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Health, Fitness & Skincare Journey

One of my new year resolutions was to take my fitness and general health very seriously. Last year, I saw the consequences of not being fit, and I never want to experience any of that again. The body pains and the extra weight were not my cup of tea, so I rather be fit and healthy!

One of the issues with working from home is that it is so easy to be on your laptop, on the sofa all day, which is horrible for the body as you can imagine.

These days, I have been going on daily walks/runs; I easily go pass the 10,000 recommended daily step and I am loving it. I feel better, I look better and I am happier. I guess being fit has a way of doing that to you, plus the amazing scenery at the moment is priceless.

 

 

 

Apart from having a balanced diet, I have also been taking vitamins supplements, and trying to get as much beauty sleep as possible. I am currently taking Vitabiotics WellWoman Vitamins Supplement and Natures Aid Chewable Vitamin C, and I think they are both doing the job, I just need to remember to take them everyday.

 

 

So health and fitness aside, being in my 30s also means I need to step up my skincare routine, and start experimenting with various anti-aging skincare products, which is what I am doing at the moment. I have a few anti-aging products I am testing out and I will be reviewing soon, so keep your eyes open.

The way I see it, health, fitness and skincare are always going to be a journey, and not a destination, because they never end.

How is your health, fitness and skincare routine? Any major changes this year? Do sound off in the comments section below, and please remember to share. Thank you.

 

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A Good Writer is a Good Reader

Being a good writer means you are a good reader. You have to be able to read to write. Reading opens doors, horizons and develops the mind.

 

 

Don’t feel bad if you’ve not picked up a book or novel in the last few month, knowledge-packed blog posts make excellent reads too! The idea is to read something of quality everyday. And thanks to the E-readers, reading o the go has never been so easy. I can think of a book, and start reading it in few seconds if I like.

 

 

Reading does a lot to improve our writing, here are 4 significant ways it does that –

 

  1. Reading enhances your imagination

Reading challenges you to think about different possibilities. It pushes you to begin to explore taking your writing to amazing depths and perspectives.

 

  1. Reading gives you the facts upon which to base your writing

No matter what you write you need to lay a good foundation and research is the best place to start. Imagine writing a blog post. Reading exposes you to facts and information that will come in handy in your writing.

The facts build your references and will give you instances or real situations to mention in your writing. This makes your writing richer as it will become more informative, resourceful and useful to your readers.

 

  1. Reading opens you to different world views and perspectives

Whatever you write is always aimed at engaging your audience. To engage your audience you need to be able to understand them – what they like, what they believe in, what their problems are and how they have been dealing with their problems. This will help you write pieces that are of interest to your readers. Reading exposes you to other people’s way of thinking and when you reflect that in your writing, it helps you form a stronger connection with your audience.

 

  1. Reading helps you learn new words, phrases and modes of expression.

Every time you read something new you are bound to learn new words and meanings. These words will help improve your vocabulary and make your writing richer.

New words are not the only things you learn. You also learn how to use them effectively in your writing. Your writing becomes clearer and stronger. It helps you learn how to drive the message home. Although it will take a lot of practice, it is worth the time spent learning how to use those words and phrases.

 

Do you enjoy reading? I love reading and I am currently reading She Means Business by Carrie Green on my Amazon Kindle, which I am learning a lot from.

What are you reading at the moment?

Where to Find Freelance Clients

Finding regular clients is an issue for many freelancers. I know I have struggled in the past to find regular clients, and it’s quite understandable as clients are the life wire of any business whether it is offline or online, and sometimes it seems like there are more freelancers than there are available clients.

 

 

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Having a clear strategy on how to find and retain your clients is one way to stay on top of your freelancing career. Having a platform, knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are, and knowing your clients would help you find and retain them. Here are some facts to have in mind –

 

  1. Having a blog or website where you can showcase your previous projects or your works-in-progress is one way to attract your clients. Many clients always ask to see examples of previous work, so having a platform to showcase your portfolio easily is one of the best things you can do for your business.
  2.  Get clear about who you want to serve. Now that you’re a freelancer you need to have a clear picture of your ideal clients. No matter how difficult or easy it is to find clients, the worst thing to experience is to work with clients who do not go down well with you.
  3.  Know your selling points. What is it about you that makes you standout from your competition? When you leverage on this you will put yourself in a better position to find and retain your clients.

 

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With all this said and done, here are a few places (out of several others) where you can find your ideal freelance clients:

 

  1. Social media

Millions of people log in to at least 2-3 social media platforms daily. This makes social media platforms a boiling pot full of job opportunities. The trick is to consistently show your skills and let people know that you are up for hire. For example, if you’re a photographer you can upload your photographs using the relevant tags.

  1. Job boards

This is a great place you can find clients. Potential clients list the services that they need on job boards and all you have to do is go through the list and find the suitable job just for you and contact the client. It’s as simple as that. Make sure that you put your best foot forward by letting your potential client know about your experience and what makes you better than your competition.

3. Referrals

The best marketing tool is word of mouth. Word of mouth is gold, it goes around faster than anything else, and the fact that someone refers you adds extra validation to your skills. But first things first, you need to do a good job to be worthy of a referral. Once you are good at what we do, you are bound to get a referral.

4. Offline engagements

Meet-ups, conferences or gatherings create the perfect avenue to tell people about what you do and get clients. The informal setting creates a relaxed atmosphere which could help in developing a strong relationship with those you meet. Most times, your ability to easily get along with people can positively influence the rate at which people will want to hire you or refer you to those who need your services.

 

Are you a freelancer? Where do you find your clients?