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Gadgets You Can Use to Make Your Work Stylish and Comfortable

 

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Very rare can you come across a VA who has an innate fear of technology. A freelancer should be knowledgeable on what tools that he/she can use to make a task easier and simpler. Here is the list of gadgets that help lessen the complexity of your load and finish the day on a lighter note. More

Weekly Meal Prep for the Busy Freelancer

You have a task due Friday, but your boss suddenly said he wants it on Thursday evening. Your daughter suddenly remembers they have a project due the next day. Your nanny as gone AWOL on you and your husband is on a business trip. And dinner is due in an hour. Aaaargh! You did not sign up for this! Where’s the exit! More

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Put Your Hands Up! Triggers for Meniere’s

I think I hit a triggerHold your horses, cowboy! We’re not talking about guns here now. We’ll be talking about what makes Meniere’s Disease (MD) rear its ugly head up when you least expect it. Once it says hello, you’ll be experiencing most if not all of these symptoms: More

Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet

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Obesity is an increasing health concern all over the world. Everyone is looking for ways to lose weight, and the Paleo diet has increased in popularity over the years due to reported success.

Paleo diet (a.k.a. Paleolithic or hunter-gatherer diet) was created by Dr. Loren Cordain in 2002. The principle is simple: you go back to the way food was prepared during the caveman years. Everything was wild and naturally growing, which is why all the nutrients were pure and locked in. In essence, you’ll be eliminating food items such as: More

Character Eye Descriptions: The Window to Your Story

A good resource for describing eyes in a story. Good thing I came across this as I’m beating a deadline…

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By Sharla Rae, @SharlaWrites

Sharla_EyePhotopinIf poets are to be believed,eyes are the windows to the soul.

Rather than using clichéd or common descriptions,why not use “explicit” eye descriptions to give your reader a real peek into a character’s psyche?

I’ll touch on eye color, movement, and appearance and, of course, I have some helpful lists to inspire ideas.

Eye color

It’s a given that writers mention eye color as a character feature. Color can be mentioned every so often to remind readers what the character looks like. But! Don’t hit them over the head with it.

Besides using eye color as a facial feature it can sometimes be used to identify who is speaking especially if the color distinctive.

Blue eyes widened and she threw up both hands. “Now hold on a minute.”
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Her amber cat eyes narrowed. “xxxx”

A character might have plain old blue or brown…

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Battling Against Ménière’s

I once was what I would call a “super mom” way back 2009. I would write for my clients in Upwork, and take care of my family at the same time. My work day starts at 7am and ends up at 2am most of the time. 11pm is already early for me. I can write non-stop and finish tasks fast with a high batting average for accuracy. That all ended when I got struck by Ménière’s in 2011.

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When and How to say NO – for additional workload

It’s can be hard to say no for a couple of reasons: you need the money, you’re shy or intimidated to say no (typical of us Filipinos), or you’re just a plain workaholic.

Still, saying no actually can do you more good. If you have a great boss, he or she may actually admire you for standing up to yourself. Contrary to what most of us know, there are employers who would rather to have you be upfront with them when it comes to handling tasks. Why? Because your performance suffers when you have too much on your plate. It may seem good at first, but once your body starts to scream “Enough!!!”, your mind has no other option but to shut down.

preview16Today I want to talk about task and time management in connection with when should you accept some more on your plate or say that you’re already full.

Being a Filipino worker could have so much effect on our work ethics in general. Filipino culture tends to live by the “hospitality” characteristic and mostly being overdone.

For most of us, saying no doesn’t come naturally. We are too afraid to say NO even if we don’t want to and also too shy to ask even if we did not understand. There is no scientific explanation I know to expand more on this idea but this is the reality and this is happening all the time.

I thought of writing this because of one recent interview I had from one of my prospective clients. So I asked, “did you have any Filipino workers working for you now?” and he said “yes!”…

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