My Latest Hobby to Unlock Creativity

Creativity can be unlocked in many different ways. You can craft stories, write poems, draw things, create an app, write codes, etc. But one of the latest addition to this long list of ways to unlock creativity is 3D printing.

3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing. In this form of manufacturing, objects are built layer by layer starting from the ground up. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about it before, probably even saw videos of it in YouTube. Perhaps you even have a 3D printer at your home!

I was browsing Reddit when I stumbled upon a post about 3D printing. After reading it and reading people’s comments about it, I started to get curious. However, it’s not as easy as it looks so I had to do my assignment. I looked up about it online and read tons of articles and even books in my local library. Every day after work, I would open my laptop and browse different forums and websites, participating in any discussions that have something to do with 3D printing.

I learned that 3D printing is basically a step by step process:

  1. Create or obtain a 3D model.
  2. Convert the 3D model to STL format.
  3. Convert STL to G-code by using a slicer.
  4. Print the model from the G-code generated by the slicer from the STL file.

Good thing I already have a background in 3D modeling and this is where I can boost and unlock my creativity. In case you are wondering, yes, you can theoretically 3D print anything that comes into mind! All you have to do is to create the 3D model by using your favorite 3D modeling program, convert it to STL, then convert it to G-code and finally print it! And boy it feels really good to hold your virtually crafted model in the palm of your hands! And also, finally you can have non-tech savvy people see your magnificent computer-generated 3D sculpture work of art displayed in your living room. Now they will not ask about what you do the whole day locked up in your room in front of your computer. You can proudly tell them that you are a modern Michelangelo.

3D printing actually began in the 1980s. However, it was limited to industrial uses and costs literally hundreds of thousands of dollars per machine. After the patent for fused deposition modeling (FDM) expired (this is one of the most popular 3D printing technology), 3D printers slowly become available for home consumers with prices dropping from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of dollars. Today, many people have started their 3D printing hobby, including me.

Now back to me. After learning about 3D printing, I thought about how my creations can now be turned into a real-life object. I can create 3D fanarts of my favorite TV shows and use them as a decoration or print a keychain of unique design or even print fully customized, specially-made-for-you toys for my kids! This opened up a new vista to expand my creativity.

3D printing, however, is not just about turning my creations into reality. It can be applied in many different ways. In fact, it’s already applied in manufacturing, medicine, architecture, and custom art. Some people even use 3D printers to create more 3D printers!

Now I hear you asking. What about us who are not good in 3D modeling or art in general? Fear not. There are many websites out there where you can download ready to print or ready to convert 3D models. You can find a list of free 3d printing sites all over the internet.

Now you don’t have to worry about creating models of your own but try to learn 3D modeling. You can easily get started by downloading Blender, a free 3D modeling software.

As for the 3D printing machine itself, there are tons out there to choose from, prices at least $200. You’ll need filaments, they act as the “ink” for the 3D printer. There are many places where I buy filaments in Canada, but I make sure that they are compatible with my 3D printer and with my intended output.

Keep in mind when 3D printing that the slower the printing speed is, the higher the output quality of your final product.…

How to Best Utilize Protein Powder to Maximize your Muscle Gain

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Let us start with the basics of the usage of protein powders.  If you are an athlete or bodybuilder, you work out more intensely than the average person.  This means that you are working on making more muscle.  Now, muscles are built from protein, which you get from your food.

Obviously, food is a great source of protein.  However, this protein intake comes with all the other nutrients in food, which you most of the time find in greater amounts than protein.  Therefore, an extra intake of protein might be needed. This is where protein powders come in.

I do believe that protein powder is something you must be careful with since, as with pretty much anything, you should always be cautious.  An excessive intake of proteins can actually prove to be harmful more than beneficial.

So, how do you best utilize protein powder to maximize muscle gain?  Easy, keep other practices in check.

Find the Best Times to Supplement

You read that, right?  Protein powder should be used as a supplement.  Most experts recommend taking a scoop of protein shake right before a workout and after your workout session.   The pre-workout intake is to make sure you have something to work with.  This intake will help you fuel your muscles with energy.

The post-workout intake will help repair damaged tissue by creating a perfect anabolic environment for your muscles.  It is also recommended to take a good protein shake early in the morning before hitting the grind.

The Best Time to Work Out

Maximizing this extra protein intake with heavy exercise is important.  The best time to do this is usually during the evening.  This provides a complete-day time to replenish your body with the nutrients you need to deliver an effective workout.

Consider the Other Nutrients

But it is not all about protein here.  There are other important nutrients that your body needs in a healthy amount. Carbs and fats are an important source of energy to your body, for example.  Just make sure you eat the healthy type.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

This one is simple.  Your body weight is 70% composed of water.  This should give you the hint that water is critical for your body functions.  Do not lose track of this one while putting too much emphasis on proteins and other nutrients.

Keeping your body properly hydrated is important to perform at the intensity needed.

Workout with Frequency

In order for your muscles to be built effectively, you must keep up with the workout sessions.  Waning down on the frequency can sacrifice some muscle gains.  Plan for at least three weekly sessions where you work out the most important muscles.

Before trying any protein powder, make sure you check out trusted supplement reviews to learn which one might fit your needs better.  Always make responsible and educated choices about your body.

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The best music to listen to that will increase your productivity

The question is often posed whether it is better to listen to music while at work or not. The general way of thinking is that it boosts productivity and employee moral but a quick search on the internet will reveal a variety of differing opinions. Reading through some of them I was left with a simple answer to this old question. It depends.

One classic study on assembly line workers tested how music affected how they worked. Their overall productivity had increased greatly but based on what we know of human psychology now it’s more likely their mood was simply given a boost given the repetitive and boring nature of their job.

Now that’s not to say that your job needs to be boring and repetitive for music to be good for it. The main point is that performing any task which doesn’t require a lot of thought or verbal communication, in essence, a job that can largely be done on auto-pilot, is perfect for music. Having some earbuds plugged in can add a sense of isolation and allow you to focus fully on the job at hand. Other studies have found that music with a high bass is the best for this due to the rhythm they induce. Electronic music like that done by DJ Krista is one example. Depending on your role so as a tradesman, music could help you a great deal to get through the more repetitive parts of it. However, considering the role of most trade jobs with the risk of accidents and the need to work as a team, it’s probably best to leave the earbuds at home.

However, another interesting finding was that surgeons were found to listen to music a lot during surgery. Many of them felt it helped them relax and remain calm through a surgery. Researchers speculate that because surgeons are experts in their field music allowed them to relax and stay uplifted rather than distracted. And since their jobs are largely non-verbal any presence of lyrics in the music didn’t distract them from the job at hand.

In one other study introverts and extroverts were tested to examine the effects of listening to music which engaged in a memory task. Participants had to remember objects immediately or after a delay as well as a reading comprehension test. It found that on average introverts performed worse on this than extroverts. Especially when asked to remember an object after a delay. They concluded that this was because introverts process things more internally and find external events far more energy draining.

All this taken together what are we left with? Music can boost productivity when the job is a bit repetitive or the person has it mastered so well that they required less thinking about it. Though for those jobs that involve a lot of verbal communication and cognitive thinking, music can serve more as a distraction. Also, whether you’re an introvert or extrovert can also have an influence. Best thing to do is test out a few songs at work and see how you perform. And of course, if your job involves an element of danger exercise caution and leave the earbuds back home.…

Five Best Men’s Water Shoes

Have you been stuck in the gym the entire Winter? Well, summer is here and it’s time to discover the outdoors. But there is a good chance that your feet are a bit tender after an entire winter of hibernation. This is where the best mens water boots will come in. They will protect your feet from potential injuries from broken glasses, sharp rocks, hot surfaces, coral reefs, fish hooks and even sharp-edged mussels.

  1. Teva Men’s Churn Performance Water ShoeThis water shoes from Teva is equipped with a rubber sole and forefoot drainage that allows water to flow instead of staying inside the shoe. It has an elastic opening which makes it easy to pull on. When it’s from Teva, you can be sure it’s built to last and will protect your feet.
  2. Columbia Men’s DrainmakerFor sporty use, this is the ideal shoes. It’s durable without being too heavy, it’s built to last even when overly abused. The good thing about this pair of shoes is that it remain comfortable even after extended hours of all-terrain wear. If you are looking for a pair of sneaker to wear at the beach, look no further than this.
  3. Adidas Climacool Jawpaw Slip-on Water ShoeIf you’re looking for good support and fit, the Adidas Climacool Jawpaw Slip-on Water Shoe is the ideal pair of shoes for you. It’s durable and lightweight, it’s perfect for beach wear and white water rafting. This is designed to provide traction at the poolside, at the beach and while hiking downstream.
  4. Merrell Men’s All Out Blaze Aero Sport Hiking Water ShoeThe Merrell Men’s All Out Blaze Aero Sport Hiking Water Shoe is a comfortable shoe straight out of the box. The Vibram soles are waterproof and dry really fast. It has breathable ventilation to keep your feet aerated all through extended hiking and in all terrain. It’s hard not to like this shoes especially when you’re hiking along muddy roads because it just prevents you from slipping around.
  5. Vibram FiveFingers Signa Water ShoesThe last but definitely not the least is the Vibram FiveFingers Signa Water Shoes. Wearing this shoes is almost going barefooted. It feels like a glove and it’s built to drain out water so your feet don’t feel soggy. If you’re a rower or a kayaker, this is the ideal shoes because of its thin, flexible and lightweight. It will be as comfortable as wearing nothing on.

Water shoes are also important for preventing you from slipping around. You can just imagine the potential injuries if you go outdoor and experience slipping through rocky terrains. These shoes are considered based on quality and features and even the prices factor. If you have any of these, you can be sure to face the great outdoor with confidence knowing that your feet are protected.

Do you have experience with any of these shoes? Why not share your experience in the comment section below?…

Why getting regular massages increases productivity and energy

Everyone loves a good massage. No matter what your lifestyle or work routine is you can find great benefits in having a regular massage. Apart from leaving you feeling great massage therapy can relieve stress, prevent injuries, detoxify the body and leave you with more energy.

That last one is this article’s focus. While massage therapy does not directly give us more energy the side effects do lead to more energy along with greater mental clarity. Professional trainers have been swearing on the benefits of massage therapy for years now but only in recent years has scientific consensus come out to support this. If you feel like you don’t have enough energy in the day and find it difficult to focus at work then consider making a massage a regular part of your routine. Not convinced? Read on and see just how a massage can do that and more.

Increased energy through faster muscle recovery

For muscles to properly grow they need time to recover after a workout. Massage therapy can speed up this process by increasing blood circulation through the body which will aid in bringing nutrients through the blood stream and flushing toxins out. This leaves you less fatigued which means more energy. A deep tissue massage is the best choice for this as it softens up the muscles allowing for greater circulation.

 

Less pain means more energy

Muscle pains can make it difficult to focus and think clearly. Whether its muscle or illness related, massage therapy has been shown in studies to reduce pain levels and lead to greater mental clarity and concentration.

 

Alleviates Depressions leading to more energy

Depression and anxiety can really act as a drag on your energy levels creating a domino effect that brings you low both mentally and physically. Regular massages though have been shown to help alleviate anxiety. It’s unknown exactly why this is so and the research done so far is far from conclusive but it is believed that massage therapy increases serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain which is known to reduce stress levels.

It’s also well understood that high-stress levels can make muscles tense up which can lead to muscular pains. A massage relaxes the muscle tissues releasing the tension and leaving you with more energy for the day.

Leads to a better night’s sleep

Many people suffer from chronic sleep loss which saps their energy and increases stress. Just as massage therapy alleviates depression this in turn makes for a better night’s sleep. Stress is not the only cause of trouble sleeping; an intensive workout routine leaves the muscles feeling tense making it difficult for them to relax later on.

Relaxed muscle tissues and a distressed mind leads to a better night’s sleep and higher energy levels for the following morning.

 

Final thoughts

The benefits of massage therapy build up cumulatively. It’s important to stick with it to draw its full effects. Most professional recommend getting a massage once a week if regular exercise is part of your routine. If this isn’t an option then try to aim for twice a month. It’s also worth understanding the different types of massages to find out which one suits your situation best. Most professional massage therapists can provide accurate and up to date information on the massages they provide and who they’re geared for. Adam Harris in Vancouver provides free consultation to help you make the right decision.…

Balancing Your Career With Personal Development

It’s human nature to strive for the best. We want to be able to support ourselves and our families, but in this day and age, we also have endless opportunities for personal development as well. Depending on your line of work, these sorts of opportunities may be more available, such is the case with health care professionals, or maybe your personal growth simply requires climbing the corporate ladder. In any case, chances are that at some point in your career, you will have to balance your normal work day with other schooling, accreditations, your own small business, etc.

Corporate Professionals

For corporate professionals, things can be a little more complicated depending on your exact profession. For example, if you’re a lawyer, your schedule may be highly variable depending on court cases or where you are at in your career. This can make personal growth quite difficult and present a barrier to overcome. Here are a couple suggestions for identifying areas where your own personal growth may be able to thrive.

Online

Surprisingly enough, many high-rolling companies are actually fairly far behind on the technological side of things (that is, unless it’s a technology or marketing based company). Learning more about how to assert your own personal presence online can go a long way. For example, if you are a lawyer and are particularly interested in a certain type of law, conflict, or situation in general, you can develop your own personal website that calls on your professional expertise. You can learn a lot of new and highly applicable skills along the way, and this could potentially provide you with professional rewards as well.

Hobbies

This may sound a little weird, but developing a hobby outside of work can actually lead to some success down the road, while also enhancing work-life balance. The only problem here is that it’s not guaranteed. Hobbies are a great way to network, especially if it is a popular hobby that you can do within the city. Just check out the hobbies of the successful. The better ones for networking typically revolve around exercise (e.g. spin classes, yoga classes, recreational sports, etc), which makes sense considering these sorts of activities are usually highly beneficial for overall health and can boost productivity. Other activities revolving art or relaxing can also be good ways to meet other professionals and give your mind a break, while also growing as a person.

Health Care Professionals

Again, depending on the exact profession, health care professionals can often improve their resume by completing further accreditations in, or related to, their field. This is also a great way to strengthen your knowledge base in your current profession, but it can also lead to increases in salary, better hours, and potentially a more desired type of work. For example, a licensed practical nurse may decide they want a further challenge and to take on more responsibility in the workplace. During their personal time, they may then study for something like the NCLEX-RN exam that is known to be more technical with lab values and other information that could promote a nurse to a higher level. The point here is that they continue to work in their current profession, they challenge themselves as a person and a professional, and ultimately, grow as both a person and professional in their field of work.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, the main takeaway point is that personal growth and professional growth are often intertwined. What may seem to be purely one type of growth could actually benefit the other, so as long as you are often thinking about ways that you could improve your situation, chances are you are already on a good path to living a better life both personally and professionally. All the best!…

How Music Can Help You Focus in Business

It’s a fact. Music can provide a lot of wonders in our life. Studies and experiments were able to prove that music can help a person improves in so many ways. Its effectiveness depend on which aspect of your life you are having trouble with. Listening to a good music will help you achieve the wellness and the peace of mind that you always wanted.

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For instance, a study show that listening to a good song calms a baby. It also helps someone to concentrate better and improve mentally. That’s probably the reason why the corporate world even find music a good way to help their employees to improve their productivity. Playing a soothing and relaxing music at work would make a difference.

Focus in Business

This is not something that we commonly hear. How music can actually help you focus in business? If you are running a business, that’s definitely a challenging and stressful responsibility. It can be quite draining on your part. You probably have to use up all your energy just to get everything done for your business.

Running a business is no joke really. It’s exhausting beyond explaining. Since we all have different life aspects, it would often hard to put all your focus in business. You have to take care of yourself, your loved ones, your family, your kids and a whole lot more. And that’s pulling you away from focusing much in running the business. You’d probably end up giving it up.

Try Music

music2Then why don’t you try the power of music? Some therapist would even offer a good playlist to listen to. Listening to good songs while working might even help your brain to function better. It delivers a positive vibe on the human body system, helping it to function well. Thus you have all the energy and will to do the things to be done.

It would also be great if you can spend at least 10-15 minutes a day just to listen to a good set of songs. And while working, you can play a more upbeat music to put your brain in the mood for working. A pump song triggers energy and enthusiasm.

In most workplace, the management would let their employees listen to a song. Music is known to help improve the productivity of workers. It also gives them more energy to focus on their job and perform above expectations. Thus, if you have some paid personnel in your business, you might want to let them listen to good songs and help them progress in their work.

Not having the right focus in business or in whatever we do isn’t really a good thing. It doesn’t deliver the kind of output that we want. Rather than stressing yourself too much, try creating your own song playlist. Pick the songs that you know will help you boost your mood and will give you the push to do your best.

 

 

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Why Anger Management is Important in The Workplace

Creating the best work environment is important for a greater productivity. People are the most important asset in all companies.  Even the emotional implications of unwanted friction or being at odds with someone can greatly affect the positive outcome of the working experience.

The rationale

Think of the 9 to 5 in a small cubicle with the computer screen and the cup of coffee as a company.  Of course, add the pile of paperwork that needs to be done.  You have certain goals to meet.  Probably, you are already stressed as the deadline comes closer.  All of these factors are very easily detonators to a stress pour out.  We have all seen it:  a co-worker that seems to train every day to make your life more miserable than what it already is.

Then you have the pressure of trying to make ends meet at home.  If you have a spouse and kids, you also need to deal with all issues at home.

Why is anger management important?

There are probably very little things that you can do to help with workload or physical ambient.  However, there is all you can do to deal with all of them positively.  We are not talking about stoically withstanding with unfair situations, you do stand against those.  But we are talking about showing patience (and even empathy, sometimes) towards those situations that you cannot change.

We all have our temper and a measure of what pops our balloon.  Sometimes we get mad at things that deep inside we know they are more about us than anything external.  It is at those moments that knowing how to control one’s anger comes in place.  This could even actually determine if you keep your job.  I have seen many situations in which anger took the best of an employee and they had to be fired.

Anger is a human emotion and sometimes it is important to be able to express our feelings.  Anger management is not about suppressing those emotions.  It is more about handling them properly.  When we get livid, we usually affect other people.  We usually do and say things that we would not normally do.

We get angry as a response to internal and external situations.  Anger even affects our physiology.  It has been associated with digestive conditions, headaches, rapid breathing, elevated blood pressure, and it even increases the chances of a stroke.

Anger is an adaptative response to us feeling hurt, threatened, or in danger.  This increases your adrenaline and makes you more alert.  Although this can help you react in stressful situations, it can also kill you if you are not able to handle it properly.

If you are able to recognize the signs of having an anger issue, it is important that you approach an expert to get some counseling.  Remember, anger in the workplace handled badly will have negative effects on you and your record.…

Hire a Leg Up To Walk Your Dogs So You Can Focus on Work

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There’s no doubt, dogs bring a different kind of happiness to individuals and families. They provide a unique experience when it comes to playtimes,  dinners and ordinary days. With the unconditional love and unlimited joy they bring, you, as their owner should be able to play the part too. Did you know that there’s more to dog walking than simply being an exercise? There are plenty of benefits that await you and your pet by simply doing this routine regularly.

 

However, a lot of dog owners don’t have the liberty and the time to give their pets. Most of the time, these people are out of the house for long because of work and other commitments outside. In cases like this, it would be a wise decision to hire someone to do the dog walking Toronto. Dogs, when not given enough exercise, playtime, stimulation and attention may bring about consequences that may stress you or hinder you from being more productive in other areas in your life.

 

Take into example a dog who hasn’t been walked or played with for a couple of months. You’d notice a change in behavior and as time progresses, this behavior will demand a lot of time, energy, attention and resource from you. Sometimes, dogs may display undesirable behaviors like aggressive behaviors, chewing on just about anything including their waste. This and other stressful behaviors may develop as time passes.

 

If you’re still trying to decide on whether you should hire a dog walker to help you out, here are some things you can consider.

 

  1. dos-perrosHiring a dog walker will give you more time for work. Taking care of a pet requires a lot of time and attention. If you let a professional do it for you, you’d have more time available to spend on more important tasks and activities in your day. You can actually take some time off in the morning to find some peace and quiet as your dog is sent to a dog walking session. It’ll help you clear your mind and set goals more effectively.

 

  1. Hiring a dog walker will improve your dog’s behavior. Dogs need an ample amount of exercise, stimulation and fun times. Once given the following, your dog will really perform well in terms of behavior. There will be less time of boredom and less time to develop destructive and problematic behaviors This will mean more time of productivity because there will be less distraction for you to deal with.

 

  1. Hiring a dog walker will make your life easier. Whether you acknowledge it or not, hiring dog walkers will greatly make your life easier by taking on the tasks that are too time-consuming and difficult. When your pet is with them, you can continue with your daily tasks with ease. You can concentrate better knowing that all the concerns such as feeding requirements, phobias, contacts, health and other requests are taken into account.

 

Balancing your time with work and play doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to take the responsibility alone. You can get help from reliable, professional and experienced people to walk your dogs regularly. In this way, you can spare yourself from having a bad day and invest more on productive days at work.

 

 

 

How I work Fitness into my workday

We all know the drill.  Get up early in the morning and dress for work.  Make it through the 9 to 5 and try your best to being productive. If you have your own business, then you are in a hectic adventure of running things the best way possible.  Now bring the family in and you have your day full.  There seems to be no time left for what is also important: you.  Yes, maybe you have an active day, or maybe not.  What about if your work is sitting on a chair during the whole journey?  Not to mention that you are slowly killing yourself, you must make an effort to take some time for you.

People usually ask me how do I fit, into my busy day, some time to stay fit.  Now, there is not really a secret recipe or mystery into doing this and the answer can actually be pretty obvious based on what we already know.

Don´t kill yourself

The first thing you need to do is set your priorities straight.  For family counseling I remember everyone stressing out the fact that nothing is more important than the quality time you spend with your kids, nothing.  So, if you are busting your behind at a job that is killing your time and yourself in the process, then you should reconsider your lifestyle.  Is this job really worth it sacrificing so much time you could use for you or your family?  Will it still be rewarding if you changed to a job with less demand but less pay but have more time to yourself?

 Fit at least an hour into your agenda

Once you have set your priorities straight it is time to fit at least one hour daily for going to the gym or working out at home.  I usually take three days of the week to hit the gym and make sure I get to workout, at least lightly, during the other four.  Now, I am definitively not trying to become the strongest or fittest man on earth, so I mainly take it easy. You see, among reasons to get fit, there is health, looks, or both.  After hearing so many stories of people starting the gym on January as a new year’s resolution and then failing to complete I was determined not to let that happen to me.  I have always strived to stay motivated and to keep my goals real.

If you want to keep it even more real, you can also hire a personal training Calgary to drive you through a very convenient fitness plan. If you like high intensive exercise, try a lunch-hour boot camp class.

Stay active even at work

Even if your job demands you to stay on a chair during the whole eight hours, you probably get times for at least a small break and a lunch break (if you don´t, then go back to my first point).  Use this time to take a little walk or to perform some physical activity.  It does not need to be something too strenuous as you do not want to get back to the office all sweaty.  I always try to take a little walk from time to time.  If I can take the stairs instead of an elevator, I do that.  I almost rejoice if my floor’s bathrooms are full and I have to use other floor’s.

Eat healthy

This one goes without saying and has been common knowledge.  When I see people at the gym that have been there for years without getting fit, I realize that the highest percent of being fit has to do with what you put into your body.  So be caring of what you eat and keep in mind that this is fundamental to get as fit as you wish to be.…