How To Get As Much Out Of Selling Your House As Possible

We all love the homes that keep us safe, warm, and private. But sooner or later, it’s time to say goodbye. We had our fun, and we made some amazing memories in this current place, but situations change, and with that comes the need for an entirely new location. It’s something we’ve all done before or something we’ll all have to do in the future, so it’s not too much of a big deal. It can hit you quite hard, though, huh?

As exciting as it is looking for a new place and fantasizing about how the future will look, you still have to do a little work with this present home. You’ve got to make sure the place sells. You’re also going to want to get as much dough as you can from the sale! Other than smoothly transitioning from one home to another, your main goal in this whole process is to make as much money as possible. The way you do that is by making the home the most beautiful, attractive, and desirable spot around!

While it would help to be a builder, an interior designer, or an estate agent, you don’t actually have to have expert knowledge in order to do well in this particular activity. Increasing the value of a house is something that we can all do. Sure, some may do it better than others, but it’s certainly a task we can all complete capably. Let’s go through some stuff you can do to up the stature and prestige of a home.

Do Some Research First

As we said before, we don’t have to have all of the qualifications and years of experience, but getting as much info about this stuff as you can would absolutely boost your chances of doing well. There are hundreds of guides, tutorials, and blogs about the property world. If you have some free time at any point, you should probably read up a thing or two on this tricky business. You also need to think about how you’re going to sell your home, and understanding how to do that.  What people tend to do is go to an estate agent, they’ll put it on the market, and then they’ll take a cut of the money as their own commission. It can mean you lose out on thousands for a sale which could be used to renovate the home you’re moving to, or it would make the move financially less stressful.

You should think about doing some research into the other options out there for you. Purple Mountain Holdings is just one of the brands you could use to try and sell your house fast. It means going straight to a company who is ready to buy your home, so you don’t have to stress about the sale. You could also think about selling it privately, but this is often a lot of added stress for everyone involved. Try doing your research and seeing which option is the best for you, but always make sure you take the time to get the most money on your home sale.

Speak With A Consultant

You’ll probably be using Real Estate Services to help sell the property; they’ll be able to drop you some hints here and there. But before you even get to that stage, you might want to speak with a consultant. These guys and girls make a living from literally guiding firms and individuals in the right direction. They pride themselves on being able to get you what you want, so you can more or less guarantee they’ll hand you some gems.


It might be a little costly, but renovating certain areas of a house could make those numbers on the advertisements shoot up. People want new, interesting, and beautiful homes; they’re not after old and used places. They especially value places like the kitchen and the bathrooms. Those two areas are huge when it comes to a home’s value and overall feel.

Little Touch-Ups!

This is one of the easiest things you can do to ensure the price rises. Small changes can make a big difference. When someone comes along to value the house, they take into account a lot of aspects. One of those is the style, quality, and décor of the inside. If they feel as though it has been left and not really shown much love, the value may not be anywhere near it’s potential. Go over some places with an extra layer of paint. Strip the old-fashioned and outdated wallpaper. Upgrade the windows to a more modern style. Make the place stand out – it’s more than just the same old four walls and a roof!

9 Things To Consider Before Moving Out Of State

If you’re thinking of moving to a different state but you’re unsure whether or not it is the right decision for you then don’t worry, you have come to the right place. With so many different things to think about it’s important you’re being as prepared as you can be when it comes to the move Whether this means organising a removal team or finding your ideal accommodation well in advance, preparation is the key to a successful move. With that in mind, here are 10 things to consider before moving out of state: 

  • Why Do You Want To Move?

The first thing you need to think about is why you want to move to another state in the first place. Whether you’re moving for school or you think there is a better job market for your industry, moving to another state is not something that should be taken lightly. You need to take the time to work out whether or not it is the right decision for you and whether or not you’re moving for all of the right reasons, not the wrong ones. Although it may be a hard decision to come to, it is important you’re putting yourself first

  • What Is Your Overall Budget?

Once you have decided it is the best possible decision for you, you need to work out what your overall budget for the move is going to be. This means not only thinking about how much it is going to cost for your deposit and monthly rent but also thinking about how much it is going to cost to move all of your belongings to another state. With so many hidden costs when it comes to moving, you need to ensure you’re doing as much research as you possibly can before you start your planning. With that in mind, you can visit some handy tops tips for budgeting for your move here.

  • What State Do You Want To Move To?

Another important thing to consider before you move is which state you’re going to move to. Although you may already have a rough idea of the area you want to live in, you need to be sure you are considering all of your options. Whilst some states may seem as though they’re a perfect fit, it may just be because you haven’t researched any other potential locations. The best thing to do is research the best states to live in, narrowing it down to the ones you think will suit your lifestyle.

  • Have You Decided On A City Or Town?

Once you have decided what state you’re going to live in, you need to start thinking about the city you’re going to live in. Again, this might be something that you already have a loose idea of, or it might be something that hasn’t yet crossed your mind. When it comes to choosing the best possible place to live, you need to think about a number of different things. Whether it’s the cost of living or the career opportunities available, choosing the city or town that is right for you is important.

  • What Kind Of Accommodation Do You What To Live In?

Another important thing to consider when you’re moving out of state is the type of accommodation you’re going to live in. Although the types of buildings will differ by which state you’re moving to, you also need to think about whether or not you’re going to be buying or renting your property.

If you’re renting, you also need to consider whether or not you’re going to be renting on your own or whether you’re going to be sharing with someone else. For guidance when it comes to renting a property, you can visit this site here.

  • What Facilities Should Be Near By? *

If you are still unsure of the best possible location, you need to think about the facilities you would like to have nearby. Whether it’s as simple as having a store close to your home or whether you’d like to live near to a golf or ski resort, you need to be thinking about these things before you make your final decision. For more information about Homes near skiing and golf, you can visit this site here.

  • How Will You Find A Job?

One of the most important things to consider before you move is whether or not you have a job lined up for when you arrive. Although it may not be possible to attend interviews before you leave, you may find that you’re able to arrange a number of different meetings with potential employers. If this is the case, you want to be as prepared as you possibly can when you arrive.

If you are planning on getting a job before you move, you might want to consider spending a couple of weeks in your new city attending interviews and meeting with potential employers. Although it will be expensive and time-consuming, it’s one of the best ways to ensure you have a position to start before you even begin your move. 

  • What Logistics Do You Need To Arrange?

Another important thing to consider is the logistics you need to arrange. Whether this means hiring a removal team to help you with the move or hiring a van to drive everything yourself, you need to ensure you’re as prepared as you can be when it comes to logistics. If it helps, make sure you have a contingency plan in place.

  • What Do You Need To Pack?

Finally, you need to consider what you’re going to need to pack to take with you. Depending on whether or not you have a removal team to help, you might want to consider leaving some of your bulkier items behind. If there is anything of importance, you may be able to repurchase it when you arrive.

Are you considering moving out of state? What do you need to think about to ensure you’re move is as successful as it can be? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

New Debit Card With Another Bank!

I’ve been making some changes to my banking recently. From so long of using just one bank account, one debit card and 1 credit card (all from the same bank), I’ve branched out to a new credit card from RBL Bank and I have just opened a new account with Kotak Mahindra.

From last December I’ve been looking half-hardheartedly and meaning to open a 0 balance account with a bank and keep that debit card with me for separate purposes. I have thought of going back to my old Federal Bank account or checking with a few other banks that may offer this. I would also like to transfer some of the money I make online from my freelance blogging & hosting to this account.

Now, this is not a plug for them but I found the perfect one. Kotak 811 debit card, where you can use a virtual one or get a physical one, is the one I just applied for. They have two options and I opted for the 0 balance, Rs.199 Plus taxes fee a year. Earn up to 6%* interest p.a. on your savings account balance. And best of all applying for it online was easy as pie.

Let’s see how this goes.

Star Trek Blows A Guy’s Mind!

This happened a few days ago. I have a Star Trek starships collection by Eaglemoss that is about 52 in total displayed in one of my bookshelves in my bedroom in my apartment. We’ve had some issues with termites and hence we have had to take apart the three built in cupboards in one bedroom and the 2 in mine as well as all the kitchen cabinets. The last section to go was my built in cupboards that serve as my wardrobe and storage for some junk. While the guys who were getting the job done were in my room one of them noticed my starships and touched one of them and then looked at the Deeps Space 9 model. He had a smile on his face and looked at me. I thought he must think these are toys.

He asked me what they were and I took about 30 minutes to tell him that they were models of starships from the Star Trek franchise. He had never heard of Star Trek before, barely spoke any English. I told him it’s this vision of the future and explained what the show is about and how things work and how technological advancements are shown in this series and aliens and etc etc.

I could literally see his mind being blown. He had the biggest look of wonderment in his face. Did I say mind blown? No, I think I “Blasted” his mind with this information and I could see that he was left in awe as he left my apartment.

Thanks Star Trek & Eaglemoss!

Gerald’s Game

Gerald’s Game is a 2017 American psychological horror thriller drama film directed and edited by Mike Flanagan and written by Jeff Howard and Flanagan. It is based on Stephen King’s 1992 novel of the same name, long thought to be unfilmable. The film stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood as a married couple staying in an isolated house during a holiday. When the husband dies of a sudden heart attack, his wife, left handcuffed to the bed without the key and with little hope of rescue, must find a way to survive, all while battling her inner demons.

Married couple Jessie & Gerald leave their home for a secluded lake house in Fairhope, Alabama and plan to rekindle their sex life. Just as they are about to reach the house they see a large stray dog on the road and Jessie feeds it some meat. She & Gerald then go to their bedroom and hanges into a new night dress, placing the tag on a shelf above the bed, and practices sexy poses. Gerald takes a second Viagra and leaves his glass of water on the same shelf. He restrains Jessie with one handcuff on each wrist locked to the bedposts; she seems a bit surprised by this, but goes along. He begins to enact a stranger rape fantasy, telling her to scream for help, knowing no one will hear. She half-heartedly plays along but soon becomes uncomfortable, telling him to stop and uncuff her but Gerald is surprised that she won’t play along. Her argues with her and accuses her of not trying to make their sex life better when he clutches his heart and dies of an attack.

Jessie cries out but there is no one nearby, however the stray dog comes in through the door that they left open. and Jessie tries to scare it away, but it bites a chunk out of Gerald’s arm and eats it. As the hours pass by and night is setting Jessie has hallucinations of Gerald and herself talking to her and each other. She starts to suffer from dehydration and fatigue. Gerald and the self-assured Jessie tell things about herself and Gerald that she never had the courage to acknowledge. They trigger her to remember the glass of water above the bed, which she is able to reach but cannot bring all the way to her mouth. The hallucinations remind her of the tag she put on the shelf, which she rolls into a straw in order to reach the water. After she drinks some of the water she falls asleep but wakes up to see  sees a tall, deformed, obscured figure who reveals a bag of various bones and trinkets. She closes her eyes saying, “You’re not real.” When she opens her eyes he is not there. When her hallucination of Gerald calls her mouse, it triggers a memory of her father, Tom, who affectionately referred to her as “Mouse.”

As a 12 year old while watching the solar eclipse suggests she sit on his lap, as she did when she was younger. Once on his lap, he masturbates. The handcuffed Jessie awakes to intense pain due to her circulation being cut off and cramping. She realizes, through the hallucinations of herself & Gerald,  that she dealt with the pressure of keeping such a secret, and her claims that it had nothing to do with her marriage, even though she married a man just like her father. She sees a bloody footprint on the floor. After the eclipse, her father tells her he was ashamed of what he did, and manipulates her into agreeing never to tell anyone. Jessie smashes the water glass and cuts her wrist in a way that enables her to peel back the skin, allowing her bloody hand to slip through the cuff. She drags the bed to the key, unlocking her other hand. She drinks water and bandages herself, but then passes out on the floor from blood loss and fatigue. When she wakes, the “man made of moonlight” is at the end of the hall, and she gives him her wedding ring for his trinket bag. She makes it to her car and drives away, but sees the man again in the back seat. The car crashes into a tree, but people from a nearby house come out.

6 months later she writes a letter to her 12 year old self how she had pretended to have amnesia over the whole ordeal of being trapped, avoiding painful questions. She used some of Gerald’s life insurance to start a foundation for victims of sexual abuse. But each night the “man made of moonlight” still appears before her as she falls asleep. Her wedding ring was never found in the house, and she learned from the news that a man who has acromegaly, causing disfiguration of his head, is a serial killer who dug up crypts, stealing bones and jewels, and occasionally eating the faces of male corpses. This explains why he did not harm Jessie in the house and also why Gerald’s face was disfigured. Jessie arrives at court as the moonlight man is being sentenced, and calls for his attention. He quotes what she said before leaving the house, indicating that he was in fact there at the time. Seeing also Gerald’s and Tom’s face where his face is, she says “You’re so much smaller than I remember”, and walks triumphantly out into the street with the sunlight gleaming down on her.

It was long thought that to be unfilmable until Netflix came up with this movie. Gerald’s Game was released on September 29, 2017, by Netflix. It received very positive reviews from critics, who lauded Gugino’s performance; Flanagan’s direction, as well as the film’s themes and their treatment, were also singled out. I give the film an 8 outta 10!

Netflix Addicts: Here’s Why You’re In Love With TV

Netflix has become a force of nature in recent years, with the era of the subscription going from magazines and pink boxes to television series and movies that we now can’t live without. The list of TV series we each have backed up on our Netflix watchlists is insane, and the local stores are stocked with those TV series’ immortalised on DVD. There have been huge leaps and bounds in television series’, with plenty of development going on. We’ve gone from advert-ridden TV episodes following storylines of comedic duos, to fully immersive experiences that get the watcher going when they’re in front of the screen.  It’s like the TV world is experiencing a third Golden Age, and we are LOVING it.

We have coined the phrase “Netflix and chill” and we make a point of settling in front of Netflix with a pizza at least once a week. We broke through the TV monotony with the quality of the programs that are released in quick succession and we are falling in love with more shows than ever. But why? What is it about Netflix and similar TV subscriptions that have us on the edge of our seats? It’s all about that immersive experience, so let’s talk about that!

We are living in an age of experience. We want more from everything; developing virtual reality and combining our TV and gaming experiences with artificial intelligence. Experience is doing more than information is right now, which is why we are a generation of watchers. Bloggers get fewer views than vloggers. Companies with videos on their websites are doing better than those who don’t. So, it makes sense that we want a more immersive and all-encompassing experience!

We want to dive in and feel the show and the characters every emotion. It’s why immersive theatre is on the rise, and it’s filtered down to our TV viewing pleasure. Immersive theatre is where the audience becomes part of the performance, where the sets are elaborate, and the costumes by Akua Murray Adoboe are exciting and captivating. The result of all of this has filtered to horror movies and TV series like Game of Thrones that bring us all in and make us fall in love, cry, feel the fear – it’s all a part of the experience. Here are some of the reasons we crave more experiences in our TV shows:


We jump out of our extended hours at work and straight into our Netflix TV list. We put everything else out of the room, and we watch our characters like they’re our best friends and worst enemies, and we do it with our hands clasping our cheeks. The way that we press ourselves into the TV shows that we love pulls us out of our everyday lives and into something entirely different.


When you watch some films, you can immediately appreciate the technology and level of detail that has gone into it. Think about the way we respond to Game of Thrones or Stranger Things: we question everything, we enjoy the thrill of exploring a world that has been created entirely with CGI. It gives us the chance to imagine the experience of the actors who had to pretend they flew dragons and slew aliens – but really they were looking at a green screen and an orange on a stick! You can transport yourself to another world with the click of a button


More than anything else, we seek excitement, and we want to feel something deep inside. Our love of being overstimulated filters down through every avenue in life, and we want to feel confused, scared, overjoyed. We even want to sob hard with a good weepy to reach the emotions usually numbed down by work!

So, Why Do We Love TV So Much?

Well, there are a lot of answers to this question more than the reasons we love an immersive experience. TV is something so different from what we had in front of us for years, and today, the leading TV shows that really make us binge watch are those that are aimed at a very small target audience. It used to be that TV show writers would write their shows to appeal to a broad audience – well, everyone – but now it’s not the case. Game of Thrones isn’t for everyone (those who don’t like it are wrong), but it’s not written for everyone, which is why it’s so popular! We enjoy the quality and the picture that we get on the wider screen TVs that we buy.

As well as all this, we all love that TV series is now on par with the movies that come out every week. They’re as deep, as exciting and as gripping as the blockbusters, and the number of viewers that TV series now get is proof of how much people fall in love with the experience that TV now offers. We mentioned earlier that this could be a third Golden Age of TV, and here were the first two:

  • 1940 – 1955: I Love Lucy & Perry Mason dominated our TV screens and made us all fall in love with cheeky, comedic characters.
  • 1990-2000: We love the 90s, and the series like NYPD Blue, Moonlighting, and Northern Exposure all dominated the screens.
  • Now: Now? Now we have Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The West Wing and we are loving.

The 1970s have always been cited as a low point in TV history, and it’s the shows of the Golden Ages that we remember the most. You may not be addicted to the blue-screen technology pushed out by your TV screen, but you would be addicted to the qualities of the shows that you see and fall for. Rustle up the popcorn and order in; TV shows are getting better and better.

How To Start A Music Blog

If you are ready to get invested in starting your own music blog, you’ve come to the right place. Setting yourself up for success in this venture is important if you want to get it right, and this takes time and energy and a creative plan of action to go from an idea to a real working blog. There are a lot of things that have changed in the blogging world over the years, and when it comes to music blogging, you need to ensure your plan is one that fits with the way that things are currently done. Currently, major music blogs promote their musicians on social media and encourage as much music sharing online as possible. There are so many new ways to source and listen to new music, and your blog could be successful in doing so.

Let’s take a look at how to start a successful music blog.

The very first thing that you should do before you get started on your own music blog is to look at the successful ones that are out there right now. It doesn’t matter if they’re not to your personal music taste; their success means that they are someones! Your research will help you to understand what makes people keep coming back for more. It’s not about copying a site, but taking inspiration from it and getting a general idea of what you could do with your music blog.

Take notes about whether they are using background music from sites like or whether they are quiet websites. Look to see if they are global or regional. Think about what their interactive features are and whether they are to your taste. There are plenty of options here to get those creative juices flowing, and the notes are taken to ensure your own success.

Defining Your Blog
You need to know what will make your blog unique if you hope to be successful. Think about whether you want to focus on the local artists to you or go for a global interest.

What Will You Blog About?
Are you blogging about popular music or independent new bands that need exposure? Are you discussing the music industry as a whole? Are you planning to showcase videos? You need to make some decisions on all of these and ensure that you will have the readership to make it a successful option for you. You want your blog to be a resource, giving them more than one reason to visit your blog than just hear about artists that you review. You must be as consistent as possible with your blog and keep it to what your readers want rather than what others are doing.

Once you’ve decided on those essential things, you then need to think about the creation of your blog. There are plenty of options out there for host platforms and blogging websites to carry your blog; the important bit is knowing what is going on the blog in the first place.

Arsenal Sign Defender William Saliba

Arsenal have completed the signing of centre-back William Saliba from Saint-Etienne on a long-term contract. Saliba, 18, will return to Saint-Etienne for the 2019/20 season before joining up the Gunners for the 2020/21 campaign. Head coach Unai Emery insists the Gunners beat a number of other sides to sign the Frenchman.

“We’re delighted William is joining us. Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future,” he told the club’s website. “He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group.”

Sky Sports News reported that Tottenham were also interested in a deal for Saliba, but the player says he chose the Emirates Stadium because of the history of the club.

“The history, the badge… since I was little, I’ve been watching Arsenal play in the Champions League and so on, and there are a lot of French players who have come through here. So that really helped me to make my mind up,” he told the club’s website.

The defender also revealed how Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi helped convince him to move to north London. Saliba only made his professional debut with Saint-Etienne on September 25, 2018. His performances earned him a further 13 starts in Ligue 1 last season. The 18-year-old is also a France youth international, having recently been called up to the his country’s U20 squad.

Arsenal Sign Dani Ceballos On Loan

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Dani Ceballos on loan for the 2019/20 season. The 22-year-old midfielder, who has been capped six times by Spain, moves to the Gunners from Real Madrid. He is is Unai Emery’s second signing of the summer transfer window, with Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli also having arrived in the close season.

Ceballos is highly regarded at the Bernabeu and made 23 LaLiga appearances throughout the 2018/19 season. But Zinedine Zidane was happy to sanction a temporary switch to Arsenal for the youngster, who helped Spain’s Under-21s to Euro 2019 success this summer. It is understood Arsenal do not have an option to make the deal permanent. The Spaniard’s move to the Emirates was confirmed on Wednesday following weeks of negotiations between the two clubs. The 22-year-old is valued at around £45million and Arsenal had to fight off late interest from rivals Tottenham to get the deal over the line. Ceballos’ deal is not thought to include an obligation to buy as Madrid value him so highly that they feel they can extract a large fee next summer.

The Spaniard will spend a single season at the Emirates, though they’ll undoubtedly look to make the move permanent should he prove a success. Ceballos said he was ‘proud’ to be joining the Gunners and claimed it was a ‘step forward’ in his career. ‘I’m really proud to be able to wear this shirt,’ said Cebellos following the announcement of his signing. ‘I’m joining an historic Premier League side and it’s a step forward in my career. ‘I’ve not spoken to my team-mates yet so we’re not sure of what the objective is, but obviously I’m coming here to give everything I have. ‘Nobody will be able to question that because from the very first day I pull this jersey on I’ll give everything I’ve got. We’ll try to achieve the club’s objectives.’

My Superpowers!

What superpower would you like to have?

The ability to transport myself to any place in the world in an instant. Think of the time I’ll save on the commute. I could spend all that extra time for myself and on myself. That would be a very cool ability to have.

I would also like the ability to create anything or maybe I should say, the ability to bring anything that I want and can think off appear in front of me. Like a replicator in Star Trek but this is with my superpower and not using technology. So I guess I should say that I would also like the ability to make things appear and disappear with just a thought. Anything at all!

I would also like to heal myself and anyone else with just my mind or a touch. Seriously!

RIP Rutger Hauer

Actor Rutger Hauer, who starred in 1982’s Blade Runner, has died at the age of 75. The star died in the Netherlands on Friday after a short illness, his agent confirmed. Hauer played the murderous replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, which was directed by Ridley Scott and also starred Harrison Ford. The actor’s funeral was held on Wednesday. Hauer was particularly well known for horror and vampire roles, starring as Van Helsing in Dracula 3D, and as the vampire Barlow in Salem’s lot – a 2004 mini series of the Stephen King novel.

His career began in 1969 with the title role in the Dutch television series Floris, and surged with the hugely successful Turkish Delight in 1973. After rising to international stardom with Soldier of Orange in 1977, he moved into American films such as Nighthawks, as an international terrorist, and Blade Runner, as existentially aware android Roy Batty. That acclaimed performance bought leading roles in titles such as The Osterman WeekendLadyhawkeFlesh+Blood, The HitcherEscape from Sobibor (for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor), Blind FuryThe Blood of Heroes and Wedlock. In the 1990s he began to move into prominent supporting roles in films including Buffy the Vampire SlayerConfessions of a Dangerous MindSin CityBatman Begins and The Rite, with occasional starring roles such as Hobo with a Shotgun.

Hauer was an environmentalist. Hauer also established an AIDS awareness organization called the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association. Hauer married his second wife, Ineke ten Cate, in 1985 (they had been together since 1968 ). He had one child with his first wife Heidi Merz, actress Aysha Hauer (born 1966), who made him a grandfather in 1987. In April 2007, he published his autobiography All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners (co-written with Patrick Quinlan), in which he discussed many of his movie roles.

Marvel’s MCU Phase 4 Films & Tv Shows

The five films announced:

  • Black Widow
  • The Eternals
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • Thor: Love and Thunder

And for the first time the movie stars will cross over to the tv shows :

  • The Falcon and the Winter Solider
  • WandaVision
  • Loki
  • What If…?
  • Hawkeye

Which one are you most excited for?

Why You Actually Should Follow Your Dreams 100%

The concept of following your dreams can be a sticky subject. There are some who feel you should chase them with abandon. Others think you should never quit the day job, sit back, and try to build something constructive in your free time. Both are right. It all depends on your current level of experience, training, free time, and willingness to adopt a different lifestyle. For example, as a young 20-something aspiring painter, you might be able to move from town to town taking on odd jobs, visiting the galleries, living a bohemian lifestyle. If you’re 45 with three kids and decide to jump into film school as a novice? That might be harder to achieve.

But does that mean you should never follow your dreams? Does that mean that from that age, you are condemned to living the life you have chosen? Not always. In this post, we hope to better demonstrate why people can and should follow their dreams, and how they can do so more wisely than they perhaps envisioned. It’s not always an all-or-nothing approach.

With the following advice, we hope you can agree:

You Can Gain Regardless

Let’s suggest, for our example, that you wish to become a journalist. There are many staff writing positions available, and you have somewhat of a careful portfolio of work. You wish to try and make your way, and so try to find an entry level position to help you blossom and gain in your ability. You decide that in order to gain the job, you need to write much more, and practice your style. So you do. And then you apply. None of your applications get a response.

For some, this could leave people feeling somewhat dejected and out of the water. It can feel tiring to have that happen. It’s an obstacle, of course. However, instead of worrying about this too much, consider what you’ve gained. Firstly, you’ve managed to improve your portfolio and outreach, giving yourself a much more substantial online presence than before, even if it’s just part of your website. You’ve updated your CV and covering letters. You’ve managed to gain a better foothold in your professional offering and know how to market yourself more directly next time.

This means you gain regardless. Who’s to say that next time won’t be the time you gain the position you want? Who’s to say that added writing experience wouldn’t have ensured you become a better writer? If you can do this, then you can gain regardless.

You Need To Know Your Potential

Some of us hold dreams that we know we have at least some talent, skill or interest in. For example, if you wish to become a famous painter, odds are that you’ve picked up a brush at some point in your life. However, without chasing your dreams in this way, you might never know what you are capable of. You should actually follow your dreams, if only for the purpose of knowing your limits, or what you have to improve.

Let’s take television talent shows for example. Those acts that go through are often well rehearsed and have talent, and while our guilty-laughing at those who fail miserably is often resting on a relatively sad event, having a wake-up call like that can be appropriate for some people. If you follow your dreams, then you will likely find a better sense of yourself and an understanding of how skilled or talented you actually are.

It’s Not Just A Vague Flight Of Fancy

When we wish to follow our dreams, we can start to think along vague lines. But your daily lived experience is often not vague. It has plans, schedules, events, things to attend. A vague flight of fancy can often be a problem if it never grows from this. However, the actual content of following your dreams is anything but this.

After all, if you want to be a musician, what would you do? Simply start a band and hope things go well? Perhaps. Or, you could attend Kent State for example, learning some of the timeless rules of music production, making connections with other talented people, and becoming qualified in a skill. There’s a vast difference here between planning for the future and just expecting things to work out.

Hard Work

We can often attribute those who are able to follow their dreams as those who experience good luck in life. But often, hard work is just as responsible. Do certain people or certain groups get to a point where fame, recognition and other benefits help them continue with ease? Potentially. But that’s not to say that those people haven’t put hard work into them. For example, you might not like certain hip-hop music, or metal music. Does that mean that the popular acts put less effort with their music production, performance or writing lyrics? For the most part, no.

Hard work can help define anyone for the better. And there’s no hard work more appropriate than following your dreams. It can help you become a better version of you, someone who has something to contribute, and if anything, can be enjoyable. After all – we only have a limited number of years on Earth, and so to do so achieving something we love can be a fantastic measure of feeling connected to the hobbies and activities we’re chasing. In other words – it gives you purpose.

Achieving The Dream Is Not Everything

It might be that you’re never going to be the most famous film director. Perhaps you’ll never be featured in the TOP 40 best selling records of your country. Maybe your music videos will never get more than 15,000 views, or perhaps your novels, self-published, will only pick up a smattering of readers here and there.

That’s fine. We’re not saying you should settle for mediocrity of course, it’s okay to have big ambitions and to do everything in your power to get there. But remember, sometimes this isn’t the goal. In fact, it’s healthier if it isn’t. Simply falling in love with your craft is the most important. This way, even if you don’t reach success, you have something that nurtures you. You can focus on becoming a master at it. And if you do this, you are likely to become a better version of you, thoroughly.

Perhaps you will meet people along the way. Perhaps you will travel to places, get involved with communities, organize events, and have plenty of fun. That can sometimes be worth more than the best success in the world. And, if that comes knocking, then you’ll likely feel comfortable and happy with the progression. This itself can be a wonderful and worthwhile thing to experience, and it can give you a sense of potential and comfort in your approach. Achieving the dream, or at least the highest ambition you have, isn’t everything. Because you might be rewarded with something better.

You Can Specialize

We often think that in order to achieve something, we need to be ‘all or nothing’ with our progression. This can be a motivating thing to feel, but it can also lead people to quit their jobs or give up what stability they have for a dream that might not come true. Remember – you can specialize. If you have free time, you can often arrange it. It’s better to hold a full time job, be secure, and write your novel for one hour a night over three years than it is to write the novel in six months and continually worry about your financial security. You can specialize in this way.

With this advice, we hope you’re better able to overcome your guilt for wanting to follow your dreams. Finally, we wish you nothing but the best of success.

Arsenal Transfer Rumours – 23rd July 2019

Arsenal are understood to have finalised a loan deal for Dani Ceballos. The 22-year-old midfielder will spend the entire 2019/20 season at the Emirates after Zinedine Zidane sanctioned the move. Ceballos, who has been capped six times by Spain, is seen by Unai Emery as the ideal replacement for Aaron Ramsey after he left for Juventus. The Gunners could announce the deal on Tuesday while they are also understood to be on the verge of finalising the signing of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne.

Arsenal are struggling to finalise a deal to sign Celtic defender Kieran Tierney. Sky Sports News claims that the Gunners’ second offer for the Scotland international has not gone down well with Celtic. Tierney has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Premier League side but the two clubs have yet to agree a price for him. It is understood the Hoops believe Arsenal’s offer of £18million plus £7m in add-ons is unrealistic because the additional payments are linked to Champions League qualification.

Crystal Palace have demanded one of Arsenal‘s youngsters as part of any deal for Zaha, according to reports. Unai Emery is hopeful of getting the deal over the line but the Gunners’ bid of £55m paid upfront and £10m in add-on is still short of the Eagles’ valuation. However, The Independent is reporting that Palace could also be interested in the possibility of having Nigeria-eligible winger Bukayo Saka coming over on loan as an alternative to Nelson. Saka’s performances for Arsenal especially in last season’s UEFA Europa League have always drawn the attention of some European clubs.

What Should You Do If Your Home Is Affected By Wildfire?

Summer is well and truly here and with it comes the danger of wildfires. Although there is a chance that the hotter climates may not result in any natural disasters, it’s important you and your family are as prepared as you can be just in case.

Whilst it may be scary and overwhelming at first, there are lots of things you can do to help protect your home and your lives should your local area be affected by wildfire. Whether it’s leaving your home as soon as you can or keeping your family members updated on your location, you need to ensure you know exactly how to deal with the situation. With that in mind, here are some tips and tricks to help you should your home be affected by wildfire: 

  • Check Your Home For Any Major Damages

The first thing you need to do if your home has been affected by wildfire is to make sure you are checking it for any major damages. Although they may not be apparent at first, you need to spend some time looking throughout the interior and exterior of your house to ensure there are no immediate threats. If it helps, get a couple of people from your neighbourhood to help as you never know what you could miss. For guidance when it comes to inspecting your home after a natural disaster, you can visit this site here.

  • Be Wary Of Gas Leaks And Fire Embers

When you’re checking your home for damage you need to be wary of any gas leaks and fire embers. It can take some time to put out a fire and if you’re inspecting your home whilst the fire is still active, there may be a chance there are still going to be embers within your home. If this is the case, it may be safer to leave for a longer period of time.

If when you’re inspecting your home you notice a gas leak, that may also be a sign you need to call for assistance and leave. Although you may want to ensure the safety of your home, emergency services will be better equipped should there be a gas leak.

  • If You Need To, Leave As Soon As You Possibly Can

If there are any serious issues within your home you need to ensure you’re leaving as soon as you possibly can. Whether the fire is still burning or the threat has gone, you can’t stay in your home if you deem it unsafe. During natural disasters such as wildfires, chances are there will be safe accommodation available to you outside of the exclusion zone. For more information about finding alternative accommodation during a wildfire, you can visit this site here.

  • Let People Know You Have Left Your Home

If you are going to be leaving your home due to an emergency, you need to let people know that you have left and where you’re going. If people do not know that you have left and they see that your local area is in danger, they may risk their lives trying to find you. Although cell reception may be bad, it’s important you try to get in touch with your loved ones to give them regular updates.

  • Consider Whether Or Not It’s Safe To Drive

For those that do have to leave to travel to another location, you might want to consider whether or not it is going to be safe to drive. Wildfire can spread fast and if you don’t know a safe route you may find yourself getting stuck. The best thing to do is speak to emergency services to find out whether or not they can arrange group travel for you and others in your neighbourhood.

  • Contact A Lawyer For Guidance

If you feel as though you’re going to need to address the issues you have experienced as a result of the wildfire further, you might want to contact your lawyer for guidance. Not only will they be able to advise you of your rights, but they’ll be able to let you know whether or not you have a claim. For more information, you can visit here.

  • Contact Your Insurance Provider 

Finally, you may also find that contacting your insurance provider regarding your home will help put your mind at ease. You’ll be covered for natural disasters so if something has happened to your home, you should be able to make a claim.

Are you worried that your home has been affected by wildfire? What do you need to do to restore everything back to normal? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.