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    • Make Your Job Work for You

      8 February 2023

      (Family Features) For some people, job dissatisfaction is the result of a crummy boss or stifling work environment. For others, the problem lies much deeper; it’s a need to reevaluate your career path and find a more suitable fit.

      If you’re considering a career change but not sure which direction you’re headed, consider these words of wisdom:

      Do some self-reflecting. Take time to give your current work situation a thorough analysis. Determine which elements you enjoy, what rubs you the wrong way and what you’d change if you could. Think about practical solutions to the problems you identify whether it’s changing to a different role in the same field or exploring a new industry entirely. Avoid the temptation to focus on the negative. Rather, take plenty of time to consider the positive aspects of your current job, since that insight can help inform your next step. For example, if you enjoy the limited contact you have with customers, a job with more customer-facing interaction might not be a good fit.

      Ask for input. Sometimes loved ones hold the key to a happier career path because they can point out details you don’t recognize. They might recall a time when you were most relaxed and happy, or they might point out talents or skills you take for granted. Often, these natural abilities are an excellent foundation for a career because you’re well-equipped to be successful.

      Consider your personal interests. Keeping your personal life and professional life separate isn’t necessarily a bad idea but finding a way to merge the two can be useful. This is especially true if you’re able to combine training or skills with something you’re passionate about. For example, if you’re an avid outdoorsman, you might find great satisfaction in applying your business management background to work for a company that specializes in camping gear.

      Understand what motivates you. Landing in the right job isn’t just about having the right qualifications for a position that interests you. At the end of the day, you’ll feel most content when your job offers meaningful rewards. Motivators can be financial, or they might have more to do with the ability to learn and grow. Some people are willing to sacrifice a bigger paycheck to know they’re making a meaningful contribution in a field they care about. Knowing what outcomes resonate best can help you find a more rewarding career.

      Do your research. Changing your career path is a big move, and one you shouldn’t take lightly. Before diving in, spend time looking into the field you’re considering so you have a better sense of factors like growth opportunities, job availability, qualifications, compensation and more. If you find you aren’t quite qualified for the job you think you want, explore what it will take to get there whether it’s training, education or putting in your time to gain experience and work your way into the role you desire.

      A career change may be just what you need to shift your life in the direction you want. Find more career advice at eLivingtoday.com.

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    • 4 Painting Mistakes to Avoid in Your New Home

      8 February 2023

      Whether you just moved into a new home or you're looking to update a room or two, paint is often your first and best option for making a strong style statement. But redoing a room with paint is not as simple as choosing a color. There are many factors to consider in order to ensure your paint job doesn't go awry. Here, designers weigh in on what not to do when it comes to painting projects.

      Don't settle for a previous palette. If you've just moved into a new home, the list of projects to accomplish is most likely long, from buying new furniture to installing window treatments. Don't let a long move-in to-do list deter you from painting, however. According to designers, many new homeowners choose to live with the home's existing colors even if they don't love it. But doing so creates a ripple effect that will become difficult and costly to undo as you begin to make design decisions based on the previous owner's paint colors. Be sure to prioritize painting if you're not completely in love with the existing palette as it will serve as the foundation for most all of your other style choices.

      Do a gut-check. While it's easy to get swept up in today's array of beautiful, trending paint colors, it’s important to take the appropriate amount of time necessary to think through a color choice before pulling the trigger. Begin with the rooms of the home where you and your loved ones will be spending the most time, and choose a color that you know deep down you'll be happy with for a long time, even if it's not at the top of the trend chart. You can then experiment with "less-safe" colors in smaller areas, like a mud room or spare bedroom.

      Go beyond white trim. According to designers, you don't have to paint architectural elements like crown molding, baseboards and door casings white. Try extending the color you've chosen for the walls to these elements as well. This will give your room a dramatic feel and draw attention to the colors and textures of its furnishings and accessories. 

      Be judicious about DIY. One of the worst—and most expensive—mistakes you can make when it comes to paint is taking on a project that's over your head. Do your research online and talk to your local paint professionals about the details and time involved for the project you have in mind. Be realistic about your abilities and opt for a professional when needed. Doing so will save you time, money and angst.

      Source: Better Homes & Gardens

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    • DIY Projects for a Quick Home Refresh

      8 February 2023

      If your home environment is triggering a case of the blahs, it's easy to feel like you'll never be able to afford the redesign or remodel that will make your home current and stylish again. Reviving your home decor can be done affordably and quickly, however, with a few strategic DIY fixes. Try one of these seemingly small ideas and you'll be amazed at the difference it will make. 

      Add some details to the master bedroom. You don't need to invest in a whole new bedroom set to create a fresh look and feel to your bedroom. Focus on a few important details instead to give the room new life. Try updating your wall art, for example, by having some of your best nature photos printed and framed in a unifying design, such as a white matte with a sleek black or chrome frame. Add a refreshing pop of color and artistic touch by painting a bed-side table or bookshelf with chalk or milk paint. Spice up the room by adding a surprising piece of furniture from another room, such as a settee at the foot of your bed, a plant stand or cushy ottoman for extra seating. A new area rug placed in just the right spot will open up your bedroom while adding cozy warmth as well.

      Reorganize a cabinet or closet. Nothing refreshes your home like organization. Dedicate a few hours or an entire weekend to cleaning out an overflowing pantry or clothes closet, your kitchen cabinets or your family room. Discard or donate items that are expired or that you haven't used in years—spices, sauces, serving dishes, coats, shoes, board games—then think about better ways to use the space, making the things you use most often easily accessible. Reorganizing can be truly life changing and make your home feel spacious and new again.

      Focus on soft goods. When it comes to refreshing your home, your first instinct may be to buy a new sofa or dining room set. Take a beat, however, and consider whether these expensive pieces of furniture really need replacing or whether refreshing them would do the topic. Dressing up your sofa with new and on-trend pillows and throws will instantly bring it back to life. Decorating your dining room with stylish linens is often all that's needed to bring a contemporary feel to eating areas. The same strategy will work in your bedrooms and bathrooms. A new comforter set or often just new pillow shams will instantly refresh a bedroom, as will new towels and window coverings in your bathroom. Adding new textiles throughout your home is a quick and affordable way to redecorate by using new colors and textures.

      These simple ideas have the power to make your home feel new again, so try them out before embarking on an expensive and time-consuming remodeling project.

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    • On-Trend Colors Reflecting Comforting Lifestyle Design

      7 February 2023

      (Family Features) Upgrading your home design is an opportunity to tap into new color schemes. Knowing what shades are trendy and how different hues can work together for a cohesive design is an important step in creating an attractive design aesthetic.

      While you might turn to family or friends for inspiration for your next DIY project, another resource for collecting concepts and options to upgrade your space is the internet. Consider the Valspar Color-verse, which allows visitors to explore colors in a unique way and offers paint color inspiration and decor trends they can envision within their own homes.

      After experiencing the Valspar 2023 Colors of the Year firsthand by painting walls and art from the collection to see the 3D virtual house come to life, you can find the perfect paint shade for your space.

      “Through the Color-verse, visitors can experience the 12 Colors of the Year in a realistic virtual home,” said Gus Morales, vice president of brand marketing for CBG Sherwin-Williams. “Aside from exploring the Colors of the Year, the home is an engaging space for visitors to create art, play games and order paint chips to see how their top color picks look and feel in their homes.”

      Color Trends to Consider
      Many of this year’s popular nature-inspired designs are all about finding comfort, embracing a flexible lifestyle, rediscovering joy and leaning into the growing DIY movement. The most trend-worthy, forward-thinking and livable colors reflect specific facets or emotions of life so you can update your well-used spaces with thoughtful colors that evoke positive energy and lasting change.

      Comfort and Contentment: If your goal is to create a space that envelops you in a sense of comfort, consider a white with a yellow undertone that makes a space cozy like a soft blanket, like Cozy White from Valspar. Complement the softness with a muted clay that brings in brown undertones that suggest gentle contentment. 

      Calming Restoration: Tap into the calming tones of nature with a hazy green that has duality, which brings in both the calm and liveliness of the great outdoors. Another option is a deep midnight blue used as an elegant calming shade to restore mind, body and home. 

      Healthful, Mindful Living: Create an uplifting space where your wellness is a priority. Evoke a greater sense of health consciousness with a light blue that has a dose of softness used as a fresh neutral with uplifting qualities of a modern pastel, like Valspar’s Rising Tide. Reinforce the benefits of mindful living with a cool gray that is balanced by the warmth of the yellow undertone, a natural hue like a cotton muslin cloth. 

      Connections and Joy: Establish spaces where you can celebrate relationships with others, the world around you and happiness in your being. Consider hues like a white softened by a violet undertone, a harmonious shade promoted by digital connectivity. Evoke joy with a dependable classic tan that features a yellow undertone suggesting new life with uplifting qualities. 

      Natural Balance: Bringing hints of the outdoors into a well-loved living space creates a soothing ambiance. Consider a warm neutral brown tone inspired by the shades found in nature or a cooled down blue that strikes a beautiful balance between cool and warm shades in your design.

      Inspirational Thought: A work-from-home or crafting space needs color to inspire great thinking. Try a faded natural terracotta that sparks individuality and warmth or a deep blackened olive, an on-trend neutral that embodies charm and sophistication. 

      Explore the tool and find more colorful ideas at Valspar.com.

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    • How to Save Money at the Pump

      7 February 2023

      Whether gas prices are climbing high or relatively stable, getting the most bang for your buck when fueling up should always be standard operating procedure. Not only will the following strategies from Simplify help you save money on gas, they'll help support the ongoing maintenance of your vehicle.

      Consider a membership plan. Places like Sam's Club and Costco offer memberships that can give you access to some of the lowest gas prices in town. If the membership to join (usually $50 - $60) is cost prohibitive, consider splitting it with your family members or housemates.

      Check out an app. Apps such as GasBuddy allow you to find the lowest gas prices in your area and provide helpful tools, such as trip calculators to budget fuel costs for long trips, pointing out the best prices along your route from point A to point B.

      Pay with cash. Many gas stations charge a fee for credit and debit card usage. While using cards can be convenient, you do often pay a price for it, so be prepared with cash instead.

      Keep up with maintenance. Be vigilant about the various tasks involved in maintaining your car, such as oil changes and changing your air filters. These items all contribute to fuel efficiency meaning you'll get more mileage for your money. Keeping your tires properly inflated will also help the cause by enabling your car to run more smoothly.

      Use alternatives when you can. The ultimate way to save on gas costs is to use your car less frequently. So take public transportation, bike or walk whenever you can. You'll get the added benefit of exercise and helping the environment.

      Carpool. If walking or public transportation isn't an option, carpool with coworkers when heading to the office or with neighbors and friends when running errands. Doing so provides you with the added benefit of social time.

      While these ideas may seem small, they'll add up to valuable savings each month, and lead to better—and less—use of your vehicle all around.

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