I am on my way to keeping up with the trends and every single small business or marketing blogs I search now are all on Canva! So I had to give it a shot. It’s a really cool website to create prints, instagram posts, animations, presentation, Linkedin banners, ads–and the list is never ending. Most pictures are free, except for the ones that are shared by creators.
If you are into design, (which I am), you can just go on Canva and upload your own designs and share it with everyone. Once someone uses your design, you get paid for it! This is a great, great opportunity if you are into desing because, trust me, every social media manager and online small business out there is using Canva.
A social marketing manger nowadays will always give you two main websites to keep up with the times, one being a social media post scheduling app and the other will most defintely be Canva. I tried it out myself and it’s pretty cool. I signed up for free and I made some cool banners and images for my posts. Cool thing is, if I wanted to sell T-shirts, I’d just get the print straight from Canva and I have the option of customizing the art too.
So if you want to improve your digital aesthetics, then try Canva today!
Few years back, I could tell you that I was not as confident as I am today. This trying times of the pandamic, I am financially secured. That came with a good financial plan. I was never the one to over spend or indulge. Only spent on good quality items/products/service, even if it was expensive because, I knew it was a long term investment. I was never about short term gains.
However, most people look for the short term indulgement, excitement and gains. In my opinion, that gives you just the happiness for today. I hate how some people actually use mental issues and anxiety as an excuse to gaining these short term happiness. For example, I needed that shopping therapy and it made me happy for the time being. Yes, that is okay for time to time, but not always. That cannot be your every day excuse.
If you have a long term objective then show me you are hard working enough to work towards it. My long term objective right now is sustainability. I want to make my money work for me and have sustainable income flowing and addition to that a bigger space. That is my target, and that is what I am working towards.
I segmented my money into through portions,
Rainy day savings – most important. You never know when you might need it for any legal/medical issues or other issues.
Money to invest – Cash that is just for investment that comes in with my income.
Money for expenses – Cash that is necessity
Money that goes into my RRSP – Mutual funds (not a lot) – Since this handled by banks, the dividends are being reinvested by an advisor / RRSP self directed stocks
TSFA – Mutual funds/Self directed stocks
So other than my rainy day savings, you can see that my money is not sitting stagnet. If you don’t have investment accounts then I would suggest you do some research and get on top of it.
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Losing your job is a given anxiety / depression topic. You won’t be happy for some time and you a lot of emotions will be running through your mind. You will cry, you will think about your bills, you will start forecasting your future. All this will happen, even if you had a plan.
However, do you have a plan? If you were to lose one income stream today, what would be your back up plan? Is it simply to look for another job? What if there were limited amount of people hiring for your skillset at this pressing times. Would you have to upgrade your job skills in todays pandamic environment.
Have you given that a thought? I have been jobless for 6 months one time of my life and it wasn’t a great feeling! It was hard to find another job. That’s why I decided that I will try my very best to not be close to that situation ever again. I created some back ups. If I have two streams of income. If one stop of my income sources stops then, I have the peace of mind to say that my other income will cover my mortgage. I have properties for rent, if need be I can sell them. I have stocks, bonds, and shares I have invested over the years I can definitely sell.
The best one out of all those is my back up savings that I don’t touch at all and it’s for my rainy days. I always have that as my security for any uncertain changes in my life. Another, is my investment in my skillset. This gives me leverge in the job market. I am definite that I won’t be waiting the span of 6 months to find a job this time around if that were to happen again.
These are small survival hacks, people never think ahead. Sadly, because when they put in so much hard work and come and browse through social media, every ad that comes their way seems lucrative.
Think about how you will create security for yourself!
What does it really take to look past your “stuck” situation right now? It takes experience of going through it a couple of times and then saying, okay I take ownership of my situation!
Acceptance is our keyword for today’s topic. It takes acceptances to move on or keep moving from any tough situation. It’s all perspective at the end of the day. You can see your current situation as glass half full or glass half empty. As in you can make your situation bad or worst.
I get it though, when you are in the situation where the entire environment is super negative, it’s hard to think positively. Mainly when anything you do leads to none of your goals. You start putting yourself down and telling yourself that you are just not good enough!
Yes, I go through that too! When there is too much pressure of work or let’s say I just take on too much to prove I am “good enough”… perfect example of jumbling my thoughts, and taking on too much than I can chew. That’s when anxiety hits.
What to do in those situations? Accept… accept that it will all end one day, and just like the person next to you, there will be an end to you. That means, there is no reason to hold on to these negative thoughts, all you can do is keep pushing and moving forward. Your situation will change eventually if you put in the work to make those small changes.
We make a mistake of always focussing on the end goal! However, life is simple. It’s about making smaller changes in your life to get those end results.
For example, I see a software engineer or a product manager making a certain amount of money and living an easy lifestyle. I can’t wake up tomorrow morning and hope that I am a software engineer / product manager. I need to make those changes / put in sacrifices to get to that level to achieve that lifestyle. There will be many road blocks! Many, many, many road blocks — the main point is, take breaks, but don’t stop!
You don’t see results right away, at least I haven’t but, 10 years later, you will look back and think that struggle was required!
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