I’ve discovered that living with roommates takes an entirely new skillset. This is my first time living with a roommate. After unsuccessfully finding apartments in Lowell MA for a single individual I decided that I would go for a house. I found an ad on Craigslist that someone had posted searching for a roommate to take over the top floor of a home that they own. Always eager to try out new experiences I thought it couldn’t be so bad and they seemed laid back enough. We met a couple of times before they agreed to let me move in and those meetings showed that we were going to get along.
I am going to try to sell my house pretty soon, because we are going to be buying a new house, and it would be very helpful to go ahead and sell the current house. At least, I want to get it listed online as soon as possible. To make that happen, I am going to hire a real estate photographer in Nashville to take good pictures of the house, all around the property, and inside of the house.
Since I am listing the house for sale online and I want to make sure that it sells as quickly as possible, and for as much money, I feel the need to have the pictures taken of the house be made by a professional. That way I will know that they are good pictures, and the house will be sure to be shown off completely in the pictures that are posted with the listing to be put online.
I have some worries about selling the house, but I need to put them behind me, because I really do not have any basis for the worries. They are unreasonable and unfounded. The house is pretty great, and we did everything to make sure it was nice and fixed up prior to listing it for sale. So I really don’t see why we would even have any problem with trying to sell it. The only potential problem would be if there is just not enough people looking for houses in the area.
I don’t anticipate that to be a problem though, and so once I can have someone come over to take the pictures, I will be able to make my online listing. I am currently going over the details of the listing again, just to make sure that everything is right and nothing left out.
I am going to be out of the dorms after this semester and I can not hardly wait. I have not been able to get used to living with this other guy in the room and he has not made much effort to get along with me or any other person. The guy is just an angry jerk from what I can tell and he has been one very consistently since the day that I met him. Of course you just get who you get. I will be glad to look for apartments in Raleigh. Of course I have to make sure that it is on the Wolf Line, which is NCSU Transportation’s campus bus service. Continue reading “Started Looking for a Place Near the Campus”
I am going to be moving to Dallas in the near future, and before I will be able to actually be able to do that, I am going to need to take a look at Dallas apartments.. I am not looking forward to it, because I always have problems with finding the right apartment. I am not sure what the nature of my problems with finding apartments is, but I wish that I did not have such a difficult time finding apartments generally. It would be nice if I could figure out a way to get an apartment easily, without having to search for it on my own.
I have been trying to figure out what I am looking for in an apartment for awhile. I have never had an apartment before and so I am not sure what to look for. Continue reading “Great Apartments Located in Dallas”
World Ventures is a travel company that offers “dream trips” to people looking to experience travel. They also provide an income opportunity to people looking to start a travel business. The company is controversial, and many have questioned whether it is a legit opportunity. We blow away the smoke and review what this business is all about.
World Ventures – At A Glance
As a travel company, world ventures provides vacations (called “dream trips”) to clients. They book these trips online, and by doing so, claim to have “combined the power of the Internet with network marketing”.
The company was started by Wayne Nugent and Mike Azcue, who have ties to another company called GTT. World Ventures launched December 10, 2005, and claims to generate sales of just under $150,000,000 in revenue, and it costs $400 to join the company.
World Ventures Dream Trips – A Closer Look
The first controversy starts with the connection of the owners to GTT. This company has come under significant criticism for it’s marketing practices. The executive board has some interesting titles as well, such as “Chief Strategy Officer” and “Chief Visionary Officer”. How unique.
The Bottom Line
The real issue with the company is the marketing that is advocated and taught. The old MLM model of recruiting “friends and family” is still alive and well there, and for all the lip-service, they do not encourage the use of the Internet (beyond email) to grow your business. They do have pretty graphics and fancy java-script on their website, but their marketing strategies are strongly rooted in the 1950’s.
To sum up, this COULD be a good opportunity is a marketer that had skills stepped in and applied those skills. The average person looking to cash in on the travel industry will find some significant lacking in the actual marketing system that drives sales.
Fishing in the deep sea is an amazing experience that once tried you will never forget. Here are some tips that will help you to enjoy your trip even more.
1. Watch what the sea and its wildlife are telling you
If you see birds, such as gulls, hovering over an area of water, pay attention. There is a strong likelihood that there are smaller fish that are used by fishermen for bait in the immediate area. This shows that there will be larger fish under the surface of the water. Driftwood is another sign of larger fish in the area. Follow these simple indications and you will be landing fish in no time.
2. Watch out for snooks hiding places
If you are on the lookout for snooks on your fishing trip, remember to look underneath ledges as they are a favorite hiding place for them. Snooks are very similar in their habits to bass.
3. Use crabs during a full moon
Crabs tend to shed their skins during the full moon. So when fishing during a full moon, try using soft crab imitations for your bait. This will entice stripers out of their hiding places to look for the crabs.
4. Find dolphins when fishing for tuna
If you are fishing for tuna, particularly yellowfin, the best way to spot them is to look for dolphins. Tuna school with them, so if you see dolphins you can bet that tuna won’t be far away. Just be sure to be careful that you don’t land a dolphin by accident since they are a protected species and must be treated with respect.
5. Burn, don’t cut
If you find that you can’t cut your line, try burning through it instead. You will find it is much easier to do and avoid being cut if your scissors slip.
6. Fish near a reef.
If you haven’t tried it before, fish near a reef. You will be surprised at the number of large fish that are feeding on smaller fish that live on a reef.
7. Raise your chances with a Circle Hook
If you would like to raise your hook up quota, opt for a circle hook. They will increase your catches due to their make up. And you will find removing the hook easier as it will not stick in the fish gut.
8. Find your sea legs
If you find that you are suffering from sea sickness try watching the horizon. It may sound silly but try to stay on deck if you can. Staying downwind of fumes is also advisable as they can make you feel worse.
9. Anchor trouble
If you discover that you cannot raise your anchor after dropping, use a float attached to it. By noting when the tide turns you should be able to free the anchor and set sail once again.
10. Find the fish in order to fish successfully
If you thought that you should be catching your live bait first and then moving away from the reef to catch more fish, think again. If you stay near the live bait, you increase your chances of catching the larger fish that are feeding on them.
I am going to share holiday fat loss tips that you can use to burn fat and lose weight while everyone around you is gaining. It is not hard you just have to want to get the fat off and follow a few proven to work tips. If you would like to start now and be ahead of the game come January then I encourage you to take just 2 minutes right now to read on.
Holiday Fat Loss Tips
1. Cheat at your holiday meals. You will want to keep your calories low on most days to lose weight but by cheating at your holiday party you can actually speed your fat loss. The reason is because staying on a low calorie diet for too long will slow your fat burning metabolism. A periodic high calorie day actually boosts your metabolism and you burn fat more efficiently.
2. Go for the protein. When you are at a party go for the turkey, ham or shrimp. Protein foods fill you up and help your body process the carbohydrates you eat more efficiently.
3. Don’t add calories from your drinks. Egg nog, alcohol and other holiday drinks pack on the pounds and sabotage your weight loss.
4. Eat mindfully. Really focus on enjoying your food this season by slowing your pace of eating down and paying attention to the foods you put in your mouth. You will feel more satisfied and less stuffed.
5. Boost your exercise intensity and cut back on your exercise time. You do not have extra time to spare this season so be smart with your exercise. By cutting your workout down to 20 minutes and using burst of high intensity mixed in with periods of rest you stimulate your metabolism and burn fat at a higher rate all day long.
Use these holiday fat loss tips to make this the most productive holiday ever and you will watch your waist shrink while everyone else is packing on the pounds.
Keeping your shirts and suits free of wrinkles is a constant problem for business travelers. Would you like to learn how to better manage your business clothes while traveling? Whether you’re an experienced business traveler or a first time traveler, follow these tips and your clothing will arrive at their destination wrinkle free.
Don’t let packing clothes be a stressful part of your trip. The problems always begin by packing too many items into a small carry on bag. You must make sure you have the correct size piece of carry on luggage for the intended items and duration of travel. Over packing items into your suitcase is the main cause of clothes developing wrinkles. Be realistic when packing and limit the amount of clothes you take on your trip. When traveling for extended periods of time, consider using a larger bag that you may have to have checked.
Once you have the right luggage for your trip, then you have to pack your clothing in a way to avoid wrinkles. The key to avoiding wrinkles is pack your delicate items in the middle of your case. Keep the delicate clothing away from the edges to limit the amount of wrinkling. Place your T-shirts first, your suites next, followed by shirts and ties, then your other clothes. Packing in this way will cushion your suites and other delicate items that are prone to wrinkling. Use caution when packing your shoes as these are a common cause of wrinkled clothes. Modern carry on luggage have compartments specifically for shoe storage and other hard items.
Garment bags are very useful and I highly suggest buying one for packing dress shirts and suits. Using a garment bag, in addition to your carry on luggage, is the best method for preventing wrinkles to your dress clothes. There are luggage manufactures that offer a folding garment bag which stores in your suitcase after packing. These are the most convenient when going directly to your hotel from the airport.
Silk neckties are among the most delicate items to pack in your suitcase. Other options to silk neckties are those made from wrinkle-free microfiber, but nothing really compares to a silk necktie. So, when packing your neckties, keep them away from the edges of your suitcase and away from objects that have sharp edges. It’s best to place them in the center of your other clothes which offer the best padding. Rolling your ties is another option for preventing wrinkles. Begin rolling from the narrow end which give a uniformly tight role and will fit easily into your dress shoes. If money is no problem, you can buy one of the commercially manufactured necktie travel cases, which will definitely keep your ties free of wrinkles.
It’s important to unpack your items as soon as you arrive at your destination. After unpacking, place your suits, shirts, trousers and neckties on hangers and hang them in the closet. Remember, failure to unpack and hang up your clothes will result in severely wrinkled clothing and all of you efforts will have been a waste of time.
Make sure you stay at a hotel that provides an iron and ironing board in your room as this will give you the ability to take care of those small wrinkles yourself. Do not iron your suits of neckties! If you see wrinkles on your suits or ties, hang them in the bathroom during your hot, steamy shower. As soon as you’re finished with your shower the wrinkles will be gone. Following these tips will insure a wrinkle free trip.
With the rising temperature of summer season, rises the boredom, stress, frustration and the will to take a break from our everyday lives. But for most of us this ‘Break away trip’ is merely a recurring summer dream. Every year, thousands of people actually travel places to spend their summer holidays, and a hundred thousands who just reach as far as estimating the tour’s budget. It is true that a vacation trip is going to cost you a considerable amount of money but keeping a few things in mind will cut down that cost to your budget.
Hotels-Fairy.com has found out that a lot of expenditure on a summer trip is an unnecessary amount of money that people pay because they make a few mistakes in planning the trip. We have come up with few tips for you on how to cut down on those unnecessary expenses and realize your dream of a relaxing summer holiday.
1. Find a Hotel Yourself
What most of the holiday seekers start with is by contacting travel agents and then acting according to what they suggest. This limits the choice and flexibility in your vacation plan. You should do your homework yourself. You can find all kind of information online. Check out every possible hotel and then do the hotel price comparison yourself. A cheap hotel will still serve a good accommodation and you’ll have a lot more to do with your money.
2. Find the Perfect Deals on Hotels
Off season or high season, almost every hotel offers some kind of special deal for the customer. These deals on hotels can be a cut-cost, special passes to other activity areas or a special discount due to any reason. There are many last minute deals that are amazingly cheaper than booking in advance. Doing your research online can find you many such deals on hotels. You should find as many deals on hotels as you can, then again do the hotel price comparisons. You’d be amazed on how much more you can get in a much lesser cost.
3. The Right Time to go
You may not be able to find a perfect deal on hotels unless your timing is perfect. Now if you can’t go to a totally off season vacation, which however is the cheapest option, make sure that you plan your vacation during the very beginning or very end of the high season.
4. The Hard Cash
You know how hard earned your money is. Try to save every single bit of it. Use of Credit cards will cost you quite a few unnecessary pence each time. With the hard cash, you know that you are paying exactly what you need to pay. Another advantage of using this strategy is that you will refrain from going out with too much cash in your pocket and hence save a lot by not being able to do useless shopping.
5. Know your destination
You know where you are going. You know when you are going, you are done with hotels price comparison and you have chosen the best affordable deals on hotels. Now what is left is to get a little pre-acquainted the place you’re going to spend your next few days with.
Avoid wasting money and time going to places where you don’t have to. The secret again lies in doing your research before leaving. Find the attraction you really want to visit and save your money from getting wasted on unworthy places.
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Individuals, couples, and families can take day hiking trips, a perfect opportunity to get away for quality time and fun but without spending a fortune. Taking a few precautions will ensure a fun and safe trip.
Although hiking for a week would be wonderful, with the current economy, there are a growing number of people who will head out and spend a full day doing nothing but hiking. In addition to being fun, hiking is great exercise and a wonderful way to clear the mind in the beautiful outdoors. When trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, day hiking trips are an ideal solution.
The following are helpful tips for a successful trip, getting the most from all day hiking trips.
Heading out Early
Start by heading out early. The earlier someone can start day hiking trips the more time there is to enjoy the outdoors. While it might seem early, if a person or persons can get on the trail at 4:00 am, they will benefit in a number of ways.
For one, there would be the chance to reach further trails, see wildlife that might not be out later in the day, have the opportunity to watch the rising of the sun, and avoid heavy crowds on popular trails. For high altitudes, leaving early would get the person to the summit by 11:00 am, allowing plenty of time to explore and enjoy the beautiful views before heading back down.
Keep it Simple
An important tip for day hiking trips is to keep backpacks light and simple. Because this is only a day trip, people need to carry only what is absolutely necessary to include food, clothing, flashlight, GPS or compass, water, and first-aid items. The light load will make hiking the trails easier, which allows people to venture out onto more difficult trails.
Keeping a Pace
Even though day hiking trips are for a single day, people need to find a good pace and then keep to it. This does not have to be high speed but just consistent. A common problem found with many beginner hikers is going fast and then having to rest often. Instead, the individual will enjoy the adventure far more by moving at a consistent pace and making fewer stops.
Food Items and Water
For day hiking trips, some food will need to be taken but this should be healthy, light, and food that increases energy. Great options include dried fruit, trail mix, health bars, and even a good, old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Of course, water is key for day hiking trips or any trips.
One option for people who want to climb high during day hiking trips but who do not want to carry an abundance of weight, they can take with them yellow flags and extra bottles. Then, as they make their way up the trail, they can place bottles along the trail with yellow flag markers. That way, when they come back down, they do not have the extra weight but still have ample water.
Smart travelers don’t sit in a travel agents office to plan their vacations anymore, they go to travel websites to find discount airfare deals and book their own cheap flights. Airline carriers are at war and smart consumers who know the secrets to finding great online travel deals, can take advantage of this instability and save hundreds on their plane tickets.
Despite what you may have heard, tickets on flights are not sold at a fixed rate. Most airlines have a complex grading system in place for ticket prices. They have a set number of seats they must fill for a certain price and a second block of seats they will let go for a slightly cheaper ticket price and third set of seats for a another discounted ticket price. So, at any given time when you try to buy online airline tickets, you could come up with a number of different prices.
The secret to dirt cheap airfare, is knowing exactly when, where and how to buy the tickets. Timing is everything when it comes to finding cheap airfare. Should you buy your tickets one, two or six months before your desired departure date? Will you save more by purchasing round trip tickets or one way flights? Should you travel on or off season, and exactly when are the popular flight travel seasons? And finally, should you buy your plane tickets through a discount travel site, or through a popular travel search directory like Expedia or Travelocity?
Your first tip to find cheap airfare is to check out several travel directories that offer price results for all the major airlines so that you can compare ticket prices at a glance. My favorites are Expedia.com for their consistently low flight price quotes and easy two click price checks, Cheaptickets,com for their large inventory of cheap airfare selections and sidestep.com for their huge selection of customized flight results. As a traveler you need to log on to these websites and get a feel for how often the prices change and bookmark them for future use.
Airlines and travel websites offer bigger discounts and cheaper airfare prices to people who book online because it saves them the overhead costs of printing and handling a paper ticket. So be sure to use the e-ticket option when purchasing your plane tickets online. Don’t wait till the last minute though, the best cheap airfare prices are found about 21 days before your departure date.
The highest plane ticket prices are found 14 days or less before departure, so don’t wait till the last minute to buy your ticket if you’re hoping to find discount airfare. But keep in mind that many airlines give away dirt cheap plane tickets about half an hour before liftoff.
Be sure to purchase round trip tickets rather than one way, the best cheap airfare deals are usually offered to round trip travelers.
Cheap flights during the holidays can be hard to find, the secret is to fly the day of the holiday not the day before or after when flights are jam packed.
You can save even more money on airfare if your plan your vacation during the off season. Travel professionals say that the best time to book a cheap flight online is mid-January to end February, April through May, and in the fall from mid-September to mid-December.
The time of day that you book online plane tickets is important too. If you checked plane ticket prices at 6 am and then again at 6 pm on the same travel website, you’d be shocked to find that you just lost 20 or 30 bucks by waiting too long or not long enough. Another variable that is imperative to finding dirt cheap flights is, the day of the week you make your online ticket purchase. Most traveler’s purchase their tickets on a Saturday or Sunday, but is that the smartest day to get dirt cheap airfare?
Let’s face it. We all live pretty stressful lives.
With deadlines to meet; presentations to create; exams to study for; raising kids; caring for aging parents; the leaking roof or broken dishwasher that need to be repaired; the mortgage or rent that is due next week; and then there’s the technology that keeps changing faster than the speed of learning, providing us with the opportunity to constantly be on call, many of us are at the point where all it takes is one more stressor for us to collapse into a ball of emotion, or worse.
I have had the great good fortune to work with first and second year University and College students for the past twenty years and this time of the year is always the worst for stress levels for both students and faculty. Even friends and family who do not work around students are beginning to show classic symptoms of stress as the holiday’s approach – moodiness, anxiety, worry, feeling overwhelmed, fatigue, eating too much or losing their appetite. The scary thing is that the person under stress often does not even realize they are experiencing these symptoms or the extent to which they are being affected by stress.
So, before preparations for the holidays begins in earnest and stress levels begin to creep ever upward, here are 5 tips that I would like to share that can help you lower your stress levels and increase your ability to enjoy the holiday season:
1) Practice mindfulness: we often move through our days performing tasks and activities while being distracted by other things. We drive while reliving conversations or planning some future event; we have conversations with coworkers while trying to think through a solution to a work-related problem; we listen to our children tell us about their day while we are mentally going over our to-do list.
Mindfulness is the act of being present, in the moment. Of focusing on what you are currently doing without being distracted by other thoughts. For someone under stress, mindfulness involves being aware of not only the situation you are in, but of how you are reacting to that situation. Are you experiencing stress reactions of fight, flight or freeze? If yes, then how bad are these reactions? By noticing your reactions as they are happening, you can consciously choose to alleviate the stress that you are beginning to feel so the stress doesn’t continue to build.
2) Self Care: anyone who has traveled on an airplane has heard the steward’s speech about applying the oxygen mask to yourself first and then to your children – basically you are being instructed to take care of yourself first before you take care of others. The same instruction holds true in real life. If you do not have the energy to take care of yourself, you will not be able to take care of anything or anyone else.
Self care is more than treating yourself to an occasional mani-peni or trip to the local spa. Self Care involves eating right, getting a bit of exercise every day, spending time on activities or hobbies that bring you joy.
Practicing Self Care can involve setting a weekly date with yourself to spend an hour a week doing exactly what you want to do – learn to swim, learn to paint, wander through nature, photograph beautiful local architecture, read, listen to music… the choice is yours as long as the activity excites you and is something you look forward to doing every week. Practice mindfulness during this hour, focus on what you are doing and how you are feeling while you are doing it – and on nothing else.
3) Identify how you want to feel and find ways to accomplish this: Identify your core desired feelings, tap into these core desired feelings and find ways and activities that honour them. Our core desired feelings are keys to understanding our true self. When we deny our core desired feelings, we are acting at odds with our true self and this can leave us feeling disconnected, frustrated, restless, stressed.
Identify how you like to feel – do you like to feel adventurous, creative, inspired, challenged, needed, etc – and then identify activities you can bring into your life right now to help you feel this way. Honouring your core desired feelings is a fun, effective way to begin to de-stress.
4) Delegate: A fourth way to begin to de-stress is to drop the need for everything to be done by you and only you. And while you are at it, you can also drop the need for everything to be perfect. If you are a solo-preneur, there are some magnificent virtual assistants who can provide you will all the support you need, without costing a small fortune. Eliminate the unnecessary, focus on what’s important, and delegate the rest.
5) Relax and have fun: Above all else, relax, have fun and be happy!! Take time to breathe, relax, and play. For most adults, play is something we stopped doing as part of the process of growing up. But play and fun can be awesome de-stressors. What did you enjoy doing for play when you were young – arts & crafts; riding a bicycle; video games; swimming; skating; reading; writing; drawing – whatever it was try it again. Or find a new activity that is playful and fun – kick through a pile of leaves, build a snowman, dance like no-one is looking, start that hobby you have always wanted to do. Tie play and fun to your core desired feelings and double the impact these activities can have on bringing joy to your life.
How do you relax and de-stress for the holidays, or anytime through the year?
The majority of tour operators will ask you to prepare a 2-3 minute presentation for you to deliver to the rest of the group at some point during the assessment day. If you have not been asked to prepare a presentation then do not panic. This may form part of your assessment day where you are actually given time on the day to put together a presentation.
The presentation is another opportunity for you to show the recruitment staff that you possess the qualities they are looking for. You need to show that you are confident standing up in front of a group of people and that you can communicate in an effective manner. This will be vital for your role as a holiday rep when holding welcome meetings and selling excursions.
As a result of this you must ensure that allow yourself enough time before the assessment day to prepare and practice your presentation. By putting time and effort into developing your presentation you will demonstrate to the recruitment staff your imagination and commitment to becoming a holiday rep.
Your presentation provides an important opportunity for you to tell your audience about your chosen topic. The tips outlined below are intended to help you in planning your presentation.
The key to a good presentation is preparation. Try to get a relative or a friend to listen to your presentation and ask them to provide feedback. Try to practice the presentation more than once. The more times your practice the more confident you will become about delivering it on the day.
I know that this maybe difficult as some tour operators do not ask you to prepare a presentation and tell you that time will be given on the day to prepare. Try not to read straight from your notes. Although you may be nervous, this has a negative effect as it shows you are not confident and this is one of the attributes the recruitment team are looking for. There is no problem if you glance at your notes for reference and if you make an error just simply correct it and carry on with your presentation.
It seems like the Christmas shopping season starts earlier every year, and this year is no exception. Here we are at the end of October and the stores already have their Christmas stuff out. You are starting to see more TV commercials telling to you start shopping now to avoid the rush.
As the weeks toward the Holidays go by you will start to hear reports of people getting robbed or their cars getting broken into. You can avoid all of this by shopping online. Most of us still like to get into the Holiday spirit by going shopping and touching the merchandise, then when you spot something you get the satisfaction that you have it now!
So when shopping there are some things that you can do that will keep you safer:
- Park near the parking lot lights if you will be in the store at night
- Park as close to the store as possible
- Never leave anything of value visible in your car and make sure that you lock it
- Go back and forth to your vehicle putting your bags in the trunk, do not carry out two handfuls of bags
- When approaching your car be aware of your surroundings, if something or someone makes you feel unsafe, go back into the store and ask for help
- Approach your vehicle from the back toward the front and look in the rear seat area
- Once in your car “Lock The Door”
I think that most of this is just common sense; however, in the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season we sometimes forget the very basis of personal safety.
When talking about Holiday safety we need to mention the safety of your credit cards. I would not recommend anyone shop with a debit card. If lost or stolen the bad guys have direct access to your bank account. Credit cards are much more secure, you just have to be mindful of the money you run up on those credit cards. Remember that cash is always king.
When using your credit card try to keep it in your direct sight when giving it to the store clerk. Make sure you have it before leaving the counter. If you carry a purse carry it across your shoulder and make sure that it is closed and carry it so that the purse is in front not behind you. If you carry a wallet it should be in your front pocket.