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.

The Gifts to Give Someone Who Loves to Travel and See the World

Buying gifts for people can so often be tricky. You don’t want to disappoint, but you don’t want to be too predictable. It can leave you wondering what you should buy this year. It’s always a good idea to think about the hobbies and interests of the person you’re buying for. Everyone is different, and we all like different things.


If you’re buying for someone who loves to travel and see more of the world, then why not choose a gift that reflects this interest of theirs? It’s a good way to ensure that they’ll get a gift that’s relevant to them and useful in some way. That has to be a good thing, right? Well, read on if you want some ideas for gifts to buy for people who love to travel.

Planners and Journals

Planners and journals can be ideal for lots of people who like to travel. It gives them a way to plan out their trip before they actually get there. And it can also give them a place to write about their thoughts, feelings and experiences along the way as they travel. This simple gift idea can be accompanied by some good pens, and it will be something they treasure and use as they travel. It’s an affordable option, and it’s something many people will really appreciate, so consider it if you haven’t done so already.

A Tabletop Globe

Not every gift you can give has to be useful to them while they’re traveling, though. For example, you could give them a tabletop globe that they can keep at home. People who love to travel also tend to like looking at things like maps and globes. It could give them some new ideas for where they should head to next. They can be bought at many different price levels and in many different styles, so think carefully about which one would be best. It could really add something to their home, and it shows you know where their interests lie.

 

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An Eye Mask

Traveling can be pretty tiring, and you often have to get your sleep when and where you can find it. That’s not exactly ideal, but that’s the way it needs to be. A good eye mask could help them to catch a bit of extra sleep when they’re on a plane or a bus heading to their next destination. It adds some extra comfort, and it should allow them to block out the light and distractions that might otherwise stop them from being able to fall asleep. It’s an unconventional gift, but it’s one that might be greatly appreciated.

 A Leather Travel Wallet

It’s important to keep all your important things together when you’re traveling. That’s why a leather travel wallet, such as those sold by JooJoobs, can make a wise gift choice. It will give them a place to put their wallet and cards and any other things they want to keep safe. Losing any of those things can be really damaging and challenging, so it’s a gift option that you should consider. They’re affordable, and there are many high-quality options out there for you to consider. Choosing a leather travel wallet is a good idea because it will then be more durable.

Small Translation Guides

These days, you can get very small translation guides that can serve you well in very specific situations. For example, you can buy guides that just help you with reading the menu in a restaurant and ordering food and drinks. These are available in a wide variety of languages, and they can make the everyday challenges associated with traveling in a place where you don’t speak the language much easier to deal with. If you know that they’re going to be heading to a certain country in the near future, this could be the ideal gift.

A Top Quality Water Bottle

If you’re buying for someone who likes to do a lot of walking and trekking when they’re traveling, you should buy them a top quality water bottle. It’s always important to stay hydrated, and a firm bottle that’s not going to break and leak can be a real life saver. It’s a simple gift, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t get a great deal of usage out of it when they’re traveling around and visiting lots of different places, so don’t rule it out. It’s always a good thing to buy people practical gifts that they’re actually going to make use of.

Crumpled City Maps

These neat little items are great for people who love to travel to different cities around the world. They’re maps made from fabric that you literally screw up and carry around with you. They can then be pulled out of your pocket and checked at any time. And because they can be crumpled up in different ways, you don’t need to pull the whole thing out to look at it. Instead, you can just inspect the part of the map that’s relevant at the time. It’s the sort of thing that can be both fun and useful. They’re available for a whole host of world cities.

 

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A GoPro Camera

For many people who travel a lot, part of what makes it so fun is creating memories and recording what’s being done. That’s exactly what a GoPro camera would allow them to do. It’s perfect for traveling because of its compact size. It can slot into a bag of pretty much any size, and it’s easy to carry around and use too. You don’t need to know anything about capturing video to make use of one of these. They’re relatively affordable, and it’s something they’re sure to get plenty of use out of, so it’s a gift that’s worth considering.

Traveling is a lot of fun, and you can make it even more enjoyable for your friend or relative next time you need to buy them a gift. Each of the ideas discussed above will add something to their travel experiences.

How To Get The Perfect Tan Without Damaging Your Skin

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Everyone looks better with a tan, it’s just a fact of life! This is why we often spend loads of money on fake tan products or sunbeds. We all feel more confident with a tan as it brings out our best features and hides insecurities.

 

As a result, we try and spend as much time in the sun as we can whenever it’s hot, and we have a chance to tan. The problem is, you can easily go overboard and start burning your skin. So, here’s a short guide to help you get the perfect tan without harming your skin:

Fake Tan If You’re Really Pale

The paler you are, the more at risk your skin is of burning. So, it can help you stay safe if you apply some fake tan before you go on holiday or sit in the sun for hours. This gives you a little base layer that protects your pale skin from the sun. It will help you avoid burning on your first days, and then you gradually tan over it, so it becomes your natural tone.

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Nip In And Out Of The Shade

It’s natural to want to stay out in the sun for as long as possible. However, this is very bad for you and will cause you to burn and damage your skin. Instead, it’s more effective if you go and sit in the shade after an hour or so in the sun. You’ll cool yourself down and avoid damaging your skin, which makes it more likely you’ll get a nice bronze tan.

Keep Your Skin Moisturized

After a long day of tanning, it’s important to moisturize your skin, so it stays in good condition. When you come inside after staying in the sun, your skin can dry out, and this is why it may start peeling. What you need to do is take a cold shower to cool your skin down and keep it nice and wet. Then, cover yourself in a moisturizing gel.  My advice is to find something with aloe vera in it like Amara Organics Gel. Aloe vera is so good for hydrating and repairing your skin, which will ensure you stay nice and tanned and don’t burn then peel.

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Don’t Forget The Suncream

Too many people avoid wearing suncream as they think it stops them from tanning. This isn’t the case, you can easily tan with a lot of sun cream on! You need to apply it as it will protect your skin from UV rays and help prevent burning from occurring. The whiter you are, the higher SPF your sun cream should be. Make sure you keep reapplying it throughout the day as you can easily sweat it off and leave your skin at risk.

 

Tanning isn’t rocket science, and yet so many people get it wrong and end up burning their skin. If you want to make yourself look and feel more beautiful, you need to follow the advice above. Not only will it help stop you from burning, but it will also provide you with the perfect tan that makes all your friends green with envy.

 

Travelspiration: Looking Fabulously Fashionable

Coco Chanel, the world’s most famous fashion icon, once said, ‘Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” All of the world’s most iconic fashion legends have certain expectations and style standards that they hold themselves accountable to, regardless of where they are of where they are going. Even when traveling, they hold themselves to the same high style standards, making every effort always to look effortlessly chic.

 

As someone with a love of fashion, when it comes to traveling it’s important to make an effort to travel in style. Throwing on a pair of lounge pants and an oversized tee just isn’t going to cut it. Believe it or not, it is possible to dress to impress when traveling and still be comfortable; it’s just a case of taking the time to put together the perfect look.

 

Heading off on vacation soon? Here’s how to ensure that you look effortlessly stylish and elegant, even when catching a 4 am flight.


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Pick the perfect suitcase

 

Wondering whether a suitcase really has an impact on your look? The answer to that question is yes, it does. A suitcase is an accessory, just like a shoulder bag is, so naturally, you want to ensure that it is elegant and stylish, and works well with your outfit, that is if you want to look fabulously fashionable. To avoid having to buy a different suitcase or duffle bag for every outfit, it’s best to opt for a neutral design that’s timeless and elegant. For more options you can find wholesale leather from Leather Impressions. Aztec patterns and pretty floral prints might be in right now, but unlike a leather design, they won’t stand the test of time and will be out of style by this time next year.

 

Dress comfortably and stylishly

 

To ensure that you are able to travel comfortably it’s vital to pick an outfit that you look stylish in and are also able to relax in. You can’t go wrong with black jeans – whether they’re ripped or not it doesn’t matter – teamed with a pretty cami top and an oversized cardigan. Prefer a more feminine look? Then how about teaming a printed tea dress with a pair of leggings and a denim jacket? A maxi skirt or dress could also work well. What you want to do is ensure that you look stylish and elegant but are also comfortable – take your time playing around with a few looks until you find the perfect one.

 

Get your shoes spot on

 

Any fashion lover knows how vital the right pair of shoes are for completing a look, so it pays to pick what you put on your feet carefully. Heels add elegance and glamor but aren’t that travel-friendly, wedges, however, can be. If you are hoping to add elegance to your look, heels are a must. However, for a more casual (and comfortable) look, a pretty pair of peep toed pumps could perfectly compliment your outfit.

 

Jetting off to somewhere sunny? Make sure to dress to impress and travel in style.

 

Quick Study: Speedy Ways to Learn New Skills

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Pretty much everyone has one or two skills that they wish they could master. But one of the main factors that seems to get in the way is time. Learning any new skills takes a great deal of commitment, but people struggle to put in the hours that it takes. When you do find time to practice learning your skill, you want to make sure that you are using it wisely. So, if you want to look for some quick ways that you can pick up new skills then these tips are here to give you a helping hand.

 

Set Realistic Goals

 

The best way to learn anything is to set yourself goals and make sure you stick to them. But you also want to make sure that the targets you are setting for yourself are actually realistic and achievable. So, your long-term goal may be to learn the guitar, but you may break this down by learning a new chord every few days and eventually build this up to learning an entire song. Learning the guitar seems too vague, whereas learning the chords is one that is actually measurable and achievable.

 

Think of the Obstacles that May Stand in Your Way
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When you are trying to learn a new skill, there will be all manner of obstacles that stand in your way. In the first days and weeks, this is when it can be difficult and frustrating, so this is your first barrier. Identify what else is blocking your learning and try to find ways to overcome these problems. If you find that you are easily distracted, put yourself in an environment where you can limit these distractions. If you find that time is an issue, move something out of your day like that extra half hour of TV. You will be in a much stronger position to deal with obstacles if you identify them early.

 

Focus on the Essentials

 

Once again, this is where it comes back to focusing on the sub-skills that you can teach yourself. When you are learning new skills, there are some essentials that will lead you quicker to your desired outcomes. So, if you are trying to learn a new language, it is likely that you will want to focus on the essential conversational skills rather than the complex areas of grammar. If you are learning to cook, you will want to focus on the skills that can be transferred across various different meals so try these delicious recipes. Focusing on the key areas will get you to your goal quicker.

 

Master One Area Before Moving On

 

The best way to achieve a goal is to put all your attention into that particular area. So, make sure you are entirely comfortable that you have got each subskill to the level you want before moving onto the next one. Otherwise, your attention will become too divided and you will find yourself pulled off in too many different directions at once.  

How Do You Keep Yourself In The Game?

Drive is essential. Whether you’re a professional photographer, blogger or business owner or you’re trying to get your education, a focus is an immensely powerful tool. When you drop out of “the game”, you’re prone to distraction, to sub-par efforts, and to just losing the love for what you’re passionate about. Lacking that focus and motivation is a big problem for people who don’t naturally have that drive. But it’s not a problem that can’t be solved.

 

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Create the right space

Whether it’s for professional or creative use, you need to make sure that your environment is conducive to hours at a time being spent in that one place. To that end, it’s recommended that you ensure you’re not using the space that’s normally for relaxing at home. Creating a home office can help you ensure you’re in an environment that doesn’t blur the lines between your work and the life outside it.

Start the day right

Perhaps you have trouble getting into gear from the start of the day. If that’s the case, then it might be because you’re not giving yourself the proper start you need with an extensive morning routine. For one, wake up with at least two hours between you and when you need to shift into ‘work mode’. Have a full morning, including a proper breakfast and a bit of a morning exercise. A bit of meditation can even help, too.

Visualize and act

One of the most effective aspects of meditation is the fact it gives you a bit of space and perspective. It’s one of the ways, but not the only one, to visualize your goals before you start the day. It might otherwise be a to-do list or a schedule for how you spend the day. Know what you want to achieve at the end of it, so you always feel like every bit of effort you’re putting in is bringing you closer to some finish line.

Treat yourself

One of the issues a lot of people have with staying energetic throughout the day is that they fail to give themselves the mindful break they need to check in on themselves and recharge. It doesn’t even have to be an extended time away from your work. Many people wouldn’t be able to work without a good cup of coffee. Make it a special treat during your work day. Instead of standard store-bought stuff, you can easily get quality coffee beans with free delivery so your treat isn’t costing you too much. If coffee isn’t your thing, prepare yourself a delicious (but hopefully healthy) snack to take ten minutes away from work with. A little breathing room can do a great deal of good.

Diversify

In the long term, trying to keep your focus on one thing alone can be bad for you. You don’t necessarily have to be a full renaissance man or woman, but it’s a good idea to have at least one other passion. Alongside your work, find your creative side that you make time to engage with.. If you keep your head fully entrenched in one world for too long, it’s too easy to get sick of obsessing over the details of it for too long.

Putting in the right practices and habits might be all it takes to help you regain the ability to focus on what’s important to you. If they don’t, you might need to reexamine your priorities. What are your goals and is what you’re doing now really going to help you achieve them?

 

Vacay Ready? Not Without These, You’re Not!

 

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Now that we’re almost officially in summer, it’s time to start getting vacation ready. Whether you’re visiting family for a few days, heading to the beach, or even flying out internationally, there’s nothing quite like the promise of a vacation to make you feel happy. But, before you get too excited, you’re going to want to make sure that you’ve got everything in order to have a good time. From your beauty prep to your packing prep, you’re only vacay ready when you’ve got these covered…

 

A Manicure

 

No holiday is perfect without a manicure to match. When you’re heading out to the beach for the weekend, or going on a romantic break away, you’re going to want to make sure your nails are up to scratch. Because a nice shiny manicure always makes you feel holiday ready. If you’re going to a hot climate, you’re going to want to make sure you have the pedicure to match too.

 

Luggage

 

Okay, so you’ve probably got some big suitcases tucked away in storage ready to check in for your flight or chuck in the boot of the car. But, what about your carry on? When you’re heading on a flight or a long road trip, you need to make sure that you have your essentials in one place. From you iPad for entertainment to your travel itinerary, it all needs a safe place to stay. For gorgeous, printed and monogrammed purses, browse at VivandLou.com.

 

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Summer Reads

 

No beach vacation is complete without the right summer read. Even if you’re heading out to a cozy cabin in the woods, or a super chic ski resort, a good book is perfect to help you relax and unwind. When it comes to finding the perfect read to keep you entertained while you’re away, you’re going to want to check out a list of summer beach reads and see which is right for you. With settings on the beach or in a city, you’re bound to find a book to match your own vacation.

 

Moisturizer

 

When you’re heading out to a hot location, your skin is going to suffer a little. We all know that we need sunscreen at the beach, or whenever the sun shines on our skin, but are you also packing enough moisturizer for your trip? When your skin starts to get dry, you need to make sure you can keep on top of your moisturizing regime to ensure that it stays healthy. It’s also important for colder climates, to keep your skin as hydrated as possible.

 

A Tan

 

And who doesn’t want to hit the beach with a perfect base tan? If you’re not lucky enough to live in a sunny climate and catch some rays at the weekend, you can always fake it. There are so many tanning lotions that can give you that perfect summer glow before you get there. So, take a look at the brands and styles available and see which tanning product is perfect for you.

 

 

Keep Calm: Five Ways You Can Work On Your Inner Zen

It can be a hectic life we all lead. With busy jobs, crazy social lives and burning the candle at both ends, it’s understandable that we all may want to re-align our inner Zen from time to time. Sometimes we can get too overwhelmed with the routine and tribulations of daily life, it can all feel too much, and we can slowly slip into a negative mindset, or worse still feel lost on our path. However, if you find yourself losing a grip relax and keep calm, one of these five ways is bound to help you get back on track.

 

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Exercise or yoga

 

So many people will encourage you to exercise especially if you struggle with some form of mental health issue. Beating depression and anxiety, for example, have both been linked closely to have an improved state of mind when you exercise. Your body produces endorphins, and the hormone can make you feel good. So whether it is going out for a run, or incorporated your mind as well as your body in an exercise like yoga, you may find that it’s the perfect option for you to realign your inner zen once more.

 

Meditation

 

Meditation is another thing a lot of people state can have a positive effect on your mental well-being. It sort of forces you to stop and take a moment for yourself. Focusing on your breath and the thoughts that you allow entering your mind. It’s a great way of gaining some clarity. Of course, it can be hard to switch off the mind if this is something you don’t often do, or haven’t tried before, so downloading some guided meditations to your phone can be a great way to help you get started.

 

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Self-help books or courses

 

Being proactive with your mindset is a great way to switch things into a more positive outlook. Self-help books that link with cognitive behavioral therapy or physical courses you can take like avatar training can all help you calm your inner workings and be more in line with the path you wish to take.

 

Positive mental attitude

 

Sometimes it can be the simplest things that can make the biggest difference, and one of those is thinking purposely positive. This might be simply turning a negative thought into something positive. Or repeating over, and over a positive outlook on a situation, you may currently be facing. A positive mindset can be difficult to master at first, but once you get into the habit you will find you won’t purposely have to do it, you will automatically think more that way.

 

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Doing something you enjoy

 

Finally, doing something you enjoy can be simple yet effective. For example, taking a long hot bath or shower, curling up to read a book, or even heading out for a walk in the fresh air. It’s taking you out of a negative situation and doing something that puts a smile on your face.

 

I hope that at least one of these methods will help you work on your inner zen.