I visited a castle today. I found it quite by accident on a bracing (read absolutely icy and face freezingly windy) countryside walk, and I wasn’t particularly expecting to find anything much at all. All around me, as I walked away from the generous car park (there were only two cars in it, and one of them was mine), through the kissing gate, and on into no man’s land, there was stillness.
It didn’t matter that I could hear the noise from the dual carriageway that I had just taken a detour off to explore this place. It didn’t even matter than I could see a motorway across the wide expanse of field in front of me. At that moment, in that second, it was peaceful, tranquil, and my heart suddenly felt light with the joy of being alive.
Have you ever felt that? I don’t think it’s a feeling that can last too long – it’s not exactly happiness, but rather a completely ‘other’ feeling of infinity combined with the absolute knowledge of mortality. It happens every now and then, unexpectedly, and for various reasons and this, standing in the middle of a field, surrounded by far off movement and other people’s busy lives, was one of those times for me.
It fades after a time, but it’s wonderful while it lasts.
Once I began moving again, I followed a little path that ran across a couple of fields, through some more gates and down a winding track that crossed a one lane road. On the other side was a more substantial gate and some goats that stared at me, unblinking, completely still. I hesitated at that point. Yes, the sign on the gate told me that this was a public footpath and that I was welcome to continue my journey (as long as I remembered to shut the gate), but it also warned me about the possibility of coming face to face with wildlife, namely sheep and goats.
And there were two of the creatures, looking at me as though daring me to carry on.
I might have turned back then, unsure of the temperament of goats, but something caught my eye. An old stone wall looped around the top of a small mound, and I could see holes that might have once been windows, perhaps a door. So I ventured onward, desperately to satiate my curiosity, no longer caring about the goats.
They ignored me anyway.
I reached the wall and discovered, remarkably, that this was a ruined castle. There was an information board to tell me that fact, the name of the place, and how long it had been there.
I spent a long time wandering the beautiful ruins, just touching the stones, just imagining what could have happened where I was standing all those centuries ago.
When I finally left, walked away, I felt different.
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Summer will be here before you know it, and if you’re thinking of going to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, then you’ll already know there is a lot of planning to get through. Not only do you need to work out exactly which parks you want to go to, where you’re going to stay, and how you’re going to get there, but you need to save for it too.
Once that’s all sorted out though, and you’ve paid your final instalment, it’s time to really get serious. You’re going, and you need to be prepared. Unlike with a beach holiday, there are more things needed and more things to think about when you plan a trip to Disney so it’s best to get planning as soon as you can. Here is a checklist for you to go through to ensure that this holiday of a lifetime is memorable for all the right reasons!
You may not want to look like a tourist when you get to Florida but the thing is… you are one. Embrace it, and get a guidebook so you know exactly where to go and what to do. You wouldn’t want to miss out on anything, especially if this is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of Disney World holiday. It’s true that you can look things up online, but it can often be easier to have a handy guidebook in your bag – and you can make notes in it, use markers for your must-do spots, and generally make use of it. It’s a great investment. A second-hand one is even better if someone else has done all the note-taking in the margins already!
Orlando is a hot place. Hotter than you might realise. Shorts and t-shirts are required on a Disney World holiday, but remember to pack thin clothing, not just summer clothing. This kind of heat is entirely different to anything you’ve experienced in the UK, and you don’t want to be uncomfortable as you walk around the parks all day. Take a hat and sunglasses too – you’ll be glad you did when you get out there in the heat of the day.
Whilst on the subject of packing, making sure everyone has good shoes to wear is essential. You may not realise it, but those parks are enormous, and there will be a huge amount of walking to do, plus you’ll find yourself standing around in queues for many minutes (hours) at a time. Fashionable sandals and heels are lovely, but not during the day. You want trainers or breathable shoes. It’s not just about comfort, either. Some of the rules in Disney mean you can’t go on some of the rides if you don’t have the appropriate footwear.
The main reason for anyone to go to Orlando is to go to Disney World, but Disney is not just one theme park; it’s a number of different theme parks that make up the whole group. So do a little research in advance to work out where you might like to spend some time. The Magic Kingdom, for example, is where the famous Cinderella’s castle is, and it’s great for younger children. Older kids might like the Epcot Centre. Film buffs will love Hollywood Studios. Plus there are animal parks and water parks to enjoy as well. Knowing where you want to go will give you a good idea of how many days’ worth of tickets you will need. Buying them in advance is the cheapest way to get them, and you might even be able to make use of special deals. A little tip: take a photo of the tickets when you get them, making sure the ticket numbers are shown. If you lose them or they get damaged, you can then get them replaced.
For some people, a holiday is about going with the flow and working out what to do – if anything – once you get there. In Florida, it’s slightly different. There is so much to see and do that if you don’t have at least a bit of a plan and itinerary by the time you get there, you’ll miss out on something wonderful. If you’re staying at a hotel you can get some great advice from the reps and the staff, but if you’re in a villa you’re a little more on your own. The Internet will help you immensely in that case, although you can also ask the park employees for advice on what to do. Orlando is more than just Disney, though, and you might want to find something different to do, even on a Disney World holiday. Days chilling out by the pool are needed just to re-energise (perhaps have a pool day once every two or three days), and hiring a car so you can go a little further afield will show you some interesting places. If you pick a car from a reputable car rental company, then you don’t even have to worry that you’ll break down; they’ll have help on hand should that happen, working with companies that will be able to help you if you need it.
It’s usually best to change your pounds into dollars here in the UK before you leave as you tend to get a better exchange rate. Don’t assume that’s the case, though, and check out the exchange rate in the US before you travel. You might get a better deal by waiting. For a bit of fun in the parks, you can exchange your American dollars for ‘Disney dollars’. They have the same face value and can only be used in Disney itself, but they’re cute and put a smile on everyone’s face.
There are a number of little extras that are always worth packing when it comes to going to Orlando’s Disney World. They’ll make your trip more magical. Remember, for example, your autograph book and a chunky kind of pen. There will be characters walking around the parks and they will happily pose for pictures and sign your children’s books, so it’s a nice (free) souvenir! A poncho is another useful item. Yes, it’s hot in Florida, but it rains too, and when the heavens open they really open! Showers don’t last for long, but they happen most afternoons in the summer and you don’t want to get caught out. Take a little plastic bag that can fit in your pocket or bag too because there are water rides, and you can protect your phone/wallet/tablet that way.
The final thing to remember when travelling to Orlando for a Disney World holiday is to enjoy yourself. Have fun. Smile. It’s worth every second of packing when you realise you’re in a truly magical place.
People are getting increasingly stressed at work, which is producing a crisis in management and poor health. Businesses are suffering as a result of workers being forced to take time off due to stress-related illness, despite the fact that the job is creating it. As a result, while they are away from work, they begin to feel better, but when they return, the old difficulties resurface, and the condition continues to worsen. If this is the case, it is apparent that the work you are performing is not the appropriate one for you, and it is time to choose one that will not be causing you stress.
If you’re not sure if stress is the source of your condition, here are several ways work may be causing it; you might recognise your own scenario here.
A badly structured workplace is one of the things that could be causing you stress, and it may even force you to take a lot of time off. Workers will be unable to find what they need to accomplish their jobs if a workplace is disorganised. This may include crucial documents, handy stationery, or even the proper equipment to brew a cup of coffee or a drink of water. If you can’t locate what you’re looking for and can’t do the job you’ve been assigned in a timely or satisfactory manner, you may be reprimanded. Even if you aren’t, the situation is tense.
We’ve all been in situations when we have more work than we can handle, only to be pushed to do more. This isn’t such a horrible thing if it just happens once in a while (though it’s preferable if it doesn’t happen at all); a little overtime now and again isn’t too bad. However, if this is a recurring problem and you are constantly pushed to do more than you have time or aptitude to accomplish, you will, of course, get highly agitated and may need to take time off because you are burning out. If you’re doing too much, then work is sure to be causing you stress.
It’s difficult for everyone to get along with everyone else, but in the workplace, it’s vital to tolerate your coworkers so that you can all be adults and get your tasks done. This is not always the case, and negative sentiments amongst coworkers might seep into the job itself, causing you stress. It’s difficult to have to go to the same office every day when you’re having a fight with someone or have a falling out with a former buddy.
At work, having a competent manager is critical. Even though we have the authority to work in our own way and on our own schedule, having a manager to ask questions of, as well as get orders and praise from, is vital for maintaining high morale and a sense of stability. A change in management might be another source of stress since the unknown of who will be your boss and what they will be like is unsettling, especially if you were satisfied with the person who was there previously.
When you write a blog, you want people to read it; this is the main reason behind writing it in the first place. Therefore, you want your blog to be noticed, shared, liked, and talked about wherever possible. This can be a difficult task, but it is essential if you want your blog (and your website or business) to be boosted high up in the search engine rankings. Take a look at these tips for getting your blog noticed and implement as many as you can.
Stay On Topic
Having a blog that sticks to one main topic is a good idea. It means that people will know what to expect when they read your work, and it can prove that you are an expert in your chosen sector. Although some blogs do have varied contents, to really get noticed, you should ideally find the topic you are happy writing about and make that your main focus. Otherwise you can easily confuse people, and they won’t know that they should come back to your blog or that it could, in fact, be useful to them.
What you write about is entirely your choice as long as you know something (or rather a lot) about the topic and can find a lot to say about it.
Keep It Simple
Most people don’t want to read something too technical and complicated – in many cases, they are looking for ways to make a potentially tricky yet important topic more accessible. As a blogger, your job is to take that topic and put it in layman’s terms. It doesn’t matter whether you are writing about a tax return, days out with the kids, cooking, book reviews, starting a business, or anything else; the key is to keep it all simple.
Use Social Media
If you really want to boost your readership levels, you must use social media to promote your blog. Posting your link on a Facebook page (perhaps in a group, or on your own page or your business page) can potentially give you a huge reach, and many more people will read the blog, clicking through to your website, than otherwise would have done. They will also easily be able to share the content with their followers and friends, ensuring that even more people will read it. If you want to have your post in front of many thousands of people, you can even pay to have it boosted, but it may be possible to do this organically, so try that first before spending any money.
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SEO (search engine optimization) will make your blog noticed a lot more. SEO is about identifying important keywords or phrases and incorporating them into your blog post, and it needs to be done carefully and strategically. The search engine ‘bots’ will pick up on these keywords and phrases, and your webpage will be boosted higher up the rankings when people search. There are many different techniques involved in getting SEO just right, so it’s best to read up on them before you begin so that you can make the most of the opportunity to promote your post and make sure it is noticed.
We know that taking care of ourselves at home is essential. We know that eating well and exercising regularly is what will keep us healthy. Yet what about our work? As a business owner, you will probably find there are times that you feel stressed and anxious or that you work long hours and neglect your own self-care due to this.
If this is the case – as it is for many small business owners – it is vital to take a step back and think about your own self-care. After all, taking care of your own physical and mental needs can actually improve your business. Here’s how it works.
You Can Say No
Being able to say no in business is important. If you say yes to everything that anyone asks of you, you will soon become overwhelmed and exhausted. Not only that, but you will use up all of your time doing things that are of no benefit to you, leaving little time left to do anything that will help to grow your business.
Practicing self-care means that you will be stronger and more able to say no. You will be able to look at each situation objectively and determine whether it will be something that you can do well and whether it will positively impact your business.
You Can Do More
Those days when you struggle into the office even though you’re feeling unwell are not productive days. It would be better if you stayed at home practicing self-care, looking after yourself and resting. That way, you will heal more quickly and get back to work sooner, resulting in less time off than if you tried to go in and became more unwell. You will also find that just a few days off to rest and mend will mean you are more productive when you return, and the quality of the work you do won’t suffer.
The more seriously ill you are, the more time you will need to take off. There may be other complications, including a hospital stay or the need to use home care to help you once you have recovered if there has been a problem. No matter how long you need to take off work, rushing back will only make things worse. In these cases, insurance or a good manager will need to be used to help you.
Good Company Policy
At some point, you may well hire other people to assist you in your business. You need them to be happy and function well, and if you can lead by example, this will be beneficial. Practicing self-care by having scheduled breaks throughout the day, having set working hours, taking the time to relax and exercise where possible, and eating well is something you can instil in your employees. This will make the business somewhere good to work in, and your employees will be more loyal to you if they know you have their best interests at heart.
Make it company policy that self-care needs to be a priority, and your workers will be more productive and much happier in their jobs.
When you take a moment to reflect, you will realise that your body is an amazing thing. You breathe, eat, think, and move every day. This is because your systems all communicate with one another. Your body is a well-oiled machine the majority of the time; it takes care of its own health. If you don’t feel like your body is performing as effectively as it could, now is the moment to take action. It could be trying to tell you there’s a problem, and here are some examples.
Eyes are a big signifier of health. You might have dry eyes for a variety of causes. It might be that you spend all day staring at your computer or that you have a health issue. Certain disorders might induce inflammation in your glands, resulting in poor tear production and persistent, dry eyes. In any case, if you wish to take action, you should try to contact your doctor. If you do, you will quickly realise that it is more than feasible for you to begin taking better care of yourself.
If you have white spots in your mouth, you may have leucoplakia. This is frequently seen in people who use tobacco. If you do not get this treated, it might progress to oral cancer. If this is accompanied by toothache, you should see your dentist right away.
You Feel Cold
Do you feel like you’re always shopping for a new sweater or blanket? If you have a low amount of thyroid production, you may have cold symptoms. This is due to your cells slowing down and consuming less energy. As a consequence, your body produces far less heat. Even if everyone else is enjoying the weather, you may find yourself grabbing for a sweater. You may also discover that even with all of the radiators turned on, your body is unable to maintain a comfortable temperature. In any case, if this describes you, you should see a doctor right away.
Your Fingers Change Colour
If your fingers change colour when exposed to cooler temperatures or become white when everyone else is okay, this might be an early symptom of Raynaud’s disease. When the arteries that feed blood to the skin become too thin, this discolouration occurs. This might cause your fingers to become numb until they warm up. If you wish to put a stop to this problem, you should try to speak with your doctor if at all feasible.
You Have A Puffy Face
If you get the sensation that your face is swollen, you should consult your doctor. If you have a puffy face, you may be suffering from hypothyroidism. You may also notice that your hair is thinning and that you have muscle weakness. This is due to your body not generating enough hormones. If you do not get it addressed, it can lead to significant problems. You could discover that you have infertility or perhaps heart problems.
Certain situations will occur in your life that will simply not go your way. It may be anything as simple as a faulty appliance. It might also be more serious concerns, such as the breakup of your marriage. Whatever the case may be, here are some coping methods and suggestions to help you when everything appears to be going wrong in your life.
Remind Yourself That Life Is Full Of Obstacles
This idea might be difficult to acknowledge since we believe that the goal of life is to live happily with everything going our way. However, the nature of reality constantly denies us this privilege.
As a result, confronting reality is a good idea. Instead of believing that everything must go your way in order for you to be happy, simply accept that they will not. That way, you may avoid being constantly disappointed when things go wrong.
Be Ready For Things To Break
Nothing, even your possessions, lasts forever. As a result, it’s a good idea to plan for things to fail before they do so, so you can respond efficiently when things go wrong.
Many individuals, for example, purchase appliance spare parts online. This way, if the washing machine breaks down, they’ll have the parts they need to fix it. Others keep vehicle components and building supplies in their sheds in case something breaks or goes wrong.
Give Yourself A Break When Things Aren’t Going Your Way
Life might feel like a long, arduous slog at times, trying to get to where you want to go. And, in many cases, advancement is not linear at all. It comes in fits and starts instead.
Giving oneself a break is thus an intelligent approach to provide yourself with some room to digest what has occurred when things aren’t going your way. When things don’t go your way, it’s frequently a good idea to take a step back from your everyday routine and assess the situation. Gaining a broader perspective might assist in making things seem more acceptable.
Consider Difficulties To Be Opportunities
Another approach you may take is to see difficulties as chances for growth. Consider the moments in your life when things were difficult. These events most likely enabled you to grow as a person. Thus, seeing challenges as opportunities may be a fantastic approach to see the good in any circumstance, no matter how terrible or irritating it may appear at the moment.
Concentrate On What You Can Do
Many people who find themselves in a rut in life consider the things they desire but do not take the necessary measures to get them. As a result, it is essential to think about what you can do when life gets you depressed. Simple things like going to the gym, eating healthier, or working on Saturdays can often be enough to get you out of a rut and back on track.
Avoid Making The Same Mistakes
If things aren’t going your way because you made a mistake, look for strategies to avoid making the same mistake again. Develop good coping techniques as a practice. Then use them when you need them the most.
Businesses today operate differently than they did ten years or even just a year ago – changes take place all the time, and that includes when it comes to understanding how to manage an online store. When it comes to the possibility of improving company strategies, technology has changed the game, and it’s technology you need to consider first and foremost. Working online is critical for business owners because the internet allows you to market both brick-and-mortar shops and online-only stores.
Another goal aided by technology is the ability to attract more clients than ever before. For the majority of business owners, managed IT services is one of the greatest ways to run an online store. The complexities of these businesses necessitate daily supervision in terms of design requirements. At the same time, professional assistance in resolving page difficulties and other issues is critical. These services manage technology as well as monitor vital systems for operational purposes. So what else can be done? How else can you manage an online store? Read on to find out.
Solve Problems Immediately
When you need to manage an online store, you’ll want to solve any problems you come across immediately. Waiting even just a few hours could mean turning away a lot of business, and once those potential customers go elsewhere, it’s going to be very difficult to entice them back again; there is so much competition online that a missed opportunity is often missed forever. First impressions (including a working website) are crucial.
If you want to manage an online store, you’ll need to fix these issues right away. This could mean having managed IT services as we mentioned above, or it could mean learning how to solve at least the more basic IT issues yourself by reading blogs, watching videos, or even going to college part-time (and remotely) to get more knowledge.
Analyse Monthly Reports
It is critical to assess not just the effectiveness of your IT services, but also the scope of their coverage. Analysing monthly statistics for these services reveals to online store owners what is required to maintain their company and ensure it is running well. These reports are useful for delivering relevant information about your top users. You can also use these to learn more about your systems and which ones are causing the greatest problems for shop operations.
If you are keen to manage an online store in the best way, knowing who is visiting, how long they’re staying, what they’re looking at, and where they come from is vital. You can then use this information to your advantage, creating marketing campaigns that speak to the people most likely to buy from you. This will result in more sales and it will give you more for your marketing budget.
When we settle down and create a family, our first priority is to keep that family healthy and safe and prevent any health risks. That can be difficult in this scary world. Although many dangers to our family’s safety are unanticipated, but there are steps we can take to prepare ourselves and our families for such occurrences.
House fires are a frightening and terrifying threat to your family’s health. They aren’t common thanks to rigorous housing laws, but they are a concern you should take seriously. While most homes and structures are built in accordance with strict fire safety codes, human mistakes can still result in a house fire.
This might be anything from a defective appliance to indoor smoking, aged wiring, or a gas leak. Fortunately, there are precautions you may take to avoid a house fire. These include ensuring that all your smoke and heat alarms are working and testing them regularly.
A pleasant family outing can rapidly turn into a nightmare if you face hazardous driving conditions or make a mistake behind the wheel. An automotive accident can happen in a matter of seconds.
The big trucks and cars you see on city streets or on the motorway are a terrible hazard. While the majority of drivers are responsible drivers, there are some who drive or act carelessly.
Natural Disasters Are Health Risks
A natural disaster is a terrifying natural force. Almost no matter where you live, you will be in the path of a natural disaster, whether it be a hurricane, tornado, flood, mudslide, earthquake, forest fire, lightning strike, windstorm, or even a volcano.
Doing some research is the greatest approach to prepare for a natural disaster and prevent health risks. Learn about the different sorts of natural disasters that are likely to strike your state or region. Once you’ve determined the types of natural disasters with which you’ll be dealing, you can start putting together an emergency plan.
Make sure to carefully follow all of the instructions and run emergency drills with your family to familiarise them with the procedure.
Despite considerable reductions in crime rates over the last 25 years, crime remains a very real hazard to any family unit and could result in health risks. Crime might include being deceived, physically assaulted, or robbed.
When a burglar breaks into your home, it is a terrible situation. You may protect your family from this intruder by acquiring an alarm system, locking all windows and doors, and getting a guard dog.
Furthermore, regardless of gender, it is prudent to always have a defensive object with you while out and about, even if it is just your keys (remember, knives and pepper spray etc are illegal). You never know when someone with ill intent may choose you as their next victim.
Everyone creative believes they have a viable business idea. They are confident that their vision will be successful, and they are pleased and enthusiastic that they have come up with something novel. So what’s the issue? The issue is that most business ideas are bad ones that just won’t go anywhere, and as much as it’s harsh to hear that, it’s also important; you need to make sure that any idea you have is a viable business idea, not one that won’t get off the ground. Here are some things to look out for.
What’s Your Competition Like?
There is a great deal of competition. Starting a business is easier now than ever, especially after everyone has had to be at home during the coronavirus pandemic and has had plenty of time to think about life changes they want to make. You should check to see whether your amazing company concept hasn’t already been done several hundred times. You must ensure that your business idea stands out from the crowd, which entails conducting extensive research. Choose a company idea that will work for you yet is not overly crowded. You want your company to have a market presence if it is to be a viable business idea.
Do You Have The Time?
Do you really have the time to develop a viable business idea? Some sectors demand you to be able to work rapidly, but if your business idea is too complicated, you won’t have enough time to get a viable product to market.
Does The Idea Bore You Once You Begin?
If you quickly become bored with it once you have developed and launched your business (or even if you become bored during the process of developing what you hope to be a viable business idea), you have a problem. If your own business idea bores you, it is not a good business idea. It’s a massive red flag for a businessperson because your success is dependent on whether you feel it will succeed. If you don’t believe in your business, why should anyone else?
You’re Jumping On A Bandwagon
Social media makes it easy to see what the current trends are. However, those trends come and go so quickly that trying to fasten onto one for a viable business idea will never work. You might make some money initially, but it won’t last for long.
Your business idea needs to shine, and if any of the above points apply to you, it’s time to let it go and start over. Make it a point to start a business that will matter to you rather than one that you will detest.
When it’s freezing cold outside, it’s easy to forget about sunscreen in the winter. But, we’ve all tried it, and we’ve all paid dearly for it. Snow and ice, like water, reflect sunlight, making it more essential than ever to use sunscreen and take care of your skin and lips.
The good thing is that when it’s cold outdoors, our skin is often less visible, making our sunscreen regime a little more straightforward. You may be less likely to use sunscreen now that the weather has cooled and you won’t be basking in the sun. But here’s the thing: you really must wear sunscreen in the winter. Read on to find out how to do it right.
Use Physical Sunscreen In The Winter
Chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s rays, but physical sunscreens divert or prevent them. While physical sunscreen, which comprises zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, is the hardest to apply, it produces excellent all-year protection.
Compared to chemical-based sunscreen, which is usually either UVB or UVA blocker, physical sunscreen gives better broad-spectrum coverage. Furthermore, physical blockers act for a more extended amount of time, providing more coverage and needing less re-application. They’re also less abrasive than chemical blockers.
Sweat Is Important
Many people believe that using your daily SPF moisturiser once in the morning is enough to provide coverage for the entire day. However, even if you’re wrapped up and outside, your skin always perspires, and you should renew SPF during the day. Before leaving the house, apply a naturally healing and moisturising sunscreen in the winter with an SPF of at least 30, and allow it to absorb into your skin fully.
Watch Out For Spots
Sun exposure causes freckles, age spots, spider veins on the face, rough and leathery skin, small creases that disappear when stretched, loose skin, a blotchy complexion, and actinic keratoses (thick wart-like, rough, reddish areas of skin). The sun also damages the elasticity in the skin, preventing it from springing back and causing wrinkled and leathery skin. To detect UV damage, look for rough, red skin, an increase in moles, and damaged blood vessels on the face throughout the winter. Also, keep an eye out for any wounds or bruises on your skin that aren’t healing properly, as this could be an early indicator of skin cancer.
Food Can Help
Fruits and vegetables, in general, are strong in antioxidants and help us fight free radicals and sun damage. In contrast, meat, dairy products, simple carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods increase inflammation and can contribute to the worsening of solar damage. Conversely, foods high in vitamin C and antioxidants such as carotenoids and lycopene, such as leafy greens, peppers, squash, watermelon, blueberries, and tomatoes, can help reduce sun damage.