Best Epson printer

We may live in a digital world but there are still a huge amount of people who have a need for home office printers and today we are going to take a look at how you can secure the perfect option. Printers come in all shapes and sizes these days and this is why it is so critical that you make the right decision when purchasing for a home office environment. If you visit Konica Minolta Australia then you will see just what we are talking about with regards to the variety of printer options, and this is what you need to be thinking about when choosing which one is right for you.

Role of The Printer

The most important consideration to make here is what you are actually going to be using the printer for. You may be thinking that you have multiple uses for the printer, most of us do, but the key is thinking about what you will be using the printer for most. There are multi-purpose printers on the market but if you want a printer predominantly for photo production, then you have to expect a multi-purpose option to offer lower quality than a dedicated photo printer. Multi-purpose is a great option for light use of each function but if you need one more than the rest, a specific printer makes more sense.

Cost of Purchase and Running Costs

When you are considering how much to spend on the printer you are not just thinking abut the cost of the purchase itself, although that is an important factor. Beyond this however you have to think about the running costs of the printer, because this is really the most expensive part. Manufacturers of the printers understand that the real money is in the ink and that is why they will often have printers at low price points, in order to get as many people buying as possible. With this in mind you should be looking to research how much ink costs and how many prints you can expect to get per cartridge. Don’t fall into the trap of buying a super cheap printer with high cost ink.

If you are buying a laser jet printer then bear in mind that these still require a toner for the addition of color, which generally cost more than ink cartridges.

Connectivity

Thanks to wireless and bluetooth connectivity printers are now ore flexible than ever before. Make sure then that you are looking for a printer which is able to connect to al of your devices with ease. If you are downstairs and wish to print something upstairs from your iPad, the last thing you want is to have to head upstairs and deal with cables and connectors.

Finally be sure that you pay attention to the reviews which have been left about printers, in order to get a full picture of what the user experience of each product is like.

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awkward moment with a plumber

DIY jobs around the house can give you a project to work on, can offer you the chance to save some money on repairs and can give you real feeling of pride upon the completion of the job. Doing repairs in the house however, can often be unsafe and it is essential that you are taking the right measures with regards to ensuring your safety whilst you work. Over the last 12 months there have been more people doing work on their homes and this is why maximizing safety is so critical. If you do have jobs around the house that you plan to do yourself, here is how you can do so in a safe way.

Assess The Job

The first thing that you have to do is assess the job in hand and ask yourself genuinely whether or not you have the capabilities to do this. Most DIYers are those without training or any particular skill, so taking on a job which requires training and experience is not a good idea. All it takes is a nail in the wrong place or playing around with gas connections for things to go very wrong indeed. Be honest with yourself before you even get started.

Getting the Right Materials

One of the most common reasons for people getting hurt when they are carrying out DIY tasks is that they don’t have the right equipment for the job. Trying to use a hacksaw instead of a jigsaw or using a hammer and nail instead of a drill, these are minor changes which can have major implications. Always get the correct materials for the job before you start.

Safety Equipment

Many have too much of a blasé attitude when it comes to safety, and think that they have everything in hand. The truth however is often very different and this is why it pays to be overly cautious when you are about to get started with a project. Check out some of the RISE equipment online which has all that you need to ensure your safety during the job.

Clear The Workspace

It may sound terribly simple but making sure that you clear the workspace is critical to maintaining your safety. A messy workspace means that it won’t take much for you to fall over, stand on a nail or seriously hurt yourself with power tools. Clean the space before you get started and during the job in order to keep yourself safe.

Don’t Push

If something just isn’t working then don’t push it, stop, reassess, try again and if it still doesn’t work then stop altogether and use a professional. It may well be that you are trying to drill into a load-bearing wall, it could be that you are trying to put square pegs in round holes and in most cases there will be a reason why this isn’t working as you wish, a technical reason which requires a professional.

By all means have a go at projects on your own, but be sure to follow these safety tips to protect yourself.

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I don’t know about you but I’m finding this lockdown the most tedious of all. The weather doesn’t help – when it was the summer and we were in lockdown at least I could lounge about in the sun reading books. Honestly, I read more books last year than I have in an awfully long time.

So what can you do during the next few months to keep busy? I’ve come up with a few ideas for things to do during lockdown:

Take up a new hobby

Or maybe get back into an old one? I’ve always been a bit of a part time knitter, but I’ve found knitting a really good way to pass the time during this lockdown, and it’s very therapeutic too. I’ve knitted a lovely multicoloured shawl, and I even knitted a couple of Christmas gifts – Bee got her own cuddly Pusheen and Belle got a Hello Kitty hat.

Go for a walk

I know, this can get a bit tedious after a while, but not if you think up little activities to do while you’re out. I really like this list from the Guardian of things to do on a walk, and I always find plenty to amuse myself. Most recently I set myself the tasks of making myself a flower crown, by forming a basic circle with some bendy twigs and then filling it with small flowers and leaves.

Have some fun online

Once you’re back from your hike, you’ve got a free pass to sit about for the rest of the day relaxing, so make the most of it by having some fun online. This might be playing some online games, or perhaps indulging in a bit of gambling? Find yourself a top online casino, set yourself a strict budget (of course), and have fun! There is nothing quite as thrilling as winning a bit of cash is there?

Write some letters

One of the big things about lockdown is not being able to see friends and family, so how about flipping that on its head and spending some time writing letters instead? Even just a card with a few thoughtful sentences in could be the thing that makes someone’s day and it doesn’t take long. ‘Going to the postbox’ could then also be one of the things that gives your walk purpose!

Start a new business

Okay, so this is a bit more ambitious than just ‘going out for a walk’ but honestly, has there ever been a better time to think about trying something new? I made a bit of extra cash during January by making candles, which is something I would have never thought to do previously but it was a lot of fun.

Whatever you get up to, just remember that happier times are just around the corner!

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Chanel nail varnish dressing table makeover tidying tips

Women have a love-hate relationship with makeup. If you’re a luxury beauty lover who don’t ever leave home without your makeup on, your overall make-up budget might be much more. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Makeup can be pricey, but there are a lot of options to save large, so you can get a nice makeup range and also having room left over for anything else you need.

Here is how to spend your money on makeup while you are running low on budget.

Look for Dupes

You just need to start with the basics. It is not necessary to buy a high brand range when you can get a good dupe of a famous brand. Opt for drugstore brands. They are cheap and dupe to most of the luxurious brands available in the market. You can get different palettes in low price with the same pigmentation.

Buy the products you actually use

Don’t waste money in buying everything that you know you will not use. Just go for the products with which you are running low. This technique seems basic, but you would be amazed how many people do not pursue it. Go through your latest beauty range, and stay aware of the items you really use and the others you don’t use. Probability is there are a lot of items that have never made it into the daily beauty routine.

Go for Makeup Sales

You can find an elusive or preferred beauty product online for less than what you would pay for in a store. Do your homework and try out unusual locations such as resale sites and make-up shops. Sales are still very helpful. You will also get to see sales at the close of the financial year, on Black Friday, Thanksgiving and as Christmas comes. You can look for affordable makeup on different online sites like https://roxiecosmetics.co.uk/ for good investment.

Use Discount Codes

This is a world of bloggers and influencers on all over social media. Camera perfect beauty blogs and Supermodels can be a little irritating, but they’re a fantastic source of coupons and codes. Beauty bloggers and influencers continue to taste and share reviews of a wide variety of products from drug shops and high street brands. Make sure you follow any of the huge stars on Instagram and Twitter, and keep an eye out for any coupon codes that their followers share. They are really helpful.

Look for Multipurpose Products

Some beauty items can only be used for one item, while others are shockingly multi-functional. Palettes are useful for this, since they can be used on both the eyes and the face. Pick one of the right colors and you can use a simple palette for your eye shadow, lipstick, concealer, accentuation and contouring-now that’s a steal.

Ask for Makeup Samples

Many beauty stores are able to supply you with a free sample or two of the items you would like to try at home. And if the shop would not advertise free samples, it shouldn’t hurt to inquire. You may also use this technique to nab a preview of your preferred lipstick or eye shadow to postpone paying for a full-size model.

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We beat ourselves up a lot as human beings for our supposed ‘weaknesses’ don’t we? We admonish ourselves every time we eat a third bourbon or indulge in back to back Married at First Sight Australia. We imagine what better all round people we’d be if we only did the washing up immediately after dinner and didn’t ever text an ex after a glass of wine.

The fact is, we all do stupid stuff.

We all do things that we know, on some level, aren’t good for us. We do things knowing they are going to impact our health or our emotional wellbeing or possible contribute to the decline of the British High Street. But do you know what? It’s okay.

It’s okay if you get things wrong sometimes, it’s okay to make mistakes. The point of making this list, with the help of people on social media, is not to shame you, but to empower you. You can read this list knowing that all of these things are done by other people too and that it doesn’t make you a failure as a human.

What’s way more important is kindness, showing empathy, offering support when you are able. Making people laugh, sharing hopes and dreams, loving your family and friends. You can do all of this at the same time as eating too many crisps. If lockdown life has taught us anything it’s that being kind, both to ourselves and to other people, should be the priority.

So here’s my list of things that are bad for you that you do anyway – some aren’t even that bad at all, which proves my point really, that it’s all meaningless standards imposed on ourselves, by ourselves. Hopefully that’s a comfort.

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what does love feel like?

Last night I found myself reading the ‘Blind Date’ feature from the weekend Guardian magazine. Truth be told, I was reading a PICTURE of it – I got my brother-in-law to send me a photograph because it’s the only bit of the whole paper I really enjoy and I’m too tight to spend over £3 just for that.

The idea behind it is simple – two people go on a blind date and at the end then answer questions about each other, separately, and give each other a mark out of ten. The questions are short and sweet – ‘would you introduce them to your friends? Good table manners?’ – that sort of thing.

At the moment of course the couples are having to have their blind dates virtually, and honestly, I feel for them. Zoom is hard at the best of times, but when you also have to rely on it for eye contact, body language, flirting… well, it must be practically impossible.

The couple this week however didn’t seem to be suffering as a result. Their online blind date lasted an incredible four and a half hours – more than most in person first dates I’ve ever been on – and I was decidedly impressed. Daters take note – whether you’re swiping right, using the personals or keeping it local with a spot of Kent dating, having to conduct your liaison online shouldn’t hold you back.

If you do find yourself hosting a virtual date, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Do consider your lighting

Just like you’d get dressed up for a real life date, you want to show off your virtual self in its very best light – quite literally. It’s going to be hard to be alluring if you’re sat in the dark, or if you’re opposite a window and your face is bright white, so choose your spot carefully. Ditto your background – a nicely curated bookshelf is far more attractive than a background pile of washing up.

Plan food and drink in advance

Are you going to eat together? If so, make a plan, otherwise one of you will end up munching away on a pizza while the other just has to listen through the microphone. The one thing I found very strange about the Guardian blind date was that the guy got a takeaway and the girl didn’t eat at all. She said takeaways didn’t deliver near her, but you’d make a sandwich at least surely?

Think ahead to conversation topics

An awkward silence in a date is never fun, but online it’s way more pronounced as you can’t pretend to be looking at your surroundings or other people. It might seem a bit forced, but having a think beforehand about some conversation prompts or questions could help to avoid this and keep the conversation flowing smoothly.

Have an exit plan

I have a friend who will say from the off that she has another call in an hour, just to keep things nice and easy to wrap up, and this isn’t a terrible idea, especially if it’s the first time you’ve spoken to someone and you’re not sure how it’s going to go. Manage expectations, stay polite, and most importantly, have fun!

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I don’t know about you, but over the last year my life feels like it has got smaller and smaller.

I not unhappy for the most part, but it has shrunk down until now it’s really just about food, drink, walks, cats and Instagram stories. And let’s face it, even some of the walks and the food is really just about the stories.

It’s quite an exposing state of being when you think about it. I imagine it like a series of concentric circles, with the furthest out ones being all of the things you do and the people you see that you normally engage with the least – in my case gym classes, children* etc – and gradually each layer has been peeled away until we are just left as these exposed inner cores, clinging onto the few keys things that make us human at least. I feel like the connections I do have with people are more real – there’s no small talk, you both know you’re in that park for a reason, so you get right down to it.

Food has become a much more significant pleasure too. I’ve taken to just eating whatever I want, whenever I want, but in an almost spiritual way. I don’t just munch on snacks for fun – I take my time choosing, and I savour the experience. When your pleasures have become fewer, they deserve taking more seriously.

What I do miss about food though is constantly being the one to have to cook it and wash up. Eating out has always been one of my best things, hence brunch club, and I miss the novelty of something new, of not being sure what something is going to look and taste like until it’s on your fork and in your mouth.

If I had endless wealth and lived somewhere cosmopolitan then a substantial part of my diet would be takeaways, but as I didn’t even qualify for any freelance financial support, it seems a bit foolhardy to spend all of the money I’m saving on my mortgage repayment holiday on satay chicken sticks and king prawns with cashew nuts.

I’m rambling. I apologise.

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Pretty much the one big thing I’m missing during lockdown is travel. If I could choose to travel anywhere in the world right now though, if money and distance were no object, I would still choose to visit my sister and her family in Ireland, on the banks of Blessington Lakes.

My brother-in-law is Irish, and they moved to Ireland about five years ago when my niece and nephew were small, to give them a taste of growing up in Ireland. Originally they were thinking it might be just for a short while, but now they’ve built and renovated a cottage, and have plans for outbuildings – it’s not feeling like they are going to be coming home soon!

In the good old days, when we weren’t confined to our homes, we’d travel to Ireland three or four times a year to visit them. I’ve been to Ireland on my own too, and we even did a two week motorhome tour around the coast of Ireland, stopping off along the way to enjoy the scenery, the culture and the food. It’s a really beautiful country, with some spectacular landscapes. One of my favourite places food wise is the original Happy Pear cafe in Shorelines, Greystone – absolutely delicious food and in a lovely location too.

I can try to capture the Irish countryside vibe at home with homemade Irish stew, but honestly, it’s not the same.

What being apart from my sister and her family in Ireland has made me realise is that I want to spend more time there. In the past we’ve gone just for a few days at a time, and often not ventured outside the house, but when things are back to normal I want to go for longer and explore the area more. I want to relax into a week or two away. I want to go for walks. I want to eat out more. As often as I’ve visited Ireland, I don’t feel like I’ve been adventurous enough or really experienced the best it has to offer – the best locations, the best chefs, the best live music and theatre. If this sounds like you then click here to discover Ireland’s best chefs and inspire your next visit.

Most of all though I just want to spend time with my family. My niece and nephew are 9 and 11 now and they change so quickly – not visiting them even for just a few months leaves me feeling like I’ve been left behind, like I’m losing out on watching them grow and develop. My sister too is the person I’ve always felt the closest to, who knows me better than anyone else, and I want to spend as much time with her as I possibly can.

In the meantime, like a lot of people around the world, I’ll have to make do. Games over FaceTime with a bowl of homemade Irish stew will just have to do the job for now.

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bathroom update

The bathroom is one room in the home that most of us spend a significant amount of time in. From bubble baths to hot showers in the morning, there is no denying that your home bathroom is one of the most important spaces in your humble abode. It only makes sense then, that one would want to spruce this important space up in order to reflect your overall home aesthetic and vibe. If you’re looking to give your bathroom a makeover for the new decade, then this is the article for you. Today, we look at 6 ways you can update your bathroom and inject some modern style into it with minimal costs. Read on to find out more!

 

  • Silver Is So Last Year

 

One of the features of the toilet or bathroom that is often overlooked is fixtures such as taps, showers and other accenting accessories that may seem small but can actually contribute greatly to the overall look of your bathroom. Silver is so last year, with many modern designers turning to options such as chrome and matte black kitchen taps that look incredibly stylish and elegant. The kitchen isn’t the only room in the home that deserves a little upgrade though — your bathroom is the perfect place to showcase some elegant new tapware, showerheads and other fixtures with an elevated modern touch. You’ll be amazed at how something that seems like such a slight change can impact the overall mood and feel almost instantly! 

 

  • Hidden Tank Toilet

 

Toilets with hidden tanks have been taking the design world by storm in the last few years. If you haven’t come across a hidden tank toilet, it is simply a toilet that has its water storage vessel mounted inside the wall, leaving it completely out of sight and opening up your bathroom space like never before. Hidden-tank toilets are fantastic if you’re looking to save precious space, with the added benefit of low-flow models that save water every time you flush. 

 

  • Window, Window, On The Wall

 

One of the most common issues that occur in a home bathroom is the formation of mould and mildew. One of the best ways to ensure that you avoid this nasty situation is to install a window by the shower. If your house blueprint allows for it, adding a window is a great way to improve ventilation and also bring in some natural light into the room. We recommend discussing options with your contractor and choosing frosted glass for the sake of privacy.

 

  • Liven It Up

 

The bathroom is the one space in the home that is the most private, making it the perfect area to explore and have a little fun with. If you’re a fan of bright colours, funky curtain designs and all things glamorous, we highly recommend going out and purchasing new blinds/curtains, accessories and funky looking mirrors that you can have fun with in your bathroom. Vanity mirrors are all the rage at the moment and are an inexpensive way to add a touch of Hollywood glamour to any bathroom. If you’re looking to re-tile, choosing tiles in colours other than white is a great way to lay the foundations of your eclectic bathroom space. 

 

  • Upgrade Your Lighting

 

Light is a crucial aspect when it comes to giving your bathroom a makeover, so it’s time to go out and purchase some modern and aesthetically pleasing lights that will add a whole new element of style to your space. The first important lighting change you should consider is a dimmer for the main lights. This will enable you to set the mood for a leisurely bath without being blinded by artificial light. Recessed lighting around your mirror is also a great way to give yourself the perfect environment for styling your hair, putting your makeup on or shaving. 

 

  • Accessorise For Functionality and Style 

 

Last but not least, accessorising your bathroom with important bits and pieces is the final touch in your bathroom makeover. Install extra towel rails, floating shelves and hooks that automatically increase your storage space without making the space look cluttered. Even the containers you choose to store your toothbrush, cosmetics and other personal grooming items can add personality to your bathroom without having to sacrifice on style. 

Giving your bathroom a makeover doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars or take up a massive amount of your time. We hope that this article has inspired you to make small yet important improvements that will truly transform the overall feel and look of your bathroom space. 

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soothe pain naturally

From mild, dull and annoying to severe, persistent and even disabling – pain can bring not only discomfort and stress to your daily life but also actual sufferings. And while painkillers might provide you with some quick relief, nowadays many people are looking for natural ways to manage various types of pain and aches and improve the quality of their day-to-day lives without horrific side effects. Whether it is painful periods, toothache, here are some ideas on how to deal with pain naturally. 

Soak In A Warm Bathtub

Soaking in warm water is not only a relaxing ritual, but it also can help to relieve many forms of muscle spasm and muscle pain, as well as different types of arthritis.

If case soaking your body in warm water is not your thing, or you want to apply heat on a specific body part more often, you can try dry heat therapy. You can apply a heating pad, hot compress or sticky back wrap to bring continuous low-level heat. However, make sure to read all directions carefully prior to using any heat therapy options for your pain to avoid burns or other injuries.

Stretch

Your body is intended for movement, and if you don’t move much due to pain, your inactivity can make the pain even worse. Luckily, practising gentle stretching can help to maintain mobility and range of motion, and relieve pain. 

Meditate

Meditation is a free, easy and quick method to relax, reduce anxiety, improve symptoms of pain and depression, and, therefore, quality of life. The benefits of meditation come to the fact that when you are in a relaxed state, it may be easier for you to cope with pain.

You can start your meditation session by practising deep breathing for a few minutes daily and gradually lengthen to longer sessions for up to 20 or even 30 minutes. Make sure you are comfortable, and nothing distracts your attention. You can also try guided meditation with apps like Headspace or Calm, which offer you suggestions on how to guide your meditative thoughts and reach meditative state faster.

Try Out CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a promising natural supplement that is commonly used for various mental and physical disorders. CBD can affect your endocannabinoid system, which is involved in regulating various bodily functions including sleep, mood, appetite, stress, pain and immune system response.

Through interaction with different receptors, CBD can help to bring all processes in balance, which results in reduced anxiety and pain, improved sleep and immunity, better mood, concentration, sleep, etc. CBD is also available in plenty of products formats, such as CBD capsules, oils, edibles, vapes and topicals. 

Benefit From Using Essential Oils

Essential oils are renowned for their various properties, including calming, mood-boosting and pain-relieving. And there are many ways to enjoy the potential benefits of essential oils. Some people prefer to inhale them (aromatherapy) while others add a few drops of diluted oil to their massage oil as part of therapeutic massage, which is also effective for reducing pain. 

When it comes to essential oils for pain relief, peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary are some of the best examples believed to have analgesic effects when combined with traditional healing treatments. You can simply take deep breaths of the scent after opening the bottle or applying a couple of drops on a cotton ball. If you have an oil diffuser, you can add a few drops in water and smell the aroma to relieve pain.

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What do you miss most about our new life in lockdown? For me it’s NEWNESS. I miss going somewhere new, somewhere I’ve never been before, eating foods I’ve never tried, and meeting and discovering things about new people.

As a strategy to get me through the tedium of lockdown life, I’ve actually been giving a lot of thought to the specific things I want to do once life is back to normal. It helps me to stay positive and it gives me something to look forward to.

Here are a few of the things I want to do once the dreaded virus is under control:

Go to Istanbul

I actually had a trip to Istanbul planned for May last year, a solo trip to celebrate my birthday. As much as I love family holidays, I really enjoy the challenge of travelling alone and especially to somewhere busy and vibrant like Istanbul. I was going to do a walking food tour with a local guide, and would have been able to say I’d travelled alone to Europe AND Asia!

Istanbul food

Eat in new restaurants

Eating out is one of my very favourite things, and although I made the most of the whole ‘eat out to help out‘ thing back in the summer, that was all places in my local area that I’d been to before. I am SO looking forward to discovering new restaurants with my family and, most importantly, eating food that I’ve not had to cook myself and don’t have to wash up! Click here to discover new places to eat with Square Meal.

Bump into people

And by that I mean actually, physically bump into people. I want to be in a crowded room with friends and have to squeeze past someone to get to the buffet table. I want to be standing in a queue and for a stranger to put his hand in the small of my back as he brushes past me. It’s amazing what things can feel exciting when you haven’t done them for a long time.

Go to the theatre

I want to take my daughter Belle to London for a whole weekend and watch back to back musicals. I want the foyer to be so crowded that I bring my own wine in a mini bottle in my handbag. I want live music and singing and dancing and to have to listen to people say ‘excuse me I think that’s my seat’, and then you have to stand up and let them past. I want noise and hustle and bustle and drama.

Fall in love

Okay, so this one might be ambitious, but I can say from experience that dating during lockdown is RUBBISH. I actually had a relationship break up in the middle of last year, and I’m not entirely sure we would have broken up in a normal year. I’ve dabbled in online dating since then, but options are limited. I’ve had three dates in total and every single one of them has been a walk in the park in the rain. Not sexy times.

So those are just a few of the things I’m looking forward to doing after lockdown. How about you?

 

 

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New year resolutions and goals

As the new year unfolds, there’s the promise of a fresh start floating in the air, the hope for a brighter tomorrow and the need to make up for all the things we weren’t able to accomplish or enjoy in 2020. Every beginning brings new opportunities to grow and evolve, and whether you’ve been able to stick to your resolutions so far or not, it’s always worth giving it another shot. Now is the perfect time to let go of the past and prepare to step confidently into the future. 

But if you want to start off with a clean slate and make this year better than the last one, you’ve got to work for it. Nothing will happen unless you make it happen. So let’s see what you can do to start the new year off on the right foot, take charge of your life and make the next 365 days count. 

 

Do a quick recap of the past year

We’re all about living in the present and looking into the future mentality, but if you want to create a better future, you must first understand and learn from your past. Otherwise you may be prone to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. It’s easy to think of 2020 as a lost year, but if you look back carefully you’ll see there were plenty of valuable lessons you’ve learned along the way and you should make the most of each and every one of them. Celebrate all the achievements you’ve had throughout the year, no matter how big or small, and use all the knowledge and experience you’ve gained to make wiser decisions and act smarter from this point on. 

Don’t let loose ends hold you back 

Just because one year has ended and another one just begun it doesn’t mean everything that happened in 2020 gets left in the past. Most of us carry unfinished business with us in the form of pending or half completed projects, plans that for some reason or another we weren’t able to put into practice, promises that we couldn’t keep, endless to-do lists and so on. All these loose ends can clutter your mind and your life and keep you from moving forward. Instead of lying awake at night thinking about the things you didn’t do, you should take control of the situation, finish what you started and remove the mental obstacles that are holding you back. Then you can finally move on with your life. 

Dream big, but be realistic 

Contrary to common belief, these two approaches are not mutually exclusive. There’s nothing wrong with having big plans for your future. On the contrary, dreaming about all the wonderful things that are about to happen will give you the motivation and strength to accomplish amazing things. But dreams alone aren’t enough to get you what you want. They’ve got to be backed up by realistic plans and a proactive approach. So you should analyze your ideas and thoughts and figure out how or if they can be translated into reality. This will help you decide if it’s something worth pursuing or if you should change your aspirations.  

Prioritize self care

This year you should be your top priority. If you’re one of those people who always put the needs of others before their own, you might want to think more about yourself for a change. Of course, being generous, compassionate and helping those around you are great qualities that you should hold on to, but this doesn’t mean you should constantly put your own needs and desires on the back burner. So take good care of yourself and focus more on health and wellness this year. That can mean a million things. Maybe you want to improve your diet, start a fitness routine, try meditation, enjoy the unique benefits of using a CBD vape cartridge, go to therapy and so on. Stop wishing and start doing whatever makes you happy. 

Focus on your goals 

When we plan on doing something, we usually start with a high level of motivation, but as time passes we get sidetracked by all the things that happen around us and we often lose sight of your goals. And even if you’re not terribly busy, procrastination can still sneak up on you and ruin your plans. It’s a vicious cycle that most people are familiar with and it’s definitely not easy to break out of it. But there’s a first time for everything. Let this year be the one where you don’t let your dreams slip through your fingers. Figure out what’s truly important to you and focus on achieving your objectives, no matter what life throws at you. Stay confident, believe in yourself, maintain a positive outlook and you’ll be able to achieve everything you’ve been dreaming of. 

Do something new

Since we’re talking about fresh starts and new beginnings, why not take the leap and try something new this year? We often get so stuck in the same patterns and give in to routine that we forget how exciting it is to do something we’ve never done before. Getting out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself can feel very uncomfortable in the beginning, but once you take the first steps you’ll realize it was well worth the effort. The possibilities are endless, so depending on your interests we dare you to broaden your horizons and try something new and exciting in 2021. 

Make a meaningful change 

Don’t worry, we’re not talking about changing the world here, but about changing something about you so you can grow as a person and become a better version of yourself. In the end, if we all did this, the world would be a better place. Make a list with some of the things you’d like to let go of or the things you’d like to improve. It can be anything from getting rid of a bad habit like smoking or binge drinking to improving your skills or learning new ones. Then start taking small steps towards reaching your goal. Even the smallest positive change can have a significant impact on the quality of your life.

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