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Words through time

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  • 03/05/2017

If you read my story, you’ll know that I started my blog after a life changing accident that confined me to bed for a year.  With free time and my laptop I started looking up the answers to some of the off the wall questions that crossed my mind.

I’ve always liked to know where things, words, phrases and stuff like come from, so I went looking and I found some unexpected stuff that I’m now sharing with you.

The following content is not mine, it is a compilation of different websites and authors all of which are listed in this article. For space purposes I have only listed the words I found most interesting and/or unexpected.

Words Coined in the  19th Century (http://www.dailywritingtips.com)

Bicentennial: Humorist Mark Twain was the first writer to attach the prefix bi-, meaning “two,” to centennial, a recently coined word referring to a 100-year anniversary.

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Lifestyle

Where to go when you can’t go anywhere?

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  • 01/31/2017

I’ve been wanting to start a blog forever but the more I looked into it, the more complicated it seemed. But life works in mysterious ways and in December of 2014 I suffered an accident that sent me straight to bed for a year, so? where to go when you can’t go anywhere.

Fast forward the details of my pity party and cue in the internet. I honestly can say the answer to title of this post is virtually everywhere and  anywhere. It doesn’t matter how tech savvy you are, your stuck in bed so you can train yourself in anything you like.

This virtual tour is as per my own story and preferences, the point of it is to give you an idea of what’s out there for you.

I’ve always wanted to go to Norway so I kind of became an expert on the country (my second post is cut short for your benefit) https://www.visitnorway.com. I learned to crochet so I can be nice and warm once I’m there. I found more tutorials in crocheting than hours in the day I also used https://www.craftsy.com. I upcycled and recycled http://www.hometalk.com/. I got my brother to do some of my DIY projects and redid my room with ideas from www.pinterest.com. I started by reviewing a friend’s restaurant and became a top reviewer for www.tripadvisor.com.

I read blogs about blogging https://blog.hubspot.com and https://www.bloggingbasics101.com.  Petra, aka my care giver, aka my guardian angel and I tried out any crazy recipe that took our fancy (beware of this one, I put in some weight but it was well worth it) www.refinery29.com . I wrote articles for online magazine www.henpicked.net. Listened to podcasts in iTunes http://www.apple.com, TED talks http://www.ted.com/, watched movies www.netflix.com, read books, I’m learning Portuguese https://www.babbel.com/, discovered new singers, joined online communities with like minded people, made my own soaps, scrubs, shampoos,  https://www.diynatural.com. I colored mandalas, made my own candles http://www.sheknows.com. I honestly could keep going until you say, ok I get the point.

The thing about the internet is that you know your starting point but you never know where it is going to lead you. If you let it, one movie will lead to suggestions you would’ve not thought of on your own. www.youtube.com videos will make you curious about other things out there. People you meet online will open doors to their culture, what makes them happy or not. Once you try your first home made soap, you’ll never go back. Home remedies will be fun to try, words in a different language will  become familiar.

You can get a whole new career if you choose to. If money is an issue there are plenty of free and/or very affordable online classes you can take.

You can become a freelance writer www.elance.com, a blogger www.wordpress.org, a translator https://www.freelancer.com. Granted it won’t be overnight but if you are not going anywhere for the time being, what’s there to lose?

If you can’t go anywhere grab your computer and  buckle up, you are going for the ride of your life.

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