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How To Create A Healthy Work Life Balance By Finding Your Purpose

Creating a healthy work life balance is so much easier if you're doing the work you were born to do. This is not an impossible dream and anyone can find or create that work. When you do, it's like never working another day in your life. Here are four tips to help you create a healthy work life balance by finding the work you were born to do.

Firstly, life has an uncanny habit of giving us what we absolutely need, not necessarily what we want at any given moment. So it's important to be open to the messages and learning that come from challenges and difficulties. When we come to believe that there are no mistakes and wrong decisions, only learning and growth, then life does genuinely feel happier and more purposeful. Think of life as a game where you're playing with the house's money and you can not lose.

Secondly, interesting mental connections and ideas tend to occur when the mind is relaxed and not seriously trying hard to solve the problem of "where on earth is my career heading?" Somehow, I attended a book called "Zen & The Art Of Making A Living" into my life while taking a trip around the world before the birth of my first son and at just the moment when I was calmly receptive to the messages it contained. Out of the experience came the decision to retrain as a business psychologist in my mid-thirties. So be on the look-out for those new mental connections when you're on holiday or out for a relaxing walk with the dog.

Thirdly, be open to making connections between episodes of life which have been develly enjoyable and where you have been "in flow". In other words where time seems to just stand still because you become lost in the process what you are doing, for its own sake. I feel that these moments provide the largest possible clues to finding your life purpose in work. Ask yourself the questions "when has time appeared to stand still for me and what was I doing"?

Fourthly, do not let practicalities traample all over your dreams. It's easy to squash a seedling of an idea for any number of reasons. "I'll never earn a decent living doing that" or "What would so and so think of it". Most of us can not use the creative and rational parts of our brain at the same time. Create the ideas when you're relaxed and reflective. Only get practical when the ideas are more fully formed.

Source by Andrew Bridgewater

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – Everything You Need To Know

Future Soldier (a video game) is released on May 22, 2012 by both Xbox 360 consoles and PlayStation 3. Ubisoft published the video game and it is the fourth addition to the Ghost Recon video game series. The game’s events are set somewhere in the near future when a dirty bomb kills all the members of a ghost team. After this incident, a different ghost team takes up the task of getting to the source of the dirty bomb. This tracking leads them to several countries such as Pakistan, Nigeria, Norway and Russia throughout the game.

This video game has changed from the original version. The soldiers have a futuristic look and have prototype weapons. Other additional features include the pocket sized machines which turn into cars and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The camouflage suit enables the soldiers to become invisible when crouching. These and other features in the game give the player a firsthand combat experience. The game’s developers have worked hard to improve the features such as sensor grenades, heavy weapons and remote controlled vehicles. There are endless fun-filled opportunities to use these improvements when chasing the enemy with the remote controlled cars, blowing up buildings with the sensor grenades as well as marking targets and shooting them with the heavy, handheld weapons.

The future soldiers in the game have to work together to defeat the enemy, despite the heavy weaponry and the hi-tech gadgets they possess. This is to show that no battle is won by a single soldier, and the value of team work is immeasurable. The team of four can take out four targets at once using the contemplative weapons. The weapons have specific target marking propositions that add to the thrill of playing the game. When in hiding, these weapons can take out targets with utmost precision, although they prove to lose their accuracy in full combat.

The future soldiers’ strength lies in their synchronized enemy- wiping shots. The game focuses on travelling to foreign destinations to fight and kill the enemy. The game is however, immensely entertaining for the players. During the game, there are some instances where group play is essential in defeating the enemy. The game has various challenge stages where the players are required to complete the stages in order for them to get new weapons. After successfully completing the stages, the players can obtain attachments from the gunsmith for their guns. There are some stages that a single player can complete, while others require a team effort. These challenges have twists, which leave the players yearning for more difficult challenges.

The game does not give the players all the necessary weapons at the beginning. Along the way they have to pick new weapons and learn new tricks up until the end of the game. After playing a few times, the player has a feeling of prowess, which he should use to tackle future challenges. The game offers the players some of the most hi-tech gadgets for the weapons. These include an underbarrel, barrel length, side rail attachments as well as a trigger pull. This gun customization mode is no doubt one of the best features of the game.

The game has some solo mission games, although it would be impossible to play alone. Some of them include the Guerrilla mode and the Survival Challenge. These two require a single player, but just to be on the safe side, another player should also play. The pocket sized UAV drones cannot bring much help when on a solo mission. The synchronized shots work better, so it would be advisable to have multiple players to finish off the enemy faster. There are multiplayer games such as Decoy and Conflict. The decoy mode focuses on attackers shooting on three objectives without knowing which one is the primary target.

Source by Orane P Jones

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How Can a Busy Mom Get Time for Fitness?

Are You a mom? Do You Have Time for Fitness? Moms really have a tough time. They are the cook, the maid, the taxi driver, the teacher, the referee, and the list could go on. If you're a mom, you know how to get things done for everyone else, but chances are, you do not take care of you. In the day where children keep parents on the go, it is hard to do the things you'd like to do.

School schedules, car pools and after school activities combined with household chores and a full-time job does not allow for much time to exercise and workout. However, that excuse is no longer good enough. Today's mom knows how to get things done. They can squeeze in a last minute dentist appointment for little Tamie and show up without a moment to spare for a class play that little Tommy forgot to mention. Super mom can always find time to do whatever needs to be done to run a happy home for all of the occupants. So the "I do not have time" does not fly anymore. In fact, moms everywhere should be embarrassed to use the excuse when a real mom knows, if you really want to do something it's like that Divine Sisterhood stuff, scoot on over, because here comes mom!

It is important to take care of yourself. Plenty of rest and exercise should be before one of those little things that you mark on the calendar and do. In fact, do it now. Mark in your day planner or on the dry-erase board your "me-time." Then, dust off that tennis racket and head on out for the courts with one of your girlfriends, or join a Fitness Center, or take up walking for overall health and fitness. Procrastination is a word that has no meaning for moms wanting to do something nice for their children, the same should apply for what you want or need to do.

Flexibility and diversification is a nice thing. Diversify your workout schedule to include solo walks, tennis matches with girlfriends, and horseback riding with your husband. Be creative in planning your week ahead. If you know that on Monday you have to pick up your daughter from school at 3:00, but your son gets out at 2:30, make proper use of your time and throw your Nike shoes in a gym bag and walk while you wait . If your daughter has a volleyball practice 25 minutes across town at the high school, then take your swimsuit and use the school's swimming pool to swim laps. Most schools do not mind if you call ahead and some even offer free swims on certain days of the week.

The most important thing for you to remember is that because you are a mom, you may have to jump in and take advantage of a thirty-minute window just to have time to exercise. Be prepared for those opportunities and learn to expect the unexpected and take care to use the time wisely. If your son's football practice is held over 45 minutes, continue walking around the track until you hear the sweetest words in the world, "MOM, I'm ready to go!" You can accomplish what you want, even as a busy mom.

Source by Terje Ellingsen

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The Importance of Film Photography in a Digital Age

For the average family, a digital camera has become an essential item to record special moments throughout their lives together. Photography has drastically changed over the last few decades, and many of us who still remember the days of traditional film cameras that had to have pictures developed at the local pharmacy might be amazed by how quickly digital cameras took the stage.

And there’s a reason why: compared to traditional photography, digital photographs are easier to print out, sometimes off much higher resolution and photo quality, and can store more pictures than their traditional film camera ancestors could.

Still, there are many photographers, both amateur and professional, who haven’t abandoned traditional film photography or old-fashioned cameras. For them, the simplicity of the cameras and the photos, and the greater care it takes to develop the pictures, makes the process more therapeutic and artful. Particularly for photographers who still use their own darkrooms to develop their photos, traditional film cameras are a hobby that they would never give up for the relative ease of digital cameras.

Regardless of how much technology advances, there will always be people who still appreciate the simplicity of yesterday’s methods.

Using a traditional film camera, especially varieties that are many decades old, requires much more patience, diligence and care, especially when developing your own pictures. And for many photo enthusiasts who learned their craft with older equipment, the comfort of a familiar camera and the process of developing the film themselves can be therapeutic. Just as many people who own a dishwasher still wash dishes by hand because they find it relaxing or meditative, developing your own photos can be a very unique and calming experience.

And the fact that not just anyone can do it, and that it is a skill that must be developed with practice, makes it that much more rewarding.

Interestingly enough, there are still lots of families who go to amusement parks and pay to have their photos taken in an “old-fashioned” manner, with grainy black-and-white prints for novelty and fun. They even sometimes go so far as to dress in clothes from the nineteenth century to make it look more authentic. Ironically, though, most of these novelty old-fashioned photos are taken with modern digital cameras, then altered to appear authentically antiquated.

Understanding why some families find it fun to get their pictures taken in an old-fashioned manner can help you understand why some enthusiasts love collecting antique photo equipment and using the genuine, original camera to take their own old-fashioned pictures. Photography was one of the greatest innovations in human history, and being able to own a piece of that history is an important hobby for many antique collectors and photographers.

So the next time you think that digital cameras have made old-fashioned film photography obsolete and unnecessary, consider the many hobbyists and photographers who still take great pleasure in using and collecting traditional equipment. And if you’re an aspiring photographer yourself, you might want to try ditching the digital camera for a few weeks and have an old pro teach you a thing or two about film and darkrooms.

Source by Paul R Turner

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What’s to Be and What’s Not to Be Considered As Music?

In my opinion, not every composition out of musical sounds can be considered as Music.

In order to be music, the composition in question must be tonal, melodic, and to be music of classical style – hearty and serious in addition to the above.

Music proper can’t occur without melody.

It’s not enough to express emotions in sounds.

With notes (and musical sounds) one should sing and dance. Well, or narrate. One should not, for instance, draw or paint with them – the right things to do that with are brushes or pencils. When a composer draws with sounds, he does not deal with and write music proper. Unfortunately, starting with the 20th century, quite a lot of authors struck out on this wrong way.


I can’t agree to confining music in any way!

Everyone has his own, individual vision. Those, who see visual images, pictures, they “draw” or “paint”. For example, Rachmaninov wrote his Etudes-tableaux, expressing quite concrete images. Isn’t it Music?!

Others cannot see so, but can sing and dance or present music in yet other ways. All depends on one’s own individual, inner vision of music. So what one person sees as a visual image, a picture, others can present as melody (a dance, a song).

Music is universal as a whole and individual in its parts.

Reply to the opponent:

Oh, yes. Different people can have different visions and opinions and see music in their own individual ways. A lot depends on one’s own inner, individual sense and understanding.

But the real, objective, right and true state of things does not depend on it and won’t change.

We also know – Man is prone to error. People greatly differ in how easily they get misled and how gross and frequent mistakes they make are.

Different creative spheres belong to and are governed by different Muses, not by one, universal, as you wrote. Each Muse has her own ways and tools. If a composer for some reason (he can’t, he won’t, hasn’t got taste) avoids melodic work and with musical sounds starts to do what is to be done with paints, brushes and pencils or follows another wrong course – say, that of ‘theatre of sounds’, then it means he sits down between two chairs (which stand apart from one another).

Try to sit between 2 chairs! – Where shall you find yourself? Anyway, not in the sphere of Music. Nor do you manage to get to the sphere of Graphic Arts. You just fall onto the floor.

Not few authors found themselves where they did not intend to be.

Thus, individuality and individual search are welcome till one has the right measure in him and the feeling of it.

As far as the Rachmaninov’s Etudes-tableaux are concerned –

you fail to read carefully what I’ve wrote. Rachmaninov is a well known melodist and these etudes are really musical compositions. There is quite a lot of melodic content in them, deviations are scarce. The very name “… -tableaux” misled you.

Yet another thought to the point:

Music should always carry Beauty, even when it tells us about something very sad and tragic. In this respect music is comparable to belles-lettres, fiction, in contrast to non-fictional, documentary chronicle. Some authors lost the right path and sense and wrote chronicles.


Source by Alexander Ven Bystrow

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History of Miss Universe and Where Past Contestants Are Now

Miss Universe: An annual international beauty contest.

Tiaras are all the rage in mass media today. If it isn’t a discussion about the Royal Wedding, somewhere Toddlers and Tiaras is being viewed in somebody’s living room or another Pageant Mom is prepping her daughter for an upcoming event. So much effort is invested, all leading up to that one night where one blushing beauty feels as special as a princess and crowned “Miss Universe”.

Prior to becoming another addition to Donald Trump’s portfolio, Miss Universe, now referred to as “Miss Universe Organization”, was a contest started by a clothing company in California in 1952. As a consequence to our beloved TLC, pageants have erroneously been recognized as American. Beauty pageants, in fact, originated in the UK where the first documented festival, the “May Queen Festival” in 1881, named one lucky girl the most “likeablest and loveablest” of them all. Popularity of these competitions rose and spread to western cultures until the tragic death of child beauty pageant contestant JonBenét Ramsey in 1996.

Apart from the revered status of being labelled as “Miss Universe” (which I am certain would, at the very least, have men offering to cover your tab), this is a position given to an intelligent, well-mannered and cultured young woman between the ages of 18-27 who “may not be married or pregnant. They must not have ever been married, not had a marriage annulled nor given birth to, or parented, a child. The titleholders are also required to remain single throughout their reign.”*

Upon being elected Miss Universe, the privileged winner signs a one year contract with Miss Universe Organization to travel and educate the world on peace, public awareness of AIDS and disease control. Thanks to Donald Trump, the winner receives one year accommodations in a Trump Tower in New York. After all the glitz and glam has been said and done, Miss Universe must climb down off her mighty throne and integrate herself back into the real world. So, the question that is on many of your minds: “Where is she now?” Let’s take a peak into the lives of a handful of these blushing beauties today.

In 1960, 18-year-old Linda Bement from USA was crowned Miss Universe. She married two years later and had two children. After a seven year marriage to a United States Racing Hall of Fame Thoroughbred Jockey husband, she separated. Today, at 69, she lives a private life away from the media and who could blame her?

The 1970 pageant winner, Marisol Malaret from Puerto Rico, has always remained an adoring public figure to the people of Puerto Rico. She became a popular radio personality and then moved on to host a TV program called Gala Late Night Ball (translation). Marisol went on to edit a women’s magazine called Imagen and later created her own magazine called Caras. She is currently partnered in a high end fashion boutique called “La Femme” and, as of recently, collaborated with her daughter on a European home décor store called “En Casa”.

The 1980 crown was awarded in Seoul, South Korea, to 20-year-old Shawn Weatherly from the USA. She attend school, majoring in nursing; however, her calling was show business. She played several small roles in various films and sitcoms (The Dukes of Hazzard) but struck it big as Jill Riely in the popular series Baywatch where, unfortunately, her character was chomped out by a shark attack. She later went on to star in Police Academy 3: Back in Training and in an episode of Cold Case. She now resides in Newport Beach, California, with her husband and two children.

Mona Grudt of Norway, crowned Miss Universe in 1990, has been seen on everything from David Lettermen, to various global press conferences, to an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Most of her energy is now invested in the fashion and bridal industries. She is currently the editor for Ditt Bryllup, a Norwegian bridal magazine, and frequently fills in hosting fashion and wedding shows in Scandinavian countries. She is a spokesperson for Garnier. In 2011, she hosted Norway’s Next Top Model and was a winning a contestant on Dancing With The Stars in Norway. She is married to an American and is the mother of two children.

Lara Dutta, of India, was crowned Miss Universe in Cyprus back in 2000. Her dream of becoming a director altered somewhat when she became involved in the Bollywood film industry as an actress, playing rolls in over 31 films. (Keep in mind, the Bollywood film industry produces films much quicker than Hollywood). In 2010, Housefull (where Lara played a lead role) became India’s 4th biggest hit of the year and produced gross revenues of 955 Million Rupees – nearly $20 million Canadian. In 2010, she wed an Indian tennis player and in August of 2011, they announced that she was pregnant with their first child! Congrats Lara.

The 2010 Crown was awarded to Mexican model Ximena Navarrete in the Las Vegas. Very soon, she became the official face of L’Oréal Paris and Old Navy. Although her reign as Miss Universe comes to an end soon, her future looks bright if she follows in the footsteps of former pageant winners.

Source by Helen MacGillivray

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Barbie History – A History of the 1950s Barbie Doll

Once you start getting into collecting Barbie dolls you usually find yourself wanting to know a little bit of the history of Barbie, especially if you are interested in the vintage Barbie dolls. What you may not realize is that Barbie is named after a real little girl, and for that matter, so is Ken.

Barbara Handler is the daughter of Barbie’s inventor, Ruth Handler. Ruth Handler had noticed that when her daughter played with her paper dolls, she frequently pretended that the dolls were grown-ups. Most dolls available in the early 1950s were baby dolls so Ruth thought that might represent an opportunity for her husband Elliot’s toy company, Mattel.

Mattell wasn’t all that interested in the idea, but fortunately Ruth didn’t forget about it herself, so when she came across an interesting doll in Germany on a trip there with her children she bought three of them to take home. This doll was the Bild Lili. She was an adult doll based upon a German comic strip character and she had been popular in Germany since her release in 1955.

Once Ruth returned to America, she started to work on her new doll for Mattel, basing it upon the Bild Lili doll that she brought home with her from Europe (and Mattel ultimately purchased the rights to Bild Lili). A Mattel engineer, Jack Ryan, helped her with the redesign and this design was sent to Japan for manufacture. The new doll, now known as Barbie (for Ruth’s daughter, Barbara) was debuted at the International Toy Fair in New York City in March of 1959 as the “teenage fashion doll”.

This first Barbie is known in collector’s circles as the #1 Ponytail Barbie doll and she wore a B&W zebra stripe swimsuit and her blonde or brunette hair was tied back in a ponytail. She also came with a pair of sunglasses and wore high heel shoes and gold hoop earrings. Designed to be played with, Barbie had movable limbs and she could turn her head as well. She also had a variety of outfits that could be bought to dress her up and, of course, accessories.

With the help of her appearance on the Mickey Mouse Club and a heavy television advertising campaign, over 350,000 Barbie dolls were sold during her first year of production. More than 40 years later, Barbie continues to fascinate even as she changes to reflect the times.

Source by Jenni Kerala

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How To Win Back A Leo Girl

A relationship with a Leo girl will be a passionate affair, full of love, intensity and warmth. The lioness wears her heart on her sleeve and all too often will be easily hurt. A wounded lioness will be a challenge to any mortal, but fortunately, her huge heart is a forgiving one. To win back a Leo girl, tread very carefully and you may get her back.

When it comes to relationships, Leo’s are probably the most loyal of all the star signs, and will stick with you through thick and thin. The Leo female will place trust and loyalty above all else, and will give her all in love, but make no mistake, she will expect the same in return.

Love is supposed to be selfless, but with a Leo, if they don’t feel, or more importantly, see, like they are getting the same as they are putting in, they will feel hurt and under appreciated. The Leo girl needs to know that you care, she needs to be told and shown that her efforts are not in vain.

Getting your Leo girl back is going to be tough, as Leo is a fixed sign and therefore as stubborn as they come. The best way to get back in favor with your ex girl is to show her how much you care. The Leo girl will measure your affections by the effort and time that you put in to the task. She will expect you to go through hell and high water to show how much you care and how much she means to you. As a general rule, Leo’s love gifts of any kind, and a tasteful gift symbolising your love will get her attention. Leo’s have lavish tastes, so avoid anything trashy.

Source by Richard Breban

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Weekend Babysitters – How Can I Find One?

Finding weekend babysitters is only as far as your fingertips. Take advantage of all your computer has to offer. You can use the internet as your personal search assistant to find the best possible weekend babysitters. You do have a few options for finding our babysitter online.

Among your options are online classified ads. These can be an excellent way for you to find weekend babysitters. You can either place an ad on a website like CraigsList or your local newspaper's website. Both of these have proven to be great ways to find babysitters.

Another great option is utilizing the services of an online babysitting service. These websites cater to setting caregivers up with families. You can search the database to find the babysitter that is going to meet you requirements.

Many of these websites that are dedicated to babysitting services will have background checks for the prospective babysitters on record. Two of the most popular websites for babysitting services is and They both have great reviews, testimonials and babysitters.

If you are going to be using a babysitting service website you should check the website out first. Make sure they are a reputably company and not a scam. A legitimate company will be registered with the BBB and will have testimonials not only on their websites but on other websites as well.

When something is good, people will talk about it. This is also true for those things that are not good, you will hear about which websites to completely avoid.

Make sure you take your time and conduct multiple interviews. Look into the person, check out their driving history, moving violations, criminal history and even their social network profiles. This can tell you a lot about a person, especially if they do not know you are looking into who they are behind the scenes.

In the end, when you are looking for weekend babysitters, you do have options. You do not have to rely on only friends and family members. You can find the perfect sitter with the help of the internet. You will find someone that is trustworthy, loving, nurturing and everything you want them to be while you are not with your children.

Keep in mind, this may take some time to find the person you are looking for, but it will be well worth the wait once you find your perfect weekend babysitter!

Source by Sheila Huggins

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