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Columbia Gorge. Hi Everyone! Welcome to my site and blog! Here I’ll be talking about all kinds of things, many based on my own experiences.

Things such as, how I moved from one state to another and what I did to make it more successful, what I’ve gotten from the different jobs I’ve tried, what I’ve learned about selling items at flea markets, and tips about using some of the features on computers, such as Windows Live Photo Gallery, and other things as well.

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Me at Chanticleer Point and Vista House. 9/18/2015

Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet!

We’re a few month into 2019 already, but there’s still plenty of time left to switch things up, have some fun, and become the best version of yourself. You don’t have to make a ton of resolutions in January to have a good year. In fact, doing this can be demotivating. We’re all still full from the festivities in January, of course we’re not going to want to head to the gym and turn our lives around just yet!

Whatever point in the year it is for you, you can make a change if you want to. Here, we’re going to talk about things you can do to make this year your best yet – even if you’re reading this from the future!

  1. Do Something About That Thing You Keep Thinking About

Most people have a little tingle in the back of their heads telling them they should do something. We often ignore it, because we tend to wonder what the point is. What’s the point of doing something for the enjoyment of it, when nothing will probably come from it? Plus, you probably have more important things to do, right?

This attitude is not going to get you the life you want. Having fun for fun’s sake is a totally valid and important way to spend your time. You’ll learn new things, have fun, lower your stress levels, and you never know who you might meet. Plus, you never know where it might take you eventually. This might become a long-held hobby of yours that helps you to relax after a long day. You might even decide to create a side business out of it. You just don’t know unless you try.

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  1. Set Some Goals and Be Specific

When it comes to setting goals, you should be specific. Rather than thinking to yourself, ‘I want to buy a nice car’, be specific. Say you want to buy a New Audi A5 Sportback. The more specific you are, the more you can picture these things in your brain. Once you can picture them, you’re more likely to work towards them – even subconsciously!

  1. Create a Vision Board

A vision board can help you to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind. Seeing them everyday should get you excited, and thinking about where you’re going to be. Many people credit their vision boards with feeling motivated and exciting for what’s to come. Make one now and put it somewhere you see it all the time!

  1. Vow To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Nobody ever, ever, ever, did anything good inside of their comfort zone. It’s comfortable, sure, but you need to get out of it from time to time. Once you do, you’ll see just what you’re capable of. Feel the fear and do it anyway.

  1. Keep A Journal

A journal can help you to figure out patterns in your behaviour and emotions, which can help you to move forward if you’re feeling stuck. Not only that, they can be so fun to read back on!

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Affordable Home Upgrades Anyone Can Do

While we’d all love to live in a grand and comfortable home, it’s definitely not something that everyone is able to afford. Bills need to be paid, after all, and you have other expenses to keep up with as well – so how are you going to be able to afford the kind of home you’ve been looking for without having to wait for too long?

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Luckily, there are a few sure ways to make the dream happen a bit faster. You’ll just have to do it yourself, that’s all, and be prepared to pull your sleeves up to do some work. Here is a handful of excellent DIYs that can both improve your home and your lifestyle a bit faster.

Go for crown moulding

This simple task is always a DIY winner as it makes your room look elegant and professional without much time and energy at all. Before you get started on your projects, it’s a good idea to invest in a no-contact measurement system as it will help you to make the renovations a bit more precise.

Use a polystyrene foam in hard plastic so that you’re able to get the corners right without too much frustration, by the way, and this one shouldn’t take you more than a short weekend to get through.

Think about the light

If you’d like to make a massive difference to the way your home looks and feels without having to pay up too much, you should look towards the light. Those who are experts at interior design tend to say that light is like jewellery because it adds the finishing touches to a room; just like a beautiful necklace can do to you.

Besides from focusing on making the light bathe your room in a soft and calming colour, you can change the light fixture to something dazzling and unexpected. It goes without saying that a chandelier can seriously lift a room from average to pristine, but you don’t have to spend much to achieve the look.

Opt for something unusual and eye-catching that gives your room a bit more personality than a regular old fixture.

Upgrade your kitchen cabinets

Another easy way to get a brand new look in your home without putting in too much effort is to simply change out your kitchen cabinets. You could build them yourself too, by the way, if you’re crafty like that; just make sure that you have a decent bench for woodwork as well as some pipe clamps and you’ll be good to go.

In case you’re not up for a complete cabinet renovation project, you can always give the ones you currently have a fresh coat of paint for a brand new look.

Sprucing up your home doesn’t have to cost too much, after all, and as long as you have a good guide to follow, it won’t really require too much energy either.

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Making Your Work Mornings That Bit More Bearable


Some people manage to leap out of bed in the morning in a great mood, they’re naturally more energised at this time of day and waking up is no real issue to them. Aren’t they annoying? For us mere mortals, mornings are far more of a struggle. If you’re finding yourself snoozing your alarm over and over and generally feel rubbish however, then something needs to change. You might not ever love mornings but they can be far easier to deal with if you follow these tips.

Get enough sleep the night before

It goes without saying that without enough sleep, your morning (and your day in general) is going to be pretty miserable. No one likes the sound of the alarm clock when they wake up, but when you’ve had a solid sleep it’s far easier to drag yourself out of bed. Make this a priority and your life will genuinely improve. You’ll be much more alert, in a better mood and even things like controlling your appetite will be easier. This is because without enough sleep, our hunger hormones are thrown out of whack.

Organise your work stuff ahead of time

Leaving everything until the morning is never a good idea. When you wake up and are already pressed for time, the last thing you need is to be running around like a headless chicken and panicking because you can’t find the things you need. Before going to bed, pack up your lunch and your work stuff, and get your clothes ready. Lay out everything you need on a chair in your bedroom so you can get up and get changed without any messing around. Having a shower before bed will save you a few minutes in the morning too.

Eat breakfast

It’s easy to forfeit breakfast for a little extra sleep in the morning, but making the time to eat can most definitely help you to get your day off to a good start. A bowl of cereal with chopped fruit, a smoothie made up with yoghurt or some wholemeal toast all wouldn’t take long to make in the morning. You’ll feel more alert and it can give you an energy boost when you need it most.

Find the best method of transport to work

For some people, public transport will be the best way to get to work. If you work in a busy city for example, the traffic will be bad but trains, buses and trams will be very good and run regularly. However, for others, driving will be the best option. Maybe your work is a little out of the city centre, or is far from where you live. Perhaps your work hours involve you getting there before or after rush hour. If so, then getting your own vehicle could be the best way to go. You can find used cars that won’t break the bank and would be ideal for getting you from A to B.

Use your commute to be productive

Get your morning off to a good start by using your commute to be productive. If you’re on public transport you could answer emails or tick off smaller items from your to-do list to get ahead for the day. If you’re driving, you could listen to an inspirational podcast on your way to get you in the best frame of mind.

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Brand Building: When You Are Your Brand

In the age of social media, branding has been changing. Instagrammers, YouTubers, and bloggers forged ahead into a space where a person became the brand.  As this was happening, bigger businesses wanted to downsize their ‘big corporate’ branding to becoming more personable and approachable.

Both really interesting changes that bring a certain synergy – and is also just a lot of fun to work with.

You will often hear the words authentic, transparent, trustworthy, reliable linked closely with a brands name. Their social media will use a tone of voice that communicates directly to their audience and uses language that is common in those demographics.

Branding isn’t just about a pretty logo and a nice letterhead. It is about having a story that runs through everything. Showing the public your ethos, ideas, and letting them become part of your story. This is even more important when you are looking after your personal reputation and brand.

Due to the internet, customers can be very picky about where they spend their money, and whose pocket it is going on. So you need to be the person, and company, that they believe in.

You might be a dog groomer, you might be a blogger who needs help with personal branding or maybe it is law firm branding and lawyer personal brands you are interested in learning more about.

The chances are you have read plenty of articles that take about starting your branding, like working with a graphic design company or outsourcing your copy. And that is great, but there is more to it.

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Think about your why. What is your purpose? Why should people interact with you? What do you bring that they can’t get elsewhere? If you started knitting scarves because you saw a homeless person needed one, and now you donate a scarf for every one purchased – that is your why and your story. So share it. Talk about WHY you do what you do, and WHY they should get involved too.


Consider all of your ideas as art. All of those thoughts that you have about products you have the capability to make them come alive. If you don’t create mass items, but instead you are creating one or two pieces of artwork, or sculptures, or painting – maybe even movies. Bring it to life. Of course, you should look to make money on your things where you can, but try and create things outside of that just to showcase.

Make Links

Make firm, and transparent links between what you design and produce and what your ethos and goals are for your business. For example, most beauty companies are going cruelty-free and vegan. Meaning that people feel good about spending their money with a company they feel cares. Be respectful if you choose to work with charities, and really consider where you’re products are sourced from.

Be Truthful

People grow and change, and so do businesses and products. While it’s impractical to have a branding overhaul every year, you can share your journey with your audience and take them with you. They will understand the changes they see in your company and products if you are honest with them.

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Warning: Running A Business Could Be Hazardous To Your Health!


Sorry to be alarmist, but it’s true!

While we aren’t trying to put you off from running your own business; there are plenty of reasons why you should work for yourself instead of ‘working for the man,’ but in terms of your health, there are definite hazards that need to be avoided.

Don’t worry, you won’t have to hurriedly shape up your resumé to return to the safer confines of a 9 to 5 job to preserve your life, but you should consider the following issues.

#1: The sedentary lifestyle. For those business owners working from home, especially when seated in front of a computer screen for many hours during the day, it is worth knowing the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle. These risks include weight gain, high blood pressure, and the increased chances of a stroke and heart disease. You can find out more here. Therefore, make every effort to exercise each day, both before and after work, and take regular breaks to stretch your legs and give your eyes a rest from the computer screen, to offset any issues associated with the sedentary lifestyle.

#2: Feelings of stress. We can all feel stress, but if not dealt with, there are consequences to our health, both physically, with headaches and high blood pressure, and mentally, with issues around depression, anxiety, and burnout. So, should you run a business, it is important to deal with your stressors. If you have strict deadlines to meet, as an example of one common stressor, you might want to hire other staff to help you tackle other work pressures, or outsource certain tasks, so you have time to commit to the project deadline at hand. Within your business life, you should also improve your work-life balance as this can reduce feelings of stress. And forming good habits within your lifestyle will also help, as by eating a healthy diet, and by exercising regularly, you will be more physically and mentally able to deal with the stress in your life.

#3: Neglecting health problems. When working for yourself, you don’t have the sickness benefits that are provided within a usual 9 to 5 job. Therefore, you are more likely to neglect and fight through any health problems instead of taking time off, especially when you are reliant on money coming in. And you might neglect a visit to the doctor or to the pharmacy, especially if you are snowed under with work. By being neglectful in either way, you might suffer the consequences to your health later on. So, here’s our advice. For starters, get into the habit of saving money so you can afford to have time off when you are unwell. Secondly, if you notice any symptoms of ill health, don’t ignore them, hoping they will go away. The sooner you get to see your doctor, the sooner you will be able to deal with any issues and get back to work. And finally, you might also consider registering with a doctor dispensing of medication, so when you are working, you won’t have to disrupt your working day too much because of long queues at the pharmacy.

Running your own business is an excellent idea, but you won’t make a success of it if you fall prey to ill health. Follow our suggestions, then, and not only will you have better health physically and emotionally, but your business should also be healthy on a financial level too!

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Taking Active Steps to Improve Your Life

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Whether you are in a slump or leading a lifestyle that leaves you relatively content, it’s always important to bear in mind that things can get better. There’s always opportunity for improvement and increased levels of happiness in your living! Something else to bear in mind? Positive change rarely makes its way towards you. You have to actively seek it out yourself. So, what kind of steps can you take to actively improve your life? Here are just a few to consider!

Cutting Out Bad Habits

We all have some sort of bad habit – after all, nobody’s perfect. But acknowledging your bad habits and taking steps to remove them from your life can significantly boost your happiness. So, take a moment to mull over some bad habits that you have. They could pertain to your physical health or your mental health. Common bad habits for your physical health that you might want to cut out could include:

  • Smoking – smoking is highly addictive, so admittedly, it is a pretty difficult habit to kick. But we are all well aware that it is highly detrimental to us, as it can cause cancer, cardiovascular disease, and a whole host of other health issues. Consider making use of alternatives that can be used to cut out smoking and ween you off nicotine, such as nicotine patches, nicotine gum, or vaping.


  • Excessive Drinking – sure, alcohol may well be legal for adults to consume. But excessive drinking can cause liver damage and can prove addictive. If you feel dependent on alcohol, you might want to consider sober living for men.


There are also plenty of bad habits out there that can have a negative impact on your mental and emotional wellbeing. Some to consider removing from your life could include:


  • Procrastination – as the old saying goes, procrastination is the thief of time. We tend to procrastinate when we feel anxious about something, but putting off the task at hand only serves to increase anxiety levels in the end.



  • Perfectionism – being a perfectionist can result in high quality work. But you’ll often find that it unnecessarily places excessive pressure on you. Don’t allow yourself to become distressed by setting unachievable or unrealistic targets!


Spend More Time Doing What You Love

Many of us end up spending most of our time doing things that we feel we have to do. But why not spend more time doing things that you love? This can give you a greater feeling of satisfaction with life. Sometimes it just means turning down plans and events that you feel obligated to attend when your attendance isn’t actually necessary. If you have an interest, chase it. Join a class, attend a club, dedicate your free time to it.

Sure, life might be coming along just fine for you right now. But why settle for mediocrity? “Okay” shouldn’t be enough! Taking active steps to improve your life can see you become a much happier and more rounded individual, placing a smile on your face!

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Genuine Ways To Make Money From Home

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The concept of making money from home is something that has really taken off over the last decade, and although it’s been something that people have talked about for a good bit longer than that, previously it was considered to be something sleazy or in some cases illegal.

However thanks to things like social media and the internet making it easier than ever for people to set up online businesses and work according to their own terms and set their own hours, this is now becoming the norm, so if you’re looking for a way to make money from home but you’re worried about getting caught up in a scam then in this post we’re going to share with you some of the genuine ways that you can make money from home.


Setting yourself up as a freelancer is possibly one of the easiest ways to start making money from home, and doesn’t require much in the way of start-up costs like other businesses do. The easiest way to get started as a freelancer is to decide on a professional service that you could offer that people would pay for. For example, you could offer copywriting for businesses, you could offer a graphic design, or you could even offer something like accounting or bookkeeping services. There are endless ways that you could work as a freelancer, and the great thing about it is you get to decide your own hours, work on your own schedule and effectively decide how much you earn as well, so it’s a very flexible way to make money from home especially if you have a family and other commitments to work around.

Physical Products:

If you’re someone who likes to create things by yourself then you could have a good chance of creating a business from home that allows you to sell your products. You could sell things like skin care, candles, or even t-shirts and then have them branded and have the labels made for them by hiring a branding company to do this – to find out more about getting labels made for your physical products, you can click here for more info. Of course setting up a physical product business takes a bit more effort than an online business  where you’re only selling digital products, but it’s still a great way to make money from home selling your own items.

Affiliate Marketing:

Affiliate marketing is a very popular way to make money from home, and it really doesn’t require much of an effort once you get it set up properly. Affiliate marketing works by recommending the products and services of other people, such as skin care products, technology gadgets, or even clothing. Pretty much anything can be used by affiliate marketers in order to generate revenue for themselves and for the people who own the products that they are recommending. A good way to start with affiliate marketing is to set up a blog around a niche topic, such as vegan skin care and then create content that links back to this product through an affiliate link whereby you then receive a commission for every person who clicks on your link and buys the product.

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