Summer Home Improvements

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Summer is always a great time for home improvements. The sunshine and longer days make you feel like you have more time to play with, and with the lockdown, we had so much time. We made the most of the extra time spent at home by doing some summer home improvements. We have been really busy working on our house and I am impressed with how much work we have done already. Prior to the home improvements, our house was looking pretty tired. We have been in our house for over 7 years now and we haven’t really devoted time to redecorating since we moved. I switch things up here and there, but nothing extreme until this summer.

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Before this big home redecoration, the most we ever did was to get new curtains and blinds a while ago. The Yorkshire Fabric Shop is a great store to shop for fabrics for blinds, curtains, so it is worth looking on their website for fabric furnishing ideas. We also decorated the children’s room some years ago and we do get new home furniture every now and again. However, this is the first time we went all out in home decoration.

Plastering and Painting

The first thing we started off with was plastering and painting. We only just finished painting the whole house some weeks ago. M did it all and it was a lot of work. We opted to use the same colour to keep things simple, and the cream paint and white doors work so no need to change it.

Redecorating the Children’s room

The kiddies got new beds. They have outgrown their toddler beds, so we decided to go for single beds for them. They love them and the single beds look great. I love the fact that they come with some storage to store extra bits neatly. You can never have too much storage. The twins also got some new bedroom furniture and a reshuffling of their bedroom. The redecoration has given the room a new look. It looks brand new!

Deep Summer Cleaning

We were able to deep clean the house. Since we were moving furniture about, we got the golden opportunity to clean so many corners and spots we haven’t been able to reach in years. It was so amazing to give the whole house a good deep clean.

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Have you had any summer home improvements done? Do you enjoy decorating?

 

What you need to know about freelance work

Freelance work allows me to work and study from home. It also allowed me to homeschool the kiddies these last few months. A few years ago, I was stuck in a job I hated and dreamt of being able to work for myself from home. Freelancing has allowed me to break out of that job and pursue my dreams. It has completely changed my life and I am forever grateful to be able to do what I do, how I do it.

What is freelance work?

Freelance work is a flexible sort of self-employment job that allows you to provide a service to a variety of clients. I get to work with all sorts of businesses all over the world and I have met some incredible people along the way. My freelance work allows me to work on small and big projects, both short term and long term, depending on the project.

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What jobs can I do freelance?

You can do almost any job freelance. I handle copywriting, blogger outreach, blog coaching, and social media management for many businesses. Other jobs you could carry out on a freelance basis are –

  • Proofreading
  • Public Relations
  • Graphic Design
  • Videography
  • Data Entry
  • Book Keeping

These are just a few examples of jobs you could do for clients on a freelance basis. There are many more freelance jobs you could do. Quick research in your chosen field will shed more light.

What are the benefits of working freelance?

Here are some of the most amazing benefits of working freelance –

  • It is flexible. You can set your own working hours
  • You can work from anywhere you choose
  • Freelance work is usually varied and variety is the spice of life.
  • You are your own boss.

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Where can I find freelance work?

You can find freelance work anywhere depending on your niche. I started off getting jobs on LinkedIn and other social media networks. These days the majority of my jobs find me thanks to my blog and existing connections. However, if you are just starting out, Upwork, Freelancer, and Peopleperhour are great sites to check out.

How much do freelancers get paid?

The beauty of being a freelancer is you get to set your own rates. You can decide to be paid hourly or set up a fixed rate. The choice is yours. It is best to do some research and find out what other freelancers in your niche charge. That way you make sure you set realistic rates.

What do I need to become a freelancer?

For you to be a successful freelancer, you need to have the skills required for your niche. So to be a successful copywiter, you need to be a great writer. You also need to be self-motivated and organised to succeed as a freelancer. The beauty of freelancing is you are your own boss, and that means there is no one to remind you to get your work done. You need to be able to motivate yourself and stay on top of your workload to succeed.

 

Studying a course a week. Reading a book a week.


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I am officially done with the first year of university. The second-year starts in October. The last set of assignments was submitted in April and studies have been on pause since there. The break is a very long one, so I have decided to carry on studying over the break. Taking that many months off studying will leave me with a lot of free time, I rather stay busy especially with all that we are currently experiencing. I have decided to do a free course a week with The Open University. I started my first-course last week and only just finished. The course was titled – Making sense of mental health, and it was a great first course in my studying a course a week challenge.  

Studying a course a week

The course is a level 2 intermediate stage. It took me a few hours to complete the course but it takes most people 10 hours to complete the course. I really enjoyed studying this course. It is relevant to my degree in psychology and I always wanted to learn more about mental health. This course enabled me to make sense of the different mental health illnesses, how they get treated by different professionals and it also enabled me to get familiar with the terms used in diagnoses and treatment.

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Reading a book a week

This week, I will be starting a new course and I am seriously looking forward to it. This week’s course is all about attachment in the early years. It is all about the research in the attachment in early childhood. I dedicate a few hours a day to study in between work, homeschooling the kiddies, and everything else. It is my way of staying on top of my learning. I am also still reading a book a week on my Amazon Kindle. The book I am reading this week is Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue Book 2 by Neale Donald Walsch.

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I finished reading the Book 1 last week and I went straight on to the second book. The series is really good. I am loving all the words of wisdom in the books. You can check it out via the link below –

 

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