Reflections on Life

Life – what is life! Life can be described in many ways and has many facets and interpretations. It presents us with an ongoing stream of experiences of situations, events and interactions of all kinds with other people and our environment.

It is creation in its magnificent splendour – the original bringing into existence of the universe by God.

For humans it is a journey encompassing all the seasons, colour and streams of life’s experiences.

The miracle of new life in any form of creation brings wonder and amazement as we become aware of the intrinsic formation of such an unexplainable divine plan.

For humans there are many rituals and traditions that help celebrate the different seasons and significant moments in life.

A welcoming of a new child might entail a ritual of a Christening or Blessing in the Christian tradition or perhaps a Naming Ceremony for those less religious. In other cultures and belief systems children are welcomed in a variety of ways but none-the-less mostly it is found to be a joyful celebration of the miracle of new birth.

Life can sometimes be brief – the miracle taken back from where it began just as life is beginning – the mystery of why these sad experiences happen not to be explained.

Life changes for humans as the body grows and life is experienced in new ways. Learning takes place as the brain develops and intelligence is gained and used for the betterment of human kind.

At times the human body suffers from physical limitations this being a challenge as strength of spirit and courage come to the fore.

During the seasons of life ritual is shown to be important such as times of celebration when a person reaches the age of eighteen – a time of maturity and starting out as an adult on life’s journey.

Permanency of relationships can be celebrated by the ritual of Marriage as people start a new chapter along the journey called life.

The miracle of new life can emerge again in this relationship of Marriage as a new life is created and welcomed to the world.

As the continuing seasons and cycles of life are observed, life can represent colour as of a rainbow in these seasons of new beginnings, celebrations, changes and endings.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – colours of the rainbow – how symbolic of life’s journey as the rainbow is composed of the entire spectrum of colour from the shortest wavelength violet to the longest wavelength red.

A closing ritual now takes place as the body has accomplished its purpose and the ending of life as humans know it is honoured and the life celebrated as the spirit travels back to the Divine from whence it came.

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Private Escorts – Employment Options

When it comes to working as an escort, whether you are male or female, gay or straight, you can choose to work for an escort agency, or join the ranks of the independent escorts, or indies. Which you should choose is very much a personal decision, but you need to consider the pros and cons of each thoroughly before beginning work.

If you are fresh to the business then it might be a good idea to work for an agency, at least for a while, so that you can learn the ins and outs of the escort business. This will also give you the chance to speak to other escorts employed by the agency, and benefit from sharing their experiences.

The Advantages of Working for an Agency

There is more to working as an escort than many people think when they first commence, and it can be nice to have someone else to take care of some things for you, while you are getting comfortable. For example, the agency will look after advertising, will screen prospective clients, will manage your diary for you, and will take care of booking hotel rooms and arranging transport, when necessary.

Perhaps most vitally for many escorts, the agency provides a safety net as they know where you are and what you are doing at any given moment, and the client is very conscious of this. This provides you with a significant level of safety, and with a backup team to call on if you fall into trouble.

Speaking of trouble, the law also plays an important role in many escort’s lives, and the degree to which it affects you will hinge on where you are working, and how you are exceuting your business. Many escort agencies have been around for a while, and are very accustomed to what you and cannot do. This again can be enough to stop you inadvertently running into issues.

The Disadvantages of Working for an Agency

An escort agency is the same as any other business, and some are very well run while others are poorly run, and may even simply take advantage of their escorts without a care for anything other than the money the business can make. For this reason, you need to do your research and make sure you know exactly what sort of agency you are joining.

While an agency will handle much of the background work for you, such as advertising, client screening and arranging appointments, they will also ask certain things from you in return. For example, they may need you to be free for work between certain hours each day, and determine how much time off you can have each week. They may also decide where you have to be when you are not working, perhaps allowing you to go home, as long as they can contact you on the phone, or requesting you to be available in the agency’s office.

The agency is also in the business of making money and does this typically by taking a cut of the fees paid by the client for providing him or her with an escort. Fees can be high, especially in major cities where it is not out of the ordinary for clients to pay several hundred dollars an hour for an escort. You will have to look carefully at the financial arrangements required by different agencies and choose what is, and what is not, acceptable to you.

The Advantages of Working as an Independent Escort

Private escorts are esentially their own bosses, choosing for themselves when they work, who they accept as clients, and what they are comfortable to do. In effect you are entertaining all of the benefits, including the monetary benefits, of being self employed and, for many people, these benefits often outweigh any disadvantages.

The Disadvantages of Working as an Independent Escort

Working for yourself means that you will have to handle everything yourself, including such things as advertising, sizing up potential clients, booking hotel rooms, organising transport, and indeed handling anything else that comes up. This can be a great deal of work at first, but much of this day to day work becomes easier as time goes on. One thing that you have to deal with though, and which will never go away, are the risks that come hand in hand with escort work.

Like it or not, escort work is potentially very dangerous, and you must not only be constantly wary, but must take positive steps to cover yourself. The list of precautions you need to take is far too extensive to explain them all here, but will include such things as certifying that any room you use with a client has an emergency exit that you can use, and being positive that someone knows where you are, and that the client is aware of this fact. Telling yourself that this is a safe enough area and that nothing is going to happen to you does not work, and safety needs to be at the top of the list of things to think about for independent escorts.

On Balance

As with any job there are both good and bad sides to being an escort, and this is certainly one job that you need to go into with a careful mindset. That said, independent escorts can enjoy a very nice lifestyle if they get it right, and the job can be good fun if you have the fitting personality for it, take the time to understand what you are doing, and set your business up properly.

Spider Veins – Cause and Treatments

Sometimes, you may have noticed red and blue blood vessels visible through your skin. Did you been a little embarrassed or worried about them? Have you wondered? They are called spider veins. Here, we will discuss the causes and various treatments of spider vein.

The causes of spider veins
Spider veins are a mild manifestation of venous reflux disease. This means a small, tangled groups of blood vessels found just under the skin’s surface. These dilated veins have the appearance of spider webs or branches, and will most likely spread out around the legs and feet.

What are the risk factors?
Spider vein risk factors are like those associated with varicose veins, and include older age, occupations requiring extended periods of standing, obesity, hormonal changes and heredity factors (weak vessel walls). One can also suffer from this condition because of prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays or as a result of weak vessel walls.

Considering the risk factors, some people will be more prone to this problem than others. For example, if you work as a surgeon, a nurse or a teacher, chances are high that you might develop spider veins. Similarly, if there is a family history of weak vein valves, the probability of developing spider veins is also high. The same applies regarding hormonal changes, which generally occur during puberty, pregnancy and menopause.

The exact cause of spider veins not been strictly established. The existing risk factors can be divided into two wide sub-divisions, i.e. acquired causes and congenital. In congenital causes, there port-wine stain, Maffucci’s syndrome and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (also known as osler-weber-rendu syndrome), among others. The acquired causes include chemotherapy, acne rosacea and lifestyle/occupation risk factors (as discussed above).

Spider vein symptoms
Spider veins can be painful in some cases, generally accompanying cramping and aching. They are also closely linked to heaviness in the legs, and burning, tingling or throbbing feelings. In addition, other symptoms such as itching, fatigue and swelling can also be experienced. In serious cases, this condition can establish large sores, phlebitis and ulcers. However, spider veins are noticed by their appearance in a majority of incidences.

Tests and Diagnosis
Doctors usually employ non-invasive diagnostic tests to diagnose this condition. These tests are perfectly safe and painless, with no scalpels, needles or medication being involved. The entire procedure is normally very brief, and probably won’t take you more than an hour from start to finish.

There are three main things that doctors seek to answer with these diagnostic tests. First, they want to establish any evidence of deep vein blood clots. Secondly, they ascertain whether the veins are functioning properly. Lastly, they test the Greater Saphenous Vein (GSV) to determine whether it is working well.

Any competent vein specialist will always undertake this exercise before treating your condition. Some of the procedures that you can expect include:

*Color-flow Duplex Exam – This is used to evaluate the anatomy of the affected veins. It determines the direction of blood flow, openings and blockages. This procedure is also important in the process of vein mapping (needed for skin deep problems).

*Bi-directional Doppler Exam – This is an ultrasound exam used to determine the speed of blood flow and whether it pauses during normal breathing. It also identifies whether your veins are working properly.

*Photoplethysmography – Phew! Don’t let this complicated medical word intimidate you. Photoplethysmography is basically a diagnostic procedure that determines the efficiency of your calf muscle pump.

*Pressure Calf Exam – In performing this exam, you’ll be asked to lie facing upwards with your legs lifted higher than your chest. This diagnostic procedure identifies vessel blockages.

Treatment
After establishing the nature of your problem, the doctor will then outline the best treatment plan for you. Here are several available options:

Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy involves the doctor injecting a saline solution into the affected veins. The solution results in damage to the affected vessel walls, causing them to swell and seal shut. Within several weeks the scar tissue will fade away. The entire sclerotherapy procedure takes about thirty minutes, and has only mild side-effects. And although the injection may be a bit painful, the stinging sensation is usually gone within a few minutes.

Laser and Intense Pulsed Light
This treatment option employs the use of a specialized device that focuses laser energy to damaged tissue. The whole procedure takes only twenty minutes, and has minimal side-effects.

Natural Remedies
Using natural remedies can mean the difference between undergoing medical procedures or not, and are valuable alongside medical treatment. Some recommended herbal remedies include:

*Horse Chestnut Seed – Studies show that this seed helps to improve blood circulation in the legs thus strengthening the veins and capillaries.

*Bilberry Extract – This herbal extract is known to stimulate new capillary formation thus strengthening the capillary walls.

*Butchers Broom – This herb strengthens veins.

*Gotu Kola – A very effective extract which addresses venous insufficiency, foot swelling and water retention. It therefore provides a good solution to spider veins found on the legs.

*Distilled Witch Hazel – This is directly applied on the affected areas using a cotton ball. Numerous clinical studies have shown that this extract can help strengthen blood vessels.

Caution: For health safety purposes, do not start using any herbal remedies without consulting a qualified doctor.

Spider veins prevention
Two of the most important things regarding the prevention of spider veins are eating well and getting regular exercise. Eating a diet higher in fresh, raw fruits and vegetables than meat and convenience food is very important, and if your job requires you to stand for a long time, you need to regularly shift your body weight from one leg to another as well as standing evenly balanced.

To sum things up, the procedure of a spider vein removal is chosen by several key factors. Your doctor will determine the best treatment options based on the results obtained from the diagnostic tests. We hope that this article will provide all the necessary guidance you need in addressing this problem.

For more information about spider veins Brisbane, contact the leg vein doctor Brisbane today.

Permanent Laser Hair Removal Brisbane

Laser Hair Removal is a becoming a popular treatment, as the current fashion for both men and women is to have the clean look consisting of little or no body hair. Excess or unwanted hair growth is usually a result of genetics, hormones or certain medications. Recent advances in the technology have meant that the hair removal treatments are now a lot more effective and there is less risk of side effects from occurring, making it safer for consumers.

When discussing Laser Hair Removal, it is important to note that the body has 3 cycles of hair growth – Anagen (active), Catogen (transitional) and Telogen (resting). The laser energy destroys hairs in the Anagen or active phase, targeting the cells at the base of the hair follicle which are responsible for hair growth. As Laser Hair Removal targets only the hairs in the active phase, only a percentage of hairs are treated with each session. A series of treatments is required to clear an area, though less hair will return with each treatment and the regrowth will become fine, soft and sparse.

Laser hair removal treatments target melanin which is the dark pigment contained within the hair. Red hair contains a different type of melanin and consequently the treatments can be less effective for redheads.
The area must be shaved prior to treatment to allow the laser energy to be directed under the skin, and not to heat up the surface by having dark hair above the skin level. Any plucking or waxing must be stopped for several weeks before starting treatment, as the hair needs to be in the follicle for it to work.

The effectiveness of the Laser Hair Removal treatments is mostly dependant on the quality of machine used, the parameters or correct setting and proper candidate selection. An ideal candidate for Laser Hair Removal has light coloured skin and dark coloured hair. This stark contrast of colour allows the laser light to easily target the hair and pose little or no risk of harm to the skin. This is also why it’s important to avoid sun exposure and tanning when undergoing a course of permanent hair removal treatments.

It is important for the full area to be treated by the laser with each hair removal appointment so hairs are not missed. Any missed patches will require additional treatments in the future and the area may look patchy or have uneven hair growth. Hairs that do not fall out or shed within about 14 days have usually not been treated effectively. This is due to poor spacing by the operator or incorrect technique, which can often be avoided by finding a reputable laser clinic that has licensed and experienced operators.

Looking to find out more about Laser Hair Removal Brisbane or Permanent Hair Removal Brisbane? Contact Image by Laser today to find out about our Laser Hair Removal Prices .

“Offers Over” – why not just cut to the chase?

If you’ve browsed realestate.com.au recently, you will have seen lots of properties listed as “offers over”. You might be wondering why we do this rather than just applying a fixed price.

Why we do it?
Ultimately “offers over” exposes more people to your property online, if used the right way —let’s not forget that some 90% of our buyer enquiry comes through these channels.

For buyers, realesate.com.au has set price bands when searching (ie: $400k to $450k and $450-$500k). Generally, we recommend using ‘offers over’ when you’re on the cusp of a search band.

For example, if you are aiming for a price of $460k for your home. We would list it as ‘offers over $450k’ on realesate.com.au – your property will display for buyers browsing the $400-$450k price range as well as those browsing $450-$500k.

This exposes your property to more people and gets more people to your open (people who may not have considered your property before). Even if the price is slightly out of their price range – they showed up! It’s your agent’s job from there!

We recently listed a duplex in Fitzgibbon as “offers over $300k”, a move designed to encourage a larger subset of buyers to visit the property. The home sold for $315k—an impressive figure given that the highest previous sale for a similar home in the area was $290k!

Misuse of ‘offers over’…
In my experience many agents use ‘offers over’ to avoid the uncomfortable price discussion with their owners. It’s a way for them to list the house at what they (the agent) think it’s worth without agreeing on a clear price expectation with the owner.

Can you make an offer under on an ‘offers over’ property?

Our agents will always have a firm price that the owner is expecting. After all, the first question at the open is ‘how much’?

Buyers should have the capacity to buy at or above the price indicator. Although they can open negotiations with a lower price, almost always the property will sell at or above the indicator.

When we don’t use it…
It’s not effective if your price expectation is not in line with the market.

It’s also not as effective if your ‘offers over’ price sits in the middle of a search band. A property listed as “offers over $420k” will only display for buyers searching $400k-450k”. Of course there may be some exceptions here, but this is a common mistake many agents make!

And last but not least, ‘offers over’ pricing is also useful for auctions or when agents are a little unsure on the market value (ie: for a unique property).

So if we recommend “offers over” on your next houses for sale Aspley rest assured and take it in your stride!

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