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Depression! Even the sound of that word is dark and gloomy

By on April 6, 2018

I suppose if the word was Sun Ray, Sunshine or Rainbow etc etc it wouldn’t have the same effect. Maybe the word was invented to remind us that we were never supposed to feel remotely cheery during our dark days.Some could argue that it’s not meant to be a cheery name, and maybe that’s true. I suppose personally I just don’t like the word. Because the word  feels, sad, lonely, dark, isolated, anxious, lost, taboo, suicidal etc etc etc…. and we’re more than those words.

Those days or weeks are dark enough without a word so gloomy:)My doctor told me that there would be not one person that hasn’t suffered from some sort of depression or depressive episode in their lives. I thought long and hard about that and wondered  deep down if that could be true. If it was then I think again how terrible is it; that we – meaning those of us that do suffer with Depression – feel so different and alone at the time!People don’t want to talk about it, which I completely understand.

Before I left the old people’s home two people  told me that they too suffered with depression. You know what?  No way would I have known that if they hadn’t told me. They both said it’s something you don’t talk about. I’m like that myself, so I had to agree. But how many people must there be out there, alone, with no one to support or comfort them? It makes me feel pretty crappy just thinking about it.

We all suffer with Depression for different reasons.  For example:  Death. Divorce. A Relationship Breakdown. Abuse. Rape. Drugs. Genetics. Loneliness. An accident that’s taken away your independence and changed the way you now live.  Or maybe even the job you once loved.Many Many other reasons! but at the end of the day we are all feeling pretty much the same. Like it’s never going to get any better.

But we all know that there a good days.  And the not so good days. It’s trying  to remember that tomorrows another day – and who knows what it may bring.Go to bed thinking that tomorrow WILL BE A BETTER DAY!

Start reading a book you’ve been putting off, go for a walk, lay in the sun if it’s shining, call a friend and go for lunch or a coffee or call profesionistidellamente.it. Just don’t be hard on yourself, or lay around feeling sorry for yourself. In the end it will do you no favours.

And worst of all don’t isolate yourself. By doing that, your depression will only get worse.

This is strange (I know) but I go and look for the perfect cupcake:) I make a cup of tea and sit down and enjoy every mouthful:) Fattening or not, it makes me feel happy:)Make today a great day, BE HAPPY……..Image source

New franchise opportunities

By on March 14, 2018

According to surveys, it has been shown that 90% of start-up businesses fail within three years. But in comparison, franchising businesses have lower rate of failure. It’s obvious, then that a majority would be more interested in starting a franchise than going solo. There are various reasons why franchising industry has such increased success-rate and here are some of them.

1. Risk minimization Starting a business is a very risky affair. Sometimes, it involves the entire family savings. One of the factors that work in favor of the franchising industry is that the amount of risk associated with it is quite low. That is because you are following the footsteps of a reputable name that is already enjoying a distinctive position in the market. It reduces your task of establishing your brand-name in the business. If you are meticulous about following the instructions of your franchisor and put all your hard work in your business, there is no reason why you won’t succeed in the franchising industry.

2.Franchisors provide the learning curve One of the prime reasons why start-up businesses fail is lack of experience and knowledge of the field. But in a franchising business, you just inherit these two things from your franchisor. While climbing the ladder of success, your franchisor made many mistakes, which caused him problems. But he has learned from his mistakes and can help you avoid them.

3 There is a business format to follow When you start a business, valuable time is spent on developing a proper format for it, such as how your bills or invoice should look like, how to schedule your jobs, when to order for refills, etc. But in the franchising business, all these things and more come from the franchisor. In fact, the whole sketch is there in a franchising business, all you have to do is fill it with your color.

4. Ability to purchase in bulk Several new businessmen suffer because they cannot buy in huge quantity and so, they do not get good discounts. That makes them vulnerable to big companies with lower price. Also, many companies hesitate to give a line of credit to newly opened businesses. But, no such problems arise when you are a franchisee. Since it is your franchisor who is buying, (and he is purchasing in huge quantity!), you get the best deals and discounts. As a result, your business can be competitive.

5.You can expand easily If a new franchisee is hard-working and has his infrastructure right, he can break even quite easily. But a new businessman needs more time to make the business profitable. Even after that, he has to think twice before expanding his business. But franchisees can easily expand within five years of their first opening. In addition, his franchisor gives him additional discounts for opening a second location. That further reduces the cost of expanding his operation.

Now you know why franchising industry is becoming so popular day-by-day. If you want to know more about the franchising industry, contact franchisingcity today.

When you are starting a franchise an important question arises; should you go for the established franchise opportunities or give the new players a look? To help you, here are some pros and cons of new and established franchise business for sale offers.
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Fresh food, not fast food – 18 yr old, award winning hamburger, milkshake franchise. Family oriented concept
Year Established: 1991
Year First Franchised: 2002
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GOLF USA is an international franchisor of over 100 golf retail stores worldwide. GOLF USA has been rated the # 1 golf franchisor by Entrepreneur Magazine several times. The stores sell all brands of equipment, accessories, and clothing including the proprietary Golf USA brand. All stores have Club Repair services.

Some words about Illustrator

By on May 19, 2015



I know, I know, who needs a vector illustration program like Illustrator when you’ve got Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, Fireworks or some other raster image editing program. We can design anything we need for the Web using one of them. I thought the same thing until I got the opportunity to play with Adobe’s latest release of Illustrator. Wow, is all I can say. This program has been injected with some powerful programming steroids.Adobe-Illustrator-CS

Adobe Integration

Adobe has done a wonderful job of integrating Illustrator with Photoshop, GoLive and LiveMotion. These Adobe products all share a common user interface. This really speeds up the learning process. Illustrator CS and Photoshop also share common Web optimization controls, tools and palettes. You can now place Illustrator CS files in GoLive, Adobe’s Web page creator. When you do this GoLive calls on Illustrator to convert the graphic to .gif, .jpeg, .png, Flash (.swf) or .svg formats. This incredible integration will reduce your learning curve, streamline the creative process and speed up your production output.

Adobe Illustrator’s common user interface


ai_iconVector to Pixel to Vector

Previously Illustrator focused primarily on print media. But release 9 is a full-fledged design tool for Web graphic creation. First of all its vector graphic toolset is superb. You can create anything you can imagine. One problem web designers face when creating a vector graphic is imagining how it will look when it’s converted to a raster image. You can now save your imagination for creating. Simply select – View – Pixel Preview – and there it is. No more, saving, cutting and pasting graphics into Photoshop, or elsewhere. A great time saver.

Staying Alive

Have you ever created some text on a button shape and needed to change the size of the text knowing you would also have to adjust the button proportionally? Then Adobe’s creation of ‘Live Shapes’ will make your day. By creating dynamic relationships between button shapes and text you can edit the text at anytime and have your shape reflect it automatically. You can also move one object and the other moves right with it, without having to group them

Shadows, Glows and Transparency

Just like in Photoshop you can now instantly add drop shadow and glow effects to web graphics. You can also apply a number of transparency effects to an object or series of objects. You can create ghosted type, fades, soft shadows and sophisticated blending of layers and objects. Transparency settings can be set to individual text characters, words, paragraphs or an entire block of text. ‘Live feathering’ is a great new feature that allows designers to soften the transition between objects in the foreground and the background layer. You also have opacity masks and layer masks. Just as you can export .PSD files you can also import Photoshop layers into Illustrator objects preserving all masks and transparency.

Add effects to vector art!

Layers, Layers, and More Layers
If every graphic program these days are layer happy then Illustrator’s layer palette should be called exuberant. The palette resembles Photoshop CS in appearance but it has been improved upon. For one you can organize your layers by nesting them. You can also have sub layers within sub layers and still more. Each layer of course has its own thumbnail image. One of my favorite tools is ‘Release to Layers.’ You now have the power to export a graphic on one layer to multiple layers. For example you can export a series of graphics along a path into Flash or Live Motion as frames to create quick animations. Illustrator will export files in Flash (.SWF) or in the new SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) format. You can of course save a file as a Photoshop (.psd) with all layers (including editable text) and effects intact.

Magento Themes

By on April 28, 2015

Magento Themes – Store system with system

You already know Magento. It is not so? We cannot believe you, because if you are moving in the network regularly, you will probably already have met Magento. They are still puzzling. We would like to advice: If Magento is a shop system, which is available as open source.”The Store Magento software has proven itself in the past few years, so it is very popular among developers and users,” says Nils Heuer, Senior Developer, Nionex Interactive and he speaks from experience. He himself has already installed numerous online shops with the software that are adapted to themagentoconnect-manager-2015-themes needs of the customer. That Magento is extensive, complex and flexible.The applications until now have been downloaded 2.5 million times, making it one of the most successful e-commerce applications of the year. An upward trend, which is also on the Magento community that already counts far more than 300,000 members. No wonder, the software is constantly being developed and has concrete plans the expansion of services. The diversity of functions magento-admin-panel-theme-settingsis another big plus for the software, even in the standard free version users a large margin was necessary, which does not close by the modular adaptations and new versions.”The focus is clearly on the usability of the website. We miss all meet usability guidelines, but the personal touch to the design to match the product and the target audience. Since it is perfectly natural that we can work with Magento so free! “, Art Director CarstenThöne raves about the software. With Magento, he was able to make good experiences, but other store systems, which have other advantages, he says.

The developers of the award-winning open source shopping cart solution does not rest at and work hard on innovations to shop owners to simplify the interaction with the system. Completely new is the MagBakery plugin, with the small shop owners can simplify their operations and thus benefit from a significant cost and time relief.

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