Life In Charge http://lifeincharge.com Take life by the horns. Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:40:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 http://lifeincharge.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/cropped-LIC-Roads-150x150.png Life In Charge http://lifeincharge.com 32 32 5 Careers in Science You Haven’t Considered http://lifeincharge.com/5-careers-science-havent-considered/ http://lifeincharge.com/5-careers-science-havent-considered/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:40:51 +0000 http://lifeincharge.com/?p=2479 Most science jobs, including the best-known and most popular, fall into three broad categories: academic, government, and industrial. Academic positions include professors and the technicians and researchers who work for them. Government scientists are often researchers or regulators. Industrial scientists work for businesses or some non-profits.  Some science jobs, however, don’t exactly fit any of […]

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Most science jobs, including the best-known and most popular, fall into three broad categories: academic, government, and industrial. Academic positions include professors and the technicians and researchers who work for them. Government scientists are often researchers or regulators. Industrial scientists work for businesses or some non-profits.  Some science jobs, however, don’t exactly fit any of those categories. Here are five possible careers you haven’t considered.

1. Taxidermy

A taxidermist preserves and mounts dead animals to display them. Many taxidermists start out as hobbyists who make displays for friends who hunt. At this level, the taxidermist doesn’t need training or certification. If they want to prepare displays for a science museum, however, they will need to go to a taxidermy school and earn certification. Taxidermists need to know the anatomy of their subjects so they can produce the most life-like mount possible. They also need to have good eye-hand coordination and an artistic flair.

2. Essential Oil Research & Production

Essential oils come from plants, and many have therapeutic properties. They can be used in aromatherapy to relieve stress and/or improve mood, and some can be used as antiseptics. Companies like doTERRA thus often hire scientists to help make or study essential oils. Some scientists, for example, will test the effectiveness of doTERRA products. Others help develop new products. These scientists need to have at least a Master’s degree in a relevant field like pharmacology.

3. Paleoart

A paleoartist paints or sculpts reconstructions of prehistoric animals, most commonly dinosaurs. They can illustrate books or create museum murals or displays. Paleoartists need to know both anatomy and paleontology to produce the most accurate and life-like reconstructions. As they also need to know the necessary art techniques, many go to art school.

4. Forensic Science

A forensic scientist helps investigate the physical evidence found at a crime scene. They can take DNA samples from hair or blood, and they can analyze various chemicals. Forensic science is a broad field that encompasses several scientific disciplines including toxicology, chemistry, and biology. A forensic scientist needs at least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, and they also need certification.

5. Cartographer

A cartographer maps and measures the surface of the Earth. They also collect and analyze geographic data taken from airplanes, satellites, and surveys. A cartographer needs at least a Bachelor’s degree in geography, cartography, computer science, or some other relevant discipline. Many states also require a cartographer to have a surveyor’s license. Cartographers who specialize in GIS or remote sensing may also need certification in these areas.

As the above list shows, many possible science jobs don’t require a Ph.D. Some jobs, like paleoartist or taxidermist, are at least as much art as they are science. It will take some looking, but somebody seeking an unconventional career in science should be able to find a job that strikes their fancy.

Resources

http://www.jobmonkey.com/uniquejobs5/taxidermist/

https://sourcetoyou.com/

https://www.thebalance.com/science-job-titles-2061506

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/paleo-art-is-a-thing/408829/

https://www.crimesceneinvestigatoredu.org/forensic-scientist-job-description/

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-engineering-careers/earth-physical-sciences/cartographer-or-photogrammetrist#whatdotheydo

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Life with a Chronic Illness: 3 Tips to Take Control of Your Life Again http://lifeincharge.com/life-chronic-illness-3-tips-take-control-life/ http://lifeincharge.com/life-chronic-illness-3-tips-take-control-life/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:00:02 +0000 http://lifeincharge.com/?p=2472 Even though it may feel like it, having a chronic illness doesn’t have to be the end of the story. If you carefully examine your current situation when your head is clear, you’ll begin to see that. You can take back control of your life, and here’s how.   It’s Important to Have Support By […]

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Even though it may feel like it, having a chronic illness doesn’t have to be the end of the story. If you carefully examine your current situation when your head is clear, you’ll begin to see that. You can take back control of your life, and here’s how.

 

It’s Important to Have Support

By keeping old relationships and forming new friendships, you’ll be better able to cope with your illness. Having someone around that cares for you (like, actually cares about you) may turn out to be your number one motivator in life. That person has the incredible ability to bring you to your full potential, in spite of the obstacles that relentlessly stand in your way. You’ll often find yourself facing a difficult task or dilemma that makes you just want to give up and stop trying altogether. However, your supportive loved one will be there at every turn to help you get through these tough times. A friend or a loved one can make all the difference in the world when it comes to effectively managing life with a chronic illness.  Don’t try to do this on your own.  Life’s better together.

 

Be Upfront About Your Needs

No matter what your chronic illness is—whether it’s an autoimmune disease or even an STD—after learning of your diagnosis, you should make a special effort to inform your loved ones about your needs. Tell family and/or friends how crucial it is for you to have someone you can confide in when times get rough. If you clearly explain this to them ahead of time, it will go a long way toward helping them realize how serious your situation is. They’ll be much more receptive and take your words to heart.

Furthermore, you’ll want to mention to your loved ones that you’ll be needing lots of words of encouragement. An occasional remark probably won’t be enough to help you during the difficult times ahead. You’ll need a lot of support from those around you to get you through the illness.

At the beginning, remind your loved ones that you need them to be flexible. With all that anxiety already floating around in your mind, you may feel like doing something one day and then change your mind shortly after. Those around you need to understand this and not take it personally.

 

Practice Mindfulness

You’ll want to remember how important it is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.”  It’s best to start developing this habit long before you get any results back from STD or blood tests. Before long, it’ll become more natural. This is particularly helpful when your mind is more prone to wander. Typically, these thoughts are irrational and will do all in their power to bring you down. By living in the present moment, you can fight off the negative thoughts that would otherwise draw attention to your illness.

 

A chronic illness can be a big challenge, but don’t let it stop you from being happy. By having a solid support network and practicing mindfulness, you can achieve this. You are strong, so believe that.

 

Resources
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/turning-straw-gold/201509/20-tips-living-well-chronic-pain-and-illness
https://www.healthfulelements.com/blog/2017/12/8-ways-support-someone-chronic-illness
http://www.prioritystdtesting.com/locations/
https://www.everyday-mindfulness.org/category/health/chronic-illness/

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Are Name Brand and Generic Really the Same? http://lifeincharge.com/name-brand-generic-really/ http://lifeincharge.com/name-brand-generic-really/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000 http://lifeincharge.com/?p=2466 Consumers are often picky about where and how they spend their money. They want products that are simultaneously high quality, safe, effective, and priced within reason. This can seem like a contradiction; thanks to brand marketing efforts, the more expensive brands seem to be superior. Generic products are offered as a cheaper alternative to brand-name […]

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Consumers are often picky about where and how they spend their money. They want products that are simultaneously high quality, safe, effective, and priced within reason. This can seem like a contradiction; thanks to brand marketing efforts, the more expensive brands seem to be superior. Generic products are offered as a cheaper alternative to brand-name counterparts, but is the quality really the same?

Medication

Generic drugs are designed to be chemical replicas of the branded version, only with a lower pricetag. For some medications, the difference in price can be quite significant — especially for prescriptions. Lower-cost generic medications have the same active ingredient as their branded counterpart, and the drug’s strength, dosage, usage, effectiveness, and route of administration are considered identical.

While the active ingredient may be the same, some of the “inactive” components, such as preservatives, flavorings, dyes, and other ingredients can vary. This change of ingredients can result in a drug that is a different shape, size, flavor or color. With over-the-counter medications, there is virtually no difference between the original and generic drugs. Generic prescription drugs’ comparability to the branded version, however, vary.

Food

When it comes to food, the contrast between a branded product and the grocery store equivalent is subjective. Some consumers feel that brand-name products simply taste better, and they refuse to buy a lower-cost substitution. Others don’t notice a difference, or find the difference so small that it’s a nonissue.

Opting for generic foodstuffs often helps reduce your grocery bill without sacrificing quality of living, making eating healthy on a budget easier. In fact, if you read the label on many food items, the ingredients in both generic and branded versions are often very similar. For example, store brand cereals are very comparable to the more popular brand cereals in terms of taste, quality and nutrition.

Household Cleaners

Almost every household cleaning product has a generic clone. For example, all varieties of chlorine bleach contain a concentrated percentage of sodium hypochlorite, so no matter what brand name is on the product label, it will produce the same results. Also, generic types of window cleaner and dish soap are equally as effective as the more expensive grades.

Regarding laundry detergent, consumers tend to be loyal to their favorite brand, and most seem to be willing to pay extra for a higher-quality product. This is because cheaper brands of detergent often leave undesirable residues on clothing.


Generic products often make excellent substitutions for brand-name products when you’re trying to tighten up your budget. In the end, name brands often tend to be more expensive only due to fancy packaging and marketing. When shopping for brand-name or generic products, compare the ingredients and look for reviews when possible. Depending on the product, the branded item may be better, or there may be no difference at all.

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4 Home Design Features that Improve Your Peace of Mind http://lifeincharge.com/4-home-design-features-improve-peace-mind/ http://lifeincharge.com/4-home-design-features-improve-peace-mind/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:00:10 +0000 http://lifeincharge.com/?p=2444 Home security is always a major concern for homeowners. But you don’t necessarily want to sacrifice your home’s aesthetic appeal to make it more secure. How can you make sure that your home is both secure and beautifully designed? Here are five design features that can help improve your home’s security. Use Home Automation Programmable […]

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Home security is always a major concern for homeowners. But you don’t necessarily want to sacrifice your home’s aesthetic appeal to make it more secure. How can you make sure that your home is both secure and beautifully designed? Here are five design features that can help improve your home’s security.

Use Home Automation

Programmable thermostats, light bulbs, and other appliances can all make life more convenient. But they can also make your home more secure. Smart light bulbs or automated curtains can be controlled from a smartphone while you’re away, and by putting it all on a random schedule, it can look like someone is always home. Complete your home automation setup with wireless cameras that can be hidden anywhere without affecting the look of your home.

Be Wise with Shrubbery

Shrubs can look pretty surrounding windows or doors, but they can also provide the ideal hiding place for a thief. Trim your shrubs, so they’re harder to hide in. Consider thorny plants, like rose bushes, to further deter criminally-minded folks. These are especially effective if they are placed below ground floor windows, as they can limit access to those windows.  

Light it Up

Leaving porch lights or solar-powered lights on all night used to be standard advice, but lately, this advice has changed. Instead, it is recommended that you use motion-activated lights. These lights allow you to protect your home without running up your electricity bill, and they can blind someone who approaches your house late at night. As an added bonus, they can also make it easy for you to see without having to find a light switch if you have to go outside.

Perform Proper Yard Maintenance

Mowing your yard is a given, but there are other yard maintenance tasks that need to be done to ensure your home’s security. Look for tree limbs that hang near second-story windows and eliminate them, so you aren’t providing easy access. Put away children’s toys once they’re done playing. Put away sports equipment, bikes, and other pricey possessions. You don’t want to provide criminals with an easy target to grab something from your yard and sneak off.

Feeling safe in your home doesn’t have to come at the price of a beautiful design. A few easy tweaks can give you both a nice-looking and secure home. Best of all, it doesn’t have to cost much.

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4 Ways to Increase Your Earning Potential http://lifeincharge.com/4-ways-increase-earning-potential/ http://lifeincharge.com/4-ways-increase-earning-potential/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 20:30:08 +0000 http://lifeincharge.com/?p=2435 Your earning potential doesn’t increase on its own, at least not at the rate in which you’d want it to increase. If you want to up your earning potential, you’ll need to take matters into your own hands. And while there are dozens of ways to make more money, not all of them are created […]

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Your earning potential doesn’t increase on its own, at least not at the rate in which you’d want it to increase. If you want to up your earning potential, you’ll need to take matters into your own hands. And while there are dozens of ways to make more money, not all of them are created equal. Some will take more time and energy; others will need hefty startup costs. Here are four simple ways to get a much-needed increase in your earning potential this new year:

Choose a Flexible Degree

What you major in is going to have a huge impact on your career and what you will earn in the long run. While some industries don’t require a specific degree, the more lucrative careers tend to want a focused path of study. When choosing your course of study, consider what you like to do and what options work with those interests when it comes to fields of study. Look for a high-paying degree that offers a variety of skills. Degrees in accounting or business management fill a variety of positions within almost every business organization, which means you have a lot of job opportunities and growth within those jobs.

Regularly Reassess Employment Options

If you’re a full-time employee at a company, the job security could lull you into stagnation. A lot of people stop looking for new and potentially better work when they’re employed. After all, with all the job responsibilities that lands on your desk every day, who has time to look for more work? Taking at least an hour every week to look at job postings online can give you an idea of how much you’re worth to employers. Perhaps there’s a company in the same city that’s offering $5,000 more in annual salary than what you’re currently getting paid for. Just be careful to not go overboard with your job search. You want to be loyal to the job that you have.

Use Your Savings to Generate Passive Income

Parking your savings in a savings account that pays a measly 1.4 percent in annual yield doesn’t sound like a smart way to grow your savings or retirement nest. Instead, use your savings to invest in financial assets that yield capital gains and dividend yields at a higher and faster rate. Stocks, bonds, and currencies are all good assets to include in your portfolio. Open an online brokerage account and deposit money to start building your portfolio. Use sound principles that generate long-term gains, such as value investing and dollar cost averaging.

Use Your Time Wisely

As one of the oldest adages go – time is money. Every hour you spend binge-watching on Netflix or hanging out with friends is time not spent making money. Manage your time so that every waking hour is spent on activities that could potentially increase your earning potential. Whether you use your spare time to build a blog site or a social media page that you can, later on, monetize or work as a part-time freelancer, make sure your time is spent wisely. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Increasing your earning potential does mean that you have to take a break every once in a while. No one can work 24/7, but you also shouldn’t spend all your spare time playing around.

Final Thoughts

Of course, there’s the traditional way of increasing your earning potential by asking for a raise or promotion. It sounds like a scary (or uncomfortable) undertaking to sit down with your boss and ask for more money, but it’s something you should start doing with your current and future employers. If done appropriately, asking for more can help you get far ahead of where you started.

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5 Ways to Turn Negative Emotions Into Positive Emotions http://lifeincharge.com/5-ways-to-turn-negative-emotions-into-positive-emotions/ http://lifeincharge.com/5-ways-to-turn-negative-emotions-into-positive-emotions/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:00:52 +0000 http://lifeincharge.com/?p=2427 The obstacles in your life may not be the hurdles you believe them to be. Your emotions can get locked into a negative spiral, but you can find your way out of the gloom and get back to viewing life positively. Here are five ways to adjust your negative emotions to bring the positives back […]

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The obstacles in your life may not be the hurdles you believe them to be. Your emotions can get locked into a negative spiral, but you can find your way out of the gloom and get back to viewing life positively. Here are five ways to adjust your negative emotions to bring the positives back into your life.

1. Avoid Overgeneralizing

If that voice inside your head is telling you that you always make too many mistakes, or you never know what to say to new people, recognize your negative emotions. Remind yourself not to overgeneralize. There are plenty of times that you did not make any mistakes and you knew exactly how to engage someone you just met.

You need to change the self-talk to something more realistic. Sometimes you make mistakes; sometimes you know what to say. This pragmatic approach will keep you from overgeneralizing and turn your negative emotions positive.

2. Treat Yourself with Compassion

When your inner dialogue takes a negative turn, ask yourself how you would respond to a friend. You would not be as hard on a friend as you are on yourself. Take some time to pamper yourself, try changing your mood with soothing music or essential oils. Be your own best friend. When negative emotions surface, take some time to be kind to yourself.

3. Don’t Jump to Conclusions

Assuming a negative result is not beneficial. Take a step back from your situation. Try to see more than one side of the problem. Identifying both sides of any issue can help you gain a better understanding and lead to positive results.

4. Live in the Present

Reliving past mistakes or worrying about what will happen in the future will fuel your anxiousness. Remind yourself not to dwell on situations that you have no power to change or a future you cannot predict. You can turn your negative emotions to positive when you live in the present.

5. Recognize Negative Thought Patterns

When you catch yourself dwelling in a negative pattern, don’t let your negative thoughts go through your mind unchallenged. Ask yourself for proof. This will allow you to look at the positives. With time you will do this sooner in the process, reducing the pattern of dwelling on the negative emotions.

Negative emotions do not have to rule your life. Learning to use the negativity to find the positive can transform your thought processes. Now you have five tools that you can use to adjust your negative emotions and see the positive.

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