The Wonderful Life Of An Author

The Wonderful Life Of An Author

Being an author is something that the majority of us will never get to do. Unless you go down that path when you’re really young, and you really do have a passion for writing, then you just won’t have the first idea about how to get into it. But, if you’re heading towards that at the minute because it is not uncommon for people to try, then we have to admit that you would be in for a wonderful life. The life of an author is full of adventure, backstreet fame, and money that you could do anything you wanted with. We say backstreet fame because becoming an author doesn’t put you in the limelight as such. People know who you are, but because your face isn’t plastered all over social media or the news, you don’t have to deal with the scores of fans running towards you. You can enjoy your fame and fortune in relative peace. So, if you are trying to become an author, here is the wonderful life that they lead!

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The Freedom

The freedom of becoming an author is great. You don’t have to go to the office really, you can work from home, let your mind rome free, and find ways to come up with some of the greatest novels that people have ever read! We will have to admit, whilst your lifestyle might be free, your mind definitely won’t be. Just because all you will be doing is writing a few things down, it doesn’t mean that your mind is going to be put to the test all of the time. You need to create those groundbreaking novels that are going to sell out in days. Doing so is not always easy, so make sure you’re getting the perfect balance of relaxation and work, or your mind might just go into meltdown. But, you definitely will have the freedom to travel around, see family as much as you want, and to make as much money as you want. You could work on a beach in the Bahamas, and still create that sellout novel, so you really would be living the life!

The Fame

Your fame isn’t going to be as big as an actor, or even a TV stars, but is that really what you would want anyway. You might get to do a few interviews every time you release something new, but that’s only good press! Daniel Handler is just one example of a great author, who has completed many funny interviews that promote his books and other work. It’s all about getting the audience to love you, without throwing yourself into the limelight too much. The last thing you want is to be followed around the street all of the time.

The Lifestyle

The lifestyle is pretty relaxed, we will admit that. We’ve already explained what you could possibly get up to, but it doesn’t stop there. The only pressure you’re really going to feel is pressure from yourself, rather than people breathing down your neck. It is this freedom that authors love so much about their lifestyle!


Bringing Art Into The Home

Bringing Art Into The Home


When it comes to decorating the home, once you have gone through the jobs of painting the walls, changing all of the furniture and messing around with your technology, there will be one thing missing from the wall which you need to bring into the space. Art is a wonderful thing to finish off any room of the home and it is usually the ideal way to show off your character and your personality too. Here are some of the things you need to think about when trying to choose art for the home.,

Think color scheme

The first thing you need to comply with when it comes to artwork is, of course, the colors you already have in the room. If you have a room which is largely made up of early tones and natural colors. Placing a bright neon pink painting on the wall might look out of place. Pay attention to the colours you have on the walls and with accessories and use this to choose a piece of art which is in keeping with the tone and theme of the room.

How much space do you have?

Space is a huge factor when it comes to choosing a suitable piece of artwork for the home because the size of the piece can run the risk of either crowding the wall or being lost in a sea of blank space. Make sure you choose a piece which suits the size of the wall you have to fill and be sure that it feels in proportion to the room. You can use paper to make a replica of the size of the piece you plan to buy and place this on the wall to see if it will work.


Photographs are one of the most popular things to add to the home to make it feel warm, welcoming and homely. You can either buy art from a professional photographer such as Peter Lik and place that on the walls, or you can opt to have some of your own pieces printed and this will make your home feel full of life and love.

Prints and paintings

If you already have a lot of photographs in frames on your shelves or tables, another great idea for the home is to bring in some original artwork or prints from an artist. There are so many amazing sites out there such as Etsy which offer art from their own home and this can be a great way to bring some fun personality to your living space.

Make a collage wall

If you have a large blank wall space to work within your home, one wonderful idea which you can do is to create a collage with different frames and photos which can fill your wall with love and memories from different stages of your life. You can really make an amazing talking point every time someone visits the house, and as you make new memories you can update the photos you have the wall to reflect this.

Stay (Faraway, So Close!): Why Do People Stay In Unhealthy Relationships?

Stay (Faraway, So Close!): Why Do People Stay In Unhealthy Relationships?


It’s a debate old as time itself, we can always see when someone is unhappy in a relationship, and we wonder “why don’t they just get out of it?” But, it’s never that simple. We’ve all been in unhappy relationships, and sometimes we are able to muster the strength in which to get out of it, but why are there so many people who choose to stay?

Not Feeling Worthy

Why we choose to stay in a relationship that’s not good for us can say a lot about ourselves. Unfortunately, it can get to the point where we feel that we deserve this relationship, even if it’s mildly or extremely abusive. This is something that nobody should stand for, and remember, if you ever feel like this, and you are subject to abuse, there is always a way out. You can press charges, or you can enlist the help of lawyers, such as the Khonsari Law Group, to help you get the outcome you deserve. But because we don’t feel worthy, and we feel that we deserve what we get, this becomes a habit that can stay with us our entire lives.

Not Knowing What Else Is Out There

We can feel that this is it, as far as life is concerned. A lot of people feel like that, but nowadays, thankfully, it’s less prominent. Back in the old days, people would get married to the first person they would pretty much meet. But now, this can sometimes occur, because we have various misconceptions about what love and relationships truly are. But in this instance, it’s always best to trust our instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, especially at the early stages of a relationship, then it’s best to get out before you get in too deep.

A Sense Of Dependency

Once you’ve got in too deep, you are tied together in so many different ways. As such, you feel dependent on them to help you out, either because you are suffering financial issues, or you have a home together. And a lot of the time, we can feel that these all take priority over our own feelings of happiness. In a relationship, we can slowly lose some of our sense of self, because we feel the other person can fill in the missing gaps. And likewise, the other person may depend on you for a lot of things, and so, guilt is one of the overriding emotions if you are unable to provide them with the essentials.

People stay in unhappy and unhealthy relationships for so many reasons, but it boils down through a combination of these three factors. A lack of understanding of what is out there, combined with feelings of inadequacy, as well as being relied on or relying on the other person, can be a devastating cocktail of emotions that is difficult to get out of. Whatever the reasons to stay in a relationship, we need to ensure we get something out of it. And people that are trapped in unhealthy or abusive relationships can feel like they are giving everything over without anything in return. This is not the definition of a relationship.

Assessing ‘Industry Difficulty’ Before You Even Register Your Firm

Assessing ‘Industry Difficulty’ Before You Even Register Your Firm


All industries are different. Only some can be compared. Someone working in healthcare will likely have little idea of how the film industry works for example, although there may be some transferable managerial skills. This is so obvious it shouldn’t even need to be stated. However, the same alienation can take place when entering a new industry without much in the way of starting knowledge, just a dream and a willingness to be different.

Assessing ‘industry difficulty’ before you even register your firm can be a great idea. It pays to know what you’re getting into, and what an industry demands from you before you begin offering your contribution. Some might have breakable rules, some might require a very specific manner of conducting affairs in the interest of health and safety. For example, you might want to run the most unique scuba diving firm, but you’re always going to be subject to the laws, regulations and safety procedures of bringing members of the public underwater in rental gear.

Not all industries are difficult to establish yourself within, and some might need you to jump through numerous hoops before you can even proceed to earn cash flow. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Look To The Competition

Finding out the practical process of your competition can help you understand how the best do it. Modeling yourself on this can help you provide a sturdy base to your operation. For example, if you hope to run a restaurant, it might be worth learning how a kitchen operates by either working in one or conducting heavy research. Looking to those doing it better than you can help motivate you from the first instance, but also help you avoid mistakes and hit the correct notes when needed. Remember plenty of information is available out there, such as case studies and lessons learned from hundreds of years of business application. If you want to use this to your advantage, you need only search for it.

Hire Lawyers & Pore Over Requirements

Hiring lawyers and poring over the requirements of your industry can help you adapt and become aware of any immediate legal issues you might face, or any suggestions you might take for any form of smooth sailing. For example, to continue the restaurant example, familiarizing yourself with kitchen hygiene codes and the small print in your food service licensing can help you dot the I’s and cross the T’s from here on out – avoiding any nasty surprises.

Utilize Excellent Software

It’s important to utilize everything at your disposal. Software is luckily here to help you parse plenty of information at once and make wise decisions based on your variable requirements. For example, consider the oil production fields, a fiercely competitive market that can be hard to start up in. With an industry spanning, resource gathering and ideal highlighting software package offered here, you can mitigate the difficulty of entering your field no matter how well gatekept it currently is. This helps you make informed decisions and rival titans in your industry.

With these helpers, you can be sure to assess industry difficulty before you even begin registering your name.


Why Respectful Ways SEL programs are better

  • We design a custom Social-Emotional Learning program tailored directly to your needs. (We create and bundle different courses to address your school or program’s specific behavioral issues.)
  • We host digital, interactive courses that create a unique experience for every classroom using project-based learning with online modules orchestrating the SEL curriculum.
  • We are a comprehensive curriculum and signage program that both establishes a positive school climate and reinforces the message with Respectful reminder signs.
  • Fulfills hundreds of state and College and Career Readiness Common Core Standards.
  • We are a perfect asset to your cross-curricular plans and instructional needs. We’ve designed our modules to hit standards from science, to social studies, ELA to math. With our on-boarding support, all educators can teach Respectful Ways.
  • Courses are designed to give you the flexibility to teach when you want and how you want — on your schedule.
  • Easy-to-follow lesson plans and turn-key activities. We’ve done the class prep for you!
  • Full on-boarding support and continued training for all faculty.
  • Age-appropriate courses for three grade levels — including high school!
  • Better student engagement. Our fun activities and lessons use pop culture trends. We speak their language!
  • All our 6th through 12th grade modules offer original Rap songs to highlight the respectful messaging! Students read along and sing to the beat of the rap.
  • If your school adopted PBIS, your challenge is finding good SEL curriculum. We are your solution to PBIS curriculum mandates! Our lesson plans integrate with your PBIS matrix.
  • We hear you! Educator surveys are studied and used to make curriculum improvements. If appropriate, your suggestions are updated and digitally uploaded immediately. We also offer Pre- and Post-surveys for the children to fill out so you can monitor the effectiveness before and after each module is taught.
  • Online support community including a student forum, parent and educator discussion groups, educational webinars and Respectful Session Workshopsfor enhanced SEL training.
  • Parent involvement with every module, including “Respectful Ways Home Connects” that detail the lessons and SEL language students learn each week. All our “Home Connects” materials are offered in Spanish as well!

Program overview

We help you teach Emotional Intelligence.

Respectful Ways provides character education through a combination of preproduced online lessons and classroom aids and activities for three age groups: PreK-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade and 6th-12th grade. There are 18 modules for each age group, for a total of 54 unique courses, comprising a full year of curriculum.

Through a variety of guided activities, students learn the core competencies of Social Emotional Learning: CompassionPerseveranceRespect and Responsibility. We call this CPRR — helping you pump the heart into your students.

Each module comes with detailed, easy-to-follow lesson plans, research-based activities and classroom aids that make teaching a breeze.

We also provide Respectful Signage for your classroom and common areas to supplement the message and reinforce a positive school climate.  Other reinforcement tools include banners, pins and posters for the school, and special awards and rewards for the students.

Our character development program is perfect for schools, camps, after-school programs and community youth groups.

If your school has adopted PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports), Respectful Ways works hand-in-hand with your PBIS behavioral matrix.

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About the courses

There are 5 interactive activities per module, each designed to be taught in 30-minute sessions over a two-week period.

Since every child learns differently, our activities are varied to ensure that each individual student feels involved and engaged. The project-based learning includes discussion, crafts, games, group activities, performances, writing, personal reflection and more.

The first activity in every course is the “Lets Chat Conversation Cards” which breaks the ice and allows kids to explore their feelings on the day’s topic. Next up is the “Time to Rhyme” activity, where students recite, analyze and expound upon original poetry. The following 3 activities are research-based and unique to each course. Each reinforces the message in varied, creative ways to ensure that every student is engaged.

Each course is guided by the character Riley Ways, the students’ ambassador who learns and grows with the students.

Check out an online course.



Contact us for a free consultation.

Let’s discuss your students’ needs to see if Respectful Ways is right for your school or youth group. Call Pam McNall at 678.464.0962.


Already have a Character Education program?

Respectfully, ours is better: We offer complete lesson plans for all ages, in a modern, online format that kids can relate to. Our turnkey lesson plans are more convenient and easier to teach. Plus, our online platform allows us to be more agile — we update content regularly, and even customize it to your school!

But if you already have a program in place, Respectful Ways courses can augment your existing SEL solution. You can access individual modules a la carte to directly address your school’s specific behavioral issues. You can assemble your own curriculum, or simply purchase classroom signs and awards!

We encourage you to adopt our risk-free trial program so you can experience the advantages firsthand.


Compete Lesson Plans by Age Group

We’ve done the work for you. Our research suggests a lesson plan comprised of specific modules for these three specific age groups. There are 18 modules for each level, to be taught every two weeks over the 36-week school year. If you want additional ideas, see the full list of available modules.


Choose Your Own Curriculum

We offer 54 different subjects for character education. Explore the available modules under each of the Four Pillars. Each module was initially designed for the appropriate age group, but all modules can be adapted to other age groups, or customized to your school’s needs.

Our research recommends rotating between the Four Pillars (Compassion, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility) and that a new module be taught to students every two weeks.

For the 36-week school year, choose 18 Guides — 4 or 5 module lessons from each of the categories to build a well-rounded curriculum.



Here’s what you get.

Below is our Full Service Respectful Ways Program, but your program can be customized to fit your individual schools needs.

  • 270 Research-Based, Diverse Activities to Fully Explore the Lessons
  • Original Poems, Lyrics, Songs and “Promise” Pledges
  • Physical Respectful Signs for the Classrooms and Common Areas
  • 3 Grade Tiers: Pre-K to 2nd, 3rd to 5th and 6th Grade +
  • 4 Expertly Crafted Umbrella Curriculum Modules
  • 54 Total Exploratory Guides
  • 162 Exploratory “Let’s Chat!” Questions to Spur Deeper Guide Understanding
  • Customized After School Program
  • Customized Banners and Respectful Signage to establish a Positive School Culture
  • Parent Involvement with Every Module, Including “Respectful Ways Parent Page” PDFs Detailing the Lessons and SEL Language Students Learned
  • Parent Discussion Groups
  • School Rallies with Custom Banner
  • Customized Program Planning with CEO
  • School Counselor Support
  • Fundraising Opportunities With An Emphasis On Community Engagement
  • An Online Portal hosting all your modules with Added Comprehensive Teaching Tools
  • Full On-Board Training by Trained RW Staff
  • Online Teacher Community and Educator Discussion Forum
  • Educational Webinars and Respectful Session Workshops
  • Integrative App Support
  • Access to CEO for Onsite Teacher Training and Support
  • Companion Teacher Guide Supplements
  • Live and Recorded Webinars with Award Winning Educators, Best-Selling Authors and Child Psychologists
Key Places To Find The Best Beaches & Snorkeling Adventures

Key Places To Find The Best Beaches & Snorkeling Adventures

The Cayman Islands have got to be heaven on earth with a thousand possible things you can do, the kinds of people you are bound to meet, and the wonderful adventures that await you. With its three major islands: the Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman—you will never run out of opportunities to explore the tropical nature of this majestic place and the awesome marine culture.

In line with that, The Cayman Islands boast some of the world’s best beaches and snorkeling adventures. So, we have rounded up and narrowed down the choices to four of the best beaches to relax at and participate in snorkeling adventures:

  • Get close with the starfishes at Starfish Point


With its shallow waters of up to 1.5 meters, Starfish Point at North Sound is a perfect haven for the starfishes. The best thing about it? The admission is FREE! The Starfish Point, as its name suggests, boasts wild starfishes which have the total freedom to live there as they please so the number of starfishes that you will see at your preferred schedule may vary. Here are some factors to take mental note of when you go there:


  • You may encounter some locals who will gladly take you on a tour to the Starfish Point via boat and this is preferred by most tourists as driving for an hour on an unfamiliar road can seem daunting to them. Whereas if you travel via boat, it’s faster, more efficient, and you can exchange stories with the locals.   
  • You are not allowed to take the starfish out of the water and it is illegal as it puts them under immense stress. You would still be able to take beautiful photographs of them with credits to the crystal clear waters.
  • The place is in a remote location. Therefore, prepare to bring snacks, sunscreen, and water beforehand.


  • Swim with the stingrays at Stingray City


If you’ve never seen a stingray in person, then it would be best to see it in the Caribbean. The Stingray City Sandbar in Grand Cayman is a go-to place for all tourists looking for a simple adventure such as swimming with these wide-winged underwater creatures. Here’s what you need to know when you plan to go there:

  • It wasn’t their place of origin. Decades ago, these southern stingrays started flocking to the area when a fisherman would clean the guts of his fishes along the sandbar. Feasting on the opportunity, the stingrays found a new home where they can survive and be fed.
  • The stingrays are used to having humans around them. In fact, they associate the distant sound of a motorboat as a signal that food is coming.
  • Stingray City Sandbar is now their natural habitat. If you want a photo taken with dozens of stingrays around you, then you should visit this place!


  • Spend the day at the beach at bioluminescent bay


Enjoying the beach is a top to-do on anyone’s vacation list. How to transform a relaxing day at the beach into more of an adventure? Enjoy the beach at bioluminescent bay. Here’s what you need to know about this experience:

  • You can sign up for a fun eco-friendly tour and there will be guides who know where to find these “living lights.”
  • You can bring your whole family to this experience! Run your hands through the water and see the beautiful glow of these microorganisms.
  • No experience necessary for this activity, however, swimming is prohibited to preserve the creatures as chemicals on your skin and hair may not be damaging to you, but may be damaging to them. Also, there could be instances of jellyfish swimming around so instances of stinging may occur.


  • Go snorkeling at Buccaneer’s Beach


Right off Cayman Brac, you can go diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear water and see all the beautiful coral formations along with the flourishing school of fishes swimming around you. Here are some additional activities that you can do while you’re at it:

  • You can also try snorkeling on the north side of the island which is called Radar Reef. It is a tad bit rocky here so protection for your feet is needed.
  • Many tourists look forward to this activity whenever they’re in Cayman Brac


See, you’ll always find ways to keep yourself busy when you’re in the Cayman Islands on a caribbean lifestyle holiday. With its abundance of nature and natural resources and limitless opportunities for snorkeling adventures,  you will always find yourself enjoying every second spent in this place.

George was born in the Cayman Islands, and has a passion for writing about the best things to do in the Cayman Islands and about a caribbean lifestyle. He travels a lot, and blogs to his audience about his journeys.


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