Going on adventures with the family.

Traveling is something not many people can do. One of the many reasons why some people don’t travel is money. Traveling can be costly especially when you do it with the whole family. Can you imagine in my case, I travel with my father, my siblings, and, most of the time, with my extended family, uncles, aunts, and cousins. If going out-of-town or out of the country by yourself can be costly, can you imagine how much it would cost for me and my family to travel?

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But there is a way to do something when you really want to. My siblings and I would save up for our travel budget. Our goal is to go an adventure with the family at least once in a year. We normally travel in the months of January to April, during the summer months, that is. We have May to September to save up. We would book flights, accommodations, and everything else come October until November. Everything will be ready on December. All we have to do is wait for the day of our travel to arrive.

A friend of mine who also travels with her family, partner and daughters, has a different take on it. Travel whenever, wherever. Just go whenever they feel like escaping the city and go wherever their budget could take them. Works for them all the time.

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Of course, there are so many ways to go on adventures even on a small budget. Camping, picnics, and so many others. You and your family can stay with relatives or friends to save on accommodations. You can bring your own food to eat while on the road. You can choose one specific activity to do rather than a host of it to cut down on costs.

Just make sure you go on an adventure at least once a year or once every two years with the whole family. That’s my advice to you. It will not only bring the family closer but it will also create a multitude of memories you can always look back on when you all grow older.

Struggling for Control? Regain it By Taking These Steps

When you feel like you’re not longer in the driving seat and you’re not really in control of the direction in which your life is going, it can be scary and frustrating. You don’t have to let things carry on in this way, though. There are plenty of great ideas that you can make the most of in order to ensure you regain control of your life. Here are the most important steps to take.

Start Your Day in the Right Way

The way in which you start your day is so important. It can set the tone for pretty much everything that happens throughout the rest of the day. So, get up bright an early, eat a healthy breakfast, and then get planning. You should start thinking about what’s going to be required of you throughout the rest of the day if you want to stay in control.

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Stop Feeling Like a Victim

Your mentality will have to change if you want to feel in control of your life once more. If you feel like a victim and adopt that kind of mentality, you will only drag yourself down and make things more difficult for you than you need to. Empower yourself and become the master of your own destiny. If you can do that, there will be no stopping you, and that’s exactly what’s required.

Protect Your Identity

How can you feel in control of your life if you haven’t even got your identity protected? This, alongside managing your finances better, will put you in control once and for all. You can download Aadhar card if you’re in need of ID. Just make sure that everything is secure and you’re not at risk of identity theft. It’s a growing problem that affects more people than you realise.

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Provide Your Body with the Energy it Needs

If you are lacking energy, staying in control of your life will be even harder. That’s not what you want, so you should try to provide your body with more of the energy it needs. Make sure that you get the right amount of sleep each night. And eat the kinds of foods that are going to keep you awake and alert for longer. Don’t rely on fatty foods or cabs that only provide you with short bursts of energy.

Approach One Thing at a Time

The reason many people start to feel like they’re losing control of their lives is down to the fact that they try to do too much at once. This is a very common problem. There are so many people out there who think multitasking and staying busy is the way to live life. But it can actually create more problems than it solves, so try to approach one thing at a time.

Regaining control of your life is not as difficult as might imagine it to be. Make the most of these tips if you’re wondering how you can do it. It could turn out to be far easier than you had originally imagined.

Pursuing a dream.

When I was younger, I remember my mother would bring me to this old university where she studied. She would tell me stories of when she was studying there, how great the university was, how prestigious it still was (until now, actually), and how happy she would be if I manage to study there like her. She would tell me over and over that I needed to study there to graduate with Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, the course she wanted to take but had to give up because she got pregnant with me.

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If you think about it, my mother brainwashed me into going to a university to take up a course I never really knew anything about. But I didn’t know any better then so I followed what my mother ordered me to do, and anything to make her happy was a priority to me. Truth is, I enjoyed my university days. I made friends and I enjoyed the classes. Yes, the course was no walk in the park. It was so hard! Not to mention that after four years of studying really hard to pass and graduate, I had to study some more to take the board examinations for certified public accountants.

I managed to land a good-paying job after a few months of stint in an accounting firm. I guess my mother knew what she was talking about when she told me that a CPA earns more than other kinds of office jobs. I learned so much not just on accounting functions but also in taxation, audit, and other branches of accountancy I only heard from my professors. It was a stressful and rewarding at the same time.

But there has always been this dream I have since I was a teenager. And it’s to become a romance novelist.

I remember the look on my best friend’s face when I told him that I wanted to write. I also remember telling my close girl friends about not dreaming of getting to the top of the corporate ladder. It was not, and still is, in my heart and mind to become a corporate executive. I never really wanted to become a chief finance officer, or a finance director, or similar position in a company. I never liked the stress that comes with being a high-ranking officer. I remember being a senior manager in a business process outsourcing company (BPO). I didn’t last. I lasted a couple of months and quit. I chose to become a simple accountant of another BPO but I also quit that job after a few months.

You know what I did when I temporarily quit the corporate world about nine years ago?

I became a writer. And a full-time blogger.

I blogged. I wrote articles for advertisers. And I also wrote romance novels.

I stayed away from the corporate world for about eight years and those were the happiest years of my career!

Unfortunately, I had to go back to the corporate world when blogging went downhill for me. It was my main source of income during those years so when I stopped earning as much as from it, I reluctantly went back to being an accountant. I remember trying to stall my comeback. Three years. It took me that much time to convince myself that I had to go back. And I did.

I am still working as an accountant for a small company. I am happy being a finance manager, doing all the functions of an accountant. No biggie! I am also still pursuing my love for writing. I write on weekends. Or when I have enough time to form a thought.

I am both an accountant and writer. And I love it!

4 Benefits Of Moving To A Colder Country

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Living in a warm country is wonderful, for the most part. You enjoy the heat that so many others around the world have to travel to have access to. It’s easier when the sun is high and the weather is nice; everything in life is just that little bit smoother.

However, there are also benefits to living in a colder country – benefits that you might not be familiar with. If you ever find yourself in a position to sample living in a different part of the world, here are four reasons why choosing to relocate somewhere cooler can be a refreshing change.

1) Heat Doesn’t Stop You Doing Anything

Let’s face it, as nice as it is to live somewhere warm, sometimes the heat just becomes too much. As the mercury edges its way towards 40C in April, even the simplest of everyday tasks becomes a marathon. By moving to a cooler country, you don’t have to see putting the washing on as a task you’ll want to take a cool shower to recover from – and that’s pretty nice!

2) You Can Experience Seasons

There are four classic seasons; winter, summer, autumn – or ‘fall’ as it’s known in the USA – and spring. However, your knowledge of these seasons when you live in a hot or tropical climate is mainly theoretical. Sometimes, it can be impossible to separate February from July, which definitely isn’t the case in cooler climates where the seasons are felt more acutely. The change of seasons is not only beautiful, but it also provides neat ways of bookending the year – definitely a lifestyle it’s well worth considering sampling when you can.

3) Your House Can Be Different

Our homes are built to keep us cool, but the same is not true in the countries where heat is more of a transitory phenomenon. While moving to a cooler climate means you’ll have to get to grips with maintenance chores you’ve never tried before, such as arranging heat tape for water pipes and potentially even shoveling snow, there are plenty of upsides to counterbalance these. For example, you probably don’t know the delight of curling up in front of the fire with a mug of coffee in hand, while snow falls down outside. That’s definitely a unique experience, and one you might want to make your domestic reality should you be given the chance.

4) It’s Easier To Warm Up Than Stay Cool

This one is somewhat subjective, but it’s an idea that most of us tend to agree on. There’s no easy way of cooling yourself down without turning on an air conditioning unit. Sure, you can fan yourself with your hand, but we all know that does very little beyond making your hand tired.

Warming up, however, is far easier than staying cool. You can curl yourself into a ball, add more layers, or even hug another person to share their heat. If you’ve always lived in a warm climate where battling to keep your cool has been all you know, then the task of warming up might – at the very least – seem novel!

Do you think you would ever be tempted to move somewhere cooler?

It’s never too late.

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Let me tell you something about myself that only those close to me know… I am a published local romance novelist. Yes, I write romantic stories. And I’d like to think that I may not be as good as the others, but I am getting there.

Can you imagine getting something in your inbox like this…

Katie from www.orlajames.com said “Being a wedding fanatic, this was a must read for me and it certainly didn’t disappoint!”

I was in awe!

I remember writing romantic stories back in high school. I would write one chapter, get it read by my friends and those classmates close to me, then I’d get their feedback. I’d base the next chapter on what they wanted to happen so I write the next one and get them to read again. It became a daily occurrence in our classmate where the girls would gather around me, sharing the notebook where I wrote the chapters, passing it one after the other, and then I’d shyly talk to them about the next one. It felt too good especially when the feedback about my writing was a positive one. I remember my best friend offering to talk to their family friend who was a publisher for my chapters to be converted into a book. I was thrilled but I was not really too keen on the idea of getting my story out there.

Fast forward more than two decades later, after five whole stories written, I took a risk, left my comfort zone, and got one story published! When I got the call from the local editor, I didn’t know where to jump for joy or run inside my bedroom to silently scream for pride that I finally got one story approved and ready for the world to read.

It took three years before the first story got published but it was okay. I was still so happy because my goal is not to be the next romance writer queen but to just be published and see my pen name on the cover of a small romance novel.

You know, it’s never too late to take a risk and leave your comfort zone. It’s out there where you can reach your goal. Trust me, it’s scary but it’s all worth it!

2017… here I come!

I am wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous new year!!!

I am praying really hard that 2017 will be a very good year to me. I need more boost this coming year. I also need the creative juices flowing really well so I can churn out more novels and get to write many more.

I can’t wait for the year to unfold!

Thank you and goodbye, 2016!

Hello and welcome 2017!!!

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