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What it means to win an olympic medal

Though we see the moments of victory on TV, we seldom know what is happening after.

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The Olympics last only around two weeks but we believe that its results last for a lifetime. Michael Phelps will go down in history for being the most decorated Olympian of all time. Usain Bolt will forever be known as the fastest man alive.

So many of these athletes who made the sport their life will soon stand at a crossroads of where and how to go ahead in life. Years upon years were spent trying to master a single skill set that would set them apart and help them stand atop the world. Now, once that time is at an end, you can ask, “What does it all mean?”

Really, what does it mean to win an olympic medal?

It took Singapore 12 years, after its debut in the Olympics to earn its first medal. Russia has been caught in doping scandals as far back as you can remember. Hitler himself took the games very seriously and considered it essential to German pride. Meanwhile, demonstrations like ‘Black Power’ have reminded us that all is not equal in the world.

Amidst all of this, you have athletes trying to win an Olympic Medal. 

They constantly try to prove themselves and when they’ve done that they are welcomed back home as heroes. However, they tend to remain in the public eye only while the games are on. Very few times due people actually try to discover what happens to their heroes.

Do they retire with a huge fortune? Do they get regular jobs? Do they even fit in anywhere anymore?

Rower Elise Sherwell, who retired after the Beijing Olympics, found it difficult to integrate herself back into society as she was used to a fixed regiment and having a constant goal to beat. Also, the quest for an olympic medal doesn’t leave you much time to favourably fill up your CV. So, it isn’t rainbows and butterflies for these athletes as one might imagine.

But what about the prize money that they get?

It is definitely true that olympic medal winners get monetary and other incentives once they return but even here there are a great deal of discrepancies. For example, the United States offers around $25,000 as reward for gold medal winners but this is a taxable income. So, athletes actually get a significantly lesser amount.

On the other hand, you have countries like Singapore and India which are offering significantly larger amounts to their medal winners but don’t have the necessary culture to cultivate such olympians. This disparity is what athletes face on a daily basis, the struggle behind all the pomp and glamour that is the Olympics.

Ofcourse, it isn’t all doom and gloom. In countries like Australia, Germany and the US to certain extent, these champions are taken care of and their hard work and dedication is always remembered. This is exactly why these countries tend to produce more Olympians than others. If the environment is nurturing, then the results will show that.

So yes, an olympic medal does mean a great deal but even more so if you’re from a country that respects that.

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Joseph Schooling

Joseph Schooling, the boy who conquered Micheal Phelps

It's one thing to meet your hero but something else entirely to beat them!

But that is exactly what Joseph Schooling did when he beat his idol, Micheal Phelps, in the 100m Butterfly to win the first ever gold medal for Singapore. It wasn’t a one off either, with Schooling already having beaten Phelps in the same event in June. Add this to the fact that this was Phelps’ last individual race in the Olympics and it becomes a story perfect for the history books.

During the after match press conference, Schooling could barely put into words how he was feeling. He said, “A lot of this is because of Michael, he’s the reason I wanted to be a better swimmer.” Surely, there was a story there? Meanwhile, Micheal Phelps was bidding adieu to the sport and the pool to which he had given 24 years of his life. Despite finishing the individual event with a Silver Medal, he was quite sure that this was it. Only the 4x100m relay remains.

If he wins the gold in that, he will finish with an amazing 23 Golds and overall 28 Olympic medals, easily the most decorated Olympic athlete.

Yet all Phelps would do during the press conference was ask the reporters to pose more questions to Joseph Schooling. He said that he couldn’t be happier with the person would had defeated him and he wasn’t feeling any sadness. Instead, he said that he greatly admired Schooling and his dream. Now, there definitely is a story there! 

That is when this image surfaced on the internet

Joseph Schooling

That’s right, Joseph Schooling actually met Phelps 8 years ago when he was merely a 13 year old boy. He got to tell his idol how much he was inspired by his work ethic and got words of encouragement in return. Micheal Phelps was in Singapore while he was training for the upcoming Beijing Olympics. At one of the training pools, he ran into Schooling who could barely express his excitement.

Little did he know that he had actually met an Olympic Gold Medal Winner. 

Around this time, Joseph Schooling moved to Florida to further his swimming training and was coached by an Olympic Bronze Medalist, Sergio Lopez. He dedicated his victory in Rio to the hard work put in by his stern yet hardworking coach. 

Along the way, Schooling conquered many challenges.

Joseph Schooling

In Singapore, it is mandatory for men to enlist into the National Service after completing their schooling. In 2012, once Joseph Schooling competed at the 2012 Olympics, this rule was waived off for him so that he could train for the Rio Olympics.

Also, the biggest factor being that Singapore had never actually won a gold medal at the Olympics, winning their first medal in 1960, twelve years after they entered the Olympics. They only had a grand total of four medals in the Olympics in 68 years before Rio.

Finally, Schooling grew up in a household that was initially conservative and even something like the tattoo of the Longhorn that he now has on his back took quite a lot of convincing.

But he overcame these challenges to etch his name in the history books. A true win for the dreamer and a highlight of the 2016 Olympics!

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The Top 10 Twitter facts you don’t know

Social Media is such an important part of our lives... but in many different ways!

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Facebook is for keeping in touch and getting news about your friends, instagram is to capture your favourite moments and share them, snapchat is to give a glimpse into your life, YouTube is the home of the best video content… and then there’s Twitter.

Probably the most different of all social media, Twitter serves a very different purpose. It is a place where regular people can become celebrities very easily and where celebrities are very active. You have a limited number of characters to use and so you’ve got to be smart about every tweet. It is probably the most ‘real time’ of all social media with brands and sports based accounts tweeting almost minute-by-minute information when necessary.

Twitter is a wonderful place to expand your horizons and learn about the world from real people! So, here are the top 10 twitter facts that you didn’t know.

1) So many Tweets, so little time:

Don’t feel that too many people are on Twitter? Well, did you know that over 350,000 tweets are sent every minute? This comes up to nearly 500 million tweets a day! Now that is amazing!

2) First!

The first ever tweet was “Just setting up my twttr.” and was sent by Co-founder Jack Dorsey. You can still look it up, it now has over 50,000 retweets!

3) Most followed?

Katy Perry’s is the most followed account on twitter with 67 million followers! Now, that gives you goals, doesn’t it?

4) Who’s that bird?

The little blue bird you see everywhere there is a mention of Twitter, actually has a name. And it’s simply Larry! Yes, Larry Bird. Why so? Well, it’s actually named so by Co-founder Biz Stone after the Boston Celtics baseball star, Larry Bird just because Stone hails from Massachusetts.

5) What’s in a name?

Here’s a weird one from the twitter facts vault! Before Twitter was called ‘Twitter’, it was actually named ‘Friendstalker’. So, instead of tweeting at your peers, you’d be stalking them? Other names were ‘Twitch’ and ‘Jitter’. Glad that changed!

6) Your tweet is history

… if you’re American that is! Why? Because the Library of Congress archives every tweet that an American sends.

7) The Holy Tweet

Scared of eternal damnation? Twitter can help you out! According to the Vatican, if you follow the Pope on Twitter, you can actually reduce the time you spend in purgatory.

8) Twitter changes your life

It really does! From making you a celebrity to… getting you a new home?! That’s right, because Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan President awarded his 3,000,000th twitter follower a new home! That was a 19 year old girl who’s life changed completely.

9) A new addiction?

According to a recent study, Twitter is actually more addictive that alcohol and cigarettes! Have you been bitten by the bird too?

10) Finally, why the 140 characters?

Simple! The initial idea was to make it a mobile phone based SMS service. These kind of messages are restricted to 140 characters. Even though the idea changed, the character number stuck!

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Loved these twitter facts? Then do let us know in the comments below!

building up confidence

Why you aren’t building up confidence

Confidence is the key...

The key that we just seem to lose all the time!

Each day, as we wake up, we more or less do know how it will pan out. There are things that need to be done and obstacles that need to be overcome. It’s these everyday challenges, which aren’t to overwhelming yet still need your attention, that keep things interesting.

Every successful effort is key to building up confidence. And like we’ve said, “confidence is key”. But more often than not, it deserts us in moments of real need or doesn’t come to us in the first place. No matter how many books you read, people you talk to or calming breaths you take, something is always missing.


There’s a pretty simple answer. 

Most people will have you believe that confidence comes from preparation, maybe even over preparation. The more you simulate challenging scenarios in your mind, the more you practice, the more you’re building up confidence. And in some amount this does help, however it isn’t the be all and end all.

You’re better off building up confidence through failure.

What that is meant to do is to get you out there and at least attempting what you’ve been training for! So many times we give up before we even make a single attempt and then wonder where the confidence went? But if you can remove the fear of failure, just for a little while, then you’ll do something extraordinary. Building up confidence that lasts a lifetime and not just a few seconds is the true goal, right?

This can only happen when you let your fears take over and then you conquer them. That is when you find permanence. Should you really fail, you’ll still gain some confidence as you’ll know what to do next time, only if you keep a clear mind.

So, building up confidence requires failure?

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Not exactly, it requires you to make an attempt and not a mock one in front of friends and loved ones but a raw and real one. The one with the sweaty palms, shaking fingers, trebling knees and a ‘Hail Mary!’ Somewhere in that world lies what you seek.

It’s one of the hardest things to do in the world, which is why it is so rewarding. If you can push yourself beyond the everyday and the ordinary, then you have something special that you know sets you apart. What’s a bigger confidence booster than that?

So today, go out there and make an attempt. That’s all you need to ask of yourself, and give it your absolute best. You’ll find that you’ve been holding the key to building up confidence all along!

rio olympics

Shocking controversies from the Rio Olympics

The Olympics are the premier sports and athletics event in the world. The best of the best will compete in the Rio Olympics to bring honour to their countries and win as many Olympic golds as possible.

But such a high profile event will always invite controversy.

So many things need to go right so that a flawless event can be pulled off… and that doesn’t usually happen. Even before the Rio Olympics have gotten off the ground, there have been issues that’ve propped up in the media. While the Rio Olympics should still be a fairly successful event, it’s still important to know what’s been going on.

The Russian Doping Scandal

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Now, whether you’ve heard about it in passing on the news or have watched this hilarious John Oliver explanation video, you probably somewhat know about the Russian doping scandal. But did you know that it has extended as further up as the Russian government providing facilities to conduct this illegal act?

Now, just a week before the Rio Olympics, the entire Russian Weightlifting contingent has been handed a blanket ban. Not just that, the individual federations, i.e, golf, boxing, taekwondo, gymnastics etc. will announce their decision as well.

Chances are that we may not see a single athlete from Russia this year! 

Strange and sudden de-selection of South Sudan's best athlete

With South Sudan competing in their first ever Olympics, it was supposed to be a momentous occasion. However, it’s been marred by a sudden controversy as Mangar Makur Chuot, a refugee who rose through the ranks to get selected in the South Sudan team, was sent an email saying that he was no longer selected.

This was just 8 days before the beginning of the games. No reason was given but Mangar’s coach believes that it is due to corruption in the selection committee as lesser athletes are now going to the Rio Olympics.

The inspiring story of refugee to champion will sadly no longer play out.

Olympic Village not meeting safety guidelines

The Australian Team Chef de Mission, Kitty Chiller publicly announced that the Olympic Village with poor facilities like leaking pipes, blocked toilets, improper lighting, exposed wires haven’t been deemed fit for the Australian team and that they would take a call later on after (1) a Plumbing Stress Test (2) A Fire Test.

The Olympic Village is supposed to be the grand home of medal winners and champions but this definitely goes against that grain.

Stadiums under construction with a week left!

Last minute scrambles are a part of the game but you would hope that at the very least that the stadiums and venues would be ready to go, a week before the Rio Olympics begin. But sadly, latest pictures have shown that these are still under construction with transport links and roads not yet complete.

With over 10,000 athletes already flying in, it’s crunch time now to ensure the event’s success. Workers have been going overtime and overnight to get the job done. But the question arises,”why did it take so very long for this urgency to set it?”

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Undoubtedly, the Olympics are an incredibly important event and we need it to succeed because they inspire greatness and hope. But with so many controversies, the importance of this grand event can get lost.

And that would be the real tragedy.

odd jobs

Top 6 unusual and odd jobs that are awesome!

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We’ve come a long way from the days when you could only either work in a factory, be a doctor, be an engineer or work with the Government. That’s a pretty limited scope to fit your entire life into! What if you didn’t want to be any of those things?

We’re in a world now where you can definitely make that choice!

More and more each day we learn about interesting careers and odd jobs that we wouldn’t have even thought of before and they open our eyes to the extent of what is possible. The main goal we set for ourselves today is to be happy. We need to find that amazing workplace which lets us be what we really want to be.

The tide has turned now and there are actually more amazing and odd jobs around than we can keep up with!

Well you may not realise it now but you may not have even heard of the career that’s perfect for you yet! With so many options out there, there’s absolutely no need for a compromise! So, read on and you may just discover a new career path among these awesome odd jobs.

1. Sommelier

If you’re a lover of wine then this is perfect for you! A Sommelier usually works at an upscale restaurant and is always the go-to person when you’re confused about wine pairings or have a complex question. But not just that, it’s also a part of the Sommelier’s job description to travel to exotic vineyards and pick out the best wine flavours.

2. Ice Cream Taster

Everyone loves to eat ice cream but turns out that an ice cream taster actually earns around $56,000 a year! Who knew that you could have such a delicious job? All you need is a refined palate and an understanding of what the people will love. Ice cream tasters are employed all over the world by large companies who want to capture this huge market.

3. Body Part Model

We all have our perfections and if you feel that your hands are like no one else’s or that your eyes truly mesmerise, then this is the job for you! Earn up to $1000 per afternoon as you let companies advertise their products through you. There you go, you definitely will be famous with this!

4. Professional Bridesmaids

Helping brides in their hour of need to ensure that the happiest day of their lives is just that, a professional bridesmaid actually has a very important job. You need to be a friend, a guide, a decision maker and a nurturer. It is a job that isn’t just rewarding monetarily but also emotionally.

5. Netflix Tagger

Wish that staying at home and binge-watching your favourite Netflix shows was a real job? Well, it actually is! Netflix hires ‘taggers’ or people who watch these shows and give them appropriate tags like comedy, romance, action thriller etc. These tags then become the “because you watched____” or the “you might also be interested in____” sections.

Now isn’t that an awesome job?

6. Pet Food Taster

An pet’s diet is just as important as the owner’s, if not more! If you’ve got a thing for pets and you understand what they like or hate to eat, then you could try being a pet food taster.

Well, we did say unusual and odd jobs, didn’t we?

Now.... what will you choose?

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made for each other

The end of made for each other couples?

Who doesn't want to experience true love?

That feeling that you absolutely belong with this other person and the pieces fit perfectly, just like a puzzle. There can’t be a more comforting than knowing that from that point onwards, you don’t ever have to be alone. Someone is there who understands you and will stand by you, no matter what.

The fact that you really are made for each other. 

But today, is this notion anything more than a fairytale? Do we even have the time for these fantastical thoughts?

It sadly doesn't seem like it.

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Ideas like love that is made for each other don’t seem to find the fancy of a world that is solely focused on getting ahead and getting that promotion. We have men who have to work harder and longer than ever to be one of the breadwinners of their family. On the other hand, we also have women who are still fighting an uphill battle to be counted as equals.

There is so much rivalry that has been created between the sexes that feelings and emotions seem to have taken the backseat.

But most of all, we say that we just don’t have the time any more. Everything needs to happen right now, fast and furious without any waiting time. But something like love takes time to mature, time for you to discover one another in the real sense. The secret is that people discover that they are made for each other. They allow themselves to do that.

Sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t. The failures sometimes really scare and that becomes another deterrent to going and putting yourself out there. And if you have a couple of these failures (which at times is bound to happen) then the belief in beautiful things like happiness, love and the made for each other notion completely go out of the window.

But it doesn't have to be like that of course!

It is indeed true that the world has become a harder, grittier and may be more scary place to live in but that doesn’t have to be the only world we see. There is another side to life that comes into focus once we slow things down and just take a breath. That is when you rediscover the beauty in the world.

This doesn’t mean that there’ll be violins in the air or birds chirping at just the right moments. However, it does mean that things will seem a little better than normal and you may just wake up with a smile on your face!

Where does the whole made for each other thing come in here? Well, what this notion is really supposed to do is inspire hope! Inspire love! Inspire courage! and inspire faith that there’s a bit of magic in the world. That’s exactly how you feel when you find that special someone you want to be with. All the best feelings in the world are interconnected and they all are still there! 

They will remain there as long as you believe and they disappear as soon as you stop. Give love some time and give it a chance and then you’ll see that there’s a whole different world out there!

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Top 7 facts you don’t know about Patreon

If you follow popular YouTubers, then you've definitely heard about Patreon.


But what is this mysterious website/social media platform and why do your favourite YouTubers keep asking you to support them on Patreon?

You’ve probably had this doubt more than once and now is the time to finally have it answered! The world of creativity and crowd-funding is one of the fastest developing sectors around and more and more artists, musicians, performers, story-tellers etc., are creating amazing content. But not all of them have had the spotlight or a chance to shine like they actually deserve to.

This is where Patreon comes in. 

So, let’s go and discover everything you didn’t know about your favourite YouTubers’ favourite website!

Fact 1: 

Patreon is a crowd-funding website, co-created by popular YouTuber Jack Conte, in 2013. His sole aim was to provide a platform for those who regularly create content to earn through their ‘Patrons’ or subscribers.

Fact 2: 

As of January 2016, Patreon has raised an astounding $ 47.1 million as investment from various angel investors.

Fact 3: 

Patrons donate over $1,000,000 per month to Patreon’s content creators! Now that’s a rewarding platform for talented artists!

Fact 4: 

How can you tell that Patreon is really taking off? Well, it had an an amazing 11,356 new content creator members in May 2016 alone!

Fact 5: 

In May 2013, there were around 13 creators making at least $100 per month. Jump forward to May 2016 and that number has skyrocketed to a jaw-dropping 7,960! Will you be joining the website soon as well?

Fact 6: 

Patreon isn’t just for the upcoming artists and musicians but also established ones as well! Multi-instrumentalist and lead singer of Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra, Amanda Palmer is a prominent member of Patreon along with artists like Johnathan Rosenberg, Paul Taylor etc.

Fact 7: 

The final and most important proof that Patreon is helping content creators is this number: in May 2016, a total payment of approximately $6.1 million was made to all the creators on the website. Isn’t that amazing?


As we go forward, original content is just going to get more valuable because of the current content saturation and duplication. People who are putting their heart and soul into something that they love should definitely be rewarded for that by not only having it reach millions of people but actually making some kind of living off their original content.

Patreon is leading that very wave. If you feel that original content is something that you can offer or if you are a lover of such content then you should definitely head on over here:

It’s the little difference that you make, that makes a different world.

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What you’re doing wrong with your facebook business page

Think that your facebook business page doesn't matter?
At your own peril.

Business has changed a great deal. Brick and mortar stores are giving way to online stores that have more choices than you can imagine. Also changing is the way to get people into these stores and actually buying the product. Instead of blasting everyone with a spate of TV advertisements, you now have social media to instead get them involved.

And this is where Facebook comes in.

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What you can do now to get your brand out there, whether you’re a small business or a large business, is pretty unprecedented. You’re no longer just showing people what you have but you’re trying to involve them in a dialogue. You’re adding value to your brand and your amping up the chances of your success.

But how can one do all of that? Through your facebook business page of course! 

It isn’t just a tool but a secret sauce, that can set your business apart from anybody and everybody else. But, you need to know what is right for you. If you’ve been using a facebook business page and not getting any results, then you’re definitely doing something wrong.

Here's what you're doing wrong.

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You’ve boosted your page too much, too soon. 

We all absolutely love getting more and more likes and views on our facebook business page but getting all of those solely through boosting will mean that you’re getting more SPAM than anything. Instead, split up your boosting strategy through some weeks or even a month and take it slow.

You’re only carrying out promotions. 

The era of one-way advertising has pretty much come to an end. Now, what people want is to really know your business and see something different rather than a constant ‘BUY NOW’. Moreover, you’re wasting potential if you’re only carrying out promotions on your page.

You aren’t getting the right audience. 

Tailor-make and customise your content specifically for your audience because that’s the only way they’ll connect with what you’re saying. Get on the right facebook groups and promote your business, the connections you get from there can be amazing!

You don’t know what Response Management is. 

Social Media for a brand is an instrumental tool for response and post-purchase management. You follow up with a buyer or keep a tab on the comments or messages that you get. Make your customer feel truly loved and valued.

You’re not integrating other social media. 

Really take advantage of that social media presence and bring everything from instagram, snapchat, Linkedin, patreon etc. together, but in a way that is right for your brand. For example, a fashion based page should also branch out to instagram while short-time promotional offers are a real hit on snapchat.

You don’t respect the power of the online presence. 

If a customer has shared a post about having a difficult experience with you on Facebook, then you’ve not only lost him/her forever but also other customers. If you feel that one post doesn’t make a difference, then you haven’t felt the wrath of the internet yet. Because what can take you up towards the stars can also bring you crashing straight down to earth.

The social media experience is something where you can only gain by being involved. But starting off on the right note and having a few tips to get you back on track always helps!

home garden

Why you should start up your own home garden

You're already thinking that this isn't gonna happen... aren't you?

So, before you go ahead and let that judgement reach its sad conclusion, just think about it for a second.

What if you could have a brilliant home garden with all you favourite fruits and veggies thriving right in your backyard? 

You could have a windowsill of herbs and spices, ready to flavour your food whenever you want rather than running to the store every time. 

You could go picking flowers in your own backyard/fire escape/patio just to cheer yourself up! 

You could be the inspiration for many of those people who think this can’t be done. 

So you see? You aren’t just contemplating growing a home garden but about making a lifestyle choice that will make your days so much better! And the best part is that with today’s technology, range of products and information, you really have all that you need to help you get started!

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Here are some of the doubts you've probably had.

  • Just no time to fit a home garden into my incredibly busy schedule.
  • I don’t have a green thumb/ I don’t have the talent to grow the plants that I want.
  • Where’s the space?? I barely have any room for a home garden, how do I find the space?
  • My city is too hot/cold/dry/rainy and beautiful plants could never grow here.
  • I could just buy plants from a store and decorate my home.
  • I don’t know anything about growing plants, I could just be setting myself up for failure.
  • WHY should I have a home garden anyway? Isn’t life hard enough already?

Truth be told, all these are pretty valid points and it’s quite natural to be afraid of failure. But then, opinions should change with changing times and the modern world has answered so many of these doubts!

Not only is life getting easier but also are the means to follow our passion. Everyone has access to tools, better seeds, information and even secrets to success, so you don’t need to stop yourself…

... now is the time to grow that amazing home garden!

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The internet is your friend because you get all the real information you need on growing the plants that you want. Not only that, but so many myths have been debunked online to ease your passageway to becoming a gardener!

It’s a fantastic way to relax and recuperate after an incredibly busy day/schedule. If you can somehow make it a part of your day then it will positively affect everything else too!

You don’t know if you have a green thumb or not, unless you give it a try. So many people, busy with unimportant work, miss out on something that could really change their life. 

The meaning of ‘home garden’ has evolved quite a bit in the past few years and you don’t need a great deal of space to make a beautiful garden. You can have living walls, tea cup pots, herbs on your windowsill, flower pots in the fire escape (leaving enough space to escape of course!) or stacked pots in one corner of the room. Visit Pintrest for some amazing ideas!

There are plants for every season so there’s no reason you won’t be able to grow some at your home. Just find out the prevalent temperatures in your city and find the plants most suitable to that!

Finally, yes you could buy these plants from the store but then you don’t get the experience that comes with cultivating a home garden. The sheer joy of watching that sprout turn into a strong plant is unlike you will ever experience, so why not just give it a try?

Check back soon and we’ll have a beginner’s guide to growing your own home garden up too! Hope you feel inspired!