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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Will Shaving that Beard Make A Better You?

To shave or not to shave that is the question at hand. When or if that question is being considered, some may want to ponder a few things. A study on beards and what women think of beards was conducted last year by 'Evolution and Human Behavior Institute.' The study indicated that, women overall prefer men with heavy stubble then their counterparts who are clean shaven or have very light stubble or full beards.

When men in the study were asked what is preferable by their male peers, they said they thought full beards and heavy stubble was the answer given the most. Clean shaven and light stubble was the much lessor of the choices.

The research was conducted by two professors, Barnaby Dixon and Rob Brooks. The two both teach at the University of New South Whales. The participants of the study included both men and women. The groups were shown 10 pictures of smiling men. Every man in the pictures, was shown at four different stages, with light stubble, clean shaven, 10 days of growth and a full beard. The men and women were asked to give a rating to each man at every stage. Consistently the clear winner or the stage with the highest rankings were the men at the heavy stubble stage.

The researchers were asked about the findings. They say only that full bearded men were perceived as good or better fathers, and more mature. They were also thought to be more faithful and responsible, but necessarily the most attractive. They also went on to say that men with full beards are often thought of as more masculine and more dominate and aggressive. Overly aggressive can be looked upon in a negative light say the researchers. They say the reason why light stubble fairs so low, is because it doesn't send an strong enough statement, it's too subtle.

However before you go shaving it all off there are even a few more things to consider. Mens Fitness Magazine also released some interesting factoids about men and beards, and the way people and women perceive them. Most bearded men will have a lot of respect, but not as many dates as their counterparts who elect to be clean shaven. The magazine recently referred to a study whose participants included 200 women. The women were showed pictures of men with a beard and clean shave. Fifty men's pictures were used in the study.

The same man was shown with a beard and without a beard, the women were asked in their opinion which man was more attractive. The pictures that were clean shaven were picked over 80% of the time. Those findings speak out very loudly to the fact that women prefer clean shaven men.

Both men and women concur that men with beards often times garner more respect and are thought of as mature and more worldly then their clean shaven counterparts. Light stubble is sometimes the preference of women over a clean shaven baby face look. Sometimes that old adage “beauty is the eye of the beholder” may apply.

However in most studies conducted on the issue, it is always an overwhelming number of women think men that are clean shaven are more attractive then men that aren't. Perhaps if the issue is coming up, a person may have had a beard for a while, change is good more often then not, if it's not working out, and the new found vibes from being clean shaven are not as expected, then growing a beard is not that hard to do again. Here is to new beginnings and change!

 

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Finding A New Perspective – With Bees

Life can get so busy and stressful sometimes that it is easy to lose sight of the things that are important to you, the things that really matter, the things that make you happy. Sometimes you just need to take a step back, pause a little, and remind yourself that the world is a big crazy place and you need to follow the path that is right for you. That’s why I took up bee keeping. I have a very stressful life, most can be attributed to a demanding job, if your like me and decided to find a new one you might find this online resume builder useful, you can find it here. Anyway… bee keeping makes it sound a little more grand than it actually is, but I had read recently a lot about how bee numbers are declining around the world and it seemed like a good chance for me to give something back to my local environment, so I got set up a small beehive in my garden. My garden is pretty tiny, it’s not some orchard full of fruit trees and berries, it’s just a little small suburban garden, but the bees seem to like it. Here’s some of the things that I’ve learnt about keeping bees.

Bees can fly

At first I was worried that my bees wouldn’t be able to make any honey because there wasn’t really a lot of flowers or blossom in my garden. What surprised me was that bees can happily fly up to two miles from the hive in order to gather the nectar and pollen that they search for. So you don’t necessarily need to have a lot of flowers in your garden, there just need to be some flowers somewhere in the neighbourhood. The bees will be more productive if they don’t have to fly too far (bees get tired) but don’t underestimate your bees.

Bees cant swim

One of the essential things for your bees is that they need to have access to water. They use the water to dilute the honey that they produce and also to keep their hive cool during warm weather. The best way to give your bees water is to have some water running through loose gravel. They don’t cope well with open buckets of water (as they drown) so I’ve taken the opportunity to create a nice little water feature next to the hive. When I first switched it on I anxiously monitored it for any signs of bees floating face down, but so far it seems to be working and no dead bees.

Bees like smoke

One of my favourite things to do as a bee keeper, and possibly the main reason that I decided to get a bee hive, is to put on the big veiled hat, waft a lot of smoke around and inspect the hive. During peak honey producing season it’s important to inspect the hive at least once a week – checking for any signs of disease in your bees or other misfortunes. The smoke calms the bees down and helps to ensure that you don’t hurt anyone of them while you’re checking the hive. Maybe your neighbor keeps bees and now you have a bee problem within your household? We’ve found this website which has tons of info on bees and bee control methods.

I am now completely obsessed with my bees, but above all it is a great daily reminder that whatever is happening out there in the world, I am doing my bit to help the bees.

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Sometimes Changing Your Life Means Big Decisions

Sometimes a little change can make a big difference. It may seem like a little thing to some people, but that little change makes a huge difference in how you see yourself. That change can be as simple as a little plastic surgery in the right place, and no one else need even know about it. All that matters is that you know about it for it to make a difference in how you see things. Sometimes those decisions start with some little ones, and changing your life means big decisions.

One of the problems I have had since an early age is that my clothes fit too tight. We are not talking “too tight” in that the clothes are the wrong size, but that I rubbed against my clothes in all the wrong places. This can make even the loosest pants or softest material hurt just to wear. Suffice to say that this means that any number of social situations were out of the question, as dances encouraged too much motion for comfort and pool parties required tight, painful clothes even for just lounging around. There hit a point where I realized that a labiaplasty was possibly the best solution.

A labiaplasty is a surgery that reduces the size or changes the shape of the labia. This can sometimes be mistaken for vaginoplasty which in fact deals with the inner vagina walls and is not the same thing. For some women the labia is just large enough to cause irritation whenever it rubs against anything, such as clothes. This can create additional problems, especially if the area is rubbed raw. Although infection rarely results, the pain can be a problem, especially for those that need to wear tight clothes. Although there are some some solutions, such as wearing loose underwear or lubricants, these solutions usually tend to be short-term and more drastic solutions need to be considered and researched thoroughly, and I considered several before deciding on the labiaplasty.

After the labiaplasty my life turned around. It may sound like a minor thing to wear whatever I wanted to, but it does make a major difference. It meant that I was not stuck at home and could actually enjoy a beer with co-workers. I could actually take advantage of the invitations I was receiving and let my hair down a little. It meant some dance lessons were in order for me to really enjoy my new found freedom but the lessons were worth it. I was a new woman and the dance floor was my new friend.

There were some changes at work as well. Because I no longer had to settle on loose clothing I was able to enjoy clothes shopping. It may sound shallow, but there are few dresses that look good hanging from a woman’s frame; now I could wear something that felt comfortable without having to be loose. This is not to say I went wild and started wearing tight dresses, but I was comfortable enough to wear just about anything, and the change was noticed at work. The labiaplasty opened up new doors for me, and I walked right through them.

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My Checklist Manifesto

My Checklist Manifesto:

I recently had to go to a IT systems and solutions conference in Sydney, Australia. However, in the past every time I had to go on a conference trip out of town I used to find myself forgetting something important that I should have taken with me from home and ended up having to purchase while at the conference.  It always ends up racking up my unplanned expenses and not to mention buying something I didn’t really have a need to buy, had if I had planned my trip a little better.

It is a pain, as the item may not always be available at the hotel convenience store or I’ll have to make a special trip at the end of long day to go out get the item. I can compromise on not having a lot of things but, I need to have my shave in the morning.

I like to have smooth shave, sometimes I like using razor which gives a lot smoother shave as compared to an electric shaver. But I like the convenience of carrying an electric shaver, so that I don’t need to take the shaving gel or shaving brush. Since last 5 years or more I’ve used the electric shaver for the most part.

But we are digressing from the main topic I wanted to address in this article, which is, quoting from Benjamin Franklin, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure err..a little up front planning can go a long way in stopping unplanned emergencies and spending extra monies in unplanned purchases. So I’ve prepared a checklist of items that I plan on taking on each trip. I was inspired in part after reading the book, Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. By the way, if you haven’t read it I certainly recommend for your reading. I saved this checklist to my Evernote app. To prepare the trip I visualized myself doing all the things while at the conference, starting with waking up and getting ready to packing my grooming kit, enough dresses, under clothing, socks, shoes and gym clothes, pairs of shoes etc.

So now, before I go on a trip I’m starting the process at least 2-3 days ahead of time and open up my trusty Evernote check list and start accumulating all the items one by one in my spare room. Once all the items are gathered, I pack them the night before travel.

Checklist

One of the other items, I sued to commonly forget to pack is my laptop charger or the cell phone charger. Now you can relate to how big a hassle it can be without the chargers. Yes, there are options available that can compensate for the poor up front planning, but it comes with an added expense.

But I’m very happy to report that since I started following my new system i.e. my well thought out check list, I haven’t experienced any issues in terms of forgetting to pack something important and having to make unplanned purchases. Hope you have couple of insights that might be able to help you with your next trip and save you some dollars in unplanned purchases.

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How I made my dog happier

Boom! I awoke with a start in the middle of the night, terrified that someone had broken into my house. When the momentary confusion of awakening to a loud sound from downstairs passed, I realized what had actually happened. It was 3:30 in the morning my dog was up again. He was rooting around in the kitchen, and had gotten into the trash. Again. I scolded him and put him into his kennel as he whimpered. I’m sure it would have broken my heart normally, but my sleep deprived self was so angry that I had to pick my dinner leftovers off the floor.

This had been a problem for a while.  My dog was restless in the middle of the night, but then also lethargic during the day. His late night restlessness was turning into destructive behavior, and I was finding myself locking him in his kennel over and over again in the middle of the night. I didn’t like putting him in that cage, I usually only use it when we travel. I wanted him to sleep in his bed in our mudroom, but at 3 am, when I would come downstairs, bleary eyed to trash all over the kitchen, it seemed to be the only solution.

I started talking to some friends, desperate for a solution that wouldn’t involve caging my dog every night. Most of them didn’t any helpful ideas, but one thought that my dog bed might be to blame. I had never before considered the quality of the bed I bought for my dog. I always just kind of picked the cheapest one that was big enough for him, and replaced it when it started to look worn. I took a look at the bed I had, which was just a standard pillow style, and noticed that most of the loft had gone out of the dog bed. It was sagging in the middle, and when I pushed my hand down on it, I could feel the hardness of the floor. No wonder my dog wouldn’t stay in it all night!

I did some research online at some sites reviewing the best dog beds, and found that today they are making orthopedic dog beds out of memory foam, just like the cover I have on my own mattress. The memory foam redistributes the weight of the dog, and takes pressure off of weary joints and bones, giving them a more restful sleep. Also, the beds are less likely to sag after repeated use. I did a lot of research, and choose one that had good online reviews and was suited for my dog’s size, weight and needs. The bed I ended up choosing was a little more expensive than the ones I normally buy for the dog, but not as expensive as a memory foam mattress for a human!

My dog was slightly suspicious about the new bed when it first arrived, and he sniffed around it a few times before getting in. However, by the third night he was fully accommodated and seemed to love it. The best part of the new bed is that the destructive, rooting behavior he was exhibiting in the middle of the night has totally gone away. In addition, he’s energetic and playful during the day, almost like a new puppy! I’m so happy that such a small change made such a difference in my dog’s life, and I feel great about making him happier. It was worth the extra money to put a new spring in his step, and get a little bit more sleep for myself.

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How Veterans can benefit from a Service or Emotional Support Dog

Over a million numbers of veterans who have served the military are left physically, emotionally, and sometimes mentally incapacitated after being deployed to fight the constant feuding in Afghanistan and Iraq. Majority of the veterans suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder or commonly known as PTSD. Many veterans feel like they are not part of the civilization and are having a hard time controlling their temper hence, having a problem when it comes to relationships. Some have a constant outburst of anger and believe that they are not part of the “normal” civilization due to being used to being alert and always standing on guard for any form of attack. Others experience frequent hallucinations. This is a very sad situation since these men and woman went out to protect our freedoms while we were in the comfort of our home.

It’s sad to think that these people who once have a positive outlook in life before they are deployed come back with a major damage which they will never be able to recover from. These veterans are the reason why we could go around the country worry-free. They are the ones who keep us safe from outside threats. They sacrificed their own life for us. And yet, the government doesn’t give them sufficient needs and a lot of people don’t give them any recognition. Some even end up being homeless.

PTSD is the most common emotional disorder that veterans suffer from. And clinical studies show that having a service dog is a great way to deal with PTSD. Recovering from PTSD is a long process and a service dog can help out his owner through conveying feelings and emotions. Service dogs are well trained and they can do certain tasks that can help you out and learn to accept that the dog will be your constant helper from then on.

Veterans can benefit also from emotional support dogs.  Dogs are great companions and hey can really help elevate and lift up their owner’s feelings and spirit. Emotional Support Dogs provide a kind of feeling that you can’t get from another human. That’s what makes them unique. If given the right kind and appropriate training, veterans can improve from their disability or disorder through time with the help of an emotional support dog. People often confuse Emotional support dogs with service dogs. They are very different in the role that they serve for their owner. Service dogs are trained to help people with disabilities functional fully out in the world. They also go through very extensive training that has strict standards with a high attrition rate. Emotional support dogs do not go through the same training that they do. Emotional support dogs can be normal dogs that are ran through some tests, but not necessarily training.

Take note that a service dog and an emotional support dog are two different entities. Service dogs are required to be trained well in a repeated manner to be able to learn “humanly tasks” that could help out a veteran. An emotional support dog require little to no training. But they must be highly groomed and accommodated accordingly. Every service or emotional support dog should be potty trained. They should be well disciplined and must be taught how to behave well especially in a crowd. A poorly trained service dog would end up running around the place which would make the owner even more stressed.

Service and emotional support dogs are both beneficial to after-war veterans especially when the individual is an emotional wreck after being deployed in a war-zone environment. These dogs will help the individual stay calm especially on places with lots of people and places or other things that may remind them of their experience in the war. Hopefully this started you off in the right direction in knowing what questions to ask concerning service and emotional support dogs.

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Depression: Can You Possibly Win This Never Ending Battle?

Depression is one of the worst mental diseases that can quite simply eat you up from the inside and destroy you internally. The worst part is that every other human being is bound to face depression at least a handful times in their life.

Some things aggravate it or accelerate the onset of depression. Alcohol for one. Gambling is another. Many sites like www.freebetoptions.co.uk , have warnings of the risks associated with gambling. However, being on the wrong side of a bet often can quickly lead to depression.

However, betting alone doesn’t cause depression. There are many other factors that can cause it. Learning how to deal with it is important.

If you are also facing depression, there are several things you can do to possibly fight back. A few of the most effective ideas for fighting depression are discussed below:

Friends and Family

The people around you are simply your allies no matter what sort of a personal battle you might be facing. In your fight against depression, you can always ask for a bit of help from your inner circle. It is more than likely that you will find a good listener or two among your friends and family. Reach out to your trusted ones and tell them you are going through a difficult time. There is no reason why they will turn you down. Besides, reconnecting with friends and family is also a great way to keep yourself occupied. As long as you are preoccupied, depression will not find enough room to infiltrate your thoughts.

Social Involvement

It is understandable that not all of us are socialites. Plus, in your time of depression you will feel like crawling into a hole and staying away from the world. However, never give up on any opportunity of meeting new people, and social events are the best place to do so.

It is necessary for all of us to attend a social gathering or two every once in awhile. Keeping up with social activities helps you stay on the loop regarding all the things that are happening around you. Plus, it is a great way to refresh your mind and connect with new people.

Support Group

If nothing else works out for you, you can always consider joining a support group that consists of other people going through the same problem as you. Having the people who can relate to your problems around you will help you feel connected. Plus, you will also receive much needed encouragement and advisory on how you can come out on top of your battle.

Busy Routine

A routine that keeps you occupied throughout the day is your most effective weapon against depression. As long as you are caught up in any sort of activities throughout your day, you will hardly ever have time to be depressed. Of course, initially the thought might come across your mind, but once you’ve settled into your routine, there’s every possible chance that you will be over your depressive days for good.

Despite the fact that you may always feel as if you’re on the losing end, you can still turn it all around and be a healthier, happier you. The most important thing is to stay mentally healthy and keep positive thoughts inside your head. If you learn how to do this, you will be on your way out of depression in no time.

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How I survived 18 months with a whiplash injury

This happened to me last year when I was driving to Toronto to visit a friend’s wedding. The drive was pretty much uneventful until I heard the sudden screech of tires. I looked in my rearview mirror and all I saw was a minivan very close to my back mirror. I was pushed forward with a force I had never experienced before. Pain shot from my neck and continued down the length of my right arm. My vision went hazy and then darkness.

Next thing I know, I was in hospital emergency room. The doctors cleared me to go home with some painkillers and told me that the soreness would go away. As days passed, the pain in my neck just kept getting worse. I eventually went to the doctor and he diagnosed the pain to be caused by a whiplash injury from the accident and told me that issues like these usually go away with time.

This incident in life told me how unpredictable life can be. One second you are making plans for the next week and the next second fate puts you in a situation where your plans are totally disrupted. The pain in my neck would usually get so bad that I could only sleep a couple of hours at night. It affected my work and at one point, almost lost my job because I repeatedly missed deadlines. A friend of mine told me to contact the insurance agency and try to get some sort of compensation for the injury, since the accident was not my fault. After conducting comprehensive research online I found a detailed guide about how to go about claiming whiplash compensation. I have now contacted the insurance company and am waiting for their doctor to examine me.

I have heard that the process is pretty long and it would take several weeks before any sort of decision could be reached. The pain in my neck is constant and I am learning to live with it. I am an accountant by profession which may sound boring but it’s an honest living. The day I left hospital after my recovery, I went straight to work the next day. I enjoy my work and have always been good with numbers. However, after this incident, it became hard for me to focus on work. I started making really stupid mistakes that made me look careless. The main reason for it was that my pain wouldn’t let me concentrate on work for more than a few minutes at a time. And the kind of work that I do is detail oriented and requires intense concentration.

The accident not only caused havoc on my life, I also ended up with a huge crack in the back windshield of my car. Once I was done with the hospital bills I had very little money left. So I had to find a cheap car shop that could fix my windshield. Most of the companies that I called recommended me to replace my windshield. So I took their advice and bought a new aftermarket windshield. Hopefully, things will get back to normal for me once I get done with all of this.

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How I survived 18 months with a whiplash injury

This happened to me last year when I was driving to Toronto to visit a friend’s wedding. The drive was pretty much uneventful until I heard the sudden screech of tires. I looked in my review mirror and all I saw was a minivan very close to my back mirror. I was pushed forward with a force I had never experienced before. Pain shot from my neck and continued down the length of my right arm. My vision went hazy and then darkness.

Next thing I know, I was in hospital emergency room. The doctors cleared me to go home with some pain killers and told me that the soreness would go away. As days passed, the pain in my neck just kept getting worse. I eventually went to the doctor and he diagnosed the pain to be caused by a whiplash injury from the accident and told me that issues like these usually go away with time.

This incident in life told me how unpredictable life can be. One second you are making plans for the next week and the next second fate puts you in a situation where your plans are totally disrupted. The pain in my neck would usually get so bad that I could only sleep a couple of hours at night. It affected my work and at one point, almost lost my job because I repeatedly missed deadlines. A friend of mine told me to contact the insurance agency and try to get some sort of compensation for the injury, since the accident was not my fault. After conducting comprehensive research online I found a detailed guide about how to go about claiming whiplash compensation. I have now contacted the insurance company and am waiting for their doctor to examine me.

I have heard that the process is pretty long and it would take several weeks before any sort of decision could be reached. The pain in my neck is constant and I am learning to live with it. I am an accountant by profession which may sound boring but it’s an honest living. The day I left hospital after my recovery, I went straight to work the next day. I enjoy my work and have always been good with numbers. However, after this incident, it became hard for me to focus on work. I started making really stupid mistakes that made me look careless. The main reason for it was that my pain wouldn’t let me concentrate on work for more than a few minutes at a time. And the kind of work that I do is detail oriented and requires intense concentration.

The accident not only caused havoc on my life, I also ended up with a huge crack in the back windshield of my car. Once I was done with the hospital bills I had very little money left. So I had to find a cheap car shop that could fix my windshield. Most of the companies that I called recommended me to replace my windshield. So I took their advice and bough a new after-market windshield. Hopefully, things will get back to normal for me once I get done with all of this.

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Hobbies Are Always Good To Live For

cheats for gta 5The problem that many people have with their lives is that they are not thinking about the things that they like to do. That is, they often think that life is just something where someone goes to work, gets paid and goes home to watch television.

The fact is that life should not have to be this bothersome. Hobbies are always interesting to take a look at because they allow people to have a little more fun with their lives for a change.

Hobbies Can Get People To Relax

The problem with life as it is comes from how people work for far too much time. They feel that they don’t have many purposes in life other than to work. Hobbies can help people to learn about what they can enjoy doing and therefore become more interested in the things that are of some desire to them.

For instance, let’s say that a person likes to play video games like Grand Theft Auto 5. People who have video games for hobbies can play such games with others, make friends while playing them and fine cheats for GTA 5 from http://freegta5cheats.com/. The things that can be done while playing games can allow people to relax and to have a little more fun in their lives.

They Allow People To Make Friends

It is often tough for some people to make friends if they don’t think about their hobbies. Hobbies are what bring people together. For instance, people who play GTA 5 can make friends in a local area by playing the game together and sharing cheats for GTA 5.

Those who have such hobbies are able to get in touch with other people. They will feel positive and pleased with each other because they know that there are people out there who care about one another. It is a truly important aspect of life that is worth exploring.

Hobbies Can Also Help To Plan Events

Many different hobbies can be worth exploring. In fact, some of these hobbies can help one to plan events with other people. Much of this is thanks to how some hobbies can allow anyone to have a little bit of fun with others in the form of interactions with other people through meetings, game nights, trips and more. It is often easy to plan outside events and trips around hobbies in order to get in touch with what is interesting to anyone and to have a little more fun in the process. This can especially work well for those who are trying to make more friends.

Hobbies are important for anyone’s life. Hobbies are needed to ensure that people can have better times in their lives and that they will not be burdened by the many stresses that come with it. They should always be seen with regards to what people might have a desire to get into. After all, if a person does not have any hobbies to enjoy then it might be tough for that person to actually enjoy life and everything it has to offer. It is always a point that is worth exploring with life in mind.

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Deborah – The French Method

Life sometimes gets a little overwhelming and stressful for most of us – at which point we feel the need to break free and re-discover ourselves.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have no idea what you are doing and you feel so lost with everything around seeming to go wrong?

Well if you have you are not the only one. Most if not all of us experience those low points in life when all we want is the ground to open up and swallow us whole.

Today’s post will be written by Deborah, who discovered her life purpose while traveling.

Take it away, Deborah !

My story

I have always considered myself to be someone who is generally happy, fun loving and out for excitement. After getting my undergraduates degree in Business and landing a job as an insurance sales assistant to one of the big local health insurance firms in Australia, I was sure that my life was looking up and I had great things to expect with the coming future.

While I went in to the job market a happy overly enthusiastic individual with great expectations for myself, my passion for life dwindled as the months passed on and the stress from both my professional and personal life found me at the brink of depression. You see, I pretty much I hated my life and the fact that all my time was committed to my work I had little time for my personal life. The stress I carried around from this made me quite an unpleasant person to be around and I found myself asking what I could do to make things better.

Tried from walking up every morning miserable I made the decision that things had to change. I knew I had to re-discover myself and determine what my life purpose was. I’m not talking about my job, my daily responsibilities or even my long term goals. I had to sit down and honestly ask myself what my purpose in life was and get the answer to my very existence.

The Game changer

So I sat down with a pen and paper and wrote down all the things that made me happy and all the things I had put aside to pursue my education and professional life. This is when my life changed for the better. I quit my job, took my saving and travelled around the world meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. It was during this time spent doing the things I loved that I learned a lot about myself and realized how I would live a life of purpose and fulfillment.

My time spent in France while travelling the world allowed me to fall in love with the French culture, people, sights and sounds. It is in France that I realized I valued my time and happiness more than anything in the world and as such I vowed to myself that I would completely change my life in pursuit of those two things – happiness and time pursing my life joys.

So I did something no one thought I would do and most of my friends and family people advised against… I packed up my life in Australia and moved to a little city in the South West of France called Lacanau to start a fresh. While I can’t profess that the move was without its up and downs, I can honestly say that it was the best decision of my life.

Once in Lancanau I had to find myself a means of livelihood that both suited my new found freedom from misery and life of happiness and provided a sufficient source of income to sustain myself and my new found passions.

Since I studied business in college and had always marveled at people who had the courage to start tier own business, I decided that business was the path I’d pursue. Ever since I was young I’d always loved doing my nails. While I’m no artists my friends and I would take turns going over to each other’s houses and doing each other’s nails as we talked and just hang out.

Nail arts is therefore something I loved doing and was great at. After doing a little marketer research on the availability of nail art studios in Lancanau, it became evident that opening up a professional manicure and pedicure shop where I could offer nail art services would not only be profitable but also cater to the new life style that I had chosen to adopt. I also started a website in French with a friend of mine (as they would say in French “cliquez ici!:) ), in order to make a bit more money on the side and help aspiring nail stylists.

The move to re-discover myself and pursue my passion not only helped dig me out of depression and realize my purpose in life but also entirely changed my life for the better.

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Losing Glasses and Winning Confidence with Lasik

Sometimes the hardships that we have to overcome are nearly overwhelming and sometimes it’s the smaller things that can make a difference…and sometimes it’s both. A friend of mine was telling me about her experience with Lasik after she was seriously injured in a car crash and I was surprised to find that there was a connection, I have seen what a difference it has made to her and so I asked her if she would share her story. This is what she wrote:

“I have always been a very active person, in all the sports groups in school and then on the company softball team, coaching little league, going kayaking, and generally throwing myself around as much as possible. All of that changed when I was hit by a car while riding my bike. Learning that I would never walk again was not an experience that I can sum up here. And really, that’s a different story than the one I want to tell.

It took me years to come to grips with my changed situation and maybe one day I will write a book about it. However, in the meantime, I started wondering if there weren’t things I could do to make myself feel better, some things that were actually under my control. After all, believe it or not, eventually you get used to a new situation and it is no longer the very first and last things that occupy your mind. So, while wearing glasses seemed small in comparison to being in a wheelchair, it was something that I had become increasingly distressed about.

It was as if on top of my disability, the vision problem just made me feel like everything was falling apart. I was also out on the dating scene and kept feeling like glasses and a wheelchair was going to make me the perpetual wingman for my friends. But, here was a part of my body that I could actually do something about. We’ve all seen the movies where the nerdy girl, the unrealized gem, becomes someone beautiful. She always takes off her glasses and, like with superheroes everyday selves, people are able to see her for the first time.

So, I started out by thinking about frameless glasses that led me to a conversation with friends about contacts, which led me to a conversation with my eye doctor about Lasik. I had always thought that Lasik was something that was only for movie starts, but once we looked at the price of Lasik surgery and how it compared to a lifetime of purchasing glasses (and the chance that I would be forever hidden behind them) it really seemed very reasonable.

As I said, to anyone outside of my situation it may seem like a small thing, but to me, it was such a victory. Not wearing glasses, and having been able to be the one to decide to do something about it, has really helped my self confidence. It seems to me that a feeling of confidence is not only one of the most externally attractive things, but also the most rewarding way that I could have possibly spent my money. I don’t know if that is what has landed me a new job or gotten me a date or any of those things. However, I do know that I have felt better all of those times in between and in the end, that is what really matters.”

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