Practical Tips for Digital Nomads, Travelers, And Everybody Else

Practical tips for Digital Nomads, travelers, and for everybody else! A collection of (sometimes hard-earned) learnings from travelling mostly in Asia.

Lean Economy

is a common challenge for Digital Nomads. The lifestyle itself calls for travelling, rented accommodations, restaurant meals, etc; while normal business behaviour must be maintained with mobile electronic equipment, internet subscriptions, rented office space, printouts, copy & fax services, mailing, SIM cards, data backups, customer care, company accounting and auditing, company administration, tax statements; maintaining company records, contracts and agreements; etc…

Digital Nomad life is often carried out in low-cost countries so food and lodging may not be an issue. Local travel is mostly cheap, however international travelling and the necessary electronics, not to mention possible commitments back home, still carry the same huge price tags. Furthermore, remote services and work carried out by a Digital Nomad tend to be far less paid for than if you’d do the same work on-site back home.

However, quoting Tony Robbins: “The defining factor for success is never resources; it’s resourcefulness”

Cheap travel

There are dozens of websites for cheap flights and I have found that prices differ very little. Note that many budget airlines only sell tickets on their own websites. The key to cheap flights for the resourceful Digital Nomad is FLEXIBILITY when it comes to schedule. Avoiding the big travelling holidays is a no-brainer – though knowing the BIG travelling holidays may be a challenge in its own right when you are in an unfamiliar country.

Try changing your departure date a few days back or forth and you may find the same (or a similar) flight substantially cheaper. If possible, try different airports for departure or arrival; it may be much cheaper – and a fun adventure experience – to e.g. fly to a smaller town and take a local bus or train to your final destination.

On the other hand… be sure to consider the end-to-end cost. A cheap flight that forces you to pay for an extra hotel night near the airport (which may be expensive also in low-cost countries) may turn out a worse alternative than paying a little extra for a more conveniently scheduled flight. Also assess the risk for delays, and your sensitivity towards such! An important delivery and a complicated travel with many legs and tight or unsecure connections may not be a good combination. A fun adventure perhaps, but with a possible additional cost of a missed delivery and an upset (ex-) client.

For hotel bookings I always use expedia.com, they seem to offer the best prices and their review system makes it easy to find good accommodation at a reasonable price. But be sure to check that there are a substantial number of reviews.

Light packing

This is obvious but still worth mentioning over and over. There are only a few items you really need to bring along. When finished packing – throw out half the stuff! Tony Robbins again: “… is never resources; it’s resourcefulness”. So throw out the stuff from your backpack and pack yourself full of resourcefulness! And you will be all ready to go!

Private bills back home

have a tendency to pop-up when least expected! Despite careful planning and “considering everything”, that yearly payment suddenly appears out of the blue. Arrange forwarding of mail to a trusted friend or relative, and perhaps deposit an amount of money with them for unexpected expenses. Much easier than if you unexpectedly need to make an urgent international money transfer when in some forgotten corner of the jungle.

Insurance: medical, travelling, lost/stolen property etc.

This is obviously not the most fun part when planning for your Digital Nomad career, but it is worth mentioning. What happens if you get sick? What if you have a fatal accident? What if you lose all your belongings including passport, money, credit cards, laptop, etc? Not very uplifting things to consider; but if the unlikely occurs you will be far better off with a good insurance.

Retirement

May be worth considering. After all, life is short… The Digital Nomad does not benefit from an employers provisions into a retirement fund – it is entirely up to the Digital Nomad’s initiative. Private savings or any other suitable way of creating assets that will generate sufficient and recurring income once needed.

Fear of Being Alone

“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his soul.”

-Marcus Aurelius

One topic that comes up most often when coaching people is their fear of being alone. It’s sad to know that there are so many lonely people in the world who don’t know how to enjoy their life unless they have a significant other. Tom Cruise’s famous line, “You complete me” sounds so sweet and nice in the movies but when you need someone to make you whole, it’s time to do some soul searching.

It’s a dream for many to share their lives with someone, to live happily ever after and to know that they have loved and were loved by someone. But, if for some reason that is not your reality and you find yourself single again or still single, what is so bad about you that you don’t enjoy your own company?

Loneliness and the fear of being alone seem to set in when the only thing you aspire to is to have a relationship. Or, when all that really matters to you is being connected with someone and being alone feels like there is something wrong with you. The only thing wrong with you is that it becomes your only focus.

Well, if that’s the case, how on earth do you think you are going to feel when the only thing you want you don’t have?

You may even get to the point of being desperate and we all know that’s not attractive, not to mention that desperation is a horrible feeling. So why, if you have a choice, would you want to subject yourself to fear and loneliness? This is where people lose perspective. They don’t believe they have a choice and they also don’t understand that what they focus on in life will become what they experience.

So if being lonely and feeling bad because you don’t have someone is on your mind a lot you will attract what you focus on, which is being lonely and feeling bad and that is exactly what you will get; more loneliness and more sadness.

But more to the point, why do you need someone else to be happy? There are so many other ways to find fulfillment and happiness in your life but you are only focused on one solution, a partner to “complete” you. I say, “Get a life.” Take back your power. Don’t give it to someone “out there” that you don’t even know yet.

Learn to love yourself and like being with yourself. When you start to “get out of yourself” so to speak, and either volunteer your time, learn about a new subject, take up yoga, go to cooking class or learn a new language, learn to play an instrument, write a book, read a book or whatever, you become a more interesting person!

Plus the best part is you aren’t focused on your life being so terrible because you don’t have someone in it. Instead you have several interesting and fulfilling goals that fill your time while you are just hanging out and enjoying your own company.

Last but not least, you become your own best friend and you really start enjoying your life. And, that new sense of contentment and aura of confidence will emanate from you. You will not only rid yourself of that relentless feeling of being lonely but you may even learn its okay to be alone after all.

Selecting a Wheel Balancer for a Dealership or a Tire Store

If you specialize in tires or sell vehicles you will want to be able to solve any type of vibration problem. Consider a balancer that can solve a vibration problem that is caused by a out of round condition. Many of these problems do not show up until the tire is mounted and rolling down the road.

  1. Stiff sidewall or out of round diagnostics – The sidewall construction is often stiffer in one or more areas around the tire, when this problem is present there will be a vibration with every rotation. Several manufactures offer designs to identify this type of problem, if the balancer does not have a way of loading the tire as it were driving down the road you will not be able to identify many of these problems.
  2. Tire pull – You can also select a balancer capable of reading the amount of tire pull present in each tire, when a set of 4 tires are balanced the balancer will instruct which corner of the vehicle to place each tire to neutralize any tire pull that may be present.
  3. Wheel lift – With tire and wheel assemblies as heavy as 150 lb. you may choose an integrated wheel lift to prevent back injuries.
  4. Laser sighting – A laser light to show an exact location where to place the wheel weight is to be placed will insure better accuracy.
  5. Specialty adapters – 3 jaw chuck adapters are available for larger truck wheels, these are a self centering adapter that fit a wide range of the larger center holes. Collect style cones are the lowest taper and do the best job centering the wheel.
  6. Printer – A printout is valuable to show a customer before and after results.
  7. Tire inflation – Proper tire inflation is needed prior to any balance or testing for out of round condition, an inflation system on the balancer will ensure you check every tire for proper tire pressure prior to balancing.
  8. Wheel weight saving features – There are balancers that can reduce the amount of wheel weights required to balance an assembly, a volume tire store can see substantial savings with this feature.
  9. Alternate wheel weight option – Commonly called split weight, this feature will allow you to select another size weight if you are out of the size required.
  10. Centering check – This is a feature that will tell the operator if the tire is centered properly on the balancer, this can prevent costly come backs.

Always research to see if local parts and service is available for the balancer you select.

The Watchful Observer

Facts are facts, right? We’ve been told from a young age that when something is a proven fact it’s without a doubt 100% true. But how do we in fact know this? Facts are not always true, just like our minds are not really who we are. When we are consciously aware of thoughts and feelings that come through us daily, it allows us to differentiate between what is false and what our true authentic state is. If we can learn to think of ourselves as merely a witness to our thoughts it can free us from the pressure of what our mind is constantly forcing down our throats to think. It unlocks us from the mental prison we’ve been enslaved in by the ever-present false reality of our thoughts.

Who we truly are lies deep within us and by becoming a watchful observer of our own minds, we can start to notice when menacing thoughts arise that we can just be a witness and observe them instead of beating ourselves up over thinking certain things. We have as part of our mind this little aspect called the ego. Now this little fella can either work with you or against you, if you so choose. I constantly fought my ego every step of the way and don’t you know every time I came out waving the white flag. I learned that there is no use in fighting this battle, lay your sword down and make peace with your ego and realize it’s always going to be your constant companion forever so why not learn to coincide peacefully together.

Your ego is set up to protect you from harm so it feeds you information that isn’t real to keep you safe, even if what it’s telling you is painful or uncomfortable. It’s programmed to do this to keep you at a certain level of comfort so you feel powerless without it. Haven’t we all felt this way? Our mind will talk us out of things because it can’t fathom the thought of actually being courageous and taking that much-needed step into the unknown. Notice when you start to break free or do things out of your comfort zone to better yourself, the ego is right there to stop you because it tries to keep you in fear so you’ll stay comfortable and never take that leap you’ve been wanting to take for so long.

So, what happens when we start to believe these fake stories? They’ve now become imbedded into our subconscious mind and we begin to accept them as true and live our life accordingly. We’ve been talked into living mediocre lives because living in greatness may in fact kill us. Ya right! How do we break free from this false sense of reality and know what we are thinking is true? This in part is where the problem lies, it is not within our own thinking but is beyond anything we can logically rationalize. Step out of your thinking, watch, notice and observe and we can begin to find the answers and live in our truth.

I’ve known for some time that my mind is conditioned to be fear based. When a situation happens that I perceive is either hurtful or painful my mind goes to work on creating the worst-case scenario, sound familiar? If you’re like me when something “bad” happens you immediately go on the defense and start ripping someone or the apparent situation to shreds, along with some choice curse words. I found myself doing this over and over whenever things didn’t go my way or the shit hit the fan, so to speak. I spiraled into depression sometimes for days, weeks or months wallowing in woe is me nonsense. I would constantly struggle with; how do I make it stop? It wasn’t until years later that I was finally opened to the idea of just observing these feelings and realizing that the hurt, anger, frustration or whatever made me feel awful, wasn’t in fact me or my true state of being. When I really started to understand this concept, and know that these feelings were just passing through me and were not going to set up residence, I felt like I had been let out of prison. Years and years of beating myself up and living in this awful state of feeling like I was two different people, suddenly just went away. It was like I had been reborn and the veil was taken off. I now know immediately when these thoughts and feelings show up that I watch, notice and observe that they are in fact not mine but are here to teach me a lesson and move on.

I also know that in order to help these thoughts and feelings on their way I have to fully feel them and go through the emotional rollercoaster and give them love and attention to release them. I sit with them and notice and write down how they make me feel and what I can do to understand them. It takes a lot of work to consciously do this and is a constant struggle in the beginning when you’re learning to shift out of an old mindset, but what I keep hammering home is, I am not my mind or my thoughts but just the watchful observer over them. My true, authentic self is now and always will be love. I continuously remind myself to revert to love in every situation as that is the key to unlocking the pain we feel during hard times. Always be cognizant that love is ever-present in every situation if you choose to know and feel it deep within you. Sometimes your greatest pain is your biggest teacher and blessing and will set you up for your best days ahead.

Tips for Stopping Your Cats Spraying

Every time your kitten begins to back himself up to a sofa or something else, lifts his leg and begins to pee – You have another mess to clean up. This problem is commonly known as "Spraying" and it becomes very common with an indoors cat. It may seem impossible, but it can be solved. Most kitten owners tend to think that spraying is a result of a litter box problem, but instead it is actually to do with marking their territory. Feline urine is basically a way of communication between cats – It can mean "Back Off" or "I'm in Heat" for example. Every cat has a different smell, and this is used by cats to tell who is who.

So when a feline urinates in your house, he is just marking his territory. It just lets other cats know the territory is his. This is why getting mad at your cat will solve nothing. In fact, getting angry might provoke the cat into trying to make it clear that this is His house (which it is in his eyes) which means more spraying.

As mentioned, cats can use this to attract a mate. For cats in heat, spraying is an invitation for mating. Cats that spray in heat often result in a litter of kittens in just a few months. Cats not only spray during heat though – Some will also spray during encounters with other cats or when they are stressed.

And of course, the smell for people is horrible, the same message for cats does not transfer well across species. Cats want to spray outside, and most cats do a majority of their spraying there. But if you keep your cat inside, then spraying is of course, a big problem. If you notice your cat spraying – make sure you do something about it.

The most effective way to stop your cat spraying is to get him neutered or spayed, depending on the sex. Male cats that have been neutered often stop spraying very quickly, sometimes in the same day as the surgery. If you do not want your cat neutered / spayed, you need to look for other ways. Of course, if you want to breed your cat, do not have him / her neutered or spayed.

In this situation your are going to want to talk to your vet. She / He can give you personalized advice, and resolve this problem without your cat having surgery. Your cat may be suffering from a medical problem, which your cat can identify. Do something about spraying as soon as it starts – Cat urine stinks and will leave stains all over your home.

Leadership 2 – Establishing Your Own Management Style

I worked for many years in various areas of the design business – from advertising to branding, from corporate events to slide production. The styles of management that worked best seemed to respect the culture, their workforce and the environment. Those that did not, went out of business.

Case in point: one of the first jobs I had in New York City was at a slide production house. The new owner, Mr. G (not his real name), came in and bought the business lock stock and barrel. As a former executive with Otis Elevator, he felt it was high time some corporate structure was brought to the design field. Somehow he assumed that production artists and designers were not as structured as the corporate world he came from. (Perhaps the Mr. Potato Head on the 20″ monitor may have been what did it.)

Mr. Ron G would walk around the office twice a day like the commander of a ship wearing his Otis Elevator tie clip to remind us all where he came from and how powerful he used to be. Nevertheless, his twice-daily jaunts were always at the slowest times of production but at the peak time for sales calls. Work would slow down as his Australian accent pierced the office and he forced everyone to listen to his tales from the “real” corporate world. His opinion was forged by what he saw from us when on these walks. To him, we weren’t working very hard. And we weren’t…we were talking to him!

Since he never integrated himself into the company culture, he never found out that every 8:00 AM shift change was filled with mounds of paper work, double tracking, and a check list that only the CIA could have invented, all for the sole purpose of keeping track of billings. Between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM chaos reigned as messengers arrived to whisk the slides to their destinations. This was long before Power Point and Macintosh. Slides were produced on a Genigraphics machine, and the night shifts’ hard work was rushed to most clients’ desks by 9:30 AM.

Where was Mr. G during all this chaos? In his office with the door closed only 50 feet away from the production station. I guess he was strategizing his big walk.

The second time everything heated up was at around 4:00 PM when production prepared to pass the day shift production over to the night shift personnel. Paperwork was meticulously checked and discussed with each designer. Nothing could be left to chance. Each color had a number, each typeface, and, of course, a set of full color comps. Designed, programmed, photographed and processed for the following day.

As the year went on, Mr. G added a memo policy. With 10 day-shift employees it was really not necessary to pass a memo to the person sitting next to you. But that’s what he wanted. He never understood that the business of slide production was a multi-billion-dollar industry because he had never seen a full-scale meeting, with staging and lighting and giant sets. Slides were a tiny component of that industry and he slowly began to wonder why his company was not profitable. Because he did not respect his staff, no one helped him make the leap from production to full-scale meetings. Why bother with someone when you know they don’t appreciate the work you do? People began to show signs of insubordination out of frustration.

Mr. G began to micro-manage his company into the ground and, in a last-ditch effort to shake things up, he fired his top sales people. The company went under less than a year after I left. People were happy about it. If only he had asked his staff what was going on, they could have shown him another side of the industry. The more profitable side.

What did I learn? Here is the top three:

1) Integrate your management style with the culture you are working with. In the printing industry, yelling on the main floor is considered the norm, whereas yelling in an accounting firm would get you fired. Integration will command respect and allow you to institute changes that seem organic.

2) Never assume your staff doesn’t get it. They see more than you, because they are on the front lines everyday. Trust me, they know why there is a problem in shipping. Ask their opinion and respect it. You may see the bigger picture, but they are the ones getting their hands dirty.

3) Loosen up. We have entered a new era in business. People like to collaborate with each other both at home and at work. The norm used to be that employees tolerated each other during lame team building exercises just to make management happy. Bonding took place only at work when necessary…usually at the company Holiday Party.

Not anymore. Fortune magazine Feb. 4 2008 did a cover article on The 100 Best Companies To Work For. Today, many a workforce hangs out together, join hockey teams, go on vacations and even form rock bands. The corporation is now becoming a socially acceptable peer network were each shares in their work, hobbies and just plain fun. So lighten up…it’s the new trend. And it doesn’t hurt production, it enhances it. Imagine people getting jazzed about coming to work. Try stopping that group from being more productive.

Native American Art as Your Western Home Decor

Western home décor style is associated with the feel of Old West in many people’s minds. Perhaps, cowboys and saloons are the first images that pop up when western home décor is mentioned, but Native American art is a far more beautiful option to decorate your house in this particular style.

Dreamcatchers as Western Home Décor

One of the most popular Native American art items one can purchase is a dreamcatcher. Constructed in various shapes, with the middle resembling a spider web and the sides with feathers and beads, dreamcatchers are meant to catch bad dreams.

If you use a dreamcatcher as a part of your western home décor, the best place to put one is the bedroom. However, people have also been known to hang it in the middle of a front window. Dreamcatchers can be quite small, or they can be quite large, so when choosing one, be sure that you have the wall space to properly display it.

Sweet Grass Baskets as Western Home Décor

Beautiful hand woven sweet grass baskets are a significant part of Native American art; they perfectly fit into any western home décor. You can place them anywhere in your home, depending on their size.

These baskets are often placed, for example, on mantelpieces. Sweet grass baskets are becoming more and more difficult to find, as there are few who know how to make them anymore, so to own one is to truly own a special piece of Native American art.

Native American Pottery and Collector’s Plates as Western Home Décor

Perhaps the most popular form of Native American pottery is that made by the pueblo. Their pottery is colorful, and a great centerpiece for any coffee table. Collector’s plates depicting Native American warriors are also quite popular, and are often seen adorning the wall of a family room.

More Options for Western Home Décor

Native American art can provide many more options and ideas for your western home décor. If you wonder where you can find the right items to be used as your home décor, check the Internet – chances are you will find retailers in your area, or get links to a few websites that sell Native American art. The prices for Native American art vary greatly, but when it comes to authentic western home décor, they are truly valuable and beautiful examples.

Preparing A Turkey Dinner

For some reason, it looks like there is always a holiday right around the corner and with these holidays, come families and family gatherings. So it's inevitable that it's going to be your turn to cook that family feast.

Whether you're a seasoned pro or it's your first time hosting the gathering, preparing a turkey dinner for family and friends can be stressful on anyone.
Preparing your kitchen and yourself for the big day will be the key to your success.

By following a time line of up to 10 days prior to the big day you will be able to enjoy not only preparing the meal but also your company.

One week to 10 days prior

Prepare a list of everything you will need, including dinner napkins and decorations

Clean your oven thoroughly and check your appliances for problems. You will have lots of time to take care of those unexpected issues you might find

Clean out and rearrange your refrigerator, making sure there is lots of room for the turkey and all the trimmings

Mentally prepare yourself for the days to come

Three to four days prior

Purchase your turkey, keeping in mind to allow one half pound per person. Allow for more if you would like lots of leftovers

If your turkey is frozen set it in the refrigerator for defrosting (it can take up to 3 days to properly defrost a turkey in your fridge)

Go through your list and buy or get what you need for the big day

Bake dinner rolls and appetizers and set them in the freezer until the night before the dinner

Review your supplies to ensure everything you need is in your kitchen

The day before the dinner

If your turkey is frozen and you have not allowed three days for defrosting, set the turkey in a bowl or pot in the sink. Fill the pot with cold water and leave the cold water running slowly. Defrosting a turkey this way may take several hours

Iron the tablecloth and any linen needed

Include the children in the preparation by having them decorate and prepare games for your other young guests

Prepare the cranberry sauce or relish and set it in the fridge

Save time on the big day by peeling and chopping the vegetables. They can be stored in the fridge as well

Prepare and bake your desserts and appetizers

Take out and thaw any frozen items you might need

The morning of the big day

Prepare the turkey for cooking

Cook the bird on 350 ° F allowing for 20 minutes of cook time per pound of turkey

Prepare your side dishes and have them ready to cook or heat when the time is right

Set your table and wait for your guests to arrive

Sit back, relax and enjoy the meal with your family and friends

Preparing and cooking a big turkey dinner or any other large meal does not have to be stressful. Preparing your kitchen and yourself for the task will make your day a breeze, even if it is your first time.

Preparing A Turkey Dinner

For some reason, it looks like there is always a holiday right around the corner and with these holidays, come families and family gatherings. So it's inevitable that it's going to be your turn to cook that family feast.

Whether you're a seasoned pro or it's your first time hosting the gathering, preparing a turkey dinner for family and friends can be stressful on anyone.
Preparing your kitchen and yourself for the big day will be the key to your success.

By following a time line of up to 10 days prior to the big day you will be able to enjoy not only preparing the meal but also your company.

One week to 10 days prior

Prepare a list of everything you will need, including dinner napkins and decorations

Clean your oven thoroughly and check your appliances for problems. You will have lots of time to take care of those unexpected issues you might find

Clean out and rearrange your refrigerator, making sure there is lots of room for the turkey and all the trimmings

Mentally prepare yourself for the days to come

Three to four days prior

Purchase your turkey, keeping in mind to allow one half pound per person. Allow for more if you would like lots of leftovers

If your turkey is frozen set it in the refrigerator for defrosting (it can take up to 3 days to properly defrost a turkey in your fridge)

Go through your list and buy or get what you need for the big day

Bake dinner rolls and appetizers and set them in the freezer until the night before the dinner

Review your supplies to ensure everything you need is in your kitchen

The day before the dinner

If your turkey is frozen and you have not allowed three days for defrosting, set the turkey in a bowl or pot in the sink. Fill the pot with cold water and leave the cold water running slowly. Defrosting a turkey this way may take several hours

Iron the tablecloth and any linen needed

Include the children in the preparation by having them decorate and prepare games for your other young guests

Prepare the cranberry sauce or relish and set it in the fridge

Save time on the big day by peeling and chopping the vegetables. They can be stored in the fridge as well

Prepare and bake your desserts and appetizers

Take out and thaw any frozen items you might need

The morning of the big day

Prepare the turkey for cooking

Cook the bird on 350 ° F allowing for 20 minutes of cook time per pound of turkey

Prepare your side dishes and have them ready to cook or heat when the time is right

Set your table and wait for your guests to arrive

Sit back, relax and enjoy the meal with your family and friends

Preparing and cooking a big turkey dinner or any other large meal does not have to be stressful. Preparing your kitchen and yourself for the task will make your day a breeze, even if it is your first time.

New Roofing – Can Metal Roofing Be Installed Over Shingles?

Are you in the market for a new roof? If so, then you will find there are many options available in the roofing industry. These options can range from multiple variations of asphalt shingle types to many variations of metal panels.

One of the many questions that are presented to a professional contractor is: “can metal roofing be installed over shingles?”. The simple answer is yes. The dichotomous nature of installing metal over an existing shingle roof requires many steps. We will examine these steps in greater detail to help determine if retrofitting a metal roof over and existing asphalt shingle roof is an innovative idea.

There are several things you must consider before deciding to install a metal panel roof over an existing asphalt shingle roof. The first thing that must be determined is if the roof plywood or plank board decking is secure and solid underneath the existing roof. Essentially, the roof decking should not be damaged from water entering the old roof at any pinhole or any other penetration within the field of the roof. This will require a little investigative work prior to installing the new metal roof.

It is highly recommended, to inspect all roof decking and framing from the attic side of the roof. One must look for dark spots, moldy spots, water trails on plywood or roof decking, and or any cracked or split rafters. This should be done with great care, for one mistake can damage your ceilings or cause significant injury to oneself. After these things have been validated to be okay, then, the next step is to start preparing the roof.

New 1×4 wood strips must be installed vertically and horizontally every 24 inches throughout the roof plane on the horizontal from bottom to top. It is highly recommended to use wood screws to attach the new 1 x 4 wood strips. After this is complete and a holistic approach to the entire roof, then, it is time to install the roofing panels. Be mindful that all roof penetrations will have to be flashed with flashing boots that will work with the metal panel chosen for the roofing application.

In this step, choosing the metal panel is critical to the longevity of roof life. There are metal panels that screw through to that would on the face of the metal that are simply nothing more than fancy barn tin. The problem with fancy barn tin panels is that the rubber washers overtime will dry rot and fail, thus, creating a roof leak that can undermine all the reason a metal roof which chose to begin with.

A straightforward way to avoid the face screwed roofing material is to use a hidden fastener metal panel. These types of panels are called standing metal seam. It is highly recommended when choosing a metal roof to think about longevity. Succinctly expressed, a hidden fastener panel is going to last the entire life of the metal with minimal chance of leaks other than failing roof penetrations over time.This is normal to all roof types.

The Five R’s of Coping With Stress

Introduction

Stress is a combination of three things; (1) a threatening potential stressor, (2) your inability to cope with the threat, and (3) a response that mobilizes energy to fight or flee from the threat.

Anything can be a potential stressor and trigger a stress response under the right circumstances. All potential stressors have one thing in common; they threaten you in some way. What your mind tells you about your ability to cope with the threat determines whether or not it triggers a stress response.

In order to conquer your stress and thrive, not merely survive in a stressful world you need a stress management program that does three things:

– unleashes the power of your mind to stop stressful thinking

gets rid of stress-related tension and energy in healthy ways

– turns your stressors into challenges that motivate, rather than stress you

Coping With Stress

Years ago I developed a program to conquer stress called The Five R’s of Coping that does all three. The program uses five different levels of coping that will teach you how to conquer your stress and thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing world.

The Five R’s are:

Rethink

Relax

Reduce

Release

Reorganize

Each R contains several different strategies that work independently or can be combined to make a comprehensive personal stress management plan.

Rethink

Rethink strategies to conquer your stress use the power of your mind to short-circuit the stress response before it even begins. Your brain is a powerful organ that can both create and conquer stress. When you are exposed to a potential stressor your mind instantly answers two questions:

  1. “Is this threatening or harmful to me?”
  2. “Can I cope with it?”

If the answers are; ” yes it is threatening” and “no, I can’t cope” your brain will instantly trigger a stress response. The answers your mind give you to these two questions determines whether or not you will be stressed. Often, what your mind tells you about these two questions is inaccurate, illogical, and unhelpful.

Rethink strategies work by helping you understand how your mind works when thinking about stress. You can learn how to short-circuit your stress response by changing the way you think about the unhelpful messages your mind gives you about threatening and harmful situations and your ability to handle them.

Relax

Relax strategies to conquer your stress teach you how to switch on a relaxation response that puts your body into a relaxed state and cancels out the effects of stress. Because the relaxation response is the exact opposite of the stress response you can’t be stressed and relaxed at the same time.

When you put your body into a relaxed state on a regular basis you cancel out all of the unhealthy effects of stress (increased blood pressure, hormone release, muscle tension etc.). In a sense, this is like recharging your batteries when stress drains the energy from them. Relax strategies such as diaphragmatic breathing, breath meditation, and visualization are easy to learn and will slow down your runaway mind and relax your tense muscles.

Release

Release strategies to conquer your stress by giving you a positive physical outlet for the energy and muscle tension produced by the stress response. The stress response is all about mobilizing energy to fight or flee from stressors. This energy and the tension it creates, gets you all wound up and makes it difficult to concentrate, focus, and get to sleep at night.

Release strategies such as vigorous exercise and sex are healthy outlets that use up this energy and release this tension in beneficial ways. Making sure you release the by-products of stress on a regular basis helps you regain your focus and ability to rest and sleep when you need to.

Reduce

Reduce strategies teach you how to minimize the amount of stress in your life while maximizing the things you are passionate about. Reduce strategies teach you how to turn your stressors into challenges. Most people spend a lot of valuable time on activities and thoughts that drain their energy and create stress. By cutting back on the volume of these stressors in your life you can free up the time and energy you want and need to focus on the things that you are passionate about and challenge you.

When you are involved in too many meaningless activities and have too many unhelpful demands on your time, you get overloaded and begin to lose your zest for living and the ability to enjoy yourself. Reduce strategies teach you how to find the perfect balance between work and play, and to begin to feel passionate about and challenged by life again.

Reorganize

Reorganize strategies to conquer your stress revolve around hardy health habits that make you more stress resistant. Hardy health habits give you more energy and other resources to cope with stress. For example, a key hardy health habit is getting 30 minutes of exercise daily.

Experts recommend combining endurance exercises like walking or jogging at a moderate pace with 8-10 strength training exercises like weight lifting. If you incorporate this one hardy health habit into your lifestyle you will have more energy, need less sleep, and have greater mental focus. All three of these benefits will help you conquer your stress. Other hardy health habits work the same way.

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Which Pure Water Technology Is The Best For Home Water Purification Units?

Let us face it; market today has a large number of pure water technology based water filters. However, which amongst them is the best? Which results in 100% unpolluted water? Which one should you opt for?

Before jumping on to the best pure water technology, let us first understand why the trend maker reverse osmosis technology is not the best any more.

It is because of two reasons –

1. Water filtered by RO technology is still impure

Studies have proven that the reverse osmosis is not capable to remove quite a few smaller molecular size impurities like chlorine, chloramines, trihalomethanes (THMs), volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), etc. These impurities pass through the semi permeable porous RO layer along with water to become the part of so-called unpolluted water.

The consumption of this water results in migraines, headaches, upset stomach, and even to increased risk of rectal and bladder cancer.

2. Water filtered by RO technology does not contain essential minerals

Water naturally contains essential minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, etc. which are required by the body. Because the reverse osmosis pure water technology does not allow bigger molecules to be part of intainted water, all these essential nutrients are stripped off from the water.

The consumption of this de-mineralized water results in multi vitamin deficiency. This deficiency can lead to weaker bones, pain in joints, morning stiffness, and other dental issues.

Because of the above two points, the RO based water purifiers are no more recommended. Instead, their place has been taken by filtration systems based on latest methodology called carbon filtration, sub-micron filtration and ion exchange. These innovative filtration techniques remove out all the unwanted toxins (including the drugs, pesticides, herbicides, etc.) from the water. Moreover, with the latest the ion exchange technology, harmful lead ions are pulled out and they are replaced by valuable potassium ions. This increases the mineral content of the water; thus makes it healthier.

Besides purity and nutritional values of water, purifiers based on above pure water technology have following advantages too –

1. They are not expensive

2. They do not have high maintenance cost

3. They are not bulky

4. They are convenient to use.

So, now what are you waiting for; get out there, put this information to test and install the best and pure water technology based purifier. If you need my assistance in recommending you the a safe and healthy option, feel free to visit my website mentioned below.

Do You Settle For Complaining?

Does your ego let you complain consistently? Does it rob you of the peace and happiness that you seek?

Think about all of the persistent complaints that you have, ones that you complain about over and over again, either to yourself or others. Some examples would be my spouse never does what I ask of them, my child is always late, I can not get my co-workers to be supportive of each other, etc.

Take a moment and write down multiple of your favorites to test the validity of the balance of the discussion.

What you might now realize is that this is the ego talking. Every time that you have a persistent complaint, you get a payoff, and there is a cost to it. It appears as if you want whatever you are complaining about to stop, but in reality, that is not what you want. You want the payoff that comes with the complaint.

Tell me about payoffs, what are they? There are many but here is a prime example. You are right about whatever you are complaining about, so making the other party wrong or at fault. You validate yourself at the expense of someone else.

You settle for complaining rather than taking action. Rather than confront an issue, you decide to play it safe, and blame others 0D rather than take responsibility.

Due to taking action, you continue complaining and it's the play that keeps you addicted to the game, even though there is a cost to you. The ego wins again.

Next, the victim mentality comes in. You feel powerless and frustrated. Joy, peace and satisfaction are gone when you feel like a victim.

Without you stop and evaluate the costs of your complaining, you'll just continue on and keep letting your ego win. If you can deal with the situation you are complaining about, deal with it. Confront the issues, person or actions in order to resolve the situation. If you can not do it, just accept the situation and move on with your life. Keep the peace, joy and serenity that you were destined to enjoy!

Lighting a Kitchen for Maximum Usefulness and Eye Appeal

Let’s face it; most of the time we spend at home in the United States (and certainly elsewhere) is spent in the kitchen or in the dining area, as some prefer to call it. In earlier times, homes often lacked a living room and the kitchen area served the multipurpose use of a place to take meals and a place to socialize and just plain relax.

In many places, things haven’t changed that much over the years because family traditions are typically hard to change.

An interesting fact is that the kitchen area often gets the least amount of attention when it comes to lighting even though it is one of the most commonly used areas of the house. The right kind of lighting in this room is critical because this gathering place should be inviting and comfortable. This means that the lighting should be both bright and functional as well as designed with eye-appeal in mind.

One of the benefits when selecting lighting for this area is that more is often better than less. Multiple, smaller light fixtures can be used to illuminate the main food preparation area, while some low-voltage fixtures can be used to highlight decorative artwork such as teapots, a set of china or figurines. Low-voltage lighting is perhaps the most under used type of lighting used in this area.

While we are on the subject of low-voltage lighting, let’s go into a little detail about what it actually is. Low-voltage lighting are usually small, round lights that are a few inches in diameter. They are ideal for lighting under and inside cabinets. They can be just the perfect fixture for a sink valance and only your imagination limits their use. Fixtures are readily available in both 10- and 20-watt lights. A 12-volt transformer is necessary for these lights to work as well as another 60-watt transformer.

Control flexibility is a major feature of low-voltage lighting. Small switches can be installed that turn the light(s) on or off every time a cabinet is opened or closed, for example. Dimmer switches are also a common addition to a low-voltage light and will provide just the right level of lighting.

One of the popular trends today is the use of strip lights in the kitchen. These lights are very easy to install since they can simply be clipped under the area to be highlighted. While strip lighting runs off of 120V current, the longevity of the lighting fixture makes it an attractive option. While there is no hard and fast rule, these lights generally last over 30,000 hours and rather than replacing the entire unit, today’s strip lighting lets you simply replace the bulb and you are in business again. Because of their increase in popularity, manufacturers have developed a wide variety of styles and colors from which to choose.

Visit a large hardware store or a home improvement center and you will see for yourself that kitchen lighting has come a long way in terms of what is available to fit any decorating scheme or décor.

While there are a wide variety of kitchen lighting ideas available, the key is not to become overwhelmed. The primary thing to always keep in mind is what your kitchen looks like, including its size and location in your home. Also, how is your kitchen used? Do people spend a great deal of time there even when they’re not eating? What impression do you want to create when friends and family congregate in the kitchen? Start out by looking through the tons of home and garden magazines available today. Don’t be overly impressed by a kitchen that has too much style for the tastes and lifestyle of your family. Look at the details. You may find one idea here and one idea there that fit what you’re looking for. Keep in mind that these magazines usually have a hefty budget and that some of the lighting pictured may be out of your price range. If you are a social creature, take a look at the way kitchens are decorated and the way lighting is used in homes you visit. Ask your friends what, in particular, they like about the way their kitchen looks. People like to talk about their homes.

Depending on your budget, you can always seek professional sources that specialize in home decorating. There are professionals that specialize as consultants in the area of home lighting. A word of caution. There are no professional credentials required to advertise oneself as a lighting consultant. If you just grab someone from the yellow pages or from the services available section of your local newspaper, you may be in for trouble. I’ve heard horror stories where a homeowner selected a consultant that offered their services for a price that seemed very good. The result was too much lighting in the wrong areas and just the right amount of lighting in areas that didn’t really need much, if any lighting. When we add up the consultant’s fee, the cost of the fixtures and new wiring that needed to be added, the bottom-line was a nightmare for the homeowner.

Fortunately, there is a fail-safe way to avoid this kind of problem. The United States and Canada benefit from an organization named ALA (American Lighting Association). Members of this association are required to demonstrate top rate knowledge and experience in the field of lighting. They all share a commitment to recommending quality lighting and the application of just the right lighting configurations for the areas in question. The key word to remember when considering an ALA-member consultant is that they always look for the optimal use of resources and the needs of the homeowner.

Don’t rely on your own abilities and resources or questionable experts when making lighting decisions. The skills, knowledge and ability of an ALA-member lighting consultant is always your best bet.

Here are some final thoughts. It’s a given that you want to select the highest quality lighting fixtures you can afford and it’s equally important that you select just the right styles that fit your kitchen décor and you personal tastes.

I suggest that you avoid discount stores or any stores that offer bargain prices. You get what you pay for and your lighting should be selected at a level of quality that will provide you with years and years of top-flight service and dependability.

Visit an ALA approved showroom and take along photos of your kitchen area to help the experts on staff gain a sense of what your kitchen offers in terms of resources. It’s also a good idea to bring dimensions of your kitchen area including countertops and the overall dimensions of the room. ALA member-consultants can quickly get a feel for what resources you have available as well as what can be done to maximize their usefulness and eye appeal by suggesting just the right kind of lighting.

Insulated Boot Covers – Keep Your Feet Warm

Many hunters find their hunting experience less enjoyable due to cold winter conditions. The right hunting gear is essential to keep out the cold weather, and to keep the hunter warm. The head, hands, and feet are the easiest places to lose body heat, and keeping them warm is extremely important. Thanks to insulated boot covers, a hunter’s feet can stay warm all day long. No longer will they face cold feet while hunting, but will instead be able to enjoy their hunt even in the coldest of conditions.

Covering your feet with these insulated boot covers will save you from getting cold feet while hunting. These are extremely durable against winter conditions, and have a polyester fabric lining that act as a barrier against the cold and unpleasant wind. This helps to keep your feet warm for long hours of sitting in your stand.

It is very important to take care of your boot covers, and keep them free of any smells that can affect your hunt. Below, we have a few tips to keeping your boot covers free of any odor, even after wearing them for hours long.

• It is advised that hunters try and keep their feet as dry as possible before putting on the boot covers. This prevents any bacteria from forming that may cause odors after prolonged wearing. Sweat is also another issue when dealing with odor, but these have a breathable ability to keep your feet warm while still preventing a buildup of sweat.

• Always plan ahead for long walks in frigid temperatures as you may sweat from the exertion. Socks should be thick, but too much will cause sweating and only add to the discomfort of your feet. The cold will also affect your feet more when they are wet. With the insulated boot covers, many layers of socks are not necessary to keep your feet warm and comfortable. Therefore, your feet can stay dry all day long and you will be able to have a more enjoyable hunt.

These are a necessity for your next hunt. Simply zip them up over your boots to keep your feet nice and warm, even in the chilliest of conditions. These boot covers are also extremely light, eliminating the burden of carrying heavy over-insulated boots.

Overall, these covers are a must for making your hunt more enjoyable. They keep your feet warm, blocking out the cold and erasing the need for many layers of socks. Order a pair today!