February 23, 2019

Spilling The Tea On Freelancing ☕


September of last year, I had quit my current job to freelance on a full time basis. It was quite a spontaneous jump, but most of my career choices and experiences had been leading up to the very moment of being my own boss, and it was terrifying. An achievement to finally reach the stage of having my own business meetings, sending my own invoices and meeting like minded individuals. However, I feel that becoming a freelancer is incredibly glamorised, and although freelancing has its many benefits e.g being able to stay in your pyjamas all day, working the hours you want to work and distinguishing your own rates, no one emphasises the hardships that come with being your own boss.

The struggle can be reeeeal, and although no one said it would be easy, no one mentions how difficult it can truly be. As a fellow freelancer, I want to spill the tea on the experiences that I’ve had, and what to think about if you decide that freelancing is for you. Obviously, all experiences are different and I only speak on my own behalf, also note that I've not been doing this for years and years, I'm still very much a newbie. I currently specialise in the digital marketing industry, which means that all of my work is done on a laptop.

Loneliness
I rarely see anyone until the weekend rolls around. Most, if not everyone that I know has a career in a work place that is the usual 9-5, which means that catching up and making plans can sometimes be difficult. Working from home means that there is a lack of communication with others, because for the majority of the time, you're by yourself. There are options to go to co-working spaces, and cafes, but the entirety of the working experience can be incredibly lonely.

Uncertainty
When becoming a freelancer there can be a lot of uncertainty. Work load can fluctuate dependant on the client, which can also mean the same with your income. Some clients can be unreliable in terms of paying you on time, and like many other industries and businesses, people don't always get back to you. You can pitch the most elaborate strategy plan, have a wonderful business meeting, you're completely ready to get the ball rolling on both ends and then suddenly, the client no longer wants to carry on with their business, or they may no longer have sufficient funds. Anything can happen, and it's always best to be prepared for whatever the outcome.

Control
You and your business are entirely up to you. This can be a positive and/or negative aspect when you work for yourself, because essentially, you're your own finance department, marketing department, HR department etc. You create your own income, you achieve your own clients, and you work the required hours that you wish to work. You can easily drop in and out of something, but all roles are managed by you alone, unless you have a business partner or individuals that work for you. Being in control in terms of your work load, can give you a sense of freedom, but can also be quite stressful when you're trying to manage everything at once.

Working for yourself isn't always easy breezy, and although there are many positive aspects and rewards that come with freelancing, it can be stressful and isolated. Freelancing requires a lot of patience and stability, as well as positive thinking and ambition.

Are you a freelancer? If so, share with us some of the experiences you've had, or tips that you would give others.

February 16, 2019

Ways To Improve Your Sleep Space



Bedrooms are comforting sanctuaries, built with dreams. On average, we spend a third of our lives sleeping, and it would be silly to neglect the importance of what a good night's sleep can do. Sleeping is essential in keeping our minds and bodies intact, and a lack of sleep can cause weight gain, a lower immune system, and increased inflammation, amongst emotional and mental strain. We've put together a list of easy and simple tips that will help improve your sleep space, and help you achieve a better night's sleep. Check them out below!


Dim Lighting
Light levels can play an important role in the way that we sleep. Higher light levels have been shown to suppress melatonin, which is a hormone that provides the body’s internal biological signal of darkness. Avoiding bright lights, and by using dim lighting tends to be more efficient in helping you sleep better, and maintaining your natural sleep cycle. Set the mood with a dimly lit lamp, candles, or a night light. It's recommended that you turn your light off as soon as you feel sleepy to indicate to your body, that it's time to drift off.

Aromatherapy
You may find that some aromatherapy methods, can help you fall asleep a lot easier. Lavender essential oil is the most common fragrance associated with relaxation, and is a natural remedy that can help soothe your mind, and help to reduce anxiety. There are many ways to introduce essential oils into your sleep routine, such as dabbing onto your wrists, neck and temples before bed, taking a bath with drops of essential oils, using a diffuser, or lightly scented body lotion before jumping into bed. You can also find sleep sprays specifically designed with a variation of fragrances to spritz onto your bedding, and pillowcases. If you're not too fond of lavender, frankincense, ylang ylang and jasmine are also known to help.

Cleanliness
Making sure that your bedroom is clutter-free, and that items or clothing are placed in their correct areas, can help reduce stress levels. Creating a room that is comforting, safe and clean will help you improve a better night's sleep. Use soft accents and tones that you may associate with sleep, and invest in comfortable bedding and pillows. Your bedroom becomes much more peaceful when it's tidy and clean, and you won't be distracted by mess, which means you can spend more time relaxing and less time stressing.

Avoid Technology
Smartphones, laptops and television screens emit blue light, which also suppress melatonin and keep the mind and body alert. Many of us use the time before bed to catch up with tasks, that we may not of had time to accomplish during the day, like sending emails and messages, or scrolling through social media. Activities on electronic devices keep the muscles throughout your body remaining tense, which can lead to stress and interrupt your sleep pattern. Try to turn off all electronic devices, a good few hours before you fall asleep, and keep them out of the bedroom.

February 02, 2019

How To Achieve Clear Skin



Achieving clear, healthy and youthful skin can sometimes be a difficult task, and although make up can be a quick easy fix on hiding your problem areas, it doesn't solve or prevent breakouts and acne – additionally, it can make it worse. There are endless products on the market that promote clear skin with instant results, and although products can and do help, it's important to narrow down the steps that you need to consider before achieving the results that you want.

Knowing Your Skin Type
The first and most important step to archiving clearer skin, is to determine your skin type. Do you get persistently oily, dry and flaky, extremely sensitive or a combination of all three? Are there problem areas that you want to tackle, such as acne scars, blackheads or large pores? When you distinguish this, you can then proceed to find products that are best suited for you. Natural homemade methods are quick and easy, and lots of recipes involve simple ingredients that you may already have.

Diet
Paying attention to what you feed your body, additionally helps with developing clearer skin. Having a balanced diet and making sure you're getting enough nutrients and vitamins is vital. There's no need to ban fast foods entirely, but to simply enjoy in moderation. You may notice that some specific foods can trigger breakouts, for example, dairy is commonly know to throw your hormonal balance off, due to how cow's are treated with artificial hormones in the dairy industry. Distinguish, which foods make you feel good, and stay away from the ones that don't.

Skincare Routines
Putting time aside for when you wake up and before you go to bed, to care for your skin, can quickly aid any blemishes, spots and breakouts. Typically, a standard skincare routine consists of a cleanser, toner and moisturiser, with the added exfoliator, choice of serum or oil, and sunscreen. It's encouraged that you create a simple routine with only a few products, to prevent excessive application as well as the clash of product ingredients. It's important to remember that once introducing new products into your routine, you may or may not see instant results, so be consistent until you have a final verdict.

Finding The Right Products
Skincare is very much trial and error, you may find that what you use on your face works brilliantly and becomes a cult favourite of yours that you'll purchase time after time, or a product that is amazing within the first few weeks of use, but quickly becomes a no no. What works for someone else may not work for you and vice versa. There's no need to splash cash on expensive products that promise results, unless you want to invest, drugstore buys can equally be just as good. As there are so many products on the market, test the waters. You may be strictly into natural products with organic ingredients, items that are cruelty-free, or luxury brands, whatever you're into, be experimental!

Do you have any tips on achieving clearer skin? Drop a comment below

*Image found on Pinterest, but illustrated and edited by Katria.

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