Bringing Your Beliefs Into Your Career As A Teacher

Your beliefs are an important part of your life. While they may not define who you are, things like your faith and religion will always have an impact on the decisions you make and the action you take. For many people, having the chance to bring their beliefs into their career will be a dream come true. Achieving this goal as a teacher is easier than you might expect, enabling you to use what you’ve learned from a life of faith to further the development of your students. To help you out, this post will be exploring some of the steps you would need to take to achieve something like this.

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The Right Education

Before bringing your faith into class, you’re going to need to do some learning to make sure that you can do this appropriately. There are loads of schools out there that offer religion-based training for professionals like teachers, enabling you to take training that will both give you better skills as a teacher and enable you to bring religion into your lessons. A masters of education degree could be a great way to get started with this. You just need to make sure that you’re choosing a school that will be recognised by employers in your area.

Lesson Planning

Once you’ve had a little bit of training, you can start to think about the work you’re going to do to plan each of your lessons. Normal lesson planning can take quite a lot of time, and you will need to put even more into this if you’re going to bring religious values into the mix. The important thing to remember here is that many young people are still developing their own beliefs. It’s always worth maintaining a distinction between what you know as fact and what you feel is true, working to ensure that your pupils have the chance to come to their own conclusions about faith and the world around them.

Religion In Daily School Life

While many schools are moving away from uses religious practices, many parents and children still like the idea of having a school that embraces these values. You can improve your pupil’s appreciation for your faith by including elements of it into their daily school life. For example, murals around your school could be designed with religious themes, children could pray before meals, or you could even have the kids lead their own small services during festive seasons. All of this work can be a great way to bring religion into your school, though you have to be careful to make sure that no one feels left out.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of bringing your beliefs into your career as a teacher. This sort of approach could be easier than you expect, with loads of options available to help you along the way, and plenty of resources online that can push you in the right direction.

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#MiddleWITCHfest and Community Spirit #WATWB

We Are the World BlogFest (#WATWB) celebrates special people and small stories of inspiration and hope in the world. Let’s face it, we need some inspiration and hope during this time of pandemic and social distancing.

This month I bring you a very cute story from the Middlewich Round Table. Our small community was feeling sad because we couldn’t host the usual children’s parties and pub entertainment that we would for Halloween. People started asking what we could do to cheer the children up and keep them occupied during the half-term holiday. Suddenly we started to see some strange characters around town…

The imaginative team at Middlewich Round Table put up scarecrows in strategic locations on residential streets, by the canal and in public spaces. We were delighted! We were also inspired, and now there are lots of scarecrows of all shapes and sizes popping up in people’s gardens. So far, my children and I have seen witches, ghosts, clowns, pirates, pumpkin scarecrows and even a snowman. I’m trying to persuade my youngest daughter to join the community spirit and help us to make a scarecrow for #MiddleWITCHfest but she is resisting because apparently, they are too scary. Hopefully, we will have one up for Halloween, but in the meantime, we have decorated our house with other fun stuff, including a door wreath and vampire doorbell, window stickers and spooky candles.

Happy Halloween, Middlewich. Happy Halloween, Everyone!

We are the World BlogFest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media. All participants post on the last Friday of the month, sharing a positive news story that contributes to making our world a happier, safer, and better place to live.

You can find more about #WATWB over on Belinda Witzenhausen’s blog.

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4 Ways You Can Make Money As A Writer

Writing is an exclusive pastime which many people enjoy. It is mostly a hobby, providing an avenue through which authors can translate their inspirations, thoughts, creative ideas, and feelings into pieces that connect with readers. In 2019, there were about 85,000 employees in writing-related jobs in the UK. Many opportunities now exist in the world for writers to make money out of their craft. Are you interested in ways that you can make more money as a writer? Here are four points you should consider.

  1. Create a personal blog or website

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Blogging is a popular way through which writers can monetize their craft. In this digital age, everyone has an online presence, meaning there is a lot of potential money you can make from writing content that people are interested in reading. You can use sites like WordPress or hire a professional to make a custom website for your blog. After finding a niche and target readers, focus on creating content that will draw people to your blog. Consequently, it would be best if you integrated affiliate marketing, banner adverts, and sponsored content, among others, to make sure you profit from the traffic to your blog. 

  1. Self-publishing

Self-publishing is another way for writers to make money from their skill potentially. In the past, writing a best-seller was a distant dream for writers, but today through Amazon Kindle, authors can write, publish, and distribute their books. Since you will not be using a publisher’s services, you will need to use other avenues like social media, to market your books. Many self-published authors agree that being prolific and business-minded is vital to your success as a self-publisher. Bestselling self-published author Adam Croft stresses editing and proofreading as key to his success. Follow this advice by visiting sites like https://www.setapp.com/how-to/edit-pdf-files-on-mac to learn how to edit your work before making it commercially available. 

  1. Write online articles

Many websites and blogs often need writers to create content that attracts people – making the demand for writers is usually quite high. A study estimated the average salary of a freelance writer in England to be around £90.47 daily. Online writing is prevalent in today’s world because it does not always require academic qualifications, and it offers a flexible schedule and a decent salary. There are several popular websites like Buzzfeed and Vice that pay you for your submissions. Check out various options to find one that best suits you to start making money as a writer.

  1. Take part in writing contests

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Although you are not guaranteed to win, writing contests are an exciting way for writers to showcase their passion, with the possibility of making good cash. There are tons of monthly essay competitions in the UK and thousands globally with attractive cash prizes that you can try your hands on in the hopes of winning. You sharpen your writing through regular practice, and so even if you do not win, you would have gained valuable experience that would help you become a better writer.

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Vampire Tarot Reading for Halloween

Join me as we explore the Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night for a Tarot reading that explores our dark desires, our relationships, and how we feel about ourselves. 

Today I give you The Cross Tarot spread. It offers guidance for a close personal relationship. Be warned, this reading will rip away the shroud that you have wrapped yourself in, it will pull you out of the shadows, and it will force you to face the truth that you have been hiding from.

1, Nine of Pentacles – Yesterday: What led to the current situation

There was always darkness in this person, and that might be what drew you to them in the first place. Your innocence and purity appealed to them; the essence of something they felt they never had. You were not going to escape the darkness that exudes from them, and you knew it, deep down. You walked willingly into their trap.

2, Knave of Pentacles – Tomorrow: The immediate future

Don’t be fooled by the riches and gifts that they offer. Remember the pain and the abandonment that happened before. You are wise to their tricks now. Yes, they need an ally and a friend, but you are not that person. You really tried, and now you must step away. Ignore their feeble attempt to buy your favour.

3, Knave of Wands – What is hidden: Events or facts that you are not aware of

Your suspicions were correct. Yes, there is great talent here. Your relationship can never compare to the joy of their obsession. It is everything to them, and you are nothing. They never favour you above it, and they never will. You will always be an afterthought. Do you want to live like this?

4, Seven of Wands – What is known: Events or facts that you are aware of

Choose your battles. How many times have you been in this situation with this person? Too many times, I can tell you. You pride yourself on being strong, you fight for what you believe in. But this is no longer your fight. Lay down your weapons. Walk away. You are finished.

5, Seven of Cups – The Path: The Tarot’s advice

You must end this game once and for all. The fantasy is wonderful and filled with passion, but it does not translate into real life. The person on whom you fix your desire will never change. They will never put your needs above theirs. You are only important as long as you fulfil their needs. When you ask for something in return, you will be rebuffed. They do not care about you. Move on.

6, King of Swords – The Truth: The response

This person is not what you expected. They have manipulated you, used you for their pleasure, and dropped you when they found something more exciting. A male energy, this person can be friendly when they feel relaxed. The moment someone questions their authority or their motive, they transform into something far darker and more dangerous. Give them space.

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Trick or Read! #FreeBooks for #Halloween

Happy Halloween! This Trick-Or-Read Group Giveaway is hosted by the Prolific Works team and has books from all genres, so there’s something here for everyone. You can claim as many as you’d like and enjoy your new reads!

Download Return of the Vampire Hunter for FREE today.

Return of the Vampire Hunter is pure urban fantasy with a hint of seduction thrown in for good measure. Set in Manchester, Northern England, it is a contemporary story with all the darkness of classic Gothic monsters.

Just your average Cheshire housewife – who used to hunt vampires!

Hannah Oakley used to be a vampire hunter. She retired from active service when she fell in love with the female vampire she was hunting, but old wounds refuse to heal. She and the vampire fought almost to the death, and now it seems that the vampire has tracked her down. Hannah must return to work, grudgingly accepting help from a new hunting partner, and she is determined that this time she will finish the job. But can she ignore the old lust for her vampire lover? Is the mother able to be a vampire hunter one more time? And will her marriage survive the ordeal?

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Big City Love Giveaway – Romances with Urban Settings #FreeBooks

The Prolific Works team is proud to present the Big City Love Group Giveaway! This giveaway has romance books with urban settings. Claim as many as you would like and enjoy your new reads!

Download Return of the Vampire Hunter for FREE today.

Return of the Vampire Hunter is pure urban fantasy with a hint of seduction thrown in for good measure. Set in Manchester, Northern England, it is a contemporary story with all the darkness of classic Gothic monsters.

Just your average Cheshire housewife – who used to hunt vampires!

Hannah Oakley used to be a vampire hunter. She retired from active service when she fell in love with the female vampire she was hunting, but old wounds refuse to heal. She and the vampire fought almost to the death, and now it seems that the vampire has tracked her down. Hannah must return to work, grudgingly accepting help from a new hunting partner, and she is determined that this time she will finish the job. But can she ignore the old lust for her vampire lover? Is the mother able to be a vampire hunter one more time? And will her marriage survive the ordeal?

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What is Reiki and how does it Work?

Have you had a reiki healing treatment before? Do you wonder what might happen after the session, or if you will experience any side effects?

Reiki healing therapy is recognised as a form of complementary therapy. Simply put, reiki is a method for healing the body using touch. As a Reiki Master trained in the Japanese tradition, I would place my hands lightly on your body and channel energy, utilizing breathing techniques and mystical symbols as tools. Your body has the capacity to heal itself, but you must keep an open mind and believe that this is possible. In much the same way that we use yoga as a gentle method of exercise, so we use reiki therapy as a gentle method of healing and easing mental illness.

What happens after the session?

Following your first reiki therapy session, you could feel any number of sensations. Your mind might feel lighter and less busy. Your body might feel better, with those niggling aches and pains feeling less severe than they were before. We all respond differently to energy therapy, and it depends very much on the individual. I received my first treatment following years of meditation practice, so I wasn’t surprised to feel differently without any obvious changes.

Reiki is a subtle method of energy healing, and you will feel it in ways that you cannot explain. It should leave you feeling happier and more relaxed, but in some situations, it might provoke you to cry, feel angry or feel another less pleasant emotion. Sometimes we need a good cry to purge the negative energy from our bodies, and if you have been holding on to grief, hurt, confusion or a feeling of abandonment, then I would not be surprised if you did cry after your session. Always remember that the room in which you are treated is a sacred space. Everything you say and do is confidential, much like when you visit your doctor. Your reiki therapist will hold space for you to release what you need to.

Dry Bathing to clear your body

This is an exercise I use as part of my reiki self-healing practice. Stand with your feet flat on the floor, relax your shoulders, and breathe deeply. When you close your eyes and take a deep breath, place your right hand on your left shoulder. As you breathe out, sweep your hand down your arm, and imagine you are brushing away anything that you don’t need, such as intrusive thoughts and negative habits. Take another deep breath, place your left hand on your right shoulder, sweep your hand down your arm, and imagine you are brushing away those negative thoughts and habits. Finally, take another deep breath, place your right hand on your left shoulder, and as you breathe out, sweep across your body with the same intention of clearing negativity.

Remember to drink water!

It is funny how we forget the simple things that make such a big difference. Water is freely available in the Western world, and we often take it forgranted. Think about how many times you drink tea or coffee, fizzy drinks, fruit juice and alcohol. Each of these is laden with chemicals, sugar, and gasses that react with our bodies to create or aid disease. Remember to drink water throughout the day and you can restore the balance inside your body. This is doubly important when you have a reiki therapy session because you never know what your body is doing from the inside out. Cheers to your good health and happiness!

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Hugging and the Need for Touch

Do you miss hugging your friends? It still feels strange to meet up with people that I love and not being able to get close or touch them. But then we have found alternative ways to show our love during these times of pandemic and social distancing.

I still receive lots of hugs from my children, but it’s not the same as a hug from my friends. I miss having a hug from my mum. I miss seeing my mum right now, since my county has moved into the “High Risk” Tier 2 category in England. Mum lives in a “Medium Risk” Tier 1 area just thirty miles away, but I’m not allowed into her house now. We make do with lots of phone calls and we send random What’s App messages with jokes, funny photos, and updates from our daily life, which eases the pain of absence. And I appreciate that some of my friends are missing their parents having lost them either to Covid or other illness.

One method I use at home when alone is my reiki self-healing. Since joining The Reiki Association as a Reiki Master I have worked in distance healing circles with established members of the community, and it feels amazing. Another helpful tool for me is my Naipo massage cushion. I have two of these cushions, gifted to me at different times from Naipo in return for product reviews. One is a throw pillow that you charge up and can use on the sofa or on your favourite chair. This is a good one in the evenings when I am relaxing in front of the TV. My other massage cushion is more structured and can only be used when plugged in to an electrical socket. I use this one at my worktable while I’m using the computer. It helps improve my posture, it warms my body, and it feels wonderful.

And, finally, we don’t always need human touch. Who has a dog or cat at home? I am so thankful to have had my dog, Marley during lockdown. He had only been with us for a couple of months and was still settling in, but one thing Marley loves is cuddles. He buries his face in the crook of my arm, lies across my knee, and we snuggle for ages. The sound of his gentle breathing calms me and I remember that the pandemic won’t last forever. We will hug each other again, one day. Until then, keep smiling and stay safe.

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Ghostly Giveaway Free Books for #Halloween

Love horror and all things supernatural? Then this giveaway is for you.

Download Return of the Vampire Hunter for FREE today.

Return of the Vampire Hunter is pure urban fantasy with a hint of seduction thrown in for good measure. Set in Manchester, Northern England, it is a contemporary story with all the darkness of classic Gothic monsters.

Just your average Cheshire housewife – who used to hunt vampires!

Hannah Oakley used to be a vampire hunter. She retired from active service when she fell in love with the female vampire she was hunting, but old wounds refuse to heal. She and the vampire fought almost to the death, and now it seems that the vampire has tracked her down. Hannah must return to work, grudgingly accepting help from a new hunting partner, and she is determined that this time she will finish the job. But can she ignore the old lust for her vampire lover? Is the mother able to be a vampire hunter one more time? And will her marriage survive the ordeal?

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Santa’s Sleepover at Legoland Windsor Resort

Join us at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort to make memories that will last a lifetime as we celebrate the most special time of the year with ‘LEGOLAND at Christmas’. Our festive event transforms the Park into a winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, snow dusted trees, and of course…a sprinkling of LEGO® magic!

This year we have exciting new festivities to enjoy including LEGO Friends Carol Singing, a fun DUPLO Puppet pantomime and an amazing Holiday Harbour lights show featuring a very special guest – all never been seen at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort before. We also have our amazing rides and attractions for all the family to enjoy together making this one bumper Christmas day out!

Whilst Father Christmas won’t be able to invite anyone into his Grotto this year due to social distancing, you and your family will be able to see him as he makes his way through the park on his very own magical sleigh – a sight to delight all the family! Don’t forget to wave to his elves.

● Access to LEGOLAND® at Christmas with selected rides, attractions & entertainment.

● See Father Christmas driving his sleigh through the park.

● 2 days for 1 access to selected LEGOLAND Rides (on selected dates)

● 1-night stay in a LEGO-themed family room

● Delicious breakfast

● Festive evening entertainment for the whole family

● Splash and play in the indoor water play area and swimming pool

● Christmas letter & LEGOLAND gift for all children staying at a LEGOLAND hotel

Prices start from £289 for a family of 4

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