ... not about someone else, or what you desire others to think of you. Later in life – in the midst of kids and marital obligations – exercise can be one of your healthy escapes. c



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