Finding the Perfect Décor For Your Home

Finding the Perfect Décor For Your Home

Add beauty without breaking the bank!

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Summer is moving season – as much as 50% of the nation's moves happen in only three months. Whether you are moving into a new home, prepping your current one for sale, or simply trying to make things more beautiful where you live, décor is probably on your mind.

How do you go about making a home look nice – without breaking the bank? Here are some great tips.

Get the Right Lighting

Light makes a huge difference in any space. Make sure you have what you need throughout your home!

Task lighting in the kitchen can make cooking safer and easier. Desk lamps in the office help you focus without casting a shadow over your work. And beautiful chandeliers can make your dining room a place people love to be.

Also, make sure the bulbs you use are efficient and bright enough for the area. LED bulbs are the way to go!

Use Beautiful Fabrics

Fabric can bring color into your home in a variety of ways.

Of course, the color and pattern of your drapes and furniture is a big part of your décor. However, have you thought about how to use fabric on the wall?

If you can't paint, consider hanging a large piece of colored or patterned fabric up instead. There are tons of fun options, and you can remove – or move – it anytime you want!

Also, think about framing pieces of fabric and placing them as artwork around your home. It's a great economical way to enhance your home.

Make Your Space Comfortable

You want your home to be a place you enjoy – or that future buyers can see themselves enjoying. As a result, it's important to make your place comfortable.

For many people, this means nice furniture and plenty of seating. However, make sure your pieces aren't too soft. You don't want to feel like you can't get up, and a bit of support is good for your back.

You also want to keep things spacious. If your home is smaller, this may be challenging. Avoid clutter, use your furniture to divide space if needed, and keep things clean.

When you're comfortable in your home, you'll love being there – and everything will look better!

Make Your Home Your Own

Putting your own stamp on your home is one of the great privileges we have. We want it to be well-lit, beautiful, and comfortable.

Of course, if you are selling your home, keep things more neutral. But you can look forward to putting your own unique stamp on your next house!

How do you bring light, beauty, and comfort into your home? Share in the comments!

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Growing Up Catholic And How It Shaped Me

"I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth."

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Ever since I can remember, I have attended church every Sunday morning. Not always at the same church, but always at the same time with all the same people. I've never known anything different.

Both of my parents are Catholic and so are their parents and so on and so forth. I attended religious education classes my whole childhood and when I was 15, I chose to get confirmed which basically says you are choosing to continue your faith.

As a kid, I didn't really understand why we went to church every Sunday and there were some Sundays where I just didn't want to get out of bed to go. When I'm on the verge of not going to mass I tell myself that it is just 1 hour of my time, 1 hour each week and that is all I have to give. Everyone has 1 hour to spare.

Now that I am older, I'm grateful my parents have introduced me to the Catholic Church. I like having something to believe in and being able to have faith. I'm a huge optimist in my daily life and a big part of that is because I trust God's plan for me, whatever happens is with his best intentions for me. I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth.

It seems that the word "Catholic" has a negative connotation nowadays and that makes me extremely sad. No one should be judged or profiled based on their religion.

Being Catholic to me means always striving to better myself and bring myself closer to God. Being Catholic might mean something else to another person and that's what is great about religion and faith, they affect everyone differently and it is up to you to decide what to do with these 2 things.

At the end of the day, I am grateful for being brought up in the Catholic family I was because it gave me my morals and made me the person I am today, whom I am proud of.

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How to Fail in Business – When You’re Really Trying

You can try so hard - and mess it all up. Learn how not to!

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I've been working my business full-time for almost four years. Despite my hard work, my business very nearly failed.

I made a lot of mistakes that lead to this. I want to share those with you, so that you can learn from what I did – and have better success than my business has had.

Wait Too Long to Make the Leap

I was in a very comfortable, stable, and BORING day job. I had dead-ended in my career years before I finally had the courage to leave.

68% of employees in corporate jobs are disengaged. I was one of those folks. I had my business as a side-hustle, and it provided additional income. But I waited three years before I took my business full time!

Why?

Honestly, I let fear and security win the day – until I was truly desperate and HAD to leave. And unfortunately, that led to my second mistake.

Leave Your Job Without Savings

So, while I was comfortable, I wasn't building my income. I let myself get lazy – even though I had a business on the side. It was very difficult to prospect at night when all I wanted to was veg.

Plus, at the same time I was running my side-hustle, I was dating and eventually marrying my husband. That took a lot of energy, and I was more interested in spending time with him than in building my uncertain business.

As a result, when I finally reached my absolute limit and finally gave my two-week notice, I didn't have a cushion saved up. I had a retirement account – and I used it entirely the first year of my business.

Not recommended.

Fall For All the Marketing

I'll tell you the honest truth. It's really hard to resist the temptation to spend like crazy when you have your own business.

I had excellent credit. (HAD.) As a result, I was approved for a strong credit limit on my business credit card. And I took full advantage!

A lot of this had to do with the fact that I fell for a LOT of marketing messages. You know all the folks that say, "I built my business 1000% in one month using these five strategies?"

They're lying!

If I had realized that MUCH earlier, that alone could have helped my business stay a lot more healthy.

Here's the dirty truth – they grew their business 1000% by preying on the uncertainty of beginning business owners like you. They'll give you some generic strategies in their course – assuming you even finish it. But your results will not be theirs, because you're not following the REAL business model.

I also liked the feeling of traveling to business conferences. And those conference hotels are NOT cheap. I whipped out the credit card, oblivious. Oh – and business conferences are one more giant sales pitch. Don't fall for it.

Finding Your Footing

I made all of these mistakes, and my business is still alive. It's very rough and my family is in a deep hole. At this point I only qualify for the types of credit cards Bonsai Finance recommends for folks with bad credit. But I'm still kicking!

A lot of what I did to right the ship was to get back to my core service – freelance writing – and stop chasing every other "success story" out there. I started ignoring the marketing messages. I stopped believing the "I can show you a way to easy money," lies.

If you've found yourself struggling in your business, you may be making these mistakes. Hopefully this article has given you some clarity so you can see the way out!

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