4.30.2018

Life fearless- Book review

Live Fearless by Sadie Robertson…where do I even start? This book swept me off my feet. I know it takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable, and this book was full of vulnerability from Sadie about times she was afraid and how she overcame fear.

I loved everything about this book! I was afraid it was going to be a nice concept without much practical application, but Sadie made it personal and relatable and it really hit close to home for me. I really appreciated her personal testimonies and revelations of what God spoke to her.


At the end of each chapter, she had questions, challenges, Scriptures, prayers, and journalling opportunities to help make the concept presented in the chapters personalized and applicable to the reader. I highly recommend this to people of pretty much any age. I believe this book will really make an impact on those who are willing to answer some tough questions about themselves

Developing the Leader Within You 2.0- Book Review

When a book sells over 2 million copies you know there is something in it worth reading. Maxwell practically tells us that if you are not inherently born with explicit leadership traits you can still develop into a leader. Key ingredients to be developed for your leadership forte are developing influence, managing priorities, improving your integrity, creating positive change, solving problems, fixing your attitude, appreciating your attitude, sharpening your vision, developing self discipline and developing your staff. This book should be studied and the contents applied every day. The information is incredibly timeless.

Influence always make a big difference and this book implies the influential tricks to scale high to be a leader. Maxwell's techniques prove to be genuine stuff and anyways, the picked topics speak wide :
1. Influence - Defining Leadership qualities
2. Attitude - It really makes a big difference
3. Positive Change - foster integrity and self-discipline
4. Priorities - Defining goals
5. Integrity & People - Developing ties


An excellent book for anyone who desires to know more about leadership and desires to grow in their leadership abilities. John Maxwell is my favourite author and I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

5 Proven Ways to Spruce Up Your Small Space and Make It Appear Bigger


Designing a small space may feel challenging, but if you know the right tricks, it definitely doesn’t have to be exhausting or impossible. Actually, with the right approach, your small space can appear and feel visually bigger. This is a great way to adjust your personal environment in a way that’s comfortable, relaxing and soothing.

1. Be very critical of clutter

You don’t have to be a true minimalist in order to appreciate and practice basic minimalist concepts in everyday life. This is especially true when you have to deal with a small space in your home. Obviously, you have to cut the clutter thoroughly when it comes to a smaller room. This may seem hard at first, but you essentially want to get rid of everything that simply doesn’t contribute to the overall feeling and look of said space. You can personalize this room with details such as artwork and/or paint, as well as cushions, curtains and similar essentials, but ditch any items that just take up space with no real purpose aside from being there. A beautiful figurine along with candles and photo frames, etc. won’t look nearly as beautiful if stuck in a small room where you have to be overly careful about how you move.

2. Make the main color scheme neutral
 

If you want to make your small space appear visually bigger, the best way to go about it is to opt for a mostly neutral and light color scheme for your walls, and even other textured details and furniture. Of course, this doesn’t mean that absolutely everything has to be white or beige (unless you want it that way). In case you’re worried about this space lacking personality with all-neutral shades, worry not. Creating an effective contrast with vibrant shades/patters is more than recommended. Again, you can do this with strategic paint/wallpaper patters, as well as textures and furniture pieces. However, make sure that the brightness of light shades is made even more striking thanks to the contrasted, vibrant shades.

3. Let in natural light
 

If possible, try to let as much natural light in as you can. This is very beneficial for your own health and mindfulness, but it also effectively makes the space visually bigger. If you have large windows, opt for breezy curtains that let the light go through. If you don’t have plenty of natural light options, try to illuminate the space with strategically placed artificial lighting solutions. Recessed lights are great for small spaces. Moreover, if you’re thinking about redesigning your home a bit more, you’d be interested to know that bi-fold doors are top choice in Sydney when it comes to smart ways to save space, boost the overall look of the home, as well as let natural light fill the rooms.

4. Don’t hesitate to use mirrors

Even if the small space in question is not your bathroom or bedroom, you can still use mirrors as a décor piece effectively. In the end, the mirror effect can be applied to photo frames and even paint. Basically, mirrors reflect light, which makes a small space appear a lot bigger than it actually is. In case you plan to add tiles to this particular space, you may want to consider ones with a glossy finish, as they too reflect light effectively.

5. Multi-purpose furniture
 

In the end, furniture can be the biggest issue in small spaces. If you have the freedom to redesign your room(s) this way, then by all means, look into the possibility to get or DIY multi-purpose furniture pieces. For example, a coffee table can also be a bookshelf, an ottoman can be a container, a leg rest and a coffee table, and there are tons of other possibilities for you to explore and have fun with in order to be as efficient and functional with the space you have.

Before starting your redesign project to make the small space you have appear bigger, try to assess the main points that should be changed and imagine the end result. With a clearer picture in mind, your project will be a lot more effective, satisfying and quicker.

 

4.29.2018

4 thrifty ideas for maintaining your health

It’s all too easy to let ourselves slip when it comes to our health. With all of the tempting junk food and drinks surrounding us with each day, sometimes it feels easier to go for that option because of either price, or our emotional state at the time. However, leading a fit and healthy lifestyle is imperative to living a long and happy life, so it’s important that we do so. It can be expensive buying everything that we should eat to keep healthy, and this is often what turns people away. Your health isn’t something that should be bargained with because of financial status, so here are 4 thrifty ideas for improving your health.

Become self sufficient

One of the greatest ways of helping yourself financially is by becoming self sufficient. Sometimes a little bit of investment can make a great difference to your pocket and your health. Consider building yourself your very own vegetable patch, and planting some fruit trees too. You will have a constant supply of healthy food that you can cook rather than having to pay for your fruit and vegetables. Having the produce there in your garden will prompt you to eat healthier to avoid wasting the food, while saving you money too!

Exercise doesn’t mean an expensive gym membership

We all know that exercise is imperative to living a healthy lifestyle, but often the extortionate prices of gym memberships puts us off, or gives us an excuse not to do any exercise. However, exercise doesn’t mean an expensive gym membership as you can simply take advantage of the great outdoors to get in sufficient exercise. Hiking is a fabulous way of not only becoming healthier, but seeing some of the most breathtaking sights. Another bonus? It’s completely free to do. Head out and get yourself some women’s hiking shoes and you’re all set to go!

Cut out expensive fizzy drinks

While fizzy drinks are a luxury that you might enjoy indulging in, they can be extremely bad for your health. You’re depositing unnecessary fats into your body, allowing sugar to erode your teeth, and also burning a hole in your wallet by purchasing them. Cut out expensive fizzy drinks and switch it for water or squash. If the water in your taps isn’t very nice, you can always buy a brita filter jug to help solve that problem. Not only will you save money, but also dramatically improve your health too. You will notice clearer skin, weight loss, less dental problems, and also your need for sugar depleting.

Improve your home

Finally, sometimes our homes can be the cause for some ailments that we suffer with. Things like asthma and skin conditions are all usually affected by things you have around your home. If you find that you’re suffering with something constantly, try eliminating things that could cause it from around your home so that you can help improve your health and well-being.

4.27.2018

Photography


 
When it comes to taking pictures it might seem like an easy task, just press the capture button, but trust me, photography is way more than just pressing the capture button. So what exactly is photography?

Photography is a Vision

Pictures have different angles. Every angle of a picture captured speaks for photographer’s perspective. It reveals characteristics of his personality. Therefore, the angle you choose must not be a distorted one.

Photographs are Stories

Every picture has a story behind it, a precious memory that one wants to hold close to heart forever. Sometimes, a picture is revealing enough to tell a full version of that memory or story. These stories are sometimes a decade old and sometimes, as recent as the one that relates to the last minute. For instance, professional wedding photographers must focus on saving every grin around them, every moment that makes a wedding special and every drop of tear that an individual sheds, because it all matters to those around him and in that moment, it is all that should matter to a photographer.

What are the skills needed to be a photographer?

You must always remember that he object or the person you are taking a picture of, is not aware of the position, the posture, the pose, or the surrounding that might make the picture look better. It is the job of the photographer to ensure all these categories are in perfect alignment of each other before capturing a picture.

Some tips that can help you become a better photographer

·         Never make an object the center of focus when capturing a picture. The surroundings are as important as the object itself. If you do so, you may end up making the viewers see only that object and none else.

·         Don’t be too quick to take action. Take all your time, decide your angle, and ensure the surrounding is good enough for a picture to look perfect. Wait for the bird to spread its wings, wait for the light to reflect the best corner, wait for the subject to take the best position. Good things happen to those who are patient.

·         Adjust your focus to give enough attention to the subject all the while not ignoring the surroundings that helps make the subject pop out.

Editing Software

Once a remarkable photograph has been captured the next thing is to focus on the editing of the image.

Post production is mostly a significant part of every professional photographer’s final outcome. Here’s a brief description of some tools you might consider important in your work:

 

Adobe

We’ve all heard of Adobe. It is indeed one of the most popular editing software in the world, so much that people now refer to the image-editing process by Adobe’s branded term “Photoshopping”.

Besides that, Adobe’s extremely fascinating features, such as crop, effects, text, exposure, brightness, allows you to simply recreate the original picture into a better version of it.

Corel Paintshop Pro

Even though it’s by far the most popular, Adobe isn’t the only efficient image editing software in existence; there are a quite a number of others we also give the stamp of approval. The Corel Paintshop Pro brand, for example, offers a wide variety of fascinating post-production products for photographers and is undoubtedly considered the best in the industry.

Because the full version of Corel Paint Pro is almost equally expensive as the full Adobe Photoshop, many argue that it is rather better to use Adobe given its outstanding functionality and features.

Free Providers
There are a handful of other software that comes with no strings of costs attached. They are absolutely free and are as reliable as Adobe. The features they provide may not be equally effective but they are good enough to provide somewhat better post –pro

4.26.2018

False ecenomy fails in your home

Are you anxious to save energy in your home? Of course, you are, everyone is. Energy bills cost us all a fortune, and if you can save on the heating, the water or electricity, then you will have more money to spend elsewhere. Perhaps, you’ve been saving up for a dream holiday with the kids? Cut the costs of your energy, and you’ll have more spending money. That’s always a good thing. Okay, but let’s be honest for a moment here because the steps we take to save money on energy don’t always pay off. That’s because these steps are lessons in false economy. They are energy savings myths that have no impact whatsoever. Let’s look at a few.

Switching Off Your Fridge At Night


This is a popular idea that has been floating around for some time. The general idea is this. If you switch off your fridge and freezer, the food in them is going to say cool for quite some time. It’s not going to defrost or get warm straight away, as long as you keep the door shut. If it’s late at night, no one should be opening these doors so there shouldn’t be an issue. While this might be true, it won’t save you money. It simply takes far too much energy to kick the fridge/freezer up to the point that it should be. Essentially, you’ll end up using more than you could ever hope to save. This is just one of the false economy techniques.

Filling Up The Dryer Or Washer


If you have clothes piling up in the corner of your room, it can be tempting to squeeze as many in the washing machine as physically possible. By doing this, you think that you are saving energy because you are only putting on the washing once or twice instead of three to five times. Here are the issues here. First, you might find that you need to put them on again to get the clothes dry because they are so full. Second, you will probably be using more power if you put that much clothes into the machines. You could also break your dryer and if you do Think Tank Home have some tips on how to address fixing it. Bottom line then, suck it up and put the washer on multiple times because this is the best way to save money.

Leaving The Lights On


Have you heard about this one? Some people believe that switching the lights on and off uses a lot more power than simply leaving them on all the time. This is absolute nonsense and flicking a switch doesn’t actually cost you a lot of money at all. It certainly can’t be compared to the basic costs of the fridge being switched on and off despite it being a similar idea. The same is true for devices like laptops, computers and TVs. You should be switching them off when they are not in use. Otherwise, they can burn up your energy.

Avoid these false economy options, and you can focus on the real ways to save in your home.

3 thrifty ideas for improving your home & garden

3 Thrifty Ideas for Improving Your Home & Garden


Home improvements are fun and exciting and go a long way toward improving your property. Perhaps you’re planning to sell soon, or maybe you just feel the home is looking a little old and tired. Well, it’s probably a good time to look at ideas you could use to improve the property. The problem is that home improvements cost money, and cash is already pretty tight as it is!

So, you need to come up with thrifty, money-saving ideas that will help you improve your home and garden without breaking the bank. There are loads of cool changes you can make, and you may already have some ideas in mind for things you want to do. Here are 3 budget-friendly ideas that will help you work on improving your home and garden.

1. Less is Sometimes More

It’s important that you understand that sometimes less is more when it comes to improving the home. Often people can overdo it and try to do too much to help improve their property, and this results in a bunch of stuff that doesn’t really work together. Especially in the garden, less is more, and it’s important that you understand this. If you can keep things stripped back and a little more basic you will find this really accentuates the strengths of the garden and the home. You don’t want a property that seems cluttered and confused, and that’s why it’s sometimes better to keep things simple.  


2. Shop Around for Deals

There are plenty of places you can look if you want to get furniture or materials to help you improve the home. The best thing to do is make sure you shop around and look for sites you can find the best deals on. You can get quite a bit of awesome furniture and materials out there that will really add to your home and make it look a lot better. Getting the best deal possible is essential for allowing you to improve the property while tightening the purse strings at the same time. Make sure you do as much as you can to find the best value and even consider going for pre-owned pieces if necessary.

3. Go Greener

There is a movement these days toward a greener way of life, and it’s important to embrace that. As a homeowner in the modern world, you need to look at what you can do to improve the status of the home. Going green helps you be more eco-friendly, but will also save you money in the long run, not to mention producing a healthier home. Think about embracing renewable energy, recycling more, and upcycling unused bits of furniture. A greener way of life is just what your home needs to thrive and grow, and it’s also a thrifty way of making the property better in the long run as well.

These are just three of the great ways you can improve your home and garden on a budget. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your home better, and this is proof of that. Coming up with ideas that will help you to achieve this is really important.

Green home: A guide to buying energy efficient appliances

Green Home: A Guide to Buying Energy-Efficient Appliances


There are so many ways to make your home green, starting with replacing your light bulbs with LED ones all the way to installing solar panels on the roof of your home. Still, while the latter costs about $17.000 and it is easy to dismiss as ‘too expensive for most households’, what about the choice of appliances?
The price difference between power-saving appliances and their standard counterparts is not really that great, so there’s no excuse for not making the planet-saving choice. After all, when something is both Earth- and budget-friendly at the same time, it is a chance too good to be ignored. With this in mind, here is a brief guide to buying energy-efficient appliances.

Think about the size

Even though this may seem a bit too obvious, you need to understand that bigger appliances use more power and more water, it really is as simple. A massive washing machine consumes more energy to wash the same amount of laundry, so, they’re not worth buying unless you really have the need for this. On the other hand, if you have 9 people living inside of your home, it might be more cost-effective and even eco-friendlier to get a bigger appliance than to be forced to re-use your old ones more frequently. Same goes for a refrigerator and many other appliances out there.

Repairing and replacing

Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that replacing your old appliances also creates waste, therefore increasing your household’s carbon footprint. In order to avoid this, you might want to contact experts behind agencies like Total Appliance repair and ask if it’s worth to repair an old machine. Keep in mind that an older appliance and fixture spend more power, which is why replacing them still might be worth your while in the long run. Nonetheless, replacing an item as soon as it misbehaves is definitely not a good idea.

Compare estimated energy use

When it comes to picking an appliance in 2018, it’s quite easy to be efficient, seeing as how all of these devices have a displayed estimated energy use. This means that you can make a side-by-side comparison on your phone or laptop. In this way, you can make a calculation of how much you stand to save in a month or a year. Then, try to calculate how long will it take until this device covers its own cost. Sure, this isn’t always the case since you might replace it beforehand, yet, the cost reduction is always a thing worth keeping in mind.

Look at the label

Finally, this is a rule that’s applicable to both electronic devices and water fixtures. A truly green device usually has an Energy Star logo (at least in the U.S.). This symbol alone is an indicator that the device you’re looking at stands to save you quite a bit of cash. Nevertheless, there is a great difference even between various power-saving appliances and, seeing as how this is not a purchase you’re making every day, it’s always worth getting into the specifics.

As we stated in the previous paragraph, renewing your household appliances is something you do once every several years, perhaps even once every decade. This means that the choice you make right now is the one that’s going to affect both your household budget and your conscience for years to come. After all, how can you justify ignoring the ramifications of your laziness on the environment, especially in the era of the internet, where all of this information is merely a click away.

How to Overcome Challenges of Working Abroad






Working abroad is so exciting! You have probably happily entertained this thought while you were looking for available positions, and here it is! The trouble usually starts right before the move and soon after you arrive. This is because you need to overcome the moment of letting go and getting used to the new circumstances.

The language barrier

The problem number one you may have, is the most obvious one, the language. If you are generally not good with languages and you find it extremely difficult to learn a new one, choose a country where your native tongue is spoken (or any other language you already speak). This will help you cope at both, professional and the personal level. Good communication is important for all aspects of life, and speaking the same language is the essence of it.

Cultural differences

Cultural differences should never be overlooked and undermined.  If you are traveling to a country which belongs to “the same world” and has similar values to where you come from, it is easy. The differences usually seem as minor nuisances, or even quite entertaining.
On the other hand, if you are traveling to a country with a different system of values, then this is something which requires a significant amount of preparation, e.g. moving from Central Europe to South Asia.  If you want to fit in, you will have to get informed and open to their views. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Professional etiquette

This is an extension of the previous paragraph, referring to cultural differences within a workplace. Perhaps, the office does not look the way you would expect it to look. Maybe you do not have everything you are used to having. Hopefully, these are your biggest problems. If you do not manage to find information of what is considered to be “professional” in the country you are moving to, pay close attention and implement what you see.
 Of course, there are always exceptions to certain rules, but there are countries where people focus on punctuality, while in others they only care that the work gets done. Other places have businesses where overtime is encouraged, as opposed to stopping in the middle of the work and leaving at 5pm which is the case in certain countries. Eating at your desk may seem shocking to some, while others will share food and eat from the same dish with the same spoon in the middle of an office.

Conflicts with coworkers

Dealing with a conflict in the workplace is always challenging and you have to be extra careful. Any issues that may arise can be magnified by the fact that you are new, a foreigner, with possibly poor language skills, and potentially “stealing” someone’s job.
This type of conflict demands exceptional professional skills from the HR department. The chances are that they do not have enough experience to resolve this issue. This is when they should get professional workplace mediation services to assist. If they do not do it at first, remind them. A mediator will help you and your coworker understand each other’s point of view and overcome the communication barrier.

Training and support

Once you get to the new country, you will probably spend a lot of time working and learning new things. Training for a new job position is always stressful. There is a large amount of information you need to take in within a short period of time. You potentially even have to learn new skills. Doing all of that while starting off almost clueless and knowing that your position depends on it, can be very emotionally draining. It is always hard.
However, it is particularly hard if you are in a new country, surrounded by strangers without the professional, or emotional support to help you through this period. This is the right time to show confidence and ask for any further assistance you may need during the training. This will help you learn faster. Also, arrange times for long sessions with friends and family members at home, give them a call and let them be there for you.

Nostalgia, loneliness, and social life

At the very beginning you will spend a lot of time at work and with coworkers, but as you get into a routine you will have more and more time available for yourself. This free time is when people usually start getting lonely. Keeping in touch with people from home helps but is not the real thing.
You should now focus on your social life. Be open for interactions and visit events where you can meet people. Hopefully, you will manage to befriend some of your coworkers. In order to find places where you can meet people, take group courses and lessons. Find a discussion group you could join or a sport you enjoy.
You are a confident person, brave enough to leave everything behind and step into the unknown. You have been chosen by the company for your qualities and experience. They saw value in you and so should you. You should always remember these facts if you ever feel down. Once you establish your professional and personal network, your troubles will go away.

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