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August 14, 2015
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Should You Treat Your Timber Cladding?

 

Timber cladding is one of the most popular building materials in the UK. Known for its durability and attractiveness, timber cladding is easy to work with and offers great protection to your structures. Some people wonder, however, if they should treat their timber cladding. This is a user decision, but it should be an informed one. Here are some pointers for making the decision about whether or not you should treat your timber cladding.

Type of Wood

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The biggest determining factor in whether or not to treat your timber is the type of wood you are using. Some types of wood are naturally resistant to bugs and rot. Cedar, for example, is very durable. It use in many outdoor applications is a natural choice, especially when used on sheds or as underpinning around buildings. Cedar has high amounts of tannin which repels termites and other bugs. This makes it invaluable in outdoor construction. It also resists rot, as it sheds water quite efficiently.

If you use cedar, you may want to leave it in its natural state. The warm tones of the wood are beautiful, and age to a silky grey through the years.

However, if you want to preserve the warmer colors of fresh cedar, then you will need to treat the wood. This can be done with a sealer. The sealer will keep the natural color rich and deep.

Other types of timber will have to be treated. Pine, fir, larch, and even hardwoods such as oak and maple must be protected from the elements. Cladding made from these species of wood must be sealed.

Types of Treatment

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Wood that is particularly pretty, such as heartwood cedar or oak, look wonderful with clear sealant on it. This will protect it from water damage. This can be done with a penetrating oil or polyurethane. The oil is best used for cedar.

Stain is another popular application for timber cladding. The stain is usually tinted, and comes in different levels of transparency. For instance, you can get clear penetrating stain for pretty wood, or various tints such as red, blue, or green. This will absorb into the wood and help to protect it. A transparent stain will blend with the natural colors of the wood, without looking like the wood has been treated. The natural wood grains will show through.

Translucent stain will allow the stronger elements of the wood grain to show through, while tinting Shiplap cladding in the desired shade.

Opaque stain will appear to be more like paint. The difference between this treatment and paint is that the stain will penetrate the wood, rather than simply bonding to the top layer and resting on the surface of the cladding.

Paint will give you a great deal of flexibility with the finished look. The wealth of colors give you decorative choices.

Any treatment you use with your timber cladding will have to be repeated every few years. This will make it look great as long as you have it.

 

November 19, 2014
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Why Living Room Furniture Is Important For Comfort

Why is living room furniture important for comfort? You don’t sleep in it all night. It’s not like you have a furniture showroom in your home. So, does it really need to be comfortable? The answer is – yes. It is called the “living room” for a reason – the family lives there. Here are some reasons why, and ways to make, you living room furniture more comfortable.

Living Spaces

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You’ve heard the old term “A man’s home is his castle.” This relates to women, as well. A castle represents a personal domain, with your taste and control over every detail.

However, your living room is not the ultimate spot to express your personality. Remember, people live in the room, too. If you are a very orderly, formal type of person, you will want more austere and tailored furniture. End tables are not intended to hold drink canisters, and coffee tables are not there to prop feet on.

The living room may not be the best place to have things your way, if that is the case. You will constantly be agitated and dissatisfied if everybody is living in your personal space, with your personal tastes.

Living spaces in the home need to be accessible and UN-threatening. That means that, if someone props their foot on the coffee table, they will not get a dirty look from you.

Comfort in Living Room Furniture

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Living room furniture can be uncomfortable in many ways. Even overstuffed chairs can be uncomfortable if people are not required to put their feet up in the chair, or sit on the arm of the chair.

Granted, there are some rules that have to be enforced in order to keep furniture from being broken or worn out before its time. But, in general, make sure that your living room furniture is not considered a sacred spot to remain unmarred. Sure, teach the kids to use coasters under their drinks, and expect them to take their shoes off before they come into the room, but let them prop their feet up.

Save the heirloom furniture for the guest room, or the parlour. Keep it in the master bedroom, until the kids are grown.

Live in the Room

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The living room is the heartbeat of your home. If you are single, and a loner, then you can probably find a great deal of comfort in décor and style exactly as you want them. If you have children, or entertain a lot, your living room is the area where the group is knit together. Memories are made in the living room, where children hide colourful plastic lizards in the colours in the area rug, and have an “Easter egg hunt” in the autumn. It’s where you cuddle up under a blanket and watch scary movies. It is where you have to keep the breakables on a higher shelf because the dogs wag their tails and knock stuff over.

Living room furniture can be pretty, yet still be comfortable. It is all in how you allow it to be used.

October 28, 2014
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Getting The Right Fitting Dancewear

Dancewear is far more than just a cool fashion statement. Many children get into dancing because they love the clothes. Many children’s parents put them in dancing because of the clothes. But, dancewear also affects the success of the dancer, both mechanically and artistically. Ill-fitting dancewear can restrict movement and rub blisters, interfering with progress on the dance floor.

Wardrobe

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There are many parts of the wardrobe of a dancer. Each dancer needs well-fitted shoes, as well as tights and bodysuits. Girls will also wear skirts and tutus. All dancers wear fashion dancewear. Each of these items should fit well without binding or rubbing – a task easier stated than done.

Fashion Dancewear

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The performance is often the pinnacle of any performance, and yet the dancer may actually suffer the most discomfort due to the fashion dancewear, or costume, required for the performance.

Elastic, for example, should be wide and of good quality, so that it does not dig into the skin. It needs to hold the garment in place without constricting the circulation.

Lace is another problem with fashion dancewear. Lace can be very scratchy and stiff, rubbing blisters that can interfere with the dancer’s concentration. While the professional may be able to overlook temporary discomfort, most children and many adolescents are not as tolerant of having a raw spot rubbed onto their skin.

Shoes

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Each type of dance requires its own type of shoes. Whether you dance tap, ballroom, hip hop, or ballet, the shoes make all of the difference. Ill-fitting shoes will impede progress in lessons and practice, and can keep a performance for attaining its zenith. They can also cause structural problems with the feet, including bunions, corns, and calluses.

Sizing

Sizing dancewear is important to successful practice and performance. This can be particularly challenging with children. They may wear the same dancewear for a year, and suddenly hit a growth spurt that takes them through 2 or 3 entire dancewear wardrobes in as many months. With this in mind, it is important to maintain proper fit so that movement is not restricted. Many parents are tempted to buy dancewear that is one or two sizes too large, so that the child can grow into it. This may be ok with some accessories, but be careful not to put the child in dancewear that will literally fall off during practice. Many children spend more time pulling up their pants or hiking their straps than they spend actually practicing.

Accessories

Accessories are another important feature of dancewear that is often overlooked. This is especially true with budget conscious families that have trouble justifying purchase of items that will be used only once. Rest assured, however, that resale of these items is very popular, and you will probably be able to find them used and still in good shape. In fact, many dance studios have their own inventory of accessories, in order to spare their clients the added expense.

Dancewear should fit properly and be reasonably comfortable. Most of all, it should not cause damage to the dancer.

 

October 27, 2014
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Peace and Surf in Cornwall UK

Cornwall is turning out to be one of the best places in the UK to go surfing. Waves suitable for beginners to advanced pros are found at Cornwall beaches, and attract people on holiday. Beautiful beaches, great surfing, and comfortable accommodations attract people like never before. If you are planning a surfing holiday, consider a surf school in Cornwall.

Beaches in Cornwall

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There are numerous beaches in Cornwall that offer excellent surfing. In general, the waves will last for about 7 seconds, and range from the most common 4.5 feet to 5 feet tall. Typically, the wind is a steady 18 to 19 miles per hour, and conditions are sunny to partly cloudy,

In Bude, you will find the Crooklets and Summerleaze beaches that are extremely popular with both beginners and experts. The Bude Surfing School will outfit you with gear and a surf board, and instruction is available for beginners as well as pointers for professionals.

Sandymouth, Constantine, Mawgan Porth, Widemouth Bay, Watergate Bay, and Treyarnon are other popular destinations for surfers, and there is a surf school in each of these locations.

Harlyn Surf School

Harlyn Surf School in Cornwall offers basic surfing instruction and the appropriate gear. But, they also offer standup paddle boarding, kayaking, and coasteering for the more daring. Its location places hotels and restaurants nearby for your convenience.

Cornwall Surf Academy

The Cornwall Surf Academy offers numerous levels of surf instruction. Located in the Holywell Bay Holiday Park at Newquay, the academy offers access to clean, uncrowded beaches. They have hot showers available for patrons, and free parking. They also accept group bookings, and offer fully outfitted coasteering.

Perranporth Surf School

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Onother outstanding location near Newquay is the Perranporth Surf School. The 3 mile long beach has a variety of waves so that beginners and experts alike can enjoy the surf. There are lifeguards at the beach during the summer season, and the crowds are busy elsewhere, leaving the beach to those wanting to learn surfing. Qualified instructors can take beginners and make them comfortable with the waves, and take experienced surfers and hone their skills.

Waves Surf School

The Waves Surf School of Cornwall is located near Padstow. Here, surfing is the focus of attention, rather than coasteering and kayaking. Therefore, the instructors are focused on teaching beginners through experienced surfers how to enjoy the waves. They provide gear and board rental, and cater to all ages. In business for 6 years, the Waves Surf School offers surfing on some of the finest waves in Cornwall.

Bude Surfing Experience

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Surfing lessons with the Bude Surfing Experience are available all year. They even teach during bank holidays. They concentrate on surfing only, so that their attention and instructors are not distracted by coasteering or kayaking.

With the Bude Surfing Experience, you can purchase just one lesson, or purchase a bundle of lessons, with enrollment available every day.

Surfing in Cornwall is popular, and proving to be a profitable enterprise. You can find a surf school in Cornwall to fit your needs.

July 16, 2014
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Gardening A Great Hobby

Are you looking for a new hobby – one that can be exciting and rewarding? Then consider gardening! That’s right, gardening can be one of the most satisfying hobbies you’ve ever tried, and here’s how to make it happen.

Inside Gardening

Apartment dwellers, don’t be discouraged from gardening just because you have limited outside access. Indoor gardening is fun, and can create beautiful results. For example, Bonsai gardening is a centuries old tradition with lots of science behind it. Do your research, and find out what kind of plants and trees can live the best indoors as you perform the art of Bonsai, clipping roots and branches and training the growth of your selected plant. Indoor landscaping doesn’t even need to use real plants, there are plenty of artificial house plants that look real enough to give your home that special finishing touch, but you’ll need to do a bit of work on the lighting.

Lighting for inside gardening may be a problem at times, but that is easily overcome with the use of grow lights. You can purchase a single grow light for an area of your home, and it will provide enough light to help plants grow for an area of about 5 feet. If you have selected low-light plants, you may not even need a grow light, but you can still use one to get the mandatory amount of light for your plants every day, if you need to. This is especially helpful if you want to raise herbs.

Plants that thrive in little to no natural light are lucky bamboo, spider plants, and golden pothos ivy. Lucky bamboo is a section of bamboo that is rooted in a potting mixture. It will continue growing, allowing you to sculpt the branches as it grows. Bromeliads are another great choice, surviving for months in low light, with their brightly colored blooms cheering the space.

Outdoor Gardening

When you say the word “gardening”, outdoor gardening is usually the mental picture that people have. Acres of vegetable gardens may come to mind. However, this is only one type of outdoor gardening. Container gardening is increasingly popular, and can be accomplished by the city and apartment dweller. It’s almost an artistic take on gardening with the use of beautiful containers as part of the attraction. The flow of plants as they drape over the edge of the container, and the combination of height, color, and textures, can make the container gardening a beautiful addition to your porch, veranda, or balcony. It doesn’t have to be limited to container gardening either, keeping the lawn in good condition can either be satisfying, or it can be a chore. The question is, are you the one that will do it? Or will you hire a company like lawnmaster to get the job done for you?

Raised gardening is another popular take on the traditional kitchen garden. These are usually built out of rot-resistant wood and filled with rich, fertile soil. At 18 inches to 30 inches high, and usually no more than 3 feet wide, the raised planting bed is much easier to tend than the traditional row gardening.

Satisfaction

Nothing can beat the reward of a beautiful garden. The combination of textures, seasonal growth, and colours is constantly evolving, presenting new and beautiful scenes for your enjoyment. You can see the fruits of your labours take bloom, literally, as you garden to your heart’s content. And, don’t forget that every living plant adds oxygen to the atmosphere and filters the air. Not a bad exchange for your work, is it?

July 8, 2014
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Refresh Yourself With A Trip To A B&B

Are you planning a holiday in the UK? As you peruse lodging selections, remember to add an often overlooked option – the bed and breakfast. B&Bs, to this day, suffer from stereotyping as overly-frumpy manifestations of a crazy cat-lady’s idea of hospitality. The truth is, B&Bs are far from the cliché.

Location

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One of the images many people have of the bed and breakfast is a remote location. It is often assumed that the B&B is a lonely farm house that the owner has converted to a business in order to try to save the farm.

The truth is, you can find B&Bs everywhere. In today’s entrepreneurial atmosphere, if farm houses are converted to inns, you can bet it’s because the owners know that people want to be in the country, away from the hustle and bustle. It’s not a desperate attempt to rent out a single room that shares the family bath. It’s an honest-to-goodness escape to the country.

But, there is more. You can find the most charming B&Bs smack in the middle of town! In fact, some of the most comfortable lodgings are located in the older districts of town and cities, where the finest restaurants and historic sights are. Since these were once private residences – and may still be, to a certain degree – they have their own private gardens that are open to the lodgers, giving you privacy with all the ready access to nearby shopping and activities. You can spend the day shopping, sight-seeing, and dining at nice restaurants, and then walk a few steps and be “home.”

Bathrooms

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Face it – B&Bs have a bad reputation as far as bathroom accommodations go. Everyone expects to have to use the family bath down the hall. Once again, the stereotype is far from the truth. Property owners who remodel their homes and property for business purposes will make it a priority to include a private bath for each room. There are still a few “community bathrooms” out there, but most rooms include your own private bath – often with a whirlpool bath – for two!

Décor

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Now, back to the “frumpy” part. You can find B&B accommodations in Somerset to fit any design taste you like. Whether you crave the classic Victorian frills and antiques, or sleek, uncluttered modern, there are B&Bs out there that will make you comfortable.

Comfort

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You will not be sleeping in grandma’s feather bed. These lodgings have to follow the same health codes as any other business, and your beds will be fresh, clean, and sanitary. You will also probably have your own garden area to enjoy.

Other Benefits

If you have food allergies, the cooking staff is usually more likely to help out with a special menu. Some more remote B&Bs will provide a vehicle, upon request. Plus – and this is a big one – there are not very many people there! B&Bs are typically much quieter than hotels, and being smaller, do not attract large groups of people.

July 7, 2014
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Doing Yourself Some Good With Outdoor Activities

“Diet and Exercise” are on everyone’s minds, these days. While dieting can get boring, at least you can literally “spice things up” with clever recipes. But, what can you do about exercise? Three miles a day on the treadmill gets old really quickly. That’s why you can do yourself some good with outdoor activities. And, I don’t mean walking the same 1k track around the nearby park – I mean some real adventure.

Kayaking

Have you considered kayaking? It’s a great upper body and torso workout. Anywhere you can find a beach or a fishing spot will usually have kayak rentals available. Active Escapes, for example, is located on the Devon coast, and rent kayaks for exploring sea caves and rivulets that feed into the ocean. How much more fun would that be than doing the same 30 reps at the gym for today’s workout? Most outdoor activity centres in Ilfracombe  rent kayaks also rent flotation and safety equipment, as well as providing training.

Surf Rafting

Another great core workout is surf rafting. This works exactly like it sounds – you, along with a few other people, get aboard a rubber raft and paddle out to the breakers. Then, you surf your way back to shore. You don’t even have to have very good balance, because you’re sitting in a raft! This way, you can surf without a board.

Surfing

Or, you can go surfing without the raft. Surfing has come a long way from the “beach bum” stereotype of just a few decades ago. Today, people of all ages and physical conditioning can surf. Talk about a total body workout – just try an afternoon of surfing! You can rent boards that are just right for your height and ability level, from a beginner boogie board to a professional long board, designed for quick turns.

Coasteering

Coasteering is a relatively new sport that has evolved because of the popularity of cross training. With coasteering, you combine hiking, climbing, swimming, and diving, all into one day. While full immersion in this sport requires a little more physical conditioning that other activities mentioned here, there are several levels of coasteering. If your passion, for example, is rock climbing, you can forgo most of the other activities and join a group to specifically climb ocean cliffs and dive in.

Sunshine

Exercise is said to be one of the healthiest drugs you can take. It increases endorphins in the body that are associated with happiness. Sunshine adds to the sense of well-being, as does fresh air. So many people these days avoid being outside because of the threat of skin cancer. However, with proper sunscreen and eye protection, you can reap the benefits of outdoor activities, even absorbing vitamin K to make your bones stronger. There is no need to limit your exercise to indoors. Get outside and feel the breeze evaporate the perspiration from your skin, and enjoy the ever-changing scenery as you hike or bike along the coast.

July 2, 2014
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Making Time For Your Health

Those of us who have let ourselves fall out of shape know how hard it is to try to make time for fitness in a busy schedule. Some will sign up for a gym membership, but the majority will never go. Theres only so much one can actually do when it comes to fitness, you don’t want to over do it and you certainly don’t want to under-do it. So how do you know the right amount of exercise to do? With a personal trainer of course.

Time

Some people just don’t have the time for  a personal trainer, they have a busy life and a busy schedule, with work/children and what not. But there are ways to get around this, I myself have actually lost a fair amount of weight this year already, by cycling. I have one day off from cycling a week and I have barely cut down on my diet, and things are looking good. If you don’t have the willpower, you may find that this is not the best option, so whats the alternative?

Online Personal Training

This is actually a recent development that I’ve come across, Your online personal trainer is looking to be a good way to get a fitness and diet plan which fits around your day to day activity. You’ll have a guide which allows you to know what you need to be doing, what to eat and when to eat. This will hopefully give you that extra willpower to work out at unconventional times or whenever you need to.

 

May 28, 2014
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Having A Peaceful Getaway

Having a holiday doesn’t mean being a recluse, you can have a nice peaceful getaway just by choosing a nice location. There are still many places available throughout the UK that will have you feeling relaxed and happy. My suggestion would be to try to forget about the material things that most people worship these days. People cannot seem to leave the house without their phone or some other device that connects them up to the internet. I say, leave all that behind and just have yourself a good time! So get yourself out of the city, get yourself to a nice rural area. The countryside is where the fresh oxygen and peace are at.

I’ve actually come across some great recommendations. Now, camping is an art that makes you almost one with nature, you’ll want to be able to sleep in a lovely outdoor environment, have the wonderful smell of grass in the vicinity. Camping is something that not everyone finds enjoyable, but there are different ways to doing it. You can go the basic route, take only the tent, and of course a kettle, and then your on your own, Or you can take a more advanced camping opportunity by taking a bit more technology and luxuries. If you want to go all out, why not have a look at the pop-up hotel? This is less camping, more glamping! They have a luxurious tent with a 4 poster bed inside and all kinds of facilities, if you’re looking to relax, this could certainly be it! The pop-up hotel lives up to it’s name because it can literally pop up in any location. Therefore you’ll get to use their unique facilities in many different places, choose where you might prefer.

So what else is available for somebody looking for a nice relaxing retreat? Well, you have to some of the beautiful rural locations that the UK can offer. Whether it be the beautiful North of the UK featuring the Lake District and Scotland, The South West of the UK where you have the Cornish Coasts and the Beautiful Devon Countryside, or even the Midlands? One of my favourite places to visit is Devon. Devon has a wide range of interesting things to do as-well as beautiful views and marvellous scenery. If you’re interested in looking at places to visit, I suggest looking into some of the activity centres in North Devon or even the smaller town areas. There’s always something to do or to find in these beautiful rural areas so keep an eye out.

I also find that holidays on water can also be relaxing, why not rent a boat? No not one of those small boats, why not rent a boat on the Nolfolk Broads and drive yourself  around the country. It’s always fun finding a spot to moore up on and have a BBQ. It’s also a great holiday for the family if you’re interested on taking the kids with you.

So there are a few ideas to having your own peaceful getaway.

 

May 17, 2014
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Leaving Your Life To Practice Yoga

2013 turned out to be a pivotal year for thousands of people who found their lives upturned through job loss. As thousands of people across the world have struggled to find a new place, and a new peace in their lives, many have turned to yoga.

Facing Stress

Facing the stresses of life are hard enough, but when you lose your job, or find your life dominated by your job, the stresses become almost deadly. The many aspects of changing professions can overwhelm many people, and to leave these stresses for something as nebulous as an “exercise program”. However, not only can participating in yoga help you deal with stress, it can actually provide you with an alternate way to make a living, with proper participation.

Ebb and Flow

The ebb and flow of life goes far beyond the “circle of life” concept. Every life has its successes and failures. Rudyard Kipling may have phrased it best in his poem “if”:

“…If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same…

If you can make one heap of all your winnings and risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings and never breathe a word about your loss…

Yours is the earth, and everything that’s in it,

and – which is more –

You’ll be a man, my son!”

Yes, dropping out of a job that pays well is risky, but you can deal with the stresses ahead of you. The success and failure of life is part of the overall picture, and with an evolving mind set and growing skills, you can move on to a more fulfilling life.

Start With a Business Plan

 

This may sound counter-intuitive to shrugging off the coils of stressful business, but to leave your life behind and start a new, fulfilling act of service, you need a business plan. If you have the luxury of planning ahead to leave your life-sucking career, you can work out a plan to ease your transition.

Consider planning out the next three to five years to give yourself a chance to rid your life of unnecessary debt and learn the skills of your new avocation. Yoga has many different schools, and as a yogi, you will want to know as much about each of these schools as possible. If you have a family, you will want to make sure they are provided for with all of the necessities.

Preparation for your new life is a luxury if you lost your job, but a plan will still make all the difference in staying afloat and sinking in your own misdirection and self-doubt.

 

Faith and Love

 

Your business plan is a concrete listing of facts and figures that help to give shape to the mechanics of your life. The spirit of your life, however, is shaped by faith and love. You need to keep faith in yourself, regardless of popular opinion or criticism of your former fellow workers. Even family can get in the way of belief in yourself, casting their own doubts on you and presenting a stumbling block.

Remember that you are just starting out, and any startup Yoga company or detox retreat in the UK will have its rough spots. But, you know your own heart and spirit, and you know your goals. Practice verbalizing your goals.

Remember that what you love is the soul of your business, your family, and your life. Many other people out there are looking for strength and peace, and you can be their guide to a better life.

By keeping the faith and love of your life in view, you will remember to care about the other people in your life. You are not a “self made” person – everybody in your life has affected you, and the sooner you can face that, the better. Care about others, without making your success dependent on them.

 

Realism

Realism is not kind, but neither are dreams that clash with reality. Set reasonable goals, and be realistic with yourself about your skills, your surroundings, and your needs. By being realistic, you actually make your dreams more likely to be actualized. Being realistic means that you face the fact that turning your dream to reality takes time. Being realistic means that you admit that your decision may cause family and friends to worry about you.

 

Stepping Stones

Successful people in any field will tell you that failures are merely stepping stones. While this may seem trite, it is certainly true. Anyone who succeeds must overcome the stumbling blocks that would make lesser people give up. You must have a bigger picture. If you get stuck watching the small things, you’ll lose sight of the big picture. Christians have a story about one of the original disciples who, at the bidding of Jesus Christ, got out of a boat and walked on the water. But, as the disciple got distracted by the waves around him, he began to sink. He reached out to Christ, who took his hand and brought him to safety.

This story exemplifies the importance of keeping your eye on the goal. When you get distracted by the vagaries of life, you forget the big picture. You lose sight of the goal.

To leave your life of stress and frustration, you can make a plan for fulfillment. Practice yoga, and lead others in the practice, and build your new life and business.