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How much do you love yourself?

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No that’s not a trick question.  Think about it before you answer, think really hard about how you feel about yourself.  Maybe the question is too broad, just think about today or yesterday.  How did you feel about yourself yesterday?  Did you love or hate yourself?

Isn’t it funny how the human psyche works?  During any given day I can go through an emotional rollercoaster of extreme love or extreme dislike for myself.  I wouldn’t say there are days I actually hate myself but there are definitely days I wish I was someone else.  Why is that?

Let’s start with your body image

I’ve struggled with my looks my entire life.  Sometimes I see pictures of myself in the past and I think WOW I look thin.  I know that our body changes as we get older and our metabolism at 35 is definitely not what it was at 25, but that doesn’t stop me from critiquing my body.

Some days I wake up and think “I love the way I look” and the very next day I can wish I had a totally different body.  We all know my body hasn’t changed drastically in 24 hours but something about my emotional mentality towards myself did.

Why can’t we just love who we are?

I wish this wasn’t the case.  I wish that I had a positive body image, but that’s not the case.  Why is this coming up now?  Well it’s been almost three months since I joined my gym and other than the four pounds I lost during the first month I have yet to lose any more weight.

I’m starting to think that maybe my body is just how it is and that’s the way it’s always going to be.  Could that be the case?  On one hand I think disliking things about myself leaves room for improvement, but on the other hand sometimes the emotions can be very overwhelming.

If so then I need to stop comparing myself to the Jennifer Aniston’s of the world and just start loving me for who I am and how I look.

Have you ever hated the way you act?

I know I have.  On any given day I can behave in a way that my mother would be ashamed.  As soon as something not-so-nice comes out of my mouth I instantly regret it, but by that time it’s too late.  I wish I didn’t have such a fly-off-the-handle temper but yet here we are.

Last week my boss and I had a meeting for my annual review.  After telling me how great my overall work has been during the last year she proceeded to ask me how I felt about the working group I was a part of.  I quickly explained that although my delivery was sometimes abrupt and unprofessional my intention was good as were my ideas.

She said “Oh so you know, that just made this conversation a whole lot easier.”  I replied “Of course I know, I’m not crazy.”  The way I act both at work and at home is sometimes not as I would like it to be, but isn’t that what makes us human?

I mean no one is perfect all the time so when we don’t like how we look or how we act why can’t we just give ourselves a break?

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Save Money On Household Goods With These Strategies

Taking care of a home and the family that lives in it can be very expensive for even those with high incomes. This leads many people to look for ways of getting the things that they need at a lower price than the general retail price of the item. With some searching and some careful planning, you can get most of the items you need for your home at a steep discount. Here are some good strategies for saving money on household good.

Search For Closeout And Refurbished Appliances

Some of the most expensive purchases you will make for your home will be for the appliances you use on a daily basis. Stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers can require a hefty payment to replace and purchasing them on installment can result in you paying twice what they are worth. Instead of looking for the latest and greatest appliance models for your home, search for closeout and factory refurbished appliances that you can buy for half the cost. These products are just as good as brand new ones, with some added scratches or dents, and often have warranties against defects to protect you from buying a product that’s a lemon.

Have Your Pet Food Delivered On Schedule

There are a number of companies that will sell you household goods at a discount when you schedule regular deliveries to your home. PetCircle is one of the companies that take this route, delivering pet food to your home on a regular schedule for less than what you would pay for similar products at the grocery store. This ensures that you will always have food for your pet when you need it without the higher expense and hassle of traveling to the grocery store to get food for your pet yourself.

Don’t Be Afraid To Try Generic Alternatives

Many people are of the mistaken belief that brand name products are better than generic products. In many instances, this is not the case. Companies that make generic products are held to the same standards as the companies that make brand name products. If you compare the labels, you will find that the generic product contains many of the same ingredients as the brand name product in similar quantities. Do not be afraid to try the generic version of a favorite brand to save more money. If you find that you do not like it, you can always return to the brand name item at a later date.

Budget Bedroom Makeover Ideas

bb bedroomA bedroom is a place where you spend maximum amount of your time from your stay at home. Hence, keeping your bedroom clean, tidy, clutter-free and pleasant is extremely important. In case you have bought a new home or are planning to buy an apartment from any of the upcoming residential projects in Jaipur, your task would be much easier, since most of the new constructions have state of the art design, are well constructed, have dedicated space for television, the electrical work is done well, etc. Most modern bedrooms have attached toilet with geysers and also have a separate space for flower bed. However, if you have already been staying in an apartment, then giving it a makeover will take some doing. Here are some of the best ideas to make your bedroom look elegant without having to spend much –

Do the paint job well 

This is the starting point of revamping your bedroom. Painting will not cost you much. However, you must be careful about the colors you choose and it is best to go with happy colors that match with the theme of your home. Good paint job will last for decent number years.

Make it clutter-free

This is a most important step and plays a key role in enhancing the looks of your bedroom. Remember, your bedroom is not a dumping ground. Do not keep extra furniture, gadgets, etc. You can either sell them off or have them placed in some other rooms. Make it as clutter-free as possible. A spacious bedroom always looks more beautiful and alluring than a cluttered one.

Regularly clean your bedroom

Do the cleaning job regularly. Assign sometime of your day to dust the curtains, pillows, remove the stain on your shelf or cupboard. This will help in maintaining the sanity of the room. The major cleaning job can be left to weekend but there must not be a gap of more than fortnight. Regularly wash the bedcovers, pillows covers and curtains.

Change the curtains and pillow covers once in a while

Having new curtains, bed cover or pillow will not cost you much, but it will definitely increase the looks of your bedroom and will bring in an element of freshness. If you cannot afford to buy new curtains, you can change it with the curtains of some other room of your house. This will also bring in the much needed change.

Have dedicated space for electronics and gadgets

Make sure to have dedicated space for electronics and gadgets such as mobile phones, laptops and iPads. Do not have them spread across. Keeping these stuffs in their devoted space brings in a sense of sanity. Also ensure to have stands for phone charges and other accessories.

Give your room a clean air by opting for indoor plants

There are several indoor plants such as Jade, Succulents and Terrariums that do not require direct sunlight or much of watering and can be kept in your bedroom. These plants not only beautify your room, but also purify the indoor environment and add a sense of calmness.

Keep a shelf for newspapers and magazines

It is advisable to keep a shelf dedicated for newspapers, books, magazines, journals, etc. This will reduce your overall cleaning job and will also make your room look tidy.

Friday Faves: Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy almost Valentine’s Day and happy Friday the 13th.  I’m not sure if that means we’ll have good Valentine’s luck, but I hope so.

Have a great weekend.  Enjoy these posts from our friends:

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The Happy Homeowner – Creating My Debt Payoff Budget

Frugal Beautiful – 5 Easy Healthy Habits You Can Start Today

Dear Debt – A Tale of Two Cities

L Bee and the Money Tree – Let’s Talk About Tax Baby

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