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Freelancers are Happy

It’s been a couple of years since I left my 9-to-5. Although I have no regrets about starting my own freelance business, there are days when I wonder how life would have still have been like if I had remained in my 9-to-5. For many people, transitioning from a 9-to-5 to being a freelancer can be scary. There are various reasons for this. But the question is, would remaining in your 9-to-5 make you happy? Is this something that you would be willing to do for the rest of your life? Are freelancers happy?

 

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Many freelancers are enjoying being able to run their own businesses from the comfort of their homes and being in control of their finances. They love being able to travel whenever they want and still be able to catch up on work. However, majority of freelancers/self-employed work on their own at home, which can be very quite and lonely. If you need a buzzing office environment to work, the whole idea of doing your own thing may not be for you just yet.

Although I can’t speak for all the freelancers out there, I can say from my experience that I am a lot happier than I was in my 9-5. Here are some of the reasons why –

 

Freelancers are happy because they have flexible schedules

I have more time to do what I want. I can work day or night. I do have deadlines for my clients, but I am not tied to fixed schedules. I don’t have opening hours nor closing hours. I can work at anytime and anywhere, which is the best part of being a freelancer. You actually get to work in more relaxed conditions.

 

Freelancers are happy because they can determine their income

Traditional workers have to work extremely hard in order to earn a promotion that will give them a raise in their paycheck. And if you’ve ever worked at a 9-to-5 that can take years to attain.

The good news is that freelancers don’t ever have to worry about facing that problem. If I want to raise my income, I raise my rates, develop new income streams or pitch to more potential clients. The level of my income is in my hands, kind of. I can choose to earn as much as I want, so long as I put in the work and market my services.

 

Freelancers are happy because they get to spend more time with their loved ones

Now this is a biggie for me. I remember when I was working in my 9-to-5, and I remember working very late. I even on some weekends and bank holidays. Now that I am a mum, I can’t imagine working those hours. It just won’t work. I respect people who are happy to work long hours and all, but it is just not a lifestyle I can afford right now.

With my business, I get to enjoy the opportunity to be with my family and still keep the business up and running.

 

Freelancers are happy because they can positively impact others

Most freelancers are mentors to a host of other upcoming freelancers. As they teach people how to start and run their own businesses, they begin to impact in the lives of those people. There’s nothing as fulfilling as being able to touch the lives of people who will better their own world. It is one of the best feelings ever!

 

Are you happy with your job/business? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

 

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Indoor Skiing with the family at Snozone

Prior to the kids closing from pre-school for the summer holiday, I knew I had to plan various activities to keep us busy as a family. My kiddies get really restless and mischievous, like most kids when they are bored. So I had to plan out different activities for each week. We are half way into the 6 weeks summer holidays, and so far, so good, we have been busy. They have been to 3 parties, visited Leicester, Essex and London. And last weekend, we were at Snozone Milton Keynes for a fun afternoon of indoor skiing.

 

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We had an amazing time. It was our first time skiing, and it was so much fun! We got to Snozone an hour before our private ski lesson was scheduled as advised, and headed off to the reception desk for our rental gears, and then to the changing rooms. We met our very helpful coach – Nicola, who put us through the skiing techniques and what we all we needed to know.

 

 

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The lesson was centered around the kids, who both had a lovely time, especially my little man. He took up the snow slopes like a pro. Looking at him skiing, you would think he has done this before. Little man was so confident, and picked up the basics immediately. He was loving it!

 

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We had an amazing time as a family. I am always very interested in activities we could all take part in as a family, and skiing is now one of our favourite sports, thanks to the lovely service we got at Snozone. The environment was safe and welcoming, with the real snow (my daughter was so in love with the snow, she couldn’t stop touching it), lovely coach, and excellent equipment. It is a great indoor activity to enjoy with the whole family, a break from the outdoors and the rain we have been having lately. A great way to have fun indoors, and escape the confused weather we are currently experiencing.

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Why are Indoor Skiing Lessons so cool

Ski lessons are also a great gym alternative. Our 1 hour lesson felt like a good body workout, I felt so good afterwards. And the kids had a well deserved nap shortly.

Now that we have experienced indoor skiing at Snozone, we have explored the thrill and fun of this snow sport, and we are sold! I know we will be skiing again for sure. It is a fun family friendly activity, and it is good for my waist line too!

 

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Where can you find Snozone?

Snozone is open all year round (except Christmas Day). You could find Snozone in Milton Keynes (which we visited), and Castleford. Both venues provide first-class indoor snow facilities for skiing and snowboarding, as well as other snow experiences, such as sledging, and family snow play sessions. A great way to have fun and work out.

 

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Have you ever gone indoor skiing? Have you been to Snozone? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Having a Bad Day

Everyone has a fair share of good and bad days. Although it can be hard to believe that when all we see on social media is pictures of others having a good life, which is usually far from the truth. Even the most jovial of all people have their down times. Having a bad day happens to the happiest of us.

When you’re sad or lonely, there is an inclination to stay locked up indoors, listen to sad music or cry in bed. But as much as you may feel pushed to do all of these things, that will do no good.

 

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The worst thing anyone could ever do when they’re sad is to remain sad. Yes, whatever may be the cause of your sadness, it is never a good excuse to stay that way. We all have bad days. Let’s face it: there’ll always be someone or something that will piss you off. I face bad days every now and then. But over time I developed some key strategies that have helped me get over my bad days and turn them into awesome ones.

Here are 6 things that you can do right away to get started.

 

Dance like no one is watching.

Music has an amazing effect on our emotions and the emotions heightens when we dance. Play some groovy music and flow with the rhythm. Just dance like no one is watching. I guarantee you would start to feel better within minutes of dancing. I do this all the time and it works. Pharrell Williams Happy song is one of my favourite songs to dance to whenever I feel low.

 

Having a bad day? Just smile.

This simple hack works any time any day. When the day looks grim, a smile can be a huge game changer. Smiling lightens up your mood even when you don’t feel like smiling. It’s so powerful that your day starts transforming into something positive. And guess what? A smile is contagious, so help spread the happiness around, by smiling more. I am learning to smile more and it is doing a lot of good for my mental health.

 

Talk to a trusted friend.

Sometimes all you need on a bad day is just to let out your feelings to someone you trust. A problem shared is a problem solved. Don’t be shy to pour your heart out to a good friend. Speaking about issues does help. I have a few trusted people on speed dial, I can trust with anything. And if you don’t have anyone you trust with your issues, you could write them down. You could write them down in a diary to get the weight off your chest. You could also blog about it, and get comments from complete strangers that would give you some peace or advise.

 

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Engage in an activity you enjoy.

When you’re having a bad day, the easiest way to turn it around is by doing something that you enjoy. If you love going hiking, then go for it. If you love reading, pick up your favourite classic and flip through the pages. If you love playing the piano, then get your hands on your favourite piece. Engaging in an activity its you enjoy will definitely help you deal with a bad day.

 

Keep a gratitude journal.

No matter how bad your day is, you need to always count your blessings. Have a journal and write a list of all the things you are grateful for. It may be difficult in the beginning but as you keep at it, you’ll see that there are so many things out there to remain grateful for. It could be the little things, like a roof over your head, food on your plate, freedom, anything. I have a gratitude journal and I love writing in it. It reminds me to stay humble.

 

Make someone’s day brighter.

When your day is bad, challenge yourself to put a smile on someone’s face. Reach out to someone in need. Call a friend you’ve not been in touch with for years. Volunteer at a charity. As you try to make a positive impact on others, you’ll see your day transform for the better.

 

How do you deal with bad days?

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