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Time to say thank you to some people.

Many of you kindly contacted me with very encouraging and positive comments after my last blog post. Thanks that is always an encouragement. (If you missed the last post you read it easily by clicking the link to the post called Wonderful Exciting Progress)

A couple of days ago I received an email from a couple who are registered with us as House Sitters. Their email said “Hello Ray, Just a note to let you know that the stay was everything we hoped and prayed for. …… we have come back physically and spiritually refreshed. Thanks so much for this work. “

They had just returned from a house sit arranged through Christian House Sitters. It is lovely to hear from people who have been able to enjoy a much-needed break through our service. This couple were able to travel to a different country, stay in a lovely home and as they said they benefitted both physically and spiritually and it was rent-free as are all our houses.

Thank YouI also received a letter from one of our home owners saying “… what a tremendous blessing your service had been enabling us to go away without having to spend a lot of money on putting our dogs in kennels, our cats in a cattery and then worrying that the animals were ok and that our house was safe. As a result we had more money to spend while away and we had a better, more relaxed time.”

Finally I received an email from the Administrator at the Children’s Home we support in Kenya. (Remember 100% of the income to Christian House Sitters goes to support these vulnerable children. He wrote saying ‘ Please say thank you to all your members. Because of them our children eat well and are happy.”

So this is just a short blog post to sat thanks to everyone for your encouragement.

We would like to serve you as well

We can help you enjoy a Rent Free Vacation and we can help find someone to look after your home and pets while you are away. Free of charge.

Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them. Full details on our website www.Christian-housesitters.com

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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Wonderful, Exciting Progress.

As most of our regular readers will know Christian House Sitters donates 100% of our income to TLC Children’s Trust a registered charity that runs a Children’s Home in Kenya for really needy children.

Here is a brief video showing how far this home has progressed.

If you would like more information please look at the latest newsletter which can be found on the TLC website www.TLC-Childrenstrust.org/update.htm

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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Help yourself get a promotion

I read a lot of strange things.

This week I was reading an article in the June 12th edition of the

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW.

The headline caught my attention.

Why Not promotedAre the People Who Take Vacations the Ones Who Get Promoted?

Here is what it said:

Too many people limit their happiness and success by assuming that taking time off from work will send a negative message to their manager and slow their career advancement. But new research, says that the exact opposite is true. Taking a vacation can actually increase the likelihood of getting a raise or a promotion.

For the past two years, I’ve been partnering with the U.S. Travel Association to promote the business case for taking time off from work. Their new initiative, Project: Time Off, is one of the most robust examinations of how vacations affect companies and employees alike. Their analysis has found that Americans are taking less vacation time than at any point in the last four decades. Why? According to Gary Oster, Managing Director of Project: Time Off, “Many people don’t take time off because they think that it will negatively impact their manager’s perception of them. But, that isn’t the case at all.”

If you or someone you know needs to be convinced to use your vacation time, here’s a list of reasons why it just makes good business sense:

1. Taking a vacation increases your chances of getting a raise or promotion.

According to Project: Time Off, people who take all of their vacation time have a 6.5% higher chance of getting a promotion or a raise than people who leave 11 or more days of paid time off on the table. That percentage may sound small (and it is a correlation versus a causation), but it is the polar opposite of the idea that staying at work might mean getting ahead. It simply doesn’t.

2. A positive, engaged brain improves important business metrics.

Why I am not promoted

In The Happiness Advantage, I describe research that shows that when the brain can think positively, productivity improves by 31%, sales increase by 37%, and creativity and revenues can triple. In fact, the conclusion of my HBR magazine article, “Positive Intelligence,” which was based on a decade of research, was that “the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged brain.” To be truly engaged at work, your brain needs periodic breaks to gain fresh perspective and energy.

But not all vacations are created equally. Consider research that shows that the average vacation yields no improvement in people’s levels of energy or happiness upon returning to work. In these cases, it wasn’t the time away that caused the negative or neutral impact, it was the travel stress. In a study of over 400 travelers from around the world, Michelle Gielan from the Institute for Applied Positive Research and I found a strong negative correlation between travel stress and happiness. However, we also found that 94% of vacations result in higher levels of happiness and energy if you 1) plan a month in advance and prepare your coworkers for your time away, 2) go outside your city (the further the better), 3) met with a local host or other knowledgeable guide at the location, and 4) have the travel details set before going. Smart vacations lead to greater happiness and energy at work, and therefore, greater productivity, intelligence and resilience.

3. Your manager will perceive you as more productive.

According to research done by the U.S. Travel Association, managers associate personal happiness with productivity. In fact, when asked what vacation time benefit would motivate managers to talk to their employees about using more vacation days, the top benefit was increased personal happiness (31%), followed by productivity (21%). Why does happiness win out? Because most managers understand that happy employees are more productive and collaborative.

4. Not taking time off means giving yourself a pay cut.

There’s no research necessary for this one; it’s just simple economics. If you’re a salaried employee, and if paid vacation is part of your compensation package, you’re essentially taking a voluntary pay cut when you work instead of taking that vacation time. Why would anyone do that? Four out of 10 employees say that they can’t take their vacation because they have too much work to do. But, think about it this way: Whether or not you take a vacation, you’re still going to have a lot of work to do. Life is finite, and work is infinite.

But what if you work in a culture that’s just not supportive of taking vacations? In that case, it’s time to come together with your coworkers and create a new social script that says: “Of course we take all our paid days off, because we want greater happiness and success at work.” This gives everyone license to benefit from time off. Once the social script allows it, your decision to become happier becomes much easier.
Relax
DO NOT LOSE OUT!

We can help you enjoy a Rent Free vacation and we can help find someone to look after your home and pets while you are away. Free of charge.

Don’t just take my word for it. See our last blog post for a review in the magazine Women Alive. CLICK HERE

Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them. Full details on our website www.Christian-housesitters.com

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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A Personal Experience on the Isle of Skye

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Women Alive

Here is an article that is in the latest (July 2015) edition of the UK magazine Women Alive.

NOTE: This is my first attempt at embedding a pdf file as the content of a blog post. It, for any reason, you can’t see it please let me know. It does take a few seconds to load.

Once it is loaded you can hover your mouse over the article and in the top right corner of the article there is a + sign in a magnifying glass to make it bigger and also a symbol that looks like a square with an arrow that will open it in a new window.

I find the second option the best!

 

Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them.

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

 

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Keep Your Home Safe while on Vacation

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BurglarsJuly and August are prime times for people to go away on vacation. Sadly they are also prime times for houses to suffer burglaries.

The following advice was issued by the UK Government Crime Stoppers service.
Thieves are often watching for homes that look empty, particularly during school holidays, as they know this is a popular time to go away. Follow our advice to help prevent your household falling victim to burglars:

Make your home look like someone is living in it, e.g. don’t close your curtains. In daytime this shows your house is empty. Also, use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark.
Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries.
Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post or parking their car on your driveway.
Try not to take a taxi to the airport. If you do, use a taxi company you can rely on, don’t discuss your holiday plans and make it sound like you have a house-sitter, whether you do or not.
Leave important documents and valuable items with other family members or a bank. Alternatively lock them in a safe.
Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination. A house number and postcode will suffice if you want to label your luggage.
If you normally leave bicycles or similar items in your shed, consider putting them in the house.
Make sure that you lock all outside doors and windows and set your burglar alarm if you have one.
Don’t post public messages on social media that you’re away from home.
crimestoppers-uk.org/keeping-safe/away-from-home/

You do NOT want to come home to this.

House after burglary

 

Basically the same advice comes from the Insurance Companies. Here are the comments from Benton Mutual Insurance.

For a burglar, an empty house is a welcome gift because an unoccupied house as an easy mark. It can be days or even Burglaryweeks before the crime is discovered. To lower risk for sharing your home with these unwanted holiday visitors.
They then go on to give almost exactly the same advice as Crime Stoppers.
bentonmutualins.com/safety/december2013.php

This is all good advice but naturally there is an even better and safer method.
Do not leave the house unoccupied.
That not only overcomes the problem of burglars finding the house empty but it also protects against you coming home to find that while you were away the plumbing went wrong and the house is flooded or some other disaster has occurred.

Use our FREE service and we will arrange for a reliable Christian to stay in your house, look after your home and if  you have any pets they will look after them as well.
Yes I did say FREE. No catch. Have a look at our website for more details. CLICK HERE
Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them.

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

 

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Live Longer and Happier

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Live Longer

A 2011 study by the State University of New York at Oswego that surveyed 12,000 men between ages 35 and 57, found that men who go on vacation every year reduce their overall risk of death by 20%. While men who didn’t take any vacations in five years had the highest death rate and incidence of heart disease than any other men surveyed.

Experts from the University of Pittsburgh and Radboud University both said that people had more energy and felt more satisfied with life on vacation.

A Wisconsin Medical Journal published findings that women who take two or more vacations a year are less likely to be depressed, tired, or unhappy with their marriage. They found that women who took frequent vacations were less likely to become depressed, tense, or tired. Women who rarely took vacations were likelier to have stress at home and sleep less.

Research published by Standard Life says that taking a vacation can:

Relieve stressStress. What Stress?
The very first benefit of leaving everything behind and relieving your brain of all your worries is reduced stress.

Several studies have shown a direct link between stress and health conditions such as headaches, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other types of infections acquired as a result of a weaker immune system. It has also been scientifically established that taking vacations reduces the incidence of burnout.

Relief from stress often gives us a new perspective on life, allows us to regain energy and often to find simple and sometimes obvious solutions to problems that had previously seemed impossible to solve.

Active MindImprove your mental skills
Some studies have found a positive relationship between vacations and intellectual function. A well-rested mind that is free of worry is often more effective.

Improve your physical health
Besides getting you away from daily stressors, a vacation often gives you the opportunity to catch up on sleep and exercise, two simple remedies for many aches and pains.

Strengthen family tiesFamily at beach
Too often, in our fast-paced daily routine, family relationships suffer. A vacation is a great opportunity to discover each other in a different setting and to build lasting memories.

Help you to enjoy life
Taking time off can be a great opportunity to meet new people, laugh and do the things that you most enjoy!
Stopping You
Is it the cost?
Are you worried about leaving your home and pets?
We can help wherever you live.
Our worldwide service offers rent-free accommodation and also provides reliable people who will look after your home and pets while you are away. They will do it free of charge. Have a look at www.Christian-housesitters.com

Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them.

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

 

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Time for a laugh. Travel Fun

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My thanks to the kind person who sent me the following true stories from travel agencies. They brightened up my day and will hopefully do the same for you. Sorry I can’t credit the original source as I have no idea who compiled them.
Travel Ageny
I had someone ask for an aisle seat so that their hair wouldn’t get messed up by being near the window.

A client called in inquiring about a package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, “Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?”

I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Cape Town. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information when she interrupted me with “I’m not trying to make you look stupid, but Cape Town is in Massachusetts. “Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, “Cape cod is in Massachusetts, Cape Town is in Africa.” Her response … click.

A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, “Don’t lie to me. I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state.”

ConfusedI got a call from a man who asked, “Is it possible to see England from Canada?” I said, “No.” He said “But they look so close on the map.”

Another man called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had a 1-hour lay-over in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, “I heard Dallas was a big airport, and I need a car to drive between the gates to save time.”

A nice lady just called. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20am and got into Chicago at 8:33am. I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she could not understand the concept of time zones. Finally I told her the plane went very fast, and she bought that!Plane

A woman called and asked, “Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know who’s luggage belongs to who?” I said, “No, why do you ask?” She replied, “Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said FAT, and I’m overweight, is there any connection?” After putting her on hold for a minute while I “looked into it” ( I was actually laughing) I came back and explained the city code for Fresno is FAT, and that the airline was just putting a destination tag on her luggage.

I just got off the phone with a man who asked, “How do I know which plane to get on?” I asked him what exactly he meant, which he replied, “I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these darn planes have numbers on them.

“A woman called and said, “I need to fly to Pepsi-cola on one of those computer planes.” I asked if she meant to fly to Pensacola on a commuter plane. She said, “Yeah, whatever.”

A business man called and had a question about the documents he needed in Confused Tourist
order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded him he needed a visa. “Oh no I don’t, I’ve been to China many times and never had to have one of those.” I double checked and sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said, “Look, I’ve been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express.”

A woman called to make reservations, “I want to go from Chicago to Hippopotamus, New York” The agent was at a loss for words. Finally, the agent: “Are you sure that’s the name of the town?” “Yes, what flights do you have?” replied the customer. After some searching, the agent came back with, “I’m sorry, ma’am, I’ve looked up every airport code in the country and can’t find a Hippopotamus anywhere.” The customer retorted, “Oh don’t be silly. Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!” The agent scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, “You don’t mean Buffalo, do you?” “That’s it! I knew it was a big animal!”

However you travel we can make your vacation much more enjoyable.
FREE accommodation all over the world.
FREE a reliable person to look after your home and animals while you are away.
Find out more at www.Christian-housesitters.com

God bless you,
Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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