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Turn your hobby into a career

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The Beginning

Many people wonder how to Turn their hobby into a career. When you love your job, it is never really “work”. When you turn your hobby into a career, the impossible becomes possible, and life starts to have a full meaning. I remember when I had a traditional office job for a big gas company. It was a job I juggled before the twins showed up, and I truly hated every second of it. The only thing that mattered to me was my monthly pay check, and that was so little, it was pretty much gone few days after payday. Then the wait for the next pay check started.

 

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It was soul draining

Life was hard. It was a long commute to the office everyday, and I was miserable.I spent long hours indoors at work trapped in a call centre with a headset permanently on my head. To simply describe, it was soul draining.  It was so hard in the summer. I never got the chance to enjoy the beautiful sunshine. I got to work for 9am everyday and sometimes I would work until late in the evening. The only good about the job was the free vending machine on some days, and the building itself. It was nicely furnished with roof lanterns in some rooms which allowed me make the most of the amazing weather when we had it.

I had no interest in the job or the business, but it was the only job I had so I had to hold on to it. Then I stated Fashion and Style Police, and that gave my life a whole new meaning. I had something that was mine own and I put my heart and soul into it. This blog got me through that job, and even though it hardly brought me any income in the first year, it didn’t matter to me. It was a hobby that gave me hope.

 

Turn your hobby into a career

Most times, we don’t see how our hobby can become a career but most times it can. I enjoyed reading and writing from a very young age, and setting up a blog allowed me to create a home for my hobby. And now, that hobby has become a career. I write on her here for myself and my readers. Many of the articles are sponsored by brands, which allows me to continue to work from home and be there for my twins. I also write for my other websites, manage marketing campaigns for many clients as well as managing their social media platforms. My working life has become a dream come true and many times I still pinch myself when amazing collaborations land in my email.

 

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Yes you can

This post is not about me bragging about my working from home life and living the dream. I wrote it to motivate anyone thinking of turning a hobby to a career. I would say go for it. You never know until you try. To be safe, you can start working on growing your hobby into a career by the side, while you hold on to your regular pay check. If you like writing, set up a blog. If you have a good eye for fashion designing and are good at sewing great designs, think of setting up your clothing label. And if makeup is more your thing, think of setting up a makeup artist business.

The internet has made it super easy to start off any type of business with various useful content online and social media platforms you can utilise to help grow your brand.

 

No regrets

I am happy I took the leap of faith to work for myself. It has not been a walk in the park but I rather do this walk than any other. No regrets here. I would do it all over again if I had another chance.

 

What is your hobby?

 

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3 Things You Should Know About Insomnia

Millions of people are affected by Insomnia which is a condition where one finds it hard to fall asleep. Insomnia is a kind of sleep disorder which in medical term is described not only as the inability to fall asleep . It is also a condition where the sleep you get is not enough to get you rested. Sleep is an important component of the human body and as an adult, one needs at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  There are so many facts people do not know about Insomnia.  Here are the key facts you need to know.

 

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Types of Insomnia

There are three types of insomnia. Acute insomnia usually occurs due to a certain circumstances in life.  For instance, if one receives unfortunate news or is stressed about a certain event like the loss of a loved one. In this case, then they are more likely to experience acute insomnia. This kind of insomnia disappears on its own after the body copes with the situation.

There is the Transient Insomnia. This kind of insomnia is short-lived and does not require medical intervention as it disappears after a few days. There is also chronic insomnia which lasts for months and it requires medical intervention of it last for more than three months.

 

Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia can be caused by a wide variety of issues which include; disruption in sleep patterns which may be caused by a change in job shift, jet lag or being in an areas with extreme temperature. Insomnia can also be caused by medical issues such as anxiety disorder, bipolar condition, depression and stress. Individuals who suffer from anxiety issues like the feeling of being overwhelmed may find it hard to fall asleep.

Individuals who also suffer from arthritis or asthma may also find it hard to fall asleep. The frequent changes in mood can lead to changes in hormone which in turn can lead to lack of quality sleep. Certain medications such as statins, beta blockers and antidepressant have been found to interfere with one’s ability to fall asleep and stay sleepy.

 

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Treatment

Insomnia is treatable using a wide variety of home remedy and medical interventions. The treatment of Insomnia focuses on the root cause of it. In most case home remedy are recommended, they may include maintaining a sleep schedule. This involves going to sleep at the same time and waking up at the same time. It is also advisable that one avoid stimulants a few hours to bedtime. This includes avoiding alcoholic and beverages which are high in caffeine which is a stimulant. The next home remedy is avoiding having television or even bright light in the bedroom as they tend to affect the quality of sleep.

There are also medical treatments which include taking sleeping pills, melatonin, sleep aids and also antidepressant especially if the cause of insomnia is depression.

 

For more information on insomnia check out: https://www.thesnorewhisperer.com/

 

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Goodbye 2018

We have less than 48 hours left in 2018 and I am super excited to bid this year farewell. It was a good year with ups and downs. I grew a lot this year. It was challenging in some cases but the challenges made me take the bull by the horn and keep moving. I know 2019 is going to be a much better year all around, and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings.

Before we heard into 2019, here are some highlights of my year –

 

My Birthday in January

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I started the year off with my Birthday as a January baby. I had a good time celebrating another year. The thirties are being very good to me and I am loving it.

 

Trip to New York and Maryland

 

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We visited New York and Maryland in April. It was a fun trip. We all had a great time and it is one holiday I can’t ever forget. I wrote a few blog posts about our trip to New York and some of the places we visited. I also wrote about our road trip from New York to Maryland, so play catch up on the posts if you missed any.

 

The Kiddies Graduated Pre School

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My babies graduated Pre School in July and that was a big deal in our house. They are growing very fast before my very eyes and it has been amazing watching them thrive.

 

Collaborating with brands

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This year has been brilliant with me working with some amazing brands in different ways. Long may it continue.

Here are some of the examples of the collaborations –

Leesa Mattress Review

F and F Clothing

Professional Eye Studio

Cheerz

M & S Opticians

Hasbro

 

 

Got to Film with Mumsnet and F and F Clothing

 

 

I got to film with Mumsnet and F and F Clothing last summer. It was my first time filming with a brand and it was a lovely experience. I got to step out of my comfort zone and do something completely different and I loved it.

 

Started my YouTube Channel

 

Half Term in Portugal

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We visited the lovely city of Algarve in Portugal over half term in October and it was amazing. We enjoyed the lovely weather and the resort we stayed in was fantastic. It was a lovely short holiday.

 

 

I started my YouTube channel in the summer as well. It has been on my mind for years and I am glad 2018 was the year I finally decided to just do it. I have not posted a video on there in a long time but I plan to be more consistent next year. I am hoping to grow my channel a little more so do check it out if you can.

 

How has this year been for you? Any new year resolutions for 2019?

 

 

 

 

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