Home Sweet Home: Creating a Sanctuary for Your Family

Parents often worry that when their children start having a circle of friends and new interests of their own, they may not often see their kids at home anymore.

Well, this normally happens at an age when the children begin to socialize and mingle with their own peer. They would hang out more often with their friends than they would with their parents. It hurts the parents to see their kids slowly slipping away, but they must learn to accept the inevitable.

Keeping the children at home

While it is true your children will not be by your side for the rest of your life, you can do something to make them want to stay home as often as they can. Here are some of the ways.

  • Keep your house always neat and orderly. Make it a cozy and comfortable place to live in – with the bed sheets regularly changed and the rooms well ventilated. In other words, turn your dwelling into a place that your children will look forward to come home to at the end of each day.
  • Try not to be too rigid with house rules. Keep your house orderly but stay away from the kids’ bedrooms if possible. Children do not like their parents to be fixing their bedroom mess because they have a way of arranging their stuff, no matter how topsy-turvy it may seem. Just remind them now and then that they need to straighten up their rooms as part of their duties in the house.
  • Keep the pantry full. Children are always hungry. If they cannot find enough food to eat in the pantry, they will look for it somewhere else.
  • Keep the kitchen busy with something that is always cooking. Prepare their favorite dishes on weekends. Plan your meals so that you can still serve warm and freshly cooked food during weekday dinners.
  • Invest on some interesting board games and sports items. Schedule a night of games for everyone. At first the kids might find this boring but once you establish the habit, they will learn to like the fun family nights.
  • Keep your communication open. Talk to your children in a loving manner but keep a firm hand when instilling discipline. Love them naturally without expecting them to give back the same love to you. Love is earned, not imposed or demanded and when you give it unconditionally, they will do the same in return.

Home is where the heart is and there is no place like home, so the old sayings go. Strive to make your home a sanctuary for you and your kids so that wherever they may decide to be when they grow up, they know they have a place to go home to.

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Finding Medical Miracles to Cure Various Illnesses

getting healthyYou have probably heard about medical miracles from the news, social media networks, work place or even your own neighborhood. In this age of modern technology and medicine, most people would much prefer to bank on scientific methods to cure their ailments.

However, the potency of alternative medical cure must not be underestimated as many of them have been proven to be effective.

The body as a machine

The body is like a machine that needs to be checked and maintained on a regular basis. Just like a car, the oil must be replaced, the motor must be lubricated and the exterior must be washed and polished as well. The human body must be given all the attention and care that it needs for it to stay fit and healthy all the time. More than the medicines, surgery and clinical treatments that are provided when one is sick, disease prevention through health maintenance works better.

Proper nutrition

To correct poor health, a person must make sure he is getting enough nourishment from the food that he eats. Meanwhile when he becomes sick, his nutritional provisions must be intensified so that his body’s immune system will have enough strength to fight the disease. This can be observed on a person who is sick with flu. By providing him with vitamin-rich foods, his body eventually regains strength and recovers from the virus. Proper and enough nutrition then is the answer to many diseases.

Medical miracles often take place through nourishing the body with the right nutrients that will help it counter diseases. Even cancer, a much-dreaded disease, is said to respond well to nutrition as an alternative means to eradicate the symptoms.

Although pharmaceutical products are the proven and accepted cures to all maladies, the field of medicine is now slowly accepting the natural approach of treating sick people.

Looking for the miracle cures

So where can one find the miracle cures? Can the healing priest in your community provide this miracle treatment on your sick child? No, he cannot. But you can find the miracle cures right under your watch if you will only open your eyes and mind.

The use of natural methods in curing the sick is actually within your reach. They can be the greens in the market or the herbs in your garden. Indeed medical miracles are in your hands and it is up to you to decide how to utilize them to the fullest.

At this point, one must also take note that medical miracles are also brought by adapting a healthy lifestyle in which you have to treat your body well by not abusing it through late nights and poor eating habits.

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Loving Unconditionally by Living for Others

positive livingWhat makes you want to get up in the morning? This question is used in an advertisement where several people are asked what motivates them to get up from bed everyday. Some answered it is their work. Others answered it is their hobbies. On the other hand, quite a few referred to their families as their motivation. Of the three responses, the last one shows there are indeed people that live their lives not for themselves alone, but for others as well, which is their loved ones.

Understanding unconditional love

Love is not merely a feeling. When you meet a person and you feel your heart throbbing wildly and your eyes flutter while you talk to him or her, it does not really mean that you love the person already. On the other hand when you cry so painfully because your partner deserted you to be with another love interest, the tears do not necessarily define love. Telling a person you love him from head to toe because his eyes make you melt and his scent makes you faint in ecstasy is not enough to show your love.

More of an action and commitment

Love is more of an action and commitment. Holding, hugging and lovemaking are only physical intimacies that form part of the whole act of loving. More than any of these physical closeness, love is demonstrated by keeping up with your commitment with the person. This means you must be willing to stay with your loved one through time, regardless of his imperfections and faults.

When you say you love a person because he is kind and thoughtful, you do not really love him per se. Instead, you feel like you love him because of the things he is doing to you, which satisfies and makes you happy. The issue now is, when the person ceases to meet your expectations, your love starts to wane. That is not true love at all, for love that is real does not put conditions or terms of measurement on the other person’s capacity to love back.

Living for others

When you live for others, you make yourself available for the people you love at all times, especially when they are in need of your attention, care or presence. By living for others, you are willing to put aside your own priorities and put the person in front of you so that you can back him up. With unconditional love, you cease to be selfish but you become selfless instead. And since love begets love, those you love and live for will naturally love you back and will be willing to live for you as well.

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I Haven’t Learned My Life’s Lessons Very Well, I Need Another Loan

Life throws up many lessons, and one of the most important lessons in life is to learn your lessons. In other words if life throws something up that you should take something away that helps you improve.

Of course that’s what life is all about, as you grow and develop you learn more and more, and therefore you can apply what you’ve learned to improve yourself.

I try and do that is much as possible, however I seem to have slipped up on one particular lesson. It’s how to manage my finances.

I’ve always been very poor at managing finances. When I was young I started borrowing money. I borrowed money to buy a car. I borrowed money to buy a house and then I borrowed more money to furnish it. I had a mortgage and I had personal loans and eventually ended up with a number of credit cards. Sadly it didn’t it well and I eventually filed for bankruptcy.

Anyone would assume that after some significant life lessons like those I would have changed, however it doesn’t look like I have. Again I am deep in debt.

My credit score is terrible because I have defaulted on several loans recently. And just to make matters worse I have even the borrowed a small amount of money on an installment loan for bad credit.

Of course I needed to access that installment loan because my credit score was so poor no other traditional lender would even look at me.

Can you believe that I could be so stupid? Now I’m facing the same situation that I was facing 20 years ago. Again I am considering the possibility that I will need to file for bankruptcy.

I love to think that you can grow and develop as you get older and that you can incorporate some important lessons in your life. I love to believe that as you grow wisdom increases and you become a better person.

However that doesn’t seem to have applied to me. My finances were a mess twenty years ago and my finances are still a mess. I’ve been bankrupt once and it looks like I’m going to end up bankrupt again.

Hopefully now it’s happened to me twice I will finally learn my lesson. I must live within my means. I cannot borrow money indiscriminately, I cannot buy whatever I want, I must learn to tailor my spending so that it accords with my means.

I suppose this is how you gain wisdom. Life throws up the lesson and it’s up to you to incorporate the lesson. If you don’t do that then you’re bound to repeat the behaviour until you do learn the lesson.

So I know now I’ve got to become a better person.

I don’t know how long this will take, I don’t know how or if I can do it, but I know it’s got to be done. Otherwise I’ll end up repeating the same mistakes a third time over and I know I can’t live with that.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Overcoming Adversity Can Drive You to Better Jobs

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, at least 8 million people suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and this number is expected to rise in the future. Traumatic events such as a horrible motorcycle accident (which can be avoided with proper safety precautions) can affect a person’s mental health they will still need to earn a living to survive.

The following information will help them to understand what they must do to manage their condition while seeking employment.

Get Professional Help

A person will need professional help to successfully deal with traumatic stress. They should see a psychologist or a psychiatrist who can prescribe prescription medications if necessary. People who suffer from PTSD will stand a better chance of managing their condition if they seek help.

A counselor, pastor, trusted relative or friend can also offer assistance to people with PTSD. A person with PTSD should never be left alone with their condition because they will probably have a hard time recovering or managing their problem.

Finding the Best Job for PTSD Patients

People who suffer from traumatic stress should search for job opportunities where they are qualified. They can use the help of a job counselor or a trusted adviser to pinpoint their skills and talents. However, patients who are suffering from a traumatic event should not seek employment in a line of work where they are reminded of their trauma. Professions such as truck driving are a great example where if you aren’t trained properly, bad things can definitely happen. Several drivers may go through a traumatic situation after a bad incident and should try to find work in a place that has low stress and makes little demand of their performance and time.

Working Can Bring Relief

People who suffer from a traumatic event must avoid sitting at home all the time wallowing in depression, anger, guilt and rage. Truthfully, it is strongly encouraged for them to get out and work. Most people realize that working allows people to feel good about themselves and about the world around them. Working can also help people to take the focus off of themselves and their problems and place it on to other people.

Use the Traumatic Event as Motivation

There are plenty of stories about how people use traumatic events as motivation to change certain laws or to highlight some type of problem. Individuals who can take a bad situation that they experienced and turn it around for good will not only help themselves; they will also help others.

Again, one of the best ways for people to help themselves is by offering assistance to other individuals. A person who is suffering from a traumatic event could find meaningful work with helping to change society and social conditions related to their condition.

Keep in mind that when a person suffers from a traumatic event, finding a job might be the last thing on their mind. However, they still need to earn a living and eventually they too will be expected to work. This is not a bad expectation and it could help to cure or relieve their PTSD symptoms.

People who suffer from PTSD should continue to visit their therapist and to take prescribed medications while they work. They should not stop any treatment unless they receive approval from a medical professional.

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It’s Not ‘Just’ Cosmetic: Liposuction and Gastric Bypass Helped Her Help Others


Recently, I heard a story that was just too good not to share. It also made me rethink the way I’ve stereotyped plastic surgery as a Hollywood fix-me-up. Finally, it addressed an area of growing importance in the story of adversity in America: obesity. This woman was brave enough to share her story and I wanted to pass it along to you.

I have always known that I wanted to be a nurse. That’s what I dressed up as for Halloween every year. When other kids were playing Spiderman or Superwoman, I wanted to play Clara Barton or Florence Nightingale. When I chose a college, it was for the nursing program and, after graduating at the top of my class, I immediately put together a quick resume and found a job I love at a geriatric facility. After completing the necessary clinical experience and continuing education credits, I became a Certified Geriatric Nurse.

It’s interesting that nurses are so focused on taking care of other people, that they often forget to take care of themselves. All the while that I was working, I was ignoring something else that had been with me since childhood: my obesity. I had been the subject of taunts as a kid because of my size. I remember one time after a class presentation in which I talked about wanting to be a nurse I overheard one student say to another “she’ll probably eat the patients.”

No matter what you are like as a child, someone will tease, but I really shouldn’t have completely ignored the problem so far into my adulthood. I wasn’t just a little chubby or curvaceous – I was morbidly obese. I found myself out of breath after very little exertion and just making the rounds. I also found that I would wake up gasping for air and never felt like I had a good night’s rest. When you have people’s health in your hands, you can’t be tired and distracted and when you work with older people who have mental impairments, you can’t be slow or unfocused.

I couldn’t take care of people the way that I wanted to and I knew it. What was worse is that they knew it to. There was one really sweet old gentleman who always offered to get things for me if I dropped something. Imagine that and 80 year old man who can bend over more easily than I could! I wouldn’t let him, but one day as I was picking something up, I fell forward and sprained my wrist. I flashed back to that grade school comment and thought, “oh no! What if I fell on one of my patients?” I flushed through and through with the horror.

Then, one day I went in to see my supervisor in her office and when I sat down in the wooden chair, I broke the arm off. All of a sudden I realized how big I had gotten and how hard it was for me to move around and do the job that I had always wanted to do. I burst into tears, I didn’t really know what else to do. Luckily for me, my supervisor is a wonderful woman and she talked to me about not only all of the health risks of being my weight, including diabetes and early death, but also about some of the options that might be available to me.

On her recommendation, I went to see a bariatric surgeon and after discussing the various options, we determined that gastric bypass surgery and liposuction in combination with a careful diet and exercise plan were the best options for me. I have to say that it wasn’t as easy as it sounded. I thought I would have the procedure, have all the fat sucked out and would be back in the swing of thing with my new slender self. It took a lot more work to keep myself healthy after the surgeries and to make the changes to my diet and lifestyle that were necessary. I was also lucky that the costs of liposuction were covered by my insurance because it was part of a medically necessary procedure and served as way of preventing future insurance claims for the health risks of obesity.

I’m not going to be a supermodel, although my husband still thinks I should be, but instead of weighing 350 pounds, I weigh 230. It may sound like a lot to some people but I feel like I am walking on clouds. The most important thing to me isn’t the way I look in an outfit or turning people’s heads, it’s the increase in the quality of care that I can provide to my patients and the quality of life I can share with my friends and family.

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Becoming All You Were Meant to Be

So many people today ask how to find true happiness and direction in their lives. Finding one's purpose is a delicate road with many twists turns and obstacles along the way. One of the hardest obstacles to overcome is having the confidence in ourselves to take the first step towards the fulfilment of our destiny. This is something we can both control or allow to control us. For me it was a rough road and it is a story I don't often share with others. But now, 4 years later I'm starting to find my way and I hope that sharing my story with you today will help me grow and fulfil myself as well as inspire others that have been in my shoes. 

I spent 10 years married to a man that I thought I loved and who claimed to love me.  Unfortunately for me, he showed his love with his fists and sharp words. I spent many years feeling worthless because that is a hard place to heal from. I always thought the hard part of healing would be getting out of that situation. Leaving the man that had me convinced that I couldn't ever do anything right, that I would fail at everything,  and that he would laugh all the way the courthouse when I lost the kids because I was so inept at being a mother was the hardest thing I ever through I would have to face. I was wrong. Leaving was the easy part, picking up the pieces and being a whole person again was the real work. Work that is still on-going to this day!

My first order of business was to find a job to support myself and my children. But how many companies would hire a stay-at-home mom who rarely (if ever at all) got out of her pajamas? This forced me to start looking at myself and how the world saw me. From what I saw, I knew that no one was going to hire me! Every time I looked in the mirror I became more and more depressed. Even going so far as to looking up how much procedures such as breast augmentation cost for people without insurance.  I know,  the world around us is filled with images of what we should look like, and maybe it is wrong to let that determine who you are and what you are going to with your life. So, I decided I had much better uses for my money. Feeding my children, keeping them warm, and continuing my education. That was how I was going to prove to my ex, myself, and the world that I matter!

But I needed a job that would support us while I was working my way to better employment. I spent a good amount of time looking at ads in the paper trying to find a position that would help me fulfil my life's purpose of being the best mother I could be for my children, and the best person I could be for myself.  Taking classes during the day was going to make work harder to find, so I jumped at the first job I found that would take me and allow me to work nights only. It was at the local tavern, serving drinks all night. It wasn't what I thought I would spend my life doing but it was a step in the right direction. My boss loved the way I interacted with the customers, a happy customer buys more, and the customers  were great for my ego. From the cute guy flirting with me at the end of the bar, to the fatherly gentleman who came in and treated me like his daughter. These people were huge influences in my recovery from being a battered woman to becoming whole person. Now I am enrolled in business management classes, getting ready for an RSA refresher course, and I am very proud to say that I am being promoted to manager of the bar where I found my feet. 

It may not seem like much,  but it's a start and it's more than I thought I would ever be able to achieve when I left a really bad situation with my children, our clothes and a few dollars in the bank to get us by.  I can only hope that those who have met the same adversity as I have are able to see my story and know that there are others out there who have been down the same road and made it out better than they could have ever imagined. 

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How Plastic Surgery Changed My Life

Five years ago, I was a 5'4" woman who weighed 290 pounds. Needless to say, I was what doctors and other medical professionals would consider morbidly obese. To others, I was merely called obese. While I did experience bouts of frustration because I couldn't wear any piece of clothing that may be considered fashionable,  I was generally okay with myself. I was the type of woman who didn't let my weight or the fact that I didn't have a boyfriend overrule my life. I was happy with who I was and how I looked. That is, until I went to see a doctor because I was often feeling under the weather.

Now don't get me wrong. I wasn't stupid enough to not think that my health problems weren't related to my weight. So it didn't come as a surprise to me when my doctor told me that the reason why I often felt nauseous was because my body wasn't getting enough oxygen. What did surprise me though was the extent of damage my weight was doing to my body. Apparently, my heart and lungs were close to being wrapped entirely with fat that they were working double time to function properly. My doctor added that if my organs continued to work as hard as they already were, there was a big chance that they would fail.

This was the biggest eye opener to me. Unlike some people, I didn't get depressed or lose hope. I used this as my main motivation to lose weight. From experience, I knew that diet plans and weight loss supplements such as HCG pellets or sibutramine pills alone wouldn't help me achieve my weight loss goal. This is why I researched on bariatric and plastic surgery procedures that could help me. Between the two, I was more comfortable with plastic surgery because lap bands and gastric bypass procedures just seemed to invasive to me.

I scheduled an appointment with a well-known plastic surgeon in my area for a consult on the possibility of a liposuction procedure. Before the day of my appointment, I went on the internet to find out everything I could about this procedure. Mainly, I needed to know how much does liposuction cost for someone who is morbidly obese. The websites I visited were able to gave me a ballpark figure but they also said that it would depend entirely on where the procedure will be done and who the plastic surgeon is. Since I made an appointment with the one of the best plastic surgeons in my area, I was ready to be slapped with a high professional fee. After a series of tests and evaluations, my surgeon finally gave me a schedule for my liposuction. 

The road to recovery after my liposuction procedure was long and very hard. I felt very sore and had to wear compression bandages for weeks. The difficult part didn't stop after I recovered from my operation. In fact, that was only the beginning. I had to change my lifestyle completely so I wouldn't regain the weight I had already lost. I had to watch what I ate, commit to daily exercise, and the hardest of it all was learning how to not give in to my food cravings.

Today, I only weigh 135 pounds and I've never felt better. I gave up my old office job and decided to become a fitness coach. I focus on helping individuals who are struggling to lose weight. I am also an advocate for healthy living. I make it a point to share my story with them not because I want to boast about my achievement. But because I want to serve as an inspiration for those who like me, felt hopeless about ever losing weight.

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Overcoming Adversity and Gambling Addiction

With the hope of getting rich instantly, many people put their hopes and everything they have on gambling online. Although some may find luck and make some money with this, many others end up with devastated families, ruined relationships and even bankruptcy.

One may come to realize that gambling brings nothing but despair and destruction. However, many need the helping hand of their families to come to this point. However, even though you may have already lost everything because of gambling, it does not mean that your life has ended. There is still a way for you to get back on track and win back everything you’ve lost. But first, you have to deal with your gambling problem and stop it today. Many others have overcome adversity and addiction. You can to.

Tips to Overcoming Gambling Addiction

Taking the first step in overcoming your gambling addiction may not be very easy. It can affect you physically, mentally and more so, emotionally. After all these struggles, however, you will find that choosing to overcome gambling addiction is one of the best decisions you have ever done in your life. Here are some tips to overcome your seemingly unending gambling addiction:

1. Remember your purpose

The problem with gambling addiction often starts when the gambler no longer performs his responsibilities towards his family, his work and his society. Although the very reason why a gambler starts gambling is to have tons of money and provide the financial needs of everyone he loves, this intention is often replaced by greed and self-indulgence.. A great way to save yourself from gambling addiction is to remember the reason why you started to gamble. If you started gambling for your family, ask yourself, “Did gambling help me in any way in making my family happy?” If your answer is no, you have made a great realization. To succeed in solving your gambling problem is not through the use of any medication but by realizing things and making your first great move.

2. Substitute your gambling time

Gamblers usually include their gambling activity in their daily schedule. Sites which offer the lure of Free Bet Options, recruit punters with the lure of free cash but they hook people in. Because of their addiction, they cannot go through a day without gambling. In order to eliminate your hunger for gambling, you need to find a healthy activity you can do every day to replace your gambling time. You can choose leisure activities like going for a walk with your partner or your family or even visiting loved ones whom you haven’t spent some time with in the past. Choosing constructive activities that build relationships is more productive than spending your precious time gambling and destroying your bonds with others.

3. Run away from temptation

If you live near a betting agency or other gambling sites with some cash in your pocket, stopping yourself from gambling will be very hard and almost impossible. If you have decided to overcome gambling, you have to run away from the temptation. Do not be lured by the sound of the horse hooves. Whenever you feel like temptation is very near, get away from it. Go for a walk in the other direction.

It is also wise to delegate your money to a loved one or a person you trust. By doing this, you will not have any cash to gamble with and the risk of temptation gets lesser.

4. Attend Gambling Anonymous sessions

There is nobody else in the world who knows the best solution to gambling addiction than a person who was once an addicted gambler. It may not be easy to find these people by yourself but when you attend gambling anonymous sessions, you will find individuals from different places who share the same problems as yours. You will surely learn from their experiences and find effective ways to stop your gambling cravings. It will also be comforting to share your ideas with them and help others as you help yourself.

Getting out of the huge pit of gambling addiction is very fulfilling. It really is difficult but with perseverance, hope and great faith, you will surely overcome it. Do not be afraid to take this step in getting your life back. Life is not just a game of luck; it requires real work and the right passion to survive.

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Overcoming Obesity: How 2 People Got Healthy with Simple Diet Changes

In this article, we will take a look at two individuals who began searching for effective ways in which to lose weight. This article looks at one of the popular diets that they both chose to test out. It also looks at the way in which they carried out this diet, and shows the results.

Tony is an individual who has put on a lot of weight in his 30s. He has tried many different weight loss techniques and has also experimented with different supplements in order to help him lose pounds. Many of these supplements did not work, and tony was left feeling unsatisfied. He began researching the popular GM diet, which has been developed in India and is set to help lose weight in an effective way. The GM Diet is an eight day process in which you eat a combination of fruit and vegetables on each day. However, on some days you only eat vegetables and on others you eat fruit. Then there are days when you combine the two and are able to feast on other food as well. At the end of the eight days, you should be able to weigh yourself and find that you’re between 5 and 8 kg lighter than you were at the beginning of the week. Learn more about GM diet from this site.

Tony carried out this diet and found that he was lighter in the end by approximately 5 kg. After having several days of rest he repeated the diet and found that it was fun to do again. However, he continues to lose weight.

Jill is another individual with weight problems and decided to explore the GM diet. She also carried out the 8 day diet and found that she had become several kilograms lighter at the end of it. However, she forgot to continue the cycle after several days of rest and began putting back on the weight. However, she is now trying to be diligent about it and has started keeping a journal in order to develop a GM diet routine.

When Tony began juicing, he found it difficult at first to find the enthusiasm for a smoothie drink every morning. However, when he began noticing how healthy he was feeling each day the enthusiasm began to grow. He also found that he had a lot more energy throughout the day and began completing tasks in a more efficient and effective way than before. Jill, on the other hand, took to juicing strategy straightaway and began being very creative with the fruit and vegetables that she used in her smoothies. She also found that many different fruits and vegetables could be used in a smoothie and began designing her own menus and ingredients, with written recipes for her and her friends to enjoy on a regular basis.

Jill and Tony have both now effectively managed to implement a selection of different techniques and strategies to help them lose weight. The GM diet is an effective way of losing pounds over a several day period. The smoothies are a great way of enjoying the GM diet in an effective way, which consists of smoothies that can be taken several times each day. Find the best juicer products from The Juicer Gal. They both plan on continuing the diet, but need to be motivated and organized if it is to work effectively.

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Passion in Investing and in Blogging

Blogging is about passion. There is no two way about it. It is hard to sustain a blog without a sustainable passion. It is said that the main ingredient to a successful blog and a blogging career is a sustainable passion. But a blog is not just an article on the internet. In the hands of someone who knows the topic and is passionate about it, a blog transcends its initial purpose.

 

Such is life, it transcends itself. If you consider life as more than just the triumphs but also the struggles and tribulations, then passion is what separates it from the ordinary. Which leads to the question of the definition of life and the life ordinary. This is the realm of the metaphysics. This article will not go there. Philosophers and drunks can go there at any time and discuss the merits of a life and why it is worth living.

 

Life for Us Mortals, Moving On

 

Unfortunately, for the rest of us mortals, life is worth living if only for the mortgage and the smiles of babies. Nothing is more joyful than seeing the smile of babies. Nothing can be more ecstatic except the final payment on a mortgage.

 

Stock knowledge is needed when you start a blog. But really, the reason you need sustainable passion for a blog, is because at some point stock knowledge will fail, and research will fail. Only the passion of the writing the blog will sustain the blog writer to keep on. Innovation and creativity kicks in when writer’s block stops all of the writing process.

 

Inherent Uncertainty

 

It is like the financial instruments market. The junk funds and the hedge funds were considered as partly to blame for the financial crisis. If not for the money put up as an insurance or plan ‘B’ which is what hedge funds are all about, these could have been used to prop up the financial market. All that is water under the bridge, of course. It has been a lifetime since the start of the crisis. Countries have almost toppled because of it, like Iceland, Greece, Malta, Spain and even Switzerland and the United States.

 

Today’s newest financial instruments offer safer options and an easier access. The concepts are easier to understand. There is still the little matter of having the strength of will and the decision to invest in a new financial instrument. Whereas hedge funds bet that the financial system will fail, binary options allow the investor to choose between two outcomes. From a metaphysical viewpoint, this is a more positive approach to investing, it is not inherent negative, and it offers free will.

 

Investing and Passion

 

Investing for the future is not just to have some money when retirement comes. It is about being passionate about the money saved in a life spent working. It is about making sure that the money is invested wisely. Money, in terms of savings, is a stewardship. At some point, after seemingly a lifetime of working, it is time to make the life saving work for the individual.

 

Blogging can be a lifelong money earning endeavor, but it takes a lot of passion to keep it going.

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How Exercise Can Help You De-stress

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Considering how much effort it would take to do a routine workout for someone who is stressed and can’t seem to find the motivation, one would think that exercising would only add to the stress. Actually, it is quite the opposite. It is actually advisable for anyone who experiences quite a bit of stress in a daily basis to find the time to exercise, more so than anyone else. After all, daily exercise will not only help you keep fit, lean and healthy, but it is very good for your mind as well.

For example, during a light jog, the problems that have been hounding you all day will soon start to ebb away as you start to get into your own rhythm. Perhaps you can listen to some music as you run, it certainly helps take your mind off of being tired – more so the problems that keep you up at night. As if that wasn’t enough, during your exercise your body will stop focusing on releasing hormones that promote stress, and start to release endorphins. These endorphins are mood-enhancing chemicals, known by many to be the ‘happy’ hormones. Eventually, with enough of these endorphins you will experience a calm sense of euphoria. With this, alongside a powerful immune response, your body will be able to fight off the stress in no time.

Another exercise that is worth doing is known as the rowing exercise. Using a rowing machine, you can train all the important muscles in your body and de-stress yourself while doing it. Without a doubt, this is one of the best ways to distress as you do not get tired easily when using a rowing machine. While it might be quite an investment to purchase one at home, you will never regret it, as it will help deal with both your health and your stress in the long run.

Exercising might seem like a lot of work, but it is most definitely worth the effort, as the euphoria you feel right after can fight off any feeling of stress that may have been building in your body.

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From One Needle to The Other: Phlebotomy

Have you ever tried drugs and become addicted to it that your day-to-day goal has shifted from actually living to merely just getting by and getting high? It feels good at first but you also feel like you are going towards a point of no return. It’s always a deep and dark descent and there is no way out.

What I am going to share today is proof that there is hope and that you can rise up and get back to the right path.

Meet Stephanie

From being a drug addict, Stephanie has made a turn around in her life, got herself back to school and went into medical training. She has just recently finished her training and has now succeeded in finding a job as a phlebotomist. Thanks to her family, friends, rehabilitation staff, social workers and support group, she was able to accomplish what is seemingly impossible – quitting her drug addiction and picking up and living a good life now.

“It took a while for me to get here, but here I am, and it’s been great,” Stephanie tells us.

As a phlebotomist, she is given the chance to help other people by providing assistance in health laboratories. Her job is to collects blood from patients, some of them may also be suffering from drug addiction for lab examination, testing, diagnosis, donation and transfusion.

What is phlebotomy for?

Phlebotomy is the process of extracting blood for medical purposes. In a lot of cases, this type of laboratory examination is done to decrease iron levels by eliminating blood cells that are rich in iron. When iron is built up in the liver or other organs, it may lead to serious damage. The procedure can significantly lower the risk of this severe damage and keep patients safe.

Phlebotomy is also done for diagnostic purposes, as doctors often base their prognosis on several tests, including blood works. Phlebotomy is also the process of extracting blood for the purposes of donations and transfusions.

How is it done?

Phlebotomists like Stephanie perform this job by inserting a needle into the patient’s vein and taking blood, depending on how much is needed. Sometimes, blood extraction can also be done by pricking the skin surface or tissue, such as finger pricking. The amount of blood taken from the patient can range from several drops to approximately 500 milliliters of blood.

What Stephanie loves about the job is that she gets to work in the medical field and help sick people in her own way. Aside from extracting blood, her task also includes talking to patients, explaining to them what the procedure, how it is done is and making sure that they are okay post-extraction.

As a phlebotomist in a hospital setting, Stephanie is mainly responsible for the accurate collection of blood and for its cautious transportation to the laboratory. She carries out her job with utmost accuracy and carefulness to ensure that the patient is not harmed and that the blood is collected appropriately and is not compromised.

She says, “The precision required for the job is very high. You need to hit the right vein – otherwise it would hurt, and you need to ensure maximum comfort and minimum pain for the patients. It also requires attention especially in handling and labeling the specimen. I feel as if it gives me plenty of self worth. I have a job with a purpose. and this is a complete change from the life I had before where I had no responsibilities.”

Indeed, Stephanie is now living a prosperous and happy life as a phlebomist. That is something she may not have achieved if she had not decided to quit her drug addiction. From one type of needle to another, she has managed to turn her life around.

Whether you’re suffering from depression, addiction or simply do not know what to do or where to go at this point of your life, you do not have to worry. You, too, can live a life with a positive outlook and can achieve what you want in life. All you need to do is take that first step – seek help, talk to others, and then plan for appropriate action.

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How the PC Changed My Life

I was only 7 years old when my father had walked out on my family, and since then I really didn’t know where to head in my life. I had quit my education out of shame, my friends had abandoned me because I didn’t have a father and I had a broken mother and sister to support.

Hi, I am Fred. A 26 year old guy from Switzerland and this is my story how I had almost entirely given up on my life, only to find my way back through the PC.

It was only a few days after my birthday, when my father walked inside, beat up my mom and walked out with all the jewelry and money we had. Only so that he could spend lavishly on his new girlfriend and buy her new gifts. I was only 7, and it broke me in every way possible. My sister who was only a year younger to me was absolutely broke and my mum just sat there with tears in her eyes.

I ran out of the house, because I really didn’t know how to react. And because I looked Indian (my mother is Indian), no one really cared to stop me and ask me what was wrong. Yes I didn’t have much friends because of my skin color and after this, I just ran away from everything.

I quit school and began homeschooling myself, claiming that it would save us some money. We needed every last cent that we could gather. And before you knew it, I was a social outcast who no one wanted to be around.

It was almost 8 years down the line when this guy moved next door. He was nothing like me.

He was bold, outgoing and wild, my exact opposite. And for some reason, he rang our doorbell and came into our house, asking if there was someone his age he could be friends with.

My mom called me down and he asked me if I would want to hang out with him for a while. I really didn’t know how to react, it had been so long since anyone had been my friend and I didn’t know how two men really “hung” out. So I decided to join him, hoping that maybe it would give me a break that I had longed for so long.

We went out and he started telling me about all these exciting things about street fighting and video games etc. It was all new for me. And suddenly out of nowhere he asked me, “Hey, you have six packs, you’re around 5’10″, you wanna street fight?”  Yes I was extremely scared at first, but I had really wanted to see a fight upfront. And before you knew it, we were there in our first fight.

When the fight began, I would have to admit that I was scared out of my wits. I didn’t know how to start or how to proceed, and yet there I was standing right in the middle of an empty street with this guy, about to lock horns. I really took a beating at first, but then it all came back to me. It came back how my father had left, how he beat up my mother every chance he got. How people looked at us differently because we weren’t white. And I just snapped. I clobbered the guy as good as I can and to my surprise, earned a couple of hundred bucks by the end. It was almost a new start for me.

We went back to my friend’s house and he bandaged me up. To my surprise, two girls also wanted to come back with us and it really was the first time I had spoken to any girl.

Sitting quietly at my friend’s house, I really didn’t know what to say or do. And I guess my friend had picked on my discomfort, because right out of nowhere he asked me if I wanted to play on his computer. It was truly the first time I had touched a computer and like everything else, didn’t know where to begin. And like the good guy my new friend was, he showed me around the PC.

pcAs time went by, our friendship grew stronger and stronger. We made good money from street fighting, and I could finally get my family the things I wanted.

Then one day, my friend told me if I wanted to be part of this gaming team which will earn us some big bucks. So without wasting any time, I asked him what to do and he told me that I would have to get a new computer and learn practice playing this game. And we headed to the computer shop to get my first computer.

When we reached the shop, I really had a tough choice choosing between the Mac and the PC. The Mac did cost more and looked way better, but somehow I went for the PC for the simplicity it could be used with. And before you know it, we spent hours on the PC preparing for this gaming tournament.

After a couple of week I was ready to participate in the tournament and my friend introduced me to a couple of other guy and girls who would be our team mate. And we kicked everyone’s respective tails. Seeing the amount of money that the tournament had, I got this brain storm that maybe we could earn more through computers and didn’t have to get our bones broken in the process. But I didn’t know a line of coding.

As the days went by, we looked high and low for people who would work with us and not cost us any money. More like a combined business that we would own. And when we found the people, I would have to say that we failed miserably. We wanted to develop this game, but because I didn’t know any coding, I had to sit idly. And it was killing me, so eventually my friends told me that we should start working on software’s and I should start focusing on the writing part. When I asked why, my friend told me “You can have word written anywhere, but you can’t create software which doesn’t say anything”. So we ended up dividing the job between us and formed this development team, and boy did we make money off it.

 

Today, almost 11 years down the line, when I stand by my coffee machinesipping on my warm cup of Italian espresso, I look back at those days and smile. Thinking of how stupid I used to be. And if it wasn’t for my friend and the Personal Computer, I would still be sitting locked in my room, without a dime in my pocket and mostly dead by now.

 

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Vape Pens Can Help With Cancer Patients

None of us want to have cancer. We all want to be healthy and free of diseases. Yet, at times, what we do does not reflect what we desire. For one, people who are addicted to smoking are aware of the risks and dangers that this vice may bring. They know that smoking can cause lung cancer and emphysema among other conditions, and they certainly do not want to end up sick. However, they also find it extremely hard to give up smoking.

But, is it really an impossible quest? Are you just going to accept these negative effects as an ultimate end simply because you have already been chained by nicotine and you just cannot let it go easily?

Nobody said, though, that quitting will be quick and easy. But, nobody also said it is impossible. Joseph, for instance, has been a cigarette smoker for forty-five years, until four years ago when he received the devastating news. He has lung cancer. Given his smoking habits, the condition did not come as a surprise. Fortunately, his cancer was discovered at an early stage and Joseph was still able to beat the cancer and is 100% cancer free.

Is Joseph still smoking after beating cancer?

Since Joseph was a chain smoker prior to his cancer, it cannot be denied that he still gets tempted to smoke at times. Ask any other smoker and they will tell you how difficult it is to quit cold turkey. The same can be said with him. Yet, he is now using a safer option – vaporizer pens. After beginning to use vaporizer pens, Joseph’s cravings for cigarettes slowly faded. He is now living a healthier and active life.

What are vape pens, anyway?

If you are one of the people who cannot seem to stand a day without smoking several sticks or even up to a pack of cigarettes, or if you care for someone who is a chain smoker, then vape pens might be something interesting for you. What are these devices that helped Joseph lose his cravings for cigarettes and finally quit smoking?

A vape pen is a great alternative for people who still seek the satisfaction of smoking, but devoid of the adverse effects associated with burning or combustion of tobacco. It is similar to an electronic cigarette, but it allows you to add special dry blends, waxes, or oils, which is placed in a chamber in the device. These blends, waxes and oils are then slowly heated to produce vapor, which you inhale, as alternative to cigarette smoke. The “smoke” produced by these pens are actually vapour mists, that immediately evaporate in the air. Without burning and combustion, it does not produce smoke, nor does it produce thousands of chemical by-products which are harmful for the body.

It is called “vape pen” because of its resemblance to a fountain pen. Vape pens refills can be e-liquids, dry herbs, waxes and essential oils, which contain nicotine, so smokers still do not miss out on the smoking process. Over time, vape pen users can eventually choose herbs, waxes and e liquids without nicotine content, which will definitely help when they are already trying to quit and simply can’t give up on the habit of sucking on a cigarette.

Are you a smoker?

Do you know someone who smokes? We all know the plethora of health conditions smokers may suffer eventually. Why should you wait till you or your loved ones get cancer for you to take action. Joseph is a living proof that this addiction is highly “quit-table” with determination and with the help of a vape pen.

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