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May 31, 2017

Achievable Dream Jobs

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When it comes to jobs, very few of us aim for the sky. That’s often because we forget that exciting jobs exist. If you’re ready for a career change or you’re considering what your first career should be, you need to look at all the options. Take a look at some of the most exciting and rewarding jobs in the world.


The veterinary world is one exciting place to be. It may start off with a love for cats and dogs, but if you’re an animal lover, you could consider studying to be a vet. The work includes farm animals, exotic animals, zoo animals and more. If a vet isn’t quite what you’re looking for, why not consider a veterinary assistant or a zoo assistant. There are also lots of animal charities looking for volunteers if it’s something you’d rather do in your spare time.

Have you always dreamed of flying through the skies? Well, no is your chance. With some pilot training, you could be at the head of the aircraft ready to fly to new destinations every week. Yes, you will be taken through vigorous testing, but the end result is worth it. If you don’t fancy having all of that power in your hands, you could opt for cabin crew aboard holiday flights or why not fly helicopters as a hobby?


If you were a massive Disney fan growing up (or still are) there are plenty of jobs available at Disney. From designers to princesses, the variety is endless. Perhaps you’re skilled at drawing and dream of working on an animated movie, or maybe you want to work in one of the world-renowned Disney Parks so you can always be a part of the magic brought to families. Wherever your skills lie, you’re sure to find something to suit you at Disney Jobs. If you do apply for a job at Disney, be sure to make yourself stand out.

Owning a Business
Some people dream of being their own boss. Spending so much of your time and effort working for someone else can lead you to dream about making your own hours. That dream isn’t as far away as it may seem. All you need is a business idea and suitable funding before you could be the owner of a brand-new business. Self-employment is far more popular than it used to be and it’s the ideal way to make sure you put your family first.

An Entertainer
Who didn’t grow up wanting to be a singer, dancer or musician? Entertainment is a dream industry to work in but a very difficult one to survive in. You will constantly have competition and it’s hard to get noticed. Having said that, if you have the talent and the drive, what’s stopping you from living your dream? Whether you’re a singer trying to plug your songs or a comedian performing gigs in small venues, keep hope alive. Perseverance is a must have trait in this industry, so keep on doing what you love.

May 31, 2017

The Very Many Benefits Of Purchasing A Holiday Home, And Why You Should Consider It

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We all like to take a vacation now and then. The stress of a modern, daily schedule can wear us down, especially if our lives are mainly located in a busy city. If you’re living in a huge city like London or New York, you’re familiar with this feeling. Even the most enlightened Zen Buddhist disciple would have a hard time living in these massively built up environments without feeling the smallest indication of stress.
It can be great to get away with it all, and for good reason. Holidaying has scientifically proven benefits for positive mental states, lowering of stress levels, and plainly giving you time to invest in activities that make you feel alive. The activity that helps someone achieve that feeling will vary from person to person, but there’s no doubt that pursuing it will be healthy.
If you find yourself visiting a certain location or country time and time again, there’s a very real chance that investing in a holiday home is for you. You might not have considered it before because you might have been put off by the first cash investment you need to make, but doing so can actually be a very wise and cost-effective solution to make the most out of the holiday destination you love so much.
But for what reasons specifically should you invest in real estate in your chosen country? Well, this list aims to inform you why.
Peace of Mind
Having a place to aim your main holidays toward will give you peace of mind in almost innumerable ways. You’ll never have to worry about the quality of the hotel you’re arriving at. You’ll never have to worry about being ripped off by an accommodation package that’s not worth it. You’ll never have to worry about the difficulty of securing a last-minute hotel booking. Your holiday home will always be available, free to stay in for extended visits, and secure.
Having a quality accommodation abroad will also allow you to settle in your culture easier. You go from being a curious tourist to a relaxed resident. This will also give you a reason to meet the locals and even entertain them at your property, and this can be a relaxing experience in itself. If you know people in the location you’re living, you’re much more likely to feel relaxed and like you belong there.
Accommodation Security
Taking on a last-minute resort booking can be great, but if you’re trying to cut costs, you might not end up staying in a place that’s reputable. It’s not uncommon to hear of robberies or thefts taking place in discount accommodations. If you have your own home, you can invest in your own security that gives you the best feeling of safety where your family is concerned. CCTV cameras, combi-locks, and adequate fencing can also protect your investment when you’re away.
Renting Opportunities
You might initially be hesitant to purchase a holiday home because you can’t see yourself using it enough. What if you want to go on holiday somewhere else one year? Surely you’re more likely to feel trapped in the holiday home because vacationing there becomes a default option in order to make the most of your money? This isn’t the case.
Using popular renting websites that allow you to let out your property when you’re not there can help you clock up potential earnings when you don’t have the freedom to visit yourself. Provided you’re renting responsibly and ethically, and providing a home to your renters that gives them a quality stay, you might be able to charge competitive rates, and pay off the sum of your initial investment even more. Who knows, if you don’t feel like visiting that location one year, you could use these rental profits to provide an even more amazing vacation in a new locale!
Value Increase
If you purchase your home in a sought after and developing location, there’s a chance that over the coming years and decades your property will increase in value. If you choose to sell this later in life or allow your children to inherit it, whoever sells it will surely benefit from a greatly strengthened selling cost. That’s never a bad result.
A Solid Cash Asset
Tying up cash in real estate is one of the most secure ways to fix a cash investment as an asset. If you invest $150,000 in your holiday home, you might acquire valuation increase at a greater rate than you would by relying on the bank interest to accumulate profit. It’s definitely something to consider.
If you have a particular purpose for visiting your chosen location, you might be able to use this holiday home as a secure launching pad for all of your niche holiday interests. For example, if you’re interested in surfing, you might be able to run a surfing school business from the home and store all of your resources and business plans in this home. It surely makes more sense than operating it all from an office while renting a hotel. You’ll have more freedom this way. Of course, if you choose to do something similar, be sure to register the property with the correct form of business insurance.
Entertaining guests abroad is now a possibility! It’s surely a status symbol to have property abroad, but if you don’t care about such shows of wealth and prestige, you’re still likely to find happiness in inviting your child’s friend on holiday with your family. As mentioned before, once you become friendly with the locals, inviting them for a dinner party will allow you to get the low-down on the happenings of your chosen area, and become an integral and respected part of the community. What better way is there of honoring your loved destination?
Future Family Uses
If you’re purchasing this for family considerations, there’s a likelihood that you’re going to keep the property in your family for some time to come. As your children become more independent and begin to take their first tentative steps toward embarking on holidays themselves, what better place for them to do it than the family holiday home? Here they will be familiar with the location, the locals, the entertainment spots as well as how to navigate back to the house if they’re in trouble.
Keeping a family asset like this will not only prove fruitful for you while you use it but for your children too.
Once you purchase your holiday home, you’ll have somewhere special to retire to when your working life comes to a close. When you do, the years you’ll have put in maintaining, letting and extending the property will leave you with both a nest egg of funding and a beautiful property to relax in. What better way is there of making your holiday home your permanent home? By this point, you’ll likely be a dual citizen of the country you’ve purchased it in. What a beautiful way to celebrate the family time you’ve spent there.
Purchasing a holiday home is an exciting, responsibility-laden and ultimately beneficial endeavor for you and your family. Just be sure to scrutinize the contracts you sign and cover yourself with legal duties and insurance coverage.
You can be sure that with the right planning and the most thorough viewing of many properties in your chosen area will allow you to pick the home of your dreams, and maybe for even less than you expect. Dependent on the location you choose, and the country from which you currently reside, your currency might have a stronger purchasing power than you think.
You’ll never know if you don’t try!

May 30, 2017

Top 3 Ugliest Features Of Your Home & How To Fix Them

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As beautiful as your home might be, it’s likely there are a few features that are less than appealing. Thinking about this, I decided to list the top three ugliest features in the home, and what you can do to make them beautiful.


Your roof is probably far uglier than you might think. Most people don’t even know how ugly their roof is as they don’t get a good look at it. But, over time, weather and goodness knows what else can beat your roof and leave it looking very worse for wear. Roofing tiles can get cracked, and there could even be things like moss growing through the gaps. All in all, it doesn’t make for a very good look.
To sort out this issue, you could invest in a new roof. Get rid of your old tiles and buy some that are more modern looking. Not only will they look shiny and new, but they’ll also be built to last. So, you should see less wear and tear in the future, meaning your roof can look beautiful for longer.


Radiators are potentially the ugliest feature in your home. The reason for this is because they tend to just stick out like a sore thumb. Amazingly beautiful rooms can be ruined by an ugly radiator. Traditional ones are made purely to heat rooms not to look good, so they are truly disgusting. The paint always chips away, which only adds to how bad they look. Plus, to make things even worse, radiators are dust and cobweb magnets. The back of them is always full of cobwebs that just enhance the ugliness.
Thankfully, there are two ways you can fix this ugly issue. The first is to replace your radiators with new and gorgeous ones. There are loads of places like Warmehaus that sell modern designer radiators than can enhance a room rather than bring it down. Alternatively, you can get rid of radiators and install underfloor heating instead. It completely eradicates any ugliness, but it does require some effort to install.


If you’re not careful, the doors in your house can be a really ugly feature. Most of us don’t care for our doors as much as we should, leaving them to become quite grotesque. The problem with ugly doors is that they’re very noticeable - especially if it’s your front door. Much like your roof, this can get battered by the elements and be left with scuff marks, stains, and who knows what else.
Sometimes, you can deal with an ugly door problem simply by using some elbow grease and giving it a good old clean. Other times, you’re better off just replacing it with something newer and better looking. Or, you could replace the handles of a door with new ones and give the door a clean. It sounds strange, but this subtle change can make a huge difference.
Don’t let these ugly features ruin a gorgeous home! Think about the little tips in this piece and you can make everything in your home look beautiful.

May 30, 2017

A Beautiful Bathroom For A Beautiful You

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Your bathroom plays a larger role in your life than you might realise. It’s the room in which you prepare for the day. For most of us, it’s also the place in which we maintain our beauty. And yet, it’s often a room we neglect. With a whole house to get right, the bathroom seems like the last place we need to get right. But, how can you keep up your beauty regime in a room which hasn’t done the same? Like the makeovers you give yourself, we’re going to look at how to makeover the bathroom of your dreams.


Most beauty regimes start with foundation. This is the bare essential, on which we build the rest of our image. When it comes to your bathroom, the foundation concerns the basics. That means getting your appliances perfect. Make sure you take time choosing the right appliances. Your sink, bath, and toilet all deserve your attention. While some of us choose these based on an existing decor, it may be best to start here. That way, your decor should come more naturally. Choose appliances that most appeal, and match the colour scheme on each. A mix match of appliances will make your room look messy. They’ll also make it much more difficult to get things right. Think, too, about the taps and flush you choose on these appliances. Find a selection of taps on sites like You could also find your chosen flush on sites like these. You could settle for a traditional flush, or go all out and get a chain-pull system. Again, make sure whatever you choose ties in with your ideas for the rest of the room!


Next, we move onto eyeliner. Unlike the clean base of foundation, this is a finishing touch that the whole world will see. When we think of our bathrooms, the eyeliner is those decorative touches. If you’re running low on decoration ideas, you can find some on sites like Taking inspiration from other sources is the best way to achieve the image you want. Think about whether you want to paint, or use wall tiles. Think, too, about what you would like on the floor. And, don’t forget to consider your colour scheme. Some options, such as blue, are more traditional. But, don’t think you have to stick with these. Breaking from the norm is a sure way to turn heads.


Most of us finish our makeovers with a bright touch of lipstick. This is the finishing touch that brings the whole thing to life. The lipstick for your bathroom is the additions which bring the room together. Think about which shower curtain would look best, or which mirror would most complement the room. In many ways, this will be the easiest part of the makeover. The hard work of deciding which colours you want to focus on is already done. All you need to do is pick features that complement what you already have!
May 30, 2017

Steps to Finding Your Perfect Home

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Once you’ve found your perfect home and moved in, it’s easy to get comfortable. However, finding your perfect home in the first place, can be quite a task. You can expect to start looking for a home and have found one within a few weeks. It takes time and effort to get everything you’re looking for. Before you start viewing properties, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Here’s what you need to remember in order to find your dream home.

You’ll Be There Longer Than You Think
In today’s market, many people buy a house assuming they’ll move on quickly. If you’re buying a house for the sole purpose of renovating and selling on to make a profit, you need not worry. However, if you’re buying a house you want to live in for a number of years, be aware that you’ll probably stay longer than you think. Even if your dream home is just a stepping stone to the next bigger and better dream home, the average family stays at least 2 years longer than planned. With that in mind, look for house you know you can grow in.


Buy Versatile
A versatile home is a home that can change with you. For example, you may have a spare bedroom that’s initially a home office for you and your partner, but a few years down the line you may need to change it into a baby’s nursery. Similarly, you could use your garage as a gym or alternate your conservatory between sun room in the Summer and dining room in the Winter. Any home that you stay in for a few years will need to be changed around, not only to be practical but also because change is motivational.


Know Your Style
You can’t search for your perfect home if you don’t know what you want. Would you prefer to live in a city, a town or a rural location? An apartment, a cottage or a mansion? Whatever you’re leaning towards, you need to start looking for a property type that’s as close as you can get to it. You may view a few properties and entirely change your mind. Maybe you’ll realise rural life is too cut off for you. That’s why finding out what your perfect style is, is important. Why not take a quiz and find out?

Know What You Can Afford
Finding your perfect home comes with a price tag. It’s important to speak to a financial advisor before you make any offers. You need to know what your price range is and how much you can reasonably afford to spend. It’s also a good idea to get first time buyer solicitor prices. After all, it’s not just the price of the house you’ll be paying. You need to be prepared for all of the costs that are involved. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to attain your dream home.


Old vs New
There are advantages to buying both old and new properties. A new property will usually ensure you have to do very little once you’re moved in. It’s also a good guarantee that electrics, plumbing, heating etc will be in excellent condition. However, new homes can sometimes lack the character that older homes can bring. Yes, you may have to go through a few extra checks and you may have to do some alterations to bring the home up to standard but older houses can often be more practical. For example, older generations often had bigger families so you may find bigger kitchens and bathrooms.

Do You Plan to Sell On?
While shopping around for your perfect home can be exciting, you also have to keep the reselling value in mind if you plan to move on one day. Is your home one that you feel confident will sell easily in the future? While you have to consider your needs and wants first and foremost, you also have to consider what other buyers will be looking for in the future. For example, is your home in a good location, near to schools and shops? Are there likely to be expensive changes to make to the house before you’re able to sell it on?

Getting to the point where you’re ready to move into your perfect home can be stressful, but it’s worth doing right so you can live comfortably and have fantastic prospects for the future. Follow these steps before making an offer and you won’t go far wrong.

May 30, 2017

The Biggest Home Improvement Trends We've Seen This Year

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Home improvement trends change year on year, but it’s always a good idea to keep up with them so you can be sure your property remains valuable and relevant. You don’t have to redecorate or add something to your home each time a new trend comes in, but having a good idea of what’s ‘in’ can help you to keep things fresh. Let’s take a look at the biggest home improvement trends we’ve seen this year:

Matte Black Cabinets
If you’re looking for a cool new way to update your kitchen, matte black cabinets are all the rage right now. Who wants a shiny cabinet that shows off every single fingerprint anyway? Matte black is modern, easy to clean, and looks amazing.

Copper/Rose Gold Accents
It’s no longer about silver and gold. Copper and rose gold accents can look amazing in just about any home, and you can mix them with your current gold and silver ornaments if you really want to. Rose gold has grown in popularity so quickly over the years, so it’s no wonder that it’s a home decor trend now.

Bohemian Style
Forget Scandinavian style, and all of the ‘minimalist’ trends you’ve seen over the last few years. Bohemian is now what trend-chasers are going for. The great thing about bohemian decor is that it can still look clean and fresh. You just have to include a few chosen colours and patterns to create an eclectic look, and include some unusual accessories. This is a really fun look that doesn’t have to be perfect, and can work in any home.


Patterned Tiles
Patterned tiles in the kitchen and bathroom can add bundles of personality. They make a great back splash, or even a feature wall if you’re brave enough. Plain tiles are so last year!

Jewel Tones
Neutral can help to sell your house faster, yes, but don’t you want a little personality in the form of your favourite colours? Jewel tones look amazing, and work perfectly with the bohemian theme we talked about earlier. Shades of teal, purple, turquoise, royal blue, and so many other colours can look amazing.

Making Your Home Smarter
Smart homes are the future. If you’re not slowly converting your home into a smart home yet, you’re going to get left behind. It can cost a lot of money in the short term, especially if you want to make the switch as quickly as possible. However, it’ll be worth it when it’s saving you a ton of money and time. Having a survey from a place like Allcott Associates before you go through with this is a good idea. That way, you can budget for the real cost of home improvements
And avoid costly mistakes while you’re at it.

Inspired By Nature
Finally, inspired by nature is a great trend to follow. Don’t be afraid to bring the outdoors in, using natural materials and different flowers/plants to bring your home to life.

Which of these trends will you introduce into your home?

May 30, 2017

Getting Out Of Your Rut

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Sooner or later, most people will get the feeling that their lives have hit a rut. When we come to this realisation, it usually only leads to feeling like a hamster stuck on a wheel; rushing frantically forward without ever making any actual progress. Whatever it might feel like, getting stuck in a rut in your life is rarely to do with a lack of ideas or opportunities. In this post, we’ll look at some of the best tips for getting things moving in a positive direction again.

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Make Friends with Regret
Regret never feels nice, but it leads to counterfactual thinking, which has been found to be a great source of self-motivation and development. If you’ve never heard of it before, counterfactual thinking is the practice of constructively thinking about what might have happened if things had been different. By making friends with your personal regrets, and chewing over what you might have or should have done in a given situation, you’ll be able to tackle the future head-on with a powerful, refreshed resolve: “The next time that happens, I’ll do this instead.” Try not to fall into the trap of simply counting your blessings in the situation, and shrugging off any ideas of self-improvement. This won’t take you anywhere fast. Analyse what you could have done better (without being too hard on yourself!) and use this to model a specific aim for self-improvement. It can be tough to get used to chewing over your regrets, rather than forcing them to the back of your mind and thinking about something more pleasant. With time though, you’ll learn to see regret as a useful tool, rather than something to be avoided.
Set Achievable Goals
This is perhaps the most important piece of advice we can offer for anyone who’s found themselves stuck in a personal rut. The autobiographies from some of the most successful CEOs in the world, all the way to self-help businesses like Self Development Secrets, emphasise the importance of having achievable and measurable goals to work towards in life. An absence of these is often at the root of why many people find themselves in a rut. You may be well aware of the big changes you have to make in order to get out of your rut, and feeling pretty overwhelmed by them. This, as you can imagine, can keep you stuck in a rut like you wouldn’t believe! You can get around this problem by giving yourself achievable goals in the interim. Just make sure you’re not falling into the common trap of pushing yourself too far in these plans, or going too easy on yourself. This will only lead to you exaggerating your abilities, or passing the blame of your failure onto something other than yourself. Be brutally realistic about your abilities, matching them up with the goals you set. When you’re working towards something challenging, but not extremely hard to attain, you’ll find yourself out of your personal rut in no time!
Know your Comfort Zone
Finally, it’s important to start paying closer attention to something you have interact with in one way or another, every day of your life. Before you get out of your rut, you need to have a keen understanding of the things that keep you in it. One of the most common things that keeps people in their rut is sticking to their comfort zone – a situation that makes you feel safe and comfortable, usually rooted in some element of your early childhood experience. If recently, you’ve been feeling like you’re in a negative, and seemingly inescapable situation, it’s important to take a step back, and think about whether any aspect of the situation feels familiar. This will help you gain a better understanding of your reactions to various changes, and how you can turn them around for the better. Most importantly of all, you need to know how important it is to get out of your comfort zone, especially if you feel that your career or personal life has hit a brick wall. Breaking out of your comfort zone will help you set those goals you hold for yourself, and give you practice in adapting to confusing or frightening changes. In the future, this can also help you apply creative thinking more often, and find new solutions around problems.
If you feel that you’ve driven yourself into a rut, start applying these tips to your day to day life. You’ll be amazed at where a few simple principles can take you!

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