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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6 Telling Signs That You’re Meant To Travel The World

I hope you experience new places and feel so alive and confident in them.

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I'm not sure when I fell in love with the notion of traveling and experiencing new places. Maybe it was my mother's efforts to make any long trip into a mini vacation. Maybe it was when I began to learn French in high school, and my first short trip to Europe. Maybe it was solidified after my 6-week study abroad in England.

Or maybe, it's just in your blood.

I think it was a culmination of all these things that has fueled my desire to travel, but even if you haven't experienced these same, or similar things, you may love traveling too. Maybe you just don't know it yet.

Some quirks and realizations I had about my constant underlying desire to travel were seemingly everyday occurrences. They are feelings and shifts in perspective that I was not always prepared for, and that have become a part of myself. If any, or all, of these signs apply to you, you might be a traveler at heart.

1. You get jealous every time you see photos of people's travels and vacations, even on TV

We are a pretty jealous species, and our heavy reliance on technology and social media has not changed that. If anything, it's made it worse. I feel a whole range of emotions when I see someone's quick snap from various places in the world. They make me look around at my current place in life and residence and I immediately get the travel bug.

2. Your idea of saving money and planning for the future is for possible plane tickets, not a house

Growing up, we are all told about the inevitable big purchases in life, most notable being a house. While I enjoy some fantasizing over the kind of house I will have, that time spent in nothing in comparison to the time I've spent planning trips in my mind. When I save, of course, there are necessities to think of, but my goal is not the stability of a house, but of plane tickets and new destinations.

3. You love to learn new things about new places

I was drawn to take French in high school, not that my small school had many language options, and I could never explain why. Everything I learned about the language and the culture fascinated me, especially when I compared it to the familiarity of the US. This also played into the historian in me, which makes every new place visited also a journey to the past.

4. You can't picture yourself living in one place, at least not indefinitely

When I was growing up, I could never picture myself in the future. I didn't see myself going away to college and definitely didn't expect to study abroad during those years. This has changed in me so that now, I don't think about a stable situation in my future but am open to change and movement. I have places and people that I call home, but through them, I feel the freedom and confidence to change up my surroundings. After two years of living in the same apartment, for example, I'm ready to move out and move on.

5. You feel a new sense of comfort and confidence in a new place

I have quite a bit of anxiety when it comes to big and/or important situations. But in addition to that, I have a tendency to be socially awkward as well. Maybe part of my personal growth is due to simply maturing, but there was a sense of confidence and security I didn't expect when I traveled. I faced new experiences with little hesitation compared to my normal behavior, and I felt comfortable in new scenarios. I highly recommend.

6. You worry more about your terrible passport photo than your terrible driver's license photo

Any official picture of me is undoubtedly bad. But, for as little as I get to use my passport, I am much more aware of that terrible photo than the one I carry almost every day. My passport symbolizes who I am in the world and the experiences I've had, which hold more weight for me than the plastic card that lets me drive. This may seem weird or excessive, but it's just a part of holding travel close to your heart.

I may fall into the cliché of wanting to spread my wings after living most of my life in a small, rural town, but I don't think that fully explains how I feel. It's not just that I want to leave what I know since I still love it and call it home.

I want to experience so much in so many places, probably because I have this mentality. Wanting to travel is not an insult to your "regular" life, it's a part of you that wants to experience both. I hope you see those pictures on Instagram of a vacation and that motivates you to take your own. I hope you experience new places and feel so alive and confident in them.

I hope we get to travel because it's what we would love to do.

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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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