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5 Signs You Need A Big Life Change

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A major life change can be scary. It’s a complete step into the unknown. Many of us avoid change because we’re worried that it won’t work out and that we’ll end up in a worse situation. But if you’re currently not happy with the way your life is heading, it could be worth taking the risk. Here are some signs that you need a big life change.

Your life has become too much of a routine

If every week you find yourself doing the same things and getting bored, it could be time to spice things up with a major change. Some people believe that the repetition of symbols can be a sign of change, such as the angel number 555 as detailed here https://readingswithmatt.com/numerology-555-spiritual-angel-meanings/. Some people also believe recurring negative dreams to be a sign of wanting to break free from a life of routine. In all instances, you should never feel like you’ve got too much repetition in your life. Even with commitments, you can still find ways to bring new experiences to your life.

You’re eager to relive the past

Nostalgia could be another sign that you need a major life change. If you constantly feel life isn’t as good as it once was, it could be time to make a positive change that gives you some of those thrills you once felt. If possibly, you should try not to relive your past, but to try something entirely new. We often miss good times because they were exciting and new experiences, not because they were familiar situations.

You have no personal life goals

Everyone needs personal life goals. Without them we can feel as if we’re drifting. Goals allow you to take control of your life and give you a sense of personal achievement. Sites like https://www.mindtools.com/page6.html can help you to set goals if you don’t have any. Try to have goals that don’t include anyone else and are more about self-improvement, whether its to learn a new skill or break a bad habit or overcome a fear. Such a change can help you to take back control of your life and give you direction.

You have goals, but no time to spend on them

In some cases, you may have personal goals, but other commitments could be holding you back. Whilst some commitments such as children and work are important, you need time in your life to focus on yourself. Your change could involve making time for yourself by getting a less time-consuming job or letting someone look after the children occasionally. Alternatively, you may have to find ways of getting rid of negative ties such as a bad relationship or a job you don’t enjoy.

You’re chasing a goal that you’re no longer interested in

Sometimes goals we once had can lose their appeal once we start heading down that path. This is one of the most difficult situations in which change is required. You may feel that you’ve invested so much into this goal that you can’t abandon it, but if it’s no longer making you happy and there is no positive achievement in sight, it could be time to give it up and find yourself a new goal.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

February 25, 2018
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The Best Ways to See The World

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If you think you may have caught the traveling bug, you are not alone. Travelling becomes more and more popular year after year, and as an industry it is always growing, so you can be sure that there are plenty of people in a similar position. One of the main questions you will need to ask yourself when you do decide to travel, however, will be how exactly to do it. You might think that there is just one way, or you might be confused by the idea of doing it in different ways. The truth is that there are countless ways to see the world, and it’s a good idea to compare and contrast them if you want to get all you can out of the experience. Let’s look at a few examples and see if we can discover some great ways to travel the world.

Earn As You Travel

It is likely that money is going to be one of your primary concerns throughout this time. You will need a lot to be able to travel well in most cases – and you will probably want to make sure that you have something to come back to as well. Fortunately, there are many ways to earn money as you travel, and this is now actually easier to do than ever before. Doing so can mean that your travels are made much easier, and this can take much of the stress out of the experience of traveling too. So what are some of the best ways to earn money as you travel?

It might be that you have a qualification or degree of some kind, and you would like to use it abroad. Many people do this, and there are certain professions where it tends to be a little more popular – medicine and teaching being two of them. If you have a medical qualification to be a nurse, for example, check out this article on ‘Want to Do Something Unique with a BSN? Check Out Your Choices’ – you might be surprised at how easy it is to travel the world as a nurse by joining forces such as Doctors Without Borders. With this, not only will you be earning as you travel – you will also be healing others. That is hugely useful, and will mean that you probably feel a lot more useful as a traveler too.

We mentioned teaching, and this happens to be just about the most popular work for travelers to get involved in. Most of the time, you will probably be teaching English as a foreign language. You might be surprised at how easy this is, and how rewarding – and many people manage to pay their way around the world by doing this, so you know it can be done. However you do it, earning money as you travel is definitely going to make it much easier, and it will mean that you can also do it for longer. This is a must-do option to consider if you are keen on traveling for a long period of time, or seeing many places in one trip.

Frequent Flyers & Other Deals

If you intend to travel a lot, then you will almost certainly benefit from using frequent flyers and other deals to boost what you are getting for your money. If you have never looked into frequent flyer, it’s a relatively simple and highly effective loyalty scheme, essentially, which enables you to save points towards air miles from many kinds of purchases. It also means that you are more likely to be given upgrades when they are available – fantastic news if you are keen on flying business or first class. What’s more, the more frequent flyer points you have, the more likely it is that the airlines will treat you well. All of this means that you can find yourself having a much nicer time as you travel.

There are many other deals which you might also want to consider. For example, you can find deals which get you cheap hotels in most locations on the planet, as well as deals on other kinds of transport as well – it’s not all about the flying, after all. Bearing these in mind, and making the most of them, will ensure that you can make more of your travels as a whole as well, and that will mean that you can enjoy them all the more.

Keep Your Needs Down

If you want to really experience the thrill of travel in a big way, you will find that it is beneficial to keep your needs down to a minimum. In a sense, this advice can be taken to mean that you should travel light – but it also goes far beyond that concern, and becomes much more a philosophy or ethos about how to travel that can really affect how much you enjoy it.

If you want to travel for longer, in particular, you might at some point find that it is necessary to start keeping your needs down a little. After all, the less you have and need to do, the further your money will go. But it’s not just about the money either – it’s also a case of keeping your own psychological and physical stamina going too. When you do this, you are able to enjoy traveling for its own sake all the more, and that will mean that you can get much more out of it too.

House-Sitting

Another great way to see some interesting places and also save money is to be a house-sitter. You will find that there are countless people around the world who are keen for you to look after their home while they themselves are traveling or otherwise doing something away from home. If you are clever about it, you can make it so that you never have to rent a hotel room again. Often, real homes are more comfortable, so this could be doubly special for your upcoming travels. This is a great way to see the world, so it’s worth considering.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

December 1, 2017
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Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One

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Loss. It’s never easy and it’s never wanted, but we all inevitably experience it at least once in our lifetime. The grieving process is never easy and it never ends.

As we get closer to the holiday season, I am reminded that a few of my loved ones are no longer with us. They will no longer be able to sit at the table for Thanksgiving dinner or create a huge breakfast on Christmas morning for the family to enjoy. They will no longer be able to hug us, or send us a birthday card or even pick up the phone to say hello. And it sucks. It sucks so much.

The first loss I remember was the passing of my Uncle Kurt. It was in 2013 on St. Patrick’s Day and it was totally unexpected. He was only 48 and had so much ahead of him. I remember getting the phone call, well my mother got the phone call, right as I was putting on my shoes getting ready to go to work. I could tell that something was wrong once she hung up the phone, but she didn’t want to tell me. I begged her to and finally, she caved. She gave me the news and my heart shattered. I still went to work that day, since I think keeping busy in situations like that is important, I also didn’t believe it and thought I was still dreaming. Unfortunately, I wasn’t. My Grammie was so heartbroken, that her youngest had passed so soon. We were all upset since Kurt was an amazing person. Always making you laugh and smile, and he made a pretty kick-ass breakfast every Christmas morning, which I truly do miss. Christmas mornings have never been the same without him but I cherish the moments that we shared together and that’s what is important.

The next loss I experienced really shook me to my core. It was Thanksgiving of 2016 and I had just gotten out of the shower and I noticed I had a ton of missed calls, which I guess is never really a good sign. I called my mother back not really sure what to expect and my sister answered and told me that my Grammie was in the hospital the night before, I panicked because no one had even told me that she was in the hospital. I was worried, asking if she was okay and my sister told me that our amazing Grammie had not made it. I thought it was some sort of sick joke, that she was lying to me. She wasn’t. I just cried on my bed in my towel for a really long time. It was still early in the morning, but I did not have an appetite at all – ironic since Thanksgiving is the day that you’re supposed to eat everything in sight. She would appear in my dreams and ladybugs kept appearing near me, which I took as a sign that she was still here with me. I got a tattoo in memory of her a few weeks after she passed and I think it’s a gorgeous tribute. I love and miss my Grammie so much.

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The most recent loss I experienced was my Uncle Russ. An all-around good guy that everyone loved. His passion was music and it was always a treat to listen to him play guitar. I remember him teaching me when I was younger, I couldn’t really get the hang of it but at least I learned one chord – something that will stick with me. I remember collecting change from his couch cushions with my sister and having spaghetti dinners at his house. He was a fighter, a conqueror, and a such a kind human being. I saw him a week or two before he passed and we gave each other air hugs since he was coming down with a cold and didn’t want to pass it on to me, I’ll always remember that. Pictured above are some personalized guitar picks that I got made as takeaways during his service, they were a huge hit and I’m so happy that his friends and family can remember him in such a unique way since he was such a unique person.

As I mentioned earlier, the grieving process isn’t easy and it never ends – I’m sure you understand if you have experienced the loss of a loved one. I think about my Uncles and my Grammie often and my eyes get flooded sometimes, but I try to remember the good memories we had together – which is all I can do.

I know that the holidays are hard for some people, and you may feel like you are alone, but you are not. Reach out to someone. Help is out there.

National Suicide Prevention Line:

US (24/7) – 1-800-273-8255

US Text Line – Text “START” to 741-741

I hope you enjoyed the post and thanks for reading my rambling. I just felt like this was something that I needed to do for myself and I feel like a weight is lifted off of my chest now. I hope this post helped you in some sort of way.

Xoxo, Rae

(Sorry that I have been so MIA lately, work and school are taking over my life and I’ve just been in a blogging funk lately, I hope you understand.)

November 20, 2017
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