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As we approach the end of the year, it's natural to take stock of our job situation and think about what 
we might want to change in 2019. Career oriented New Year’s resolutions are some of the most 
important and impactful changes you have it in your power to make. Perhaps you realise that your 
current job isn't making you happy and you don't feel fulfilled. It could be that you know a  
different career path would be more suited to your skill set and have the potential to make you happier. 
Or it could be the year you want to take things up a level and finally secure that promotion. Only you 
can make it happen by defining those goals and making a plan to move towards them…

Retrain For What You Love

Many people realise that they have chosen the wrong path, but just because you are currently in a job 
that isn't making the most of what you have to offer, doesn't mean you have to stay that way. Retraining 
could be your goal for 2019. Take a look into courses that can be done part time or with distance 
learning if you can't afford to become a full time student. If you think your skills are wasted but you 
aren't sure of your next move, try an online aptitude test to see what might make better use of your 
talents. The first step is to find out what qualifications would be needed for the job you really dream 
about and then find a course of study that delivers. Or you could look to do something like an MBA - 
find courses and view university here.

Gain New Skills

Branching out doesn't always have to mean retraining - sometimes enhancing your transferable skills 
is all it takes. Employers look for evidence of soft skills, such as communication, time management  
and leadership. There's plenty you can do to enhance these skills, from asking for higher profile 
projects that will give you a chance to develop a specific skill to online training courses from your HR 
department. Whether you're looking to get promoted where you are, or find a new job elsewhere these 
skills are always in demand and will serve you well in any job.

Seek Out A Mentor

One way to give your skills a huge boost is to seek out a mentor who can guide your decisions and 
coach you to achieve more. Finding the right mentor can be somewhat of a trial and error process, but 
if you're networking enough and you see someone who impresses you, send them an email inviting 
them to coffee. Come prepared with a list of questions to ask them and things you want to achieve. 
Think about things you may be able to offer in return, such as helping them build their social media 
profile.

Polish Up Your Profile

While we’re on the subject of social media, it's important for you to give your profile a makeover. 
Recruiters are always actively looking on LinkedIn, so make your your achievements and employment 
history is up to date, add details of projects you've worked on and key skills you have and join in the 
debate on some relevant industry groups while making new contacts. You never know where it could 
lead!
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Finding New Hobbies after 50

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Hobbies are creative outlets and special ways to find new people in life. In fact, a life without hobbies 
can become boring, especially when you reach a certain age. This is why you must have a “set” of 
hobbies that can keep you occupied. So, how can an adult find a new interest or hobby? Are you 
wondering if finding a new hobby is easy? If these are questions puzzling your mind, sit back, relax 
and read on!
The Pre-Requisites in Choosing a new Hobby
In general, hobbies are activities you can do for fun! These are activities you must not expect payment 
for. Instead, they must be activities that can help you connect with others and decompress. A lot of 
people believe that watching television and tweeting are their only leisure activities. Well, this is a big 
shame! Hobbies go beyond the television and social media network. It could be anything like collecting 
stamps, climbing mountains, and painting. These are hobbies with true benefits. 
Understand its Importance
To begin with, you must understand that all hobbies are important. The hobby you choose should be a 
creative outlet for energy. It should be something you don’t have access to on a daily basis. Instead, it 
must be something that takes your time and helps you forget regular problems. If possible, look for 
like-minded people who can share your hobby. See here examples of people who started a new way of 
life after 50’s by finding new hobbies. Together, you will be able to experience and experiment new 
adventures. 
Start Small
Your new hobbies don’t have to be big all the time. If you are finding new hobbies, always focus on 
smaller things first. Hobbies require lots of time. The good news is you don’t need to spend several 
hours to enjoy your hobbies. Use the time you watch TV or browse online for a healthy hobby. Here 
are some other examples of hobbies you can start after 50:
Learn to play an instrument. Music stimulates your brain, and this has been proven scientifically. 
Music has the power to invoke complex emotions and psychological states. Different researchers have 
shown that both listening to music and mastering a musical instrument improve memory and 
concentration. At the same time, this hobby teaches you patience and perseverance, because learning to 
play a musical instrument requires time and effort. You can, however, start this hobby at any age.
Reading is the long way to increase the level of intelligence, and this is especially true if you read 
about many different topics, from fiction and biographies to anthologies. Reading reduces stress, helps 
you experience multiple emotions, and teaches you about many topics. Reading is very important to 
gain knowledge about a subject, prepares you for all sorts of situations, and helps you become more 
productive in your pursuit of goals.
Meditate regularly. Meditation helps you reduce stress and get rid of all sorts of worries. With a state 
of calm and an unspoiled state of mind achieved through meditation, you can learn, think and plan 
things in a much more efficient way. Regular meditation helps you have full control over yourself. 
Effective self-control methods are the supreme point when you work on improving intelligence.
Keep your mind engaged. Just as you need to do physical exercise to keep fit, so your brain needs to 
be in shape. If you challenge your brain regularly do new things, so it improves skills and helps you to 
have a sharper mind. You can train your brain in a number of ways, such as Sudoku, puzzles, soccer 
games, or riddles. All these activities help the brain to form new connections. At the same time, through 
these activities, you learn to cope with different situations in creative ways, develop your ability to see 
things from multiple perspectives, and become more productive.
Exercise Frequently. A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body! After all, your brain is like another muscle 
in your body. Regular exercises help your mind and body function properly. Sport reduces tension and 
helps you sleep better. Doctors agree that better blood circulation in the brain means increased cerebral 
function.
Learn a new language. Learning a new language is not always easy, but it certainly has many 
advantages, and one of them is that it makes you smarter. The process of learning a new language 
involves tasks such as grammar analysis and learning new words, things that improve intelligence and 
brain health. It has also been proven by various experiments that people with a high level of verbal and 
linguistic intelligence are very good at planning, decision making and problem-solving.
Put your thoughts on paper. Writing improves language skills, but also helps you in concentration, 
creativity, imagination, and understanding. Writers are often considered to have a high level of 
intelligence. You can write in different ways: on paper or make a blog. However, by writing words you 
have in your mind you learn to express yourself better, and this is an excellent way to stimulate 
intelligence.
Travel to new places. The physical and mental efforts you make during your travels relieve you of 
stress, and the less stress you get, the better you can focus on what you have to do. Each place you visit 
can offer new things to learn: meet new people, try different meals, contact with different lifestyles. 
This puts you in touch with ideas you would not have thought of before.
Cooking. Many of us think cooking is a simple waste of time and that is something to be avoided. 
What you need to know is that those who cook regularly and try different recipes have an increased 
level of creativity. They are interested in quality, they are not afraid to try new things, and they are 
paying attention to details. Every time you cook something, you learn to manage and do more things 
at a time, to accurately measure and to make quick decisions.
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Getting Your Confidence Back After Childbirth

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Many of us struggle with confidence at some time in our lives. Even those of us that have previously 
had high self-esteem and appear from the outside to be successful, strong and powerful, don’t always 
feel that way. Many things can affect your confidence. Small issues like a poor performance review at 
work or receiving criticism can give it an unwelcome knock. But, it’s more significant issues, like the 
breakdown of a relationship that can have the most adverse effects. Many women find that their 
confidence takes a massive kick following childbirth.

They should feel more powerful and fantastic than ever. They’ve just made a person, what could be 
better? But it can lead to nothing but overwhelm and negativity. New mothers often feel as though 
they’ve lost their sense of self. The can feel as though they don’t know what they are doing, that 
nothing is going right, and they are unable to cope. Even after the newborn period has passed, 
returning to work or attempting to get back to real life can bring it all flooding back.

This lack of confidence and self-esteem can start to affect all areas of your life. It can make it hard to 
bond with your baby. Your relationship can suffer. You might avoid your friends, or find yourself
 scared of leaving the house with your baby. But, what can you do about it? How do you rediscover 
your confidence and become a strong, powerful woman that’s rocking motherhood?

Exercise

When you’ve just had a baby, exercise is tough. You shouldn’t get back to the gym or any strenuous 
activity for the first few weeks, and not without speaking to your doctor. But, if you had a straightforward 
birth and your body is recovering well, you can return to gentle exercises, like walking or swimming as 
soon as you feel up to it.

Don’t push yourself too hard, instead listen to your body and enjoy being outdoors. You’ll probably find 
that your baby sleeps in the pram as you walk too, and you get a little peace.
If you want to use exercise to boost your confidence and your mood, it’s a good idea not to obsess 
over your weight. Avoid the scales, get moving, and the weight will fall away slowly and safely. Instead, 
set yourself goals like getting ready to train as a tutor in fitness, or getting back to your previous 5k time.

Laugh

Laughter is a great way to start feeling like yourself again. When you are tired and not feeling your 
best, laughing can seem a world away. But, it doesn’t have to be. Spend time with people that make 
you smile, do fun things, watch your favourite comedies. We smile when we feel good, but it works 
the other way too. Smile and laugh and your body will be flooded with endorphins and adrenaline, 
making you feel better.

Look After Yourself

When there’s a newborn baby to look after, it can be hard to find the time to look after yourself. But, it 
can make the world of difference. Take a shower, brush your hair, dress nicely when you go out and 
even put a bit of makeup on or shave your legs. You don’t have to spend hours getting ready for a day 
at home, but taking care of yourself and putting a little effort in when you can make you feel like you are 
in control. You’ll hold your head up high, and enjoy hearing people tell you how good you look.

Cut Negativity

Most of us know people that are always bringing us down. People that are negative, that rarely say 
anything nice and that are just hard to be around. You’ll also know people that never seem to give 
anything back. You always have to ring them and make plans. They never make any effort for your 
relationship. You might even have people on your social media feeds that just annoy you. Cut them all, 
instead of letting them bring you down.

Be Kind

Being kind and generous is one of the best ways to boost your mood and your confidence. Be kind 
with your time, help those that need it, and simply say hi and smile at people you pass. You’ll feel good 
about yourself, and your confidence will start to come back in buckets.

Fake It

We’ve all at some point had to fake confidence. When you go into a job interview as nervous as can 
be, you try hard not to show it, and soon, as you start to answer questions and speak with authority, 
this false confidence becomes the real thing. Act confident, and you might quickly start to feel it.
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Choosing the Right Shoes for Your Baby

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Babies are adorable. Baby shoes are adorable. All things baby are, let’s face it, adorable. However, 
not all baby shoes are the same, so you need to know which ones are the best so that your baby will 
be comfortable and look cute.

After some trial and error, you’ll find what works for you, but there are some things to keep in mind 
when shopping. If they’re hard to put on or too heavy, your baby won’t want to wear them because he 
can’t walk in them and they don’t feel right.

Bobux shoes offer comfort and style for your baby, and they have a great line of shoes that promote 
healthy foot development. Backed by research based on how your baby’s feet will grow, they offer 
shoes that won’t impede growth and will protect them through their toddler years.

Weight

Baby shoes should not be heavy. If the shoes are too heavy, your baby can’t walk, and she won’t enjoy 
wearing them. If you start your baby wearing shoes at a young age, you need to allow her to get used 
to them, so they need to feel weightless on her feet.

Sole

If your baby can’t walk yet, the sole of his shoe won’t matter as much as if your baby is on the move 
already. Soft, durable soles are great for prewalkers, a firmer sole provides support for those who 
have just started walking and are still wobbly, and thick, hard soles are for running, jumping, and 
playing.

These soles provide just the right amount of protection for your baby’s feet so that she can continue 
to learn and grow while getting the stability she needs and the protection that is so important.

Along with the appropriate firmness, your baby’s shoes should have the traction they need on the 
bottom, so they don’t slip. This is critical for babies beginning to walk. This can help reduce falls and 
injuries, which discourage kids from wanting to wear shoes or learn to walk.

Flexibility

Your baby’s shoes shouldn’t be stiff. Pediatricians recommend that your baby remain barefoot as 
much as possible to allow them to stretch their feet and grow appropriately. However, if you do need to 
put shoes on your baby’s feet to go outside or you want them to wear shoes for an event, make sure 
they’re flexible.

Flexible soles will fit the shape of your baby’s foot and allow him to move as much as he needs to. It’s 
the next best thing to being barefoot so that he can wiggle his toes and stay comfortable.

The upper part of the shoe should also have a certain amount of flexibility and room to move to keep 
your baby comfortable. If your baby has those fat baby feel that everyone wants to nibble, you may 
want to look into wide widths to accommodate more movement.

Easy to Dress

Your baby’s shoes should be easy to put on. If putting shoes on hurts or is constantly a struggle, your 
baby will get frustrated and won’t want to wear them. Simple closures and a lot of flexibility enable 
easy dressing and undressing, so it slides easily and is pain-free.

Lining

Lining not only makes the inside of the shoe softer and more comfortable, but it can also keep the 
shoes from getting stinky. If you forget socks, you won’t ruin their shoes by choosing materials that 
don’t stink after being worn a few times.

You should also make sure the shoes are washable because if your baby is on the move, she’ll get 
her shoes dirty in no time. Being able to wash them quickly and easily will make wearing them more 
enjoyable.

Style

They should also be neutral so your baby can wear them with everything. Babies are expensive 
when budgeting for a baby, don’t spend a lot of money on fashionable baby shoes that your baby will 
only wear once. They may be cute, but they’re not at all functional.

Your baby’s shoes should be flexible, durable, and comfortable so that you can pass them down to 
siblings and encourage all of your children to enjoy wearing shoes and learning to walk. Bobux shoes 
are the perfect choice for your growing baby.
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Four Signs It's Time For A Career Change

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There isn't a single one of us who hasn't felt a touch of the blues as another weekend draws to a close and Monday 
morning looks, or found ourselves sat at our desks dreaming of being on a desert island instead or counting down 
the minutes until a painfully slow meeting ends. Feeling frustrated occasionally is all a part of working life. Despite 
the constant lesson we've been told from childhood that if we do what we love, it won't feel like work, the truth is 
that you're paid to deal with situations that you'd sometimes rather not- that's why it's called work and not a hobby! 
But how do you tell the difference between that, and a completely unfulfilling career that you need to take steps to 
change? When do a few bad days turn into a reason to start looking for your next move? These signs may show 
you the way..

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You Feel Undervalued

Pouring blood, sweat and tears into your work only to have it go completely unrecognised is a really defeating 
experience. While no one should need constant praise for doing what they are employed to do, if you aren't getting 
any recognition when you go above and beyond, it can be very damaging. If your boss consistently overlooks your 
efforts, it's not just demoralising for you - it can be a sign that you're not going to be given the opportunities you 
need to advance or be considered for promotion opportunities.

You're Not Learning Anything

Building a career is about stepping outside of your comfort zone. Not so far out that you feel overwhelmed and can't 
cope, but in the sweet spot where there is just enough of a challenge to keep you engaged and learning new skills. 
If you feel like you've been stagnating for a number of months, and you've tried requesting more complex projects 
with little result, it could be time to start looking for those opportunities elsewhere.

You're Being Underpaid

Money isn't the be all and end all when it comes to your career, but it is linked to being valued, and if you aren't 
being paid enough, it could also be a sign that your contribution isn't being appreciated. Use recruitment sites 
like mselect.iq to keep a track of the market and what similar positions are recruiting at. If you are paid 
significantly less than the going rate, and your employer is not willing to negotiate on a raise, then that can be a 
really strong signal that it's time to pursue new opportunities.

The Situation Has Changed

The one constant in life is change - and in the workplace bosses, company missions, life situations and job 
descriptions can change too. That means that what may once have been the perfect job may not be working out 
anymore. If you feel that your role no longer aligns with your ambitions, it's definitely time to re-evaluate. Take 
some time off from the daily grind and see how you feel on your return - if the answer is uninspired then it could 
well be time to plan your next move.

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