MIA – Week Four

Here we are, week four, the final post in my MIA series. Thank you to all of those who have been reading and reaching out to me as I have gone on this little journey through the month.

I have been reflecting a lot on why I started, what I wanted to be doing with the website, and where I am currently at in all areas of life. In some ways, I have certainly come a long way, in others, I think I maybe just tried too hard.

I believe I wanted to “do it all”. Outfit posts, business/product sharing, inspirations, recipes, etc. Which is all great, and I can do all of those things; however, I was trying to do it all at once, and at times, in a matter of a post a day. It all started off really well. I was able to reach people and grow a small following. I was even invited to be a guest on Local Lifestyles, our local morning TV show, which lead me to do an amazing and very fun photo shoot with Christy Lively Photography; the picture above is from that session.

I was able to get outfits together, find great businesses to share (which can still be found on my Shops I Love page!), and whipped up some great smoothies. I have learned that I should have taken my time in sharing though! I stated to realize that I was struggling a little to find something to share, what would people like, what would work, what wouldn’t?  I have taken so much time these last couple of months and learned how to plan out all areas of my life better, including my website.

I allowed the pressure of it all to get to me, and to make me feel like I HAD to post everyday. But, I don’t, it’s my site. I can post and share when I want to, when I have time. I can plan out posts in advance more, and create more “series” to help me organize my thoughts and help others.

I have started working on myself physically as well, and am starting to feel “better in my own skin”. I am looking forward to starting back into some Outfit Inspiration posts. I am hoping to have some fun food inspirations as well!

I want to hear from YOU though! What are some of the things I have done that you have liked? Is there anything you want to see more of, or that I haven’t done that you would like me to do?

Thank you again for being here, your support is wonderful!

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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!

Compassion, And What It Can Mean To Someone Who Struggles

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Compassion means everything to those who receive it, and it dignifies those who give it. No matter how hard your hard, or how difficult and hopeless the situation, compassion will lend a meaning to live. Without sounding like we’re preaching from a soapbox, it’s important to understand how the power of this can work. We, humans, are designed to love each other first and foremost. If not from an emotional standpoint, from an evolutionary standpoint. We all know that life is simply better, more bearable, and tragedy more manageable when we share our love for one another. No matter who you show compassion to, your friend who is addicted to a substance, an elderly relative who would benefit from at home care, or even yourself during a rough patch, this article is concerned with celebrating the power and meaning of compassion:

Compassion Reframes Tragedy

Everything is perception, and all is belief. No matter how horrific and tragic the circumstances you or a loved one has experienced, bringing in compassion to the situation lifts it slightly. It helps define a human virtue despite the difficulty. A kind word, a simple statement of encouragement, an action of help and a full-time investment towards resolution can all contribute to the effort of positivity. This can lend you immense strength.

Compassion Gives You Purpose

It’s easy to become disenfranchised or feel worried in the presence of difficulty. Becoming lost is often the temptation for most people. It’s simply a human issue which we all can experience without warning. However, applying compassion to both yourself and others gives you purpose. This can help direct you. Feeling empathic towards your situation allows you to look for solutions.

Notice that compassion and empathy is much more and much different than pity. It looks for solutions after accurately seeing the problem, as opposed to bathing in the problem and hoping it will solve itself. Purpose can help people get out of the most difficult times, so much so that many studies have been undertaken (such as those featured in Dr Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning,) on those trapped in concentration camps in WW2. Those who looked forward to a meaning after the camp, and held on to inspiration and purpose throughout the tragedy were much more likely to survive. This human passion helps us burn through even the most difficult of problems.

Compassions Gives You Clarity

If you have compassion, you’re much less likely to rest in your prejudices and instead listen to the person you’re gifting that compassion to. A drug addict will be seen as a diseased person, someone who needs help as opposed to a morally corrupt or ‘bad’ person. This helps you see the levels of complexity to any situation which can then help you give directed and appropriate help, or refer that person to better help with a more nuanced and appropriate approach.

Compassion helps improve your life, and your social depth even without tragedy to spur it on. Pause for thought and make use of compassion, it could just improve your life more than you know.

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!

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!

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!

Three Simple Ways To Boost Your Confidence


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The way we look and the way we feel really do go hand in hand. There’s more to life than what you look like, but if you feel insecure, it can really affect the way you live your life. You might shy away from social situations, avoid opportunities and generally miss out due to your fears about how you look. If you’ve been feeling a little down about your appearance recently, here are three simple things that will hugely boost your confidence.

Have Some Work Done On Your Smile

Nice teeth are something that will always be considered as an attractive feature. They symbolise health and youth, they’re also an indicator of how well someone looks after themselves and a lot of emphasis is placed here when it comes to physical appearance. Whether your teeth are discoloured, chipped, crooked or missing, cosmetic dentistry can work wonders these days. From invisible braces to veneers to whitening treatment, you don’t have to live with a smile you don’t feel confident with. Speak to your dentist and see what they can do for you, don’t live your life holding back laughter or covering your smile with your hand.

Try a New Hairstyle

There are lots of things that should be taken into consideration when you’re finding your perfect hairstyle and colour. Your age, your face shape, your complexion, your hair texture, how much time you are prepared to maintain it. Don’t just show the hairdresser a picture of your favourite celebrity and ask for your hair to look like that. Decide on something that will really work for you. If you’re very active for example, you will want your hair long enough to be able to tie back, or short enough that it won’t bother you. If you have naturally curly or frizzy hair, having bangs cut in is going to mean a lot of work each morning to make them sit right. Most people look best with a colour that within two shades of their natural hair colour, which is something to bear in mind. Have the dead ends removed, and regularly treat your hair to oils and deep conditioning treatments to keep it healthy and shiny.

Wear Clothes That Flatter You

It’s easy to get caught up in trends when it comes to clothes, but the key is to find things that suit you rather than what’s fashionable. Not everyone has the ideal shape to wear things like crop tops or high-waisted jeans if you know this is something you won’t be comfortable in then don’t wear them just to fit in. Classic pieces such as nicely cut dresses, jeans and skirts that flatter your size and shape will look best, and allow you to feel the most confident. If you work out your body shape, you should be able to find some good styling advice online based on it. You don’t have to follow this, and you should go with what makes you feel good, but this general advice can definitely help you to narrow down your choices.

Can You Really Make A Career Out Of Doing What You Love?


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There’s an incredibly old saying that goes “find a job that you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s something that you’ve likely heard before, and it’s become something of a cliche. However, that doesn’t make it any less true. The truth is that most of us end up getting stuck in jobs that we don’t really care about and we just assume that that’s the way things are meant to be. We just assume that you’re supposed to spend each day feeling bored or frustrated at work rather than feeling overjoyed to get out of bed each day and start working. However, that’s not the way things need to be. The truth is that it’s almost always possible to make a living doing what you love. It’s just that the path to achieving that is often rife with obstacles and challenges. If you’re willing to fight through all of those things, here are a few ways that you can go about making a career doing what you really love.

Find what you’re passionate about

This might sound strangely obvious, but the truth is that it’s actually much more of a challenge to figure out what you’d be happy doing with your life than you might think. Sure, there are probably a lot of things in your life that you really care about, but what do you love enough to dedicate every day to it? Perhaps your passion lies in things like TV, movies, and music? Well then consider if you can’t make a career out of writing about those things, or even making them if you’re the creative type. Or maybe you really love being able to help people develop and improve themselves. If that’s the case, then you could make a career in everything from therapies to career guidance.

Do your research

Of course, just because you know what you really love doesn’t mean that you’re suddenly ready to start earning a living. It’s crucial that you do as much research as possible to figure out what the potential career paths in your chosen passion are. If something like yoga is the thing that you’re truly passionate about then looking at the kinds of things offered by https://kayayogalifestyle.com/teacher-training/ is incredibly useful for understanding how to actually make a career out of it. Or perhaps you’re a real gearhead whose passion for cars eclipses everything is in your life? Well then you should figure out what kinds of careers to pursue that would make you happy. Whether you want to work as a mechanic, fixing up old cars, or an engineer, designing the next generation of new ones, there are always different avenues you can follow, no matter what your passion is.   

 Of course, it’s important to remember that, even when you’re working a job you love, there will be days of frustration and hard work. The difference is that you’ll feel so much more prepared to deal with these things when you’re doing something that you’re passionate about than you would if you were just working to earn a living.