How to Make Vegan Tacos

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Tacos are a popular Mexican treat and most are served with vegetables and meats such as ground beef or chicken. If you’re vegan, you can enjoy tacos, too, by making them vegan using plenty of fresh vegetables. There are a variety of way to make vegan tacos, and any of the recipes provided below can be switched up to suit your desired ingredients.

EditIngredients

EditBlack Bean Vegan Tacos [1]

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¾ – 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 2½ cups canned black beans, with the liquid
  • 2 limes
  • 3-4 teaspoons smoky hot sauce
  • 2-3 ripe avocados
  • Chipotle or tomatillo salsa
  • 10-12 mini corn tortillas
  • Shaved onion and/or chopped cilantro (optional)

EditTofu Vegan Tacos [2]

  • 12 ounces firm tofu, drained and cut into 8 slices
  • 4 cups shredded coleslaw mix
  • 1 small bunch radishes, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced
  • 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 limes, one zested and juiced, one cut into wedges
  • ¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • ¼ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella or pepper jack cheese
  • ¼ cup jarred salsa verde

EditGrilled Vegetable Vegan Tacos [3]

  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 small summer squash, diced
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • 1 ear sweet corn, removed from cob
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 medium red pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ⅓ cup full fat, plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro + extra for garnishing
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 6-8 corn tortillas

EditBuffalo Vegan Tacos [4]

  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons onion powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • ½ cup vegan mild buffalo sauce
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced (about 1 clove)
  • 6-8 corn tortillas
  • Taco toppings (red cabbage, chopped cilantro, lime wedges, jalapeno slices, etc.)

EditLentil Vegan Tacos [5]

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup red onion finely diced + additional ⅛ cup
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 packet (1 ounce) taco seasoning mix
  • ¾ cup dried brown lentils
  • 2 cups mushroom or vegetable broth
  • ⅓ cup bulgur wheat
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 2 medium avocados, halved and pitted
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 10 taco shells

EditSteps

EditBlack Bean Vegan Tacos

  1. Drizzle the oil over a medium-sized skillet on medium heat.
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  2. Add the onion and only a pinch of salt. Stir for about 10-15 minutes. The onions should be brown and soft.
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  3. Add in the garlic and mix again for about a minute.
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  4. Stir in the cumin, cocoa powder, and the rest of the salt. Mix for about thirty seconds with a wooden spoon.
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  5. Add the hot sauce, juice of one lime, and beans. Mix again and bring the mixture to a simmer.
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  6. Simmer the mixture for about 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Add additional salt or hot sauce if desired. The mixture will begin to thicken but there will be some liquid left. Set aside.
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  7. Preheat the oven to a broil.
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  8. Place the tortillas on a large baking sheet and spoon the bean mixture onto each one.
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  9. Toast the tacos in the oven for about 2-3 minutes. Lift the tacos every few seconds to avoid them from burning or crisping.
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  10. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Allow the tacos to cool off for about 10 minutes.
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  11. Serve. Garnish the tacos with shaved onions, chopped cilantro, salsa, or chipotle. Enjoy!
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EditTofu Vegan Tacos

  1. Remove any excess water from the tofu. Place the tofu slices on a stack of paper towels. Stack with more paper towels and place a heavy skillet on top of it. Allow all the tofu water to come out; it’ll take about 10 minutes.
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  2. In a large bowl, mix the cilantro, radishes, coleslaw, a tablespoon of oil, lime zest, and half of the lime juice. Toss well until fully combined together.
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  3. In a small bowl, beat the yogurt and the rest of the lime juice together. Season with a desired amount of salt and pepper.
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  4. Brush the rest of the olive oil over the tofu strips and sprinkle over the taco seasoning.
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  5. Cook the tofu strip on an iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook for about 7 minutes, flipping after 2 minutes, to allow the tofu to crisp slightly.
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  6. Remove the tofu from the heat and slice it into strips.
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  7. Toast the tortillas on the stovetop and heat until warm.
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  8. Serve. Stuff the tacos with the tofu, coleslaw mixture, and cheese. Drizzle over the yogurt mixture and salsa. Enjoy!
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EditGrilled Vegetable Vegan Tacos

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚ Fahrenheit or 204˚ Celsius.
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  2. Toss all the vegetables, except the avocado, with the oil, garlic, cumin, and salt.
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  3. Roast the vegetables in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. The vegetables should be brown.
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  4. Beat the yogurt, avocado, lime juice, and cilantro together in a separate bowl. Blend well until well-combined and the mixture is creamy.
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  5. Toast the tortillas on the stovetop and heat until warm.
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  6. Serve. Stuff the tacos with the roasted vegetables and avocado cream sauce. Enjoy!
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EditBuffalo Vegan Tacos

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚ Fahrenheit or 218˚ Celsius.
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  2. Grease a baking tray with non-stick greasing spray.
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  3. Whisk the dry ingredients and milk. In a large bowl, combine the flour, ½ cup milk, 1 teaspoon onion powder, garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Mix until fully combined.
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  4. Remove the leaves and stems off the cauliflower. Break into pieces.
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  5. Add the cauliflower into the flour mixture and toss well.
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  6. Place the coated cauliflower on the baking tray and spread around.
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  7. Bake for about 30 minutes until slightly roasted and remove from heat.
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  8. Pour the buffalo sauce all over the cauliflower. Toss well until fully coated.
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  9. Bake the cauliflower for an additional 10 minutes.
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  10. Make the sauce. Blend the avocado, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, ¼ cup milk, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a food processor. Blend until well-combined.
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  11. Toast the tortillas on the stovetop and heat until warm.
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  12. Serve. Stuff the tacos with the buffalo cauliflower and the rest of the taco toppings. Enjoy!
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EditLentil Vegan Tacos

  1. Drizzle the oil over a large skillet on medium-high heat.
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  2. Add only a half cup of the red onion and saute for 5 minutes. Cook until the onions are soft.
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  3. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, taco seasoning, and dried lentils. Saute for an additional 30 seconds.
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  4. Pour in the broth and allow the mixture to boil over the medium heat. Let it boil uncovered for about 10 minutes.
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  5. Turn down the heat to medium-low and cover with a lid. Let the lentils simmer for about 5 minutes until tender.
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  6. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil and add the bulgur.
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  7. Turn down the heat to low and cover the saucepan. Allow it to simmer for about 12-15 minutes until it’s tender.
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  8. Pour the cooked bulgur into the lentils. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
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  9. In a separate bowl, make the avocado sauce. Mash the avocados with the rest of the red onion, cherry tomatoes, lime juice, and cilantro leaves. Mash until fully combined.
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  10. Serve. Stuff the tacos with the lentil mixture and top it off with avocado sauce. Enjoy!
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EditTips

  • For a Mexican twist to these vegan tacos, garnish them with a dollop of guacamole.
  • Instead of corn tortillas, you can use hard tacos for a crunchy taste.
  • You can also heat up the tortillas in the microwave instead of on the stove for a faster option.

EditWarnings

  • Take caution not to over-cook the vegetables for too long or they will end up burning and blackening.

EditThings You’ll Need

  • Mixing tool
  • Stovetop or oven
  • Iron skillet
  • Baking tray
  • Serving plate

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How to Forget Hurtful Words

The childhood saying “sticks and stones might break my bones, but words will never hurt me” simply isn’t true. Whether someone has called you an insulting name or put down your abilities, these comments can take a toll. Learn how to forget hurtful words by diminishing their power, boosting your self-esteem, and healing emotional wounds.

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EditSteps

EditDealing with the Hurtful Words

  1. Don’t take it personally. Their words are about them, not you. Sometimes, when others are hurting, they may lash out at you with hurtful words. Everyone does this from time to time. It is often done without thinking, and they may even regret the words later.[1]
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    • If someone says something hurtful to you, try to remember that they are probably hurting. Send compassion back to them rather than taking their comment personally.
  2. Validate the person who hurt you. If a person says something hurtful to you, respond gently in a way that validates the person, but not their unkind words. Whether or not the other person intended their words to be hurtful, this type of response is likely to catch them off guard, and they may be more likely to stop and think about how their words affect you.
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    • For example, you could say something like, “Wow, I’m really surprised to hear such a good person say something so unkind.”
  3. Set a timer to stew. Rather than dwelling on the hurtful words others say to you, give yourself a deadline to stew them over. Feel the hurt for a designated amount of time. Then, choose to let them go.[2]
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    • For example, you might usually spend hours or even days mulling over these comments. Start setting a timer for about 10 minutes. Think about how the comment made you feel and acknowledge the pain. Once the timer sounds, put those feelings down and don’t pick them back up again.
  4. Write the words down, then destroy the paper. If you’re more of a hands-on person, you might take the power away from hurtful words by destroying them. Write the words down on a sheet of paper. Then, you might rip the paper to shreds, toss it into a fireplace, or scratch out the words with a pencil or pen.[3]
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  5. Replace it with a positive comment. Offset the impact of negative words by replacing them with your own positive words. This works because you are basically cancelling out the negative comment in your mind by following it up with a more positive, uplifting comment.[4]
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    • For example, if someone said, “You’re ugly,” you might replace that comment by saying to yourself, “There is only one of me in the universe. I am special and unique.”

EditRebuilding Self-Confidence

  1. Use the words to become stronger. In what way does this situation test you? Evaluate the hurtful words and see if you can channel them into productive action. Question why the words hurt you and what you can do about it.[5]
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    • For instance, if someone said, “You’re weak,” and you believe that, you might feel upset or angry. However, if you take action, such as learning to defend yourself or strengthening your mental functioning, you can prevent those words from hurting you ever again.
  2. Use your experiences and perspective to help others. Unkind words usually come from a place of hurt or insecurity. Consider what the person who said the words might be going through, and think about whether there is anything you could do or say to help them. You can also boost your confidence by reaching out and offering support to others who have been hurt by cruel or thoughtless words.
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  3. Make your own opinion your priority. Your confidence is always teetering on a ledge when you allow others to dictate how you feel about yourself. Stop placing so much weight on what others think about you. Instead, your own opinion should be the most important.[6]
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    • For example, if someone says, “You’ll never amount to anything,” but you don’t actually believe that, remind yourself of what you think. You might say to yourself, “That’s not true. I believe I am destined for greatness.”
  4. Get things done to feel more confident. How you feel about yourself and your abilities is intimately linked to your self-confidence. You can boost your self-confidence by taking on more challenges. Think about a goal or task that you would like to accomplish. Then, break it down into little steps that you can complete one at a time.[7]
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    • For example, if you want to become financially independent, you might start by getting a job. Then, you might look for a place to live that fits your income level. Then, you might create a savings account or invest in stock that benefits your long-term financial status.
    • The steady completion of each step helps you feel more confident and increases your belief that you are capable of taking on new challenges.
  5. Breathe deeply and repeat an empowering mantra. Deep breathing is a great way to promote relaxation. When coupled with a positive affirmation, this exercise can help you build confidence in yourself and your abilities.[8]
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    • For example, you might breathe in deeply through your nose and mentally say, “I breathe in self-confidence and faith.” Hold the breath for a few seconds. Then, exhale while mentally reciting, “I breathe out negativity and doubt.”

EditHealing from Hurtful Words

  1. Practice self-love daily. When you are neglecting your emotional well-being, hurtful remarks are more likely to sting. Counteract any negative comments or behaviors from others by treating yourself with loving kindness. This can translate to many different things. Make a list of the positive activities you enjoy the most. Then, make a commitment to do a few of them daily.[9]
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    • For example, you might like to cook healthy meals for yourself, walk your dog near the lake, or meditate before bed.
  2. Learn from the experience. There is always something to be learned from a conflict or painful experience. Once you’ve had some time to move away from the initial hurt, take time to reflect on what happened. Some things to think about include:
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    • What might have been going on in the other person’s life, or in your relationship with them, to trigger the unkind words?
    • Was there any truth in the words that you might be able to benefit from, even if they were phrased harshly or in an unhelpful way?
    • If someone speaks to you this way again, how can you deal with it better in the future?
  3. Surround yourself with positive people. Positive people bring positive vibes and negative people bring negative vibes. Make the choice to reduce the time you spend with negative or toxic people who criticize or devalue you. Choose to spend your time with supportive people who value what you bring to the table.[10]
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  4. Do things you enjoy. A great way to heal from hurtful words is to engage in pleasurable activities. Pick up a hobby, join a new club or organization, or start back doing something you gave up a long time ago. Make more time in your daily and weekly schedule for things that make you smile.[11]
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    • This could be pursuing a passion for learning, teaching others a skill that you are really good at, or simply improving your own knowledge of an activity like sewing or gardening.
  5. Give back to others. Stimulate your own emotional healing by doing more good for others. Commit to having more positive interactions with the people in your life and in your community.
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    • Interact with your loved ones in a positive way by expressing your appreciation for them and letting them know the good that you see in them. For instance, you might say, “Matt, you are so helpful. I don’t know what I would do without you.”[12]
    • You can also do this by engaging in random acts of kindness, like helping a neighbor with their yard work or buying lunch for the person behind you at the cafe. You might also radiate good vibes in your community by volunteering or donating to charity.
  6. Write in a journal to better understand how you feel. Writing down your thoughts can bring clarity to what’s happening in your inner world. Plus, when you write out hurtful comments you stop them from weighing you down. Start a journaling habit in which you write for a few minutes each day.[13]
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How to Find Silver Half Dollars

Depending on when the coins were minted, silver half dollars can be a valuable investment. If you’re a coin collector interested in finding the right half dollars, you may not know where to look and what coins are valuable. You can find silver half dollars at your local bank, in antique shops or flea markets, or via professional coin dealers. Recognizing the markers of silver half dollars and where you’re likely to find them will help you find more rare coins when expanding your collection.

EditSteps

EditSpotting Authentic Silver Half Dollars

  1. Look for half dollars minted during 1969 or earlier. Prior to 1965, half dollars contained 90% silver. In 1965, the U.S. Mint removed silver from all dimes and quarters. They also reduced the silver content in half dollars from 90% to 40%, which is the silver content for all half dollars minted for general circulation in the years 1965-1970. Most coins minted after 1970 are not made of silver but are most likely nickel-clad half dollars.[1]
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    • Kennedy 1964 half dollars are the last 90% silver coins minted by the Federal Reserve for regular circulation.
    • When you have find a half dollar, make sure its date matches the symbol minted during that period. For example, a Kennedy half dollar with a date before 1965 is a potential counterfeit, but only the most rare dates are actually counterfeited.[2]
  2. Use a magnet. Silver exhibits weak magnetic effects. If your coins stick to a magnet, they are most likely not silver.[3] Your half dollar is more likely nickel-clad if it’s strongly magnetic.
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    • Remember that some metals (like aluminum or titanium) can look like silver. When in doubt, bring your coin to a dealer who can determine its authenticity.
  3. Try the ice test. Silver has the highest thermal conductivity of any common metal or alloy. If you place a piece of ice directly on the silver and it melts immediately (as if it has been placed on a hot object), your coin is most likely silver.[4]
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    • Avoid performing this test outdoors. The ice test will be most accurate in a room temperature area.
  4. Do the ring test. Flick your coin in the air and listen to the sound it makes as it hits the ground. Authentic silver will make a high-pitched ringing sound, like a bell. If it does not make this sound, the coin is likely a counterfeit.[5]
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  5. Check for damage on the coin. If the area is marred or looks like it’s been tampered with, a counterfeiter may have altered the date or mint mark. Don’t trust a coin with lots of strange markings or scratches, especially if they’re around the mint mark or date. You may be dealing with a counterfeit coin.
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EditBuying Coin Rolls

  1. Choose a large corporate bank. To find silver half dollars, you’ll want to find a bank with circulated coins rather than freshly-minted coins. The best banks for circulated half-dollars are big-name banks with businessmen patrons. Corporate banks deal with large amounts of circulated coins and will have more on hand.
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    • Banks that specialize in merchant business will often sell coin rolls to non-account holders. Smaller banks may be more reluctant.
  2. Avoid rolls with coins returned in bulk. If your bank says that one person returned a large sum of half-dollars, they have probably been searched. Ask for rolls that have come from a variety of sources. These are more likely to have older coins.
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  3. Look for banks that have hand-rolled half dollars as opposed to machine-rolled coins. The latter are usually from the Federal Reserve and were recently minted. New half dollar coins are useless to you, as any half dollar minted after 1970 will not have silver. Ask your bank teller if these coins were newly-minted before you exchange cash for them.
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  4. Trade in cash for coin rolls at the bank. After you’ve contacted local banks, visit them and trade your money for half dollar rolls. If this is not your personal bank, bring paper cash to trade for the coin rolls. Keep track of the rolls so you can trade them back in after you’ve searched them.
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    • Ask the bank tellers to give you the rolls that appear to have been sitting there the longest or are at the bottom of their stacks. You’ll be more likely to find older coins.
  5. Search your rolls for rare half dollars. Remember key markers of a rare half dollar to find coins minted when the Federal Reserve used silver. Take care to search all your coins carefully and thoroughly. If you’re unable to focus, consider searching the rolls at another time.
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    • Don’t search all the rolls at once. Take breaks in-between rolls to avoid carelessly missing a silver half dollar.
    • Store unwrapped coins in a specific place so you can return them to the bank later. Losing track of coins can add up over time, and you do not want to make coin collecting an overly-expensive hobby.
  6. Develop a good relationship with local bank tellers. Frequent the same banks when trading your money for coin rolls. Over time, get to know the tellers and let them know what half dollars you’re searching for. Ask them if they’ll contact you when new half dollar rolls arrive.
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EditSearching for Circulated Coins

  1. Check local stores. Antique stores are an excellent place to find vintage silver coins. Ask your local shop owners if they collect or sell “junk silver,” the antique term for old coins in good condition.[6] If so, inspect their coin collection for silver half dollars. Thrift shops may also carry vintage coins, depending on their policies.
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    • Ask friends who work in retail to put aside half dollars for you. You can come into their store and trade your paper money for their half dollars, which you can then inspect.
  2. Visit flea markets. Search in your local classifieds for flea market listings. When you arrive, move from booth to booth and look for vendors selling coins. If you find a silver half dollar, ask your vendor questions about where they obtained it and whether they have a certificate of authenticity for the coin.[7]
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    • If you want to get up early on the weekends, check garage and estate sales. Someone nearby may be selling their personal coin collections. Yard sales aren’t a guaranteed place to find silver coins, but you never know.
  3. Purchase half dollars from coin dealers. Look for reputable coin dealers in your area and ask if they have silver half dollars for sale. Dealers often work with a variety of coins, and you’re likely to find at least one who sells half dollars.
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    • Find a dealer who is an Authorized Purchaser working with the U.S. Mint. This guarantees that your coin dealer is professional and safe. Most Authorized Purchasers have been in the business for over five years and have a strong client base. [8]
  4. Use a metal detector. Buy or build a metal detector and go searching in local areas. The best spots to look for coins are urban areas, like beaches, ski resorts, or campsites.[9] Metal detecting will help you find a variety of old coins: you never know whether you’ll get lucky and find a silver half dollar.
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    • Heavily-trafficked areas are best for finding coins. While you can metal detect in the countryside or forests, you are unlikely to find what you’re looking for.
    • For older coins, visit old areas. A building constructed in the last ten years might not have older coins, but a building fifty or more years old might have vintage coins.[10]

EditTips

  • Look into smaller towns as opposed to major metropolitan areas. Smaller cities are less likely to have been picked over by coin collectors.
  • Ask older friends or relatives for help. Many people have a coin jar where they store loose change. Let them know that you are looking for rare half dollars and promise to split profits with them if they let you inspect their coins.

EditWarnings

  • Be mindful of your safety and security if you are carrying large amounts of cash or coins. Consider investing in a safe to deter theft.
  • In some areas, metal detecting is illegal. Check your city laws before detecting in urban areas.
  • Take care when obtaining large quantities of rolls of half-dollars that the rolls are not short. It is not unheard of to be short a half-dollar per roll. If you’re buying multiple rolls, your loss can add up over time.

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How to Register an Official WeChat Account

This wikiHow teaches you how to create and register a WeChat official account for your business, using an internet browser.

Edit10 Second Summary

1. Open WeChat’s Official Account Registration page in a browser.
2. Fill out Basic Info with an email and password.
3. Click Next.
4. Fill out Registration Info with your company information.
5. Click Next.
6. Fill out Account Info with a display name and a profile intro.
7. Enter the verification code.
8. Click Submit.

EditSteps

  1. Open your internet browser. You can use any browser, such as Chrome, Opera, Firefox, or Safari.
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  2. Go to WeChat’s Official Account Registration page. Type apply.wechat.com in your browser’s address bar, and hit the key on your keyboard.
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  3. Fill out the “Basic Information” form with your business email, password, and region. You will use this email address and password to log in to your official business account.
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  4. Check the box next to “I have read and agreed to the <WeChat Official Account Admin Platform Service Agreement>“. It’s located at the bottom of the Basic Information form. You have to agree to the service agreement in order to register an official account.
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    • Make sure to read WeChat’s service agreement before you agree to it. This document contains important information regarding your rights as an official account user.
  5. Click . It’s a green button at the bottom of the Basic Information form. This button will take you to the second registration form, “Registration Info”.
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  6. Fill out the “Registration Info” form with your company’s basic information. You will need to provide your company’s name and telephone, as well as a brief company introduction and a company contact’s name.
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  7. Click the button next to Company BR. This option lets you upload supporting documents to certify your company’s legitimate business status.
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  8. Select and upload your company’s supporting documents. These may include official certificates, company profiles, business cards, or anything that may help you support your company’s official account registration.
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  9. Fill out the Operation Info section with a business proposal. Your proposal should include why and how your company intends to use WeChat for business purposes.
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  10. Click the button next to Proposal Attachment. Here you can upload supporting documents for your proposal, or attach a detailed proposal statement from your computer.
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  11. Click . It’s a green button below the Proposal Attachment option. It will take you to the third registration form, “Account Info”.
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  12. Enter a display name for your company next to OA Display Name. Your company account will appear on WeChat by this name.
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  13. Fill out the OA Intro section with a brief introduction about your company. This intro will be displayed on your company’s profile.
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  14. Enter the verification code. Type the verification code in the text field.
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  15. Click . Your official account registration will now be complete.
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How to Elevate Your Feet

Taking a load off and elevating your feet feels great, particularly if they’re swollen. Whether your feet are puffy due to pregnancy or too much walking, elevating them can make you more comfortable. By raising and resting your feet, reducing foot swelling, and maintaining good foot health, you can keep your feet ready for all your favorite activities.

EditSteps

EditRaising and Resting Your Feet

  1. Remove your shoes. Take off your shoes and socks before elevating your feet. Shoes can cause blood to pool in your feet and encourage swelling. Socks can do this too, particularly if they are tight around the ankle. Give your toes a quick wiggle to get your blood flowing.[1]
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  2. Lie down on a comfortable couch or in bed. Stretch your body out on a long couch or bed, lying on your back. Make sure you have lots of room and that you don’t feel you’re going to roll off the couch. Prop up your back and neck with a pillow or two if it makes you feel more comfortable.[2]
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    • Avoid lying flat on your back if you are pregnant and past the first trimester. Your uterus can put too much pressure on a central artery, actually suppressing blood flow, which is the opposite of what you want to do. Place a couple of pillows behind your back so you are propped up at a 45-degree angle.[3]
  3. Use pillows to raise your feet up to the level of your heart. Place pillows underneath your feet and ankles to elevate them. Stack as many as necessary to elevate your feet to the level of your heart. Raising your feet to heart level will help drain pooled blood from your feet and make it easier for your heart to increase circulation.[4]
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    • You may be most comfortable putting a pillow or two underneath your calves as well to support your elevated feet.
  4. Keep your feet elevated for 20 minute intervals throughout the day. Regular 20 minute intervals of elevation should reduce the swelling.[5] You can use this opportunity to catch up on email, watch a movie, or accomplish other tasks that don’t require you to stand.
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    • If you have an injury, such as a sprained ankle, you’ll want to elevate your foot more often. Try to have your foot elevated for a total of 2-3 hours each day.[6]
    • If you find that your foot swelling doesn’t go down by using this routine for a few days, you should make an appointment with your doctor.
  5. Place your feet on a footstool when sitting in a chair. Even slight elevation will reduce everyday swelling. Use an ottoman or footstool to lift your feet off the ground whenever possible while seated. Raising your feet will increase blood circulation.[7]
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    • You can purchase a small footstool for under your desk if you spend lots of time sitting at work.
  6. Apply ice if it feels good. Use an ice pack wrapped in a tea towel to ice your elevated feet for up to ten minutes at a time. Wait an hour between ice applications.[8] Doing this can reduce swelling further and ease any discomfort you’re experiencing. Always use a barrier between the ice and your bare skin.[9]
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    • If you’re feeling the need to ice your feet more frequently due to swelling and pain, make an appointment with your doctor.

EditReducing Foot Swelling

  1. Avoid sitting for long periods of time. Get up once an hour and walk around for a minute or two just to keep your blood flowing. Long periods of sitting can cause blood to pool in your feet, which causes more swelling. If you have to sit for a long period of time, use a footstool to help promote circulation.[10]
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  2. Wear support stockings. Wear full-length support stockings to increase blood flow and ease swelling in your feet. Stockings are most effective if you wear them all day, particularly if you’re going to be standing a lot. Avoid compression socks, which may squeeze above the ankle and encourage foot swelling.[11]
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    • You can purchase support stockings online at health supply stores, such as ExMed and Walgreens.
  3. Drink 6 to 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Drinking enough water can flush your body of extra salt and reduce foot swelling. Some adults may need more or less depending upon pregnancy or other health conditions. For most people though, drinking at least 48 ounces (1.4 liters) of water a day will keep excess swelling to a minimum.[12]
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    • While the occasional soda or coffee is fine, do not count these beverages as part of your daily water intake. They can have a diuretic effect.[13]
    • Don’t force yourself to drink more if you can’t.
  4. Get regular exercise. Aim to work out for at least 30 minutes 4 to 5 days a week to keep your blood flowing. Even a casual walk will keep your heart rate up and discourage blood from pooling in your feet. If you’re sedentary right now, slowly work your way up to 4 days a week by starting with a 15 minute session one day at a time.[14]
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    • If you have limitations due to pregnancy or injury, ask your doctor what exercises you can do to alleviate swelling.
    • Exercising with a buddy can be a great way to stick to a new fitness routine.
    • Certain yoga poses, such as lying on the floor with your legs up against the wall, can reduce foot swelling, too.[15]
  5. Avoid wearing shoes that are too small. Wear shoes that fit you well and ensure that the ball of your foot fits in the widest part of the shoe easily.[16] When you wear shoes that are too small, it can cut off circulation, causing pain or even injury.[17]
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EditMaintaining Good Foot Health

  1. Wear supportive shoes for exercise. Thick-soled sneakers can provide your feet with additional cushion for running and jumping when you exercise. You can also buy gel inserts for added support. Always wear shoes with lots structure and stability if you’re going to be active.[18]
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    • Shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are at their most swollen. Shoes should fit your feet well, even when they’re at their largest.
  2. Lose any extra weight. Try to maintain a healthy weight for your height through diet and exercise. Additional pounds can put pressure on your feet and strain your blood vessels, particularly if you’re active. Even losing a pound or two will decrease everyday foot swelling.[19]
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    • Your doctor can advise you on a healthy weight range for you.
  3. Avoid wearing high heels every day. Opt for high heels shorter than two inches and try not to wear them often. High heels can pinch your feet, and they put lots of pressure on the ball of your foot. Putting so much weight on a small area like this can cause swelling, pain and even displace bones.[20]
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    • If you want to wear high heels, a chunky heel rather than a stiletto will provide more stability.
  4. Don’t smoke. Smoking taxes your heart and makes circulating your blood more difficult. Particularly since your feet are so far from your heart, they can get swollen and shiny as a result. Your skin can even start to thin. Consider a regimen to quit smoking to improve your overall health as well as the health of your feet.[21]
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  5. Massage your feet to ease pain and improve circulation when needed. Rub the sole of your foot with a rolling pin to get your blood moving. You can even ask a partner to rub the soles of your feet, which will increase circulation and clear pooled blood. Use your fingers to massage any areas of tightness or discomfort.[22]
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  6. Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories to manage minor pain. If your doctor has ruled out more serious conditions, it is usually safe to take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories to manage foot swelling. Take 200 to 400 milligrams of ibuprofen every 4 to 6 hours as needed to diminish puffiness and reduce discomfort.[23]
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    • Always check with your doctor before taking any medication. Some medications and medical conditions may interact with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen.

EditWarnings

  • If your foot swelling doesn’t reduce after regular elevation for a couple of days, visit your doctor for a check up.
  • Certain serious conditions, such as kidney and heart disease can cause foot swelling, so don’t ignore persistent swelling.[24]
  • Call a doctor immediately if you experience pain, redness or warmth in a swollen area or if you have an open sore in the area.
  • Call a doctor if you are experiencing shortness of breath or swelling in just one limb.
  • Protect swollen areas from additional pressure or injury, since these areas don’t heal as well.

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How to House a Canary

Canaries are sweet little singers who need big homes to make sure that they get enough exercise. If you’re getting a canary, make sure that their home is a good one by giving them a roomy cage filled with food, perches, and toys. Weekly cleaning and care will ensure that your canary loves their home as much as they love you.

EditSteps

EditChoosing the Right Cage

  1. Get a large cage. Canaries love to fly, and they need a cage big enough to keep them active and happy. A canary cage should be at least tall and wide. Ideally, however, you should buy the largest cage that you have room for.[1]
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    • For canaries, the distance between bars should be no more than wide. This will prevent them from getting their heads stuck.[2]
  2. Pick a metal cage. A cage made out of iron or powder-coated steel provides a secure home for your canary. Do not choose a wooden or plastic cage, as the bird may chew through these.[3]
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  3. Select a cage that is wide rather than tall. When canaries fly, they prefer long flight paths over height. This means that you should choose a wide, horizontal cage, not a tall and skinny cage.[4]
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    • Good cages should be rectangular in shape, not round. Round cages prevent perches from hanging properly and reduce the amount of flying space.[5]
  4. Check that the cage is safe. Inspect the cage to make sure that the bird cannot injure themselves. A well-made cage should have no sharp or jutting points on it. Test the lock on the door to make sure it is sturdy.[6]
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  5. Buy separate cages for each canary. Canaries can become territorial over small spaces like cages. If kept together, they may fight or injure one another. If you are planning on having more than one canary, you should keep a separate cage for each.[7]
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    • While you may be able to keep a male and female pair together during the breeding season, they will still need to be separated throughout the rest of the year.

EditSetting up the Cage

  1. Set the cage high above the ground. The cage should be elevated so that it is at your eye level. You can set the cage on a stand or a piece of furniture. Alternatively, you can try hanging the cage off the ground using a wall bracket.[8]
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  2. Place the cage in an active part of the household. A living room or home office is a great place for a canary cage. These rooms give the canary things to watch and look at during the day.[9]
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    • There should be plenty of light in this room, but avoid putting the cage in direct sunlight.
    • Do not put the cage in the kitchen. Fumes from cooking can upset the canary’s delicate lungs.
  3. Put it against the wall. Your canary will feel more secure if they have at least one wall against their cage. Placing the cage in a corner may help the canary feel even more safe. Do not set the cage out in the open or in the middle of a room.[10]
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  4. Spread newspaper on the bottom of the cage. The bottom of the cage should be lined so that you can easily clean it. Newspaper works best since it is cheap and readily available. Avoid using cat litter or wood shavings on the floor, as these can give the canary breathing problems.[11]
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    • You will need to replace the newspaper daily.
  5. Adjust the temperature. The temperature of the room should be between , although temperatures can be as low as at night. Place the cage away from windows, doors, or vents where drafts can come in, and avoid placing the cage in direct sunlight.[12]
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EditProviding the Necessities

  1. Make food and water available. Put separate dishes in the cage for food and water. Avoid putting these under perches to prevent the bird from defecating in them. Your canary will need to have their food and water replaced every day. alternative to food bowls, you can put feeders that hang from the top of the cage for birds to perch on whilst they eat.

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    • Canaries need a varied diet of pellets, fresh fruit, and leafy vegetables.[14]
  1. Give them two or three perches. Canaries need lots of room to fly, and perches let them zoom between two points in their cage. You should have at least two or three perches placed at different ends of the cage.[15]
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    • Perches should be between and in diameter. Vary the diameter used for each perch.
    • Try to keep around between perches so that the canary has plenty of room to fly between them.[16]
  2. Put in a few toys. Canaries don’t need many toys to stay entertained, but they do appreciate two or three items that they can poke, pull, or play with. Good canary toys include:[17]
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    • Plastic balls.
    • Swings.
    • Branches from outside.
    • Bells.
    • Vine balls.
  3. Set a bird bath inside. Canaries love to splash and bathe. You can buy a bird bath that attaches to the bars of their cage, or you can simply place a bowl of cold water inside of the cage. The water should be replaced every few days or whenever it becomes cloudy.[18]
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EditMaintaining the Cage

  1. Clean the cage weekly. Place the canary in a bird carrier while you scrub down the cage. Throw away any old liner. Use warm, soapy water to wash the cage, food and water dishes, bath, and perches. Let the cage dry completely before replacing the liner, and move your bird back into their cage.[19]
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  2. Don’t use strong scents near the cage. Canaries have very delicate respiratory tracts. Air fresheners, scented candles, aerosol sprays, and cigarette smoke can all make the canary sick. Keep these out of the room with the cage.[20]
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  3. Cover the cage at night. At sunset, place a blanket or covering over the cage so that any artificial light from the room is blocked out. This will help the bird sleep at night and ensure that they get plenty of rest.[21]
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How to Dance Without Embarrassing Yourself

If you’re too embarrassed to dance in public, you are missing out on a lot of fun. It doesn’t take much effort to learn some basic moves and sidle onto the dance floor, even if only briefly. Practicing at home, perfecting some basic moves, and building your confidence will allow you to dance in public without feeling embarrassed.

EditSteps

EditFeeling Confident in Your Dancing

  1. Smile and have fun. The best way to avoid being embarrassed on the dance floor is to appear confident, even if you are not. Hold your head up and keep your back straight. This will give you a look of confidence. Make sure to always smile and enjoy yourself on the dance floor. This will make you appear confident in your dancing abilities.[1]
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    • Avoid looking at the ground and hunching forward. This makes you seem shy and uncomfortable.
  2. Don’t drink too much. A drink or two can help to loosen you up and give you enough confidence to hit the dance floor. However, if you get too drunk, you may actually end up embarrassing yourself. When you are drunk your inhibitions are lowered and you are more likely to test out some new flashy dance moves. You will also have less control over your body and could bump into other people or fall on the ground.[2]
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  3. Don’t worry about what others are thinking. You may be nervous to dance because you’re worried that other people will judge your dance moves. You don’t need to be music-video ready to hit a dance floor at a bar or other social event. Just try to blend in with the crowd. Most people are too concerned about how they look while dancing to even notice your dancing style.[3]
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  4. Avoid awkward or flashy moves. If you are worried about embarrassing yourself while dancing, then you should stick to basic moves. Don’t try and pull off a wild move that you saw on your favourite dance competition show. Leave that to the professionals and stick to moves you know will look good. For example, avoid breakdancing, krumping, or any style of dance that may draw attention.[4]
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    • Similarly, avoid flashy moves like the moonwalk. You probably won’t be able to pull it off with as much swagger as Michael Jackson.
  5. Dance with a partner or group of friends. You are more likely to feel comfortable dancing if you are surrounded by your friends. This way you won’t feel like all eyes are on you. Similarly, if you dance with a partner, you can think about them rather than focus on whether or not people are judging you.[5]
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    • If you are dancing in a group, make sure to respect the space of those around you. Avoid flailing your arms or stepping on other people’s toes.

EditLearning Basic Dance Moves

  1. Identify the beat of a song. In order to dance to music, you need to be able to identify the beat. Listen to a song and try and tap your foot or clap your hands along to the beat. Depending on the song, the beat may be slow or fast. When you are first learning to identify the beat, listen to music that has a strong drum beat. This will make it easier for you to hear the rhythm.[6]
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    • For example, try dancing to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” or The Bee Gee’s “Night Fever.”[7]
  2. Try moving your arms. Once you have identified the beat of the music, you can try moving your body to the beat. When you are first learning to dance, it is best to isolate different movements. Begin by keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground and move your arms to the beat of the song. You can move your arms from side to side or up and down.[8]
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    • Your arms are also connected to your shoulders and torso, so try moving them as well.
    • Experiment with non-linear arm movements by creating waves.
  3. Learn some basic footwork. Now that your arms are moving to the music, try adding in your feet. You can start out simple, by picking up one foot and then the other, kind of like marching on the spot. As you get more comfortable you can try bending your knees and bouncing in time with the music. Continue to bounce and then add in steps to the side.[9]
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    • Try to incorporate your hips and other parts of your lower body into your dance movement.
  4. Take dance lessons. Search online for dance studios in your area and research the different beginner classes available. Choose a dance style that you are interested in learning. For example, you could try hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballroom, etc.[10]
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    • Alternatively, if you are looking for something more casual, you could find a dance class at a local community centre or YMCA.
    • You can also watch instructional dance videos online or purchase one on DVD.

EditPracticing Your Dance Moves

  1. Try dancing by yourself. To get over your dancing jitters, practice your moves by yourself in a space that is free of any judgement. This way you will be able to fully commit to your movements and will begin to gain confidence in your dancing abilities. Make sure to always practice dancing with music playing.
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    • Close yourself in your bedroom and clear a space so that you can dance freely without bumping into anything.
    • If you are worried about someone walking in while you are practicing, choose a time when you are home alone.
  2. Wear loose and comfortable clothing. You don’t want your movement to be restricted by a tight skirt or pants. You are also likely to work yourself into a sweat, so avoid clothing that will leave you feeling hot or constrained. Instead, choose comfortable and flowing clothing that will not impact your ability to let loose.
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  3. Practice in front of a mirror. Dancing in front of a mirror allows you to see how you look while dancing. You may feel embarrassed to dance, but after watching yourself in a mirror realize that you are not as bad as you expected. Alternatively, you may find that some of your movements look awkward and you can work on improving that aspect of your dancing.[11]
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    • Using a mirror will allow you to pinpoint the area that needs to be improved in order to give you more confidence on the dance floor.
    • Use a full length mirror so that you can see your entire body.
    • Perform a variety of moves so that you can get an idea of what looks good.
  4. Experiment with new moves. Once you have learned and practiced some basic dance moves and you are comfortable moving to the beat, you can play music and just experiment with different movements. Have fun and be yourself.
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EditTips

  • There is no right or wrong way to dance. It is an individual form of expression, so don’t be too self-conscious, just relax and have fun.

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How to Create a Portfolio for Acting

If you’d like to work professionally as an actor, you’ll need to make a portfolio. This portfolio functions as a document that you can distribute to casting director at or before auditions. A high-quality acting portfolio makes you appear professional and hirable, and should emphasize your acting experience and talents. You’ll need to include a professional headshot, an acting resume, and a demo reel that shows the strengths and variety of your acting ability.[1]

EditSteps

EditMaking an Acting Resume

  1. Include physical information relevant to acting. Unlike most other careers, casting directors need to know your physical size and appearance. At the top of your resume, list your name and contact information. Beneath this, specify your height, weight, hair color, and eye color.[2]
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    • An acting resume is similar to any other type of professional resume: it should open with your name, include an acting union affiliation (if applicable), and contact information.
    • Unless you are under 18 years old, do not list your age.
  2. Highlight your acting credits. This information can be placed in a “Credits” section. If you have acted before and have some theater, TV, or film credentials, be sure to list this information on your resume. Tailor your resume towards the specific role that you’re planning to audition for. Highlight acting roles that are similar to this role.[3]
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    • That means that, if you are audition for a comedic role and have acted in comedy before, these roles should be at the top of your “Credits” section.
  3. Create an Education section. Include your acting-related training and education. If you attended a well-known acting school, studied with a famous acting coach (or actor), or majored in acting, theater, or drama, include this information on your resume.[4]
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    • If you have been professionally trained as an actor outside of an academic setting, use your resume to highlight the training you received and its duration.
  4. Focus on your relevant previous experience. You can present this information in a “Work Experience” section. Instead of filling your resume with every role you’ve ever played, tailor your presentation of work experience. Include professional work you’ve done (after high school and college) that is relevant to the role you’re auditioning for.[5]
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    • For example, if you’re auditioning for a role in an action movie, use your resume to highlight other action-oriented roles you’ve played in the past.
    • Just like on any other type of resume, you won’t impress anyone by having a resume full of irrelevant details.

EditChoosing Headshots

  1. Reach out to a professional headshot photographer. Headshots are a crucial part of an acting portfolio, and they must be taken professionally. Headshots, as the name suggests, are photographs that only show your face and neck. Search online or reach out to other friends in acting to find a local photographer who can take high-quality headshots for your acing portfolio.[6]
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    • Never try to take your own headshots. Even if the photographs look acceptable to you, a casting director or audition manager will be able to tell that they are not professional-grade material.
  2. Choose the two headshots that you like best. You’ll have many options to choose from following your headshot photoshoot. A good acting portfolio should include two (or three) headshots, so choose a couple of photos that look good and that you’d be proud to hand to an audition manager.[7]
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  3. Vary your facial expressions in your headshots. It would be redundant to present headshots with two identical expressions. For example, in one headshot you could have a more “edgy” look, while in a second shot you could have a broad, welcoming smile.[8]
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  4. Choose headshots that are tailored to your role. Since you’ll be relying on your headshot to appeal to casting directors and land you auditions, make sure that your headshot suits the type of role that you’re auditioning for. Headshots can convey the “type” of actor that you are, and the type of character that you’re capable of portraying.[9]
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    • For example, don’t submit a headshot in which you look edgy and rebellious if you’re audition to play a lovable, kind character.
  5. Tailor your headshot to the type of acting you’re doing. Headshot demands can differ based on the type of acting work you’re auditioning for. If you’re planning to work in television or to appear in commercials, you’ll need what’s known as a “commercial” headshot, in which you are smiling. If you want to audition for theater or films, plan to submit a more serious headshot in your acting portfolio.[10]
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EditPutting Together a Demo Reel

  1. Contact a professional reel producer. Your demo reel (sometimes called a showreel) should give casting directors an idea of your acting ability and versatility. A professional demo-reel editor will be able to take the various sequences of footage that you provide, and edit the scenes together into an effective demo reel.[11]
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    • Be prepared to pay for this service. Demo-reel editors usually charge from $60 to $75 an hour.[12]
  2. Select from footage of your highest-profile acting work. Demo reels typically contain footage shot in a theater, or clips of the actor’s performance on film or television. However, if you’re an inexperienced actor and have not had any significant acting performances, it’s acceptable to make a demo reel using independent films, student films, or online media.[13]
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    • If necessary, you can even film yourself acting to make your own demo reel. Make sure to stand in front of a blank background, and shoot close in. Only your chest, arms, and face should be visible in the footage.[14]
  3. Include 60-90 seconds of your best work. Select three or four scenes that are relatively similar to the role you’re auditioning for. This will show the audition manager you’re capable of performing the type of role that the script calls for. Don’t make the demo reel much longer than 90 seconds.[15]
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    • Even as little as 60 seconds will give the casting director enough material to make a decision.

EditTips

  • Never lie on your resume—avoid even stretching the truth. It can be very difficult to get acting work once it’s been found out that you’ve falsified resume information.[16]
  • Your acting portfolio should also include a cover letter, addressed to the casting director.[17]

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How to Consolidate Loans

Loan consolidation can save you money if done right. You consolidate loans by rolling all your little loans into one bigger one. To come out ahead, you need to find a consolidation loan with a low interest rate and a reasonable term. You can consolidate using a personal loan or a balance transfer credit card. If you consolidate student loans, you have other options.

EditSteps

EditFinding a Personal Consolidation Loan

  1. Make a list of your debts. You can’t choose a good course of action until you know how much you owe. Find all of the debts you want to consolidate and create a list with the following information:
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    • The amount due.
    • Your monthly payment.
    • The interest rate on the loan.
    • Whether the loan is secured or unsecured. Secured loans are tied to an asset, e.g., your car acts as security for the car loan.
  2. Check your credit history. Lenders will only make loans if they are confident you can pay them back. Pull a free copy of your credit report and a copy of your credit score. Generally, you’ll need a solid credit score (in the mid-600s) to get a personal consolidation loan.[1]
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    • Your score might be hurt by errors in your credit report. Check it thoroughly and dispute any wrong information. For example, there might be accounts listed that don’t belong to you, or accounts might be inaccurately listed as in default.
    • If your score is low, wait to consolidate. You can pay down debt and improve your credit score first.
  3. Research consolidation loans. Many lenders offer these loans. In fact, you probably get offers in the mail. You can ask your bank or credit union for a personal consolidation loan. You might also approach online lenders. Consider the following:
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    • Don’t use a secured loan to consolidate unsecured loans. For example, a lender might say, “Sure, we’ll give you a $20,000 consolidation loan, but we want you to put your home up as collateral.” If you default on a secured loan, the lender can take the collateral.[2]
    • Pay attention to both interest rates and the term (length) of the repayment period. Don’t focus only on the monthly payment.
    • Research online lenders closely. They should have a physical address listed on their website and use encryption when you submit information. Check with the Better Business Bureau if there have been complaints.[3]
  4. Assess your priorities. Loan consolidation can save you money in two ways—it might lower your monthly payment or it might lower the total amount you end up paying back. Some loans will do both, but some will do only one or the other.
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    • For example, you might find a consolidation loan that will cut your monthly payments in half. It does this by stretching out the repayment period to 20 years. You’ll end up paying more over the life of the loan.
    • In some situations, however, you might be focused only on cutting your monthly payment. For example, you might have lost your job. In this situation, a lower monthly payment will give you some breathing room, and you can refinance the consolidation loan later.
  5. Apply for the loan. Contact the lender and provide all required paperwork. You’ll have to provide a bunch of information, such as personal identification, proof of income, and your employer information.[4]
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  6. Pay off your smaller loans. After you’ve been approved, the lender will probably send you a check. Don’t go shopping! You need to use these funds to pay off your smaller loans. Pay them off in a timely manner and then commit to paying back your consolidation loan.
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  7. Consider other options. Loan consolidation might be unnecessary or not the right choice for you. For example, if you’ve recently fallen on hard times, you might have other options. Consider the following:
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    • You can call your creditors and ask that they let you skip a couple payments until you land on your feet. You’ll have to have a good reason, such as a job loss or illness. Also the lender wants to be sure your problems are temporary.
    • You can visit a credit counselor and set up a debt management plan. The counselor can negotiate with your creditors to reduce your interest rate and waive late fees and penalties. You make one payment to the credit counselor, who distributes your payments to each creditor.[5]

EditUsing a Balance Transfer

  1. Check if you qualify for a balance transfer card. Many credit cards offer a low APR for 12-18 months if you transfer a balance onto them. Generally, you need good credit to qualify—often a credit score over 700. When you transfer, you might pay only a small transfer fee, around 4% of the amount transferred.[6]
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    • You can find offers for balance transfer cards online. Visit websites such as NerdWallet or Credit.com to compare offers.
    • You might already have a balance transfer card. Check your statements.
  2. Avoid transferring large amounts. You’ll only come out ahead if you can pay off your debts before the 0% APR period ends. If you can’t, then the interest rate will zoom up, often over 15%, which will cost you a lot of money.
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    • The interest rate on a personal loan will be lower than 15%, so avoid using a balance transfer unless you can pay everything off early.[7]
  3. Complete the balance transfer. Transferring is easy. You simply tell the credit card company the account you want transferred and the amount. The amount should show up on your next statement.
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  4. Pay your bills on time. The 0% APR is only good if you make monthly payments in full and on time. If you don’t, then you’ll lose the introductory rate and probably pay penalties and fees on top of it.[8] Set payment reminders, if necessary. For example, many credit card companies will send a text or an email reminder.
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    • You’ll have an easier time paying your bills if you create a budget and stop spending. Some people see that their monthly payments are low, so they spend even more. Avoid this.[9]

EditConsolidating Student Loans

  1. List your student loans. Gather all of your monthly loan statements and create a list with the following information:
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    • The lender.
    • The amount you owe.
    • Your monthly payment.
    • The length of the repayment period.
    • Whether the loan is federal or private.
  2. Identify your goals. People consolidate their student loans for different reasons, and the reason matters for purposes of how you consolidate. Consider the following:
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    • You want to consolidate because you are overwhelmed with paperwork. In this situation, you can consolidate some loans through the Department of Education. You won’t lower your interest rate at all. Instead, the new consolidated loan will be a weighted average of the interest rates on all of your loans.[10]
    • You want a lower interest rate. You’ll need to pursue consolidation with a private lender. A lower interest rate will decrease the amount you pay each month. It will also reduce the amount you pay back over the life of the loan (unless the term of the loan is longer).
    • You want a lower monthly payment. Generally, you should consolidate with private lenders. However, if you consolidate with the Department of Education, you can seek income-driven repayment plans or extend the repayment period, both of which will lower your monthly payment.
  3. Find private lenders. Some of the more popular lenders include SoFi, CommonBond, and Citizens Bank.[11] Typically, you’ll need a credit score in the mid-600s, so pull your credit score.[12]
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    • Check the interest rates offered by each lender. Fixed rates range between 2-9%. Variable rates might be initially lower, but they can zoom up in the future.
  4. Ask questions. There are many people who can help you decide which consolidation path is right for you. Talk to your current lender and discuss your options. Consider asking the following questions:
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    • “Are all of my loans eligible for consolidation?” Most federal loans can be consolidated with the Department of Education. However, private lenders set their own rules.
    • “If I consolidate my loans with the Department of Education, do I lose anything?” For example, you might lose any credit you have earned if your loans are currently on an income-driven repayment plan.[13]
    • “Can I consolidate if my loans are currently in default?”
  5. Apply. Gather your student loan information. If you are applying for a private loan, you’ll need information about your financial history: job history, current income, educational background, etc.[14]
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    • To consolidate with the Department of Education, go to www.studentloans.gov and use your Federal Student Aid ID to log in. You’ll pick which loans to consolidate and choose a servicer. You’ll also pick a repayment plan, which can run from 10-30 years, but income-driven plans are available also.
    • To apply with a private lender, you should submit information about your financial background and your student loans. They will make a decision based on this information and your credit history.[15]
  6. Consider other options. Your financial difficulties might be temporary. If so, consider different options that will give you some breathing room. There’s no reason to consolidate if you don’t need to.
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    • You might seek deferment or forbearance, which will allow you to suspend payments on federal loans for a period of time. Contact your lender.
    • You might also qualify for income-driven repayment plans on federal loans. Although you can choose these plans after you consolidate, you can also choose them without consolidating. On these plans, you might only pay 1-2% of your disposable income. As your income increases, you can pay more.

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