Do You Need Change or Just Greater Challenges?

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There will be a time in everyone’s career where they stare at the front door to the office and seriously consider just turning around and walking away. It is only natural to feel stuck in a rut at some point in your career. But commitments such as mortgages, family, debt, and all that other adult stuff force you just keep on through the drudgery.

So how does one overcome these feelings of exhaustion and lethargy and bitterness and every other negative word you can think of? There are options for everyone out there to get back on track and fall in love with work again, whether it be through change, challenge or something else.

CHANGE?

If you have worked at a particular company for a while, then you will naturally start to feel bogged down by routine. You know who will ask you what, you know how the week and month will go. It is all very similar. When this occurs, it might be time to change careers.

A lot of people now change jobs every year or so due to lack of potential for advancement or problems with making more money. You might think that having so many jobs on your resume may put potential employers off, and it might for some, but for many, it shows ambition and drive to better yourself, which is one of the most attractive qualities to have in an employee.

CHALLENGE?

But if you don’t want to risk leaving your job, which is understandable in the current climate, then consider seeking ways to make yourself a more valuable team member. Too many people complain about not being challenged at work but don’t do anything to change this. Don’t be that person.

If there are opportunities to further your skills, then grab them before it is too late. As the workplace evolves, the lines between industries become ever more blurred. One option is to apply for an online supply chain management course, which can provide you with broader responsibilities and shows a determination to progress in your company. Take the chance and start feeling challenged yet again.

ESCAPE?

You can either choose to escape your business altogether or merely just take some time away. Mental health issues can come about at any time, regardless of how you felt before. Sometimes, you just need a break. Discussing this with your employer may seem scary, but they would rather have a healthy, happy employee than one on the verge of burnout.  

Starting your own business combines both change and challenge and can provide you with the opportunity to feel alive again. While it can be risky, doing proper research into your chosen market will make the transition more comfortable, and you might just end up conquering the world.

BEST FOR YOU

The decision is entirely up to you. You are the one responsible for maintaining and improving your happiness and satisfaction in your career, and so only you can achieve this. Whatever you decide, you need to go into it with one hundred percent determination. Forget the fear and worry not about what might go wrong, staying positive during the tough times is the mark of a powerful person. You are that person.

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How To Love Yourself More: Tips that will Rocket your Body Confidence

If you are constantly battling your own thoughts and emotions when it comes to your body confidence, then you will understand how draining this can be. You will also understand how hard it can be for you to stop those thoughts and think positively about yourself, and this is because you genuinely believe that what you are seeing is true.

Stop the Fat Talk

When you talk with your friends, you may tell them that you look fat. This encourages your friends to say that you’re not and that they are fatter than you. Even though this is a joke, it can hinder your own body confidence and it probably isn’t helping your friends either. For this reason, you need to stop the fat talk while also trying to keep the conversation on morepositive topics. For example, the new clothes that you have bought or even what you did at the weekend.

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Take Action

If you are unhappy with your body and workouts aren’t working consider going to thebest liposuction surgeon you can find.  If that isn’t an option for you then think about the things you don’t like about yourself. If you hate your thighs and hips then try and think about something positive instead. For example, maybe your hips and thighs allow you to hula-hoop better than everyone else, or maybe they allow you to take part in a Zumba class and really get your groove on. When you start talking about your body in a positive way, your mind will eventually follow.

Make Notes

If you want to make a change then you need to break the habits that you have now while also creating new habits.  You will want to take a month or so before you do this so you can really get it into your head about what you want to do. If you can’t change the way that you think because you think that you are lying about yourself then try and talk to a friend. When they pay you a compliment, don’t just brush it off, instead, write it down and then tape it onto the mirror, When you start getting compliments from people and you put them into writing, you will quickly see that everything that you are saying about yourself is not true at all.

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Believe in Yourself

When you get a promotion at work or when yougo to the gym and you shed a lot of weight in a week, be proud of yourself and know that you did that all on your own. You also need to be happy with what you have achieved. If you are constantly focusing on what you haven’t done rather than what you have done then this won’t do your body confidence any good and it will also make it much harder for you to move forward with your positive thoughts. For this reason, you need to believe in yourself and you also need to know that other people believe in you as well.

Do These Things To Feel Good Every Day – They Really Work

Feeling good every day can be a little tough for some. Some people are born with a naturally happy disposition, while others have a sort of middle set point that tends to lean towards the grumpy side more often than not. Which one are you? If you’re reading this, our guess is you don’t feel as happy every day as you’d like to.

If you want to feel good every day, here’s a few things you can do to change that. You may resist trying them out, but trust us, they really work!

Meditation

No, it isn’t just buddhist monks who use meditation. Monks use meditation to reach enlightenment, but using meditation to be happier is more than possible too. All you have to do is get into the habit of doing it for a few minutes each day. It can be tough to sit there doing nothing at first, but after you’ve kept it up for a couple of weeks, it’ll become second nature. There are many apps out there that can help you, including Calm and Headspace. Aiming for just 5 minutes a day is fine at first. Slowly build yourself up until you’re doing around 15 minutes. It’s up to you whether you want to spend even longer – some like to make their meditation practice up to an hour!

Exercise

Exercise in the morning will make you more productive and focused throughout the rest of the day, and you’ll be happier thanks to the endorphins that you’ve released. You could go for a walk, a quick jog, do a bodyweight HIIT session, or use weights to get your workout in. There are all kinds of workouts you can try out on YouTube and sites like Fitnessblender, so you have no excuse.

Nutrition

The food you eat can make you feel better or worse. Eating nutritious food that the body naturally craves is a great way to feel better. Eating junk is obviously going to make you feel like junk. Those who eat junk often experience a slump in the afternoon, making it tough to concentrate and get anything done. You don’t have to eat clean or forbid yourself from enjoying treats, but you should make smart choices the majority of the time.

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Nap

Taking naps is a great way to safeguard your health and feel happier; many successful people take a nap for 20-30 minutes a day to help them top up their sleep and feel more productive in a flash. Make sure you set an alarm, though, so you don’t end up sleeping for too long and suffering from inertia. Then you’ll find it impossible to get up! If you nap at home, make sure your bed is suitable. It should be comfortable, with the right kind of pillows and mattress. You can learn about the different kinds of mattresses online. Find more about Mattress-Guides.net and you’ll be able to ensure your environment is suitable for both napping and quality sleep. It’s a good idea when napping not to get under the covers, and use a thinner blanket instead so you don’t fall straight into a deep sleep!

Help somebody else

Helping others is a much faster way to feel happier than helping ourselves. Seriously. Why not pay it forward in a coffee shop? Simply smiling at a stranger will make you both feel good too!

Leopard On A Mission – Week Five

I’m back! Oh my, what a busy few weeks I have had preparing and enjoying Thanksgiving. It’s time to get start spreading the kindness again.

This week let’s all surprise a neighbor (or many) with some treats! I love doing things like this all year round, but this time of season is the perfect time to spread some joy, and even meet more of those who live around you.

Keep the posts coming on social media by using the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission

Have a great week!

Ready to Move? Here’s a Pre-Move Checklist to Complete Before You Say Goodbye to Your Neighbourhood

Moving home isn’t something we do very often in life. Unless you’re a traveller that loves exploring the world or a business person that moves around a lot with their company, then you’re probably used to the same rooms, walls and people that live in your local neighbourhood. Moving is a huge decision because you’ll be saying goodbye to what you’ve grown used to. As shown in this article from http://www.positivelypresent.com/ it’s possible to conquer your fear of change and it’ll come in handy for when you finally make the decision to move.

To help you get off to a great start and finalise your move with zero hassle, here’s a checklist of essentials that you should keep handy anytime you or someone you know is moving.

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Sort out your belongings

The first thing to keep in mind is how you pack your belongings. Make sure you sort out your stuff by decluttering your home first and then categorising all of your items. This will make it easier to put items into different boxes or bags, making it easier for you to unpack in your new home.

Look for the right services to help you

Look online for movers such as https://www.mybekins.com/location/santa-fe-springs-ca-movers/ because it’s far more effective than doing it yourself or by asking your friends. It’s more expensive, but you need to keep in mind that you’ll save a lot of time and hassle when relying on professional movers.

Keep a folder with all of your documents

Whether it’s documents from the mover or your move itself, keep every paper document related to your move in a single folder and keep it close to you in a personal rucksack or bag. This will ensure that you don’t lose any important documents that are related to your move.

Cut utilities and order new ones

If necessary, remember to cut your existing utilities and order new ones at your new property. This doesn’t take long to do but you may be asked to pay a cancellation fee. Read up the terms and conditions of your supplier to check if this is the case.

Confirm all important dates

Use a calendar app on your phone or write down important dates of the move. Write down when your utilities are coming in, when they’re cut at your previous property and when the movers are coming. This is so you can be clear when everything is happening over the few days that you’ll be moving.

Pack a bag of essentials

Keep a separate bag that contains your important documents, a spare change of clothes and your basic toiletries. The last thing you want to do after moving is unpacking everything because you’ll be tired and worn out, and this bag of essentials will make it easy for you to live in your new home without having to unload all of your belongings.

Take time off work

Lastly, remember to take time off work. Tell your employer that you’ll be moving into your new home and ask for a few days off to help you settle into your new location.

How To Prepare For A Spot Of Winter Sun

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When you’re used to going on vacation in summer, it’s quite easy to get yourself prepared. First of all, you’re probably used to a set way of doing things, and have a routine that you like to work through. But when it comes to going on a vacation in winter, you can be completely thrown out. Sometimes, you even decide to go on your trip last minute, which makes everything a bit more of a rush. And that can definitely complicate things. But you can still get things done quickly and easily.

If you are heading out on a winter vacation sometime soon, then you’ve come to the right place. As we’re going to talk you through exactly how you can prepare for your winter break, even when you feel completely out of practice. So let’s take a look at what you can do to get ready and make sure that you have a great time when you’re there too.

Research The Weather

First of all, you’re going to want to figure out what kind of weather you’re going to be faced with. Because although you’re heading out on a winter sun holiday, it’s not always guaranteed to be good weather. You need to find a weather website that you can search historical forecasts and predictions on for the place that you’re going to. Then, depending on what it’s going to be like, you can then finish the rest of your preparations.

Raid Your Wardrobe

Then you’re going to want to raid your wardrobe. More often than not, you’ll be able to find that you have enough clothing to take with you already, but you also need to be sure. Not only should you look to see if anything you have is suitable, but you should also make sure that things still fit and are in good condition. As you don’t want to leave things too late and find they’re broken or don’t fit.

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Shop Online

Your first step for finding new pieces that you need to take with you is to head online. You’re going to want to find stores that still have women’s dresses and sundresses in them as many stores will only have their winter wear out. But when you go online, you can often find lots of summer wear and beachwear that you’re going to want to stock up on.

Search The Stores

Next, you are going to want to think about heading out to the stores too. Because there will be some things that you need that will be available in stores. This is definitely the case when it comes to travel accessories, or even evening wear, as lots of winter pieces may still be suitable for your evening outfits.

Pick Out Your Travel Outfit

Then, while you’re still sorting your clothing out, you’re going to want to choose your travel outfit too. This can often be quite hard when you’re traveling in winter. Because when you head off on your vacation, it can be cold. But it’s going to be hot when you get there – hopefully! So you need to make sure you travel outfit is not only comfortable, but that it’s going to work for both leaving and arriving too.

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Get Your Luggage Ready

Your next job is to sort your luggage. It’s easy to think that your suitcases are going to be fine, just like you did with your vacation clothing. But you really do need to check everything over first. You don’t want to just assume then go to pack and find out that everything is falling apart. If you’re only taking on carry on luggage. You may also want to make sure that you have something suitable for this too.

Plan Your Airport Arrival

Next, you’re going to want to make your airport plans too. Because this can often be a stressful part of going on vacation, so you want to make sure that you get your times right. From knowing that time you need to be there, to finding the right parking, this is often stuff you can do to make it easier on the day.

And Enjoy

Finally you’re then going to want to focus on having the best vacation ever. Because traveling can be stressful, and planning a last minute trip can be hard work, but you don’t want it to ruin things. Instead, you want to make sure that you can make the most of your time away and soak up all of that glorious winter sun.

Leopard On A Mission – Week Four


Woohoo! Week four’s mission is here! I hope you had a fun time writing letters last week, I know I did.

This week I’m asking you to leave a positive or encouraging message on at least one public bathroom mirror! Bonus points for multiple mirrors! Be sure to take a picture and share them with the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission (but not location, both for safety and for fun!)

This is one of my favorite missions, so you may see this again in the future.

I hope you are all also continuing to spread kindness and love. Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see in these weekly missions.

Have a great week everyone!

Baby’s Starting School! Careers For Moms At A Loose End

It feels like you’ve blinked and opened your eyes to a very grown-up little boy or girl. And if they wear a uniform to their school, it can seem even more shocking to see your baby ready to take on the world! Starting school is such an enormous milestone – perhaps more for mom! So what are you going to do once you see them into their new classroom? Here comes the culture shock…

The house now stays tidy for six hours a day, and there is nobody home but you. You might spend the first week (or day) enjoying being a lady of leisure. Unfortunately, boredom soon sets in. Six hours is a long time not to be doing something productive. So why not consider a new career?

Most moms like the idea of taking their little ones to school and picking them up as well. That usually puts any full-time work out of the picture. Part-time work is rarely fulfilling or mentally stimulating, and the pay can be very poor. If it’s a career you’re looking for, you might find more interest in working for yourself. Many moms juggle babies and toddlers with personal projects that gradually build up the pace to become a fully fledged business. There is nothing stopping you getting started now, with the advantage of six hours of peace and quiet to help you. So what are your options?

Fitness Instructor

Having kids takes a toll on your body. If you’ve managed to take care of yours, you might be just the sort of inspiration other moms need to help them. You can achieve your prenatal fitness certification when you sign up for a course like Moms Into Fitness. This gives you a rounded education and training to help women stay fit and healthy during conception and pregnancy. You’ve done it all before, so you can help alleviate those birthing fears. You can even support moms after birth to get their pre-pregnancy shape back.

 

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Taking on a career like this requires patience and great communication skills. You need to be the type of person that people find easy to talk to. There are obviously many embarrassing topics to cover, so sensitivity and discretion are essential. If you love taking care of people and find giving advice to be a natural path for you, then this could become the perfect career. It’s really easy to fit around school hours, and you can even do it from home with the right insurances and licenses. Perfect!

Alternative Therapies

If you’ve ever explored alternative therapies as a way to improve health and stay well, then why not explore ways to become a qualified therapist? There are so many different areas you can cover, but you might already have your preferences. Pain and mental health are the biggest problems many of us suffer from time to time. Medical assistance can be slow, and it can be costly. In the meantime, it makes sense to seek out self-help or alternative therapies that can address the cause, not just the symptoms.

 

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Medicine too often targets symptoms when a holistic approach looks at the reasons why the body is reacting the way it is. If you believe alternative therapies could benefit certain conditions, why not become a certificated therapist? You might convert your garage or dining room into a private practice. You could even rent space in a nearby clinic. Again, you’re in charge of appointment times, and you can manage the business yourself. Ideal!

Write A Book

If you’re a creative soul, then why not pen your first novel? Even if you’ve never written before, it’s not too late to put your fingers to the keys and start typing a story. Some authors just keep typing until they feel the story is over. Others meticulously outline the plot. They create entire life backstories for the characters and choose poetic language to tell the story. It doesn’t matter what kind of author you might become. And whatever ends up on the page can always be refined and edited later.

 

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If you’ve got a great story idea, or even a rehashed one, give writing a go. You can even self-publish when it’s all done thanks to services like Kindle Direct Publishing. If you fancy printing it or turning it into an audio book, there are cheap opportunities to do that for yourself too. But until you get to the keyboard, you can’t do any of these things! Follow famous authors on Twitter, read a couple of books, and see where your imagination takes you.

Private Tutor

There are plenty of ways to become a trainer or educator. Decide whether you like to tutor people in person. Then you might choose between individual tuition or group teaching. Next, pick your topic of interest or specialism. If you’re a fast learner, you might be able to become a competent teacher in several subjects or areas. Finally, decide on the course title. Now you have plenty to get you started, here is how to structure a course of education:

 

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The title will determine the overall objective of the course. It tells participants what they will learn about. To get to that point, you need to take them on a journey of learning. This starts with what you can assume they already know. Then it moves step by step from the known to the unknown. Solidify and confirm that step of learning before you move from that to the next unknown concept. Choosing an order of activities and tasks should help you determine each of the steps needed to get to the overall objective of the course.

Breaking down a scheme of work for teaching a subject is just the beginning of your teaching activity. You also need to develop tests, activities, and coursework to help participants solidify their learning. Try not to knowledge dump. Instead, take your time to impart the key facts with interesting techniques. This maintains motivation and engagement. Teaching is a practice. Try writing a Udemy course, or offering private tuition using Skype. Perfect for choosing your own hours and pay rate.

Life Coach

If you’ve dug yourself out of a few holes in the past, then chances are you’ve got self-motivation that others will look up to. And if you’re pretty good at scheduling and getting organized, then you might be the perfect person to offer their services as a life coach. Life coaches help people that feel they’re stuck in a rut or under-achieving. There are many areas in life where people can feel disappointed with their lot. They include:

Personal Fitness

Personal Health

Career

Relationships

Home

Personal Satisfaction and Happiness

Sometimes a client may come to you without being fully aware of why they feel quite so stuck. It is your job to unravel the key issues and help them find a structured and productive lifestyle that satisfies them. This could include a mixture of talk and activities with your client. You might provide a number of eBooks or handouts to help them clarify their thoughts, goals, and ambitions. This can be quite a hands-on job, but, again, you can choose your own hours.

 

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You might go jogging each morning with one client. Then in the afternoon, you might be organizing another client’s wardrobe or storage unit. The next one might need some self-confidence coaching. And another might look to you to help them develop their career. This could be one of the most varied jobs you ever did, but it can also be one of the most rewarding.

Online Business Ideas

Now you have some quiet time in the house, you might be keen to explore some of the opportunities you could pursue online. The choices are endless, but most moms like the idea of blogging. It gives you a platform to vent, create, advise, and explore different ideas about any topic you like. You should have good writing skills and be quite handy with a camera. Blogs take a while to become established and popular enough to monetize, but there is always earnings potential there.

 

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If you like the idea of owning your own store, but you don’t have a lot of capital to set up in the mall, why not have an online store? The easiest way to get set up is to use a drop shipper service. This means goods are shipped by a warehouse business on your behalf, so you don’t need stock at home. They often give you a white label website with current stock levels so you could have a ready-made store with a click of a button!

There’s no need to sit around at home waiting for the clock to go round. Many moms start their own businesses or forge careers in those few short hours their kids are at school. There are many options and many remarkable women you can follow for more advice. Which of these career options might you choose? Have you made a move back to working life?

Leopard On A Mission – Week One

At times, it can seem like the world is a dark place. However, we need to remember that there is a lot of good out there. I believe it starts with us, sometimes a simple act of kindness is all a person needs to add some positive thoughts to their day. 

Today starts a new challenge on my website, and it needs your help! Each week I will give you a “mission” to help add some positive vibes, helpful kindness, and extra love to our world. Some missions will even be just taking care of yourself, because often times we forget that self care can help us live happier, healthier lives.

I encourage you to follow along and spread some kindness! By using the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission on Social Media, you can help share how you are making our world a better place. Use it to share stories and pictures of how you “completed each mission”. I can’t wait to see the good we all spread in the world! About once a month, I will also choose some of my favorites and share them in a “Mission Completed” post!

Ready for your first mission? We’ll start off easy for the first one: Each day this week give someone a compliment. A family member, friend, neighbor, even a stranger! Sharing a compliment can give the receiver such a boost in their day! 

Have fun, and enjoy your mission!

Turn Your Backyard into a Winter Wonderland

When winter starts to creep in, you might feel sad that you have to say goodbye to your backyard. It’s hard to make the most of it when there’s no sun, and if you grow anything out there, you need to start protecting things from the cold weather. But just because it won’t be hot and sunny anymore, it doesn’t mean you have to stop using your yard. If you love being outdoors, you can keep using it and enjoy it as much as possible. There are lots of changes you can make, especially to your deck or patio, so that you can sit outside in the winter.

Deck or Patio Cover

Before you do anything else, think about how you can create a cover to sit under in your backyard. You could do this in a few different ways. There’s the possibility of extending the roof of your house at the back or perhaps putting up an awning. Another option is to have a gazebo cover, parasol, or something else you can move up and down. With a cover over your deck or patio, you can stop too much heat from escaping. So if you’re sitting using a heater or enjoying a fire, you can keep everyone warmer. It can also keep you dry if it starts to rain or snow.

Outdoor Heaters

When the weather is cold, it’s pretty hard to stay warm when you’re sitting still. So if you want to sit outdoors, you’ll need something that’s going to help generate some heat. One possible option is to use moveable outdoor heaters, so that you can put them where you want and store them when you’re not using them. More permanent heaters are available too and can make a great feature for your garden. You could have standing heaters or perhaps ones that you mount onto a wall. It’s important to remember that you’ll need energy for these heaters to run so think about the practicality of that.

 

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A Fireplace or Fire Pit

Another option to keep warm is to have a fireplace or a fire pit. These are convenient, eco-friendly, super warm, and they can look great too. Anytime you want to sit outside and keep warm, you just need to light a fire, and you can keep it burning for hours. Plus, you can’t toast marshmallows on an electric heater. A fire pit creates a fantastic focal point for gathering around with friends or family, and you could cook with it if you wanted to. If you get a free standing one, you can easily move it when you’re not using it.

Comfortable Furniture

Once you have a fire (or a heater) to sit around, you need somewhere to sit. You might have outdoor furniture for the summer, but it’s not necessarily good for winter too. Perhaps you will choose to make your existing furniture cozier by adding blankets, cushions, and throws. You can make sure everything in more comfortable and plush to help everyone stay warm.  Or you might buy some new furniture just for winter. However, remember to think about the practicality of any furniture and accessories you use. Ideally, you can take any textile items inside or store them somewhere so that they stay dry.

A Hot Tub

Sitting in a tub of water outside might not be at the top of your list during the winter. But if it’s a hot tub, you can stay warm and have lots of fun. A permanent hot tub in your backyard can be used all year, but it also takes up a lot of room. If you want to save space, you could consider an inflatable hot tub instead. Relaxed Wellbeing has some top recommendations for inflatable spas. However, you should be careful having an inflatable hot tub outdoors in winter. Some say not to use them below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is fairly cold, but there are many places where temperatures drop lower. Hot tubs can create great parties, but only if they can work.

 

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A Sauna

If staying warm in a hot tub doesn’t appeal to you, you might want to consider building a sauna instead. In some colder countries, like Sweden and Finland, practically everyone has a sauna in their home. If you want a sauna in your backyard, you don’t have to have that much space. You only need to build a small cabin with a heater and space to sit. Some saunas are heated with a wood burning stove, which is easy to install. Others require gas or electricity lines, which complicates things a little. Before you invest in a sauna, do your research into style, size, and what sort of heater to use.

Lots of Light

Don’t forget that you’ll need plenty of light if you want to use your backyard as the days get shorter. Don’t just concentrate on your deck or patio, but light up the rest of your yard too. You might have a tree you want to string some lights through, or perhaps a path that you want to highlight with a row of lanterns. For convenient outdoor lighting, try using solar-powered lights. They will allow you to have lighting without wiring everything in. You can also use natural light from candles, torches, and lanterns. You might also want to have some lights that are wired in, though.

Set Up a Tent

For family fun, pitching a tent in the winter can be great. If you feel like your lawn gets neglected, some camping with plenty of warm sleeping bags and blankets is a good idea. You could even consider setting up a large teepee or yurt, which is fantastic if you want to have a larger space to enjoy. Some of them are even big enough to have beds inside, or perhaps to set up a cozy dining space.

You don’t have to stop using your backyard in the winter. There are plenty of ways you can make it a fun winter space and enjoy it even through the coldest months.