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12 Positive Affirmations for that Dream Job

Want to know a secret to a successful passionate life? Of course, you do. Who wouldn’t love a prosperous and a joyful life. I know I do! So do we all. And here’s my little secret!

“Be happy, and ridiculously, optimistic”.

I know it sounds easier said than done, but who said that things said easily are difficult to do anyway? It is only our belief systems that either make us, or hinder us. 

Recently, I have been hearing a lot from people how they totally find me a positive influence on them, how I light up the so called proverbial room, that my energy moves things all around me, that they envy how I go about my day, and on many levels, inspire others to have a good feeling lifestyle. But this habit of being warm fuzzy positive bug isn’t achieved overnight. Once you get the hang of it, you really rock at it. The moment I accepted I was born a positive pure energy being, like you all are born, I found the secret to tap into the success that slowly but surely, and sometimes, magically faster, zaps itself into your life and comfortably stays there, as long as you maintain the good positive energy vibes. And as you know, “Your vibe attracts your tribe”, opportunities to be more happier, healthier and wealthier, come in abundance, too.

You might wonder, as to where to begin from. It is too simple and easy.

Know Thyself. Once you know who you are, what you like, and what are your preferences, accept it.

Accept yourself. Be who you are and we all are nothing but love, darling! Love in different forms. Done that? Good.

Now any subject that is of importance to you, be specific and clear about it. In today’s post, the subject  is “Work/Career”. I love  working in a a creative environment, holding a prestigious job title. I even love working from home because I simply love the freedom of being my own boss and as I am sifting through the diverse opportunities of working as a freelancer, I also miss the “office”, so called, getting up in the morning and getting ready to go to work kind of feeling with great financial freedom that I once had. But it wasn’t enough, which is why I left my job in the first place, to gain more personal happiness and prosperity. So I sat down and started thinking about what kind of a work would really hold me this time. And after choosing the desired fields,  understanding my own interests, I jotted down the following points along with some positive affirmations.

My work/job priorities are:

  • Great working environment
  • Generous & friendly boss/colleagues. Vibrant and creative minds.
  • Reasonable working hours (So I can have plenty of time for my hobbies, health and adventures)
  • And the best and generous salary package in the field.

Ever since I have become clear about what kind of work makes me use my abilities and what work commitments would really suit my lifestyle, sifting and sorting through work opportunities and bagging them has become very easy. The day is not far when I’ll be having an empire of my own, where I would love to assemble up a team of most creative, nice and brilliant minds, and we would be doing the most inspiring, and meaningful work together. Till then, I am really enjoying my stepping stone collaborations with amazing people that will lead me to my ultimate dream.

For your own clarity, do the same exercise. Narrow down what matters to you in terms of comfort level, what brings you joy and passion and that wa wa voom feeling! And when clear, develop positive thoughts about your intended desire or goal. Here are some positive thoughts that I think of, for energy and feeling of worthiness.  Feel it, bathe in it, and expect absolutely the most joyful experiences ahead.

I deserve to have a successful career, and I accept it now.

My work makes a difference.

It’s a beautiful thing, when a career and a passion, come together.

An exciting new career prospect is on it’s way to me.

My work fulfills me, and allows me to prosper.

I am capable of incredible things.

I am appreciated, and valued, wherever I work.

I absolutely LOVE my work, and love the people I work with.

I work in style, earn in style, and live in complete happiness. 

I am appreciated and treasured at workplace.

My job brings me immense pleasure, success, satisfaction and wealth.

I am a productive individual, leading a meaningful and zesty life! 

 

And of course, you can build on and on, adding more affirmations and positive feeling thoughts to your belief system as you go along. You’ll love it, I promise!

May you all never settle for anything less than extraordinary!

 

 

Amazing DSLR Filmmaking: Canon EOS 600D Video Quality Test

Amazing! A massive welcome back to all of you. I am so thrilled and excited to relaunch Khanumsays with a new layout, new features, more navigation freedom and a broader vision this time. 

As you all know, I am team Canon, before that I was team FujiFilm Finepix, and still I am but the photography experiences I have had with my Canon EOS 600D since I bought it, have been simply marvelous. People look at the results and ask, which camera do you use? And this is perhaps the most common question out there. If you happen to own a higher and more expensive model than 600D, the results are pretty obvious. But digital photography or videography becomes a very sweet experience when you have very basic gear in terms of the giants out there. 

Today’s blog post is about it’s video quality test. I recorded some scenes on 600D with the basic 18mm-55mm kit lens and no tripod. It was entirely a hand handled camera shoot thus the shakes. But hey, the mini beast I have is absolutely a joy to experiment with. (And I have heard it has been discontinued so if you get your hands on 600d for a start from someone, grab it.) The following first video was shot in the first week of Feb, with extreme cold and the unavailability of Sui Gas in some areas of Lahore during the day hours, we were glad to make our food this typical desi way! What a joy it was! Enjoy the mouthwatering experience! 

 

That was some smooth filming! Isn’t it! Not bad at all given that it was just a DSLR.  (The abrupt music ending in the second video is due to Youtube’s weak editing studio). Now for the details, I’ll be summing up my experience in a rather short way. For in depth review, click here.

This camera offers you  different video recording settings in terms of quality control concerning frames per second and the picture dimensions/resolution. These two shot clips, were recorded in HD mode 1080p, 25 frames per second continuous shooting mode. The results came out pretty nice. You’ll definitely enjoy a satisfying video recording experience, sweet results in terms of HD, Freedom to shoot in cinematic look. Though it has it’s limitations. For the focus, the lens you are using plays a major role here and it’s smooth ring . But there were some annoying moments for me as well. And I am honestly going to lay them out. 

You quite enjoy the video look until you pump up the contrast int he editing mode and see the difference. 

 

I usually like to edit my videos using Adobe Premiere, but I did not have access to it for this video so I used simple and limiting editing provided online by Youtube. There, you can see, as I pumped up the contrast to +3, the video result changed significantly. The colors were brighter, better and satisfying.

Another thing I noticed is that you definitely need ND filters for video recording. And must put up with the ISO settings for the video. I intentionally added a small clip of the eagle in the second video where the ISO is messed up, despite the contrast pumped up in the editing, the need for ND filter was loud. Because the rule is simple: You can’t shoot a nonsense footage and expect it to become sensible in editing all by itself. And lastly, the sound quality is good. The camera mic does catch sounds amazingly but you definitely need to attach a microphone with it if you wish to catch only a specific sound, else you’ll be recording every freaking noise around. As you must have noticed, I have the original sizzling sound intact in some of the clips in the first video, and in other I had to turn the sound off in the editing since the camera caught all voices around. 

In a nutshell, There are certainly much better video quality cameras but if you happen to own 600D or plan to own it for the purpose of photography plus videography, then be assured, the results are beautiful. And all is well. And do you know you can enjoy Magic Lantern with your 600D? Go explore that.

In the end, what matters most is how you skillfully use it. The results depend on absolutely on your technique, features added to enhance your video result and the post processing to a certain degree. 

I’ll definitely be making more videos and enjoy the joy of film making, taking one step after another. If you have a videography experience as a film enthusiast or a blogger, you are more than welcome to share your two cents and your story with me. And Oh! I would love to hear the videography blunders. We all love that as they serve as a learning curve.

 

 

 

 

Lunching munching these days & good reads

If you want me to love you. You must love food & books.  ๏€„ 

Why? Because I lurve them! … And because … I would  probably judge you on your choice of books and zauq for eating.

What is more enjoyable than food and having a good book in hand. I prefer this more than having the company of people. In fact, I can party alone with tasty food itself without any other human around. Spend my entire day reading something than be out there with people. And that is exactly what I have been doing lately: trying out new things whenever I get tired at my workplace. I either eat something new or read something new. Since eating delicious things puts me in good mood and I do have a thing to taste everrrry new food item before me, I have made it my mission to keep my lunching munching and reading records and tell you how it actually tastes. Should you spend money on it, or forget about it all together. This job, it’s delicious fun. Expensive on my pocket but boy! Does it excite me or what!

The books on my currently reading list are Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, The Poisonwood Bible, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Book of Questions by Pablo and more that I would lurve to dedicate an entire post to. 

The cafes tried out by me are Kitchen Cuisine and Latteria Mozarella. So far so good, but so expensive. Would I recommend them? Yes. A big yes. But all of their items? uh ha ha. Lets see that. 

For now, enjoy the tasty bits & pieces.

The Weekend Banana Cake

..with grapes on top.

I call it the weekend cake, for a reason.

It requires good mood that you always get to have on weekends only. No work stress, no social commitments (for me at least) and absolutely no worry about running out of time. I baked this cake yesterday in the noon, decorated it in the evening, and photographed it today few mins earlier in the natural light, using my cell. And as I am typing this away, my family is busy licking the cream off their fingers. Did I mention I made the cream myself using butter for the cake topping?! Yum yum and voila!

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Here’s the quick recipe that I would share. You can make it on Eid if you like, or whenever you find the courage and craving for baking. 

For the mixture, you need nearly 2 cups of Flour.

1 and a half cup sugar.

1 Half cup oil

2 eggs.

Half teaspoon Baking Powder

Half teaspoon salt

Half cup Milk & skills to make the batter. 

For the homemade whipped cream you need:

Homemade butter, icing sugar and few drops of milk. 

For decoration: Grapes that my mommy got from bazaar just in time.

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How did I make it? 

Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks. Beat the egg whites using electric egg beater for smoother result. Whip whip whip until they are like foam and even if you turn the bowl upside down, they shouldn’t fall out and stay firm. That’s how you check and rate your egg whites whipping. Here’s a short clip for my test and batter. I made 3 fantastic cakes with this much batter. 2 medium sized, and one small cake.

Add sugar in the egg whites and set aside. Now for the batter, add all the dry ingredients in one bowl, pour in the egg yolks, oil and milk and mix it together. Make sure to mix it well. Once done, gently add the egg whites into the mixture and fold rather than mixing. 

Oil the pans, pour the mixture into them and off they go to be baked into the oven. 

How do I know the cakes are ready?

There would be sweet aroma of the baked sponge cakes everywhere in your kitchen. Moreover, when you’ll touch the surface of the cake, it would be soft and bounce back. That’s how you know your sponge cake is ready.

How do I whip cream?

Using the same egg beater, beat the butter well. Add in sugar and milk. Your whipped cream is ready.

But where are the bananas in it?

I made the banana syrup filling for that. Cut 3 bananas into tiny pieces, add few drops of water, milk and 3 tablespoons of sugar into the pan and heat the mixture for few minutes. There you go, you have your banana filling. Set aside to cool down. Once the cake is ready to be decorated, make the cream border on the cake using piping bag, then fill the center of the cake with banana mixture. At the end, cover the entire cake with cream and decorate as you want. I used grapes for the final look.

Sweet! ^_^

 

 

10 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil

When you think of coconut oil, what is the first image that comes to mind? Hair oiling. I know. We mistakenly think that coconut oil can only be used for head massages. BUT, here are 10 amazing uses for coconut oil that can certainly make you healthy, save you money on expensive beauty products. And of course, make you pretty fabulous. Naturally!

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1. Coconut Oil, as an eye-makeup remover. I use it to remove not only make up but also to massage my eyes. Its a great way to relax your tired face and release stress from the eye brow points. Just take some oil on hand, and gently rub on your face. It will take off all the make up from your face sweetly and leave your skin extremely soft

2. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning. Yup! This actually helps. Summer is just around the corner, after spring and you will need some oil massage on face to act as a sun block! 

3. Use on hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin! Amazing!

4. Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky and dark elbows! This helps hydrate your skin and make it soft. 

5. It is an immediate source of energy when eaten that isnโ€™t stored as fat. Just add a small teaspoon of edible coconut oil in coffee or food. And voila! You are on the way to Energy Hills!

6. Use it as a mouth wash! Don’t swallow it though. And your breath will smell goody good!

7. This one’s for men especially, and those ladies who actually shave their legs! (no joke. some do) Use as a natural shave cream and after shave lotion. 

8. Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick! Oooh la la! Get baby lips!

9. Coconut oil can also be used to help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy

10. So you want white teeth, too? Easy peasy! By itself or with baking soda, coconut oil can be used as a naturally whitening toothpaste.

See, There are many uses for coconut oil that we just didn’t know before. If you also have some tip to share about coconut oil, Feel free to enlighten me. Drop your comments below, and share with me which use of coconut oil you find more interesting! 

Have a healthy life! ๐Ÿ™‚

7 mistakes bloggers make

They are not just mistakes. These are sins.

We all have been guilty of turning our once active and productive blogs into dormant and poorly maintained sites. I am myself, guilty of some injustice done to my online space. These mistakes result in loss of traffic, in many cases; loss of income, and also the loss of inspiration to become someone , to share something good with the world.  How and why we do this? Following are the deadly 7 mistakes, and notes on how to do something about them.

Mistake # 1- Letting Personal Life affect your blog

Life isn’t all rosy. It is not so bad either. There are good days and bad days. We all know this. And its okay, to feel emotionally down. But it becomes a problem when bloggers let personal life affect their professional life. Easy said then done but this is true. I myself shut down every activity on blog when I am having personal life crisis or just too busy dealing with everything personal. The best we can do is, attend to personal and professional lives separately and maintain balance. I know it’s hard to smile when things are going strange in life, but blogging doesn’t mean you are betraying your mood. Its simply a job. Whatever happens, wake up, wash your face, and post on blog first, and be sincere with your work and passion. Its not easy but as long as we keep on neglecting our passions, our blogs that we pay for on yearly basis,  nothing great will happen.

Mistake # 2- Making it all about you

Abstain from sharing too much personal stuff on blog. I know some blogs out there are running solely on the basis of personal stories. Vlogs are great example of this, where even bedroom tours are a great source of income. I have personally shared many posts on blog where I voiced my deepest fears, joys and musings on life. But is it really worth it? The reality is, our audience isn’t interested in knowing how we are feeling. They already have their own thoughts going on. So instead of focusing on “Me, me me” on blog, Share most on things that are beneficial for the readers. Moreover, sharing personal information online is never really safe. If there’s any highly intelligent opinion that you have, and you feel you must share it. Then again, improvise and don’t always make it about yourself. Remember, a blog that has the potential to earn for you isn’t your sob diary. Its your message to the world. A platform where you are providing some sort of services.

Mistake # 3- Spending too much time on just “planning” a post

Another mistake that most bloggers make is taking too much time to plan a post. They are obsessed with perfection. As a result, the planning that takes place in head stays in head. And never makes it out to the world. 

Mistake # 4- Acting like non professional blogger

When you are addressing your audience. You are the Expert. Remember to always retain your place like that. Nobody wants to hear a nobody. We all seem to follow someone who knows what he or she is talking about. So develop your voice in such way, and always address your readers with expert level insight. Act professional.

Mistake # 5- Expecting the audience to understand your life

This is a mistake that is more like a shoot off of mistake # 2. No matter how hard your life is, you cannot expect your audience to be your pillow. Deliver them what you promised them. And that’s it. If its not them that you are serving, and you have decided to be a blogger for the sake of passion, then deliver to yourself what you promised. And half your problems related to content creation would disappear.

Mistake # 6- Not socializing on blog-sphere 

90% of the times, only those bloggers reach back to your blog, who found you on their site , passing a great comment. In simple words, the more you socialize on internet among bloggers, the more bloggers would come and visit your site. One of the worst mistakes that bloggers make are: they just post on their blog, and after it, expect a huge number of comments. But this is not how it works. Feedback is gained when you are kind enough to give your own feedback to others, and in doing so, make connections.

Mistake # 7- Not taking time to respond to your readers ‘on time’

If you are slow or absolutely not at all interested in replying back to your readers, they will never visit you again. Mark my words. Replying to your readers is happy engaging with them and it indirectly sends them a signal that you appreciate their visit. A simple thanks, with a smile, would do wonders. 

 

Creating good content is always a priority for the quality bloggers, so I can understand that when we are busy or just not in the right state of mind, its hard to come up with the fire to blog. But sometimes, its more about online survival. And if you push yourself to do it as its right thing to do, you’ll be able to run your blog with all its glory. 

There are thousand noises around me. My family is extremely lost in some television show and there’s no quiet spot in my home right now where I can sit and just think about everything strange in life. But the reason I am here to blog is because I pay to keep this site up. And blogging professionally demands discipline which I must deliver. Hard to master, but take little steps. And its a possibility.