Friday, September 30, 2016

Stuck In A Life Rut? It’s Time To Turn The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary

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Sometimes you can just end up feeling like nothing is going your way. There are always humdrum periods of life. But if you feel like you are stuck in a rut and you desperately want to get out of it, it may be time for a lifestyle overhaul. It can be easy to get caught up in the standard routine of everything. Sometimes a job loss or a relationship may trigger a feeling for change. At other times it may be a close friend getting married or someone jumping on their dreams and moving abroad or getting a fabulous job promotion. All those things are there to inspire us to change our own lives for the better. You don’t just want your life to be ordinary; you want it to be extraordinary.

Career
When we are stuck in a career rut, it can often feel like every wrong move or disappointment is making things even worse. This is most probably not the case It’s just the way your mind has been programmed to work. If you are feeling particularly low or unhappy in your job it may be time to explore new avenues. Don’t think that just because you chose a certain career that you have to stay in it for life. If you are not enjoying the work that you are doing, make steps towards moving on. Perhaps you are in a corporate 9-5, but you would rather work at home to commit more time to family and friends. If so consider freelance opportunities such as proofreading jobs from home or setting up your own business in personal fitness, nutrition or something else that you really enjoy. Or it may be that you work in admin or always wanted to teach children. It’s not that hard to take a leap of faith and retrain and get your teaching certificate. Or perhaps you want to work abroad for a year or take up a position in a non-profit organization. The key to getting out of a career rut is being proactive and believing in the possibilities that are out there waiting for you.

Relationships
Sometimes relationships between partners of friends come to an end. We often drag them out because the pain of missing that person feels like it will be greater than the pain of letting go. But if a relationship is making both parties unhappy, it’s time to have a serious rethink. Life is too short to be unhappy. If you think your relationship is worth fighting for then it may be time for couples counseling. But if deep down you know it’s time to let go, then do just that. The same goes for friendships where it all just seems to difficult. Sometimes it is better to accept that certain friends are there for definitive periods of your life but not there for infinity. It may take a burden off of both of you by breaking away. If you feel you need to socialize more, be brave and join groups, classes, and workshops. This is the perfect chance to meet like minded people and build new friendships too.  

Fitness
When you are stuck in a rut, the last thing on your mind is self-encouragement. But it pays to give yourself a healthy dose of it. Always remember that are better people out there who are worse off than you. Then get off your butt and start exercising. When you’re in the doldrums, you tend to let health and fitness go, and this has a knock-on effect on everything in your life. Exercise is beneficial for both your mental and physical health. And going for a run or joining a new aerobics class could just breathe the wind into your sails that you need to get out of this sticky groove.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Have A Healthier Commute Starting Today!

Getting to and from work is something that not many of us enjoy. From traffic jams to missing your breakfast, it can feel like a constant battle. Not only can it put us in a foul mood, but it can also affect our performance when we get to work. So instead of continuing to hate your commute to work, why not change it for something better. Implementing healthy habits during your commute can make your feel incredible both inside and out. This, in turn, can have a positive effect on your career and your health and well-being. Here are a few ideas that could make you daily commute healthier and maybe even more enjoyable.


Ride a bike to work
Instead of always getting the bus or driving your car, why not ride your bike to work each day. This is a more environmentally friendly way to travel and can save you money on travel expenses such as train tickets and fuel. But more importantly, riding a bike is one of the healthiest modes of transport. It can burn calories, tone your body and get your heart pumping. It’s also an effective way of maintaining healthy joints and improving fitness levels. Before you start cycling to work, plan out a route and do a practise run to familiarise yourself with your bike and the roads. You should also ensure you have cycle insurance and suitable safety equipment to wear when you ride too.


Prepare breakfast the night before
When you’re in a rush to get to work, it can be easy to forget all about breakfast. But this can increase your chances of binge eating on convenience food when you get to work. If you can’t find the time to make yourself a healthy breakfast during the mornings, prepare it the night before instead. This gives you the opportunity to make healthier food choices, which can enjoy on your commute. It can also increase your endurance and make you feel more engaged, which is ideal when you’re just getting to work. You could also prepare a snack for your commute home too. This can prevent you from getting hunger pains and give you the energy you need to get home.


Travel with a friend
A well as keeping your body healthy, it’s also important to keep our mental state in check too. Commuting alone each day can be dull and can even make us feel lonely. Feelings of loneliness are commonly linked with depression, which can then have an effect on our entire being. So why not start travelling with a friend to and from work each day. Perhaps there is someone you work with who lives nearby and doesn’t drive. Ask them if they would like to car share with you or offer to get the train or bus with them. This can stop you both from feeling lonely and makes depression less likely to develop.


Now you know what you have to do, your commute to work can be the perfect way to improve your health. You’ll be surprised at how much of an impact the small changes can have.


Monday, September 26, 2016

In a Style Rut? Get Back On Track and Look Your Best Again

Are you in a style rut? Maybe you’ve been wearing your hair the same way for as long as you can remember, or always reach for the same style of clothing when you get dressed. When life is fast paced and chaotic, it can feel like a struggle maintaining your style and identity. Particularly if you work long hours, or have children and just don’t get much time. But it’s so important to make the time for yourself. When you know you look good, you have more confidence and can go out and achieve your best potential with nothing holding you back. If you’ve found yourself in a bit of a rut when it comes to your style, here are a few ways to get out of it.


Change Your Hair
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If you’ve had your hair the same way for many years, it might not be doing you any favours. For example, very dark or light hair might have looked striking when you were younger. However fast forward a few years and the same shade could look harsh, accentuate facial shadows and be ageing on you now. The same applies to very long or short hair. If you’ve always dyed your hair another colour, going back to your roots could be a good option. This is always going to be the shade that’s the most flattering, you could always add some interest with highlights or lowlights. Consider speaking to a professional hairdresser you will be able to give you advice based on your face shape and colourings. Or you could find out more on a site like www.prevention.com.


Lose Excess Weight or Tone Up
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Has your style rut come about because you’re not happy with your body? When you don’t feel at your best, you’re less likely to want to try new things. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of wearing clothing items just because you feel comfortable and covered up in them. Shedding some excess weight or toning up may give you the confidence to try new things again. For example, if you only wear certain styles because they cover your arms/legs/stomach (delete as appropriate!) once you’ve slimmed down or toned those areas you might find you’re happy to try something new. If you’re already at a healthy weight but just have areas of fat you can’t get rid of, then liposuction from places such as belredcosmeticsurgery.com could help. There are also non- invasive body sculpting procedures you can have done these days. So if your shape is an issue for you, then they could be worth considering. Once you’re at a shape you’re happy with, finding clothes and dressing in a style you love will be so much easier.


Switch Up Your Makeup Routine
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With literally hundreds of thousands of makeup tutorials on Youtube to follow along to, there’s no shortage of inspiration when it comes to makeup. Treat yourself to some new products and give it a go, if you get it wrong or aren’t sure it can always be washed off so just have fun with it!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Careers You Can Consider With A Few Years Experience Under Your Belt



You’ve been working in your chosen career for a few years now. Are things turning out the way you’d hoped or planned? If the answer is no, then it might be time to think about a change. Ideally, as your career progresses, you want your income and your responsibilities to grow. If that’s not happening then, you might have hit a roadblock in your career path. You may want to consider looking at other industries that you can pursue a career in. Managing skills and experience that you have picked up over the years will make you a prime candidate for these career choices.


Professor




If you’ve gained a few years experience in your chosen industry, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pursue a career as a professor. Forget that idea of ‘those who can’t do teach’ and start thinking about how beneficial this job could be. You’ll be earning a great salary, imparting wisdom that you have learned in your job. It’s not difficult to become a professor. Usually, you’ll need to take a one year course, training to become an educator. You can do this part time while continuing with your current job. If you want to work at a university level, you may also need an advanced degree.


Paralegal




What is a paralegal? A paralegal is essentially a legal assistant or a researcher. You’ll be looking for faxes and precedence to help a lawyer win a case. As such, you could be a crucial part of the trial process. You may not get to argue in court, but you will be able to research and understand the facts behind a case. it’s a career that’s worth pursuing if you have some experience in the legal world. Or, if you have experience as a researcher. This job doesn’t always require you to have a law degree. Many people start off as assistants and work their way up to this position. The pay might even be higher than what you’re getting now. Top paralegals can earn up to sixty thousand per year. You can find more info on paralegal job description by researching this career online. Another similar possibility that you could consider is working in HR.


Actuary




You probably have never thought about becoming an actuary. If you know what one is, I’ll be rather surprised. It’s often seen as a mundane job. However, it does have the advantage of a paycheck that often exceeds seventy thousand annually. That’s not too bad, and you can pursue this job if you have any experience managing a business. An actuary will look at the dangers and issues, aiming to build up an insurance plan for different companies. If you have some experience with financial problems, this could be the perfect new career path for you.


Investment Banker



Do you have some experience investing money? Perhaps you managed the funds of business in your old job. It may be time to start thinking about becoming an investment banker. Infamously, investment bankers were partially to blame for the financial crisis in 2008. They get to handle and take risks with massive amounts of money. It’s an incredibly stressful job to take on, but the payoffs can be enormous. With moderate financial experience, you could earn over one hundred thousand annually. That’s not even including bonuses!
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The Secret Sauce Of Getting Headhunted


When a headhunter finds you, it’s a sure sign that you are doing well in your career. But what happens if you never get spotted? Does that mean you are doing poorly? Absolutely not. But one thing we can say with conviction is that you aren’t trying hard enough to get spotted. We’re going to spend today going through everything you need to start doing to make sure your talents are shining through. Let’s get things started with some of the basics.

Go out more
OK, so we don’t mean for you to up your personal social engagements here. But we are talking shmoozing, conferencing, and lunching with as many business contacts as you can fit into your schedule. Just talk to people. Conversations naturally progress to what you do, and word soon gets around. ‘I know a guy that might be able to help’ is a string of words heard many times over in lots of bars in every city. Want to be that guy? Then get out there and network like your life depended on it.


Stock up on business cards
Business cards might be as old as the hills, but they are still a useful tool for getting your name out there. Swap them with everyone you meet, and you never know whose hands they will end up in. Make sure you are keeping other people’s cards, too. This way, if a headhunter gives you a call for an unsuitable role, you’ll be able to recommend someone else. It’s these sort of actions that get you remembered, and you can be sure that headhunter will keep you in mind for the future.

Make sure you are working
Executive search specialists will always prefer a candidate who is already working. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in; they just feel safer looking for people in work rather than out. Let’s say you recently lost a finance job. You might have a window of no more than a month before you’ll need to explore more finance jobs and accept one. You are much more likely to get into their network with a job for several reasons. There’s a psychological issue, of course. But when you are out of work, it’s more likely you will just settle for anything. Recruiters at any level don’t want to feel they are simply a backup choice.  


Perfect your social media
Social media can be a great way to attract attention. Your job is to make sure that attention is positive, however. You don’t need us to tell you to keep your LinkedIn profile clean and professional. But you should also ensure all your other social channels are equally squeaky clean. Google your name and search deep into the rankings to ensure nothing unsuitable about you is online. Headhunters do it - so should you.

While we can’t guarantee these simple ideas will get you headhunted, they will help. Executive search specialists can find your name in a whole bunch of weird and wonderful ways - not just the traditional routes. Make sure that whenever your name crops up anywhere, it is in a positive sense. And, with a little luck, maybe the next time the phone rings you might get a nice surprise. Good luck!  

Friday, September 16, 2016

Couponing For Beginners: How To Save Yourself a Fortune

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With Christmas fast approaching, you need to start thinking ahead. Presents, food, decorations: it all mounts up. For many people, this is the most expensive time of year. So how do you go about creating the perfect holiday without declaring bankruptcy at the end of it? Couponing is a great way to save money when it comes to every aspect of the season. You’ve probably seen programmes on extreme couponing. People keeping files and files of cut out coupons and spending them all in one fell swoop. Causing queues at the tills and leaving a new cashier slightly traumatised. It’s important to remember that this is extreme couponing. Not all couponing is like this. Here are a few tips and tricks for beginners to the coupon game.


Put the scissors down
Yes, coupons are available in newspapers, magazines and various other places. But not all coupons have to be physical. You can get plenty of coupons online. This saves the hassle of cutting out coupons and trying to store them somewhere that they won’t get lost. Check out the web for sites which offer coupons for all sorts of things. It’s always worth a look, as you can get some great discounts. For example, this Lord and Taylor Promo Code from Stylini.


Space it out
You don’t have to conduct one massive shop to end all shops. It’s not necessary to leave cashiers and store managers trembling in your wake, as you load up your yearly grocery shop onto the belt at the tills. Be organised. Split your tasks and carry them out on different days. Use one day for decorations. One for festive food shopping. Another for family presents. If you work by this kind of schedule, everything will be completed in due course. It also means you can organise your coupons for each day, which will mean less fuss and more time to check out the goods in store.


Have a gameplan
When you enter a store, know what it is that you’re looking for. Don’t wander aimlessly, as you’ll end up picking up useless bits and bobs. This will waste time and money. Have a shopping list with all the necessary items. You can check out most stores itineraries online, so you can get a good idea of what you can get and where. Ask an assistant in store for the items’ exact locations, or to show you to them. This way nothing is missed out and you go home with everything you had coupons for.


Shop online
Online shopping is perhaps the easiest way to organise your couponing. If items are out of stock, you can order them to be delivered at a later date or into store. You won’t get to store and have a wasted journey. You can also search for coupons as you shop. See an item you like? Browse coupon sites to check if there are any offers and deals on it. A lot of stores will also offer price match, so if you have a coupon that makes something cheaper somewhere else, most stores will offer you the same price.

Make Your Next Dinner Party A Success From Start To Finish

If you desperately want to catch up with your friends, why not host a dinner party. It’s the perfect excuse to socialize, have fun and show off your home. As well as being enjoyable, dinner parties can also help you improve your cooking skills and build your confidence in the kitchen. With so many benefits, it’s hard to think of many reasons why you shouldn’t host your own party. Like most things which are worth doing, dinner parties require a lot of hard work. Some hosts find it difficult to deal with the joint pressure of cooking and entertaining. But there are things you can do to easily make this event a memorable one. Here are some fool-proof ways of making your next dinner party a success from start to finish.




Prepare the night before
During your dinner party, the last thing you want as the host is to be spending all night in the kitchen. This can stop you from socializing and enjoying the company of your friends. So to stop you being stressed, do your preparations the night before. Decide what courses you intend to make such as pulled BBQ chicken in advance. But don’t choose anything too complicated or time-consuming to create. Then, buy everything you need and do as much preparation as you can. You can cut up vegetables, decorate your desserts and even lay your table if you wish. This can help to simplify and speed up the process while also allowing you to enjoy yourself more.


Think about presentation
Taking the time to present your food in the right way shows care and attention to detail. This is bound to impress your guests and make them more eager to taste your delicious food. Look online for food presentation ideas to get inspiration for your party. Presentation should also extend to your home when you’re hosting a dinner party. Make sure your table looks incredible and that your seating looks enticing to sit on. If your guests feel comfortable, they will find it easier to relax and have fun. Also, make sure your home is spotless to make a great first impression from the moment your guests arrive.




Organize some entertainment
While your food will be the biggest source of entertainment at your dinner party, don’t forget to organize other options too. Music can help to create an ambiance and can also get your guests in the mood for celebrating. Create a playlist of songs you can play in the days leading up to your party. Choose songs that are suitable for the occasions otherwise, it can leave your guests feeling uncomfortable. You should also consider organizing some after-dinner games that everyone can get involved in. To find the best adult games for your party use sites like Pinterest or visit a toy store. Whatever you choose is bound to have you and your guest in fits of laughter in no time.

Even though you might be under pressure, try to enjoy yourself and be attentive to your guests. If you and your guests are happy, and your event has a positive vibe, it’s far more likely to be a hit.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Exercise Routine That's Perfect For Your Dog

Exercise is a huge part of owning any breed of dog. If you are not prepared for multiple walks a day, and to be out in nearly all weathers, then dog ownership may not be for you! That being said, the level of exercise each dog needs can depend largely on what breed they are. An average recommendation is that your dog should be walked at least once a day for a minimum of thirty minutes. However, some dogs need around two hours of exercise per day; sometimes in one block, other times broken up across the day. Therefore, it is difficult to find a 'one size fits all' rule for exercise your pet. Read on for more information about different kinds of dogs and the exercise they require.

Toy breeds
Although seemingly more used to travelling by car, handbag or even stroller (yes, really!) smaller dogs like pugs and chihuahuas also need exercise. In fact, it is especially important for toy dogs, as many are prone to obesity. Flat-faced dogs like pugs also often suffer from breathing problems. So, it is vital that they are not carrying any extra weight which may put them at risk of respiratory failure. Choose low impact exercise such as a relaxed walk, but increase the length of the walk. Duration, not pace, is the key to helping smaller dogs lose weight.


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Herding breeds
Herding and sporting dogs such as border collies and German shepherds require a good deal more exercise than their smaller counterparts. Of course, this should go without saying. But it is also important that their exercise routine is varied and fun too. These kind of dogs are highly intelligent and become bored easily, so make sure you bring a ball or toy of some kind with you on your walk. Try and get two walks a day into your routine if you own a herding dog. Each one should last about an hour. You can find out more information about specific breeds on websites such as shepped.com.  

Hounds
There is something of a grey area when it comes to hounds. Larger, burly dogs such as bloodhounds have needs similar to that of a herding dog, so will need long, high intensity periods of exercise. Slighter breeds such as greyhounds are made for sprinting, so they won't need to be walked for hours on end. In fact, walking your greyhound for too long can actually be detrimental to its health. Try and get a couple of short yet fast walks in per day, plus a good run around the garden too, if you have one.


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No matter what kind of dog you have, exercise is a vital part of their upkeep and development - so it's important you make it as fun as possible for both of you! Ensure they’ve had a good meal prior to walking - there’s nothing worse than walking a hungry dog. If you're going on a particularly long walk, bring a portable water bowl to keep your dog hydrated. And just as you wear a raincoat in bad weather, your dog may also need protecting from the elements with a waterproof coat. Plus, that means less water dripping all over your floor when you get in!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What Will Happen To Your Skin In The Future?

Do you ever look in the mirror and wonder what your face will look like in twenty years time? Double your age and imagine what reflection could be looking back at you. It’s hard to do, right? But did you know that what you do with your body and skin now will play a part in how well it ages over the coming decades? Most of us spend our days trying to perfect the look we have now. Perhaps a look into the future might make you change a few things now!


Wrinkles are what every celebrity over the age of thirty fear. Right now, most of us are still having the odd battle with blemishes! But the odd fine line and wrinkle could begin to creep in sooner than you think. Sun damage is one of the biggest causes of older looking skin. And it doesn’t just appear on your face. Your hands, arms, legs, and shoulders can all become wrinkly over time.


The everyday beauty essentials you use today may be designed to fight blocked pores, and provide that healthy glow and moisture. As we age, it’s a good idea to start seeking out new products that are designed to tackle the troubles older skin suffers. Products like bellavei tackle wrinkles and fine lines so you can avoid using harsh chemical treatments or Botox. Even your skincare routine may need to change in ten to twenty years. Night creams could become your new best friend!




Right now, we can enjoy life without worrying too much about the future. We might enjoy a few indulgences loaded with sugars and fats. Perhaps you have the odd cigarette or alcoholic tipple? Unfortunately, it seems that these fun parts of a young life could add up. It can also become a habit to overindulge. Would you give them all up right now when you can’t see the negative effects they’re having on you?


Sadly, your skin will give away your age in the future. As the cells age, skin can appear dry, saggy, wrinkly and discolored. Makeup applied with skill can mask a lot of this, but many of us would prefer a healthier, more youthful complexion without it. Fruits and vegetables can help avoid some of the effects of aging on the cells in our bodies. Those that have been labeled superfoods often contain vitamin C. This can reduce the effects of cell damage.


It’s not just a healthy diet that can help keep skin youthful for longer. Exercise is also considered essential to good looking skin. Raising your pulse can flush excess fluids away. Baggy eyes, in particular, can benefit from this. Sweating also helps clear out your pores, reducing the risk of blemishes. Perhaps the most important benefit of exercise is the toning of muscles. This can give the skin a firmer surface to help reduce the appearance of sagginess.


Protecting and nourishing your skin is important throughout your life. While you might be able to get away with the odd indulgence now and then, it’s worth considering the long-term health of your skin and body.

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