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.

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Gracias, Merci and Other Better Ways to Say ‘Thank You’

Thank you. These are two little words that we hear uttered over and over again. And like anything that you become too used to, the words will start to lose all meaning. Sometimes, you want a better way of expressing your thanks that truly encapsulates your gratitude for an act of kindness that someone has done for you. In this blog post, we are going to be talking about a few more effective ways that you can express your thanks to people. This way, you are better able to show people when they have done something that really matters to you.

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Use Words like ‘Appreciate’ and ‘Grateful’

There is no doubt that the phrase ‘thank you’ is overused, so you can instead use some other words that better express how you are feeling. Telling someone ‘I really appreciate it’ or ‘I am so grateful for what you did’ instantly has a much stronger meaning, and helps to convey to them that they have done so much to help you out. It may be simple, but just using some words other than ‘thank you’ can make all the difference.

Explain How They Helped You

Rather than just expressing your thanks and going no further, you can show people that you appreciate what they have done by explaining exactly how it has made a difference to you. It could be something as simple as expressing to a work colleague how busy you have been, and how pleased you are that they were able to take something off your plate. The other advantage of properly expressing your gratitude is that people are much more likely to help you out when you find yourself in a similar situation in the future.

Tell Them You Will Repay Them

People can tell that you are truly grateful when you make an offer to repay them for their kindness. Use a phrase like ‘how can I repay you?’ to do this. A lot of the time, people will respond that there is nothing that you need to do, but you can really go above and beyond by offering to do something for them anyway. Even if it is only a small gesture, people still appreciate that you have acknowledged what you have done for them.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The old adage in the title is one that you will have heard a million times before, but that doesn’t make it any less true. So, if you have been to an event that they have organised, you could send them a personalised thank you note from Giftsin24. The simplest way of expressing your thanks is by offering a reciprocal gesture.   

These are just a few of the ways that you can go above and beyond when you are saying thank you. Expressing your gratitude is a great way to build on a relationship with someone, and it is also something which is very straightforward to do.

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!

Leopard On A Mission – Week Three


It’s mission day!! How did the first two weeks go for you? I hope you are finding a little more positivity in your life, while adding some light to other people’s lives.

This week’s mission is easy, write at least one letter. Not an email or text, but an actual letter. Bonus points if you write multiple letters! Thank a friend for the help they gave you, say hello to a Grandparent, tell a family member you love them.

Mail it, or hand deliver! Think of the recipient’s face when they receive such a heartfelt message.

I can’t wait to hear how this week goes, don’t forget to use the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission on social media so others can see the kindness you are spreading!

Taking Ownership Of Your Life After Tragedy


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Sometimes life can test us, wouldn’t you agree? So often we can compare our life to pack of cards. Some hands you are dealt are life-changing and winning opportunities, others are sent to test us or certainly seek out our best poker face to get through. Life is challenging, there is no shying away from that fact. So what happens when tragedy strikes? Maybe you have lost a loved one, a marriage is ending or you have been involved in an accident that has left you with life-changing injuries, these are all things that can have an adverse effect on us. When the hand you have been dealt right now isn’t looking to promising there really is only two ways you can handle it, feel sorry for yourself or take ownership and move forward. I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can move forward when tragedy has struck. I hope it offers inspiration and hope that things can and will get better.

Fix what can be fixed

In some cases fixing something sounds extremely simple and often it isn’t as easy as that, I understand that. But fixing something can come in all shapes and sizes. For example, a tragic accident leaving you with a painful back injury could mean that a simple positive step to see a spine doctor could improve your lifestyle dramatically. Opening up a line of communication between you and loved one could be the positive step for reconciliation. A job loss can be fixed by being proactive with hunting for a new one. Money problems can be solved with budgeting and taking ownership for your current situation. I understand that not all situations can be fixed, but you can choose to take the right steps forward.

Acceptance can be a vital step

As previously pointed out, often in some cases things can’t be fixed. The loss of a loved one or family member can be devastating, and you can’t exactly bring them back into your life, but acceptance of this time could be the positive step to take to move forward. Perhaps a relationship has broken down for good, maybe something unforgivable was done, so accepting instead of feeling hatred or hurt could be the ideal next move to make. It’s important to understand what you can do and what you can’t. But acceptance in both parts is a vital step.

Positivity can get you far

Positivity is something that has already been mentioned and it is something that can get you far with the process of moving forward and taking ownership of your life after tragedy. Negativity breeds negativity and you may find that the black hole you feel you are in now is only going to get worse if you wallow in self-pity. Make a habit of a positive thought process and don’t allow yourself to dwell for too long on anything negative.

Start taking care of you

Finally, start by taking care of yourself a little more. Accept when you need time, indulge in what makes you feel good and take care of yourself. No one can run on empty and it is vital to fill yourself up with your own fuel of positivity and energy. That might come from a long soak in the bath or some time doing a hobby you enjoy. Look at what you love and enjoy and make time for more of it. You will be a better person for it.

Don’t Get In Your Own Way, Tackle Your Motivation Issues

Some people occasionally feel like the wind has been taken from their sails. Others feel like it has never been there to begin with. Motivation is a key factor in life, one that we don’t always take as seriously as we should. If we’re motivated, we might not find it easier to work through the strain in life, but we find ourselves more equipped to dig in and keep doing it. So, if you feel like you have the get-up-and-go that others do, what do you do to get it?

 

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Make your goals clear

Naturally, finding what motivates you is key to your motivation. You might very well have a sense of what kind of life you want to lead and what aspects you don’t like and want to change. But if you don’t take the time to actually create actionable goals out of them, it’s very easy to treat them like something nebulous and far away. Whatever your long-term wants are, start taking them seriously. Break them up into goals and give yourself a place to start even if you don’t know the whole journey yet. Actually writing them down, reading them aloud, and acknowledging them is important, too. It gives you the sense that you’re laying out something concrete rather than dreaming up a what-if scenario.

Find your mantra

When you write them down, they can also become something more valuable. You can call it a mantra, you can call it inspiration, you can call it support. Finding a source to replenish your motivation over time is crucial. It can come from all kinds of places. A supportive group of friends to help keep you accountable. A role model or mentor who inspires you to keep going. You might even serve as your own mantra. For instance, you can create a journal in which you recount every attempt and every bit of progress you make towards your next goal. Seeing how far you’ve come and getting a positive emotional kick for seeing what you’ve accomplished can keep you engaged with the goal.

The body matters

Motivation isn’t all mental, either. Our physical reserves of energy, the balance of hormones in our body, these are also important. For instance, exercising helps you not only become more physically active. It also sharpens the mind. Carb-heavy foods are well known to make people feel mentally sluggish as well, so they might be worth avoiding. There are even supplements that can help you improve your energy and motivation, too. Testosterone might be considered a “male hormone”, but even women can benefit from balancing their body with a Tongkat Ali dosage. The body and the mind are intrinsically linked. If you make changes to one of them, you’re going to feel some effect on the other as well.

Motivation is vital to exercise, to career, to your personal pursuits and development. It helps us focus on what’s important in life and the feeling of using that motivation to get a “win” is the kind of fulfillment that can stop us from getting in a rut. Take your motivation seriously.

Leopard On A Mission – Week Two


Hello and happy Sunday! How did week one go for you all? I’d love to hear, so please leave a comment!

Here is this week’s mission: Be only positive on Social Media! Post happy pictures, share good news, leave supportive and uplifting comments.

These things can really add some happiness to a person’s day. On your posts, remember to use the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission!

Have an awesome week everyone!

The Cocoon: Dealing With Transitional Life Stages

“Everything I have ever let go of has claw marks on it, “ said David Foster Wallace, and the words ring true to anyone going through major changes. Some of the changes are subtle and welcome, even a bit expected – while others are dramatic and turbulent, shaking you up with your roots and making it difficult to get back to normal.

While you’re going through this transition, the rest of the world is going on with their lives, just passing you by, and you may be left wondering how long you have to wait until you feel like yourself again.

 


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It doesn’t matter what kind of changes you’re going through, really, if it’s moving to a new place, going through a divorce or welcoming a child into your life – a few tricks from psychologists will make it all better.

Here is a quick guide to how you can take better care of yourself during this time, and make sure you grow out of your cocoon when it’s time to come out.

Take your time

Turbulent changes can affect your external world right away, such as going into a new relationship, getting divorced, or experiencing the loss of a loved one – but your internal life needs time to cope. Whatever it is you’re going through, make sure you don’t act for the sake of action; meaning, you don’t have to do anything about it right now just to have it over with.

We tend to rush this transitional stage because it feels uncomfortable and unsettling, but your inner life needs more time to cope and come to terms with things.

When you rush this phase, you may end up finding yourself in the same situation in a little while as you never had the time to grow out of your cocoon. Find temporary structures to handle your emotions, in the meantime, and take little breaks during your day to address these changes.

Imagine your future

Going through a transitional stage you never wanted to be in, in the first place, may mean that you’re also resisting the turbulence that have yet to come. By allowing yourself to explore the changes, you’re triggering your imagination, and you might even realize that the future doesn’t look so grim, after all.

Don’t rush this step, though, and remember that it may take a lot of time before you’re even willing to explore the changes. First of all, you need to take care of yourself and dedicate time to working through the changes within – then you may start exploring the idea of what your life will look like in the future.

People have different ways of dealing with this, and an excitement for the unknown can be found in an online psychic reading as much as in conversations with your friends. It’s all about triggering a certain curiosity for what is to come and a sense of excitement, even if you never wanted the changes and have resisted them all along.

Accepting your new situation and imagining your new life is a great way to burst out of your cocoon by the time you’re ready for it.

The stage you’re in now, the transitional phase, should be a time of peace and comfort until you’re ready to face the world again with new vigor and an excitement for what is to come.

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!