Should You Take A Pay Cut To Advance Your Career?

If you get offered a job that pays less money, would you take it? Sounds like an easy question and most people would instinctively say no, but it’s not as simple as that. That new job might help you to progress your career in a way that your current job can’t or maybe you’ve got some serious issues with your current employer or the way that the company does things. In some cases, the number of hours that you’re working can take a toll on your life outside of work and that could be a reason to move job. It’s a difficult decision to make and there’s a lot of things that you have to consider before you take that job.


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Can You Afford It?

This is the first and most obvious question to ask yourself because if you won’t be able to survive until payday on the new salary, there’s your answer; you can’t afford to take the pay cut. Look over your finances and see where you can make cutbacks and then work out how much expendable income you’ve got left over. Then do the same calculations based on the lower salary and see if the numbers add up. If you can’t afford to live on the lower salary then you’ve got no choice, you either have to negotiate a higher salary or turn the job down.


Can You Go Anywhere In Your Current Job?

The main reason that people think about taking a pay cut is that they put career progression ahead of finances. If you’re in a job where you don’t feel that you can progress anymore, you should consider taking that pay cut to find better opportunities. But before you make any drastic moves, you should speak with your employers and ask if there is any new projects you can take on or any opportunities for promotion coming up anytime soon. The ideal scenario is finding the progression you want in the job with the highest salary but if there’s absolutely no way that will happen, you should start thinking about moving.


Do You Have A Life Outside Work?

When you have a demanding job it’s easy to slip into a lifestyle that is based entirely around work. One day you wake up and realise that you don’t have much of a life outside of work. If the new job offers a better work-life balance, albeit for less money, that might be a better situation to be in. While you might be earning less money, you’ll have a better quality of life than you would burning the candles at both ends for more money. You really have to think about what your priorities in life are and decide whether work comes first or not.


Do You Like Your Career?

Sometimes you aren’t looking for better opportunities in your current career, you’re looking for a different career entirely. You can either continue in a career that you don’t really like, or you can take a pay cut and start again in a new career or even start your own business. It’s worth keeping in mind that you’ll be able to work your way up after a few years in your new career and get back up to the salary that you’re on now.

People will tell you that taking a pay cut is never a sensible idea but sometimes, it’s the best thing to do.


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Secrets Of A Fashionista: What To Pack For A Summer Vacation

It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning your annual all-inclusive getaway to some far-flung exotic destination or whether you are simply heading to a Balearic to escape the winter chill, you need to know what to pack and how to pack it to get the most out of your holiday. Just because your travelling or venturing on a long haul flight doesn’t mean you have to forfeit your fashionista credentials. It simply means you need to think a little more outside of the box to ensure you are able to take all of your desired attire, beauty products and accessories with you. With baggage allowances remaining pretty stringent, there’s no way you can take your entire summer wardrobe alongside your extensive range of makeup and skincare items. Instead, you need to pack light and smart.

Many people now prefer to travel with cabin luggage only. This means you can keep your belongings with you at all times and there’s little risk of your suitcase ending up in Iceland when you’ve travelled to Ibiza. However, this also means your bag is smaller, and you have to be even more efficient with your use of space. Take a look at how you can pack wisely and fashionably for your escape to the sun.


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It goes without saying that the majority of your packing will be taken up with your choice of attire. The best thing about heading somewhere where the weather is reliably hot, sunny and balmy for extended periods is that you don’t have to take any monster chunky knits or duffle coats that can take up an obscene amount of space in your bag. Instead, you’ll be looking at the lighter linen based pieces. You could choose two or three summer dresses from Anthony’s ladies apparel collection, a few sarongs, light tops and a shawl or long sleeved top for those chillier evenings. These items of clothing will roll effectively ready for you to pack. Rolling instead of folding not only saves space but also prevents creasing meaning that you can land, head to your hotel, check-in and whip on a summer dress without the need to iron beforehand.

If you’re heading off on a fortnight-long jaunt, take enough clothing to last your holiday. With the thinner, lighter fabric clothing that you’ll be taking, you will be surprised just how much you can squeeze into a 40-litre capacity holdall. Put your socks into your shoes and ensure you leave the chunkier items of clothing at home.

For those evenings where you want to dance the night away, or you fancy a trip to a top-notch restaurant to experience a culinary masterpiece, a pair of more formal shoes and a clutch bag to match with your summer dress will ensure you look elegant. Utilising elements of a capsule wardrobe frame of mind when packing for your summer holiday always comes in handy.


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If you love nothing more than opening your drawers and cupboards full of a wide variety of makeup products each morning to apply the finishing touches to your daily beauty routine, you may have to think again when it comes to taking your kit on holiday. Liquid limits on UK flight dictate you can have only 100ml of each separate liquid you wish to take on holiday in clear containers in cabin luggage. This means you may have to think wisely as to whether you can go without your smoothing serum or anti-ageing cream for a fortnight. Remember, you probably aren’t travelling to a destination where they don’t have shops! Anything you can’t squeeze into your bag, you can locate when you land.

At the very least you should take moisturiser, cleanser, a toner and an exfoliator. With these for essential items, you will still be able to care for your skin while away from home. If you love watersports, taking in the rays on the beach or getting active in the sun, your skin needs protection. Purchase the highest quality sun cream that you can and keep reapplying throughout the day. The integral moisturiser within these lotions will also keep your skin supple and hydrated.

When packing your beauty products, the worst thing that could possibly happen is opening your bag on landing to discover a mini explosion amongst your clothes. To limit the chances of this happening, package your liquids in containers and ensure they are sealed. Package these containers in a well-sealed toiletry bag so that there is that extra insurance layer between the liquids and your clothes.


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If you are a selfie addict and love nothing more than being in every shot of your vacation, then a smartphone may well suffice for your needs. However, if you like to think of yourself as a budding photographer, you might want to consider ditching the Holga and Valencia filters and branching out into a travel DSLR piece of kit. With more manual controls and greater resolutions, you could create the perfect landscape shots, candid close-ups and sophisticated holiday snaps that will enable you to document your memories.


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Even if you aren’t venturing to the middle of nowhere and you are planning on staying firmly with civilisation, you should consider packing a powerpack. These nifty bits of kit can charge up your camera battery, smartphone and MP3 player on the go, meaning that if you have forgotten to charge something the night before or if you’re on a mammoth bus tour or train journey, you can still listen to your favourite tunes and take some awesome shots. Being comfortable will make your holiday all that more enjoyable.

If you’re heading to a far-flung destination this summer to catch some rays, take a dip in the sea, enjoy a snorkel or simply relax by a pool, think about how you are going to pack for your holiday. Use this guide as inspiration to ensure you don’t surrender your fashionista credentials when you venture away from home.


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Getting your Home Spring Ready

Winter is well and truly behind us now, and it is time to usher in the spring season. Which means it is time to tuck the chunky blankets away and bring on the light and airy decor. I am super excited, spring is such a beautiful season. It usually feels like a breath of fresh air after months of the chilly weather. And our winter this year started off really cold and ended up even colder. Special thanks to the Beast from the East and Storm Emma.

In the spring season, I am usually in the mood to do some decluttering and proper spring cleaning. There is just something about the longer days that makes me feel I can take on a lot more. I have been very busy these last few weeks, thinking of ways to make my home brighter for spring, and I have come up with these ideas.


Move furniture around

Moving furniture around is a quick easy of way of changing the look of a room. Once I spring clean our house, I get rid of anything we won’t be needing. Once that bit is done, I adjust some of the furniture that needs adjusting to suit the season. And it works every time. The room is instantly brightened up once these tasks are completed. You should try it.


Get storage furniture

I am a huge fan of any furniture that stores stuff. They are so handy to have around the house. I wish all furniture could store stuff. It would make my living a lot easier. I recently came across some amazing furniture desks on Lionshome and I wish I could grab them all. Here are 2 furniture desks on Lionshome website I really like.


Writing Desk with 6 Drawers by Castagnetti

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Sharpley Ladder Writing Desk

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I love how modern both desks are, especially the Sharpley Ladder Writing Desk. It would look amazing in my living room. And it would store our books neatly too.


Invite Nature In

I love to have flowers around the house especially in the spring/summer months. I suffer from Hayfever in the summer, so I am unable to spend as much time outdoors as I would want to. Having flowers in my living space is my way of inviting nature in and staying safe. Besides, pretty flowers are easy on the eyes and they smell fab.


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Get Spring Candles

If you know me well enough, you would know how much I love my candles and diffusers. The smell of sweet-smelling candles and diffusers makes my house feel even more like a home. I have run out of my autumn/winter candles, so I will be stocking up on some spring/summer candles in the next few days. The smell of a fresh scent in my home lifts my mood. I love having different candles in each room, so I can get to sniff in different scents.


How are you getting your home ready for spring this year. Please share your interior decor ideas with us in the comments section below.

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