Dreams!

Do you remember having amazing dreams & goals as a child? I certainly do! I had grand visions of being a rodeo star, singer, actor, you name it, I wanted to be it!  It was an amazing feeling & I really believed with all of my heart that I could be all of those things! It seems as we get older we lose sight of our dreams, which is absolutely wrong! Everyone has something that they are passionate about doing in their lives. Things that we thrive in while we are doing them, things that make us completely happy. I want you to write them down. Then I want you to write down your dreams next to them. 

This is where the magic happens! When you connect with what you are passionate about & what drives you, the sky is the limit. Dreaming BIG while stirring your souls compassion’s are a recipe for success! 

We can all agree that life has its challenges, right? When you have a big enough dream it helps you to stay focused on achieving that goal & dream instead of all of negativity that can swirl around you! When you focus on the good, you receive more good! It is so powerful!

Life is a constantly changing, but having dreams that you are so connected with gives you the power to chase them & to never give up. When you have a purpose so big it exudes onto others which inspires others to find their passions & dreams. It exciting to see this happen!

Dreams are BEAUTIFUL because the more creative you become on achieving your dream the more you will receive! The creative process is so beneficial to you because it opens your mind, helps you to work harder, & opens many doors that may not have opened before! 

Together we can change the world in such a positive way if we all start DREAMING & BELIEVING in our dreams! This is powerful & helps us stay healthy & connected with our souls desires. Dreaming is CHALLENGING but more REWARDING than ever! 

 I ALWAYS have is a special place to write all of my dreams in! I use fun, inspirational journals that help keep me motivated! I keep them close and read through them weekly to see how I am progressing towards my goals!  

PS: This topic has been suggested by Akash Shukla 

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GET TO KNOW – Priyal Poddar

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START BLOGGING?

It all started due to the insistence of my BFF, ho advised me to start my own blog by seeing my quotes on social media. And believe me, I never thought that I would be a part of this blogging world because it was never my cup of tea but now it holds a significant place in my life. 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING FOR? 

From the last 6th months  

WHAT YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

The best part of blogging is that I can write whatever I have in my heart, Feelings I wanted to share with the world, my thoughts, my experience about life, anything which I feel like sharing without any interference. Because no one can stop me to share my views. It’s my own beautiful world 🙂

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES BESIDE BLOGGING? 

When it comes to my hobbies, it’s a quite long list. But I am going to short it by mentioning that I love dancing, painting, visiting new places, driving and most importantly cooking. 

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW BLOGGERS?

Though I am new into this blogging world still I have got to learn so many new things from my senior and I will always be thankful to them. But the experiences which I got in these last few months, I would like to share it with my fellow blogger. Work hard with full dedication and always write straight from your heart with good content. And most important ‘Reading’, Yes, reading is more important than writing, when you come into the blogging world.

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU? 

Blog – http://parilifestyle.com

Twitter –  https://mobile.twitter.com/Priyalpoddar19

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/parilifestyle19/

Pinterest – https://in.pinterest.com/priyalpoddar/

Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/parifeelings/?ref=bookmarks

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Achieving your Goals

We often set goals as a way to motivate ourselves to achieve a certain end result that we desire. Often these targets are set at the beginning of a new year or a new month and can range from anything to do with work, health, family or your personal life.

Once we achieve the final outcome in mind, we are overcome with feelings of pride and satisfaction – we did it!

But reaching that point, and achieving these aspirations isn’t always easy. How many times have you told yourself “I’m going to exercise more” or “I’ll start the diet on Monday” with little to no success?

It’s over halfway through the year, and many may be reflecting on the goals they set at the beginning of the year. Some may be proud of the progress they’ve made so far, while others may be left slightly disheartened.

Here are 6 ways to increase your likelihood of achieving your goals, whatever they may be!

Be Specific

It’s so important to be specific when setting goals. Rather than saying “I’ll exercise more”, make your goal “I will exercise for 30 minutes, 3 times a week”, for example.

The first goal is very loose and broad and sets you up for disappointment, while with the second goal, you know exactly what you need to do and are more likely to stick to it and recognise when it has been achieved.

Be Realistic

If you work full time, study, write a blog on the side and have young children at home, it may seem a little far reaching to strive to post 4 – 5 blogs a week. If these are your circumstances, and you manage to do this – I bow down to you and commend you! You are superwoman/superman!

But I think most of us can agree that this goal is a little challenging. Making your goals realistic to your personal circumstances is imperative to ensure you achieve success.

Instead of aiming to blog 4 – 5 times a week, try to wind that down to a more realistic 1-2 times a week. If you end up blogging more than that some weeks – that’s great! If not, then you aren’t displeased.

Make Yourself Accountable

I find that blogging about my goals is a great way to hold myself accountable, but if you aren’t a blogger, or you just don’t feel comfortable sharing your goals on a public platform, tell someone about the things you want to achieve. This could be your partner, parents, siblings, friends – anyone close to you that can regularly check in with you to gauge how you’re going.

Start Small

Set yourself lots of smaller goals that work up to the larger goal in mind. Having many smaller, short-term goals that are specific prevents the overwhelming feeling that often comes along with one large chunk of a goal.

For example, if you currently smoke 20 cigarettes a day and your final, long-term goal is to quit smoking altogether, set yourself smaller goals, as steps to reach that final outcome.

These could be cutting down to 15 cigarettes a day, then 10, then 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 until the act of smoking has been cut out of your lifestyle.

Or, you could approach it differently by reducing the days you smoke. For example: instead of smoking 7 days a week, make it 6 days a week, then 5, and so on until it is completely cut out.

I know I used smoking as the example, but this could be applied to almost anything. If you make achieving a goal a gradual progression, it is often a lot more manageable, hence successful.

Motivators

Similar to accountability, in order to achieve our goals, we need motivation.

Using the previous tip of starting small, have a set reward in mind for when you reach each smaller goal. These rewards can be anything that you like – a nice meal out, buying a new outfit or a lovely spa day.

Breaking up the goal into smaller stages and getting a treat for completing each stage helps to maintain your motivation and reduce the likelihood of a burnout.

Visual The Final Goal

Like an athlete visualises themselves crossing the finish line, visualise yourself reaching your final goal, your very own ‘finish line’, so to speak. Having this mental image of yourself helps to specifically direct your motivation and can be a really great booster when you’re feeling like you’re in a bit of a slump.

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QUOTES TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY

Sometimes we all need a bit of a pick me up. We find ourselves in a slump and it feels like nothing is going right. Sometimes, when we’re feeling this way, a bit of self-care can help to lift our mood. Taking a long shower, slapping on a face mask and reading some inspirational quotes can often do the trick and raise not only our spirits, but in many cases, our motivation as well.

Here are 10 quotes to brighten your day!

1. “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique”

– Walt Disney

2. “Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one”

– Hans Selye

3. “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you”

– Nathaniel Hawthorn

4. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”

– Vince Lombardi

5. “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness”

– William Arthur Ward

6. “Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude”

– Lou Holtz

7. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow”

– Helen Keller

8. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”

– Aesop

9. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough”

– Og Mandino

10. “You are one of a kind and unique. Never forget that”

– Richard Simmons

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19 resolutions for recruiters; how to be happy & hiring in 2019!

It’s time to look at what you can improve upon in the 12 months ahead. Even if the small changes listed in this article don’t result in an instant promotion, they should offer recruiters a better peace of mind and increase workplace satisfaction for the year ahead…

1) Start on a positive note

By cutting down on complaining you’ll improve your professional reputation and when you do complain, colleagues will take you seriously.

2) Test out the candidate experience

Apply for a job at your own company – and get at least three work colleagues to do the same – to ensure the process of applying for a vacant position runs as smoothly as possible.

3) Try new sourcing tactics

Shake things up by increasing your social media recruiting efforts and watching online job boards for passive candidates.

4) Increase placements

No explanation needed for this one. Take a look at my guide to becoming a Modern Recruiter for hints to achieve this goal.

5) Naming rights

Get better at remembering candidates’ first and last names as it’s an essential part of creating a warm and lasting candidate experience.

6) Invest in tomorrow

Get a head start on finding top talent early by building an internship program.

7) Don’t take yourself too seriously 

Although most people would love to rise to the top in their chosen career, it’s important to lighten up. Even in stressful environments, humour serves to strengthen colleague relationships and keep collective chins up, plus you’ll also help make yourself seem approachable and upbeat.

8) Learn how to delegate and do more of it! 

Let someone else do some of the tasks for a change. Remember, delegation is the key to a healthy work-life balance.

9) Promotion, promotion, promotion

If you want to attract new candidates to your website, you have to make self-promotion a priority; the more they know about your company’s brand, the more likely they’ll be to apply for the vacancy.

10) Learn something new

This will add to your skillset and offer another area of interest to your life – a key part of achieving a healthy work-life balance and increasing your business success.

11) Join a networking group

There’s nothing like talking to other recruiters for sparking new ideas, refining old ones, and making contacts. Whether it’s a group specifically designed for networking or an organisation dedicated to talent acquisition in person or over the internet, making the effort to be a part of a group will revitalise your recruiting skills.

12) Those that give, get! 

It’s time to give something back to your community. There are all kinds of worthy organisations that make a difference in your community, so make one of your resolutions to find a cause that matters to you and give what you can. Make the last seven months of the year count! Serve on a committee, be a volunteer or make regular donations to the groups in your community that try to make the place you live a better place.

13) Set realistic goals 

Goal setting is a valuable habit – if the objectives lead to success rather than distress. Ensure the goals you set are achievable, rather than unrealistic pipe dreams that are so far out of reach they only lead to frustration.

14) Devise a cunning recruitment plan 

Ensure you have a pre-arranged strategy that identifies the aims for a particular position and includes the recruitment announcement, recruiting timeline, advertising plan, interview schedule, assessment tools, background checks, interview plans and references.

15) Be more social

Take the time to better understand your candidate base by engaging with them on social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Xing etc.).

16) Improve your work-life balance

All work and no play is a recipe for physical and mental disaster. Remember, achieving a healthy work-life balance is like maintaining a good relationship; you have to keep working on it. But if you apply these resolutions throughout the rest of the year, you’ll not only feel better but have more energy to put into your work and make it the success you deserve. If you won’t invest in yourself, who will?

17) Don’t let the fear of risk hold you back!

Remember, nothing great can happen without risk, so embrace its power as it will give you the courage to take on the impossible.

18) Have a read of blog.manningglobal.com

For all the hints and tips you need for recruiting success in 2019!

19) Finally, subscribe to the Manning Global newsletter for the latest jobs and interview tips!

This one’s easy – just click here! 

About the author: Matthew Elliott is the Marketing Coordinator for Manning Global – one of the fastest growing worldwide recruitment providers. He writes about global industry topics and trends such as artificial intelligence and video interviewing. More of his writing can be viewed at blog.manningglobal.com.

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Online shopping tips for everyone

We all love a good online shopping session, some more than others, but nonetheless, it’s become a common part of today’s society.

Here are some of my top tips and tricks for getting the best online shopping experience.

Low To High

I think a lot of people follow this one already, but I thought I’d include it anyway. When looking at the items on offer, sort them from lowest price to highest price. This allows you to find better deals and sales on items quicker and easier than if you were scrolling through the sites featured order.

Look In Store First

Now, I know you’re probably thinking “if I can buy the item in store, why would I buy it online?” I get it. But, sometimes it can be cheaper to purchase something online. You may have access to a really great discount code, or they may be a sale that is only offered online.

If you’re buying from a site that has a physical store, go in store first to see the item in person and if it’s a clothing item, try it on to make sure you 100% love it. If you still want the item after seeing it in person, then go ahead and purchase it online!

Discount Codes

Every time I go online shopping before I check out, I’ll do a quick google search for “discount codes for (insert store name here)”. I will admit, often a lot of the codes are expired or faulty; however, if you keep looking you can strike gold and find a code that works and get a decent discount on your order or even score free shipping – win!

Subscribe To Mailing List

You know those often irritating pop-up adds you get on a site asking you to join their mailing list? Instead of immediately clicking on the x to continue browsing, actually type in your email and often you’ll be given a discount code for your first order! Also, mailing lists are great for finding out when there are great sales on that you would otherwise not be aware of.

I’m aware these emails can often be quite annoying and clog up your inbox, if this does bother you, maybe just sign up for the stores you absolutely love and shop at often.

Patience

They say patience is a virtue, and online shopping is no exception. If you find something online that you LOVE but it is full price and you can’t find a discount code for that store, try holding out for a few weeks and keep checking back to see if the price is lowered, or if they have any promotions such as free shipping, etc.

Honestly, I cannot count the amount of times I have bought something full price, only to discover it’s been discounted a week later – in store and online. So annoying!

Read Reviews

I find reading reviews really helpful, in any situation, but especially when purchasing online. Because the items you’re looking to buy aren’t tangible, it’s good to look to others who have bought them previously. Take a look at the reviews of both:

1. The product in mind, and

2. If possible the website you’re looking to buy from in general.

If you can find realistic photographs of the items that is even better because we all know that often in real life the item does not match what it looks like online, so it’s best to be prepared and know what you’re in for.

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E-readers!! A Bookworm’s Best Friend

Don’t get me wrong, I adore e-books. I love that you can taken literally hundreds of books with you on your travels. Gone are the days when you have to decide on one good holiday read. Now you can take everything and choose whatever picks your fancy that day. Not only that, I find it a lot easier to read on an e-reader on public transport, be that a plane, train or bus, than a physical book. You don’t need much space to hold an e-reader, but I need to be super comfy to read a book, and that does involve space. Stepping away from portability, I love that e-books have made reading a lot more accessible. Anyone can write an e-book. There’s courses and tutorials a plenty showing you how to get started. It’s helped open to door to publication and give budding writers experience that they otherwise might never have gained. E-books are generally cheaper, than physical books (if not free), making it more economic, once you have the actual an e-reader . It’s also easier to click download than it is for some people to get to a book shop. If I had to physically go to a book shop, I probably wouldn’t have as many books as I do now. It’s also that instant gratification you get when you can download a book, and in less than a minute start reading it. It’s just quick, simple and easy.

I still haven’t stopped buying physical books. If a book is by one of my favorite authors or I’m pre-ordering it, I’ll usually opt for the physical rather than the digital. But why? No matter how many pro’s an e-reader might have, it still can’t replicate physically holding a book. As I said previously, whilst I downloaded my textbooks, I also bought the physical copies for home too. No fancy features beat being able to physically highlight, underline and write notes on the pages. Sometimes you need to step away from technology. I spend all day at work on a computer, I spend quite a lot of time at home on a computer, even my phone is basically a computer. Reading on an e-reader is essentially reading from a computer. I like reading because it gives me time to relax and switch off. Whilst it’s great to be able to relax anywhere with an e-reader , the physical book allows you to take a step back and escape from all things electronic without getting distracted.

E-  books have made reading more efficient than ever before, but maybe that’s not good thing. Many people enjoy reading because they can do it in their own time, without feeling the need to rush. Being able to access so many books so quickly can make you feel like you should be speed reading rather than relaxing. Personally, I think there’s a time and place for both formats and don’t think we’ll see the end of hardbacks just yet.

What’s your opinion on paperback vs e-reader ? Love or loathe e-books?

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Why Go Indie by Devika Fernando

Why Go Indie?: 6 Reasons for Self-Publishing (TBC Writer’s Toolkit Book 1) 
by Devika Fernando 
 
Have you ever thought of going indie? Are you a traditionally published author interested in switching to self-publishing? Or an aspiring author looking at various publishing options? 
 
This concise booklet will show you reasons to go indie and give you an overview of the advantages of self-publishing books. It also shines a light on the 6 F’s of self-publishing. 
 
This eBook is part of the TBC Writer’s Toolkit series in which experienced authors offer advice. Check out the other volumes for a step-by-step guide on how to become a successful indie author.
 
Grab your copy from 
About the Author
 
Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark are sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

Website: http://www.devikafernando.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/devikafernan…
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Author_Devika

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GET TO KNOW – Anupriya Gupta

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START BLOGGING?

Umm… to be honest there were a couple of factors.

I have this innate keeda to explore and keep trying different things. I switched over from my IT job to a Human Resources profile. While working, I started mentoring MBA aspirants for grooming themselves for Group Discussions and Interviews. I have also worked as an admissions consultant with some 100 odd profiles to mentor them with resumes and SOPs for applying for admission to universities world over.

Then, while in my last job, I wrote fan-fictions and shared them on a forum. It was a couple of months before my manager found out about that. Now my boss also happens to be a blogger in the Food & Photography domain, so he was riding high on the idea of blogging. When I conceived my second child late in 2015, he suggested that given I already have a way with words, why don’t I start documenting my thoughts through a blog.

Before that, I had tried to work out a blog that would be about my professional domain, but for reason it did not shape up. So this time encourage by my friend philosopher guide boss, I thought, this writing bug keeps coming back to me – let me take the plunge. Also I realised that after I have my second baby, I would be leaving my job. So why not do something different. And thus came into existence MommyTincture.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING FOR?

I wrote my first post somewhere around February, 2016.  Back then I was mostly stuck up for content. I am not someone, who goes by a script. I have to feel for something very strongly, before I can pen down anything. So I struggled much with content for over a year. My post frequency fluctuated from once a week to once a month or even more. I have only become regular with my posts since September, 2017. That’s when I participated in the MyFriendAlexa campaign with Blogchatter. I finally had some audience to which I could reach out. It motivated me and helped me get more serious about my content.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

No entry barriers. Blogging is for everyone, who is computer and internet literate. It’s amazing that passion for words and ideas is the only key pre-requisite to get set going. And once you get a hang of it, you can then get into the nuances of beautifying your blog, reaching out to more audience through social media channels, seeking collaborations etc.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES BESIDE BLOGGING?

With two extremely dependent for pretty much everything boys ( 5.5 & 2.5 years) in the tow, a blog to maintain and a large Marwari family (immediate and extended) to cater to, I hardly have any time for a hobby. Yet, I manage to read a lot in whatever free time I get. I even got my sister to gift me a kindle, so that I could read on the go, without the fear of my boys’ tearing away my paperbacks. I am a sucker for romance and have read around 30 romance chic-lits during 2018 itself (cringes at my own achievement …) Jokes apart, I happen to have gotten married to a mother-in-law who is an out and out DIY person. So we also spend considerable amount of time, making rakhis, costumes for our idols in the home temple, trying out new dishes in the kitchen etc. Life remains exciting that ways. We always have something to look forward to.

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW BLOGGERS?

I have repeatedly said that blogging in this decade has picked up a huge commercial momentum, which is a good thing as it brings numerous avenues for able people to generate income. But I see there is a lot more urgency to gain better ranks, improved PAs & DAs and other statistics. It is all good, in-fact excellent to aspire for these things, but in the entire scheme of things, let’s not forget the essence of blogging i.e. a channel to express ones voice. Follow certain basic rules of technology and social media engagement and keep generating good content. All the statistics, paid assignments etc. will follow. Also do not undermine the significance of a community. A community like in every other sphere of life, helps you root yourself to what you have set out to achieve through your blog. For example – I have always dreamt of writing a fiction novel. But I didn’t know if I was up to the task. I wrote one manuscript and sat on it, while I participated in the AtoZ Challenge with Blogchatter with another set of short stories. This was later published as an ebook with the Blogchatter eBook Carnival and received appreciative reviews. It boosted my confidence and thus I pulled out my earlier manuscript to go the publishing way. I am now very soon coming out with the paperback version of this fiction romance drama. So yes, the blogging community helped me gauge my abilities and take according course of action. And of course you gain friends such as Romila of Novemberschild in the online world. Though I made a late start, but today I am really glad that I am a part of this large hearted Blogging community. I only hope that I gain a heart as large 😉

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU?

Blog – http://www.mommytincture.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Anupriya_Guptaa

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/anupriya.gupta83/

Pinterest – https://in.pinterest.com/mommytincture

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mommytincture/

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