In order for your post to be ‘eligible’ to appear in the first pages of Google it has to satisfy the ‘user intent’.
In other words, it has to be useful, interesting and something that Google searchers want to read.
For example, what does someone searching for ‘SEO Tutorial’ is looking for?
A comprehensive guide on how to do SEO?
A post to teach them SEO?
A DIY way to learn SEO?
In our example, it’s all of the above.
Someone may say that in the example above, the user intent was too obvious so let’s consider another example that is trickier.
A user types the following query in Google “How to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks”. What is their intent?
Do they need to read the theory of dieting and healthy living? No. Their intent is to get precise instructions with numbers and calculations on what to do in order to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks.
For those that are into fitness know that this is close to impossible but nevertheless the intent of the user when searching for that term is to get the necessary steps even if is not possible to actually lose 10 pounds in just 2 weeks.
Since there is a large number of users searching for that term, if you want to get your article in the first pages, you need to try and answer their query in detail.
Tip 5: Analyze Google SERPS
The best and most effective way to find out what type of content satisfies the user intent and how long to make your blog posts, is to search for your keywords in Google.
Open Google and search for ‘SEO Tutorial’. Click on each of the links in the first page and examine the following:
The type of content (is it text, video, slideshows, images?)
The length of the posts
The structure of the posts
What you will notice is that they have the following similarities:
Mostly text content with some images and videos
Very long posts (some go over 10K words)
All posts have a table of contents to ease navigation
So, by performing this quick and easy way of analyzing your competitors, you know what type of content to provide, how long to make your content and you also have a very good idea of what type of content Google wants for the particular keywords.
Tip 6: Write the blog post content
The above steps shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes to complete. Once you follow this procedure a number of times, it becomes very easy to implement.
Creating the post content is where you will spend the majority of your time.
Some statistics to consider related to blog posts and rankings:
Average content length of the Top 10 results in Google is around 2400 words.
Source: Buffer Blog
Other things to have in mind while writing your post’s content:
Use H2 headings to break your content into subsections.
Use different formatting styles (bold, italics) to enhance readability.
Use short paragraphs (2-3 lines max)
Backup your writing and ideas with research data and statistics
Link to other posts (both internal and external) to help users find out more about the specific topic.
Check spelling and grammar and make sure that everything you write makes sense.
Tip 7: Optimize your blog post
Even if you are an experienced blogger and have written SEO friendly posts in the past, it’s always good to revise your work before you hit the publish button.
Some things to consider:
SEO Friendly URLS: When publishing your post, WordPress will automatically create the slug for the post by taking into account the post title and separating the different words with ‘-‘.
While this is a good start, you can improve your URL further by removing some of the words that are not so useful to Google.
For example, the title of my post was ‘The Ultimate DIY SEO Tutorial (Step by Step) For Beginners ‘and the permalink URL was changed to ‘diy-seo-tutorial-for-beginners’, which is more optimized.
Guest post on related websites and link to your blog
For sure there are many more things you can do to get your blog noticed. While this is a very time-consuming task, if you don’t do it, only a few people will have a chance to read your magnificent piece of content and your blog post will not meet its goal.
As you can see it already ranks high for several keywords.
Tip 10: Rinse and Repeat
Consistency in publishing good quality content for a long period of time is what will get you results. It’s a lot of work but don’t forget that once you master this technique, traffic will flow in 24/7 and achieving your blog post goals will be easier.
Did you know that a recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study found that one in eight American adults meets criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder? And that the incidence of problematic alcohol use is on the rise? This study also found that problematic drinking rose more sharply in particular groups, including women, racial minorities, and the elderly. With alcohol use disorder rates this high and rising, chances are great that we will all run into patients and friends who require assistance in changing their drinking behaviors.
Luckily, there is a wide range of treatment options available for those wanting to achieve and maintain sobriety. When I talk to my patients about treatment for alcohol addiction, I suggest a mix-and-match approach. None are mutually exclusive of the others; in fact, most experts in addiction treatment recommend that folks have more than one resource or treatment modality for the best chance of success. Here are the options:
“Detox” is a service offered by some psychiatric and chemical dependency facilities. It lasts three to seven days and is intended to help the patient safely withdraw from drugs or alcohol with medical support on site. At the end of the withdrawal period, patients are guided to other treatment programs to help sustain sobriety.
[Read: Six Subspecialties for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners ]
Residential treatment for addiction is the most intensive (and, of course, most expensive) option for addiction treatment. This type of treatment can last one month or longer and includes individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychiatric services, and possibly family psychotherapy all under one roof.
Intensive outpatient treatment is a popular approach in which the patient continues to live at home while attending treatment sessions three to four days per week, two to four hours at a time. Many programs encourage participants to continue to work, attend school or take care of family members as they normally do during the treatment period. This allows the patient to learn how to maintain sobriety while also completing their normal life tasks. Intensive outpatient programs can consist of psycho-educational and psychotherapy groups, family therapy groups, and individual psychotherapy.
Individual psychotherapy is often recommended for folks wanting to become sober. It can offer the patient an opportunity to speak more specifically about their concerns and also allow the provider to assess for any underlying mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.) that may have been masked by the alcohol use.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the most well-known example of group support available to alcoholics. AA is a free, peer-led support group that has been around since 1939. AA’s twelve-step program has been used for a long time by many people and is very well established all across the world, making it easy to access for most people. There are other, similar groups that offer free, peer-led support, such as Life Ring and Women for Sobriety, which can be good options for those who do not feel AA is a good fit for them.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs combine pharmacology services together with psycho-educational and traditional counseling with the hope of achieving treatment success. Naltrexone, Acamprosate, and Disulfiram are some of the medications that might be considered to help patients manage withdrawal symptoms or cravings in the initial stages of sobriety.
When I refer patients to alcohol treatment services, I typically recommend they pick more than one option. For example, a patient could combine group support and intensive outpatient treatment, or MAT and individual psychotherapy. The more support and resources a patient has, the more tools they will acquire to manage a sober lifestyle—and that leads to a better chance for success.
Blog Source: HealtheCareers | Help for Patients (or Anyone) Struggling with Alcohol Addiction
This means you could just go get a pre-qualification or pre-approval and find out exactly how much you can afford. We can refer to this as the upper bound, knowing it can’t be exceeded.
Even if you want to buy a $1 million house, you might be limited to a $400,000 property thanks to your finances.
That’s a good start because at the very least you now have a decent idea of affordability and a price ceiling. It means you can set your filters on Redfin and Zillow to not exceed a $400,000 purchase price.
If you don’t want to speak to anyone, you can also run your numbers through a mortgage calculator or two, but chances are it won’t be as accurate.
Either way, we should look beyond money here because there are other considerations, such as why it is you’re buying to begin with, how long you plan on staying, what features you need, and so on.
Do You Want to Live At, Above, or Below Your Means?
Are you the frugal type who likes to get by with less?
Or the type who goes for broke?
You don’t need to spend the maximum you can afford
It might even make sense to buy less so you’ve got a safety net for unexpected costs
Using our example from above, let’s say you qualify for a max purchase price of $400,000. That’s helpful, but it doesn’t mean you should spend $400,000.
You know how credit card issuers will give you a credit line of say $25,000. Does that mean you should spend the entire $25,000? Probably not. Or anywhere close to it.
It’s just what they’ve determined you qualify for based on your credit history, employment, and perhaps an estimate of your income.
Mortgage lenders do the same thing, using your debt-to-income ratio and proposed down payment to come up with a maximum purchase price.
Again, should you spend that much? Chances are, especially for your first time, it might be prudent to aim a little bit lower.
Heck, even the monthly bills to maintain a home can be a revelation. If you weren’t paying insurance, trash, water, gardening, and other utilities, and all of a sudden are, it can be quite a shock to the old wallet.
Never mind that giant mortgage payment you have to make each month, or the property tax bill. Or the new furniture you have to buy. Or the fact that you’ve got a baby on the way. Whew!
But even then, you’re still going to be limited by the inventory on hand, which over the past several years has been pretty scant.
Anyway, the price will also be driven by square footage, a number of bedrooms/bathrooms, desired amenities, location, school district, and so forth.
This will vary considerably from one individual to the next since we all have different needs.
In summary, there isn’t the right number here. It’s just what you can afford, what you want/need, and whether it’s available. And if you want to go through this entire process a second time later when your needs change.
Blog Source: The Truth About Mortgage | What Is a Good Price for a First-Time Home Buyer?
Then when taxes/insurance are due, they’ll be paid from those proceeds, which are held in an escrow account.
If you aren’t subject to impounds, you must pay taxes and insurance directly to the county assessor/insurer once or twice a year, and the mortgage payment each month will consist of only principal and interest.
This can be a relief on a monthly basis, but make sure you’re good about setting aside money to pay for taxes and insurance when they eventually become due.
I’ve had friends who forgot they were on the hook for a big property tax bill and didn’t save accordingly. Sometimes it’s better just to have the impound account…
Note: If your loan-to-value ratio exceeds 80 percent on a single loan, you’ll also have to pay mortgage insurance on top of the aforementioned costs, which is one reason why putting 20% down can be a smart move.
Over the years, as the outstanding balance decreases, more of the monthly mortgage payment will go toward principal each month until you eventually own the home outright. This is how amortization works.
Doing so will also shorten your mortgage term, which is beneficial if you want to own your home sooner, but doesn’t want the commitment of larger monthly payments associated with certain loan programs such as the 15-year fixed.
Tip: As a rule of thumb, the longer your loan term, the more you’ll pay in interest because the loan is paid off slower. If you’re able to accelerate your payoff, you’ll pay less interest.
What Will My Mortgage Payment Be?
Add up the following items (not all may be applicable)
As noted, if you’ve got an impound account, add up the principal, interest, taxes, and insurance.
Those last two bits may be estimated by your lender, but it’s better to get it straight from the horse’s mouth.
The principal and interest portion is something you should be able to calculate on your own. Simply plug your loan amount and interest rate into a mortgage payment calculator to figure out the monthly payment.
If it’s interest-only, plug those two items into an IO calculator. Or simply use just the interest portion from the first fully-amortized payment. The principal will no longer be part of the equation.
If we’re talking about a negative amortization loan, such as the once popular option arm, making the minimum payment wouldn’t even cover the interest due each month. Of course, you’d still have to pay the required taxes and insurance.
Don’t forget the extras. Do you need to pay mortgage insurance premiums each month? For example, there are monthly mortgage insurance premiums on FHA loans that must be paid.
What about monthly HOA fees? If it’s a condo, there probably are, though you’ll probably pay them separately to the association and not your lender.
Either way, it’s good to know what your total housing payment will be so you can budget accordingly.
Once you have all this key information, you can fire up a home affordability calculator to see what it’ll all set you back.
There’s no doubt that many of us pull crazy hours at work and home, with workdays that start early, end late, and call for packing in family time and other priorities around the edges. And workouts often get short shrift. But getting and staying fit requires a lot less time than most people think. Do you have 20 minutes? Ten minutes? Two minutes? If so, you can make strides in your fitness.
“It’s so important to keep moving throughout the day because our bodies are meant to move,” says David Freeman, NASM-PES, OPEX CCP, national manager of Alpha Training at Life Time in Chanhassen, Minn. “When we were kids, the movement was life. As adults, we can set up times for ‘recess’ and play, just like we had in school.”
Over the course of a single month, nudging even a few five- to 15-minute sessions into each day can make a huge difference in your energy, mood, and fitness. The secret lies in using every opportunity to move, stretch, and strengthen.
What follows is an entire day of movement, starting from the moment you hit the alarm until the time you hit the sack. Pick and choose among the suggestions to create a plan that works for you.
First Thing in the Morning
Mornings may be the best time for you to fit in a heart-pumping, body-strengthening workout. Many people initially resist the idea of exercising at this time of day, but “if you are able to get your workout in at 5 a.m. or 6 a.m.,” says Freeman, “you will be ahead of the game.”
Start with a few moments of deep breathing or meditation to prepare your body for action. Next, focus on multijoint strength-training movements like those below to engage your entire body and raise your heart rate in under 10 minutes. Start with slow, controlled reps, gradually building to a quicker pace. For maximum effect in minimum time, complete your last few reps by holding each exercise at its most difficult point for 15 to 20 seconds, or until you simply can’t hold it any longer.
Lunge: Step forward with your right foot, bending both knees until they’re at 90-degree angles. Push off your front foot to return to the start position. Repeat for one minute, alternating the lunging foot.
Pushup: Get on the floor in a plank position, with your knees either on the floor (easier) or off (harder). Lower your chest until it’s about 4 inches from the floor, then press back up. Do as many as you can in one minute with good form.
Yoga boat pose: Sitting on the floor, balance your body weight on your sit bones as you lift your feet off the floor. Keep knees bent with shins parallel to the floor. Extend your arms parallel to your shins. Hold for up to one minute.
Triceps dip: Sit on the edge of a chair. Place your palms on the chair with hands partially underneath your thighs and fingers pointing toward your knees. Lift your butt off the chair, then shift it forward, supporting your weight with your hands. Extend your feet away from you to make this move harder; keep them closer to your body to make it easier. Lower your butt toward the floor by bending your elbows until they reach a 90-degree angle. Press back up until the arms are fully extended. Repeat for one minute.
Plank and side plank: Get on the floor in a plank position on your forearms, with elbows directly under shoulders and legs extended. Hold one minute. Then move directly into a side plank. Rotate your body sideways, balancing on your forearm and the edge of your bottom foot. Raise your opposite hand toward the ceiling. Move back into a regular plank, then transition into a side plank on the other side. Continue alternating between these positions for one minute.
Wall sit: Stand with your back against a wall. Walk your feet forward and slide your back down the wall, bending your knees up to 90 degrees. Hold for one minute and then move on to the next exercise.
Reverse plank: Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and palms on the floor just behind your buttocks. Press into your hands as you lift your hips so your body is straight, and squeeze your glutes together. Lower and repeat for one minute.
At the Office
The longer your workdays, the more crucial it becomes that you squeeze in breaks for movement. The value of little movements adds up fast: You can build fitness while keeping your energy high, your mood positive, and your focus strong.
Not sure how to make those breaks happen? Start by avoiding the elevator whenever possible. Don’t sit when you can stand or pace, and don’t call or email when you can walk to a colleague’s office.
Additionally, consider adopting an intermittent strength-training routine that you can perform over the course of the day, turning out a series of distinct body-weight exercises whenever you have a one- or two-minute break. Or, schedule two 10-minute activity breaks into your day, taking advantage of those low-energy moments when you tend to get distracted and lose steam (or feel tempted to hit the vending machines).
Chair pose: Stand with your feet 6 inches apart. Bend your knees slightly and push your rear backward, as if you were sitting back into a chair. Lift your arms as high as possible. Keep your body weight over your heels. Hold for 30 seconds.
Bridge: Lying on your back, place your arms at your sides next to your torso, palms down. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor, hip width apart. Lift your hips as high as possible. Hold for 15 seconds. Release and repeat four times.
Plank: Lie on your stomach. Place your elbows under your shoulders with your forearms on the floor. Lift your body off the ground so you are balanced on the balls of your feet and forearms. Hold 30 seconds. Lower and repeat one time.
Back extension: Lie on your stomach with your arms by your sides. Squeeze your legs together as you lift your head, upper back, and arms. Keep your feet on the floor. Lower and repeat 15 times, holding the last repetition for 15 seconds.
High lunge: Stand and step forward into a lunge, sinking down until your forward thigh is parallel to the floor. Raise your arms overhead. Reach back through your rear heel and forward through your front knee. Hold 30 seconds.
Negative pushup: Starting from a high plank position with hands directly under your shoulders, slowly lower your body toward the floor. Try to take 15 seconds to reach the floor.
Squat: Stand on a resistance band, holding one end in each hand. Bend your elbows and lift your hands to shoulder height while squatting until knees are bent 90 degrees. Rise and repeat.
Chest press: Lie on your back on a resistance band and bend your knees. Get a good grip on the band with each hand. Starting with your elbows bent, press your hands upward until your arms are extended. Lower and repeat several times.
Lateral raise: Stand with your feet on the middle of a resistance band. Grasp an end of the band in each hand, placing your arms at your sides. Raise your arms outward to shoulder height. Slowly lower and repeat several times.
Triceps extension: Hold one end of a resistance band with your right hand and raise that arm overhead. With your left hand, grab the other end of the band behind your back, near your waist. Extend your right arm, then lower. Repeat several times with each arm.
Granted, some days are too hectic to find even five minutes to spare. Take advantage of the busyness and make the most of in-between moments at the office with these ideas.
While on the phone:
Use a hands-free headset so you can stand and move around as you talk.
Step up and down on a stair or step stool.
Do a wall sit.
Stretch in your office doorway. Place your hands on the frame at shoulder height. Lean through the doorway to stretch the front of your shoulders. Hold 20 seconds. This stretches your chest and shoulders, both of which tend to tighten up from lots of sitting.
Release and exhale, and repeat 12 times. Do three or four sets.
Practice optimal posture. Stand as straight as you can, lift your head, drop your shoulders downward, and pull your bellybutton in toward your spine.
Breathing deeply, maintain this at-attention posture until your copy job is complete.
Do single-leg calf raises. Place your hands on the copier for balance. Lift one foot off the floor. Rise onto the ball of your standing foot. Hold for a count of five. Lower and repeat 15 times. Then switch legs.
During a meeting:
While seated, focus on drawing in the deep abdominals as if you were zipping into tight pants. This strengthens the transverse abdominis, an important muscle that helps support your back and reduces your vulnerability to backaches.
Stretch your forearms. This helps counteract the tightness that comes from typing and moving a mouse. Hold your right arm in front of you, your hand flexed upright. Use your left hand to gently pull back on your fingertips. Hold for 30 seconds. Release and repeat, this time with your fingers facing down to stretch the top of your forearm. Then repeat with the other arm.
While working at your desk:
Place a medium-size ball (roughly the size of a kid’s soccer ball) between your knees and squeeze. Hold five to seven seconds, release slightly (without dropping the ball), and repeat until your inner-thigh muscles are fatigued.
Pull your shoulders back and down. This will strengthen your upper back, counteracting that forward slump — and resulting headache and neck tension — that’s so common when working at a computer. Hold for a count of five, release, and repeat 10 times.
Grab one knee, pull it to your chest, and hold for 20 seconds. Repeat with the other knee. This will help release tension in your lower back.
Stretch your neck, which can get tight if you allow it to just forward as you work at your computer. Bring your right ear toward your right shoulder. Hold for 20 seconds, then repeat on the left. Rotate side to side, too. Finish by resting your head on the back of your office chair for 20 seconds to stretch the front of your neck.
Explore the benefits of yoga while at your desk with these three seated poses.
End of the Day
As soon as you get home, drop your briefcase or bag by the door and get active. Head out for a quick walk with the dog, either on your own or with your roommate, your partner, or a friend. Put on some music and dance while you do housework or prepare dinner. Go for a relaxing bike ride around your neighborhood or play a game of catch with your kid.
Cat-cow: On all fours, inhale, and on your exhale round your back upward, reaching your midback toward the ceiling for cat pose. On your next inhale, slowly arch your spine, lowering your belly and lifting your tailbone, shoulders, and head. Look up slightly, creating a stretch in your neck for cow pose. Repeat, synchronizing breath with movement.
Seated hip stretch: Sit cross-legged, your right shin in front of your left. Bend forward from the hips until you feel a stretch in your right buttocks. Hold for a count of 20. Release, switch legs and repeat.
Don’t worry about what your coworkers will think, and don’t buy into the idea that you’re too busy: Finding ways to work fitness in around the edges is as beneficial for your productivity as it is for your well-being. On the days you can manage to hit the gym, you may not need all these bite-size fitness breaks. But when making space for a full-size serving of fitness is all but impossible, these mini workouts are your body’s best defense and your schedule’s best friend.
“The trick is to create habits that you would hate saying no to, so you don’t,” says Blake. “And then a year later, when you look back on how far you’ve come, and hopefully how much fun you’ve had, you can’t imagine life any other way.”
Whether you’ve just moved or are looking for a quick, little home pick-me-up, or perhaps something more significant, there are some well-knowninterior design tricks that designers employ that you too can easily do with minimal effort and cost. Sometimes the smallest things make the greatest impact. It could be the addition of a mirror, a painting, a lamp or even a plant. Maybe you want to soften your walls, brighten a room, or add some warmth to your living space. Take a look at these clever design tipsand see how they can inspire you!
1. Paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colors to help make the room feel larger.
The living room above is a great example of how to maximize small living space. A room of this size has the tendency to seem cramped, but the large windows, light-colored walls and ample use of mirrors not only reflect the natural light pouring in from the doors and the windows but the use of mirrors also gives the optical illusion of space, making the room seem larger than it actually is. Conversely, darker colors will make a room feel smaller. Even with the abundance of natural light and the strategic placement of the mirrors, this room in a darker shade would have a more boxed-in feel to it.
2. Use decorative mirrors to add instant light to your living space.
As seen above, mirrors can also be used to make a small space feel larger. For larger rooms or any room with a more limited amount of natural light, mirrors placed directly across from the windows, will add instant light. Decorative mirrors can also be used in lieu of art to fill empty wall space. Large or small, mirrors add light and dimension to your living space.
3. Mix it up. Mix up patterns and textures. Mix up old and new, expensive and inexpensive.
There’s nothing wrong with placing family heirlooms alongside your modern couch. All good interior decorators will tell you that the most important aspect of decorating your home is that it reflects who you are, your personality and your style. The antique Chippendale desk that was your grandfathers tells a story. It tells the story of your past. The modern couch you fell in love with and simply had to purchase also tells a story, your present story, and there is no reason why the present and past can’t co-exist beautifully together. The same can be said for art. Now you might not want to place a painting by Salvador Dali on the same wall next to a Monet, but there’s no reason why they can’t be in the same room together. With fabrics whether it be furniture, rugs or pillows, varied colors and patterns can bring warmth and texture into your living space.
4. Slip into something a little more comfortable!
Slipcovers often get a bad rap but they are truly wonderful things. They can serve as a means of changing your furniture’s look to reflect the seasons. These easily removed coverings allow you to have a sophisticated look without constantly worrying about people dirtying or spilling on your furniture. Slip covers are ideal for rooms used frequently by children. Above the white slip-covered couches gives the air of a casual, comfortable, easy yet sophisticated elegance.
We all have items in our possession, probably packed up in boxes somewhere and haven’t given them a second glance. Your home needs some accessories. Instead of running to the store, take a good look at what you already have. Trays, wooden, acrylic, metal or silver can be placed on top of luggage racks, tea carts, trunks, bedside tables and coffee tables for extra texture and dimension. Arrange candles on them, frames or pile books on top of them. Plates can be hung to create wonderful wall art. Art from children’s books can be framed and hung in nurseries, children’s rooms or their bathrooms. You will be amazed at what you can do with what you already have!
7. Add a hanging pot holder to your kitchen.
Kitchens are meant to be warm and inviting. We spend much of our time in them whether it be for preparing meals, serving meals or entertaining. A hanging pot rack is a useful elegance. Kitchens are meant to feel as though they are in constant use and a hanging pot rack certainly makes one feel this way. In addition to looking so wonderful, (there are many sizes and styles available) additional cupboard space below is now freed up to store other items. Seldom has anyone complained of having too much storage.
8. Go green.
Add plants to your living space. Add them to every room, small or large, few or many. Plants are an inexpensive means to accessorizing your space and adding color and texture. Not only are plants beautiful but many can clean household air and balance humidity. They can absorb pollutants and remove harmful gases from the air. No home should be without these wonderful greens!
9. Paint or wallpaper your bookcases.
This instant pop of color will brighten and re-energize any room! It’s amazing how something so simple as a coat of colorful paint can instantly energize and transform your space. This built-in bookcase would be simple and ordinary without the bright blue interior. Perhaps the simplest and most inexpensive way to transform a boring space is to apply a coat of paint somewhere unexpected. Bookcases are an ideal place to start because you don’t need to paint a large area. Other fun places to add a pop of color include painting fireplace mantels, the insides of closets, hallways, and ceilings.
10. Use area rugs to soften hardwood floors.
Throw rugs give warmth and can add great texture, color and personality to your living space. Hardwood floors are beautiful and easy to maintain but they lack the comfort that carpeted floors offer, especially in the cooler months. Area rugs can add fun and functionality to your living space. Use several of varying patterns and fabrics together to showcase your character. Or add several rugs of the same pattern and fabric, or different textures but the same color. The possibilities are endless. You can change your area rugs to reflect the seasons using warmer tones and fabrics for cooler months and lighter ones for the warmer days of the year. There are many lovely kinds of cotton, washable area rugs which are ideal for those homes with children. There really is no reason why a home with young children cannot also be a stylish one.
What inspired you? Personally, I’m just mad about these animal hide rugs that seem to be all the rage lately. The question is, do I go for the cow or the zebra? Or both, and just say that I live in a barn!
Blog Source: Freshome | 10 Clever Interior Design Tricks to Transform Your Home
Participating in a Health Care Careers Enrichment Program is an excellent way to learn what it’s like to work in that field. It gives you invaluable experience and personal contacts—plus it can increase your chances of being accepted into the health professions program of your dreams.
Programs that enhance your academic record
Pre-health enrichment programs can provide an opportunity to strengthen the skills necessary to perform well in health professions school. For example, the Student Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a free, six-week national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Dental Education Association. The goal of SMDEP is to increase the number of highly qualified applicants to medical and dental school. SMDEP is only open to freshman and sophomore undergraduate students.
“It is critical to find a program that emphasizes academic enrichment,” says David Brunson, DDS, Associate Director, Center for Equity and Diversity at the American Dental Education Association, and Co-Deputy Director of the SMDEP program. “I have seen a number of admissions committees focus on how a student performs in a known rigorous summer experience and will consider that experience valuable when they become a health professions student.
Opportunities to conduct hands-on research
Research experience can set you apart when applying to college or health professions schools. There are two types of summer research programs: basic science and clinical research. Both research methodologies employ rigorous standards to ensure results are accurate, meaningful and reliable. Basic science research helps uncover new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent illness. Once a treatment undergoes testing in the basic science laboratory, it is tested on human subjects in clinical research.
During a summer research program, you may spend six to nine weeks in a basic science laboratory assisting scientists with the discovery of a new drug or treatment or assist a physician in a clinical research trial. Look for research programs that offer the opportunity to create a poster presentation as this presentation may lead to future opportunities to publish or present your findings at a national scientific meeting. The National Institutes of Health offers a Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research for high school, undergraduate, graduate school and professional school students.
A program focus that aligns with your core interests
If you have a specific interest – in cancer prevention, for example, or prenatal care – a pre-enrichment program can help deepen your passion and knowledge. Understanding health policy implications and their impact on the quality and access of health care encourages students to become actively involved in creating solutions to problems in the health care industry.
For example, each year, the Schweitzer Fellowship Program selects students from the nation’s top health and human service schools to design a year-long service project with a demonstrable impact on an unmet health need in a community. Partnering with community-based organizations, the fellows bring the project from idea to implementation and impact.
An academic and professional challenge
Remember, a pre-health enrichment program is not just a way to spend your summer. This is your opportunity to improve academically and learn about career opportunities. You’ll also make excellent contacts that can provide valuable references.
If you make a good impression, the associate dean or director (who often sit on the admissions committee for a particular institution) can advocate for you if you choose to apply to that institution. Some admissions committees guarantee an interview to students who participated in a rigorous enrichment program.
Blog Source: ExploreHealthCareers | Choosing a Pre-Health Enrichment Program
People are spiritual by nature; we search for reasons and purpose and meaning. There are mysteries we don’t understand and a whole universe we need to explore. Deep down, the drive to be better either compels or convicts us.
People are also creative by nature; the urge to make something new – to give birth – excites us. We secretly long to be inspired and to imagine what could be and long to give it voice.
But the spiritual search is easily overshadowed by the desire for daily comfort or security. And creativity can be lulled to sleep under the blanket of busyness and media noise. When either the spiritual or creative side is sublimated and ignored, we are diminished. The articulation of our feelings and communication of our beliefs often requires a different expression. Art.
But art is creative and needs time and space and risk. To be quiet and wait can be frightening; to face a blank piece of paper or canvas can be terrifying, but the possibility of a poem or painting or concerto or dance that represents meaning or injustice or peace is exquisite. Art can free the feelings and beliefs that are stuck inside. And the best news is that the process of creating art is the key. The product or end result might be spectacular and fetch a high price, or it might be mediocre and ignored by the world. It doesn’t matter because the act of doing and creating is what’s freeing! This is great news for everyone who thinks they’re not an artist.
Students often get lost in their work because of a lack of clear thinking. In their effort to remember “everything”, they end up muddying the waters to the point that they lose a sense of where they are at in the process. So, what is the process?
There are many variations to the way artists work. Almost as many as there are artists. However, I believe firmly that art students benefit if they have a simplified procedure that clearly separates the various stages of a painting. In this way, they are able to focus solely on the job at hand without the confusion of trying to remember “everything”. It simplifies the work and keeps it organized.
Because unskilled students have no procedure of their own, I provide them with the following handout. It obviously doesn’t answer all questions that they will encounter but by following it, it helps establish a procedure that will allow them to grow in skill over time with a bit less anguish and confusion. As they mature and skill and confidence grow they eventually begin to tweak this and find their own process.
If you are new to painting, I hope this will help you as well. It is a wonderful path you have chosen to follow. I wish you much joy in each and every brush stroke of your creative journey. Cheers!
PROCESS FOR PAINTING LIGHT AND SHADOW
1. Beginning in class # 3, bring to class a toned canvas.
2. With a small flat or round brush that is slightly dry, establish the shapes of your subject on canvas. Remember, the background shapes are just as important as the element shapes in your subject. Wipe off and redraw as necessary to arrive at a pleasing composition that supports the idea of your theme. Step back and make sure the subject is placed for distant viewing on the canvas.
Begin the block-in of your subjects by placing the shadows with paint that has been slightly thinned with medium. Be sure to include all shadows, even those in the background. Mix the shadow colors that are close to the value and color in the still life. Getting the value correct is far more important that getting the color correct at this stage of the painting. Keep ALL EDGES ROUGH. No hard edges at this stage. Check progress by stepping back to view the painting from a distance.
Repeat # 3 but block-in all light-truck surfaces. Keep the values correct according to the still life. Again, value is far more important that getting the color correct at this stage of the painting. Keep ALL EDGES ROUGH. No hard edges at this stage. Check progress by stepping back to view the painting from a distance.
Once both the shadow and lights are established the next step is to begin working in each of those shapes to make them visually exciting. Colors may be adjusted as well as values where necessary. Within each shape you will see variations which may include half-tones, reflected light, reflected images, irregular colors, etc. These are the ADDITIONS to the space being worked that make it believable and exciting to look at. Fussy patterns and detail are reserved for Stage Five. DO NOT ADD THEM HERE.
Step back from the easel FREQUENTLY during this stage to make sure the painting is progressing well and is consistent with the idea. Do not allow one element of the painting to be completed before all other elements. Work on the painting as a whole.
This stage completes the painting. At this time, turn the painting upside down and step back. If something is not correct or not pleasing, it will usually show up when you are not looking at the painting as a subject. Based on your observations, turn the painting right side up and make any value, color, size, texture, brush work adjustments, edge control, etc. adjustments necessary to correct and finalize the painting. Sign the painting (usually in the lower right-hand corner placed so that the frame does not obscure the signature.
Allow the painting to dry approximately 6 months then add a thin layer of varnish (Gamblin’s Gamvar recommended) to the painting. Follow the instructions and make sure the varnish gets into all the crevices. Once it is dry it is ready for framing. A good frame supports the idea of the painting without being visually intrusive and in conflict with the work.
Blog Source: THE PAINTED CANVAS | The Beginners Process for Painting
Sometimes I tend to skip past the seemingly basic mortgage questions, assuming everyone already knows the simple stuff. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and what may appear basic isn’t really so straightforward.
Generally speaking, a credit score below 620 is considered subprime in the mortgage world and will make qualifying for a mortgage that much more difficult. But it’s still possible depending on lender and loan type.
If you’ve got previous foreclosures on your credit report, things will get even more problematic and you may not even be eligible for a certain period of time.
But if your credit score is above 740 and you’ve got some decent credit history to back it up, you should have access to the lowest mortgage rates and a wide array of loan options.
Credit scores in between should still work, though there might be pricing hits associated, which all else being equal, may bump up your interest rate.
Rental History – proof of clean rental history for the past two years is also important to show the lender you have a propensity to pay on time each month (those currently living with their parents may be excluded from this rule).
If you can’t satisfy these basic requirements, you may want to keep renting, saving, and working on your credit until you can.