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Saturday, January 31, 2015

If You Are Hoping To Save The Planet, Begin With You!

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One of the big, hot topics of conversation these days is the environment and the state of the planet, and while lots of different people have lots of different opinions on exactly where we stand on things, and exactly what we need to do, one thing that just about every person can agree on is the idea that we have a responsibility to take good care of the planet - even if we believe it is still in good shape at this point!

As far as things go with taking care of the planet, one of the things that will really stand in the way is the fact that most people do not do the "little things" they can do, as they wonder what on earth these little things can actually do to help; realize, however, that when you do the little things, you will be doing your small part to make a big difference.

It is also true that when it comes to the "little things" you can do, "encouraging others to do the little things as well" is one of the main ones to consider doing; after all, when lots of people combine together to all do the little things, this will start to add up very quickly.

And finally, realize that your patterns as a consumer will make quite an impact on the state of the planet, both in the short term and in the long term; there is no reason why you should have to completely restrict your current lifestyle, but you should also realize that there are some companies that are very interested in using sustainable practices and in protecting the planet, while others could not care less - and buying products that are made by the former will help to send the planet in the right direction.

Your belief may be that we are already in poor shape with the planet and are in a place where we need to immediately turn things around, or your belief may be that the planet is fine right now, and that no drastic measures are needed; regardless of which side of the issue you stand on, however, you can still do your part to keep the planet healthy, and to keep the planet happy!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Tips For Playing Ultimate Frisbee On The Beach

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Putting together a game of ultimate frisbee is always lots of fun, as long as you have enough people and are in a place where there is enough room to put together a successful game, but even though just about any place can be made into a "good" place for playing ultimate frisbee, the beach can be made into a "great" place for playing ultimate frisbee!

Of course, a game of ultimate frisbee on the beach will present you with a handful of challenges, not the least of which is the fact that beaches are often packed with people, and it can be difficult to make sure you are avoiding others while you are playing; in order to make sure you are not ruining someone else's beach day while you are having fun, mark off an area for the game where no one else is, and make sure the boundaries of the game are clear enough that no one will try to come and sit in the middle of your game while you are playing!

Figuring out exactly what you will use as the boundaries when you are trying to put together a game of ultimate frisbee on the beach is another obstacle to overcome, as it can be difficult to determine exactly where the boundaries should be and what the boundaries are; one solution is to be a bit flexible with the boundaries, as this will prevent disputes - and another solution is to allow everything (including the water!) to be a part of the playing field, so that the only thing you will have to worry about is where the end zones are.

And when you put together a beach game of ultimate frisbee, realize that it is likely that you will find others who come up to you asking if they can jump in the game. You can increase your fun and meet new people when you add strangers to the game, so make sure you are staying open to adding new people - and as long as you continue to keep teams evenly numbered, this should not be any problem at all, and you can have an "ultimate" game of ultimate frisbee!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

F Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"

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"The Great Gatsby" is one of the few books in the history of American literature that has truly been considered to be a "great American novel." But what you may not know, if you have never read "The Great Gatsby" or have not read it recently, is the fact that this book is as relevent today as it was back in the 1920s.

If you have been looking for a good classic to read, or if you want a good classic to suggest to your teenager, consider picking up F Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece.

"The Great Gatsby" is nearly as important for the timing of its publication as it is for the story within the book itself. This book was first published in the mid-1920s, which put it right in the middle of the Post-WWI euphoria, as well as right in the middle of Prohibition and the Roaring 20s. It seemed like war was over during this time; money seemed endless; it felt like a glorious period in American history. This was also probably America's most romantic period, and "The Great Gatsby" managed to capture this romanticism more fully than any other piece of literature that was written during that time.

This story is set in the New York City high-life society of the 1920s, and it is told by Nick Carraway - who was an outsider in this society. Despite his lack of funds, Carraway - who has just moved from the Midwest - ends up living in a small house on the property of Jay Gatsby. All over New York City, Gatsby is known for the lavish parties he throws at his mansion on weekends - as people see him as an obscenely wealthy eccentric. But through all this, no one really knows much about Gatsby; they do not know how he came across his money, and they certainly have no clue why he throws these lavish parties. That is, no one knows these things until Gatsby befriends Nick Carraway, and his whole story is unveiled to Carraway and to the reader as well.

"The Great Gatsby" is one of those rare blends of serious literature and "can't put it down" reading. If you love reading - or if you want to start loving reading - "The Great Gatsby" is a perfect book to pick up.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Staying Healthy By Jumping Rope

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There are plenty of ways to stay in shape effectively, but some people enjoy changing up the approach they are taking to their workout, and others, quite frankly, are not a fan of the typical options such as "walking and jogging." Whatever the case, many people find that exploring new options to stay fit is great for them, and if you are exploring new options, jumping rope is a great one to look at. Jumping rope exercises your legs, of course, but that is not all it does; jumping rope also exercises your arms, your shoulders, your chest, and your abs - all at once!

If you have back problems or knee problems, you should definitely think twice before picking up a jump rope, as jumping rope can cause issues for those who deal with these problems. For others, however, jumping rope can be a great workout that is relatively low-impact; best of all, it can be done at home, and it will not take up a whole bunch of your day!

Buying the right equipment is, of course, the first step to jumping rope; the biggest part of the equipment is the jump rope itself. And as for clothes, you should be able to get by with regular workout clothes - some good walking or running shoes and some athletic apparel. As for the jump rope itself, you will be surprised how much some jump ropes cost! If you want a quality product without paying extra money for things you do not really need, you simply need to find a simple, straightforward jump rope from a reputable company.

When it comes to actually jumping rope, you should start out with a low count, as you might not register the fatigue until later. Put yourself on a schedule, gradually increasing the repetitions and the speed over time, and as you follow this schedule, you will see a big difference in your body!

Jumping rope can be done outdoors, or - if the weather is bad and you have high enough ceilings - can even be done on tile in your foyer or kitchen. And once you get into it, you will start to see that jumping rope is a great full-body workout that you can engage in without even feeling like you are working out!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tips For Strengthening Your Core

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When it comes to working out, there are typically two primary benefits - firstly, working out will make you look good, and secondly, you will be promoting health in your body when you work out; when it comes to these dual benefits, there is really no form of working out that does more to improve the way you look and to (more importantly!) promote health in your body than working out your core - and for this reason, it is valuable to know a few easy ways by which you can do this.

The great thing about working out your core is that there are some very easy ways to do this, and there is no way that is easier than by simply walking; when you walk - especially when you walk long distances - you will be causing your abs and your back to tighten and strengthen, and what's more, it will never be one of those things that is "too difficult" for you to bring yourself to do it!

Of course (on top of this "easy" way of targeting your core as a byproduct of other activity), it is also possible for you to target your core on purpose with exercises that focus specifically on your core, such as crunches and sit-ups; in addition to these exercises that are intended for your core, you can also engage in pushups and pull-ups, as these will strengthen your core as well!

And actually, one of the easiest ways of all to strengthen your core is by simply tightening it throughout the day; as you drive, as you sit in your chair at work, and as you do just about anything else, you can tighten up your abs, and will eventually begin to see some serious results!

The more you focus on your core, the more you will be able to improve your core - and the more you improve your core, the more you will be able to enjoy the good looks and the health benefits that come as a result!

Small Business and Where to Start

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Starting up your own business can be a daunting task. One of the toughest questions is where exactly do you start? After you decide on this, you have to decide where you will go from there. It can be very difficult for a new business owner to come up with a road map to follow. A different path to success is needed by every different small businesses and this is an extremely true statement. Starting your path is difficult and seeking advice on where to begin is a great option for any entrepreneur.

The intention of being helpful is not always at the center of the books written on starting up small businesses. A majority of them look at the small picture and don’t understand all that is involved. Start Your Own Business is a book that can truly offer all of the advice you will need when putting the book’s title into action. The authors have the big picture in mind and will offer advice in places that you may not realize you need it.

The best selling business start up book of all time is a title that is held by this book. A basic plan that is applicable to all start up businesses is what helps to accomplish this feat. Every business needs to complete specific tasks when starting including pinpointing a target market, uncovering creative ways to finance the business, and learning the secrets of successful marketing. You will be taken through basic initial tasks all the way until you are just maintaining you business by this book.

Running their own business and the ways they have had success are the words offered by business owners in this book. Nobody should try to take on such a difficult task without first seeking the advice of those who have been successful. Learn how to take advantage of all the resources available to you. Without using your resources running a successful entrepreneurship will be next to impossible!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Looking At Where To Study Before Investing

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Plenty of people exert plenty of time and energy complaining about how unfair Wall Street is, and how it gives a handful of people the opportunity to accumulate all the wealth, but even though you might see this as frustrating, you should also realize that joining these people is not all that difficult if you take the time to understand how Wall Street works; if you invest some time studying investing, you will be able to take advantage of all the benefits Wall Street offers - as long as you know exactly what you should be doing in order to conduct this studying!

Early on, it can be tempting to just jump right into investing - to start throwing around money and hoping something works - but it is largely because of the people who do this that it is so easy for others to make money investing; rather than beginning your investing career right away, take the time to first study the basics of investing - understanding how it works, how people make money on it, and how people lose money on it.

Once you have begun to understand how investing works, you will want to expand your studying to include an understanding of all the different forms of investing; outside of your basic form of investing (making straightforward investments in various stocks), you should also study up on (and gain an understanding of) mutual funds, treasury notes, commodities, and even such strategies as short selling.

And when you have all of this information, you will have a pretty good grasp of exactly what investing is and how it works - and with this knowledge, you can start studying how to be successful with investing - perusing books from the experts of the past (such as Ben Graham) and the experts of the present (such as Warren Buffett), and picking up extra tips and tricks in such magazines as Forbes and Fortune.

The more you study, the better shape you will be in to succeed with the investments you decide to make - and soon, you will be bringing in money through the magic of Wall Street, as others continue to complain about how unfair it is!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tips For Getting Started With Online Investing

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Regardless of whether you are a seasoned investor who is wanting to do something new by investing online, or are a brand-new investor getting started in the stock market for the first time, you are likely to start your online investing in the same place - and in order to get the most out of your online investing experience, there are a few things that will be important for you to know.

There will be a lot to wade through when it comes to choices for online investing firms, and before you make your decision of who you will go with, you will need to compare all of these - taking a look at the commission they charge, the tools they offer, and the experiences their customers have had; typically, you will have more in the way of investing tools and expert advice from a service that charges a higher commission, but there are actually some highly rated sites but have low commissions, so take the time to look around and find the fit is right for you!

Once you have selected the brokerage firm that you feel will be the best fit for you, it will be necessary for you to then fill out a basic application on their website; this application will pretty much just require your personal information, and should be a fairly easy process to go through.

Once you've taken these steps, it will be time for you to figure out how much you want to start out with for your first wave of investing; every brokerage will have a different minimum that you must invest, but of course, your best bet would probably be to start out with a little bit more than what this minimum is, while also making sure that you are using an amount you feel comfortable risking.

And finally, you can start doing some research and studying up on things before you begin investing; this is the most important step of all when it comes to investing, as you are unlikely to achieve success with your investments if you have not done your research, so take the time to research, and then start investing well and enjoying the results!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

How To Save Energy In Your House

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Although there is certainly no shortage of "green" reasons to save energy in your house, one of the biggest reasons of all for becoming energy-efficient is that you will be able to save yourself quite a bit of money in the long run; if you follow these simple tips to make your home more energy-efficient, you will soon notice your bills shrinking and your disposable income increasing as a result!

One of the best things you can do to save energy in your house is to replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps; while compact fluorescent lamps will cost you more money out of pocket than incandescent light bulbs do, these new light bulbs will actually save you lots of money in the long run - in fact, while a typical light bulb last  about a thousand hours, a compact fluorescent lamp lasts for about ten thousand hours, which will save you as much as $80 over the life of the bulb!

Another thing you will want to do is check to see whether or not your house has good insulation in the walls and attic, as effective insulation will allow your house to retain its heat in the winter, and to retain its cool air in the summer; many houses have unfinished attics, or hardly any wall insulation (or both!), and such houses tend to lose lots of money for their owners - so look into this in your own house, and see what you can do differently.

Replacing your windows, or upgrading the ones you have, is another big key to saving money on your energy bills, as more cold and heat is transferred through windows than through any other part of your home; if you are replacing your windows for any reason at all, upgrade to replacements that are Energy Star-rated, and you will find that the extra cost at the time is off-set in the long run.

It might seem like you will be stuck doing lots of work - in exchange for very little instant gratification - as you try these new things, but in the long run you will be able to not only have a positive impact on the environment, but will be able to save quite a bit of cash in the process!

How To Make A Living Doing Something You Love

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A lot of people separate their life into categories that include "work" and "hobbies" (or "work" and "play"), and even though they sometimes think it would be nice if they were able to make a living doing something they truly love doing, they never really take any steps toward making this dream a reality - but one thing that is important for you to realize, especially if you have something specific that you enjoy doing, is that it is not only possible for you to make money off this hobby of yours, but it is entirely realistic.

The first thing you will need to do if you have one such hobby, before you are able to make money off this hobby, is take this hobby seriously; a lot of people have something they love doing, but they have not taken enough time to truly get good at this thing, but when you take the time to get good at this hobby (which should not be difficult to do, if you truly enjoy doing it!), you will put yourself in a much better position to make money off this hobby.

If you are looking to make a money off this hobby of yours, you should also realize that you will probably not make a living off it right away, but this does not mean you cannot make money; once you have worked hard and have gotten good enough at this hobby that you feel you can make money off it, you can start pursuing different avenues by which you might make this happen, getting creative in the ways you can make money in the evenings and on weekends with this hobby, and even considering teaching this hobby to others who are interested in order to pull in some extra cash!

And as you start to gain some traction and make some money with this hobby of yours, you should also do some research to find out what you can do to get your name out there even more - as the more you get your name out there, the more likely it will be that you will be able to make more money!

As you keep working at your hobby - continuing to get better at it, constantly looking for creative ways to make money with it, and forever looking to expand - you will keep seeing progress, and you may even find that you are soon making a living doing this "something you love"!

Friday, January 23, 2015

How To Wean Yourself Off Coffee

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One of the first things for you to realize about coffee is that, in moderation, not only is "not bad" for you, but is actually beneficial; of course, by the same token, you should never put more than 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine into your body per day, which is equal to about two or three cups, and if you are drinking more than this each day – or if you simply think you are addicted to coffee and would like to change this - you will want to understand how you can scale back.

If your body is used to drinking coffee first thing in the morning, you will not be doing yourself any favors if you cut yourself off from coffee completely; rather, the best approach for morning coffee drinkers is to gradually push back time of day when you have your coffee, moving it back 15 minutes or half an hour at a time, doing so gradually so that your body does not notice much of a difference.

If, on the other hand, not typically do not drink your coffee until later in the day, you can start to gradually scale back the amount of coffee you drink; you should not put caffeine into your body any later than eight hours before you go to bed, so once you reach this point in the day with your coffee drinking, you will be at a place where you can start scaling back gradually rather than gradually pushing the time later.

And as you begin to seriously scale back your coffee drinking, another thing that will help is finding a way to replace this energy you are used to getting; a few great ways to consider are replacing that coffee with fruit, with other healthy foods, or even with a couple pieces of dark chocolate, which will get you some sugar and some caffeine without being too unhealthy!

It is really not that difficult to scale back on your coffee drinking, as long as you take the proper steps; keep these tips in mind as you work toward this goal yourself, and soon you will be drinking as little coffee as you want – or even, no coffee at all!