October 17, 2018

A Wise Investment: Taking Care Of Your Needs First

If you lead a busy life, it can be a challenge to make extra time for yourself: career, family, your other half, and a list of jobs and chores to do all seem to ensure that you’re always kept on your toes. If your life is fulfilling and happy, that’s great; you’ll be able to continue to work towards those dreams you’ve always had. However, if there are things that you feel like you’ve always wanted to do or achieve; these will stay in your mind until you’ve given them a good go. Personal achievements and goals can result in higher confidence and self-esteem, and many of the things you could go out and do will help to enrich your life.

Whether it’s a level of education or qualifications, you’ve always wanted to boost your career prospects, or learning a skill that would give your lifestyle a boost or make it easier; there’s no time like the present to give it your best shot. The following are some motivations and ideas, inspiration, and advice for those who are ready to do something for themselves, and want to prioritize their dreams and goals for a better future.

Focus On Your Qualifications
As well as potentially furthering your current job and career; a boost to your education and qualifications could lead to you heading towards a field of work you’ve always dreamed of. It can be easy to get stuck in a job you don’t enjoy after you finish school or college, as your bills and everyday expenses will have taken priority. But, it’s time to take some control back and make some changes so that you can budget for, and free up some time, to head to school, college, or online, to gain what you need. You can check out courses related to operations management or perhaps you’ve been dreaming of teaching or counseling; there’s no time like the present to take charge of your life and ensure you’re fulfilling your potential.

Putting extra work into giving yourself the means to take a new career path that you’ve always dreamed of, will not only provide your income and lifestyle with a potential boost; you personal satisfaction and happiness will benefit too.

Add To Your Skill Set Learning new skills or improving some existed ones, will only ever enrich your life. They may take up some valuable time during the process; however, having them under your belt will ensure that your future is far easier. Therefore, it’s time to start planning how and when you can begin your journey to improving your skill set and your life. Perhaps it’s your job that you want to focus on, and in order to reach the next level in your career; you’ll need to get a boost in your skills in the workplace. Now is the time to list the things that will help you move up the ladder in your place of work, and give you the added confidence in the office you might be craving.

Discuss a career path or plan with your boss; they may introduce the training into your working week so that your time management isn’t disrupted too much. Or it might just be time to prepare yourself for extra hours in front of your computer or heading to learn outside of work hours. Bear in mind that this busy schedule won't last forever, and will only lead to bettering your life as a whole.

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October 2, 2018

When Your Refrigerator Breaks Down 3 Days Before Thanksgiving (And Other Life Disasters)

Life can certainly be a little challenging from time to time. In fact, things do tend to have a habit of going wrong at the most inopportune moments, it like they are deliberately trying us or something! Happily, there is usually a way of dealing with most of life's disasters effectively. Read on to find out more.

Your refrigerator breaks down three days before Thanksgiving.

Yup, it does happen, and it's usually just as you start to get ahead with the food prep, and everyone has confirmed that they are traveling across the country to come to yours for sweet potatoes w/ marshmallows, rolls, dressing and turkey.

Luckily, it's not the end of the world even if this does happen! In fact, it's so easy to get a new refrigerator delivered in less than 24 hours now that we can order them online! That depends on you having the money to buy one outright, of course, and money can be sometimes be hard to come by with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up.

Luckily, there are some simple solutions to this, including using a firm like Bonsai Finance for an emergency loan. They that can help you purchase your new refrigerator and still not eat into the family's Christmas budget.

Of course, to stop your freezer full of food from slowly defrosting and leaking onto the floor, you will need to act fast. If possible, ask if you can store the most expensive items in the neighbors' fridge freezer, before they start to defrost. You could even cook some things and keep them cool and covered until you new device arrives the next morning!

Remember that if all else fails, there is bound to be a reasonable priced diner in your area that is offering a traditional Thanksgiving lunch. Of course, if you end up going there, you won't have any washing up to deal with either!

You accidentally smash a family heirloom, and grandma is coming over for dinner.

It was her pride and joy, and she bequeathed it to you on the strict understanding that you would guard it with your life. Then SMASH, and the treasured family heirloom is no more than a pile of shattered pieces on the ground.

Argh, doing this can be so frustrating and upsetting all that the same time, especially if you've been making sure to take special care of the item and put it in a safe place. Sadly though, accidents do happen and whether you are to blame or it was your dog/child/partner that caused the breakage, there isn't a lot of point crying over spilt milk.

Of course, you have several options here, the first being collecting up all the pieces and then using a powerful all-purpose glue to stick them back together again. This usually only works if the pieces are large enough and have not sustained any additional damages such as Fido chewing on them though, and even then it might not quite look like it once did once reassembled.

Another option is to look for a similar piece, something that is a lot easier now you can buy vintage items from sites like eBay and Etsy. Yes, it may mean you are a few dollars out of pocket, but surely it's a better option than having to explain to granny why her decorative plate is no longer proudly displayed in the dining room? 

Your kid suddenly has outgrown their bed.

What is it with kids, eh? They seem just to grow overnight! Of course, this usually isn't too much of a problem, even when they start becoming too tall for their clothes, as a new pair of pants usually won't break the bank.

A new bed, however, can be pretty expensive, and while it's a significant milestone in their development, it can certainly be tough to find the cash if you haven't planned ahead.

Of course, the real trick here is to have thought of this situation way before it happens, as many children's beds are convertible from cots, to toddler beds, to normal size singles now. Yes, such items will cost a little extra at the time you buy them, but think how much you will save in the long run.

Alternatively, if your brain was too scrambled by hormones and sleepless nights when your little one was first born and you didn't get a convertible bed, don't stress. After all, it's nearly always possible to pick such things up pre-loved for a fraction of the price they would cost new.

In fact, on any given day in your town, there will be someone redecorating a room and getting rid of a perfectly good single bed. All you have to do is find a way to get in contact with them! Try Craigslist, the local free ads, or even eBay if you're stuck, and remember applying a quick coat of chalk paint to older single bed and replacing the mattress can provide you with an excellent result at a fraction of the price.

Your best friend won't speak to you, and you have no idea why!

Don't you hate it when someone you care deeply about gets in a mood, and you don't know why? In fact, the emotional toll can really make it seem like the end of the world. It isn't, of course, and there are several ways to deal with this sort of situation to alleviate the stress involved.

First of all, you could just let them be. Perhaps the person is not talking to you because they need time to calm down, and will resume communication when they have a little more perspective on the situation?

Secondly, it usually can't hurt to apologize, even if you not entirely sure that you are apologizing for. After all, it shows that you value the relationship and care whether it continues or not.

Also, once you have bridged the initial rift, you can begin a real dialogue and work out the issue, in earnest. Of course, you shouldn't take the blame for things that you don't feel are fair, yet admitting your part of the problem can be a great way to get things back on track again. In fact, it can even help you avoid a future life disaster with your nearest and dearest too.

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October 1, 2018

3 Great Ideas For Personalized Gifts

How do you buy someone the perfect gift? It’s a question that people have been struggling to answer since the invention of gift giving. Do you just buy the most expensive thing you can find? Maybe that works for some people, but if you don’t put that much thought into it, it doesn’t matter how much you spend on it. People say that it’s the thought that counts -- and even though it might be a bit of a cliche, it’s true. The best gifts are the ones that are personal to the one that you’re giving them to. If you’re struggling to find a great gift for somebody, personalized gifts are ideal. That’s why there are so many companies selling them these days. They’re the perfect way to immortalize family memories and milestones in a nice gift which will mean so much more to a person than just getting them something expensive that they don’t really need. If you like the idea of getting personalized gifts, these are some of the best options.

House Portraits

The house that you grew up in or your first house with the family are important places in your life. Even if you’ve moved on from those places, they still hold a special place in your heart. That’s why a house portrait is such a great personalized gift idea. Get a photo of their childhood home or another place that is important to them and commission an artist to do you a portrait of them. It’s sure to bring back good memories every time they look at it and you can’t get a better gift than that.

Personalized Bobbleheads
If you’re looking for a light hearted personalized gift, bobbleheads are a great choice. There is a great company called likenessme that can create some incredibly realistic looking bobbleheads from a photograph. You could get them one with their own face on it or maybe another family member. Getting parents a bobblehead with their kids on it is always a winner. There are a lot of different styles to choose from so you can match the bobblehead with their interests and hobbies as well.

Photo gifts are so popular and there are companies that will print a photo on pretty much anything. You can get a standard canvas done with a favorite family photo on which is great, but why stop there? Cushions are one of the most popular photo gifts out there because they’re a practical and fun way to immortalize a great family memory. These make especially good gifts for grandparents. They’ll absolutely love a nice cushion with their favorite picture of the grand kids on it. They’re also the ideal present for animal lovers too; get hold of a picture of their pets and get some cushions made with them on.

Personalized gifts are so much better than just grabbing something off the shelf. It shows that you’ve really thought about it and they’re far more likely to cherish it for a long time.

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