I don’t want to blog. I don’t want to write an article. I don’t want to work on the website. I don’t want to sell stuff. I just want to make art.It seems like most artists have this problem – they just want to be left alone to make art, to heck with all this other commercial stuff. The thing is, this is the first time I’ve ever felt like this in my artistic career.Don’t get me wrong; I love art, and I love making art. But for most of my life I’ve been more concerned with how my art was going to make me famous, rich, or both. I really didn’t give much thought to the fact that I really didn’t have much passion for the art I was creating; I fooled myself into thinking that I enjoyed the art that I thought would be most profitable. It wasn’t until I started getting disillusioned with the art that I was creating that I realized that I had never stopped and tried to find art that I enjoyed doing…I was too focused on what I should enjoy doing. I stopped dead and went on a quest to find new ways of making art. My exploration into what art I really enjoy doing led me to digital abstract art. Abstract is something that I love exploring the potential of, yet it is an art form that I never understood, and never would have seen myself doing before. Yet once I committed to only doing art that I enjoyed, I learned that I completely love doing abstract art. Weird, huh?What about you? Do you enjoy the art that you create, or have you let the inner demon or other people’s expectations drag you into something that you really (if you are completely honest with yourself) don’t like doing?Did one of your parents want you to be a certain something? Are you too afraid of what so-and-so would think? Are you blinded by the attitude you’ve always had towards a certain type of art? You might be keeping yourself locked away from an exciting art form.Why not try something completely new? If you want to try Digital abstract painting, sweet! It’s so much fun, and well worth testing. Is it pixel art? Cool! Go learn a little about it, and if you don’t end up liking it, who cares? Move on, then move on, then move on, until you find something you love. Don’t hold on to things for too long, or you may be stuck in something you hate for years. Go find the art you love!
You are going to want to incorporate telephone conference call service into your business, whether it is a full blown business that has been around and successful for years or one that is just getting started and off the ground.You will be maximizing your business potential and ensuring that it is profiting as much as it possibly can by using a domestic conference call service or international conference call service or both. You will be able to communicate with employees and clients quickly and easily, anytime, anywhere with a conference call service.The First StepThe first thing that you are going to have to do is decide on a telephone conference call service provider. There are literally hundreds out there today to choose from so you will definitely not be lacking in terms of choice here, but you will need to ensure that you are choosing just the right provider for your business and needs.Reaping the BenefitsOf course in order to take full advantage of your conference calling services you are going to want to make sure that you are aware of all the benefits.Although this has definitely proven to be productive and beneficial, at the same time it posed problems, at least at the beginning, as globalization as led companies to recruit talents from all around the world. This meant that a lot of potential profit was going ungained, as employers and clients were simply unable to meet up all the time when they needed too.However, when conference calling came around it allowed people to meet up and have a conversation anytime, anywhere, and made it extremely easy and convenient for everyone involved. All the participants get told a specific number and they then telephone that number at the time and date given, and are allowed to get in on the call with the rest of the participants.Telephone conference call service will definitely help your business to profit and gain more clientele, and will make it easier on everyone involved. If you really want your business to expand and go places that you only dreamed, conference calling will need to be an integral part of it. The good news is that there are some great service providers out there who are able to offer you these services and ensure that your business strives.
Mortgage loans, especially adjustable rate loans have almost a 50% error rate! Fixed rate are not much better, they come in at 30%. And for a jumbo, commercial loan that can translate into huge over payments that can definitely impact your company’s profitability. In this economic climate, especially with the problem with the mortgage industry and the scarcity of available loans, it is sometimes very hard for companies to stay afloat. Not enough money to properly run a business can mean lay offs, raising prices on products and services, possibly even the drastic step of closing your doors forever. There are only two ways to make a change that impacts your bottom line:* Charge more money to the clients and customers. Most companies are reluctant to do that because in this economy they can price themselves right out of the market.* Or cut the costs for delivering that service or product. We are going to explore this avenue in great depth in this article.There are not a lot of places for you to turn today, so when a new avenue for more savings opens up for your business, it is a good idea to take a look at it closely. Auditing in all it’s various forms, has been a great tool for verifying mistakes for all aspects of your company’s budget. Would you even consider paying for that box of supplies without peeking into the carton and checking the invoice? Or pay for a service with a blank check, trusting that there will be no mistake on the bill? Of course not, you are more conscientious than that. You count all those parts in the box of supplies and check the service bill for errors. But what about the parts of your business where it is impossible for you to make sure there has not been any human error? There have been so many businesses recently started in this modern world to catch more errors and help with more accountability, because if you want to stay in business, there needs to be some profit for all your hard work. One great example is utility and telecommunication auditing. Where we once took for granted that our utility bills were accurate, we now know there is at an 85% error rate and overcharges. It is a very good idea to stop and have an expert look at those invoices. Who know, it could be a very pleasant surprise!So, what is this new way to fuel our companies with more money to run efficiently? It’s time to take another look at your commercial mortgage loans. With a possible 50% error rate, it is prudent to check the figures with a reputable audit firm, one that specializes with mortgages. It could mean tens of thousands in refunds and saving thousands every year, definitely changing your present financial picture. We are so fortunate to live in the age of information, especially the computer. When correct data is imputed into the computer, it works perfectly. But when there are mistakes in the data, the computer continues using that wrong info, usually wrecking havoc in our lives and pocketbook. Sometimes, in places we may not even know about, like on our utility bills and mortgage rates. Which brings us full circle again to how wonderful computers can be. When during an audit the correct information is now entered into that same computer, it can reverse all manner of errors. And for some of us there will be a big celebration after an utility or mortgage audit, because the future is a very bright place filled with refunds and lower payments!
The furniture business is one industry that never goes out of business. There is an increasing demand for new alluring styles of furniture at the moment and this has set the tone for the emergence of a new breed of furniture artisans, known as architect furniture designers.Furniture designed by architects is designed keeping in mind the parameters of comfort and functionality. Also called cross section furniture or modern furniture, this type of furnishing employs the use of cutting edge technology and unconventional processes in creating mind-blowing pieces of art. Furniture designed by architects is characterized by their complex and almost futuristic shapes that set them apart from regular furniture.Many architect furniture designers have realized the beauty in creating imaginative shapes that resemble modern art. This trend has translated in the creation of some of the most spectacular pieces of furniture. Some of the most popular pieces of furniture designed by architects are egg shaped beds, spherical and spaceship like sofas and couches. These futuristic science fiction inspired styles of furniture has transformed decorating your home into an art form where the presence of ergonomic shaped designs add luster and add a fantastic visual appeal to your home.One of the major advantages of furniture designed by architects is that it makes the interiors of your home look very plush. The diversity of shapes that is so typical of architect furniture gives your home a very progressive dynamic. Architect furniture is known for its emphasis on comfort as well as functionality while creating a surreal visual experience for the beholder. Thus architect furniture instills a sense of prolonged intimacy in your home.Furniture is one of the most pivotal features in a home as it is responsible for enhancing the aura and ambiance of a home. By installing architect designed furniture you can create a panoramic appearance for your home. Before you go ahead and install architect furniture in your home you should choose a particular style that is in consonance with your existing decor and go along with it. You should bear in mind the contours of your home and accordingly select the matching ergonomically designed architect furniture. Also the color of your room should be in sync with the color of your furniture. A stark color contrast could change the ambiance of your room drastically. These finer points should help you select wisely. After all the best results come from a home that is well integrated with its decor.The salient concept behind architect furniture is to personalize your dwelling space apart from beautifying your house. Furniture designed by architects achieves this objective by staying true to its assortment of styles and designs. This is one of the defining facets of architect furniture in the 21st century. Compared to previous furniture trends, which were very limited in their composition, architect designed furniture has expanded its range through constant experimentation.Architect furniture can be regarded as more than just a work of art. It can be called a melange of aesthetics and styles all combined together to create this riveting new concept that borrows heavily from modern art and contemporary furnishing styles. For the discerning homeowner, architect furniture can provide a whole host of furnishing options ranging from the conventional to the bizarre. However, it is of paramount importance to choose the appropriate variant of architect furniture to create the desired aura and ambiance in your home.
One of the main benefits of online payday loans is that you can easily qualify for them without having to secure any collateral. Keeping this in mind, there are two additional advantages to taking out a payday loan. The first advantage is that you can get your money right away.Some online cash loan companies are able to deliver your emergency cash within a few days; while other money lenders are able to do it in 24 hours or less. The motto of many online payday loan companies is expediency; their main goal is to make sure that you get your emergency cash as soon as possible; on the flip side, they want their money repaid back in full just as quickly and easily as they loaned it to you.It is prudent and wise to think twice before obtaining such loans. Remember, these loans must be repaid back on time and you must adhere to all of the conditions in your signed agreement. Even though this is a payday advance loan, it is a loan nonetheless and must be handled as such.If you already know that there is a strong chance that you may default on the loan, do not get one of these loans! Try and find another way to get the cash you need. Interest rates can be ridiculously high with online cash loans and they come with stiff penalties if you deviate from the terms and conditions of your signed contract. This is a major drawback of these types of loans.If this is your first time getting a payday advance loan, you may not be able to borrow a lot at one time; but in some instances, you may be able to borrow a larger amount, depending on the lender’s policies. First time borrower’s may only be allowed to borrow $100. If you decide to borrow from the same payday loan company again in the future and you maintain a good payment history with them, you will be able to borrow larger sums of money; up to $1500.The second main advantage to using online payday loans is that your privacy is completely protected. Your sensitive financial information is safe and secure at all times. All of your financial transactions will be kept confidential and secure. As soon as you begin the lending process, all of your financial information and identity are guarded with the highest level of security measures from start to finish.There is no need to worry about identity theft from hackers or dishonest employees misusing your information throughout the entire application process.I know that cash advance loans can be tempting to use because they are quick and easy to obtain. But these types of loans should only be taken out as a last resort; such as an unexpected financial hardship or an extreme family emergency.Getting the cash you need right away is great but you must remember that you have to repay it back plus any additional fees outlined in the contract.
Pre-employment tests plus two other techniques help reduce stealing and theft by your employees.”Wall Street Journal” and Fox News reported (a) increases in employees stealing plus (b) employee theft’s financial drain on companies.How financially draining is employee stealing and theft? (A) The value of stolen items rose one-third in just two years, according to PriceWaterhouseCoopers’s survey of 5,400 companies. (B) 20% of employers consider employee theft a moderate to very big problem, found Institute for Corporate Productivity research.And how does employee theft impact your non-stealing employees? First, your honest employees feel dismayed when co-workers steal. It proves you hired lousy humans. Second, employees know anything reducing profits impacts job security. If a company loses too much to theft or stealing, eventually employees may get “de-employed” to decrease losses.Fortunately, managers can use pre-employment tests and other methods to (a) avoid hiring job applicants who are thieves and (b) discover which employees steal.1st WEAPON = PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTS to HELP HIRE NON-THIEVESPre-employment tests that specifically predict or forecast dependability can help you hire Non-Thieves. After all, the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to avoid stealing by employees is obvious: Avoid hiring job applicants who will steal.For example, in my pre-employment test research to create the Theft/Stealing prediction on the “Dependability Forecaster(tm) Test,” I used a two-step method to find out which test questions predict if someone may steal. First, two groups of people answered my extensive list of research questions: (1) One group was Thieves – hundreds of prisoners locked-up in jails for stealing and theft crimes. (2) The second group was hundreds of Non-Thieves. Then, I did statistics to find out which specific questions the Thieves answered significantly differently than the Non-Thieves.Those questions became the pre-employment test’s section that helps predict if a job applicant may steal.When applicants take the pre-employment test, companies immediately see if a job applicant scored like the Thieves or the Non-Thieves. Of course, managers prefer hiring applicants who get the test scores of the Non-Thieves.2ND WEAPON = BACKGROUND CHECKSIn addition to pre-employment tests that help predict Theft/Stealing, a company also might conduct a criminal background check to see if the applicant was convicted of stealing crimes.Problem: Unfortunately, a background check only will tell you if the applicant was convicted in the locale where you do the check, for example, your county. Warning: If an applicant was convicted in another locale, then you will not find out.Solution: First, administer a pre-employment test to help predict Theft/Stealing – before you spend your time and budget on background checks. Then, if employment test scores show an applicant scored like Thieves, then you probably will not bother to waste budget doing a theft or criminal background check.3RD WEAPON = ACT LIKE JAMES BONDAfter you use pre-employment tests to hire the best, you still need to watch your employees to make sure they do not steal. It may not sound nice, but you need to “spy” on employees. You can install video cameras, tracking devices and other spying instruments that are allowed.For example, an executive at one company called me for help to stop employee theft and stealing that harmed the company’s finances.First, I helped the executive start using the pre-employment test that predicts possible Theft/Stealing concerns – so the company could avoid hiring thieves. Second, I recommended the company “spy” on current employees by installing location-tracking devices on its delivery trucks.Results = The pre-employment test helped the company hire Non-Thieves. Among employees, the company discovered delivery drivers were (a) driving away from their most direct routes and then (b) selling company goods during their off-route driving. The company’s stealing by employees came to a screeching halt. And new employees were Non-Thieves.Suggestion: Make 100% certain employees realize you watch them. Some may complain about “Big Brother” for awhile, but they will know your rules. Your rules include no stealing is tolerated. Plus, employees realize you use multiple tools to catch employees who steal. Also, point out that stealing by employees creates less job security for everyone. That will make them thank you for “spying.”PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTS, CRIMINAL CHECKS, & SPYING HELP YOU STOP EMPLOYEE STEALINGEmployee stealing drains a company’s financial resources. It also creates a lousy workplace for employees. Research and news reports indicate employee stealing is a big, growing and expensive problem. So, managers need to take three steps to stop theft by employees.First, give pre-employment tests to job applicants to help you avoid hiring possible Thieves or people who may steal. Second, conduct criminal background checks on job applicants who did well on the pre-employment test. Third, monitoring devices catch employees who try to steal your company’s possessions.Pre-employment tests, criminal theft background checks and “spying” give you a fantastic 1-2-3 punch to knock-out employee stealing in your company.
Yoga Citta Vritti-Nirodhah – Yoga is the stilling of the mind Lake. Only when the Lake is Still and Calm can the beautiful jewel lying deep below be seen in all its glory. The jewel being the Atman or Pure Self. The Real You without the Mask.To still the chatter of the mind is indeed an awesome task but it can be done. Yoga has a variety of methods with which to tame the unsteady mind and the undisciplined body. These include Asanas (Postures held over time) Pranayama (Breathing techniques) and Meditation practices. All of these work on both the physical and mental levels to bring back harmony and balance. They help make the body and mind strong and free from ‘dis-ease’ by influencing the internal systems such as the lymphatic, circulatory, endocrine and the central nervous system, which comprises the brain and spinal cord. Even the autonomic nervous system has been shown to respond to yogic techniques of relaxation, so that its sympathetic and parasympathetic branches are able to function efficiently rather than one going into overdrive or underdrive which results in feelings of stress, anxiety and many other modern day illnesses/allergies.We do not need to know or understand these terms to feel the effects on our general well being. Just by practising yoga we begin to notice that the quality of our sleep and wakefulness improves. We have more energy, more joy in living in the present. Others begin to comment that we have ‘changed’. Perhaps the first signs of change may be a more toned body or a more relaxed attitude; An ability to communicate and get along better with others; A sense of fun. Deeper changes will come as you practise and your awareness deepens. Your changing perceptions may alter your values and purpose in life, which in turn may lead to different circles of friends and places, which will encourage further growth. You may choose not to go this deep as you will soon realise not everyone wants you to ‘change’ too much! It is your choice, your journey, your ‘Karma’.So what exactly is Yoga? The word Yoga is from ‘Yug’ meaning to unite or form a spiritual union. If followed as a way of life it can lead to ‘self realization’ or ultimately to Samadhi which is a superconscious state where the meditator, the meditation process and the object of meditation become one: Union with ‘God’. However, Yoga is not a religion: it is a spiritual practice used by Christians, Jews, Buddhists and agnostics! There are many different paths offered to reach this ultimate goal and because of our different natures we are usually drawn more towards one.Raja Yoga: The Royal Path. Has two major sub-divisions:A. Patanjali, a sage in ancient India, describes the eight stepped path (Ashtanga means eight limbs). This way deals directly with the Mind.
Yamas (Restraints) Truth, non-violence, control of sexual energies, non-stealing, non-attachment.
Niyamas (Observances) Austerity, purity, self-study, contentment, surrender of the ego.
Asanas – Postures. This is the popular understanding of yoga e.g. the Lotus or Headstand.
Pranayama – Control and direction of a subtle life force which brings energy into the mind and body. Usually translated as breath control exercises but it is much more than this.
Pratyahara – Sense withdrawal
Dharana – Concentration on an internal or external object
Dhyana – Meditation..A Deeper state without any distractions
Samadhi – Absorbed in the Absolute. All sense of duality disappears. The last three stages are known as SAMYAMA.B. Kundalini Yoga: Emphasises ‘pranayama’, works on purifying the ‘nadis’ (Astral tubes or energy centres) and seeks to awaken the Kundalini (spiritual energy coiled at the base of the spine). It describes the psychic system and also aims to still the mind. This is still a form of Raja yoga and follows the Ashtanga eight limbs; there is just a difference in emphasis and techniques.Minor Sub-divisions include:
a. Hatha Yoga – where Asanas, Pranayamas, Mudras and Bandhas (energy seals and locks) and Kriyas (cleansing techniques) are taught to varying degrees. This is the most popular form of yoga in the West.
b. Nada yoga – uses music
c. Laya yoga – concentration on inner sounds and lights.
d. Mantra yoga – sacred sounds (sanskrit the holy language).
e. Yantra – geometrical forms and patterns to stimulate and induce meditation. N.B. In a Chakra meditation (Chakras are wheels of energy- light and colour) several techniques can be combined. e.g. Music, voice, colour.Jnana Yoga: The Philosophical Path. Using Viveka (Discrimination) and Vairagya (Dispassion) one seeks to lift Maya or illusion and thus ‘see’ the world as it really is. Deep study of the Vedas (Metaphysical texts) and self-enquiry. Requires a sharp intellect.Karma Yoga: The Action Path. Service without thought of reward. Followed by those who wish to follow an active path and remain working in the world as part of a community. They seek unity within diversity.Bhakti Path: Devotional Path. Creative, emotional individuals who sublimate their feelings through yoga techniques and turn them into pure devotion. ‘God’ is seen in all beings. This path uses Mantras, chanting, meditation. The paths are therefore distinct from the teaching styles and schools, which you will encounter when you seek out a teacher or book. Most teaching in the West follows the Hatha Yoga path – the yoga that begins with physical bodywork.Four of the main schools are:
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Made popular by Sting, Madonna etc… This style was developed by K. Pattabhi Jois and is a flowing, strong and powerful workout. You need to be fit before you start unless you are lucky enough to find a good teacher who will take you in stages.
Iyengar teachers follow B K S Iyengar’s method of attention to alignment. They use a lot of standing poses to build strength initially. They also use props such as belts and blocks, chairs and walls.
Viniyoga teachers follow T K V Desikachar and offer individual and small group work with partner sequences. They emphasise step by step progression with awareness of the breath. These three teaching methods all derive from the three students of Sri Krishnamacharya (A revered guru who lived in south India). The last one was his son!
Sivananda teachers follow the teachings of Swami Sivananda and his disciple Vishnu-Devananda who brought this type of yoga to the West. It teaches twelve basic postures following the Rishikesh sequence, some breathing techniques and has a more spiritual leaning with the use of sanskrit chants.Some teachers dip into and learn from several schools and from their own introspection. Do not be put off by all these different routes. Find a class and just try it or buy a Book, CD or Video. We live in an age where we have access to so many ‘gurus’ (one who can lead you out of the darkness). They do not have to be a person we follow blindly. We can listen to our inner voice, read, explore. The story of how Krishna gave yoga to the world is told in the Bhagavad Gita. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali which offer true insight into the workings of the mind and how to still it for a peaceful life, are available with commentaries by many different authors to explain their meanings. The Chief text devoted to Hatha Yoga is the Hatha Yoga Pradipika – it means Light on Hatha Yoga and it describes the techniques of Kriyas, Pranayamas, Mudras/Bandhas and Asanas. It also recommends a ‘Nutritious and Moderate diet’. If you want to read something lighter as a general introduction, try Yoga Mind and Body by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. Pub. Dorling Kindersley. I also recommend any works by J. Krishnamurti; especially Meeting Life. Pub. Arkana.CDs are available from the yogawise site which provide a good introduction and practise for those interested in exploring further although finding a teacher and going on a deep retreat is even better. Do not be afraid to try Yoga. I have students who range from 7 to 75 years who come in all shapes and sizes; all levels of ability. Yogis measure age on the number of breaths we take in a lifetime and the flexiblity of our spines! Most yogis look ten years younger than their chronological age. Keep trying until you find a way to bring yoga into your life. You will never regret it. Om shanti shanti shanti Peace from within Peace from outside Peace from all living beingsWith LoveSammi
Who doesn’t want an excellent commercial design? Excellent commercial design is important to maintain the reputation and brand image of the company. As it is said, the first impression is the last impression, a good impression always attracts potential customers. It’s obvious no one would ever love to walk in a congested environment with bad lighting.
Bad design and interiors deteriorate the productivity of the employees. It can be a confusing task when planning a commercial designing project for the first time, hiring expert Commercial Architects Melbourne can be the best option to know about the latest trends and perfect matching designs.
This blog is about some basic rules to consider for making the commercial project successful.
Keep structures versatile
When it comes to transforming any commercial space, focusing on convertibility and keeping office interior decor versatile can be the best option. It can be done by implementing a versatile structure to spaces such as cafeterias, offices, and many more. Everyone gives preference to comfort hence, focusing on spatial and versatile design will help to complete commercial designing projects in an optimal way.
Consider the latest technology implementations
Technology plays a supportive role to enhance the commercial designing project. Moving forward with the latest technology is important to execute any business smoothly because technologies make the work much easier and comfortable for the employee as well as organizations. Implementing centralized and decentralized digital control is much needed in any commercial design.
Keep office aesthetics updated
Good aesthetics and interiors impact the overall representation of the office and make the place functional and attractive. Hire a reputed designer for modern décor and furniture ideas. Hiring a designer reduces half of the project stress and helps to meet the contemporary fashion and latest trends. They can help to choose the perfect theme that blends well with the office decor, atmosphere, and colour.
Provide personalized space to prevent congestion
Majority of customer prefers personalized space such as different seating to seat comfortably and do the personal work. Personalized space is one of the crucial factors for customer-based service offices such as hotels and cafeterias to provide an ambient and comfortable place.
Always keep safety first
Safety is the central feature of every construction and designing project. Hence, it’s the high-priority factor to keep the aesthetic and functional safety at the working place. It can be compromised for interior decoration and design purposes but it’s not at all affordable to compromise for safety purposes.
Following the above useful ideas can easily help in the successful completion of a commercial designing project in a safe and pleasing way. In today’s, modern construction, reliability, and comfort is also an equally important factor.
It’s important to hire the experienced Building designer Melbourne to make the commercial designing project worthy. Hope the above rules helped you to scale up your interior designing projects with a better outcome. Follow the above tips for any renovation or remodelling project and surely you will get award-winning and achieve a better office experience.