Happy Sunday!

lazy cat

My day is planned out…… gonna bury myself in Pinterest and then pretend I will do all the things that I pin!

Drink wine.

Eat M&M’s

Wait until The Walking Dead Starts returns for Season 8!!!

 

Change Your Career, Change Your Life!

We might work to earn money to live, but our careers are much more than that. When you spend such a large part of your life working, your career becomes part of you, it’s how others define you. It’s why one of the first questions people ask when they meet is ‘what do you do for a living?’ Are you satisfied with yours? Are you on a path to achieving your goals, or have you ended up in a bit of a rut? Perhaps you took a job as a stop gap but years later you’re still there. Maybe your passions have changed, or there’s no (or no more) career progression. If that’s the case, you might be looking to make a change, and get yourself into a different job. A career change can be scary because you’re putting yourself right at the bottom again, it’s uncertainty and could mean taking a huge drop in money in the beginning. But it could also be the best thing you’ve ever done. If this is something you’ve been considering, read on.

Do You Want To Completely Change Career?

Spend some time thinking about your decision and the reason you want to make the switch. For example, do you dislike your job role or industry, or do you just dislike the company, your colleagues or boss? If you can’t get a promotion or move up where you are, could you transfer to a different company and use your existing skills in a similar position? If you’ve spent a long time working up in your career, making the change is a huge decision so make sure it’s for the right reasons. If you’ve completely lost interest in the field you work in or have strong passions elsewhere, these would be good reasons to seek a change of career.  

Improve Your Skills and Education

If you’re taking an entirely different career path, before you quit your old job, work on improving your skills or education first. That way when you come to apply for your next role, you already have some knowledge there and it could mean you don’t have to start right at the bottom. It could also be your only chance of being accepted for a job at all in some industries. You could gain a higher education, or you could build on your existing qualifications. For example, if you have a degree in business you’ve never used, why not study for something like a master of business law to take it to the next level. These days you can study online part time from home so you can do it around your existing job. You could also do some voluntary work so you have the experience you need. So before taking the leap to the next career, set yourself up for success in the next.

Decide on a New Career Path

You might already have in mind the career you want to move to. If for example you want something more rewarding, you might have plans to move into the health or social care field which is directly linked with helping people. If you want to earn more money, it could be a high paying office based position, or if you want to get out of an office environment it could be a job working outdoors. Decide on the final job role you’d want to do, and then work out ways to get there. It might mean doing further education, an apprenticeship or getting an entry level position and working your way up. Either way, have your career goals in mind and know what you need to do to get there.

Tips for Ridesharing with Kids!

If you live in a big city, you may be a pro at ridesharing using Uber or Lyft with your kids, but for those of us who don’t, it can be a bit of a foreign concept. When you’re traveling, you may need to use a ridesharing app, whether it’s to or from the airport, or across town, and if you’re on your own, that’s more than easy. You can estimate your fare using an online calculator, request a driver and you’re on your way.

What happens if you have your kids with you, particularly young kids, though? Can you still make it work, and what are the logistics like?

The following are some tips and things to know about ridesharing with kids, and especially young kids.

Cars in traffic

 

Carseats

The biggest priority when you’re out of town with your kids and using various forms of transportation is safety. Uber has offered options for families with young kids for quite a while in major cities. You can opt for the Uber Family or Uber Car Seat service, and you can specify this when you request a driver.

Of course, you should realize that if you go with this option, you will have to probably wait for longer because there are fewer drivers with car seats available. Also, the seats are usually forward facing, and the driver only has one.

Lyft has recently introduced drivers with car seats as well. It costs extra as with Uber’s options, but Lyft only has car seats available in NYC right now. The car seat is only allowed to be used with children over one year as well.

Other Options

Some parents have found that using Uber or Lyft car seat rides really aren’t the best option. First, there’s only one seat, and second, you do significantly limit your available rides, and if you’re in a hurry that’s not ideal.

If your kids are old enough, you can bring your own booster seats, which are much more space-efficient than convertible car seats. There are a couple of other clever options that work well for ridesharing as well.

There are inflatable boosters which are fully approved in terms of safety and are space efficient so that you can bring them with you on the go.

There are also child harnesses that you can hook into a cab or ridesharing car, and they can often be used on kids who are younger than what would normally be acceptable with a booster seat.

Schedule Pickup

When you’re traveling with kids, you might have the concern that you won’t get a ride, or that you won’t’ get somewhere on time, particularly if you factor your car seat needs into it.

There are options to schedule your ride ahead of time on apps like Uber, and this way you will know when it’s picking you up and you can be ready and give yourself enough time to put car seats or boosters in.

Finally, make sure you choose the right vehicle. It’s more expensive to get a larger car, but if you request a driver and they get there, and your family won’t fit, you’ve wasted everyone’s time. A standard car may be fine for a family of four but take into consideration things like luggage and strollers. It may be more expensive to size up, but it can save you time to go ahead an err on the larger side when you’re ridesharing with kids.

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