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Prep for Tax Time All Year Long

So there will probably be no weekly beauty tip since I’m out exploring One Spark this weekend among other things.

But it is April and the tax man cometh,  so here’s a article to help make it a little easier next year.

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Lisa_A_Mason]Lisa A Mason 

Don’t wait until the last minute to try to get all of your tax information in order, prep for tax time all year long with some basic organizational strategies. This can be one of the smartest and most important things you ever do. Tax time does not have to be stressful and when you plan ahead throughout the entire year instead of waiting till the last minute, it can make all the difference.

One way that you can do this is by creating folders that allow you to store and organized important tax documents all year long. You can easily make folders for all of your important tax information throughout the year. For example you may have one folder for medical expenses, one for home maintenance, mileage, and additional income. Receipts and documentation for all of these expenditures and incomes should be placed in the folders as they arrive. By keeping up with your basic paperwork throughout the year you can easily be ready for tax time without any hassle or searching for documents. 

Tax time doesn’t have to be stressful and is only made so by being disorganized throughout the year. If you are a homeowner then you are aware that any expenses and income related to your home will be applied at tax time, therefore you don’t just scatter home repair receipts all over the place. You keep them together and are ready when the time comes. Small business owners and self employed individuals have to track their income throughout the year and often pay quarterly taxes and income tax. Good record keeping is a must to avoid paying in too much or too little. This will be a very smart move and once you get a routine down, it will be easy to maintain it year after year. 

If you usually have to pay in something at tax time set up a savings account to add to through the year to keep from having to come up with a large amount all at once at tax time. Being prepared for tax time is not difficult or even “taxing” it’s just a matter of being organized, having a place for everything and everything in its place. By making simple changes to your organization and filing throughout the year you can not only be prepared for tax time, but may also come to dread it a little less.

It’s just that easy!

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My most useful fitness related tools.

This is from one of my Fitocrat buddies.

Sudden Realisation

Over the recent couple of years I’ve gotten into fitness and although it’s not been easy, these free tools have helped me get closer to achieving my fitness related goals. If you’re like me, you’ll probably want to bookmark these for later.

The /fit/ Wiki

The /fit/ wiki is full of everything you could ever need to know. The /fit/ wiki is full of everything you need to know, backed up by science.

If you want to know all you need to know in one place, some people from 4chans /fit/ board have created a wiki containing a treasure trove of everything you need to know, and they cater to whatever goal you might have.

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Jail instead of Mental Healthcare

So as a followup to an earlier post courtesy of Himalee Abeya, I needed to talk about this case happening in Florida. Yes surprise, surprise some more craziness from the Sunshine State. Click on the link below for the background info.

Woman Arrested in Beached Minivan Case.

So this pregnant woman, a victim of domestic violence which speaking from personal experience is traumatic in and of itself, who attempted to take her own life in addition to her children is now sitting in a jail cell still not receiving the mental healthcare she obviously and desperately needs.  What is more they arrested her at the mental healthcare facility.

The article I linked to above says that she had no history of mental illness. In a country that still has such stigma attached to mental health issues and coming from a culture/community that is not prone to openly discussing mental health issues, that isn’t surprising. However her family had attempted to get her help but unfortunately she wasn’t Baker-acted before the incident which now has her potentially looking at spending the rest of her natural life behind bars.

So what do you think?

Mental Health – An Overlooked Area of Wellness

No One Needs to Suffer With Depression – There Is Help and Treatment Available
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Himalee_Abeya]Himalee Abeya

People who are suffering from anxiety, nerves, stress and depression can often feel as if they are on their own, and that no one understands the difficulties they are experiencing. In addition, even for those who do understand that they have depression, it can be extremely difficult to reach out and access the help they need. Sadly, there is still a stigma attached to this disease.

This article looks at the signs and symptoms of depression to help you understand the nature of this debilitating disorder. No one needs to suffer in silence. Help is available and with support and the right treatment, it is possible to live a healthy, happy and positive life.

Left untreated, depression can have a serious effect on every aspect of a person’s health. Their physical and psychological well-being can both be affected by depression.

Physically, symptoms like tiredness, lack of appetite or sexual libido, or even increased appetite at odd times, or binge eating can be a sign of depression. Weight loss, or gain, can also be a sign that your body is under a great deal of emotional stress. Psychologically, depression sufferers have feelings of worthlessness, fear, frustration, anger and a whole host of other negative emotions. In extreme cases, individuals question whether they should be alive and consider suicide.

The best way to identify whether you are depressed is to have a consultation with a qualified psychiatrist or psychotherapist. They will be able to correctly diagnose your condition and recommend a course of treatments for you.

Treatments vary depending upon the severity and type of depression. For milder cases, sometimes therapy and counselling is sufficient. However in serious cases like bipolar disorder treatment, a combination of therapies, counselling and prescription medication will be required.

Strong feelings of sadness, anxiety and stress are all symptoms of depression. And this is one of the reasons why it has been so misunderstood for so many years. In the past, and even now in some cases, a person suffering from these symptoms would be told to ‘cheer up’, or ‘be positive’. The problem is, when you are in the depths of a depressive state, it can be impossible to shake the feeling of gloom that surrounds you. That is why it is so important that sufferers of depression have access to the right care and treatment.

For many this will involve a series of appointments with a psychiatrist who will work with the patient to talk through emotional problems and identify ways of coping with and addressing problems. Patients can attend their weekly sessions and then carry on with life as normal. As the course of therapy sessions continues, the Psychiatrist will goes through various discussions and exercises to help their patient move toward a happier frame of mind.

Patients who require medical prescriptions will be properly diagnosed. If additional therapies like physical therapies are required, they can be arranged too.

If you have depression, do not suffer alone. Get the help you need to get your life back without delay.

Dr Himalee Abeya is a leading psychiatrist based in Sydney, using her talents and expertise to treat clients for depression, manic depression anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar and personality disorders. Dr Abeya specializes in general adult psychiatry, psycho-geriatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry, drug, alcohol and relationship counselling. Appointments are available from 8.30am to 5pm on Saturdays. For more information, please visit http://www.psychiatristinsydney.com.au/

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Tip of the Week

Don’t get sick. Swear my whole world comes to a stop when I get sick, no working out, no cleaning, no client calls, bare minimum at the day gig.

Hate being sick even if I’m taking zinc and drinking soup like water to shorten the cold.