The digital caliper 300mm / 12″/0.01mm Mitutoyo

The electronic caliper or a digital caliper is an item that is widely used today. Thanks to the outstanding features of measuring length, depth, and diameter, it has helped users to increase productivity, save time. It is also for that reason that Mitutoyo has now become the leading brand, being the eldest in making the leading precision measuring tools and devices in Japan as well as around the world. With comprehensive technology after many years of experience, Mitutoyo is proud to bring to users the 300mm / 12″/ 0.01 mm Mitutoyo electronic calipers with many outstanding advantages.

Electronic Calipers 0-300mm / 0-12”/ 0.01mm Mitutoyo High Quality

Digital calipers 300mm / 0.01mm are exclusive high-quality products of the world-renowned manufacturer of precision measuring instruments Mitutoyo (Japan)

Mitutoyo digital calipers 500-173 are products sold worldwide, many users rely on their usefulness and convenience, durability as well as absolute accuracy. Mitutoyo genuine products manufactured using modern Japanese technology ensure you will assure of quality.

Electronic Calipers 0-300mm / 12″/0.01mm Mitutoyo Precision Measuring Instruments, Durable

  • The digital caliper model 500-173 is specially made from stainless steel alloy, this alloy material has properties suitable for durability and resistance to external impact, in addition to being highly durable. Rigid and durable, the ruler can withstand pressure from external forces. This stainless steel material is also more resistant to corrosion and is more popular than its heat resistance against dents that reduce the impact of surfaces compared to other stainless steel alloys, all creating So the difference for the precision calipers Mitutoyo (Japan)
  • Results read on large LCD screens and displayed with high accuracy, making it easy for users to read the results and work faster, non-stick coating surface, helps You can easily clean and clean to preserve the ruler and make the measurement accurate and quick
  • There is a ZERO / ABS button that allows the display to be zero
  • Multipurpose caliper, measure Inch and Metric

Specifications Digital Calipers 300mm / 12″/0.01mm Mitutoyo – Japan

  • Manufacturer: Mitutoyo
  • Place of production: Japan
  • Product code: 500-173
  • Measuring range: 0-300mm
  • Display division: 0.01mm
  • Accuracy: ± 0.02mm
  • Weight: 1kg

Product Features:

  • Measurements range from 0-300mm / 12″/0.01mm with 0.01mm precision, making it easy to measure the details you need and complete them quickly and accurately
  • The compact design makes it easy to carry around or store when, not in use
  • Results read on the scale. Clear dividing lines with high precision level, help users easily read the results and work effectively faster
  • Easy to measure quickly, smooth surface of high-quality products

Product Application:

  • The product is used to measure the detailed dimensions in mechanical engineering accurately
  • 500-173 mechanical, the electronic vernier is a high-quality product used for measuring the size of length, width, measuring inside dimensions, measuring outside dimensions, or measuring the diameter of shaped parts cylindrical, square. Measure accurately and quickly. Many applications for industries such as industry, mechanical engineering, metal processing, plastic, aluminum and glass manufacturing, etc.

Note When Using & Storing the calipers:

  • Carefully clean the gauge before use (to avoid causing measurement errors)
  • When measuring, it is necessary to keep the two planes of the ruler and the part surface parallel to each other
  • When taking a ruler to read the results, you need to screw the fixed pin on the body of the caliper, then remove the ruler from the details and read the measurement results.
  • When measuring, you only need to understand the results displayed on the LCD screen to a high degree of accuracy
  • When measuring, do not force the measuring probe against the object
  • It is necessary to restrict the removal of the caliper from the measuring object before reading the measurement value
  • Do not use a digital caliper to measure when an object is rotating
  • The measuring tape should be placed in the correct position in the box. Do not place the caliper on top of other tools or place other devices on top of the ruler.

In conclusion

Through this article, there is no denying that outstanding advantages such as high accuracy, wide measuring range, minimal division, and long-term warranty have made this product popular among users. Hopefully, from this article, you have a better understanding of this line of Japanese Mitutoyo best digital caliper.

How to utilize the cable cutting pliers successfully?

I remembered that when I was a child, I had a lot of dream jobs such as teacher, doctor, engineer, and so on. However, I think that the job that expresses to our mind most is repairing worker. Now every time I think about working as a repairer, I feel very excited and want to explore deeply and get more knowledge about this work. I know that with a girl like me, this work may be difficult to work and quite not suitable, but I have a special expression with this work. My father’s job always has to hold and use many different types of devices especially the pliers. So the pliers are one of the important things in my life until now. Although I do not follow this dream job now, I really love this tool. I would like to write this article about the cable cutting pliers so that you can get more information and applied effectively them in your life.

The cable cutting pliers


Cable Cutting Plier

When we talk about the pliers, we can immediately imagine a tiny and compact tool with a lot of functions and benefits in our life. For me, I have a feeling that the pliers are always beautiful and professional. Do you have the same thought as me?. The cable cutting pliers also have the same construction and form with other types of pliers. With a small and compact design, people who work with a lot of devices can put the cable cutting pliers easily into their tool kits. As I know, with a tool kit of the carpenters, it needs to have the ability to contain many different types of tools such as hammers, pliers, chisels, and drill. So the smaller the devices are, the more convenient for the workers. That’s why the cable cutting pliers are one of the best solutions for the workers nowadays. Especially, a unique design, the cable cutting pliers have a multi-function. This tool is not only used to cut one kind of cable but also cut numerous kinds of cable and annealed. Some prominent cables that are very popular with workers nowadays are iron cable, copper cable, steel cable, and many other types. Moreover, if you had an opportunity to use the cable cutting pliers, you will know the convenience and useful functions of this tool. This tool is out of harm’s way for users and we can use it without difficulty. Let me take an example for you, the electronic cable cutting pliers are utilized extensively in some works such as electricity works, mechanical works, and mending works. besides, the electronic cable cutting pliers are very easy to use and helpful for our life.

Some ways to apply the cable cutting pliers valuably

Before the producers invented and brought any devices or machines to the market, they will analyze and survey carefully the requirements of consumers. Because if they do this step, their devices and machines will be attracted by a lot of people. So they can sell their products more quickly and earn profits. So we should know that each device will have their functions that other types may not have. However, to get the best work efficiency, each user needs to know the usage and some important tips during working. Here are some important notes that you must keep them on your mind when using the cable cutting pliers.

  • You should choose the appropriate cable cutting pliers: first of all, you should keep in mind that only when you choose the suitable cable cutting pliers, you can work and get work efficiency. The cable will have various types of cable from material to size. For example, the cable will have some types such as iron cable, copper cable, and steel cable. Moreover, we can see so many different types of cable cutting pliers now on the market. They will have different sizes to be appropriate with different types of cable. So we should know the features of your works first and then choose carefully the cable cutting pliers.
  • The next tip is that you must check the cable cutting pliers carefully before buying them: it can not deny that not everything is perfect in our life. For instance, the human is also not perfect in all aspects. We will have both strength and weakness. With the cable cutting pliers, we should check it whether this tool has some broken places or lose some small parts before buying this tool. You need to do this step because it can help you be safe when working with this tool. Because some times we have to work with electricity, we can avoid some bad situations such as shock electric.

In conclusion

It is essential for you to use the cable cutting pliers in the right way and right purpose. I think that if you follow my advice above, you can take full of advantage of the cable cutting pliers. Moreover, you should bring to mind that you should buy the best pliers set.

Anti-kickback pawls: what is it and why is it necessary

If you have experienced a kickback when operating a table saw. You will feel how scary it is. We can never predict when a kickback will happen. It happens so quickly in a moment that you can’t react. n light cases, you only lose a piece of wood or bruise slightly. In heavier cases, unfortunately, you lose a finger or wood splashed into your face.

 Because we can’t predict when danger will happen. Therefore the manufacturer has created a tool called an anti-kickback pawl to avoid and reduce the risk that may occur to users or damage to the device. Let’s explore and learn about it through this article.

What is the kickback?

It happens during woodworking when you slide the wooden board through a circular saw. You can’t control the propulsion of the wood, so the blade must work too fast. It causes serious incidents such as saw blades being blown away in many directions, shreds of wood will shoot in the face. More seriously, it is your hand that is sucked into the saw blade, causing your hand to break and get injured.

It is very dangerous, isn’t it? If you still haven’t imagined its seriousness, you should probably some social networks like youtube you can see the user’s hands can be lost within a second. Therefore, to prevent kickback that can occur at any time, you should equip the anti-kickback pawls tool is extremely necessary.

What is kickback pawls?

A Pawl is a kind of latch to prevent movement. Anti-kickback pawls made of metal material shaped like two small saws together each with sharp teeth. The teeth are placed behind the circular saw when you push the wood through the circular saw, these two small saw blades will pass through the top of the wooden plate. That will help prevent a sudden kickback of the wood.

When should use anti-kickback latches?

I think you should use it any time you operate a table saw to cut wood. However, the best time to use is while you cut the rip to cut a piece of wood into two.

When should not use anti-kickback?

As I said above, the tool is only suitable for cutting rips, but also for cutting other types of cutting such as dado cutting is completely inappropriate. Because of the following reasons:

  •    Its size is also relatively large, limiting the surface of the saw table
  •   Some people also complained about the pawls of the tool that had made the wood plate after cutting with a scratch that ruined its aesthetic.
  •   It also reduces performance when cutting wood, The teeth on the tool prevent the process of pulling the wood out.

There are many conflicting opinions about whether or not to use this tool in your work. Consider its advantages and disadvantages to see if you should buy it or not.

The popularity of anti-kickback pawls

It is asserting itself in the tool market. But I often see people use for table saws as the best portable table saws and hand saws. It must not be attached to the device, If you want to purchase is also very simple, You can go to saw shops, or buy online is also quite ok. However, please buy at reputable websites that are trusted and known by many users.

Other things you need to know?

No protective device can guarantee 100 percent. However, if you are not fully equipped, it is more dangerous. Therefore, besides this tool, you can equip more protection tools such as riving knives, saw blade protectors, …

A very simple thing that many users have forgotten is to keep the workspace clean, wear protective clothes and stand properly. These are also ways to avoid potential risks for you.

 I almost forgot that you also need to pay attention to the distance between the saw blade and the key saw. If the wood does not reach the blade of the latch, you can still get kicked again. Please pay attention to this problem, when assembling equipment.

Finally, after using it, pay attention to scrub the tool carefully. Because the blade of the latch is very prone to rust over time. You don’t want this device to crash quickly and lose its effectiveness, right. Please pay attention.

In conclusion

I have given a very detailed introduction to the anti-kickback pawls device. Hope it helps you somewhat in considering the purchase of safety equipment when using your saw. Thank you for taking the time to read this article.

Five beautiful things

Today I am delighted to be welcome Tara Mohr to Reach Our Dreams. Tara is the author of Wise Living, a beautiful blog that is all about living simply and meaningfully. You can connect with Tara on Twitter or if you enjoy this interview why not subscribe to hers RSS?

I’m always looking for new ways to wake up to the life in front of me. This week I started playing with the idea of “five beautiful things.”

In any moment, particularly if I’m feeling stressed or out of sorts, I look for five beautiful things in my midst. I really look at them. I take them in—not just with my eyes but also with my mind and my breath and my heart. I spend a few moments just looking.

This morning, I’m in a bustling café. It isn’t particularly beautiful. But in a moment of feeling kind of bummed out and rushed and anxious, the thought popped up: look for five beautiful things.

The moment I raise my head, I see the red-gorgeous leaves of the trees out the window. Intensely rich as bowl of dark cherries. Hovering slightly in the wind, patiently waiting for our attention. Bold and unapologetic as they wait. Had I looked at them before this morning? Yes. Had I seen them? No.

Next, the face two seats down from me at the café. Clear, pale, freckled, trustworthy, unusual and familiar feeling all at once. Beautiful.

The bright green skirt of the woman walking past me, the green of summer. On this early day of spring, that is in itself a proclamation of good things to come.

The photos above the espresso bar, which I’ve seen at least a hundred times before. Three in a row, frame in arches. In looking at them I start to appreciate the miracle of someone taking the photograph, and the miracle of someone else framing them that way, the miracle of someone conceiving a design for this place. And then I start to feel the miracle that it is all here, and I’m here too. The miracle of a Saturday morning that is, that is now.

By the time it’s time to look for item number five, everything is looking beautiful. The white coffee cup is beautiful. It’s all starting to feel vibrating and alive and miraculous and now. (And I’m not even caffeinated yet).

So number five is, shockingly, the stop sign, right outside the window. It’s become stunningly gorgeous sometime in the past five minutes. It probably couldn’t have been beautiful thing number one, but through these eyes it’s a vibrant red. It’s the perfect shape composed above the green vines below and the brick building behind.

I’m left with this: There’s a way in which life is about looking. Looking closely. Looking with the intention to see beauty. Looking with curiosity and alertness. Looking with reverence for now.

Looking changes everything.

Right now, before you finish reading this post, and click over to the next window, will you find five things of beauty, of striking mystery, in your midst? Five things that are amazing out of their aliveness? Start with one or two, and take them in through your eyes, your mind, your heart and your breath. Spend a few moments with each, and the rest will take care of themselves.

I’m curious to hear what that was like for you. And I’d love to know, what does “life is about looking” mean to you?


5 Practical Ways to Feel Better Instantly

We all have times when we feel bad or just need a boost. It is useful to have practical ways to deal with these times. Below are some of the practical ways that I have learnt that help me feel better quickly:

1. Meditation

Meditation is one of the most powerful techniques that I have found to feel better quickly. I spend ten minutes each morning in meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated. You can sit in silence. Observing your breathe is another good way to start meditating. I use a guided meditation CD. Don’t worry about ‘doing it right’. Just get started by setting aside ten minutes to sit in silence.

Meditation can diminish the effect of external influences. When I am meditating it is a way for me to switch off and press pause on my worries and day to day concerns. I don’t try to stop my thoughts completely. I have found that observing them and letting them flow through my mind is much more effective than resisting them. I always feel refreshed and centred after meditating and able to be more at peace in my day to day life. I read somewhere that an hour of meditation can leave you as refreshed as eight hours of sleep!

2. Emotional Freedom Technique

Emotional Freedom Technique is a fairly new discovery to me but has become something I now use regularly. Glen from ViperChill recommended this link on a recent post. It worked the first time I tried it and I have started using this technique whenever I feel a negative emotion or when I feel bogged down by something.

I would highly recommend taking them time to go through this introductory video. I shared this link on Twitter recently and Nate over at The Way That You Wander tried it too with . He shared the results on this post: Get a Burst of Energy.

3. Exercise

Exercise is a sure fire way to feel better instantly. An even better way to feel better instantly is to exercise outdoors. Recent research shows that just five minutes of exercise outdoors can make a huge difference to our overall health.

My favourite ways to exercise currently are walking, running cycling and yoga. I haven’t always exercised but I have started making exercise part of my day to day life in the last couple of years and it has made the world of difference to my emotional and physical well being. I run near our home which saves time and money compared to going to a gym. I practice yoga by following a DVD at home and walk and cycle to save using my car where possible. Removing barriers to exercising, making it part of my day to day life and ensuring I enjoy the exercise I do has helped me want to do it more. I now exercise every day and it never fails to make me feel good. It’s also very good for your skin too!

4. Connect With Inspiring People

Connecting with inspiring people is a great way to feel better instantly. One of the first things I wanted to do when I came off the road in my car last year was to connect with my online friends. I felt so supported and it reminded me that I am part of a really inspiring and loving community.

If you feel like you don’t connect with enough inspiring people, seek new friends out. As I shared, being part of this online community makes a real difference to my life. You could join a new club or start a blog or maybe reach out to someone in your life that you find inspiring but haven’t got to know as well as you’d like. The people we associate with on a regular basis make a big difference to our outlook in life.

5. Affirmations

Affirmations are a great way to feel better instantly. We are actually all using affirmations all the time anyway. “I am not a people person” is an affirmation as is “I am a successful, happy person”. The trick is to be aware of our thoughts and replace negative affirmations with positive ones. I have found using affirmations very powerful, particularly when said into a mirror.

To learn more about affirmations I recommend You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. This is one of the first personal development books I ever read and in my opinion one of the best.

If you have never heard of affirmations before it might seem a bit of an unusual approach but I would recommend giving it a try. I will leave you with an affirmation that I love from Louise’s book that you can use:

“Deep at the centre of my being there is an infinite well of love. I now allow this love to flow to the surface. It fills my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very being and radiates out from me in all directions and returns to me multiplied. The more love I use and give, the more I have to give, the supply is endless. The use of love makes me feel good, it is an expression of my inner joy. I love myself therefore I take loving care of my body. I lovingly feed it nourishing foods and beverages. I lovingly groom it and dress it, and my body lovingly responds to me with vibrant health and energy.. I love myself therefore I provide for myself a comfortable home, one that fills all my needs and is a pleasure to be in. I fill the rooms with the vibration of love so that all who enter myself included, will feel this love and be nourished by it. I love myself therefore I work at a job I truly enjoy doing, one that uses my creative talents and abilities, working with and for people that I love and that love me, and earning a good income. I love myself therefore I behave and think in a loving way to all people for I know that that which I give out returns to me multiplied. I only attract loving people in my world for they are a mirror of what I am. I love myself therefore, I forgive and totally release the past and all past experiences and I am free. I love myself therefore, I love totally in the now, experiencing each moment as good and knowing that my future is bright and joyous and secure for I am a beloved child of the universe and the universe lovingly takes care of me now and forever more. And so it is.”

How to Stop Being a People-Pleaser

Are you a People-Pleaser? Are you someone who always puts other peoples’ feelings above your own or someone who makes the pursuit of other peoples happiness your main aim in life?

You become a People-Pleaser when the balance tips and the boundaries between your own happiness and other peoples become blurred.

Helping others is great when done genuinely. People-Pleasing is different from a genuine interest in other people. At the heart of this issue is the fact when you are in people-pleasing mode, you have lost sight of what makes you truly happy, let alone anyone else.

Here are some lessons I have learnt that have helped me:

1. Be Authentic

Authenticity is the nemesis of People-Pleasing. People-Pleasing is all about getting others to behave in a certain way to make you feel better. Being authentic is being real. There is no agenda; there is just you. It isn’t hard to start noticing the difference between authenticity and People-Pleasing, Authenticity feels real and honest. You have no agenda and are transparent. People-Pleasing on the other hand feels insecure, fragile, phony and desperate. Start identifying your feelings and which mode you are in. Start choosing authenticity.

2. Listen to Your Feelings

Your feelings are a communication. They are there to tell you something. Start listening. One trap I have fallen into in the past is listening to your feelings and then justifying them away. For example, if I feel disappointed with someone else and notice that feeling, I then go on to justify the other person’s behaviour i.e. “they are going through a hard time”. It is useful to be able to put yourself in other people’s shoes and understand what is going in for them, but it is important to learn to take the time to understand what is going on for you too. You don’t have to solve the problem straight away or get rid of the feeling. Learn to really listen to your feelings without judgement.

3. Realise People-Pleasing is Not “Nice”

One of the things that made a real difference to me is realising that People-Pleasing is pretty sleazy. It robs you of your self esteem and doesn’t leave the people you are trying to please with a good experience of you. People-Pleasing is one of those behaviours that sounds “nice” but which is actually the opposite. People-Pleasing isn’t really about others and making a difference, it is all about you. For example you might say “I haven’t heard from you for a while, I have been worried about you” when what is really going on is “I am not really worried about you, I just want to make sure you still like me”. We don’t say these things, but other people pick up on them anyway.

4. Let Go of Control

People-Pleasing is controlling. To make yourself feel better you need others to be ‘pleased’ or ‘happy’ with you. Imagine what pressure that is for the other person! Take a moment to remind yourself of a time that someone has been a People-Pleaser with you and how this experience made you feel.

I have noticed that when I am in People-Pleasing mode I take other peoples moods personally. I see someone is upset and I worry that I have upset them. I search my mind for ways that I may have upset them and want to apologise or at least find a way to make them happy again, even if it is nothing to do with me! Again when I am like this, it’s all about me. trying to make others feel good so I can feel good again! Realising that other people have the right to be happy or unhappy has been a huge realisation for me. That might sound kind of obvious, but when I am in People-Pleasing mode, someone else being unhappy isn’t ok. It makes me feel bad and I want that feeling to go away as soon as possible!

Learn to accept and allow others just as they are.

5. Learn to Be OK with Upsetting People

“You can’t keep all the people happy all the time”

I am not advocating being a jerk here, but it is a fact of life is that you can’t make everyone happy all the time. What you can do is be authentic and do what you feel is right. We all upset others at times. It is inevitable. Sometimes people are jealous; sometimes they don’t like other people being happy or successful and sometimes they may be upset with you and they just don’t know why! You cannot be responsible for other people’s happiness but you sure as hell are responsible for your own.

(Note: This isn’t an excuse not to apologise if you are in the wrong. Learn to listen to your intuition and be honest. Ask yourself: “Is there something I need to take responsibility for here?”)

6. Please Yourself

Learning to please yourself is one of the most important things you can do. Looking for outside validation stifles your inner voice and makes you small.

You are not small. Whenever you feel small you don’t feel good. That is because it is not true. You are huge. You are here to shine.

Start learning about you. What makes you happy? What lights your heart up with joy? Some people are so used to thinking about what makes other people happy, that this really is an alien concept. If this is the case, start finding out today. When someone asks you what you fancy for lunch don’t say the usual “I don’t mind” or “Whatever you fancy”, take a moment to think about what you would like to eat and let the other person know. Step by step you start getting clear what makes you happy.

People-Pleasing robs you of your natural expression and joy in life. As I shared, these are some of the ways I deal with this tendency in myself. Are you a recovering People-Pleaser? I would love to hear about your experiences.

How I found a balance

Since I wrote recently about taking a step back and how I was dealing with overwhelm I thought I would update you and let you know that I have achieved my goal and life is much more balanced and happy for me now.

I honestly feel healthier and happier than I have in a long time. My passion for this blog is as strong as ever and I have been enjoying my life immensely both on and offline.

I wanted to share with you the lessons I have learnt recently and what has made a difference to me personally as it seems that this is an issue that many of us are dealing with at the moment. For example, Matt Chevy over at Life without pants wrote an insightful and very relevant post on this very topic this week and hit on some great points about what many of us seem to have been dealing with recently. So without further ado, these are the things that have personally made a difference to me:

1. Disconnecting

Not reaching for my laptop / Blackberry every spare moment I have has made a huge difference. Previously if I had a spare half an hour I would jump on the computer (usually to check Twitter, stats etc) but I have been making a habit of checking myself when I feel like doing that and seeing if I really needed to. If not, I have been choosing another activity, maybe a leisurely cup of tea or reading a book. This has helped me slow down and enjoy my spare time rather than filling it with computer activities that can usually wait.

2. Prioritising

I have stopped worrying as much about keeping up with reading other blogs. I worried about this initially as I don’t want it to seem that I am not interested in reading other people’s blogs as this just isn’t the case. However, the truth is that it was becoming overwhelming trying to keep up with reading and commenting on a certain amount of sites per day as I had been. I accidently deleted my RSS feeds (about 30) last week. Initially I was really annoyed that I had done that but I realised it was an opportunity to revaluate my reading habits. My new list includes 8 feeds and this has helped me feel much lighter about blogging. I still read other blogs not in my feed regularly and of course, not to be missed posts are always shared on Twitter. A consequence of taking the pressure off myself in this area is that I have the time to read and absorb the posts I do read and also made room for myself to find some fantastic new blogs such as far beyond the stars and Rowdy Kittens.

3. Enjoying life

I have been doing lots of fun things in the last few weeks. Adrian and I have been doing lots of cycling and getting out and enjoying the fantastic sunny spring we have been having in the UK. We have also been walking, going to the beach and catching up on some great films on DVD (“Men who stare at goats” is a big recommendation!)

4. Being present

I am not sure if I have become more present because of these changes or vice versa but either way I have had a definite increase in peace of mind and the feeling of being in the present moment. I have really been enjoying each day! I have started meditating again and as I shared above, I have been taking the time to enjoy activities other than being on the laptop. These have made a big difference to being present.

5. Enjoying my work

I am really enjoying the mentoring work I do with local universities as well as the administration work I do the rest of the time. Both are really enjoyable and satisfying. I am also fortunate that my schedule at the moment means that I don’t do a full eight hour day on any of the four days I work. This means that there is time each day to be outside enjoying the good weather, exercising and generally enjoying life outside work as well.

6. Starting the day well

One bad habit that I noticed last week was switching my laptop on as soon as I got out of bed. I usually have enough time at a computer each day to do what I need to do, so I don’t really need to do this. I noticed that when I do this, it makes me a little more anxious and less grounded before I start my day. I have now stopped switching my laptop on first thing and have been taking the first hour of the day to enjoy breakfast, spend time with Adrian and meditate. This change has made a huge difference as it sets the tone for the rest of the day.

In terms of this site I have been writing more than usual and have been doing lots of guest posts so the changes I have made are definately helping me to be more effective and productive as well!

These are the things that have made a difference to me recently. I would love to hear from you. Have you been struggling to find a balance or does this come easily to you? Have you got other tips that you would like to share?

Wherever you go…

“Wherever you go, your mind will go with you.” Osho

I was watching a TV programme this week (yup…lots of day time TV this week due to the snow! :) ), where each week a family decides whether or not to emigrate to New Zealand or Australia from the UK. Each member of the family votes whether they should go or stay at different points in the programme and part of the decision making process includes a visit to the country of choice and a chance to look at possible property and jobs out there.

This week the programmed featured a family who said the main reason they wanted to emigrate to New Zealand was that they felt like they were overworked and wanted a change in pace. They talked about this a lot. On arriving in New Zealand however, the father, who was the one who they said spent too much time at work, found a job with a vineyard which he was really excited about, which would include working weekend and evenings and overtime for at least two years to get experience. Now I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that decision, but watching this programme it was obvious that something didn’t add up. What they were saying they wanted and the actions they were taking were not congruent. As one of his daughters (about five years old) said, “Daddy could get a job working less hours in the UK.” The predictable scenario here is that they would create the same situation in New Zealand as they had in the UK.

Watching this episode made me think. I’m sure we’ve all done this – changed our circumstances in the hope that we will be different. Travel and moving are fantastic and I have done a lot of both in my life, but if you are expecting a place to make you different, you will be disappointed. You will not magically have more time or be different, just because you live in a different country. Yes … move, travel, experience the world! But know that for our day-to-day experience to change, we fundamentally need to change ourselves first.

“Things do not change; we change.” Henry David Thoreau

What’s your experience?

Thank you and update from Reach Our Dreams

As the year comes to an end, I wanted to firstly say a massive THANK YOU to each and every one of you for reading this blog. I started this blog at the end of July, and it has been such a great learning curve and just a real joy becoming part of this community and developing Reach Our Dreams. It means a lot to me that you read my articles, leave great comments, cheer me and each other on and share your stories. I really appreciate your support and look forward to many more adventures and dream-reaching in 2010!

You will notice when you visit my site at the moment, I am in the process of changing the design of my website. It is a work in progress, and I still have some work to do (putting images back in etc) but I hope to have everything sorted by the New Year.

Thanks again!


Are You Dreaming Patiently?

This post is part of the Guest Blog Grand Tour over at Life Without Pants – an epic two-month journey of over 50 guest posts. Want to learn more about Matt Cheuvront & see how far the rabbit hole goes? Subscribe to the Life Without Pants RSS feed & follow him on Twitter to keep in touch!

There’s a lot of talk these days about going everything we can to reach our dreams…wait, where am I?

Yeah, so all that talk about reaching our dreams, throwing a middle finger up to the naysayers, and doing whatever the hell you want – it sounds great, and I’m not here to tell you that you shouldn’t be doing all that.

What  a lot of people don’t want to admit is that breaking all the rules and achieving the impossible doesn’t happen overnight – and when we can’t see the end, when our dreams seem too far away, that’s when we lose hope, slow down, and give up.

Take a deep breath and take wisdom in the words of GNR. All we need is just a little patience.

I want to write a book…several actually. I want to start my own business, open a coffee shop, travel the world, the works. I have a list (literally) of things I want to accomplish in my life -those BHAGs (big hairy audacious goals) that loom over the long and windy road ahead of me.

The difference between me and a lot of people is that I’m willing to work, and work hard, to achieve these dreams. I’m patient enough to know that I may have to work at a non-dream job to gain experience, and, you know, make a little money – ‘cause that’s nice too.

The first step is identifying what your dreams are – no matter how ridiculous or far off they seem – if you don’t know what you’re working toward, if there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, you’ll end up wandering around in the dark without a flashlight. And FYI, no dream is ridiculous if YOU believe in it.

The next step is to start doing something about it. If you want to be a writer, start a blog, buy a spiral notebook, head to your local Starbucks and start writing things down.

If you want to start a business – do some research, open a savings account, set a budget, and get to work.

It’s nice to talk about dreams – it’s fine to lay in bed at night wondering “what if” – but things only start happening when you start taking action – and things have a funny way of happening sooner when you set goals to work toward.

And don’t get discouraged – don’t expect things to happen all at once. It’s OK to take things slow – it’s OK to relax and enjoy the ride along the way.

I’ll be the first to tell you that life’s rules are meant to be broken  – that you shouldn’t settle for the routine, but don’t get so caught up on the end goal that you forget what life is really all about. Living.

Note from Jen: A big thank you to Matt for visiting us on his Guest Blog Grand Tour. If you haven’t already, I would highly recommend a visit to Life Without Pants for a perspective on life less restricted!