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Happy 34th Birthday to my love!

This amazing man is now 34 years old. Happy Birthday!!!

Daniel

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3 Simple Hacks To Improve Your Freelance Career!

These days, many people decide to dabble in some freelance work. Being a freelancer has many pros and cons. One of the pros is that if you go about things in the right way, you can be incredibly successful. Bearing that in mind, I have some awesome advice that will help you improve your freelance career:

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Create An Organized Home Office

One of the hardest parts of being a freelancer is finding somewhere to work. It makes sense to work from home, but you can get distracted very easily. I find that people tend to work better when they’re in an organized office environment. Thankfully, you can achieve this and still work at home without any distractions. Simply convert your spare room into an office and get everything set up. Have a proper office desk with a comfortable chair and computer. Purchase any office equipment you’ll need to make life easier for you too. Have everything set up and organized so you can be super productive. It won’t be long before your office is complete and you have a lovely place to do all of your work in peace.

Present Yourself As A Business

I think a lot of freelancers forget that they should present themselves as a business. This means creating a website to allow people to find you. It means trying to be as professional as possible so people start seeing you in a different light. Another idea I have is to get a business address. This doesn’t mean you have to move into an office; you can still work from home. A business address allows you to look more professional and has other uses too. As seen here https://physicaladdress.com/, you can get your mail delivered to a business address. When people want to contact you, they’ll see a professional address on your website instead of your home one. All of this comes together to present you in a different way. It can set you apart from your freelance competitors and lead to more work for you.

Always Be On The Lookout For Work

Many people have failed freelance careers because they’re waiting for work to come to them. To maximise the amount of money you make, you must be looking for work. Unless you’ve promoted yourself ridiculously well, no one will come to you for work. Your best chances of finding work are via freelance website like https://www.upwork.com/. On these sites, people and companies will post jobs that they need doing. You can find some and apply for as many as you like. The more work you get, the more chance you have of landing future jobs. Companies that like your work are likely to hire you again if they need you. And, other companies will see all the work you’ve done and the good ratings you’ve received. So, they’ll want to hire you if you apply for their jobs. Get on various freelance websites and keep looking for work every day. Doing this will help your career improve dramatically.

 

Follow these three simple tips and you’ll find your career moving in the right direction, fast!


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An Empowered Woman’s Guide to Launching Your Own Startup!

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What a great era to be a woman?! We are living in a world that is changing as more and more steps are taken to deal with gender inequality. However, there is still an issue when it comes to the wage gap between a lot of men and women. One of the best ways to combat this is to launch your own business. So, here are some of the tips I would recommend to any woman looking to start her own business.

Take Control

All ladies understand the need to take control in business. Many of us feel like we have to be extra dominant in a male-dominated business world. But, this isn’t a bad thing if you’re trying to run your own company. You need to take control of all areas and make sure your fate stays in your own hands. You have the greatest understanding of your company and how it works. So, you’ve got to take control of all areas of it. This will make you better organised, and give the company more direction and purpose.

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Know Your Niche

Success in business is all about understanding your niche. You see, all companies have an audience, and you need to work out what yours is. If you get to know each your niche market, you will learn how to exploit it, and what methods prove the most effective. So many business owners fail because they don’t take the time to ensure they know what their niche is. This affects everything right down to marketing and financing. So, you have to make sure you get this part right before you can get serious about the business.

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Fund Your Business

Okay ladies, take it from me, funding the business will be one of the hardest things you have to do. When you first start out, you’ve got to be aware that your company is going to cost a lot to launch. Every part of the company is going to need to be paid for, and you have to make sure you do it. The business cannot function without money, and that’s why you need funding. So, it’s important to check out sites like Business Lender Match to see what they can offer you. Funding your business properly is the key to achieving success in the future.

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Social Media is Key

There’s no point in beating around the bush; the fact is that social media is crucial. These days things like Facebook and Twitter play an enormous role in the way businesses develop and grow. So, you need to make sure you do what you can to ensure you have a good presence on these platforms. Marketing is the key to driving a brand and increasing interest in the company. So, make sure you use social media to your full advantage. You might also think about making use of newer forms of social media such as Instagram.

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As a successful and modern entrepreneur, it’s important to be decisive. You have to know the best way of running the business you want. There are so many variables you’ve got to think about and action. And, if you can get these right you will find success in all your business ventures. So, use my guide to help facilitate this, and benefit you as a successful, modern businesswoman.

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I now know what Pyometra is, because my kitten almost died from it.

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Freyja

 

As you may know, and if not then now you do, I rescue cats. Currently nine cats call our house their home. We literally scoop up stray cats, fix them up, and do our best to re-home them. But as there are too many cats and not enough people willing to care for them, we’ve had as many as ten cats. My 16 year old cat, Blueboy, was put to sleep two weeks ago, so we’re now down to nine.

Anyway, our youngest cat is a seven month old long-haired dilute blue tabby/tortoiseshell (aka a torbie) named Freya. My neighbors found her and her brother back in November; they kept the boy, and I kept the girl.

Two days ago Freyja suddenly started having vaginal discharge. FYI, because cats do not cycle like human females do, vaginal discharge means one of two things: miscarriage or post-partum afterbirth in a pregnant/recently delivered cat, or infection. Since Freyja is a kitten, it was the latter – a uterine infection called Pyometra. is a deadly uterine infection that is common among older unspayed female dogs, but can also happen to older unspayed female cats. It’s extremely uncommon to happen with an unspayed female kitten, but nevertheless, it can happen.

Pyometra is caused by bacteria entering the uterus during a heat cycle. During this cycle, the uterus expands and tilts downward, and the cervix also dilates – this is to make the passage of sperm easier. But with the tilting, expanding, and opening of the uterus and cervix comes the increased ease for bacteria to enter the uterus. And since female cats and dogs don’t shed uterine linings like human females do, the bacteria becomes trapped within the uterine lining, and infection begins to brew.

In Freyja’s case, she was extremely lucky that she had a case of open Pyometra, during which the cervix does not completely close, and thus the pus created from the infection is visible. She is also lucky that I noticed the discharge – her long fur obscured a lot of it; it just so happened that light from a window hit her at just the right angle to make the pus visible. If Freyja had closed Pyometra, the pus wouldn’t have been able to escape her uterus, and I might not have known anything was wrong until it was too late.

I attempted to get Freyja seen and operated on by first a rescue clinic vet who is familiar with us and our rescued cats, and then by a local shelter. The rescue clinic’s vet downplayed the seriousness of the situation and told me to bring Freyja in the next day (Thursday, 4/14), and the shelter was very dismissive and advised me to take her to a vet.

So that’s what I did: I drove to the closest vet, rushed Freyja inside, and begged them to help her. They did: to the tune of $653.40. The vet who examined her didn’t beat around the bush: he told me bluntly that because he could easily palpitate her pus-filled uterus from the outside (and when Freyja was on her side we could see it bulging!), she would die by Thursday morning without immediate intervention. Unfortunately, emergency veterinary services don’t come cheap, and because of the uterine infection and risk of imminent death Freyja underwent an emergency hysterectomy on Wednesday night at 8:00pm. She was also started on multiple antibiotics, and was kept for 20 hours after surgery to ensure she remained stable. I was able to bring her home Thursday evening, along with two antibiotics and pain medication. Since the surgery was of an emergency nature and involved infection, her recovery will be a bit longer (the incision was twice the size of a normal spay surgery cut), and she’ll need to be watched closely for any signs of a lingering infection (vaginal discharge, lethargy, fever, etc.).

Had Freyja not needed emergency surgery, I would have taken her to her scheduled rescue clinic appointment next Tuesday, and the total cost for her spay would have been $40.00. But because Freyja didn’t have that kind of time — she would have died by Thursday morning had I not rushed her to the vet’s office — the cost was astronomical. But it was necessary to save her life. Freyja has quickly come to mean a lot to me, and I couldn’t fathom losing her, especially in such a painful, horrific way (without surgery, Freyja’s uterus would have eventually ruptured, and she would have died painfully from internal bleeding and sepsis).

Freyja came home yesterday evening, and is resting relatively comfortably. We’re giving her all of her favorite foods, lots of attention, and of course the prescribed antibiotics and pain medication to help her heal and remain comfortable.

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Freyja resting after coming home.

 

Can you help us with Freyja’s emergency surgery bill?

I’ll get right to it: instead of a $40 routine spay, Freyja underwent emergency medical treatment and surgery to save her life. The total cost came to $653.50. I’m the only one working and we are a family of four humans, nine rescue cats, and a dog. We are working hard to survive and make ends meet, so it goes without saying that a surprise bill of over $600 has definitely hit us very, very hard. We’re hoping to crowdfundraise just half that amount to see us through.

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(vet bill – $200 emergency deposit/fee not listed)

 

If you are able to donate even just a few dollars toward Freyja’s vet bill, I would be very, very appreciate, grateful, and thankful! Simply click the GoFundMe widget below to donate via GoFundMe using your credit/debit card; or you can send a donation to me via PayPal. Again, thank you. ♥


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Turmeric?

Thanks to a homeopathetic (my very own Freudian slip for “homeopathic”) website, I did some research and found that tumeric has legitimate and safe anti-inflammatory properties for even us unlucky bitches with ulcers. And as luck would have it, I actually have a bottle of tumeric supplements! I’m going to add them to my daily regimen beginning tomorrow.

I can’t wait to see if they help reduce my back pain by even the slightest.


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