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Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct Examiner.com, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath.
Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics.
Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.
Two focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. Even after you’ve started a business, you have to think about it’s growth. There are multiple ways to do so. The following guest post is entitled, 3 Ways to Fund Business Growth.
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Growing your business can give you the opportunity to generate higher revenues and increase your profits, but you’ll incur more costs too. If you’re expanding your operations or increasing brand awareness, for example, you’ll need to ensure you’ve got the funds required to finance your plans.
Fortunately, there are plenty of options when it comes to securing funding, particularly if you’ve got a good track record as a successful startup. To learn more, take a look at these three ways to fund your business growth:
1.Reinvest Your Profits
If your startup is performing well, you could reinvest your profits to fund your expansion. With no need to access external funding, this minimizes the level of risk associated with your company growth and means you won’t have to obtain approval from anyone in order to proceed with your plans.
Although reinvesting your profits can certainly be a viable option, it isn’t always sufficient. If your startup’s profits aren’t going to be enough to fund your growth plans, you can always supplement your reserves with additional financing.
2. Secure a Business Loan
For most startups, securing a business loan is, perhaps, the easiest and most efficient way to scale upwards. With a variety of repayment terms available, you can customize your business loan to match your growth strategy and objectives.
Although you’ll need to gain approval from a lender in order to obtain a business loan, this can be easier than you think. If you’ve been operating successfully as a startup, this can be used to impress potential lenders, for example. To learn how to increase your chances of successfully obtaining a business loan, take a look at this blog post from advancepointcap.com and find out how to build up business credit now.
3. Sell Shares in Your Startup
If you need an injection of cash to fund your growth plans, selling shares in your business can be a viable option. Of course, you won’t be ready to float your company on the stock market just yet, which means private investors are a more realistic option.
Before you can do this, however, you’ll need to have your startup valued or calculate how much your business is worth yourself. Bear in mind – this is a tricky thing to do, so hiring a professional to value your startup can be a worthwhile investment.
Once you know what the commercial value of your business is, you can pitch your growth strategies to potential investors and offer them a share of your business. Although this can be an effective way of securing funding, it does mean that you’ll need to relinquish ownership of at least part of your business, so think carefully about whether this is something you’re prepared to do.
Are You Ready to Grow Your Business?
Securing funding is a critical element of scaling your business, but it isn’t the only thing to consider. From researching the market to hiring more staff, there are numerous aspects of company growth that you’ll need to address. With a comprehensive and strategic approach, however, you can ensure that scaling your business leads to long-term success.
Two focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money, Business/Entrepreneurship and Technology. In today’s digital age, the majority of business is conducted online. As such, you want to create as a strong a presence online as possible. The following contributed post is entitled, What It Takes to Create A Strong Online Presence.
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How solid is your digital presence? Ever since the digital era took hold worldwide, people have seen the need to have an online presence to support business growth. However, not many give much thought to going beyond having a website. The idea of creating a solid online presence is to capitalize on the several advantages the internet offers. Today, it’s not good enough to just have an online footprint. Besides, with 4,208,571,287 internet users worldwide, you have no choice but to employ tools that set you apart from the rest. Here are a few strategies worth considering:
Your website is the face of your online footprint. It’s the first impression you get to create on people who chance upon your digital address. No matter how well known your brand is, without a solidly captivating website to draw more people, your product or service will be impacted negatively. Apart from being visually appealing, an excellent website must have the following features:
● User-friendly ● Quick loading time ● Suited to drive conversions from web traffic
Nonetheless, the most critical feature of any good website is security. How secure are visitors or guests to your page? Was your website built with a focus to protect visitors’ digital details from virtual attacks? These are essential questions you’ll need to answer if you intend to create a solid presence in the virtual space.
Fortunately, as technology advances, new software is developed to cater to these growing demands. For example, the JAMstack website builder is one such application changing the face of websites worldwide. It’s faster, secure, and designed to beat the competition. It would help if you tried it for lasting positive results.
Search Engine Optimization is a tool you can’t overlook in today’s competitive online world. This digital tool is designed to singularly influence how well your online presence ranks among a sea of others within the same space. According to Statista, over 64% of Americans prefer to conduct an online search on products or services before making an actual purchase. Therefore, companies with excellent SEOs tend to benefit more from such online searches.
Today’s consumer is more discerning, a lot more internet-savvy, and exhibits changing behavioral purchasing patterns. As a result, you should leverage the benefits of search engine optimizations and factor that into the kind of quality content you produce for the end-user.
Moreover, SEO has a direct influence on website performance and traffic conversions. Furthermore, it’s advisable to make a deliberate effort to stay updated on the latest SEO trends not to lose your online influence. Without it, you’ll be no different from those without digital footprints.
3. Be geared toward mobile influence
According to Pew Research, the mobile phone penetration rate in the United States stands at 97%. With the advancements made in the smartphone industry, more Americans own mobile devices that allow them to gain instant access to the internet. Therefore, laptop and desktop computers are gradually coming second to the smartphone, regarding internet access.
Have you optimized your online pages for tablets and smartphones? Because many Americans find their smartphones and tablets convenient for web browsing, you should think along those lines. Suppose your digital pages make it impossible or difficult for mobile users. In that case, you should be ready to record a drastic drop in your followers, customers, or general internet users.
The same Pew Research study reveals that by 2025, business owners stand to lose almost 90% of income generation channels if they fail to make their content mobile-friendly. There’s hope, however; if you’re unsure about your digital status, take a mobile-friendly test by using Google analytical tools. On this platform, you get to resolve relevant usability issues.
Do you remember those bulky yellow pages? Well, they have also gone online, and so should you. Online business directories are designed to simplify the search for credible businesses in varied locations. How quickly do you intend to be found by consumers? Customers tend to trust directories a lot more than online reviews because these listings undergo thorough verification processes. As a result, there is a significantly reduced chance of seeking an inefficient service provider’s assistance.
In conclusion, your commitment to creating a robust online presence should be driven by the desire to meet growing needs. Besides, as a business owner, you’ll be doing your establishment a lot of good by taking the necessary steps to carve a niche in this competitive space.
Three focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money, Business/Entrepreneurship and Technology. Many people have successfully launched ecommerce businesses. If you start one, you want to “hit the ground running” as they say. The following contributed post is entitled, Achieving Success Day-One Success With Your Ecommerce Business.
The last year or so has seen a dramatic shift in the way that many people do their shopping. While e-commerce websites have long been popular, they have never seen as much attention as they have over the last couple of years. For small businesses, this presents an excellent opportunity to get their products into the hands of customers across the world. But how exactly are you supposed to make this sort of website successful from day one?
Social media has long been a popular tool for online businesses, offering a way to advertise yourself for free while reaching huge audiences. Building a social media presence before you open your store will help you to develop a customer base that will be eager to shop with you from day one. It can be worth getting help with social media if you haven’t used it much in the past, but you can find a marketing agency that will be able to guide you through this process.
Google, Bing, and the other search engines used on the web today have provided an excellent way for people to find small businesses for a long time. Much like social media, you can build your presence on search engines before you open your website, and this will require a process known as SEO. This can be quite complicated when you first start out, making it well worth taking the time to research it before you dive right in.
Building hype can enable you to develop a customer base for your product without having to sell anything. Many companies do this through social media, using teaser trailers, celebrity endorsements, and other tricks that will appeal to their customers. Building hype can be a great way to make your product take off, but you need to make sure that you approach this carefully. Companies that fumble when they try to build hype can end up having the opposite effect, drawing people away from their products.
The website that you will be using to sell your products will be instrumental in your success in the beginning. You will have to work on things like SEO, but you will also need to build a website that looks great and functions smoothly if your customers are going to be drawn in. Platforms like Shopify can be ideal for this, providing you with a secure and easy to use system that will enable you to get up and running in no time at all.
Ecommerce can be a tricky game, and it often takes quite some time for a site to develop into a major success. Of course, though, you can speed this process along, enabling your website to get customers from day one. It’s never worth being disappointed if you don’t get the results you want; you just need to do some learning and spend more time perfecting your online business.
Two focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. If you’re in business, one of your prime directives and aims is to give your customers what they want. The following contributed post is entitled, What Customers Want: 8 Great Ways To Give Consumers More.
Keeping customers (including leads) happy is one of the fundamentals of running a successful business. Ultimately, then, you should always be looking to give them more of what they want.
Here are just eight ways to do just that. In turn, you should see a noticeable upgrade in their responses.
#1. Establish Trust
Nobody will buy from your business if it can’t be trusted. Likewise, search engines won’t rank the company well. A good design with fast loading speeds is essential. Securing lots of verified reviews will also help.
A fair returns policy and a good following on social media are just two additional steps that can further support your strategy.
#2. Show Brand Values
Modern consumers want to align themselves with brands that care about the same things they do. Therefore, your business may see telling benefits from supporting local causes or going green.
Aside from being a good marketing tool, many of those steps will save you money and motivate employees. Perfect.
#3. Tailor Your Interactions
Customers want to feel a quick connection with brands. Website visitor tracking is a very good tool. Not only will it allow you to deploy the right marketing strategy, but you can use the right tone for future interactions.
Many businesses let themselves down by being overly generic. Combat this issue and you will see big results.
#4. Be Responsive
Clients also demand speed like never before. When they have questions about a product or service, a quick response will enhance your hopes of a sale. Social media, live chat, and call redirection services are all great options.
In addition to boosting conversions, transparency in this area can reduce the number of returns you experience.
#5. Provide Flexible Payments
Value for money is naturally something that all customers crave. For many, though, your ability to offer repayment plans could be the difference-maker. Accepting credit cards, PayPal, and digital payments is vital too.
There’s nothing worse than losing a sale simply because a client can’t complete the transaction.
#6. Offer Quick Deliveries
The pandemic has forced online retailers to up their game in the field of order fulfillment. If you can implement a same-day or next-day service, you should. It will increase your sense of professionalism.
Many industries won’t be able to do this due to the nature of their products. Even so, you should aim to outperform the competition.
#7. Give Loyalty Rewards
The immediate sale is a significant breakthrough. However, remarketing to existing clients is usually easier and more affordable than trying to reach new ones. Brand loyalty schemes that work should be on the agenda. Always.
It boosts the frequency of purchases as well as the transaction values. It also gets people talking about the brand.
#8. Keep Their Data Safe
Finally, you need to be responsible in ways that look beyond the sale. Implementing data protection and cybersecurity measures will aid the trust levels. Crucially, it prevents the financial and reputational damage of a breach.
While good security alone cannot secure sales, getting it wrong will be enough to cost you dearly. In short, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Two focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. As with any business, customers have expectations. If you’re running a retail business, it’s critical to understand what your customers expect. The following contributed post is entitled, What Do Customers Expect From Your Retail Business?
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Running a retail store is harder than ever because you are competing with so many online companies. But there are still plenty of people that like to shop in a physical store and you can build a very successful business if you know what you are doing. Unfortunately, a lot of business owners don’t know what their customers want from their store and so they focus on the wrong areas. It’s easy to blame your lack of customers on the competition from e-commerce but you have to entertain the idea that it might be because you are not giving your customers what they want. So, what are the main things that customers want from a retail store?
If you want to draw foot traffic to your store, you need to make sure that it’s modern and well presented. A store that hasn’t been decorated for ten years isn’t going to catch the attention of people as they walk past, it will fade into the background and people will see it as a relic of the past. If you want to get customers through the door, you need to invest some money in decorating the store and making it look good. Keeping the store clean and tidy at all times is also very important because a messy store doesn’t make for a very positive shopping experience.
An Efficient Shopping Experience
Efficiency is vital if you want to compete with online retail. Online shopping is quick and easy, which is why people love it, and if your store doesn’t offer an equally stress-free experience, you will struggle to get customers.
Start by looking at your store layout and thinking about how easy it is to navigate. You want your best deals and most popular items near the front so people can easily find what they need. You also need to arrange things in a logical way so similar items are grouped together. Finally, make sure there are plenty of signs so people can find the right section.
You also need to streamline your checkout process to make things run smoothly. If you don’t already accept credit cards in your retail store, you need to update your POS systems to incorporate more payment options. People expect multiple payment options and it is very frustrating for them if you only take cash. Make sure that you have a well designed queue area and you schedule staff effectively so people are not waiting a long time to be served.
People like shopping in retail stores instead of online because they can speak to somebody and get some advice on their purchases. This personal service is the main thing that sets you apart from online competitors, so you need to make sure you get it right. When you are hiring retail staff, make sure that you test to see how knowledgeable they are about the products and provide plenty of training so they can answer any questions that your customers may have.
These are the 3 main things that customers expect when they visit your retail store. If you can’t get these aspects right, you will struggle to compete.
Two focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. In 2021, many ‘creatives’ are launching their own podcasts and becoming good at it. As the old riddle says though, “It takes money to make money.” If you want to start a podcast a budget might be helpful for you. The following contributed post is entitled, How Creatives Can Launch a Podcast on a Budget.
It seems like everyone these days has a podcast. But if you take a look at some of the most popular podcasts, you’ll find that a lot of them are hosted by middle-aged white guys, often talking about true crime or occasionally other factual content. Fortunately, there is a more diverse range of podcast options out there, covering many different topics and hosted and produced by people from many different backgrounds. The great thing about podcasting is that it’s actually really easy to get into, even if finding your audience can take a while. Creatives can practically create a podcast for free, especially if you already have some of the necessary equipment.
Get Basic Equipment
There isn’t much that you’re going to need to get started with making a podcast. The most essential piece of equipment that you’ll need is a microphone or possible multiple microphones if you’re going to have several people on your podcast at once. Microphones are actually easy to pick up very cheap and can even give you a good quality recording without spending a lot. Of course, if you want better quality, you might need to spend just a little more money. However, it is a good investment.
Find Cheap Ways to Improve Sound Quality
Even if you have a cheap microphone, you can do some things to improve the sound quality of your podcast. One problem that you might have is popping from the microphone. You can buy a filter to stop this from happening, but there are also tutorials that show you how to make a DIY pop filter for your microphone. A DIY filter can be made for practically nothing, so there isn’t really any need to spend money on a professional filter if you don’t want to. Shielding your mic on all sides will help with the sound quality too.
You also need the right software to edit your podcast. You have a couple of free options that you can use, which will mean you don’t have to spend money on a software license or subscription. If you already have an Apple computer, you can use Garageband, which comes free on any Mac. Another option is Audacity, which you can use to record and edit your podcast, as well as export them when they’re finished. If you don’t have a Mac, this is a great free alternative for you to use.
Choose Free or Cheap Hosting
You need hosting for your podcast before you can put it on streaming sites, such as Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play. Podbean offers a free plan, which can be useful if you’re just getting started with your podcast, as well as a paid option if you want more storage, bandwidth, and stats. Other cheaper options are available, such as Libsyn. If you’re willing to spend a little more, Blubrry offers slightly more expensive monthly plans that come with plenty of features.
It’s easy to start a podcast without many resources. You just need to have a great idea and someone to host or appear on the podcast.
A key focus of my blog is Health/Wellness. All of us will at some point deal with some form of anxiety. If in fact you are stricken with it, one of the keys is knowing how to manage it. The following contributed post is entitled, How To Calm Anxiety.
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For people struggling with an anxiety disorder, it’s important to look into methods that can be used to help manage or reduce anxiety in the long term for better health, such as talk therapy or medication. Anxiety disorder or just worry, everyone can benefit from other methods of reducing stress and anxiety with lifestyle changes such as eating a well-balanced diet, limiting alcohol and caffeine, and taking time for yourself.
As well as these changes, there are steps you can take as soon as anxiety starts to take hold. Try these suggestions to relax your mind quickly and help you regain control of your thoughts.
Stay in your time zone
Anxiety is often worrying about the future. So instead of worrying about what’s going to happen, bring yourself back to the present. Ask yourself some simple questions; What’s happening right now? Am I safe? Is there something I need to do right now? If there’s not, block out some time to check in with yourself later in the day to come back to your worries so those distant scenarios don’t throw you off track, she says.
Relabel what’s happening
Panic attacks can make you feel like you’re having a heart attack. Remind yourself of what is actually happening, with phrases like, “I’m having a panic attack, but it’s harmless, it’s temporary, and there’s nothing I need to do”. Keep in mind that a panic attack is in fact the opposite of a sign of impending death. What’s happening is that your body is activating its fight-or-flight response, a system that is designed to keep you alive. CBD edibles could help you to lower your panic levels after a panic attack.
Fact-check your thoughts
People with anxiety often get stuck thinking about worst-case scenarios. To battle these worries, think about how realistic your worries are. For example, maybe you’re nervous about a presentation at work. Rather than tell yourself it will be a disaster, tell yourself that you’re nervous, but prepared. Getting into a pattern of rethinking your worries can help train your brain to think about rational ways to deal with your anxious concerns.
Breathe in and out
Deep breathing helps you to feel calm. You might know about specific breathing exercises, but you don’t need to worry about counting out a certain number of breaths in the midst of a panic. Instead, just concentrate on even breathing. This will help you to slow down and quiet your mind.
Follow the 3-3-3 rule
Name three things you can see around you. Next, name three sounds you can hear. Lastly, move three parts of your body, such as your ankle, fingers, or arm. Whenever you feel your brain running away with you, this clever trick can help to focus your mind, bringing you back from an anxious place.
Just do something
Take any action that will break your anxious train of thought, and do something else. Take a walk, make a cup of coffee, or tidy something.
Two focuses of my blog are General Education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). While some students are going back to schools, many are still doing their schooling at home. In some instances, parents are challenged in terms of conducting science experiments at home with their students. The following guest post is entitled, Enjoy Science with the Kids and with STEM Activities.
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Everyone has had to adjust these days. Due to the extended quarantine measures against COVID-19, parents are working from home and so are the kids. It has been a year since the pandemic; by now, parents have somehow adjusted to holding school at home. But there are always new ways to liven up your kid’s in-home schooling experience.
To inspire creativity, parents are holding piano lesson instructions, scheduling reading time or coloring with the kids. But if you’re planning to hone their skills in science while tapping into their sense of wonder, integrate STEM into their program.
The integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities do more than hone the scientific and deductive skills of your child; it also promotes interactive and meaningful learning experiences for young children. STEM activities give your kids educational opportunities to solve problems, think creatively and discover the world on their own.
Make schooling more fun this year by incorporating the following STEM activities in their usual school day at home.
Build a Balance Scale
For this activity, you’ll need a plastic hanger, string and some cups. Create a hanging balance your children can use to experiment with weights. If you have older kids, have them build the balancing scale. Let the younger siblings watch.
To encourage interaction during the experiment, ask questions like “How many LEGOs does this doll weigh?” Add variety to the activity by sorting by materials or by shapes. If your children need to weigh items for their assignments, you can use this STEM project, too.
Take your child to space and still stay at home by making craters with flour, Play-Dough, weighted balls and rocks. Sphere up some Play-dough to represent the moon and add rocks to create craters. Explain that craters are the result of comets and asteroids. Invite your kids to make craters with the rocks and other materials on their moons.
For the younger kids, fill your sensory bin with flour and have them drop different sizes of balls into the bin to create craters. Compare the craters’ sizes.
Make Magnetic Slime
Children are all about slime. Also, homemade slime activities are staples for many teachers and parents looking a fun science experiment. This activity adds a dash of science by adding magnets and iron oxide power into the mix. To achieve the right slime consistency, you’ll have to add more liquid starch or glue. Once the starch is ready, you’ll need a strong magnet (preferably a neodymium magnet) to play with the slime.
This science experiment serves as a conversation starter for children who have questions about how magnets work.
Build Some Jellybeans
Introduce the kids to simple engineering with some jellybeans or large marshmallows and toothpicks. Connect the jelly beans and toothpicks and ask your child which of the shapes stack well, hold together or are more interesting to look at.
This activity serves as a simple introduction to the thought, technology and design behind structural engineering. Make it more interesting by challenging the kids to build a specific structure or their jellybean home.
Enjoy Explosions with a Lunar Volcano
Take kids to see some moon volcanoes by making your own. All you’ll need are baking soda, black paint, cookie sheets or trays, vinegar, and squeeze bottles. Mix the baking soda with black pain. You can also add some glitter. Spread the mixture on the cookie sheets or trays before filling the bottles with vinegar.
Next, have your child draw and make craters on the moon. During this experiment, explain to them how scientists believe that volcanoes erupted on the moon’s surface. Let the children create their eruptions by dropping vinegar into the craters. Discuss the chemical reaction with the kids after.
Pipe Cleaner Counting
For children who are just learning how to count, understanding the increase in numbers can be confusing. Simplify math with some help from beads and pipe cleaners. These items can help the kids learn how to count while visualizing how numbers increase in size.
Take small pieces of paper and label each pipe cleaner with a number. Next, have the kids arrange the pipe cleaners in order (from greatest to smallest or vice versa) while stringing the correct number of beads. To improve their memory, have them count aloud.
STEM Projects Liven Up School Days
Now that you have more ideas on simple STEM activities for children, you are well-equipped to help the kids explore science, technology, engineering and math. There are many other STEM activities available for all ages. So, have fun exploring with your kids at home!
Three focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money, Home/Living Discussions and Technology. If you’re in the market for a home, you may want to consider a smart home. These homes have advantages over traditional homes. The following contributed post is entitled, Time To Buy A Smart Home?
The world of sustainability is racing forwards and when it comes to making a decision to buy property, it’s vital to ensure that you’re indeed finding a property that aligns with your morals and views. For example, you may wish to purchase a green zoned property. The way in which we adapt our homes and the places that we choose to live, may offer us less or more opportunities.
Why choose a smart home?
A smart home goes from future to present. Today, when almost every home has a computer and a smartphone and technology is evolving, it is a mistake to design a home that is not at least part of it is a smart home. Changing the infrastructure is so complex that in fact a house that was not designed with infrastructure for a smart home will need a major change total electrical overhaul to comply with new standards and to be able to implement all the new tricks. However at some point, it is likely that you will have to make the shift and change a few aspects of your home to keep up to modern standards. So even if you are not making a smart home now, it is advisable to prepare a suitable infrastructure.
Smart electricity is a system for command and control of electrical systems through dedicated controllers with a user-friendly interface. It may be run purely through solar power too, which is a modern concept that is still in its infancy in many ways. A smart home allows deep control over all home systems, washing machine, air conditioner, heater, electric gate, alarm and almost everything else. Even temperature sensors! Imagine that you can program your home so that the stereo system will turn on in the morning and the boiler will turn on and off at another time – you can even have the washing machine set on a timer! With the right design of the system you can achieve almost anything that the imagination can think of.
When the house is run smart the savings will be noticeable every two months in the monthly bills. This is beyond raising the standard of living and quality of life in the home. Smart homes will greatly increase the value of your home too which is what makes this worth the investment. The market is saturated with multi-application and user-friendly smart electrical equipment but when done properly, you can look at a major increase in value. Precisely because of this it is important to note that a smart home should be well designed and not rushed in any way. Do not be tempted to entrust such an important subject without a professional who understands this designing your home and electrical systems. Some homes today are being pre-built to these high standards but most people are adapting their homes themselves. If you’re considering buying a smart home, be sure that it is everything that you need and still be sure to do independent checks.
A key focus of my blog is Health/Wellness. Something many people struggle with is self-esteem and body image. There are reasons for this, but the key is finding your comfortability. The following contributed post is entitled, Improve your Body Image and Rocket your Confidence with These Guide.
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Body confidence can be tough to say the least. It’s safe to say that we now live in a world where you are constantly being told that you are not good enough. It may be that you don’t have washboard abs or a defined jawline, and with the rise of social media, it’s becoming more evident that this is having a huge impact on your confidence in general. If you are sick of this and want to make a positive change, then now is the time to take that next step.
You have to make sure that you focus on your values as well as your morals. You have to think about how you treat people, and you also need to look at how you treat yourself as well. Self-acceptance really is the best gift that you can give yourself. If you can, you need to make sure that you are comfortable in your own skin. If you can get to this point, then you will soon find that you experience liberation as well as a complete life transformation. If you believe that this is possible for you, and if you are ready to accept this, then the only thing that you need to do is take a look below.
The main thing that you need to do is stop looking at other bodies. This is absolutely pointless, and it won’t do you any favours. You have very different DNA to every single person out there, and you also work in a different environment. You are never going to look like everyone else because if you did, then you wouldn’t be unique. Stop the comparison, and also make sure that you embrace how you really are.
Recognise Social Media
This cannot be stressed enough. Every image that you see on social media is most likely retouched or even filtered. The person in the photo probably doesn’t look anything like the person in real-life. You have to try and stop comparing, and you also need to make sure that you really focus on being who you are, which is a genuine person.
Identify What you Love
Focus as much as you can on the positives and do away with the negatives. You also need to make sure that you focus on the good points about your body and not just the negatives. If you love your eyes, take note of this. If your hair is styled nicely on a particular day, take a selfie and appreciate your good points. This will help you to build the foundation for what will eventually become body confidence.
Focus on your Values
At the end of the day, focusing on your values will also help you to feel better about yourself. People will remember and respect you if you can do this, not to mention that it will help you to see past your body.
Diversify your Instagram
Unfollow anyone who may make you feel bad or anyone who makes you feel as though you have to be somebody else. Don’t worry at all about hurting people’s feelings. At the end of the day, your mental health should always be your priority, and you have to make sure that you give yourself the chance to be happy when on social media. If you have removed anyone who may be toxic, you then need to go ahead and follow a diverse range of people. The more bodies you see on social media, the more you will realise that not everyone is perfect and that you do have a place in this world.
Accept who you Are
Stop thinking about what you could be. It is time-consuming, and it will have a huge impact on your self-esteem too. You need to realise that you are truly good enough as you are, and if you can do this, you will be able to put negativity to one side for once.
Think about What Makes you Happy
Think about it, what makes you feel good about yourself? What makes you happy? Try and come up with a list of everything, as often as you can. If you love working out, write this down. If you want to make the most out of your workout routine, then remember that it’s more than possible for you to buy peptides online so that you can rocket your results without having to push harder or put yourself at risk of an injury.
Focus on What you Can do
A lot of people tend to focus on how their body looks, as opposed to what it can do. Forget about what it looks like. Instead, spend some time focusing on the amazing things that you can do. Think about how fast you can run, how you can lift or even how much power you have. If you don’t workout, then think about the skills your hands give you. How fast can you type? Can you crochet? What about gaming? Are you able to get a high score that beats most people? If so, you need to focus on the empowerment that this gives you, and you also need to think about everything you can achieve. Stop listening to yourself when your body is telling you that you cannot do things, and also make sure that you find a new respect for the body that you have.
Find out Who you Are
You are certainly not your body. At the end of the day, you are a person. Grab a pen and paper and write down everything that you are, whether you are a good friend, a mother, a whizz at maths or even if you have a great sense of humour. If you can come up with things like this, then you need to write everything down and then stick it somewhere you can feel good about yourself. You are truly a wonderful person, and the sooner you can see this, the better.
Don’t Focus on Numbers
Sure, it’s always good for you to be healthy, but at the end of the day, your mental health is important. If you know that the number on the scales is making you feel bad about yourself, then quit looking at them. You are far more than those numbers say, and if you want to improve your health, you can do so without looking at the scales themselves. You can run, walk, dance, eat well and go to the gym with your friends. If you can do this, then you can keep those bad feelings at bay. You can also begin to focus on the way that you feel when you do those activities, as opposed to the way that you feel when you look at the scales.
Be Kind to your Body
One way for you to greatly influence how good you feel about your body would be for you to start taking better care of it. You need to stop mistreating yourself by drinking too much or even by smoking. You also need to take the time out of your week to visit the spa. If this is not an option, then you can always run a bath, or you can pamper yourself by buying some nice nail varnish. If you can do this, then you will soon find that you are able to feel much better.
It’s very easy for you to hide a body that you don’t love in clothes that are drab. If you can, you need to throw open your doors and then pick out your most colourful and fun clothing items. Your body is unique at the end of the day, and you deserve to wear clothes that really do light up rooms. This may sound silly, but at the end of the day, the clothes that you wear can easily boost your general mood. If you dress confidently, this will help you to feel more confident in general. Wear whatever makes you smile when you look in the mirror.
It’s time for you to step in front of the camera and strike a pose. If you have low body confidence, then there’s a chance that you hate photographs. It doesn’t matter if you have rubbish clothes on or if you are not wearing make-up because you need to make the effort to be photographed more. Get in the family photos and jump in front of the camera on a night out. One day, when you are older, you will look back at these times and know how great they truly were. It will also help to give you a sense of youthfulness when you look back at them as well, so keep that in mind.
At the end of the day, it’s more than possible for you to really feel good about yourself when you follow this guide. If you need some more help, then it may be worth you hiring a personal trainer and a life coach, as they can guide you to more positivity on a mental and physical level.