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SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter is sort of here, weather wise anyways, ignore the calendar. And the darkness with chill has got me feeling all types of ways. I miss the sunshine, a lot. This weather makes me want to stay in bed all day and do nothing. I have had to constantly push myself these last couple of days to get work done, and this is definitely not me. Is anyone else dealing with this issue? I have been reading a lot about SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it has got me thinking. Could that be my issue?

 

SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder

For those who have never heard of SAD, it is a type of mental disorder that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. The SAD symptoms often begin in the autumn and usually becomes most severe during the winter months – December, January and February.

 

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I am trying my best to break away from this unproductive state and get things done in time for the holidays. I am not one to dwell on negatives, so snapping out of this bubble is what I am going to do. The GymCube website is also keeping me very busy with the various fitness workouts. Looking forward to seeing the workouts transforms my body and health.

The festive season is here and I am seriously looking forward to Christmas. I have always love Christmas, right from when I was little. There is something special about the season that makes me feel like a child. And I think the kiddies have bitten the C bug as they seem to LOVE Christmas!

 

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I am eager to get 2017 over and done with and start 2018 from the scratch. This year has been incredibly busy but it has been a good sort of busy. I know 2018 would be even better and I can’t wait for the year to start!

I will be taking some days off blogging this month to get myself and my household ready for Christmas. There is a lot of gift wrapping to do, decorations to put up, food to sort out and the general festive stuff. So I would be multi-tasking as much as possible. Wish me luck!

 

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How are you getting ready for Christmas?

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Giveaway: Win Amazon Fire 7 Alexa 7 Inch 8GB Tablet – Black

Hey peeps! I have a giveaway for this November. One lucky winner will win this amazing Amazon Fire 7 Alexa 7 Inch 8GB Tablet in Black. Could it be you? 

This is my first giveaway this month. I have been searching for a cool prize to give away and came across this great tablet that ticked all boxes. Consider this an early Christmas present.

 

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I enjoy giving back to my readers. I won’t be here without you guys, so this little giveaway is my way of saying thank you. This prize would be great for the gadget/technology lovers. Or anyone who does not have a tablet.

This Amazon Fire is currently the  best-selling Fire tablet. It is now thinner, lighter, and with an improved display for enhanced readability. And it features the amazing Alexa, a cloud-based voice service that provides quick access to the entertainment you want, including music, games, audiobooks, and more. It is such a terrific little gadget to have around. Do you agree?

 

Here are the rules of the giveaway –
  1. Follow me on Twitter.
  2. Retweet this post.
  3. Follow me on Instagram.
  4. Leave a comment telling me why you want to win this Amazon Fire tablet.

You can also follow me on my Facebook page for blog post updates and to keep up with me. Sharing this giveaway post on Facebook would also be great, if you want to of course.

The giveaway is open to UK residents only, and you must be 18+.

This giveaway will run for 2 weeks. It ends 9th December at 10pm. The winner will be randomly selected and announced within 24 hours on Twitter so look out for that.

There will be more giveaways coming up so look out for them. I am working on a few projects. Fingers crosses, it should be a very busy December. Good luck everyone.

Have a lovely weekend x

The Ugly Side of Freelancing

Hey friends. It feels like it’s been ages I wrote a post straight from heart, and it feels great writing this. Believe it or not, I drafted this post on my iPhone whilst feeding my kids dinner and listening to my African playlist on Spotify. Yes I like to multitask like that!
Life has been busy. From dealing with endless cold symptoms, stress, annoying clients, and everything else in between. These last 3 months has been one hell of a rollercoaster in the dark. I have hardly had the time to write as much I would love to. If you have noticed, I have only been managing to post once a day which is unlike my usual schedule, but what can I say, life happened.
I have now decided to get rid of anything and anyone that would put me under unnecessary stress, I don’t have to deal with. Life is too short to spend the time stressing. The first quarter of 2017 is almost over, and I feel like it has just passed me by, which is kind of frustrating. I have spent more time sorting other people’s business, and I let mine to fall behind.
One thing I have discovered is that there is definitely a very thin line between love and hate, and I am crazy in love with my life and working conditions, I won’t let anyone make me hate it. Which is clearly what I see happening if I continue dealing with some of the clients I am working with. Some of them are just impossible to please.
Without giving too much away, the main issue I have with these people is that I manage their expectations a bit too much. So I won’t let them build castles in the air, or let their expectations exceed their reality, or allow them to expect to get more than they should, if that makes sense, and that is where our worlds collide. Some people are happy leaving in a fantasy world, and expecting everything for nothing, but I am unable to function that way.
However when it comes down to it, the ball is in my court. I have to decide who I am happy to work with and what conditions I am willing to accept, and stick to it. I also need to avoid using certain websites to source for jobs. The crazies all seem to be on certain platforms, so they are best avoided.
I guess that is the ugly side of freelancing no one tells you about. The great expectations from clients looking to pay the bare minimum for the job that needs doing. The chasing of invoice is another annoying part of being a freelancer but I think it all comes down to the client. Some clients are just very difficult to work with, and are best avoided, while some are truly amazing!
My advice to any newbie freelancer would be to try as much as possible to cut out the middleman websites. The cuts they take are a lot and the clients you find on there are usually not worth the hassle. You could get lucky but I am yet to see any good in them. Instead, make the most of social media, word of mouth and offline recommendations if possible.
Do you freelance? How are you finding it?
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