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Sourcing Clients for Freelance Writing

Sourcing Clients

I have had quite a few ask me “how do you find or source clients for writing jobs?”

That’s an excellent question. One of the hardest challenges about being a freelancer is the constant need to find new clients. Here are a few of the ways that can help in sourcing clients.

Firstly, I must say that if anyone wishes to get into freelance writing, Bamidele Onibalusi gives a wonderful strategy in his thread of how to earn $1000.

The truth is that you can learn everything you need from those who have mastered freelance writing such as Bamidele. However, I’ll share a few of my tactics too.

Lists of blogs, websites or magazines that pay

Firstly I spent a lot of time scouring the various lists of blogs or websites that pay writers. There are quite a number of writing websites that offer these lists. Bamidele has one that he calls the Ultimate List of Magazines that pays writers. 

Another good website to follow is Make A Living Writing. On this website, Carol Tice offers lots of tips, including a list of websites that pay

There are some other sites too. The truth is that I don’t have a lot of time to just read websites. Google and Yahoo searches should bring quite a few ideas or links of websites that offer tips about earning as a freelance writer.

Job boards

The next step is to visit job boards. I have applied to quite a number of jobs via ProBlogger job board. Once again, do a google search for other job boards or visit Bamidele’s website where he lists a number of them.

I have a profile on Upwork. It’s worth taking the time to set up your profile correctly, filling out all the sections and doing some of the tests.

Social Networking

I also interact in a number of professional groups and writing groups.

It’s a lot of work, and no guarantee of work, but so very worth it when the work comes in.

My latest personal challenge is to source blogs and websites that relate to my niche area and to master the cold pitching that the successful freelance writers talk about.

Conclusion

I hope this gives a little insight. It is by no means the comprehensive list, but then I am still mastering securing good clients. What I would say is keep at it! The strategy set out for sourcing clients by Bamidele and other’s like Carol Tice are already established. I see no need to re-invent the wheel. As a result, I follow what they suggest doing and add ideas whenever I find something that meets my goals and writing niche.

Pitching does get easier the more you do it. Sourcing clients get’s easier too. I wish you the best of luck in sourcing your writing clients. If you have any good tips that would help other readers, please share in the comments below.

This post is prepared for you by Shoshanah Shear , occupational therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer, author of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story” and co-author of “Tuvia Finds His Freedom“.

 

 

 

Finding the Right Path that Leads to Independence

Finding a Path

Occupational Therapy is all about independence. Independence in all areas of our lives and this includes financial independence. The contents of this post deals with a topic that is important for anyone wishing to live their life to the full. That is finding the right path that will enable you to obtain independence.

In a previous post, I mentioned a book I have written about my personal and professional journey with a chronic illness. While writing the book, I wished to use certain quotes from other works and met some interesting people in applying for permission. One of them was the then director of the Chofetz Chaim Foundation. Writing this I wonder whether my desire to share about the importance of guarding one’s tongue has provided some blessing to unravelling a journey. Very possibly, in the meantime, join me to meet some incredible role models.

Introducing 5 of my Role Models

After completing writing the manuscript, I began searching for a publisher. Along the journey I thought I had also completed a second book that would help to promote OT. Frustrated with rejection after rejection I turned to the director of the Chofetz Chaim Foundation and he suggested meeting Bob Burg in order to find out about self-publishing.

I am so delighted that I did. Bob Burg has become a friend and role model. From our email interaction he shared about his book Endless Referrals. He also shared about a mindset that he mastered which has helped him to become successful as an author and motivational speaker. I’ve remained in touch with Bob over the years and so delighted that I have. I learn so much from his positive FB posts and inspiring work.

When I moved to Israel, I thought I had a perfect plan. I had mapped out a path to master Hebrew, obtain my license, get work in my field and then gradually develop a private practice and move on to develop my dream centre. I have been amazed by how many try to dissuade one and encourage or even force one into minimum wage work. As I strove to find a path that would enable me to obtain the financial independence I require in order to establish my centre, I have come to know several who are my role models. They paint a very different picture to those who promote minimum wage at all costs.

The next one was Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income. I find it so inspiring that after he was retrenched from a good position as an architect, Pat went on to learn and master everything he could about passive income. He teaches every step of the way how to develop not just passive income but smart passive income. Since we had tried to set up an affiliate store without success and dabbled in a few other options too, having someone willing to teach and share all he learns has been wonderful. I very much appreciate the respectful, positive newsletters that he sends out too.

There have been a number of OTs and PTs who have been inspiring too. One who has become a tremendous support is Scott Harmon. Scott is an OT who has a successful private practice and yet gives of himself through his website Start a Therapy Practice, helping other OTs to develop a private practice too. I’m so excited to see that he has also added his Academy something I wish was around when I wanted to get into working privately. These tools help OTs to find the right path to becoming successful private practitioners.

The next profession who has helped drive home the importance of the right focus is a psychologist by the name of Ramit Sethi. Ramit wrote a book I Will Teach You To be Rich. He has a few programs which help one to get from nothing to earning a thousand dollars, on the side or as one’s income. I love Ramit’s very direct approach and the way he so cleverly demonstrates that you cant purchase a house by eliminating cafe latte. This is playing with small money. What a person needs is to aim for earning correctly and this includes more per hour.

A very inspiring role model for me is Bamidele Onibalusi, Bamidele has a website Writers In Charge. I love that concept! Bamidele wanted to find the right means to earn what he needed when he was still a teenager. How I wish there were computers in my day. Well, Bamidele mastered how to earn from freelance writing. Like the others above, he does not keep this to himself, neither does he consider that anyone should earn a minimum wage. A year ago, Bamidele began a challenge to help those who wish to earn from freelance writing to learn what it takes to earn $1000 in 60 days. His newsletters are also so inspiring, respectful and filled with encouraging words and strategies to earn effectively.

Conclusion

Having spent a few years learning from these wonderful, inspiring entrepreneurs, there are a few lessons I wish to highlight. If you wish to gain financial independence, you need to find the right path. Do whatever it takes to search for the right teachers and role models who will help you to learn that you do not have to remain stuck in minimum wage and NO-ONE should ever tell you to be happy struggling. There is another way. It takes work and effort and that comes from developing the right mindset, developing the right map. In order to help you to develop your map requires setting appropriate goals and suitable strategies to help you to reach your goal. All of these details help you to develop the right path that will help you to reach success.

This post is prepared for you by Shoshanah Shear, occupational therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer, author of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story” and co-author of “Tuvia Finds His Freedom“.

 

The Need to Help Widows

Black and White Image of a widow sitting next to a wall

While some erroneously look down on the widow, helping widows is important enough to be mentioned in Tanach. This false belief was highlighted once again in a message sent to me in response to my latest campaign. The campaign is all about assisting a widow. I am sad that anyone would have such thoughts. So I decided to share a little more about my work assisting widows and orphans. Yes, widows do have very real needs.

Did you know that I am working on developing an OT centre? Well, one of the services of this centre focuses on empowering widows and orphans, according to their own unique needs.

Background to my work with widows and orphans

Actually, helping widows and orphans is not something new for me. It has been an interest of mine for very many years for a few reasons:

1) My grandmother was widowed when she was half way into her pregnancy with my late father, i.e. 4 1/2 months. As a child I did not really understand what a widow is. However, the needs of the widow began to be etched into who I am from a very young age.

2) I was orphaned from my father, who, as you can see from number 1 was born without a father. I was still at school when my father died suddenly.

3) My mother was widowed from her second husband during my first year of working as an OT.

These experiences sensitized me to the needs of widows and orphans. As a result, in recent years, they have become part of the services I am developing. Yes, real services. Let’s take a look at this a little further.

Some of the Services of my Centre

I am working on develop an OT centre. The nature of services to be offered in the centre have changed over time until I came to focus on the services mentioned in this website. These service focus on assisting women in the role of wife and mother. Some of the women are blessed with being married, G-d willing for many healthy years. Others are widows. The widows have certain needs and those who are orphans have other needs. These needs have to be addressed. It is not only my idea to empower widows and orphans, the need to assist widows and orphans is outlined in many places in Tanach. Here is just one example:

“כל אלמנה ויתום לא תענון”

All or every widow and orphan do not oppress (Exodus 22:21)

In an earlier post, I have introduced some ideas about Occupational Therapy and Widows.

Creating the right environment and being able to meet the needs that I have identified requires funding. For quite a few years I tried developing a store based on the concept of the thrift store or op shop. As you can see in the video below, we collected up new, un-used items, some of which went to begin the home of orphans and some were sold in order to cover the expenses of setting this up.

Sadly, our sales were not well enough supported. One of the biggest problems was the extent to which buyers insisted on undercutting our prices. When we moved a little over a year ago, we lacked the funds to both move our store and to house our store. As a result we sent over 40 boxes of gifts to an orphanage in Jerusalem. The result was that at least 7-8 Kallot who were orphans had a substantial start to their new home.

Another service we had been setting up is our bridal gown Gemach. Sadly, due to lack of funds, we are having to sell off and close this service too. However, we have not given up. We have merely changed to a different business structure.

Changes to our Services

Our new venture can be seen on our online store.  As you can see from the start of our new store, instead of collecting unwanted items and selling them at low prices, we are working on making up a range of gifts and selling them at proper prices. Some of these gifts come from my own art, others will be made by widows and orphans in order to help to give them the start in becoming self-sufficient.

Learning from other Programs to help Widows

For those who still like to judge me, let us take a look at some wonderful work happening in the US by widows helping widows.

If you have watched the above video, you will come across a powerful statement:

“Grief is not taboo and it is not contagious” ~ Audrey Pellicano RN MS

I hope to share further important work happening to strengthen widows and orphans. Both of these are very important.

I hope that by reading a little about the work I am involved in, that those who like to judge the fact that I am currently assisting a specific widow will begin to change their mind. Those who have suffered from the loss of a spouse or parent are not contagious. They have done nothing wrong and they are in deed in need of our help.

This post is written by Shoshanah Shear, occupational therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer and co-author of “Tuvia Finds His Freedom” and author of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story

What is the Purpose of This Website?

Heart cut out of a bush

I have had quite a few questions about the goals of this website and the services that I offer. The truth is that there are a number of services that I offer and feature on this website and also quite a number of goals. For the background of how I came to develop a service that focuses on assisting women in the role of wife and mother I am actually completing writing an ebook. If this is of interest to you, please be in touch. You can let me know in the comments at the bottom of this blog post and also via the contact form on this website.

What I can say for now, is that I have a number of goals here. Each of them are equally important. In order to reach these goals has required much thought from my life experience, my work experience and from learning from various sources. Oh dear, does that sound vague? Not to worry, it will all become clear.

Let us take one snippet of this as our starting point, for now. When I was a second year student I had an idea to begin a treatment centre. Now in order to begin a treatment centre one has to identify the types of services that would be offered and also if there is a specific niche or angle to the centre. It’s been quite a journey to identify that niche, which is the topic of the ebook that I spoke about.

A few months after having this idea, I began to develop severe abdominal pain. The doctors did not do enough testing, they just opted for an appendectomy. Years later it turned out that I had chronic, recurrent kidney infections but the dear doctor wipped out my appendix. Did a nice job of stirring around to try to find anything else he would manage to. Actually, I suspect another potential problem. Before we get to that, I must mention that I also had a reaction to the anesthetic which had lasting effects.

A year later I was diagnosed with one infection after another including CMV. Eventually the doctors had the wonderful news that I had ME which stands for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

So I had this dream of a treatment centre which meant completing my studies but I also had this chronic health problem that begged for attention. By the time I graduated, all my income went on paying off tuition, paying for health expenses, paying for regular daily expenses and then helping my mother who had become a widow.

The more I tried to do the regular normal things (like getting a regular 9-5 salaried job that would provide the income I needed to save and start to develop a private practice as the first step of my treatment centre) the more my health and my life threw me curve ball after curve ball.

The journey with my health is the topic of a book that is waiting to be edited just as soon as I earn enough to dedicate the time to edit it. Another book I have begun is my hard work in striving to become independent, working from home. So two topics that I aim to share information about through blog posts, youtube videos, workshops and other services lie in developing a healthy, balanced lifestyle and also in how to become successful working from home.

Around the time I wrote my book about my health, I also wrote a book to promote occupational therapy. This book was shelved for many reasons, for quite a number of years, until I decided the time had come to get that book out. That book is of course “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapists Story”. As I was busily editing this book and preparing it for publishing, I came across a few websites that have opened doors to an exciting new approach to working and to working from home.

In the next post, I would like to introduce you to 5 or more people who have had a major impact on this change in direction. I also aim to begin offering some resources on this website both as a resource page and as blog posts or other products. As I add each new feature, I will be writing about it in my  blog. So do come back to read more posts and find out about this journey. Some of it is exciting, some of it is filled with major challenges. Join me as I share about what I am doing or have done to help to overcome these challenges.

Visit the main page of my website and sign up for my newsletter. In the newsletter you will receive more information, tools, tips, discounts and other lovely goodies. While you are at it, please take a look at the main page and let me know what you like and what is confusing you. I’m in the process of improving this page, so your feedback will be really helpful.

This post is prepared for you by

Shoshanah Shear

Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer, author of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story” and co-author of “Tuvia Finds His Freedom“.

 

 

 

 

Parenting Tips For Divorced Mothers

Divorced family

I would love to have all of the posts on this blog targeted at developing and maintaining healthy marriages. It makes such a difference to the couple and the children to have the stability of a happy family. However, life is not always like that. Sadly in my years of working as an OT and even from my own experience, there are many times that divorce happens.

What does many mean? If you take a look at divorce statistics for the US, the figures are sadly on the increase. Wikipedia has an interesting chart of the marriage : divorce stats and ratio for different countries. Unfortunately the figures are not all from the same year, which does make a difference, however the range is from 4% to 67% of marriages ending in divorce.

In other posts and services offered on this website / blog I’d love to help with reducing those rates, especially for countries with the higher percentage rate. This post has another focus and that is how to handle a divorce if it happens.

Usually when a couple get married, their dream and goal is to build a home, start a family and stay together for the rest of their lives. If you have mastered some of that dream and sadly your marriage ends in divorce, the kindest thing you can do for your children is let that divorce be peaceful and don’t talk about it to your kids.

Remember, whatever transpired between you as a couple is not the fault of your children. So, don’t punish your kids for your getting divorced. What does that mean?

  • Don’t make your children feel guilty that you chose your spouse to marry. Your kids were not around when you decided to get married and your decision of who to marry is not their fault.
  • Don’t tell your children about any of the details of your marriage. Your relationship with the father of your children should be private.
  • If you are having a rough time coming to terms with getting divorced or having gone through a divorce, seek out a good support group and / or appropriate therapist to help you to come to terms with your life decisions. Your children are not your therapist and should not have to hear details or to experience any guilt associated with your getting divorced.
  • Make sure to do all that you can to have a peaceful relationship with the father of your children.
  • Do not put your ex-husband down to your children. At the end of the day he is still the father of your children and they have a right to have some respect for their father.
  • Make sure to have quality time with your kids.
  • Make sure to keep conversation to topics that are not related to the divorce.
  • However, if your child needs to express their difficulty with growing up in a broken home, be open to hearing them. If it is too hard for you, find the right extra mural activities, support group and therapy to help your child to heal from the situation and to continue to thrive.
  • Make sure that your child(ren) have the opportunity to maintain a good relationship with their father. Never make them feel angry with the father or guilty as this could result in the child not wanting to talk to their father.
  • Lastly, help your children to have time with kids their age and to develop good friends.

Remember, whatever happened to cause the divorce, all children need both parents. Please do what you can to make sure that your children can have a good relationship with both parents, even if there has been a divorce.

NOTE: In the event that there was abuse in the home, seek professional intervention to help you to develop the best situation to help your children.

This post is prepared for you by

Shoshanah Shear

Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer, author of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story” and co-author of “Tuvia Finds His Freedom“.

 

 

 

 

An Update on my Work with Orphans

Heart within a leaf photographed at the seaside

Recently I received a phone call from an orphan wanting certain free services that really fall into the area of a social worker. Yes, it is true that I have been running a service to empower orphans at the time they marry. However, the orphan who called is not getting married. I would like to point out two details:

1) This is specifically at the time they marry, I am not able to help all orphans, not in the capacity of Gemach anyway.
2) I am NOT a social worker.

The truth is that the Gemach I had begun made me aware of various needs for both widows and orphans. I am gradually researching these needs a bit further in order to develop a service that will meet those needs identified in research as well as through my work experience. The service is put on hold until such time as I have completed my research. In the meantime, what I can say is that, one of the sections I am very busily working on is how to develop and master sustainable income. That means an income that will enable one to be truly independent as opposed to earning a minimum wage and then having to constantly seek help every so often when one’s meager salary does not meet the demands of modern living.

When I have mastered certain aspects that I am currently working on, I aim to both write a book / ebook and to develop a course or a few courses. However, these are all under the umbrella of being an occupational therapist. For you see, occupational therapy is all about helping and enabling our clients to be as optimally independent in all areas of their life, as far as is possible, according to their unique set of circumstances. For someone who is an orphan, often, but not always, the area of work and earning a sustainable income is in major need of intervention.

Another important detail is that my services are not free. I work privately and as a result services, books and products have a fee / price tag. If anyone wishes to sponsor an orphan, they are welcome to be in touch.

For those who remember the service I had tried to set up, if you recall, I was developing a thrift store / bargain store with new, unwanted items that I sold to fund the service assisting orphans. Hence the expenses were to be subsidized when orphans could not pay full fees. I was also trying to add bridal gowns to rent, once again that the fee for renting a bridal gown would assist an orphan to have a bridal gown for her wedding day. My goal for that was to loan a bridal gown to a Kallah who was an orphan for free. Sadly I did not reach this goal and am currently having to sell off my bridal gowns. The expense of rent to house the gowns is adding up and not making a viable option. If I had enough people willing to purchase items or rent their gown from our bridal gowns, I could have been able to continue developing and growing this service. The only way I could reduce costs for orphans was to have others pay for gifts or bridal gowns.

Since so many have been eager to undercut my already reduced prices, I had to let go of my thrift store / bargain store and I am having to let go of my bridal gowns too. That means that any service that I offer to orphans from now on is a paid service, unless someone is kind enough to sponsor one or more sessions.

If you would like to learn more about what occupational therapy is, purchase your copy of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story” or book me to give a talk to you and your group of friends. Talks are available in person for those in and around Jerusalem or virtually for any other group.

This post is prepared for you by

Shoshanah Shear, Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer, author of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story” and co-author of “Tuvia Finds His Freedom“.

 

Review of “Healing Your Life Through Activity”

Character of a BookThe first review that I received in relation to my book “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story” came from a Beta Reader. It certainly put a smile on my face and made the hard work very worth while.

This is just beyond words… I love it so much and have never read any type of medical/therapy book delivered as honestly and gently as this one.  It’s informative in an extremely helpful way without offending any other profession or point of view.  It applies to so many audiences as well, patients, caregivers, parents, professionals, etc.  It’s also one of a kind because of the way you created an informative book that reads with the ease of a story. Brilliant!

I also very much enjoyed the order you placed each topic.  It flowed perfectly. This book is truly amazing and is going to touch so many lives.

Amanda –  from Beta Reading Bookshelf

If you would like to obtain a copy of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapst’s Story” by Shoshanah Shear you can find it online on Amazon in US, Canada, UK and Europe as well as Barnes & Nobles, Book Depository and other online bookstores.

 

Developing a Healthy Lifestyle

Breaksfast table with the meal and a vase of flowers

Living a healthy, balanced lifestyle is important for all ages and phases in the human life cycle. If you are a woman, the chances are that in your journey towards becoming a wife, developing your role as a wife and then working towards becoming a mother, you will have an important part to play in making sure that you and your family live a healthy lifestyle. One of my first introductions to just how important and powerful this is, was when I was a new graduate working in a major teaching hospital. I was asked to cover for a fellow occupational therapist in facilitating the cardiac rehabilitation group. As I reviewed the topics covered thus far and what was necessary to include in the group I was to facilitate, it struck me that the lifestyle being recommended to those who had already suffered a heart attack was important to all of us. In fact, I began thinking, if we encourage our clients to alter their lifestyle after a stroke or heart attack, why not encourage clients to develop the kind of lifestyle that would promote health and prevent illness.

I could discuss how I came to change focus from rehabilitation to an involvement in preventative healthcare and promotion of health at length, however, I had another topic on my mind and I wish to share those thoughts.

So far I have shared that living a healthy lifestyle is encouraged to all those who have suffered a debilitating illness such as a stroke or heart attack. I have touched on the fact that this lifestyle is in fact important to promote health and prevent illness. But where do you begin and what does a healthy lifestyle look like?

One place to start is in the kitchen. Why? Because we all need to eat regularly every day and having a healthy, balanced diet is very important to our health. I’m not going to tell you what you need to eat, as I am not a dietician. In addition, there are so many opinions as to what to eat and what not to eat. For the details of your diet I would say to consult with a qualified dietician, preferably in person. What I do wish to do is to share is a few thoughts that I hope will help you to view developing a health lifestyle in a positive light.

  1. Transitioning to a healthy diet can be daunting! It is very easy to get scared or to believe that there wont be yummy food items to eat and your life will be transformed into a boring, tasteless, unpleasant experience. This is not true and does not have to be either. Spend a little time researching some healthy meals and take a look at Youtube for ideas.
  2. Pay attention to detail. Have you noticed that many unhealthy foods appeal to us due to the colours that are used? Well, colour does not have to be artificial. You do not need the additives used in order to create colour. Take a look at the image at the top of this post. You can create colour by making sure to prepare your food items, your table and any extras with beauty and colour in mind. Go the extra mile and have some flowers in your home.Actually, if you are concerned about bugs, I would not recommend flowers on the same table where you are eating, but you can have either a beautiful vase of flowers or an attractive pot-plant near to where you eat your meal. Make sure that your plate is filled with colour and that you have dished up with care, rather than just dumping food any which way. It only takes a few extra moments but the end result for whoever will eat the meal makes a very big difference.
  3. Perhaps we have gotten ahead of ourselves. Where you serve the meal and what the final plate of food will look like is important. In order to get there you need to take care with your preparation. Firstly, enjoy the preparation time that goes into making your meal.

Red, Green and Yellow Peppers

In the above photograph, you can see red, green and yellow peppers. Obvious? True, for those who can see the image. Now let’s consider them a bit more. Whether you are making a salad or main meal (in Israel, these might be eaten at breakfast too) pay attention to using a range of colour.

Nature is full of colour. This is one of G-d’s gifts to us. Speaking of acknowledging where the vegetables came from, here is another task for you. Let’s say you have selected which vegetables you are going to be eating for the meal. Yes, vegetables are important and if prepared correctly can be so very yummy, nutritious too. While you are cleaning, pealing, chopping or slicing your vegetables instead of thinking that you are wasting time, you have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy what you are doing. Make this task meaningful by contemplating what it is that you are doing. You can even take it one step further to thank G-d for all He has given to you.

Look again at the image above. Appreciate the variety in size, shape, colour, contours and details. Think about the difference in the tastes of each of these peppers. They may all be bell peppers but do they taste the same? Which do you prefer and why? Consider the fact that you have your own specific likes and dislikes in food items and so do your family members. So next time a relative requests you add or eliminate a food item from a dish or from their plate, respect their unique preferences. It really is quite easy to add or subtract an ingredient, no need for an argument or to put anyone down. Let the knowledge that you enjoy some things more than others help you to appreciate that others do to and respect them for having those preferences.

If you have the time, allow yourself to contemplate all that G-d has done for you in giving you that food item. In another blog post or a Youtube video I can share an example of this. For now, let us take a look at another photograph.

Three plates of chopped food in preparation for cooking

Whether you are a vegetarian, a vegan or a meat eater, there are some tasks here for all of you to consider. When you prepare your meal, take the time to separate the food items as you cut them. You will notice that the master chefs do this when they do a demonstration. It really does make the actual cooking much easier. In addition it helps you to both separate those items that cook more quickly and to take note of the appropraite sequence and the final outcome. Make sure your meal will have a variety of nutrients and that the food items will provide the flavours, textures and overall visual effect that ensures a final pleasing experience.

In the above image, are some of the ingredients for preparing a Shwarma dish. Shwarma is a cut of turkey which has many health benefits. To begin with it is rich in iron. It is recommended for anyone needing to prevent high blood pressure or cholesterol and even for a potentially fatty liver.

If you have a memory problem, taking the time to separate the food items onto their own plate and setting them in the order necessary for a given recipe will help you to make sure that you have cooked all those ingredients that are necessary. If you need to, have your recipe near you and work from the recipe.

These are just a few ideas of how to begin using your time in your kitchen to become a more enjoyable experience on every level. Let those daily chores become an opportunity to appreciate your family. Appreciate or contemplate where you are in your life and appreciate all the details involved in what you are doing.

Of course, there is much more to cooking, working in the kitchen, housework and all other tasks that are important to the life of a woman. What do you do to improve those daily tasks necessary for a healthy lifestyle? If you are struggling with developing or maintaining a healthy lifestyle, do post your questions below. If you are in Jerusalem, be in touch to discuss your needs in developing a lifestyle that will help you with your goals of being a happy, healthy wife and mother.

This post is prepared for you by

Shoshanah Shear, Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer, author of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story” and co-author of “Tuvia Finds His Freedom“.

Feedback Trickling in about “Healing Your Life Through Activity”

New Message on Email

I have been doing a lot of work on improving my book, both the inner and the cover. The closer I came to put it back up for sale, the more I began to wonder what happened with those who have read a copy. I have not had much feedback. Well, next thing to show up on my computer was a message that just came through from friends in New Zealand.  The part relevant to my book is shared with their permission.

“I think the cover picture is very good and don’t think you need to add anything more.  The quote by Albert Einstein says it all!  You’ve done an excellent job.

I enjoyed your story and gleaned much from it about OT which I never knew.  After my lumber disc operation (many years ago!) I was just told not to bend … a bit difficult going through life without bending!!  Anyway, I’ve been to chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths and naturopaths over the years, had treatment, but I never learned what I should or should not do, or how I should do something to avoid injury.  Never once was I referred to an OT.

Good luck with your book.  I will certainly pass it on to others to read.  Thanks for sending us a copy.

Best wishes
Lina and Chris Scull
New Zealand”

The message came just in time. It certainly has given me the motivation I needed to push forward with marketing and promotion. I am happy to say that my book is back up online and available for sale. So for those who are wondering what occupational therapy is, here is your chance to find out.

This post is prepared for you by

Shoshanah Shear, Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer, author of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story” and co-author of “Tuvia Finds His Freedom“.

Why we need to talk about Occupational Science as well as Occupational Therapy

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Earlier this year my blog What is occupational therapy? went viral with nearly 40,000 views and over 20,000 Facebook shares I found myself at the forefront of promoting occupational therapy. This is not something I had set out to do, but having been catapulted into that position I tried to circulate the post more because occupational therapists and others around the world seemed to relate to my explanations of occupational therapy.

Ours is the only profession that promotes meaningful engagement in every day activities, and I believe it is vital that we retain that identity and can articulate why we are the best profession to do that. In the UK, promotion of occupational therapy largely focuses on our role within the National Health Service (NHS). Essentially, this amounts to attempting to reduce NHS costs by either keeping people out of hospital, or facilitating speedier discharges from hospital. In any case the promotion of our role appears to be mainly concerned with saving the National Health Service (NHS) money and keeping people out of hospital.

But, I believe, we have a far more profound role in preventative health and supporting people to live well. As occupational therapists we know that our occupations keep us well, give us meaning in life, and motivate us to get up in the morning. Science backs this up. Further, neuroscience research now suggests that occupation has the power to distract us from pain and anxiety.

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But other professionals seem to be making claims about the positive effect of occupations like gardening, singing and art and crafts etc. When these things are shared on social media there is often a comment added along the lines of ‘great, but I wish it had been an occupational therapist that did it’. In the media others appear to be writing and taking credit for the work that occupational therapists practice day to day.

For example Dr Tamlin Connor a psychologist and lead study author for research printed in the Journal of Positive Psychology into the effect on well being after participating in arts and crafts states:

“Engaging in creative behaviour leads to increases in well-being the next day, and this increased well-being is likely to facilitate creative activity on the same day.

“Overall, these findings support the emerging emphasis on everyday creativity as a means of cultivating positive psychological functioning.”

We know this: it is our bread and butter. But we need to make sure other people know.

We all know occupational therapy is hard to explain as it is so broad and varied, but we owe our colleagues around the world and the colleagues coming after us to do this. Lets make it easy for ourselves – we just have to explain our role, not all the possibilities of positions and work places for occupational therapy, lets keep it simple for us and our audience. As an occupational therapist I question: 1) what’s the difficulty? 2) why is it a difficulty? 3) how can life be made better? 4) what can we do about it?

Can you base your explanation around this?

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We need to start being confident explaining occupational science too. I feel it’s an historical problem for us that occupational therapy came first and then the science: occupational science came much later. We’re playing catch up, we’re only 100 years old (in USA) and we knew we were on to something before we had the science and the evidence base. Medics took over 2500 years to get their evidence base together. Occupational science was named in 1989. As an analogy, if evidence for medicine has been around for one hour, occupational science has been here for 30 seconds.

For every person that doesn’t know what occupational therapy is there are probably many more who have never heard of occupational science. It’s new and it’s exciting, so lets be loud and proud about explaining the value of occupational therapy and it’s underpinning in occupational science. We have the evidence, there is much more to us and our profession than ‘feeling good when we do a hobby’.

If other professionals don’t know what we do then our holistic and creative practice and professional integrity is at stake. The more other professionals understand what we do the more likely we are to get more referrals, get more funding and prevent other professionals encroaching on our work.

So I urge you to get confident explaining your understanding of occupational science and your role as an occupational therapist so we can promote the profession and protect are uniqueness.

Go and add to our history: tell somebody today what you do and the science behind it.

This guest post has been written by Alice  McGarvie of From the Harp. Alice has a MS in Occupational Therapy, obtained certification in Harp Therapy and practices in the UK.