How My Move In Texas Went

Moving is a stressful experience on its own, throwing in fragile items that can easily break can just make matters worse, especially if you are not
well-versed in proper packing techniques. Whether you are moving yourself
or hiring professionals, it’s crucial that you do everything in your power to
avoid damaging some of your more delicate items. Let’s take a look at how
to protect some of the most commonly damaged items while moving so that
you can make your moving experience as stress-free as possible.

Collectibles and Antiques
Antiques and collectibles can be some of the most precious items in your
possession and so must be packed extremely carefully. It’s recommended
that you double layer them using sturdy paper, as well as bubble wrap.
When securing the collectibles or antiques with packing tape, it’s best not
to make direct contact with the item being wrapped. This is a common
packing mistake that can lead to ruining the finish or veneer on a piece.

Corrugated Boxes Are Your Best Friend
Ensure that you use clean, new cartons that are designed specifically for
moving. Keep in mind that getting boxes from liquor or grocery stores might
mean that they’re not clean and may also not withstand as much weight as
they’ve been previously used. Moreover, their mismatched sizes may prove
difficult to load. Instead, use new boxes that are large enough to have room
for your items, as well as cushioning materials. Ensure that you also find
boxes that are strong enough to hold its contents. Never stuff boxes or
exceed the maximum weight, as this is a sure way to damage your goods.

Packing Up Picture Frames
Another commonly damaged item caused by poor packing is picture
frames. It’s recommended that you take the photographs out of the frames
and move them separately, as frames can easily be replaced, damaged
photos often cannot. Shattered glass easily ruins a picture if a frame
becomes damaged during the moving process. Make sure that you
carefully wrap each frame with bubble wrap. Although it may take you
longer, it is well worth the effort.

Use Strong Tape to Secure Boxes
Properly closing your packages is as important as using cushioning
materials. To ensure that your boxes are secured, make sure that you
utilize strong, professional packing tape that is at least two inches wide.
Use a brown or clear tape, as masking tape typically is not strong enough
to withhold weight. Tape up all cartons on both the bottom and top.

Don’t Over Pack Your Book Box
Books are much heavier than their appearance, especially when multiplied.
Ensure that you alternate the books so that you switch between putting
them spine down and page down, as many books are wider towards their
binding, which causes them to become damaged easily if you put all of
them in the same way. If you have any fragile books, then it’s best to wrap
them individually in dust jackets before placing them in a box. For your
convenience, it’s also best to box them in the sequence that you’ll want
them re-shelved.

Protecting Your Dishware
Damaged dishware usually is caused by improper packing. A good rule of
thumb is always to use more cushioning material than you think you’d
actually need. Moreover, utilize heavy-duty tape and boxes. For flat china
and plates, start with the larger items and put the smaller ones closer to the
top. Use a mid-sized carton or a box specifically designed for dish packing
and line it with crumpled newspaper. Wrap each plate with clean
newspaper by first placing a stack on a table and centering every plate on
the paper. Additionally, once you’ve wrapped the plates in several sheets,
make sure to secure it with packing tape. When placing them in the box, it
is best to put them standing on an edge instead of flat.

Why I Stopped Taking out Loans

We all take out loans for various reasons; sometimes to fund business ideas and sometimes to take care of urgent expenses when cash is not readily available. Loans might seem like a very great savior every now and then but that loan might be doing you more harm than good. Personally, I stopped taking out loans several years ago and you should too. Here is why;

You have to pay back!
It’s high time people stopped seeing loans and credit cards as free money. It’s not free money; you have to pay it back and most of the time, with a lot of interest. Most times, the costs of taking a loan usually exceed the benefits in the long run. If you are unable to pay back on schedule, you would have to start dealing with accumulated interests, bad credit scores and probably debt collectors ringing your phone incessantly.

As for me, I would always choose proper budgeting and resources management over taking out a loan at any point in time. If I can’t afford it, then I can’t have it.

Loans are avoidable
Yes, you can avoid loans and credit card debts simply by having a working personal budget. That way, you would discover that you would end up having surplus money rather than debts. Every month, I put a pen to pay and I divide my monthly earnings amongst my various financial needs and obligations. Since I started doing that, I’ve not had cause to take out loans because I always make provisions for what I need and any emergencies.

Loans are addictive
There are people who take out payday loans every month just because they have access to it. For such people, it has become more of a habit and they see no reason why they should wait for their paychecks when they can easily grab a loan from a payday lender.
Such lifestyles usually leads to a lifetime of debts because of course, they have to repay with interests and a huge bulk of money which they would have invested or saved for other reasonable things is spent servicing debts.

Not all loans are bad; there are some loans that are good such as business loans, mortgage loans and sometimes, student loans. Before you take out any loan however, you should weigh the long term benefits alongside the costs and carefully decide if it’s the best option for you at the time because sometimes, all loans do for you is to drag you backwards.

Top Careers in Texas

Texans are generally known to be hardworking and highly educated people. Texas also offers a lot of great opportunities for career growth and advancement.
According to the Texas Workforce Commission, these are the top careers in Texas in terms of compensation, job availability, opportunities for career advancement and job satisfaction.

Pharmacists
Pharmacists are highly paid in Texas with an average annual salary of about $116,790. Apart from the high earnings, they also enjoy some off-time and vacation time. However the job has some not-so-attractive sides as most of them have to work really hard, especially on weekends, holidays and sometimes at night. To become a pharmacist in Texas, you must be a college graduate from an accredited college of pharmacy. You would also be required to pass a series of qualifying tests and examinations.

Health specialties teachers
These are post-secondary teachers who teach courses in health specialties such as pharmacy, medicine, public health, dentistry and others. These groups of professionals are highly paid in Texas with an average annual salary of about $126, 360.

Computer software engineers
Another group of highly paid professionals in Texas are computer software engineers. They are responsible for researching, developing, designing and testing operating system-level software and network distribution software for several industries. They also perform general computing applications and earn an average of $99, 150 a year.

Industrial engineers
Industrial Engineers in Texas earn an average of $99,830 per month. Their job specifications include designing, developing, testing, and evaluation of integrated systems which are used for managing industrial production processes.

To become an Industrial engineer in Texas, you must have a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and sometimes, you would be required to undertake some training and continuing education courses in order to keep up with recent trends and innovations in the technology industry.

Medical and health services managers
Medical health services managers are responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and controlling medical and health services in clinics, hospitals, managed care organizations, public agencies, or other such organizations.

The average annual earnings of a medical and health services manager in Texas is about $90,000 a month however, they are required to work long hours and sometimes on-call to deal with problems and challenges.

Physical therapists are also highly paid in Texas and earn an average of $89,760 monthly according to 2015 statistics. Physical therapists help to organize rehabilitative programs to improve pain or disabilities from injuries and accidents.

Why I Chase Happiness and Not Success

Right from when we were just little boys and girls, most of us have had it imprinted on our minds that our primary goal in life is to be successful. Everything we were made to do was somehow connected to the need to be successful in life.

“Daddy, why do I need to go to school?”
“So, you can learn and become a successful young man in life” Dads would say.
“Mom, why do we need to go to church?”
“Because you need God’s help to be successful in life” Moms would say.

Everything was somehow linked to the need for success and no one seemed to give much thought about happiness.

But as I grew up, I came to learn and understand that happiness is the most important thing a man can have. If you’re successful and not happy, all of that success may amount to nothing at the end of the day. So I decided to stop chasing success but to start seeking happiness and here are some reasons why you should as well:

You can still be unhappy even if you have the whole world
Happiness is a state of mind and it’s possible to be happy if you’ve got nothing at all. The same way it is possible to be unhappy even if you have everything in the world.
From my experience, I have learned that keeping oneself happy and striving to make the people around us happy is much more fulfilling than chasing after success.

Happiness breeds satisfaction and motivation
When you’re happy, it’s easier to be satisfied and look forward to great things in the future. Happiness helps you avoid feelings of depression and failure and can even act as a motivational force to keep you going even when everything seems to not be working out well for you.

Successful people chase after happiness too
If success mattered more than happiness, then why do we have all these successful people still chasing after success and trying to buy it with their money? They go on vacations, go on expensive shopping sprees, pay for company and do all sorts of things to make themselves happy. That only goes to show that happiness is way more important than success.

Happiness helps you live longer
When you’ve finally found the things that make you happy and you stick to them, you would be able to avoid depression and all the diseases that come with it such as high blood pressure, mental diseases, obesity and several others.

Happiness is cheap and easy to attain
Happiness is easy to attain as long as you are able to discover the things that make you happy and you continue to do them, you would be happy for a very long time unlike success where you have to continue to reach for a new level all the time.

Now, I’m not saying chasing after success is bad. It’s actually very important to be successful in life as that would also bring happiness too. But in your pursuit of success, it’s always good to ensure that your happiness comes first.