Feb 22

Overcoming Obstacles: What’s Really Holding You Back?

We all come across obstacles in life. Not every day is plain sailing, and at times, it can feel like everything is against us. If you do hit a hurdle, the important thing is not to throw the towel in. It is possible to overcome barriers, but first, you need to know what’s really holding you back.

Your self-esteem

If you suffer from low self-esteem, this can have a massive impact on the choices you make, and the way you behave. If you’ve got bags of confidence and you feel great about yourself, you probably wouldn’t think twice about applying for that job or asking that guy you’ve liked for ages out on a date. If you’ve got low self-esteem, you may automatically assume that there’s no point in even trying. It can be very difficult to live with low confidence, but there are ways you can gradually build up your self-esteem. Try and be gentle on yourself, and set yourself realistic goals. Don’t waste time comparing yourself to others. The beauty of the human race is that everyone is different. It can be very easy to get carried away with our faults and flaws, but try and focus on your strengths. Nobody is perfect, and the sooner you realize that, the better.

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Your relationship

Relationships can be the most wonderful thing in the world, but they can also be incredibly damaging. If all is not well in your relationship, it can make you question everything. Most of us long to share our lives with somebody we love more than anything, but sometimes, these dreams don’t come true. If you’re having troubles with your partner, try and be rational, and face up to your issues. Don’t bury your head in the sand, and hope that everything will turn out alright. If you’re arguing all the time, and you’re both miserable, something has got to give. You don’t need to call in the divorce lawyers straight away, but don’t stay together if you’re not happy. Sometimes, relationships don’t work, and it’s best to part company. It may be a painful decision, but it could also be the making of you. You have to give yourself a shot at happiness again, and who knows where the next chapter of your life could take you.

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Your financial situation

Money worries are one of the most common causes of stress in the modern world. If you own money or you’re struggling to make ends meet, this can keep you awake at night. Not having enough money can also hold you back in terms of living your dreams, and getting out there and enjoying life. If you are anxious about your financial situation, seek advice from somebody in the know. If you set up a meeting with a financial adviser, you can talk about everything from tackling debts to setting up a savings scheme. If you’re worried that life is passing you by, try and find ways of boosting your earnings and saving more. Perhaps you want to travel, or you’re desperate to become a homeowner. Start saving now. If you put a little aside every month, you’ll get there eventually, and all your hard work will be worthwhile.

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If you’ve hit a hurdle in this thing called life, don’t panic. Take a deep breath, rationalize the situation, and try and address the issues that are holding you back head-on.

Feb 21

You Can Forget To Forget With These Forgetfulness Tips

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We can all be a little forgetful sometimes. As we get older, our mind starts to slow down, making it ever so easy to forget things or lose items. But it isn’t just old people who suffer from these brain farts! Young children whose brains haven’t yet fully developed can also be very forgetful, and you will find that they also misplace a lot of their toys. But all this forgetting shouldn’t blight your everyday routine. In fact, there are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to try and improve your brain function. Here are some excellent ideas.

Small Challenges

One way you can help your children become less forgetful is to set them some small challenges. For instance, you could challenge them not to lose anything for one week.During this time, they will be very careful to look after all of their belongings. If they don’t, then they will lose! Once they start to succeed in these types of challenges, their confidence will grow along with their memory, and they won’t start to misplace items quite as often. If you are trying to improve your own memory, you should have a go at setting some of these challenges for yourself. You could be surprised to see just how effective they are!

Checklists

It is also worth making a checklist for everyone to take to school or work. You should include everything that needs to be brought home on this list. So, your children’s lists will include things like their coat, lunch box, school books. That way, they can look through the list just before they leave school to make sure they have everything. You’ll also find your own checklist useful – it will help you make sure you never leave your phone charger in the office every again!

Put Names On Things

Sometimes, we don’t actually lose the things that we think are lost. Someone else may have picked them up by accident! This happens all the time in schools when kids have a lot of similar belongings. There is one simple way around this – just write your child’s name on their belongings! Monogrammed covers can prevent them from losing their phone, and you can also buy special labels for school uniform which you can write their name on. This also helps any lost items be swiftly returned to their rightful owner.

Give Everything A Place

Of course, things don’t just go missing at school or work. We can often misplace items at home too. But this will happen a lot less often if you make sure that everything has a place in your home and it is returned to this place when it is no longer in use. If you have a lot of clutter, it’s a good idea to invest in some new storage closets so that you can find things easier.

Hopefully, you haven’t forgotten the point of this blog post! I’m sure that all of these tips will greatly help your memory and reduce your forgetfulness!

Feb 21

Taking a Job Across Country: Things To Consider

Applying for a job in a new part of the country is exciting; being offered the job is positively out of this world. But before you stop popping the champagne, you should be aware that being offered a job that requires a substantial move is much different than simply being offered a job! There’s much more to consider, such as how it’ll affect your family and what the lifestyle in your new hometown is like. Before signing that contract, take a read of the some of the things you’ll need to consider below.

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Family Matters

You’ve been offered a job, and that’s exciting for you, but then remember: if you have a family, then you’re not the only one who will be moving. Even if it’s your dream job, it wouldn’t be fair to uproot your family if they weren’t also excited about the opportunities a move would bring. Your partner’s job, for instance: would they be able to get a similar or better job in the new city you’ll be moving to? And for your children, if they’re in school – what is the education system like, and in general what is it like for children to grow up there?

Logistics

There’s much to be arranged when you’re moving to a new city, and most of it has to be done from afar. You need to find a place to live, and then hire movers to get your stuff from your present home to your new one. There’s also logistical matters such as getting your child enrolled in the education system, updating your state driving licenses, investigating what taxes you’ll be liable for, and so forth. And all this has to be on top of preparing for a new job, so it’ll be a busy period!

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New Environments

Regardless of where you’ve living now, you’ll probably find that it takes some getting used to your new environment. If you’re moving from one mid-size city on the west coast to another mid-size city on the west coast, then it’ll be easier, but there’ll still be plenty of subtle changes that’ll have you scratching your head from time to time. If you’re moving from a rural area to Los Angeles or New York, however, you should be prepared for a pretty intense culture shock. Be patient and don’t be alarmed if you want to run back to your old life straight away, because in time you’ll come to love all that’s great about your new city or town!

Long Term Plan

With all the will in the world to make the move happen, you’ll have to make sure that it’s inline with your long term plans; some jobs and cities are easier to move to for a year or so, but the big ones require longer commitments to be really enjoyed. For example, if you’re a newly married couple thinking of having children in a few years, then moving to a massive, expensive city probably wouldn’t make any sense, regardless of how attractive the offer of employment is.

Feb 20

Time Out! Stop Siblings Fighting With These Fab Tips

I’m sure that every parent knows how difficult it can be to have to deal with two feuding siblings. Some children have a long-term problem with each other while others will simply go through a period of bickering that only lasts a week or so. But neither of these situations is ideal, and you will need to stop all this fighting as soon as it occurs. That way, your family will start to enjoy spending time together, and your kids won’t be intent on upsetting each other!Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 2.34.51 PM.png

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But how exactly do you end a war between two siblings? As a matter of fact, it isn’t quite as difficult as you might think. Hopefully, the following ideas should help you create a peaceful household.

Listen To Them

More often than not, kids fight because they think that their sibling is getting preferential treatment. If this is the case, you need to listen to the child who thinks that they are being hard done by. Maybe you could change a way you speak or act around them to show that you view each child equally? It is also important to listen to your children so that they feel able to open up to you. That way, a child will find it easier to talk to you if their brother or sister is ever bullying them. That way, you can act quickly and punish their sibling so that the bullying stops.

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Keep Their Belongings Separate

Another main reason why siblings argue and fight so much is that they sometimes don’t share their things or they don’t want their brother or sister to use their belongings and toys without permission. To make sure there is never any confusion over whose is whose, it’s a good idea to keep their belongings completely separate. You should also consider clearly marking their books and think about getting some stationery personalized so that they never fight about who owns certain books, paper, and pens!

Don’t Expect Everyone To Be Happy Every Time

No matter how good you are at mediating an argument between your children, you shouldn’t expect to make each child happy every time. There is no way you will be able to satisfy both children, especially if they have been fighting over toys or sweets. But as long as you have gone with the most just decision, you shouldn’t be worried about leaving one of your children to sulk and be upset with themselves.

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Set Clear Rules

Of course, one of the quickest ways to settle any dispute is to prevent them from starting in the first place. And the best way to prevent any arguments from starting is to set out some clear rules from the beginning. This way, your children will know exactly how they are expected to behave. Not only that, though, but you can also state in the rules which toys belong to which child.

Hopefully, this blog post will help you put a stop to your children’s constant arguing. And you can enjoy some peace at last!

Feb 17

DIY: Quick Fixes For Your Home

When you’ve got kids – time is money.

And, well, money is money!
That’s why it’s so important to take care of your home – not only are the kids going to run wild, but you don’t want to be wasting both time and money on escalating DIY issues. If you arm yourself with the right tools and know-how, you can solve most issues in your home pretty quickly, before you have to pay a professional.

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That’s a good starting point actually – plumbing. Armed with a plunger, you’ve definitely got the ability to tackle small plumbing issues yourself. A wrench can help you tighten the washer on a leaky sink, and the plunger can unblock your sink and toilet. However, you shouldn’t try and tackle issues above your range of skills and knowledge. Plumbing that goes bad can seriously damage your home through damp, rot and mold. If there is a serious issue with your plumbing – call in the pros. It will be worth it in the long run. That all being said, though, basic plumbing knowledge is going to be a real benefit – especially if the kids throw roll after roll of your finest toilet paper into the toilet!

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Another aspect of plumbing and drainage you can control is with your pipes and guttering. Make sure you clean your gutters out every so often as leaves and other debris can clog it up. Your gutter helps your house get rid of excess water, and if it is creaking under pressure or clogged up, you could be facing a major leakage that could result in structural damage to your home. Considering that the remedy to this is a ladder and a pair of rubber gloves it seems a bit strange that this issue is often overlooked. Look above your head when you leave your home for work once a month and if you spot a blockage – make a date for its cleaning. Your piping can also experience issues as cold snaps will freeze the pipes of your home and the water in them. This can prevent you accessing running water and can even lead to the pipes bursting. Bad news if you want to have a shower! You can combat pipe freeze with items like heat tape for pipes, and it’s a relatively simple fix. Pay attention to the weather and the damage it can cause to your home.

If you have central heating or air conditioning systems in your home – one of the easiest and quickest fixes to improve the air quality and life of the system is to replace the air filter. Now – this has to take place often, especially during periods of high usage. This should be taking place on a monthly basis.

Of course, one of the more obvious ways to add a quick fix to your home is to add paint. Adding paint to the walls of your home can really refresh a room, and if you’ve got a good eye for design, you can change the exterior of your home too. It’s a whole new home with just a few buckets of paint!

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