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Why Are Writer’s Important?

You might ask yourself this question at times because let’s face it, writing seems a bit outdated now and again. But still, think about it a little more and you’ll realize that writing is one of our main forms of communication. It’s one of the biggest reasons that civilization took off. It’s how we keep our history, it’s how we convey messages to one another, and it’s a part of our everyday life no matter how much you try to deny it.

Do you read the morning news? Do you listen to presidential speeches? Do you read at all?  Well consider this the next time you listen to a speech or a newscast. Someone had to write it. No matter if it sounds stupid, inane, or amazing, someone had to put the words to paper or digital copy and hand it over to the person that presents it. Writers are quite often the voice that goes unheard despite their efforts.

Those that cannot write on their own often will seek out a writer that is skilled enough when it comes to putting words in the proper order to invoke a positive response. Yet for all this, the writer is often treated to a paltry sum for their efforts, if they receive anything at all, while those that accept the work go on towards whatever glory and recognition is to be had. A bid for fame isn’t always what most writers want, but a decent paycheck and a byline are quite appreciated at times.

Writers are behind virtually every piece of communication you see in use today, and are far too often taken for granted considering what they do. Marketing campaigns, public speeches, important policies that are created and pushed through, epic tales and even simple academic papers, all of these have a writer standing behind them to insure that the face spewing the words will have the right material to give to the public. If not for writers, a great deal of civilization would have already been long lost to a history that no one would have ever written.

My point? Don’t take writers for granted, and understand just how much society needs our words.


How to Prepare for an Online Job



Some people might tell you that an online job is easy. You don’t have to report to an office, you can explore the option of being able to take your work materials with you wherever you go, and there is a great deal more freedom.  Every one of these points is true, but only if you are willing to recognize that the trade off means you will work much longer and sometimes more erratic hours. Online work often equates to being able to work from home. However, the advertisements that make this sound easy are a bit misleading. Working online is one thing, but working online at home is a much different matter.

In order to prepare yourself for an online career you should take a few important factors into consideration, such as:


1) You need an office space that is relatively quiet and can give you the space you need.

Working online is a great way to escape the normal, everyday grind of going to and coming home from a traditional office. But regardless of the lack of traffic or the usual office atmosphere, you will need a place of quietude that will allow you to work and not be distracted. In a home this can be much more difficult, so think about how you will organize your space.


2) It is very easy to procrastinate.

If you work online in an office this won’t be as much of a concern. But if you happen to work at home there will almost always be a million things demanding your attention. Plan out your day accordingly and make time allotments for chores and other activities if you do work at home. If you do work in an office then take the time to get up and move around to break up the monotony.


3) Your work load could increase.

Online work is often considered to be easier and less taxing on the body, so it is inherently possible to do more work in a shorter amount of time. This means that your work load will no doubt be doubled at the very least to utilize your work day in the most efficient manner.




Working online is far easier than many jobs, but can present its own challenges. So long as you understand the demands of the job it will no doubt be a much different and perhaps easier pace.



How To Get Belly Fat To Melt Away In The Shower


            While it’s possible to burn calories faster in the shower, the method which is used is not typically recommended.  The reason behind this is the fact that losing calories in the shower usually comes in the form of taking long, cold showers that can expose the body to the risk of hypothermia. It is entirely possible to burn more calories as the likelihood of the body attempting to warm itself will burn more and more calories in order to maintain a steady body temperature, but it is not a decisive way to lose weight.

The reasons why this is so controversial include:

1) Long, cold showers can cause hypothermia.

            It only takes a few minutes in an icy shower to cause hypothermia, which can slow the reflexes and even affect the heart.

2) This method is not proven to work.

            Despite scientific studies claiming that it is possible those same studies are still inconclusive when it comes to the overall success of this method.

            The idea of burning calories by using exposure to the cold isn’t new by any means, as it is an idea that has been around for decades.  A cool bath, not necessarily cold, can help to burn fat by stimulating the body into burning more calories for warmth. This means that any stored carbohydrates that could be the cause of increased weight gain would be utilized in the process of staying warm and maintaining the body’s necessary core temperature.   

            A person’s body will in fact become more active the colder it gets as to function properly the body must be kept at an optimal temperature. When the body’s temperature gets too cool it will enter a phase known as “non-shivering thermogenesis, which is essentially when calories begin to burn in order to keep the core temperature stable. Should a person’s internal temperature lower even further however the body will begin to shiver to generate more movement and therefore more heat, which can increase the calorie burn even further. 

Cool to cold showers can in theory help to lose any unwanted weight. Two different occurrences can be observed when using a cool shower to lose weight. Those are:

1) The production of “brown fat”.

  An increase in brown fat levels could possibly help with weight control by upping the average calorie burn during an average day.  It is also known to be metabolically active unlike other fats, and will actively burn calories to produce needed body heat.

2) The production of the hormone irisin.

This hormone is largely responsible for the production of brown fat and is generally caused by an increase in shivering that is brought on by continual cold. 

 If you’re already on a steady exercise regimen it is recommended that you stay on it rather than try this controversial method, as it is considered to be high-risk when it comes to losing weight.  Despite the success that a small number of people have experienced, it is better to take the long, hard road towards weight loss than to risk damaging your body in any way to shed a few pounds quickly.

Belly Flattening Exercises to Reduce Chronic Lower Back Pain Quickly


Pain in the lower back is a potentially debilitating problem that tends to affect many active individuals at some point.  A major downside of low-back pain is that it can make exercise extremely difficult, which in turn can affect your fitness goals. Thankfully there is an exercise or two that can help to reduce low-back pain and even help to flatten the stomach. The plank exercise is a well-developed exercise that can help to alleviate low-back pain, as is the standing two-arm press.

While the two-arm press usually requires a cable machine to work, as well as some movement to facilitate the exercise, the plank uses minimal movement while still allowing you to contract your abdominals. Both exercises help to strengthen your core, which can then help to reduce your back pain. The stronger your abdominal muscles become, the tighter they will be.  When you learn how to properly execute a plank position you will also begin to strengthen your hip, shoulder, and upper-back muscles.

Here is how to perform an effective plank:

*Keep your elbows under your shoulders and line your wrists up with your elbows.

*Elevate your body into a pushup position and keep your chin close to your neck.

*Tighten your abdominals, contract them and tuck your tailbone while tightening your thighs as you breathe normally.

*Hold this position for at least 20 to 30 seconds.

*Rest for about a minute between reps, it is usually recommended to do three to five reps.

Try to avoid these common mistakes when doing planks:

*Don’t allow your head, hips, or shoulders to drop.

*Keep your hands apart, don’t let them get too close.

*Do not hold your breath.

*Keep the contraction time to around 20 to 30 seconds, don’t go longer.

Here are a few exercises to consider when doing planks:

Plank with hip flexion/extension

*Start in a high-plank position

*Raise your right leg about six to eight inches, hold for five seconds, and then alternate legs. Do about three to four reps.

Plank with Thoracic Spine Rotation

*Start in high-plank position

*Press your right hand into the ground and then rotate feet and hips to the left while raising the left arm off the ground. Rotate back and repeat for the right side. Perform three to six reps per side.

Side Plank with Full Extension

*Going from a side position, press the right hand to the ground and then extend the other arm while at the same time pushing both legs together and keeping the side of the right foot pressed into the ground. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds and then alternate with the other side.


*Start in high-plank position

*Drop your right arm down to the right elbow, then the left to your left elbow and hold for three seconds. Return to the starting position and repeat for three to five reps.

This next exercise will require a cable machine and should be done at a gym.

Standing Two-arm Press from Cable Column

*setting the column to a chest-high setting, set your feet and push the bar away from you to simulate a standing plank.

*Hold this position for up to ten seconds and perform six to eight reps.

Tips for a Successful Job Search in a Recession



            The current era has become one of the hardest times ever when it comes to finding a stable job.  Millions of people are currently out of work and the unemployment rate is still abnormally high. To be successful and in some cases just to get by it pays to be calm, relaxed, and very proactive. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you get ready to try your hand at today’s job market:


1) Be selective in which jobs you apply for.

            Find out what you’re interested in and where your current skills would be put to the greatest use. Even if there aren’t any openings at the moment keep watching the job boards and be ready to apply if anything does come available.


2) Make good use of your network.

            In a recession it is always useful to know someone and stay in touch. You might know people in a certain line of work that can help you out or serve as an influence towards getting a job in a field that you happen to know something about. Cultivate those relationships and keep them active.


3) Let people see who you are and what you can do.

            If your resume doesn’t show them that you are the right person for the job then and there you will be forced to keep looking. Do what it takes to stand out and let employers know that you’re worth the effort.


4) Sometimes freelancing can be the answer.

            It’s not a stable or even dependable job most times, but becoming a freelancer can at least supplement your income and keep the lights on.  This can also be another inroad to networking and creating contacts that you might have never thought about before.


5) Whatever you do keep things positive.

            Always keep looking forward. Hope might be the denial of reality, but when searching for a way to put food on the table it’s a necessity that can’t be chucked to the side in favor of practicality.  Keep that candle lit and press on towards the next opportunity as you continue your search.




            When times get tough a job search might be the last thing on your mind. But in order to keep moving forward you will need to stay positive and sharpen your skills so that you can find that next bit of work to keep yourself going.

Prepare Yourself Mentally and Emotionally for Your Job Search



            Even before the interview it’s possible to get psyched out and worked up to the point that the brain simply shuts down. People worry about jumping from one job to another, they worry over the security they might be losing in switching employers, and tend to stress out over the smallest to the largest things that may or may not matter. The job search will go as it must, but in order for it to have even a chance of success the average individual must remember that by keeping themselves balanced and in a calm, relaxed state.  Being stressed out only works against the individual, and can ruin the chances of landing that one in a life time opportunity that might be waiting. Here are a few things you can do to calm yourself before and during a job search.


1) Remind yourself why you’re seeking a new job.

            It could be that the job you have now is too stressful, too demanding, or it might just be time for a change. Most people don’t switch jobs unless there is a good and justifiable reason, so don’t start second-guessing yourself before you even begin looking.


2) Your future employer will look for someone with confidence.

            If you’re continually stressing out and trying to make the best impression possible it will show, and this will work against you more often than not. Employers are more impressed by those individuals that can work under pressure and still exude a sense of calm while dealing with one problem after another. If you fall apart during the search then there’s little hope for the interview. Calm down, breathe, and relax.


3) Too much stress can be harmful for the body and the mind.

            Ever hear of people going to the hospital with a stress-related illness?  The effects of stress on the body and the mind are very real and can happen with minimal effort. By keeping calm and relaxed you will spend less time in the sick room and more time showing potential employers that you are reliable and, most important, stable. 




            There are many ways to remain calm and relaxed during your day, be it exercise, meditation, or just taking a moment to yourself.  By eliminating or minimizing stress you will find that your emotional state will balance and your mind will become a quiet haven you can retreat to when necessary.


It’s in the Details – How to Navigate a Job Description



            Always look at the job description before applying. Not only will it give you the details you need, but it will also give you an edge over others that don’t bother to learn as much as they can. By learning the details of the job description you can create a resume that will address the needs of the company you’re interested in.  Here are a few tips for finding those all-important details and how you can understand each them.


1) Look for any required character traits.

If the employer takes the time to list certain traits that are desired then you should pay attention and reflect these traits in your resume. Give examples when you displayed such traits and expand on them if asked to give the employer a better idea of who you are and why they should be interested in you as a prospective employee.


2) Pay attention to every skill that is listed, not just those that you might possess.

            This can be a gimmick used by employers to see who pays attention and who is just pandering to them in order to get hired. Don’t overlook any details and assume those seemingly unrelated skills are in the description for a reason.


3) Inquire about any details that don’t make sense or need an explanation.

            If something strikes you as being too vague or doesn’t offer enough of a direct explanation then don’t hesitate to ask. Get as many specifics as you can and make a list of the questions you feel the need to ask. Employers are often looking for someone that isn’t afraid to ask questions and will take the time to learn as much as they can.


4) Don’t fall for keywords that reference any type of “growth”.

            Some companies might seem on the verge of a breakthrough that will elevate them in the business world, but aren’t yet at that point.  What this means is that “opportunities for growth” is a pleasant euphemism for “we can’t afford that many people”. The company could be a genuine opportunity, but be sure to get as much information as you can before diving in.




            Looking for specifics and learning how to read a job description can save you a lot of needless hassle as well as time. By paying attention to the description you’ll be able to better navigate your way through the job market.

One Dessert That Will Supercharge Your Metabolism


            Most people harbor the idea that dessert needs to be taken in moderation, thereby slightly lessening the enjoyment and carefree idea of a sweet treat that is mean to be a bonus at the end of a meal.  While it is wise to regulate the intake of overly fatty and sugar-laden foods, there are desserts that can actually help with your nutritional needs and are quite healthy despite their decadent look.  You’ll still want to moderate how much you eat, but overall such desserts can help with digestion and insulin levels in a way that can promote weight loss and keep a balanced diet while still enjoying the good stuff. One of those desserts is choco-cinnamon pudding, a delectable treat that features a few different benefits considering that cinnamon is one of its key ingredients.

            Cinnamon is beneficial largely because:

1) It can speed up your metabolism.

            Cinnamon can help to control insulin levels and can also alter the metabolic absorption of sugar and carbohydrates.  This allows your body to use its carbohydrate storage more efficiently that those unused carbs do not become excess fat.  This spice also takes longer to metabolize, which means it makes your body work harder, thereby speeding up and expending more energy.  This can allow you to burn more calories and promote greater weight loss.

2) It lowers LDL cholesterol

            LDL cholesterol is typically known as “bad” cholesterol.  Cinnamon can lower this with a single dose per day and can also, as an added benefit, decrease any heart risks.

3) It helps to burn any unwanted belly fat.

            Consuming at least a dose of cinnamon per day can create a huge impact on abdominal fat.  Since abdominal fat is a big problem for so many people this is a decided benefit for a healthy and tasty diet.

4) It can act as an appetite suppressant.

            Consuming cinnamon in your diet can serve to slow down the process of food as it moves into your stomach.  This can help you to feel full for a longer period of time, which means you will not run the risk of overeating as much. Additionally, the sweetness of cinnamon can take away that sweet craving that so many people fall prey to. Instead of reaching for any high calorie, high fat desserts find a recipe that calls for cinnamon to satisfy that craving.

            With that, we move on to our featured recipe for Choco-Cinnamon Pudding, a delightful treat that can satisfy your sweet tooth and provide a healthy after dinner dessert.

Choco-Cinnamon Pudding

*Prep time- 5 minutes

*Cook time- 5 minutes

*Makes 4 servings


¼ cup cornstarch

2 tbsp. sugar

3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 oz. dark chocolate (cut into small pieces)

2 ½ cups fat-free milk

            1) Add all ingredients except the milk to the saucepan and boil over medium heat.

            2) Stir in the milk gradually. Keep stirring until mixture reaches a steady boil. Continue to boil for one minute and then continue to stir.

            3) Remove from heat and allow the dessert to cool, or refrigerate before eating. 



Foods That Melt Away Belly Fat


            Sometimes we don’t always have the necessary wiggle room in our schedules to keep up with our visits to the gym, and this can increase the amount of belly fat that accumulates around our waist. The good news is that if you’re active enough and not too overweight there are ways to lose that spare tire without having to cut into your already busy schedule.

            That accumulated fat can often increase the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, kidney and liver failure, stroke, and heart disease. The reduction of your belly fat should be a major concern when it comes to preserving your health. Out of all the fats in our body, belly fat is the most stubborn and the most potentially harmful. This type of fat can store toxins that are dangerously close to your vital organs. When taking your diet into account you should be trying to incorporate the following foods in order to cut calories without causing further risk to your health. With that being said, here are a few suggestions of what to eat in order to achieve the goal of reducing belly fat and keeping your body supplied with the proper nutrients for a balanced and nutritious diet.

1) Oats

            Oats are thankfully gluten-free and mostly safe for the majority of people. They are also a healthy choice for breakfast and can help to start a fulfilling day. Oats are rich in fiber and can help with digestion by lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels. They can also help those with skin problems when eaten on a daily basis. Oats will also regulate your bowel movements and help to reduce the size of your belly.

2) Almonds

            Almonds are a very healthy snack and can serve as a useful alternative when you are hungry for something quick and easy. They can help to maintain a low calorie diet and don’t contain any harmful fats that are typically found in olive oil. Adding almonds to your diet can also help to lower the risk of heart disease and can prevent overeating, which in turn can reduce your belly fat.

3) Watermelon and Cucumber

            Consumed separately these foods are a good source of hydration minerals. They are also very filling and can help to avoid overeating while providing the needed calories for a healthy diet. These two foods are also very cleansing and can help to detoxify your body and eliminate toxins. By adding these foods to your diet you can significantly reduce your body weight and your belly fat.

4) Beans and Legumes

            These foods are a great source of fiber and protein, ingredients that are very helpful in the reduction of belly fat and muscle development. Beans can also help digestion and keep you full longer without having to eat so often or so much.

5) Green Vegetables

            These types of foods are low in calories and high in fiber that can in effect sweep out the digestive tract and keep it free of toxins and other harmful substances. Drinking a glass of green vegetable juice can even help to burn away most fats. It might not always be the easiest choice to make but it does work.

Tips for Job-Hunting for Seniors



            The economic woes of America didn’t just impact those in their younger to middle years. Seniors have also been forced to go out looking for another means of income. The only real issue with this is that for those that have just slipped into their retirement years, finding a job isn’t the same as it used to be decades ago.  Thankfully there are a few strategies that exist to help those that might have trouble adapting to the changes that have reshaped the job market.


1) Don’t be shy about highlighting your experience and expertise in any given field.

            You’re going to be competing for jobs with a much younger crowd that is typically more physically fit for many positions. What works in your favor is that most seniors have the benefit of experience when it comes to specific jobs and tasks that are required by the employer. Younger individuals don’t have those years of expertise behind them to offer, a common fact that can work in your favor.


2) Take your time and pick the jobs that are right for you.

            Always take into account the reason why you’re attempting to find another job. Is it to have something to do?  Do you need the extra income?  Make sure of why you’re stepping back into the job market and plan accordingly. The last thing you want to do is apply for a job without any real idea of what you want to do.  


3) Take the time to update your resume.

            Take a look at the positions you want to apply for and what kind of skills they require. By this point in your life your resume might read like a novella or at least a short story, so keep it concise and to the point. Remember that employers want to know more about you, but they don’t want your entire life story.  Try to highlight the skills that the employer is looking for.


4) Take your time and relax.

            Remember that you’ve been in this situation before and just breathe. Finding a job is a process and doesn’t need to be rushed. Look at your options and make your preparations and be confident in what you have to offer.




            Your value to the job market won’t fade just because you’re getting on in years. Find the right job and make the attempt.  Remember, you’ve been here before.