It’s Time To Chime

It’s been about 3 weeks since I left my full time job to become a full time freelance writer, between thoughts of losing everyday and days where I bust out 6-7 articles I’m still trying to keep money in mind. I still have a lot of bills that need paying on a weekly basis, so there shouldn’t be any downtime for me; for a while anyway.

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I’m trying to figure it all out, still working out the kinks but I know this is a learning curve as I’ve never worked for myself before. I knew I needed to have a separate account for my freelance writing business so I started to look around, I found Chime which is a mobile banking app. Everything i was reading was exactly what i needed, with Chime there is no monthly fees, no overdraft fees, no minimum balance requirements, and no transfer fees. Chime also helps me save with the round up transfers when I shop or get paid, which will come in handy for a new laptop! They recently created a graphic with some tips on how to save money this year. Check it out it below.

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I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited and scared simultaneously in my life, it’s truly exhilarating. My anxiety rings in from time to time to make sure I know it’s still around but I try and brush it off. If I get too overwhelmed with my tasks I will take a break, go for a walk, or scroll through Twitter. I always set an alarm though, which has pretty much become my life. I set alarms for all kinds of things now like to wake me up in the morning, to keep up with the articles I write so I can stay on schedule, while I’m taking a walk, and even one to let me know it’s bedtime. Each sounds different so I don’t drive myself crazy but they’re there like little ticking time bombs.

If you work for yourself how do you keep track of your spending/expenses? What do you do during your workday do you don’t get burnt out? (so you don’t get burnt out)

 

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Tips for a Minimalist Home Office

Tips for a Minimalist Home Office

More and more American workers are working from home at least once a week, and it seems that the trend will continue. Whether you’re telecommuting to the office, or you’re working for yourself and you want to save on rental money, a home office is an important space, distinct from the rest of your home.

You want to be able to focus and be productive here. You want to have a space set apart from your other daily activities and from the distractions of other family members. You especially want all the tools that you need in order to get your job done available within arm’s reach. I believe that the best decor scheme for a home office is a minimal one. Minimal design can support all the things that you need the space to do, eliminating distractions and keeping you motivated and focused. Here are some tips for a minimalist home office.

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Why Go Minimal?
Before we dive in, let’s take a moment and talk about what minimalist design really is. As this article explains, minimalism is removing unnecessary elements and winnowing a space down to its essential function. This doesn’t have to mean that minimalist design is devoid of any decoration or beauty, though. The real philosophy underlying the idea is that when we boil things down to their essential elements, we actually end up with something even more beautiful, since we’re able to see the bare lines that make up those things that we need.

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Minimalism works so well for a home office because it eliminates frippery and distractions. One of the biggest challenges of working from home is getting distracted by other things. We tend to start thinking about some project or another than needs to get taken care of in the house, or we might find it harder and harder to resist the call of that video game when we’ve hit a stalling point at work. Minimalism strips the room of those distractions and gives us a space apart, where we can simply concentrate on work. So here are some tips for making it work for you:

Remove All Clutter
Your first step is to get rid of any and all clutter. If you have a room dedicated to being a home office, odds are pretty good that that space gets used for a lot more. It might also be a TV room, a storage space for old photo albums, the dog’s favorite napping place, etc. However, if you want to really make it a viable office, it needs to be that and only that. Take all the extra junk that you don’t need to work, and put it in the garage, a storage closet, wherever else. Removing all clutter can also mean getting rid of unnecessary furniture, decor on the walls, and even books in the shelves. In fact, you might not even need a bookshelf, unless you like having certain books for reference. You’ll know which items are actually fueling your productivity, but be honest with yourself and stick to the important things. This link has some more tips for creating a good study space.

Visualization Space
I think that no office space is complete without a visualization space. Sometimes we need an area where we can sketch out our ideas as they’re formulating. It can also be a great way to keep track of tasks, projects in progress, and to-dos for the day. Your visualization space might be a large whiteboard, a chalkboard, or a cork board. In any case, it’s the place where when your eyes drift away from your workspace, you can refocus on your overarching goals instead of getting lost in a daydream.

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Minimal but High Quality Furniture
One of the major benefits of minimalism is that when you cut down your decor to its essential elements, you’re usually more able to invest in quality for those essential elements. If you have a room free of fussy extra items, you can instead identify those things you really do need, and go ahead and buy high quality. So, get yourself an office chair and a desk. Invest in a computer or laptop, and any extra tools you need, like a supplemental table, seating for visitors, etc. Get high quality that will last a long time and serve you well.

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Take Breaks Outside the Office
We all need breaks during the work day. However, many people make the mistake of thinking that this justifies a putting TV in their home office, or distracting projects that have nothing to do with work. If it’s something that you can do while brainstorming for work, then go ahead and include it. However, if it’s something that completely pulls you out of the working mindset, save it for outside the office. You know what? It’s better for you to stretch your legs and take a walk around during work anyway. Just make sure that you set a specific time for your break and get back to work when the break is up.

7 Favorite Christmas Scents

7 Favorite Christmas Scents

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I love Christmas scents probably the most out of all scents ever! Maybe because Christmas is my favorite time of year; I love the warm glow of the lights, the smell of the Christmas tree, and of course baking, decorating, & devouring homemade sugar cookies!!

I think I might’ve become kind of a candle snob in July? Around the time i started working at the candle shop. I absolutely love them which is great considering I have about 30 22oz candles; so much so I have an inventory of them all in spreadsheet form.

Maybe it’s weird but I love good smelling things; cats, dogs, armpits, cars, restaurants… Whenever I’m out in public I get a little upset if I can’t smell myself – I don’t want to smell bad.

The obsession with candles has sparked a fire (see what I did there? Hehe) this year and I am all over the Christmas candles! I am all over smelling them all, thank goodness for coffee beans (they help clear the nose pallet) or my nose would probably cut itself from my face to run away.

It took a little pondering however I did it! I have picked the very best (in my opinion) Christmas scents to share with you all. If these do not sound like your idea of a smellebration then (your wrong jk) that’s ok because to each is their own and variety is the spice of life.

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How the fragrances are arranged in what order the scent is received through your nose pallet. While the candle is either sitting or burning all of the notes are combined to create the full effect of the entire candles scent.

The fragrance notes go as followed:
• Top note is the initial impression of the fragrance
Middle note is the main body of the scent
Base is its final impression.

Yankee Candle’s “Balsam & Clove”
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Clove, Fresh Balsam, Cinnamon
Middle note: Cassia (spice from bark of east Asian evergreen), Pine
Base: Cedarwood, Amber

Yankee Candle’s “Cherries on snow
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Fruit, Cherry, Almond, Sweet Citrus
Middle note: Spicy Cinnamon, Tart Cherries
Base: Musk

Yankee Candle’s “Red Apple Wreath
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Golden Apples, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove
Middle note: Apple Peel, Cracked Walnuts, Brown Sugar
Base: Amber, Melted Butter, Maple Syrup, Vanilla

Yankee Candle’s “Holiday Bayberry
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Clove, Nutmeg, Lemon
Middle note: Apple, Pine, Lavender
Base: Fir Balsam, Patchouli, Amber

Did you know?:  Trimming your wick to 1/8-inch helps the candle burn evenly. The length helps create complete combustion which means less soot is formed.

The WoodWick company has been around for a little while but it seems like not everybody has seen them in action. I like burning these at night with the lights off and the tv turned down or completely off. WoodWick makes their candles with a soy base but have an intriguing natural wooden wick.

the pluswick innovation of the wooden wicks creates a crackling sound, such as a fireplace. Between the ambiance and the unique crackle of the wick these candles are perfect for relaxation. I like to pair mine with a Lush bubble bar bath.

WoodWick’s “Frasier Fur
“This fragrance truly captures the essence of fresh-cut fir on a crisp winter morning.”

WoodWick’s “Hot Toddy”
“Tempting notes of ground cinnamon and nutmeg swirl with caramel-drizzled apples and sweet maple wine.”

WoodWick’s “Crimson Berries”
“Juicy Christmas berries blended with a touch of warm spice and mistletoe essence”

If you like candles even a little bit I’d say check out the WoodWick’s if you want to have your mind blown and relaxed at the same time. If your not into holiday scents check out the White Tea & Jasmine or the Lavender Spa scent.