11 Essential Tips Every Designer Should Be Aware Of

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Here are some essential tips for designers and not only. Some of them are universal and can be ascribed with many other similarities in your own life even if it’’s not really with design. All tips are connected between so you should better read them all to get perfect understanding. Those tips are from my personal experience and knowledge which I found out helps me a lot daily, weekly, monthly and more! Almost every profession requires never ending learning and self educating, but especially it’s important in design field – new software, websites, tools come out every day, it’s your task to keep up, evolve your view and find the best ways to do specific tasks!

 

1. Never stop learning

 

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Learning is never too much. You can never master everything, but at least you can try. Don’t limit yourself with just one direction. It’s always more advantageous to master for example Photoshop and Illustrator than just Photoshop. Nowadays there are tutorials and articles all over the internet. Try not just to look at the tutorial’s pictures, but try it as well. Make a new folder on your computer and try out some tutorials. You’ll be surprised that the things you saw as easy aren’t so easy at all. Accomplish yourself; you’ll be agreeably surprised about the results.

 

2. Read about design

 

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It doesn’t matter if it’s a blog, a book or magazine. Stay up to date and read about things you’re interested in. You’ll find a lot of tutorials, articles and inspiration in blogs. Find time to really read something, not just run over the pictures.

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3. See something good? Bookmark it!

Note-essential-tips-for-designers

Probably every day you see something good on the internet. A Tutorial, article or some inspiration. Bookmark all of them. After couple of months you’ll have a great reading material for late nights. It doesn’t apply just on the internet.

Have a great idea? Write it down.

Little by little collect thing in your mind, because it will be with you everywhere. Enrich your inside world.

 

4. Stay organized

Time-management-essential-tips-for-designers

Organize your life and your work. Arrange your bookmarks in folders as well as your work. Create sub folders in your work folder, so you could quickly find everything you need. If you are using someone’s stock images bookmark them in separate folder. “Useful articles”, “Photoshop resources”, “Inspiration” – those are some of my bookmark folders. Follow example and create something similar. You’ll be able to find thing you need much faster. Maybe you’re interested in using Delicious.

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5. Use social networks

 

Social-networks-essential-tips-for-designers

You can find tons of useful information about your interesting direction. Use the opportunity, visit social networking sites often, so you would be able to keep up. But don’t be just a monotonous posting machine. If you use a social network, for example, twitter then really use it. Don’t just sit there and post from twitterfeed. It’s not so hard sometimes to tell what are you doing, how are you feeling or something like that. People will know you better and maybe you could even get some potential clients.

 

6. Don’t be afraid to differ

 

Difference-essential-tips-for-designers

People always tend to follow the crowd. Maybe somewhere it’s working, but definitely not in design. You have to differ from the others, have something unique just to you.

Don’t be afraid to express yourself.

Don’t believe silly charts like this. Develop your own style and stay cool.

 

7. Show off yourself

 

Portfolio-essential-tips-for-designers

If you want to be known you have to show the world who you are. Use sites like http://www.deviantart.com/ and http://www.behance.net/ to show off your work. Take part in discussions and forums. Maybe you even want to create yourself a portfolio or a personal blog. Promote your works using social networks. But, please, don’t post everything on internet. That’s a typical mistake lots of people make. Only reason they’re creating art is to put it on internet as fast as possible. Don’t hurry. Here’s a quick tip. Always try to imagine what your actions influence is in future and is it worth trying. For example you are almost done with awesome design, but you feel that something’s missing. Don’t give it up and end the work. Push it aside and do something else till you again have inspiration. Then do some final checks and only then show it off. You won’t remember hard work spent on the work, but you will feel comments and praises. The same applies on physical exercises.

You won’t remember your sweat during the training, but you will see the result.

So, sometimes it’s really worth to try harder.

 

8. Make some money

 

Money-essential-tips-for-designers

 

If you’re doing something with which you can earn, then why don’t?

This is pretty conflicting tip, because a lot of people are doing this because they just love it. I totally agree with that, I’m considering myself as this type of people too. But extra money is always good. For example you can work as a freelancer. If you don’t like it you can write tutorials, guest posts or something like that. You can easily do thing you like and earn at the same time. Great thing is so called passive earnings. That means that you create your work just once and it can be on sale for months. I suggest you check out Envatomarketplaces like http://graphicriver.net/. It’s really worth trying.

 

9. Do some sports

 

Sports-essential-tips-for-designers

Don’t spend so much time with computer. It may come in conflict, because you’re a designer – you spend pretty much time working, learning and possibly dealing with clients. But care about your health.

You don’t want to be blind, with crooked back and with “computer” tan in your nearest future. Find yourself a hobby, do some sports, spend time with friends or just do something at home.

Believe me, people won’t be as impressed if you can create a working website from scratch, as they would be if you could, for example, sing karaoke very well. Find something you’re interested in and do it. You’ll renew your working capacity, feel better and maybe make some new friends.

 

10. Work less

 

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You’re a bit shocked after reading headline right?

But working less means working more productive.

If you just don’t feel like working then don’t do it. If you aren’t able to work good just don’t do it. Instead of sitting there, trying to do something, stressing, go outside and blow the cobwebs away.

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11. Live not just exist

 

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Step away from your everyday routine and enjoy life.

There’s no worse thing in life than having no friends.

Go outside, have fun, spend time with your friends, travel.

You live just once and maybe the only things you’ll have in your old age will be your memories.

Probably you will not want to remember your spent hours with computer, but something unique. Your graduation, first kiss or something wild you’ve done. Life’s much more than design. I hope you got the message told in last three tips and maybe I motivated you to change something.

Hope you’ll enjoy my tips, maybe you can add something here – you’re more than welcome to do that in comments!

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Works at 1stwebdesigner, studies photography at ISSPand seeks to enjoy life. You can check out his photography blog and follow him on twitter.

51 Comments Best Comments First
  • Sireesha Chowdary

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 16:41

    35

    Really i like this post so much,, am impressed:)
    thank u so much…

    +1
  • Yan Hughes

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 21:13

    28

    This is so inspiring, I will not feel guilty anymore if I just step away from my computer just because I feel like not wanting to work:-)
    As a matter of fact, life in general will inspire you so much only if you spend time to enjoy it!

    +1
  • Christian Mungle

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011 11:47

    51

    Hello would you mind letting me know which web host you’re utilizing? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different internet browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good internet hosting provider at a reasonable price? Thank you, I appreciate it!

    +1
  • NJ Web Designs

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 17:30

    17

    Amazingly well written article.

    0
  • Codesquid

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 16:51

    16

    Good article! This reminds me to not work harder, but work smarter, and also remember to have some time for myself! I am such a workaholic!

    0
  • Arshad Cini

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 18:10

    18

    Dainis;

    Thanks for the article but i have to mention one thing.

    I think you must credit the images used in the article:)

    This is important!!!

    0
  • Joffrey

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:04

    19

    I agree with the “Work less” part. :)
    Great post.

    0
  • Boyd Dames

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:40

    24

    “Try not just to look at the tutorial’s pictures, but try it as well.” is really recognizable. Good points out there, really good!

    Boyd Dames
    http://twitter.com/inooid_themes

    0
  • Bruno Camino

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:38

    23

    Nice Article, thanks!

    Bookmark :)

    0
  • jlsellers

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:33

    22

    Great thoughts! Especially about avoiding the computer tan, lol! I will have to check out that Graphic River website. Thanks!!!

    0
  • Patrick

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:26

    21

    How about some other obvious ones like remember to drink water and breathe every few seconds.

    0
  • Shane Hudson

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:07

    20

    I agree with every single point here, and I do not do enough of most of them!

    0
  • Greg Babula

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 16:09

    14

    “If you just don’t feel like working then don’t do it.”

    I should send this line to my boss!

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Monday, February 22nd, 2010 16:14

      15

      haha, great comment! ;D yeah, if you have your own business then you can do it, otherwise you need to obey some rules :)

      +2
  • Erken

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 23:30

    13

    Totally agree with all the rules! Number 10 is used in sports as well. It’s always better to take your mind away from something if you don’t feel like it and come back to it later, rather than force yourself to spend time on it and achieve an average result!

    0
  • Joe Barstow

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:08

    5

    I’m loving this article! Great headlines. I think this touches on almost every aspect of what it feels like to be a designer. The best part is, solutions are presented here, not just problems. You don’t see much writing like that these days. Bravo!

    0
  • Christopher

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:04

    4

    Thanks for the very useful information about this thing called “life”. I never thought about that ;-)

    0
  • James

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 17:11

    3

    Great tips there :)

    0
  • Yagnesh Ahir

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 16:42

    2

    Hey Daniels, cool post. Keep posting.

    0
  • Stanley Diaz

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:11

    6

    Nice article. I would definitely agree with some key points here.

    Staying organized definitely helps me out a lot. Getting away from the computer is something I’m still trying to do. Sometimes it’s hard because I want to finish a design or fix some sort of html/css problem I’m having and I loose track of time (which i guess is a good thing, because that means i enjoy what im doing).

    Anyways, great tips here. Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • FeryKloucek

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:32

    7

    Great post! Well written, useful reading! Thanks

    0
  • Michal Kozak

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 23:02

    12

    Nice post, it can be easily used as an “excuse” when you’re really swamped with work. Nicely done :).

    0
  • Hunter

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 14:51

    11

    Great info about taking time away from the computer.
    Thanks.

    0
  • petenice

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 21:46

    10

    Easy read. Healthy living. Very zen.

    0
  • xea

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 20:34

    8

    Quite relevant and wise! We do not always follow but we should!

    0
  • digof

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 20:55

    9

    very informative and nice article Specially for designers like me

    0
  • Alexpop

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 21:01

    26

    I think too many rules, here are my 3:
    1. Do what you like, be healthy and wealthy
    2. Do not work hard, no pain and do not be a beggar.
    3. Water is wet

    0
  • Ravi Ahuja

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 20:39

    39

    Great post very inspiring for all blogger

    0
  • Ted Rex

    Friday, February 26th, 2010 17:28

    43

    Your “never stop learning” mantra is well advised. The rapidly evolving nature of our business, the definition of communication and the tools we use to communicate all prove your point: if you stop learning, you stop being needed.

    I made this one of today’s three links on my Design Thought for the Day blog:
    http://designthoughtfortheday.blogspot.com/2010/02/02-26-keep-clients-hungry-for-more-tips.html

    All the best, Ted

    0
  • Jenna Molby

    Friday, February 26th, 2010 22:06

    42

    Great article! I agree with every point.

    0
  • danny

    Friday, February 26th, 2010 05:21

    41

    Good information and great pictures in the post as always.

    0
  • Mike Johnson

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 20:40

    25

    Excellent points, especially about getting away from the computer. I tend to find myself with my laptop all day. Even when I’m not working, I’m checking Facebook or Twitter, or playing some silly game. Get out and do something outdoors.

    Thanks for the great article!

    0
  • Fer

    Friday, March 5th, 2010 04:07

    45

    Lovely post. One of the best post I haver read on the last months.

    0
  • Lisa

    Friday, March 5th, 2010 06:05

    46

    Wonderful post and inspirational. Thanks for reminding me of the simple yet essential things.

    0
  • Flinn Megal

    Saturday, June 19th, 2010 11:13

    49

    Great Article. Thanks a lot for this

    0
  • Mohanad

    Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 07:26

    48

    Thank you for all the tips great article, i really need a vacation love my computer that’s why i will destroy it one day lol

    0
  • Mahaveer Singh

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 10:16

    47

    this has really inspired me :)
    i am a totla beginner and this was the best one for a guy like me :)

    0
  • SajeerStarline

    Friday, February 26th, 2010 11:46

    40

    Hai…
    I never read an article like this ever before. So motivating and inspirational. The headings are quite energetic itself to supply power to the readers. Thank u so much..keep going on..

    0
  • Zine Creative

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 07:31

    30

    I find this article very interesting! Thumbs up!

    0
  • henri

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 22:58

    29

    Never stop learning .. very motivated.Thank you.It’s a worth reading.

    0
  • Nabeel

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 21:02

    27

    Great article.. It’s really important to schedule downtime for your friends and family… And also to engage in extra-curricular activities to take your mind off things… Sometimes it’s may be hard to see the value in those things – especially when you’re in a busy crunch, but in the long run it pays off!

    0
  • stephen

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 16:33

    1

    Love this line. “…Find yourself a hobby, do some sports, spend time with friends or just do something at home.” I enjoy a morning and nightly walk to the train, a run around the office, and a slow walk down to the post-box each night!

    0
  • Suhela

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 07:52

    31

    Great tips!!! I specially loved the 10th point “Work Less” and I totally agree with you. :)

    0
  • Peach

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 13:27

    32

    Great read. Very inspiring and motivating.
    This is one of the best blog post I read recently.
    Thanks for sharing all these great tips.

    0
  • SJL Web Design

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 17:01

    37

    Great tips, interesting,inspirational and I found it very motivating! Definitely bookmarking!
    Thanks.

    0
  • Gildo

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 16:59

    36

    Thank you so much for your practical counsel. I’ve appreciated them so much in particular number 11, the picture also is amazing!

    0
  • Brian

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 12:02

    34

    Number 11 “Live not just exist” are very important, don’t use your life in front of a screen ….do something different!

    0
  • Puneet

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 07:25

    33

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, these are really very useful and very inspiring.

    Keep sharing such things

    0
  • Jeroen

    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 12:44

    44

    Never stop learning is not only a good advice, but also one of the reasons I like those %^^% computers and the internet.

    -1
  • Christian Mungle

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011 11:47

    51

    Hello would you mind letting me know which web host you’re utilizing? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different internet browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good internet hosting provider at a reasonable price? Thank you, I appreciate it!

    +1
  • Flinn Megal

    Saturday, June 19th, 2010 11:13

    49

    Great Article. Thanks a lot for this

    0
  • Mohanad

    Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 07:26

    48

    Thank you for all the tips great article, i really need a vacation love my computer that’s why i will destroy it one day lol

    0
  • Mahaveer Singh

    Friday, March 19th, 2010 10:16

    47

    this has really inspired me :)
    i am a totla beginner and this was the best one for a guy like me :)

    0
  • Lisa

    Friday, March 5th, 2010 06:05

    46

    Wonderful post and inspirational. Thanks for reminding me of the simple yet essential things.

    0
  • Fer

    Friday, March 5th, 2010 04:07

    45

    Lovely post. One of the best post I haver read on the last months.

    0
  • Jeroen

    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 12:44

    44

    Never stop learning is not only a good advice, but also one of the reasons I like those %^^% computers and the internet.

    -1
  • Ted Rex

    Friday, February 26th, 2010 17:28

    43

    Your “never stop learning” mantra is well advised. The rapidly evolving nature of our business, the definition of communication and the tools we use to communicate all prove your point: if you stop learning, you stop being needed.

    I made this one of today’s three links on my Design Thought for the Day blog:
    http://designthoughtfortheday.blogspot.com/2010/02/02-26-keep-clients-hungry-for-more-tips.html

    All the best, Ted

    0
  • Jenna Molby

    Friday, February 26th, 2010 22:06

    42

    Great article! I agree with every point.

    0
  • danny

    Friday, February 26th, 2010 05:21

    41

    Good information and great pictures in the post as always.

    0
  • SajeerStarline

    Friday, February 26th, 2010 11:46

    40

    Hai…
    I never read an article like this ever before. So motivating and inspirational. The headings are quite energetic itself to supply power to the readers. Thank u so much..keep going on..

    0
  • Ravi Ahuja

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 20:39

    39

    Great post very inspiring for all blogger

    0
  • SJL Web Design

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 17:01

    37

    Great tips, interesting,inspirational and I found it very motivating! Definitely bookmarking!
    Thanks.

    0
  • Gildo

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 16:59

    36

    Thank you so much for your practical counsel. I’ve appreciated them so much in particular number 11, the picture also is amazing!

    0
  • Sireesha Chowdary

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 16:41

    35

    Really i like this post so much,, am impressed:)
    thank u so much…

    +1
  • Brian

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 12:02

    34

    Number 11 “Live not just exist” are very important, don’t use your life in front of a screen ….do something different!

    0
  • Puneet

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 07:25

    33

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, these are really very useful and very inspiring.

    Keep sharing such things

    0
  • Peach

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 13:27

    32

    Great read. Very inspiring and motivating.
    This is one of the best blog post I read recently.
    Thanks for sharing all these great tips.

    0
  • Suhela

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 07:52

    31

    Great tips!!! I specially loved the 10th point “Work Less” and I totally agree with you. :)

    0
  • Zine Creative

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 07:31

    30

    I find this article very interesting! Thumbs up!

    0
  • henri

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 22:58

    29

    Never stop learning .. very motivated.Thank you.It’s a worth reading.

    0
  • Yan Hughes

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 21:13

    28

    This is so inspiring, I will not feel guilty anymore if I just step away from my computer just because I feel like not wanting to work:-)
    As a matter of fact, life in general will inspire you so much only if you spend time to enjoy it!

    +1
  • Nabeel

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 21:02

    27

    Great article.. It’s really important to schedule downtime for your friends and family… And also to engage in extra-curricular activities to take your mind off things… Sometimes it’s may be hard to see the value in those things – especially when you’re in a busy crunch, but in the long run it pays off!

    0
  • Alexpop

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 21:01

    26

    I think too many rules, here are my 3:
    1. Do what you like, be healthy and wealthy
    2. Do not work hard, no pain and do not be a beggar.
    3. Water is wet

    0
  • Mike Johnson

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 20:40

    25

    Excellent points, especially about getting away from the computer. I tend to find myself with my laptop all day. Even when I’m not working, I’m checking Facebook or Twitter, or playing some silly game. Get out and do something outdoors.

    Thanks for the great article!

    0
  • Boyd Dames

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:40

    24

    “Try not just to look at the tutorial’s pictures, but try it as well.” is really recognizable. Good points out there, really good!

    Boyd Dames
    http://twitter.com/inooid_themes

    0
  • Bruno Camino

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:38

    23

    Nice Article, thanks!

    Bookmark :)

    0
  • jlsellers

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:33

    22

    Great thoughts! Especially about avoiding the computer tan, lol! I will have to check out that Graphic River website. Thanks!!!

    0
  • Patrick

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:26

    21

    How about some other obvious ones like remember to drink water and breathe every few seconds.

    0
  • Shane Hudson

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:07

    20

    I agree with every single point here, and I do not do enough of most of them!

    0
  • Joffrey

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:04

    19

    I agree with the “Work less” part. :)
    Great post.

    0
  • Arshad Cini

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 18:10

    18

    Dainis;

    Thanks for the article but i have to mention one thing.

    I think you must credit the images used in the article:)

    This is important!!!

    0
  • NJ Web Designs

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 17:30

    17

    Amazingly well written article.

    0
  • Codesquid

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 16:51

    16

    Good article! This reminds me to not work harder, but work smarter, and also remember to have some time for myself! I am such a workaholic!

    0
  • Greg Babula

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 16:09

    14

    “If you just don’t feel like working then don’t do it.”

    I should send this line to my boss!

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Monday, February 22nd, 2010 16:14

      15

      haha, great comment! ;D yeah, if you have your own business then you can do it, otherwise you need to obey some rules :)

      +2
  • Erken

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 23:30

    13

    Totally agree with all the rules! Number 10 is used in sports as well. It’s always better to take your mind away from something if you don’t feel like it and come back to it later, rather than force yourself to spend time on it and achieve an average result!

    0
  • Michal Kozak

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 23:02

    12

    Nice post, it can be easily used as an “excuse” when you’re really swamped with work. Nicely done :).

    0
  • Hunter

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 14:51

    11

    Great info about taking time away from the computer.
    Thanks.

    0
  • petenice

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 21:46

    10

    Easy read. Healthy living. Very zen.

    0
  • digof

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 20:55

    9

    very informative and nice article Specially for designers like me

    0
  • xea

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 20:34

    8

    Quite relevant and wise! We do not always follow but we should!

    0
  • FeryKloucek

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:32

    7

    Great post! Well written, useful reading! Thanks

    0
  • Stanley Diaz

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:11

    6

    Nice article. I would definitely agree with some key points here.

    Staying organized definitely helps me out a lot. Getting away from the computer is something I’m still trying to do. Sometimes it’s hard because I want to finish a design or fix some sort of html/css problem I’m having and I loose track of time (which i guess is a good thing, because that means i enjoy what im doing).

    Anyways, great tips here. Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • Joe Barstow

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:08

    5

    I’m loving this article! Great headlines. I think this touches on almost every aspect of what it feels like to be a designer. The best part is, solutions are presented here, not just problems. You don’t see much writing like that these days. Bravo!

    0
  • Christopher

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 19:04

    4

    Thanks for the very useful information about this thing called “life”. I never thought about that ;-)

    0
  • James

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 17:11

    3

    Great tips there :)

    0
  • Yagnesh Ahir

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 16:42

    2

    Hey Daniels, cool post. Keep posting.

    0
  • stephen

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 16:33

    1

    Love this line. “…Find yourself a hobby, do some sports, spend time with friends or just do something at home.” I enjoy a morning and nightly walk to the train, a run around the office, and a slow walk down to the post-box each night!

    0

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