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Article Posted by Jessica Creech in All-Writing, Health

Using Exercise to Clear Your Head

Clear Your Head With Exercise

Clear Your Head With Exercise

If you feel overworked and underpaid, then welcome to adulthood because we all feel that way. Seriously, though, you need to find ways to let all that stress out. Some people channel this into shopping, others into drinking, and others into eating. You can do this the healthy way, though. Shockingly, exercise is one of the best ways to get your mind off the stress of everyday life, and you can do it without spending a fortune. The best part is that you’ll get fit while shaking off all your troubles, which is even better than any of the other options.

Yoga

Yoga isn’t always considered an exercise so much as it is a relaxation and meditation technique, but in a way that’s part of its charm. Yoga doesn’t take all your effort, and it won’t leave you exhausted. At the same time, it’ll do wonders for your flexibility and stamina. If you can get into some of the more complex yoga poses, you’ll understand why the people who practice it consider it an exercise. It’s more than that, though. In India, it’s considered a religious experience of sorts, the triumph of mind over body. Yoga is a fairly inexpensive exercise to get into, too, seeing as you just have to worry about the mat and a few balls. DVD’s are nice, too, but you can always look up tutorials online.

Cardio

Clear Your Head With Exercise

Clear Your Head With Exercise

Any form of cardio will help you out immensely, no matter what’s stressing you out. Running or walking, it doesn’t matter – both release endorphins, which will give you energy and elevate your mood right away. If you have a gym membership, then go ahead and hit it up a few times a week. Get on your favorite cardio machine, and go crazy. Even an hour of cardio time will help you relax, and will get you fit while you work. Anything that’ll give you that extra energy boost is good, though. It keeps you going during busy workdays and keeps you from crashing midday.

Sports

Go For A Run And Clear Your Head

Go For A Run And Clear Your Head

For a fun activity that you can do with family, friends, or just by yourself, find a sport you like. There are all kinds of sports available year round, or you can switch sports depending on the season. On top of being a great bonding activity, it’s also a way to exercise while relieving stress in a big way. If you’re like the rest of us, then you have some pent-up aggression. What better way to get rid of that than to wail on your friends in a little bit of competition? People who play sports in their free time report feeling significantly less hostile in the workplace than those who don’t, and you’re guaranteed to see the mental results immediately. On top of that, you’ll also get the best sleep of your life, guaranteed. If you’ve been relying on sleeping pills to get these results, then it’s time to toss those because you’ll be sleeping like a baby from hereon out.

Zumba

If sports don’t do it for you, then it’s time to get some music into your schedule. Dancing is well known to cure any blues you could ever have, and Zumba will fix them while getting you an intense workout. This is something you can do from home, with a video game or instructional video, or you can do a class on it. It’s one of the most popular exercise techniques right now, so it’s easy to find classes on it. If that doesn’t fit your schedule, though, then just do it at home. The video game is the best way to get your workout, because it offers a huge variety of courses and songs. You’ll feel the burn right away, and this is another one of those workouts where you’ll sleep like the dead afterwards. You don’t have to tell your coworkers that you’re dancing off your stress, or you can invite them over to try it out. Zumba parties go over better than you’d think. Have your friends over, have a Zumba session to relax, get laughing, and enjoy the rest of the night with a great dinner and some movies. You’ll still be losing weight, relaxing after work, and having a ton of fun with it on top of that.


#Cardio Workout#Exercise To Clear Your Head#Fitness#Yoga#Zumba

Article Posted by Jessica Creech in All-Writing, IT & Tech

Updates to Expect from OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite

The newest update to the Mac OS promises to be just as grand as its name. Named after Yosemite National Park in California, this operating system follows the previous operating systems of Mavericks and Mountain Lion. The operating system is coming this fall and Apple has already opened up an opportunity to join the beta test to help make it better. If giving feedback and helping to improve a system the way you might want to see it improved is something that interests you, it might be in your best interest to sign up as one of the first handful of users to test out this great, grand new Mac OS. Here’s a few of the updates that have a lot of people on the edge of their seat eager to try it out.

Updated Notification Center

The Notification Center is supposed to be better than ever! Apple has brought us a new Today view to the operating system, providing users with a quick look at everything they need to get the day started and to keep it going with the same seamlessness they expect their computer to operate with. The Today view incorporates upcoming events that you have in your calendar, reminders that you’ve set for yourself, a look at the current stocks and of course, a look at your location’s weather. If you’re someone who opens your computer first thing in the morning, this will be great for you! The Notification Center has everything you need. Additionally, messages and tweets can be replied to directly from the notification window instead of having to go to the website to check on them, meaning you can spend less time toggling between windows and more time taking care of the things you need to get done.

Spotlight

An Elegant Design That Feels Entirely Fresh

An Elegant Design That Feels Entirely Fresh

Although the search feature has always been a strong point in Apple’s operating systems, it’s still included in Yosemite and it promises to be better than ever! Whereas before it would only search things that are on your computer, now it has been tweaked to also be able to include searches from the web, like Wikipedia articles or website listings. Some people have described it as Siri for Mac, but don’t get too excited – it isn’t voice activated, at least not yet (we hope) but it’s still a pretty good way to find what you need to find. Additionally, it can be opened from anywhere on your computer in its own window which causes much less of a disruption for you when you’re trying to work!

Updated iOS Connectivity

The best thing about Apple devices is the way they all connect together and Yosemite has improved upon the great connectivity they already have. The devices can now sense when they’re close to each other which adds all sorts of new things that can be done when you pair an iPhone with a Mac with OS X Yosemite. iMessages were able to be responded to with older Mac operating systems, but now your Mac can make and receive calls as well. That’s great, because if you’re on your computer in the middle of work and you get a call from your phone (which of course, you left in another room) you can answer it from your computer without ever having to move. Don’t worry, the same still goes for messages; that functionality hasn’t been taken away.

There’s even a neat new feature called Handoff, where your phone and computer know what you last left off on while you were using them. Start a project on one device and have to end up switching to another one? No problem with the new OS integration. Quite possibly one of the coolest new features is the capability to turn your iPhone into a hotspot from your Mac without having to touch the iPhone at all. There’s never been a better time to make sure all of your electronic devices are seamlessly connected Apple ones.

Better Built-in Apps

OS X Yosemite Will Change The Way How You See Your Mac

OS X Yosemite Will Change The Way How You See Your Mac

The apps that come pre-installed on Mac are ten times better. They’ve all received significant updates for this release, mostly in terms of visuals but there have also been added functionality tweaks as well that long-time Mac users are sure to notice. The Calendar has a new clean daily view to help you keep your day organized and Mail is integrated with the iCloud, meaning you don’t have to worry about those big attachments anymore. Safari has improved connectivity from iOS to Yosemite, which you’ll find lets you integrate tabs from Safari on your iPhone to Safari on your Mac. It might not seem like much, but it means the world to those who’ve used Mac for a long time.


#Apps For Mac#Computers#OS X Yosemite#Technology#Web

Article Posted by Jessica Creech in All-Writing, Finance Stuff

The Best Time of the Year to Shop for Clothing and Accessories

Buying Luggage Is Not Just For Girls

Buying Luggage Is Not Just For Girls

If you love looking trendy and in style, you’re probably aware that it’s not a preference that comes cheap. Wearing the latest fashions is going to cost you a lot, which is why it’s not a possibility for a lot of women. This isn’t to say that you’ll never be able to wear designer threads or own the most sought after accessories. In fact, it’s completely doable if you’re smart about what times during the year that you go shopping. Unless you’re making bank like Trump, you’re going to be restricted on just how much you can buy, but even on a budget you’ll be able to pick up some key items if you’re smart about when you shop.

Athletic Gear and Luggage

If you’re looking to pick up some cute new luggage to take with you on that summer trip you’ve planned but you don’t want to pay top price, you should start looking in early spring. During spring break season luggage tends to go on sale in most stores in order to appeal to the students who are looking to get away for their vacation. This means you can get quality brand-name (cute!) merchandise for a fraction of what you’d pay during the rest of the year.

Athletic gear also goes on sale in the spring. This is because in most places the weather is finally taking a turn for the better, which means people are going to want to start preparing for summer when they’re the most active. So if you need any kind of athletic shoe or sportswear for the activities you participate in, you need to start shopping before June rolls around.

Jewellery

If you’re looking to score some gorgeous jewellery, you’re going to want to shop in February. The sole reason for this is Valentine’s Day, which is when most jewellers will put their wares on sale in order to entice men to buy trinkets for their significant others. These aren’t deals meant exclusively for men, however; if you’ve been eyeing up that pair of diamond solitaire earrings and they’re a part of the Valentine’s Day sale, you should totally take advantage of that. Some of the more expensive, rare pieces probably won’t be on sale even during this time, so you may just have to settle for something cheaper that’s just as shiny.

Summer Clothes

Summer Is Coming.. Go Shopping

Summer Is Coming.. Go Shopping

If you’re looking to pick up some cute summer threads, the best time to shop is from mid-August to mid-September. Summer clothes will be on clearance during this time, which means you can pick up a ton of stuff for a fraction of the price. Of course, you won’t be able to wear this stuff until next summer which means it won’t necessarily be in style, but if you don’t care about being up-to-date trendy that shouldn’t be an issue with you. Along with summer clothes you’ll be able to find other summery things on sale, too—swimsuits and flip flops and dressy sandals should all be on sale at the same time.

Luxe Merchandise

If you’re looking to score some luxe items at low cost, you need to either go shopping during November’s Black Friday (in the States) or December’s Boxing Day (in Canada). Retailer’s slash their prices on these days (and some stores even put on sales all week long), which means you can pick up some pretty spectacular items for peanuts. For example, computers and tablets can be grabbed for as much as 75% off, which means you’d be insane not to try and take advantage of these sales.

Lots Of People Love Shopping

Lots Of People Love Shopping

Black Friday and Boxing Day sales aren’t just limited to electronics, either. You can grab jewellery, clothes, furniture, appliances, and home décor for super cheap, as well. Basically, if you can think of it, you can probably get it on sale during either of these big shopping days. Just remember that you’ll have to contend with some pretty serious crowds in order to get any shopping done.


#Athletic Gear#Black Friday#Boxing Day#Buy Jewellery#Shop for Clothing And Accessories

Article Posted by Jessica Creech in All-Writing, Career News

5 Reasons Why Restaurants Fail

The Restaurant Business Is Tough

The Restaurant Business Is Tough

The restaurant business can be a scary world to peer into, and sometimes it can seem like it’s hopeless for you to make your attempt at starting up your own eating establishment. After all, it seems like if a restaurant isn’t simply losing money hand over first for the first few years of its life, then it’s just failing outright. You don’t want to go through the trouble of getting a loan and starting up your business only to have to shutter the place in six months or a year. Why is it that so many restaurants fail, anyway? If you do your research and have a good idea of what you should not be doing when you’re running a food service business, you’ll be able to save yourself a lot of heartache. If you’re interested in being vigilant against making common mistakes, then here are five common reasons why restaurants fail.

1. The Area Can’t Support the Concept

If you’re planning on opening a pan-Asian fusion restaurant in a one-stoplight rural farming town, you should stop and ask yourself if that’s really the best idea. A big reason why restaurants fail is simply because their owners haven’t done the correct research on the market they’re moving into, and they try to open a restaurant whose concept is either unpopular with the resident population or it is unable to stand out among market saturation. For example, opening an Italian bistro in a town that already has ten other Italian restaurants will make it very difficult to succeed, especially if the competition is well-established and popular. To avoid failing right out of the gate, do research and figure out what the people in your area want to eat, and what they’re interested in trying. Find a need and fulfill it.

2. Poor Oversight of Kitchen Staff

Get The Kitchen Staff Working Their Best

Get The Kitchen Staff Working Their Best

It might seem like hiring for a restaurant is easy when all you have to do is throw up a few ads on Craigslist for some dishwashers and line cooks and people will line up at your door. However, if the kitchen is in disarray, it’s a sure bet that the state of the restaurant will soon follow suit. If a restaurant owner doesn’t hire a hard-working and skilled kitchen staff, including a chef that acts in a managerial capacity, they can quickly find that the quality of their service declines. Food will be made improperly or too slowly, and could result in long, disappointing waits for customers. If a restaurant becomes known for having a very slow or sloppy kitchen, it can find itself out of cash and closing its doors.

3. An Overambitious Menu

Everybody loves options, right? It can certainly seem that way, and you might be tempted to concoct a massive menu that serves a huge variety of dishes from breakfast all the way through lunch and dinner. However, this has been the downfall of many restaurants because of the huge strain it puts on your ability to supply the kitchen and create the food. Having a huge menu means having to maintain an inventory that can support the creation of those dishes, even if customers only order a given item a few times a week. Plus the quality of your food can decline if your kitchen feels overwhelmed and their skills aren’t adequate enough to cover the necessary range of techniques.

4. Bad Customer Service Kills Reputations

Customer Service Can Make Or Kill Your Restaurant Reputation

Customer Service Can Make Or Kill Your Restaurant Reputation

If a restaurant’s waitstaff consistently provides service that leaves customers unsatisfied, or worse, unhappy, then its days as a solvent business are numbered. If you aren’t making the effort to hire and train waitstaff in the procedures that you want them to follow during the business day, you’re setting them up for failure. Failure equals bad service, and bad service equals bad word of mouth. Before you even know it, the bad reviews are piling up on all the websites online, and the stream of customers coming through your door is disappearing. If you can’t provide a good experience for people, your restaurant will fail quickly.

5. Food Costs Can Drag You Down

Food can spoil quickly, especially if you want to stock your kitchen with a lot of fresh ingredients, and these costs add up quickly. If you’re routinely buying inventory to support a volume you aren’t doing, you’ll find that you’re throwing away a lot of food each week. This is just like lighting money on fire. Restaurants that can’t keep their food supply costs under control will quickly find themselves bleeding cash until they can’t support the business anymore.


#Business#Customer Service And Reputation#Kitchen Staff#Overambitious Menu#Reasons Why Restaurants Fail#Unrealistic Goals

Article Posted by Jessica Creech in All-Writing, Love News

Should You Re-Date Your Ex

Giving Your Past Relationship A Second Chance

Giving Your Past Relationship A Second Chance

Deciding whether or not to date your ex can be a tricky situation. Obviously, you must have liked them enough to want to date them in the past, but the reasons that the two of you broke up could be enough to keep you weary about giving the relationship a second try. Before you decide that dating your ex would be a good step for you to take, you should first decide weigh the many challenges that can come with re-dating someone that you once had an established relationship with. To do this requires that you weigh both the pros and cons of re-dating your ex, and see if trying again is worth the time and effort of both of you.

Why Did You Break Up?

The first thing you need to look at is why the two of you broke up in the first place. While it is true that everyone can change, breaking up with someone because they cheated on you can often be cause for some concern when it comes to getting back together. If your ex cheated on you, you may end up constantly worried that they will cheat on you again. Often you will find yourself doubting just about everything that he or she says, which will put a strain on your relationship from the very beginning. Likewise, if you were the one who cheated, your ex may never actually trust you. This will end up irritating you, and damaging the relationship that the two of you are trying to build.

If the two of you broke up for differences that don’t have anything to with cheating or other trust issues, it is a much stronger possibility that the two of you can successfully start dating again. Make sure that the two of you talk about your break up, especially if one (or both) of you never really had any closure about why you broke up. Be honest, and lay out your expectations in the beginning so that both of you will be on the same page.

What’s In It for You?

Are You Up For Re Dating Your Ex?

Are You Up For Re-Dating Your Ex?

The next thing you need to consider when trying to decide whether or not you should re-date your ex is what’s in it for you. Think about where you are in your life, and what you want out of a significant other. If you are at the stage in your life where you want to settle down, get married, and have children, you should make sure that this is something that he or she is interested in as well. If you don’t have an interest in starting a family, make sure he or she shares that feeling with you. The last thing you want is to do is try for a relationship with this person again only to have it end because the two of you aren’t looking for the same things.

Tell your ex what you want, and encourage them to do the same thing. Know exactly what each of you want before starting the same relationship. If your ex is hesitant to answer your questions, you may want to avoid attempting another relationship with them. Remember, you’re supposed to be them a second chance. If you feel confused going into a new relationship with them, it probably won’t be worth your time, energy, and effort.

Do You Feel Like You Have No Other Option?

Be Certain Of The Reason why You Are Re Dating You Ex

Be Certain Of The Reason why You Are Re-Dating You Ex

The worst thing you can do is re-date your ex simply because you feel like you don’t have any other options. If the two of you broke up for valid reasons, dating your old ex is simply because you miss being in a relationship is never a good way to go. If you’re dating your ex because you’re lonely, and not because you really want to be with them, the relationship is bound to go south. Don’t worry about rushing into another relationship with your ex just because you want someone to be with. Take some time to know and learn who and what you want so that your next relationship is better than your last.

Deciding whether or not you should date your ex will take time. Take some time getting to know them again before you rush into anything. Focus on open communication and friendship before moving into an actual relationship. If you find yourself feeling like you’re unsure of whether or not you should pursue a relationship with your ex, you may want to bypass the relationship altogether and just keep things friendly between the two of you.


#Dating#Ex#Re-Date Your Ex#Relationships#Second Chances