Sunday, December 4, 2022

Sometimes

 It sits in your gut
sometimes
rumbling
and rolling as rough 
as the sea

It sits in your chest
sometimes
throbbing
beating your blood 
right through your veins

It sits in your throat
sometimes
scratching your itchy
vocal chords
until you scream 
its song

It sits in your tongue
sometimes
strong
yet 
always trapped  

It sits in your head
all the time
dancing  
an apocalypse party
that never
ever
ends.



Friday, April 29, 2022

How To Select A New Hobby

  Starting a new hobby can be very rewarding and can help you relax. Have you been thinking about starting a new hobby?

If you're having trouble deciding which hobby is right for you, you may need some help in making the right choice. The good news is that there are several ways you can go about selecting a great hobby that will bring you a lot of joy and excitement. 

Here's a look at some of the best ways to choose a hobby that is right for you.

What Do You Enjoy?

One of the easiest ways to find out what will make a good hobby for you is to take a look at what you enjoy. The things that you currently enjoy may be just what you need to provide you with some insight into what you should be doing in your free time. 

For example, if you enjoy eating you could take a cooking class and learn how to cook new dishes in your spare time. If you enjoy writing poetry that could easily be turned into a new songwriting hobby by putting music to your words. If you are serious about it you can get a Singular sound studio to help you mix and loop songs.

The bottom line is that the things you love will provide you with clues as to what your hobby should be.

Go Back In Time

If you want to figure out which hobby would be best for you, go back in time and think about your childhood. Think about the things that you enjoyed as a child until you had to abandon them as an adult. They may be just what you need to start up again to have a hobby you enjoy. 

For example, if you enjoyed playing with dolls you might want to start collecting Barbies as a hobby. Whatever it is that you found interesting and still find yourself fascinated with as an adult,  may be what you need to focus on and start as a new hobby.

Find Your Personality Type

There are several tests you can take to find out your personality type. When you are aware of the type of personality that you have. You will be better able to access what type of hobbies will be right for you. 

Many personality tests will often suggestions hobbies you may enjoy based on your score. You can use these suggestions as a starting point for selecting your next hobby.

Start Your New Hobby

Finding a new hobby that you like is something that can bring you years of enjoyment. However, finding the right hobby can sometimes be challenging. 

You want to make sure that you have a hobby that will bring you joy and relaxation. This is why you need to take all the things discussed here into consideration when selecting your next hobby.

Remember to take a look at your childhood activities and even ask your parents about something that you enjoyed if you can't remember everything. It may trigger a memory that will lead to your next hobby.


Thursday, March 31, 2022

5 Alternative Easter Gift Ideas

 Another holiday is here and I am not afraid to admit that it has been a different holiday experience during this pandemic!



It has forced me to be creative, however, and that is always a positive in my opinion. I have thought of 5 alternative gift ideas for Easter 2022 and I am excited to now share them with you:

An Open Air Picnic And Easter Egg Hunt

The great thing about a spring holiday is that everyone is ready to get out into the fresh air and sunshine so a picnic in a park (or even your own backyard) is definitely a gift for everyone! Pack a light lunch or snacks and get out there! You can hide your easter eggs around and watch as the kids try to find all of them. A lovely day together is a gift everyone will remember.


A Child's Gardening And Bug Catching Guide

Since you will already be outside, keep that energy going and gift your child with the knowledge of everything around them. A guide to the different bugs you will see outside can take away the fear or misunderstanding of insects and teach your child about what they see in their environment. Have a little competition to see who can name the most insects correctly and maybe you can learn a little something, too. If your child prefers to learn about the different plants and flowers they see, a gardening and/or botany guide would be another great pick. There is also bird watching and animal guides in case they prefer that. There is lots to learn about out here and having a guide makes it fun!

A Memorable Piece Of Jewelry 

I know jewelry seems like a simple go-to gift for any holiday, but hear me out. Every memorable piece of jewelry I have received on a holiday has always been on a holiday that I was not expecting jewelry. 


    "Oh, you thought you were getting chocolate bunnies or a stuffed duck this Easter? WRONG. Here's a gorgeous gold rabbit brooch by AC Silver!"

Is this more of a gift idea for mom for Easter? Yes, yes it is.

A Disposable Camera And Trip Scrapbook

While I am sure that most older kids today already have a cellphone with a camera attached, a fun thing for little ones who do not is a disposable camera. They can take their own pictures, print them out, and then add them to their very own trip scrapbook. It helps kids open up their creative mind while giving them the satisfaction of seeing their creative work turn into a fun memory they get to keep. They could even start with your fun Easter Egg Hunt picnic I mentioned above!

Tickets To An Open Air Community Theater Event

With tours and shows being opened and then shut back down again, entertainment has been in a sort of limbo. Luckily, there are always community theaters in your town that perform in open air parks! Ask your gift recipient what type of show they would be interested in seeing and then grab some tickets if you can to surprise them with! It's a gift for Easter and it's a gift for in the future. A win all around if you ask me!


Holidays have been different lately but we can always find a way to give gifts to the people we love. I hope these tips help you find the perfect gift this Easter holiday!

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Finding New Goals For Your Hobbies

 Hobbies are good for our mental health and can help to build our personality. For a hobby to stay interesting, you need to keep finding new goals. If you’ve found yourself losing interest in a hobby or you simply feel your hobby doesn’t satisfy you as much, you should consider whether it’s time to set a new goal. Below are just 5 examples of goals for your hobbies.


Learn New Skills/Techniques

Consider whether it’s time to go out of your comfort zone and learn new skills related to your hobby. There are always niche skills that can be learned. A few examples include:
  • Expanding your piano skills by trying new genres like jazz or classical
  • Improving your knitting skills by learning new stitches
  • Learning how to grow new vegetables in your backyard
You can learn new skills by looking up tutorials online, getting paid lessons or reading handbooks. Work out what is the best form of learning for you.

Master How To Use New Equipment

There could be new equipment that you could buy to get more out of your hobby. Challenge yourself to master this equipment. Examples could include:
  • Buying new camera lenses and learning to integrate them into your photography
  • Buying new cake modelling tools to build your cake-making skills
  • Buying a new effects pedal to use in your guitar-playing
Saving up for equipment could be a goal in itself. Make sure to research into equipment so that you buy the best equipment and keep it well maintained.

Build An Online Fanbase

Find an audience for your hobby by sharing videos, images or blog posts online. You can then challenge yourself to build followers by consistently posting engaging content. Examples of this include:
  • Sharing images of sketches and paintings on Instagram and building followers
  • Posting video reviews of great books you’ve read
  • Writing educational/informational travel blog posts of places you’ve been to and amassing lots of loyal readers
Becoming an influencer could allow you to gain appreciation for your hobby, pass on knowledge and connect with fellow hobbyists. You could even monetize this following through options like sponsorships and ad revenue, which leads onto the next goal…

Monetize Your Hobby

Almost any hobby can be monetized. This could be a chance to earn an income - even if it’s just some money on the side - while doing something you love. A few examples include:
  • Selling handmade jewelry online
  • Becoming a paid soccer coach
  • Making money from a beauty vlog via ad revenue and sponsorships
Monetizing your hobby requires understanding how to market yourself. You’ll likely need to build social media pages and launch a website using a platform like WooCommerce hosting. In other cases, it may benefit you to attend events such as craft fairs or paid competitions. Speaking of competitions…

Get Competitive

You may be able to compete with other hobbyists to win events or break records. Competition can be a great way to take your hobby to the next level. Examples could include:
  • Playing video games in an online tournament
  • Taking part in a chilli-eating competition
  • Downloading a running app like Strava and competing with the performance stats of other users
Make sure that you understand the rules of competing. Set realistic competition goals so that you stay motivated - know your own ability

I hope these tips will help you find new goals for your hobbies. Add your own in the comments below!

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Ambivalence

 uncertainty is
swallowing me

and I will
drown
in these words
unsaid

gasping as
I wonder
if I ever
knew 
how to swim



Friday, January 28, 2022

How To Stay Active During The Winter Months

 As January comes to a close, you may be thinking of those New Year’s Resolutions you set at the beginning of the year and how sustainable they are. For many, trying to be more active in your day-to-day life is on the list of things to do this year. A big obstacle to overcome while staying active is finding motivation during the winter season. Those snowy and chilly days make it hard to want to go outside at all, let alone go outside to exercise, so here are three ways to help make staying active in the winter a bit easier: 



Make Goals With A Partner

Enlisting the help of a workout buddy can help make staying active more exciting. It is easy to skip out on reaching your daily goals if you are on this journey alone, but having another person you are reaching these goals with will add a layer of accountability. Find someone that motivates you and makes going out in the snow worthwhile. It could be your work-best-friend and you go to the gym every day after work together, or it could be your neighbor and you take a long walk together in the mornings. Whoever it is and whatever you do, finding someone to make these activity goals with will have you looking forward to your workout plans. 

If you can’t meet up for every workout, use an app to connect with your fitness partner. Logging your workouts and stats can keep both of you motivated to continue exercising together and apart. If you are both competitive people, having a routine together can help keep you eager to reach your goals, especially on those solo days when you want to reach them first. A healthy competition with a workout partner is a great way to push you to reach your goals and keep each other accountable.


Create An At-Home Space

Not only does the snowy season impact your motivation to stay active, but the ongoing pandemic also takes a toll on your comfortability with working out in communal spaces. Creating a space at home for you to exercise safely and conveniently can help retain your motivation for working out all year long. Having a dedicated area, like a spare room, garage, or a place in your basement, can help you stay focused on your fitness goals regardless of the weather.

Dedicating an area to your own workout space can get pricey depending on what you want to do for exercise. Focusing on cardio or building muscle means having equipment like a treadmill or a set of weights, all of which can be expensive. Consider selling the furniture in the room you are transforming into your gym. That money you earn can buy the equipment you need. Selling that furniture will also help increase your motivation for working out in the room you specifically designed for your gym. Declutter any other dust collectors and items you no longer use to make some extra cash. If you are a homeowner, you may consider looking into how to refinance a mortgage to help put some money towards equipment for your fitness space. Finding ways to save gives you the opportunity to purchase the gym equipment that will help you stay excited about working out from home. However, not all plans work out perfectly. 

Have a Backup Plan

When creating a home gym is not an option for you, it’s time to get creative. If the roads are too snowy to hit your local gym, or your workout buddy isn’t available for your daily routine, getting inventive on how you can stay active can help you keep your momentum going. You can also find workout routines online that you can do from your home, with or without a home gym setup. By searching through thousands of home workouts, there is a good chance you will find some you like. 

Another way you can facilitate a workout without leaving your home is by making your chores an opportunity to exercise. In the winter, that can be especially easy to do on those snowy days you need to shovel. Shoveling is a great source of a cardio workout. You can even make doing your laundry a time for exercise by leaving a trail of the clothes you need to wash and making yourself go up and down the stairs to retrieve them until your washing machine is full. Adding extra steps to each of your chores that requires you to use your stairs or just gets you moving, in general, can be your workout on those lighter days. 



There are many ways you can stay focused on your fitness goals even in the iciest of weather conditions. Finding what motivates you best will be the start to making exercise habits that can last a lifetime. 

Monday, January 24, 2022

4 Things You Must Do Before Starting Any Workout Plan

 You’ve decided to start a new workout plan, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Some of you are starting your very first workout plan, which is a big step for you. Others are switching up workouts and going for something different. Either way, there are four essential things you need to do before you begin this journey:


Get A Physical Examination From Your Doctor

This is one of those things that’s always recommended, yet most people avoid it for one reason or another. A lot of the time, you avoid it because you can’t be bothered and don’t think you need one. However, it is important to get a physical examination because you will learn of any underlying health conditions that might cause problems while you exercise. Also, if you have a physical and are given the all-clear, then suffer from a health problem and are later diagnosed with an issue that should’ve been picked up in your physical exam, you can use a medical malpractice attorney to gain compensation. So, it’s a good thing to do just in case the worst happens as you can take action to recover money for any medical bills. 

Set Your Personal Goals

What do you want to achieve from your fitness plan? Are you trying to lose weight, or do you want to gain muscle? Is there a more specific goal you have in mind, like being able to run a marathon? Do you want to get physically stronger, in which case you need to set strength goals? Having goals will help you feel motivated to carry on your workout routine and keep at it until you reach your goals. It can also help you plan your workout routine - if you want to lose weight, your workouts will look a lot different from someone that wants to get stronger. 

Make Sure You Know What You’re Doing

If you’re a complete fitness beginner, you need to ensure that you know what you’re doing when you work out. This might mean getting an induction in the gym, so you’re shown all the equipment, weights, and how to use everything. As a result, you can exercise with proper form, avoiding injuries. The same goes for anyone, no matter how experienced you are, you need to be sure that you know what you’re doing. If you have new exercises to do, practice them first, watch tutorial videos, and get comfortable doing them. It’s all about feeling safe and in control when you exercise, so take the time to get to know what you’re doing. 

Set A Healthy Eating Plan

Before you start your workout plan, you need to set a healthy eating plan as well. There’s no point working out if you have a terrible diet as the two will cancel each other out. Eating healthily will help you fuel your ambitions and see better results from your plan, keeping you as fit and healthy as can be. 


Preparation is key when working out and getting fit. You need to prepare for your new workout plan to get the most out of it. Ensure you’re physically capable of handling the plan, be sure you know how to do all the exercises, set goals, and keep your diet healthy. From here, you can see the best results!

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

7 Ways To Protect Your Home From Damage This Winter

 The winter months can be difficult for homeowners in areas where the temperature drops below freezing. With ice, snow, and other natural occurrences like the wind to contend with, it's not too difficult to see how damage might happen. The good news is that there are some things you can do right now to help protect your property this winter.


First, protect your home from the cold weather with these quick tips:

-Install insulation in your attic and walls. This will help keep the heat inside your home.

-Caulk and weatherstrip around doors and windows to prevent drafts.

-Put plastic over your windows to reduce the amount of cold air that enters your home.

-Hang heavy curtains or drapes on the south- and west-facing windows to insulate them from the sun's heat.

-Heating bills can be expensive, so consider installing a programmable thermostat that can save you money by automatically adjusting the temperature when you are not home.

-If you have a fireplace, make sure the flue is open when you are using it, and always use a screen to protect against sparks.

Prevent Water Damage To The Home

Water damage is one of the most common types of property damage to homes during the winter months. Water can get into your home in many ways, but here are some tips for keeping water away from your home's foundation and exterior walls:  Avoid using sprinklers on cold nights when frost forms along rooflines because it will likely refreeze later at night if temperatures drop below freezing again. This seeping process could cause ice dams that lead to leaks inside your house or cracks in its structure. Clear branches away from roofs so they don't fall off due to heavy snowfall or high winds. Branches may also break under the weight of thick ice accumulations found near gutter systems leading towards the ground.

Be Prepared For A Power Outage

In the event that your power is out for an extended period of time, you want to make sure you're prepared. In addition to having a well-stocked pantry and plenty of drinking water on hand, there are other essentials every household should have to deal with this type of situation.

Protect Your Windows And Doors Against The Cold

Another way to prevent damage to your home this winter is by protecting your windows and doors from the cold. Make sure that all of your windows and doors are properly sealed with caulk or weatherstripping, and consider installing storm windows or doors to keep the cold out. You can also install insulation around your doors and windows to further insulate them from the cold.

Clean Gutters And Downspouts

It's important to clean your gutters and downspouts regularly during the winter, as they can easily become clogged with snow and ice. If the water doesn't have a way to drain off your roof, it can cause damage to your home's eaves, gables, and siding. Be sure to use a ladder when cleaning your gutters, and take care not to stand on icy surfaces. If you are still unsure you can look up 5 Reasons To Clean Your Gutters for some motivation.

Shut Off Your Water Supply In Bad Weather

One of the most important things you can do to protect your home from water damage is to shut off your water supply when bad weather is expected. If a winter storm knocks out power or causes flooding in your area, shutting off the water will help prevent extensive damage to your home. Make sure you have a plan in place for how you will turn off the water in case of an emergency.

Insulate Your Pipes

If you live in a cold climate, it's important to properly insulate your pipes to avoid freezing and bursting. You can buy insulation kits at most hardware stores or call a plumber to have them installed. Burst pipes are one of the most common sources of water damage in homes, so it's essential to take the proper precautions.

Create A Waterproof Barrier

If you have a basement or crawlspace, it's important to take steps to create a waterproof barrier between the living space of your home and the ground below. This can be done by installing a drainage system and sealing all cracks and seams around the foundation of your house. If water does manage to get into your basement or crawlspace, it will at least be contained there rather than spreading throughout your home.


There are many things you can do to protect your home from damage this winter. Follow these tips, and you'll be able to rest easy knowing your home is safe from the cold weather.

Friday, November 19, 2021

4 Ways to Develop A Balanced Workout Plan For Beginners

 Everyone knows that they should be in better shape. But even though fitness is more accessible than ever, with YouTube videos, apps, and as much advice as you could ever need online, some still avoid it. Often, this is because of gym intimidation (or even gymtimidation, perhaps?) where they are too nervous to make the first step. Other times, it’s a lack of time or even a lack of motivation. So how can beginners develop a plan that works for them? Here are four tips to create something balanced and effective. 


Know Which Foods Are Beneficial

It isn’t just about what you do or how much you lift, but also what you eat. Knowing the best foods to consume will make it easier to build muscle or cut weight, depending on your fitness goals. It is a good idea to eat at a time that is beneficial for you, which is usually after the workout to encourage the muscle fibers to repair themselves and grow stronger. Eating after your workout also prevents discomfort when pushing yourself too hard, which will make your experience more enjoyable and productive. 

Focus On a Range of Muscle Groups 

You should remember to work out several muscle groups. Otherwise, you risk building muscle in one area, whether this is your back, arms, or legs. While this makes this part of your body look good, it can also make you look a little weird, as you don’t have consistency across your body. Exercises such as pull workouts can target numerous muscles at once, but you can’t do this every day. You need to give your muscles time to repair, so use alternate days to work on other muscle groups, as this allows you to target everything throughout the week. 

Do Enough and Do It Often

You also won’t see any results if you are not consistent. This means you must do enough every time you go to the gym and do it often so you do not give your muscles or your conditioning levels the chance to go back to normal. Even when you don’t feel up to a workout, it’s still important to do something, as this will motivate you and maintain a baseline of activity. 

Don’t Forget to Stretch 

Aches and pains are something that everyone encounters after their first, second, and even their fiftieth workout. You shouldn't exercise when sore, so make sure you know the benefits of cooling down after each session. Stretching prevents lactic acid buildup and minimizes the risk of post-workout aches. If you feel good enough the next day, you can focus on the next part of your routine without encountering any problems that could affect your workout and put you at risk of injury. 


Getting started is tough. There will be days when you are too sore or lack motivation. But, as long as you remember that everyone begins this way, you can find the drive and the discipline to improve your fitness. You don’t need to expect big things immediately, so take gradual but effective steps, and you’ll see a difference soon enough. 

Do you have any tips for a beginner's workout plan? Please share below!

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Is Your Marketing Strategy A Mess?

 Marketing is essential for attracting customers. Most companies understand the basics, however when implementing a marketing strategy it can often be a bit of a mess. Below are a few signs that your marketing strategy could need some improvement.



You Don’t Do Any Research

Don’t just base your marketing off of your own intuition - especially if you don’t have any experience in marketing. There are tricks to things like social media marketing, email marketing and SEO that require research. Take the time to research marketing tactics at blogs such as this one owned by Joey Armstrong. This could prevent you from making rookie mistakes.

Make sure that you’ve also researched exactly who your audience are and what types of marketing tactics appeal to them. Consider consumer surveys, focus groups and competitor research.

You Don’t Plan Ahead For Your Marketing

It’s worth planning your marketing ahead rather than being spontaneous with marketing ideas. For example, you may have a great idea for a social media post or a great idea for a blog post - before you post it, consider whether now is the best time to publish it. You could get more leads by scheduling your post for a specific day and time when more people are likely to be online.

Planning ahead isn’t just good for targeting key times - it can also give you time to research and prepare. Whether you’re creating a video advert or putting on a marketing event, it’s useful to have lots of time to prepare so that you can make it as successful as possible. If you only give yourself a couple weeks - or worse a couple days - your marketing strategy will be rushed.

You’re Not Tracking Performance

It’s important that you take time to assess the performance of your marketing strategies. If you’ve launched a PPC advertising campaign, you ideally want to be able to tell who clicked on your ad and how many of them converted into leads. This can help you to determine whether or not to run the advert again and what improvements you may want to make to your next campaign. 

Analytics can be used to track the performance of many digital marketing strategies. When it comes to offline marketing strategies, there may be other ways of tracking performance such as using follow-up surveys (such as asking people who attended your marketing conference to give feedback via email).

You’re Trying To Target Too Many Marketing Channels

While it can be worth dabbling in different types of marketing, you should try to keep a focus on a few specific types of marketing so that you’re not spreading your time and resources too thin. When getting involved in social media marketing, don’t try to conquer every social media platform unless you’ve got dedicated staff members that can do it for you. Instead, use your time to focus on specific social media sites that are likely to have the best results. For example, if you run a cake making business, it might make sense to focus on image-heavy sites like Instagram and Facebook.

These tips should keep your marketing strategy optimized and organized leading to much better results!

Saturday, July 31, 2021

The Ultimate Home Maintenance Toolkit

 Do you find it challenging to maintain your home? If so, then this blog post is for you. I have compiled a list of the best equipment to own as a homeowner for easy and cost-effective maintenance. These items will make handling your household chores much more manageable.

Image Credit: Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels


A Toolbox for Repairs

A toolbox will have all the tools you need to work on various projects in your home and is also perfect when helping friends or family with their DIY tasks too! In addition, it is essential for repairs, so you'll be able to fix anything on the spot.

A Lawnmower

A lawn mower will make the job of cutting your grass much more effortless. Additionally, a gas engine powers the mower, and it has a rotating blade to cut the grass efficiently - saving you time and effort! If you combine it with the best electric weed eaters, your lawn will be immaculate. 

Leaf Rake

A leaf rake will help you clean up fallen leaves and debris from your lawn quickly and efficiently for the autumn months.

Stepladder

Whether you're painting a wall or putting up holiday decorations, a stepladder helps you reach those hard-to-reach places in the house.

Extension Cord

An extension cord is perfect for when you need to plug in a power tool. It gives the electric current more reach, which will make your tasks much easier and faster.

A Tool Belt

A tool belt will make carrying and storing your tools much easier so that when you need them, they're right there on hand! It also helps protect from injury as well as saves time looking around for a specific item.

Pressure Washer

You can use a pressure washer at any time of year - whether to get rid of moss on your driveway or wash your car- therefore; it is an excellent tool for any home. It is a cost-effective way of maintaining your home.

A Shovel

You can use a shovel for all sorts of tasks at home like digging in dirt or snow - making it super handy! But, of course, you'll never know when you might need one, so make sure you have one at home.

A Hose Reel

Keeping an unused length of hose on hand can be helpful for many different tasks in your yard, like washing a car or watering the garden. But it can also be dangerous if left lying around! That's why using a hose reel is preferable because it keeps the water safely stored away after use, so you don't have to worry about tripping over and hurting yourself.

A Power Drill

You will need a power drill for drilling holes in various surfaces, applying sealants and even tightening screws! A cordless model is perfect if space isn't an issue. However, if this doesn't suit your needs, a corded model can be plugged in and is more powerful.


In conclusion, these are some of the best home maintenance items to have in your home for tackling all the usual household chores. As time passes, I am sure you will add many more!

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Parasites

 I fall a little out of 
love
with the world

more and more
each day

The noise
pollution
static
it gets in the way

it's right there
below us
seething and turning
while we
pretend
it's not happening

There is no change
you say

While she screams
and moans
beneath you 

The agony 
of
the host
being murdered slowly by these

parasites

the muted hum
has become an alarm

But convenience
outweighs the 
life of
mother

I fall a little out of
love
with the world
every day

I have to

It will make it 
easier
to watch
it go 
away.



Wednesday, May 5, 2021

6 Tips For A Stress Free Home Purchase

 Moving and buying a home does not have to be a stressful situation! If you put together a plan to make it a bit more stress-free instead, the process can even be pretty fun. Here are 6 tips for a stress free home purchase.



Hire A Great Real Estate Agent

Your first step is to hire a great real estate agent that knows your area well. They can provide recommendations for other vendors that you will need along the way, as well, which is really handy and can help make the process stress-free. A great real estate agent will help provide accurate pricing on your home that you are selling, they can help negotiate on your behalf, and they can also help walk you through the process and answer any questions along the way, which is priceless. As a buyer, you do not even have to pay them. The seller pays for the agent! But, if you are selling your home too, do keep in mind that you will have to pay them, which I think is very worth it. A great real estate agent will be a complete game changer in your entire home buying and selling process.

Get Pre-Approved

Next step: get pre-approved so that you know what you can afford (and what homes you should not be looking at). Your real estate agent can help recommend a person that can help you get a pre-approval going. When you get pre-approved, this is a huge step, because you will then know how much you can and cannot afford, like I mentioned. This makes it easier to view homes within your budget, while not getting your hopes up on larger and more expensive homes. 

Measure Your New Home

Once you are tentatively buying a home and are working your way towards the closing table, you will have a few appointments like the inspection and the appraisal. You can ask for another date (if warranted) if you need to measure the floorplan, or have contractors come to measure in order to give you estimates on renovations. If you want to save yourself and the current homeowner time, try to have contractors come out during the inspection. It will make things much easier and less time consuming that way!

Trust Your Inspector

Always trust your home inspector, as long as you have done your due diligence and have made sure that they come with great reviews (again - your real estate agent can probably recommend someone!). Your inspection will probably have a long list of needed improvements, but listen to your inspector and see what is necessary (to ask of the current homeowner) and what is not really that big of a deal. Some items on there will probably be door stops that are missing and small broken items. Other items may be bigger issues, such as fire hazards, issue(s) with the foundation, etc. These large ticketed items are the ones that your inspector will probably focus on, so trust them!

Hire Movers

The thing none of us look forward to is moving once we have decided on our home. I found a great local service: College Dudes Help U Move. They are Charlotte NC based pool table movers, residential movers, and commercial movers. They can help you with packing, storage solutions, and more. They are licensed and insured, aim to give you a stress-free moving experience, and they have great reviews, too! They give free in-home estimates, provide same day services in some cases, and offer the best rates on moves within 150 miles of Charlotte, NC. You’ll work one-on-one with your very own move coordinator, a point of contact who will help you plan and organize your move. Choose from a premier a la carte and concierge services to craft the perfect moving plan suited to your local or long distance moving needs. Check out some of the benefits and services you can receive when you choose these local Charlotte movers:

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Set Aside Extra Time

One of the things that makes any process more stressful? Running out of time. This is exactly why I believe that it’s essential to set aside extra time - more than you’ll think you need! If you think the moving process will take you 4 days, add an extra day or 2 to play it safe. Think you need 4 hours to clean? Add an extra 2 hours for flexibility. Expect to close in an hour? Add an additional hour, just in case.


These tips should help guide you through a successful and stress free home purchase. Feel free to add any tips you would like to share!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Why You Should Sell On The GCP Marketplace

 The Google Cloud Platform Marketplace is quickly becoming the easiest way to sell your SaaS. More and more developers are turning to this solution to share their SaaS with an ever widening market. The GCP Marketplace is the quickest way to present production ready stacks, datasets, solutions, and services to aid in development of any product you are offering. The growing advancement of SaaS has changed the marketing needs of many developers. Here are 3 reasons why you should sell your SaaS on the GCP Marketplace:


It's The Fastest Way To Get Your Customers Acclimated To Google Cloud Solutions

In today's instantaneous business world, we are finding that Cloud solutions are becoming more and more important for developers and customers. After an entire year now of a pandemic, being able to access information from one centralized location has been paramount. COVID has changed a lot of ways that people are doing business these days and not for the worse. The most innovative and progressive inventions come by necessity and the GCP Marketplace is the perfect innovation for this pandemic roadblock. By offering your SaaS through the GCP Marketplace, you can also guide your customers on the usefulness of Google Cloud Solutions. This will likely make them more aware of more solutions and practical products for them. The more you can help your customers, the more trust they will have in your product.

The GCP Marketplace Has The Most Convenient Billing Options

Your customers will receive one bill for their usual Google services as well as your SaaS. It's that simple. You can offer the usual features like pay-as-you-go, subscriptions, and even custom pricing in a format that is familiar to your customers and clients. You also have the option to receive reports on what features your customers are enjoying or disliking about your software. You and your customers will appreciate the ease of accessibility and no-hassle billing. 

The GCP Marketplace Offers World Class Security 

Cybersecurity has been a significant issue for SaaS as well as the entire internet recently. By using the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace, you are putting your SaaS into safe hands as you have the safest and newest defense against any threat. Customers overwhelmingly prefer knowing that their SaaS is secure and will appreciate your attention to this detail. You will also have the comfort of knowing that your SaaS is safe, secure, and backed up by Google. 

Using the GCP Marketplace gets your SaaS into your customer's  hands quickly, easily, and conveniently! There are many guides, training, and tutorials on how to get started on the GCP Marketplace should you find yourself stuck in any way navigating this valuable marketplace. Once you are comfortable with this innovative platform marketplace, you will find that it is an invaluable resource for the development and sale of your SaaS.

Have you sold your SaaS on the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace? 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Why SEO Strategies Are For Writers, Too

 What are some of the questions people ask when they read your work? What are some of the phrases or questions in those keywords? 

That’s SEO- or search engine optimization- the very thing that is used to evaluate the keywords and make sure that your work is the answer to the question, while determining where your website will rank from these keywords. 

You can look at the keywords that best fit your work, and that are the closest to the front page of search results. This goes beyond the broad, basic keywords, but also highly specific, hyper local keywords. The basic keywords have a much higher search volume, but achieving a high rank on these keywords is very difficult. It is reminiscent of the social media strategy that targets everyone in a way that relies on high reach to yield a fraction of the potential return.

This is why it’s important to think about some of the most recent questions you’ve asked via search. You can think about what you read and what you learnt as a result of reading that. What websites did you discover? Which of those did you begin to trust and return to? Those answers all started with a particular question, and there are specific ways in which you can benefit from an SEO return on investment and you can become the answer to the questions asked. 

Some keywords have a lower search volume, so it’s easier to rank highly on them. And they are much more likely to be keywords searched by people in need of services and close enough to take advantage of what you have to offer- so if your published work is particularly niche, you can still be the answer to some very specific questions! 

Invest In Keywords

You may have identified the keywords you wish to own, and now SEO experts can help you build rank on those websites through using those keywords in your work as it is published online. The keywords may be used for inline links on the page which lead to other pages on your website. 

SEO experts can help to optimize your online presence, but there are some ways in which you could do it yourself. This includes writing blog posts that contain keywords within them and that answer the questions commonly asked about the subject you’re writing about. 

However, sometimes SEO expertise is absolutely necessary if you want more people to visit your website and read what you have to say. Some search keywords rank differently with slight variations of words or phrases. For example, if a word is at the beginning of the question rather than the end, for example, the ranking for the results can be completely different than if it is the other way around. 

Strong optimization positions a website to rank highly for as many of those keywords as possible.

Good SEO does a lot of the work for you. It steers you into the path of the people with whom you wish to engage with and when. 

How do you make the most of SEO when writing online?