Women in Freelancing : Personal Experience

Freelancing

Freelancing sounds like a great idea to many people, no bosses to answer to and setting own time to work. There is a lot that has been said about freelancing with different individuals siting different experiences. Bottom line is that one needs to understand well what freelancing is all about. Some have tried and failed while others have been very successful. It is important to note that when one has a new idea or has heard about something of interest, proper research should be conducted. Sufficient knowledge will help avoid one to make mistakes they will regret. So if you are employed don’t just jump into the wagon without proper research on freelancing.

Female freelancers

Being a female freelancer is my point of interest as I speak from my own experience. I learnt of freelancing way back in Campus (quite some years back). Never gave it much thought at that time, when a student is about to graduate they have big dreams (great job and a good salary). However, my dream was to be self-employed; I loved programming and thought I could set up my software development company. How that went down is a topic for another day. Back to freelancing, over the years I have done lots of freelancing in different fields. The urge to be my own boss resulted to settling in freelancing. There are many sites offering online jobs that one can register as a member and bid for jobs. Locally there are other jobs that one can get from friends, family and even small businesses. This is so because technology is one field that offers many opportunities for freelancers.

As a female freelancer and a mother for that matter, I have had quite a good experience (but it’s not all smooth). It may take some time getting what fits own taste, but it’s the best way to earn an income while taking care of your kids. Today it’s so difficult getting a good person to leave your kids with (the horrifying stories of kids mistreatment are nauseating) so most choose to be stay at home moms. But what do u do with the bits of free time you have when the kids are napping and you are done with house chores. When the kids are of age to go to school there is a lot of free time that can be utilized to earn extra bucks.

Tips for freelancing mums

Freelancing is all good, especially for mothers but the main challenge is always time. Unfortunately, as a mother one is not guaranteed consistent hours for freelance work in a day. Therefore, one has to plan how to properly utilize the time available. In my experience there are days that one can hardly get ample time to do anything constructive. However, there are other days one has so much time. The best thing to do would be to use the time resourcefully and avoid wasting time on TV or social media. A list of things to accomplish is very useful when one has free time. Tasks can be broken down to short intervals especially when one has small kids who are in the house. Balancing between work and parenting is no easy task but the most important thing is timing, use time wisely.

How to Get Rid of Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Introduction

Pregnancy is one of the happiest times of a lady’s life, yet it is additionally a troublesome phase. As the infant becomes inside the womb, you can watch changes in the span of the stomach area. The muscles in the belly extend and the skin extends with the infant becoming inside the womb. This at long last prompts Pregnancy stretch marks. These stretch imprints are not perpetual and it will vanish if treated at the opportune time. Stretch imprints are exceptionally typical and it can be uprooted by taking after straightforward common cures.

When you lose or gain weight the stretch marks appear in your body. During pregnancy, our body gains a lot of weight resulting in stretch marks.

While pregnancy, as your body changes to make accommodate your growing baby, you may notice the appearance of Pregnancy stretch marks. Stretch marks are caused by changes in the elastic supportive tissue that lies just beneath the skin. The more your skin has to expand during pregnancy and the more quickly it happens, the more likely you are to develop stretch marks. For this reason, you are more likely to get stretch marks it.

How to Get Rid of Pregnancy Stretch Marks

There are many methods and surgical operations to remove stretch marks. They are vascular laser, fragmentary laser treatment, abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck) and more. However these treatments are expensive and carry lot of risks.

Here are a few home remedies from getting stretch marks during pregnancy.

There are natural home remedies on how to get rid of Pregnancy stretch marks during pregnancy.  First take care of yourself during pregnancy.

  • Follow a healthy lifestyle; take vitamin C, vitamin E, and proteins in the diet. These helps to improve elasticity, improve collagen production, help in tissue service and its growth.
  • Consume anti-oxidant rich black, green or white tea.
  • Drink lot of water to beat dehydration.
  • Do walking and yoga on a regular basis to improve the blood circulation and to maintain your body in recharged condition.
  • Daily massage your body with aroma oil before bathing. It reduces the chances of getting stretch marks. .
  • Rub Vaseline intensive care cream on stomach during pregnancy.
  • Clean or rub your affected parts of skin during pregnancy like stomach, thighs, and chest by doing massaging with oils.
  • Moisturize your skin with natural elements and it helps in improving the elasticity of the epidermis.

Here the a few tips on how to get rid of pregnancy stretch marks and how to remove stretch marks after pregnancy.

Try Oil Treatment

  • Olive oil- it is one of the remedies to get rid of stretch marks. Apply olive oil to the stomach area and belly bottom regularly, in a week the marks will start to disappear.
  • Vitamin E oil- Mix the oil with any moisturizer and apply it on the stretch marks to get quick results.
  • Castor oil- Apply the castor oil on the stomach and belly bottom. Cover the area with a plastic bag. After, 40 minutes wash the area. Do it regularly for effective results.

Conclusion

Though there are many methods to remove the stretch marks. Consult your doctor on your health condition and opt for surgery or home remedy route. Though the home remedies are effective it may take time to fully remove the stretch marks. Till such time, you have to keep cool and calm and continue the remedy.  Do exercises like walking, jogging, swimming and aerobics on daily basis?

Top 10 Tips Especially for Lactating Mothers

Today, most mothers are breastfeeding their babies. There are several ways, help to make breastfeeding experience more successful and enjoyable. The benefits of breast-feeding as breast milk contain the right balance of nutrients for your baby. Breast milk is easier to digest than is commercial formula, and the antibodies in breast milk boost your baby’s immune system. Breast- feeding might even help you lose weight after the baby is born.

Introduction   

Recipes or diet for lactating mothers improve milk supply.

recipes or diet for lactating mothers improve milk supply.

Every woman likes to have a baby and it is the second birth for them. After delivery, they should be careful in feeding. Baby only food is milk has all the nutrients she needs and the best natural food for your baby. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests breastfeeding for your baby for 6 months. Breast milk is full of anti agents helps your baby to face any infections and boosting of the immune system, besides protecting your baby from any diseases. As a lactating mother, you should take right diet during lactation. A balanced and nutritious diet for breastfeeding mothers should include calcium, protein, minerals and vitamins.

10 Useful Tips for Lactating Mothers

The following recipes or diet for lactating mothers improve milk supply.

01. Increase Lactation With Fenugreek Seeds : Fenugreek seeds and fenugreek leaves are rich in properties to boosts milk supply in lactating mothers. Here are the ways to add fenugreek seeds in your diet.

02. Fenugreek Tea :- In a container filled with water soak fenugreek seeds overnight. Next day boil the water until it reaches a certain level. Strain and drink the fenugreek tea.

03. Garlic :  Garlic is the best source to boost milk supply for lactating mothers for centuries and should be taken in moderation, The Garlic has the power to change the flavor and odor of breast milk. Mix Garlic in milk, In vessel filled with milk add 4 cloves of garlic and have it.

04. The lactating mothers’ diet should include calcium supplements in sufficient amount. They lose calcium when feeding their baby and they should augment it by taking calcium rich sources like milk, yogurt.

05. You should take one liter of milk and yogurt minus the fat. Don’t take butter and cheese, not easy to digest and avoid those. If taken the cholesterol levels will shoot. You can take fruits like banana, apple, peach etc and good for lactating mothers.

06. The Egg is a good source of calcium has it in boiled condition.

07. Add Vegetables and Fruits to the Plate : – Lactating mothers should look for vegetables and fruits that boost breast milk production. They should select fruits and vegetables like carrot, lady finger, and ridge gourd on a regular basis. Avoid the following vegetables like cabbage, brinjal, and potato, as they create allergy and constipation to mother and baby.

08. Take Vitamins Enriched Salads

09. Make Salads From Fresh Vegetables and fruits as they boost breast milk production. Don’t take them in cooked form, as they lose all the ingredients when cooked.

10. Avoid junk foods and refrigerated foods.

Conclusion

Lactating mothers lose their sleep midway in the night, as the baby wakes up frequently during the night time. Frequent wake up for a mother is not good, but they have to wake up, so as to look after their child. When you get time do yoga, light exercises, breathing exercise, and meditation. Most importantly you should sleep whenever you put your baby to sleep. Give enough time to take sleep, since it increases the milk supply. Don’t allow stress to overtake you, if happens then it will affect breast milk supply. There are many ways to beat the stress and be calm and stay relaxed.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Beyond Zero Campaign

First Lady beyond zero
On August 17, 2016 the first Lady Margaret Kenyatta delivered the 46th Beyond zero mobile clinic to Murang’a county.  Margaret started her campaign way back in 2014, which aimed at equipping every single county of the 47 counties in Kenya with a mobile clinic. The Beyond zero campaign purpose is to improve maternal and child health in Kenya. This is as a result from reports that about 15 women die every day from pregnancy related complications.  The initiative also aims to eliminate and reduce HIV infections among young children.

“I am deeply saddened by the fact that women and children in our country die from causes that can be avoided. It doesn’t have to be this way,” said the First Lady during the Campaign launch.

First lady Marathon

Margaret Kenyatta

To raise funds for the mobile clinics, the First lady also launched the First Lady marathon. The marathon is an annual event aiming to raise funds to increase access to better healthcare. The marathon attracts top athletes, diplomats, government officials, corporate leaders as well as many well-wishers local and foreign. The First lady’s determination to take part in the marathon shows an act of sacrifice and a resolve to improve healthcare.

In 2014, First Lady Margret Kenyatta also took part in a 42km London marathon. She said her motivation was the plight of needy women and children besides global awareness.

Awards

The First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has received several awards for her contribution towards healthcare. Among the awards she has received is the United Nations person of the year award 2014. She also received a SOMA awards 2014 trophy in the category ‘Best use of social media for charity’. Kenyatta University awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters because of her efforts.

Thankful

During the event to hand over the 46th mobile clinic Mrs Margaret Kenyatta expressed her gratitude to all those who had made contributions towards the initiative. “I celebrate with Kenyans that the promise I made 2 years ago to equip all 47 Counties with one mobile clinic each is almost over,” said the First lady. Over the last one year maternal and child mortality have gone down by 30% due to the mobile health services.

First lady Margaret Kenyatta was praised as a unifying figure and a great role model.

Mrs Margaret Kenyatta has definitely worn many hearts by serving needy children and mothers. Her calm nature and confidence has worn her many admirers. As her campaign reaches the homestretch she notes that more needs to be done. Cancer is another concern that she hopes to raise early screening awareness. She believes that people should not die from preventable causes.

“There is still significant work to be done in this area. My personal philosophy is that the unnecessary death of anyone is one death too many,” said the First Lady.

Such is a noble initiative that should receive support from all works of life. The Beyond zero campaign has benefited many people especially in remote areas. The campaign should continue even after the 47th mobile clinic is handed over to Nairobi County.