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We are all in pursuit of aspirations. From a young age, we all have that big dream we hope to successfully achieve. These high ambitions constantly push us to aim higher and give us the drive to become better in everything we do. They put us on a mission to reach for the stars.

 

“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.”




― Henry David Thoreau



Each of us is treading unique journeys so we respond to a combination of drives and motivations differently. We all have totally different views of success and that may depend on age, interests, and current circumstances. But no matter how different we live life, this remains for sure - aspirations are always present and will always be an ongoing part of the process no matter what.

 

“Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one's level of aspiration and expectation.”




― Jack Nicklaus

 


The development of aspirations has stages. If your personal or career aspirations are not clear yet, it’s good to start with
discovering your true calling. Examine yourself. Discern. What are your inner convictions? Try to explore and discern your core. When you have made your intentions clear and established achievable and measurable goals, then you are ready to succeed!

 

Take time to reflect. Allocate about 10 to 15 minutes a day to take a step back and see the big picture. Put all your thoughts and experiences on paper. Keeping a journal can help you establish aspirations and strengthen your desire to achieve them. The act of writing reinforces discipline and motivates you to stay focused and make profound changes in life.

 

“It takes a certain level of aspiration before one can take advantage of opportunities that are clearly offered.”




― Michael Harrington



Maintain a positive attitude. There are times when life gets in the way and we face conflicting forces. Setbacks in life are normal but don’t let them drag you down, don’t be thrown off the path you’ve started. When you’ve already come a long way, remind yourself of all the hard work you’ve done and try your best to get back on track. Be mindful of the things that could happen along the way and that they may cause uncertainty but at the same time they certainly add depth and extra dimension to life.

 

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”




― Albert Einstein

 

 


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Looking Back to Move Forward

 

We often hear the phrase, “forget about the past and focus on the future.” Whilst this is correct to a certain degree, it’s also important for us to consider what happened in the past in order to create a better and more meaningful future. There is still value in looking back to analyse what went well and what went wrong, treat them as learning experiences so that we can make further improvements whenever possible.

 

“To look back, to go back, is not to be weak. It is not to reopen wounds. It takes strength, it takes courage. It takes a person who is more in control of who they are to cast a discerning, non-judgmental eye over who they once were.”




― Cecelia Ahern



When looking back, we should only take note of the things that can be beneficial and not destructive. It’s good to recall previous experiences but only with the purpose of getting wisdom and insight. Focus on the lessons that matter the most but never dwell on the past. Establish healthy boundaries and do our best to not cross them. During the process, use mindfulness and optimism as your main tools to accomplish goals rationally and intelligently.

 

“I think if you look at exactly where you are, you can't really focus without looking back and forward at the same time.”




― Bill Laswell



“When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.””



― Paulo Coelho




 


 

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So much waste is going to landfill every year, we need to think of ways on how to reduce the damage being done on the environment. With what has been happening in the world today, it’s really important for us to practice proper care and to have a strong sense of accountability for it has lasting benefits, not only environmental but also economic and social.

 

What’s Upcycling?

 

Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value. Source: en.wikipedia.org

 

What's the difference from recycling?

 

Just like recycling, the main goal of upcycling is proper waste management in order to achieve sustainability. Perhaps the major distinguishing factor of upcycling is that it’s more of “creative repurposing” ― a matter of reusing old, used, waste materials to make it better and of higher value than its original form. 

 

Upcycling has actually been practiced for a while now and you may even have done it already. A common way to upcycle bottles, jars or tin cans is by making flower vases or some kind of storage. Another well-known upcycling project is turning pallets into furniture. Old cable spools are often turned into cute coffee tables. There are definitely so many ways to upcycle. If you're into DIY, arts and crafts, then this would definitely be up your alley!

 

Here are some simple ways to get you started:

 

Preserve antiques and vintage pieces

Most of the time, the reason why we can’t let go of old stuff is because of its sentimental value. We get too emotionally attached to collections, souvenirs, presents or inherited items. All you need is a little creativity and imagination and you will surely go a long way. 

 

These are simple, easy-to-create upcycling examples:

  • Paint and reupholster old dining chairs. You can even experiment with new, modern, and funky colours and some interesting upholstery patterns.
  • If you have a baby crib in the storage room, transform it into an outdoor bench, a dog crate, or disassemble the rails to make a drying rack.
  • Old picture frames can be turned into a message board, a serving tray, a jewellery organiser or a key hook rack.
  • Turn old suitcases into functional bookcases, side tables, chairs, and ottomans or even pet beds!
  • Vintage teacups can become succulent pots or trinket holders. You can even try to make teacup scented candles!
  • Create room dividers, headboards, or quirky photo holders with window shutters.

 

Upcycling projects for kids

Spend some quality time with your kids, and at the same time be environmentally friendly by getting started on cool upcycling projects at home.

  • You and your little one can make desk organisers with tin cans and jars or milk cartons. Paint or wrap them with patterned construction paper to give them a much nicer look.
  • Don’t throw away toilet paper or paper towel cardboard tubes. You could do so many creative things with them such as flower wreaths, pen holders, cable organisers, or bird feeders!
  • Plastic bottles can be turned into coin banks, treat containers, canisters, or planters.
  • Broken crayons are often left lying around the house. Ask the kids to gather all of them up, peel them, and place them into silicone moulds. Preheat the oven to a low temperature then pop the moulds in. This step should be done or closely supervised by an adult to prevent kids from burning themselves.

 

 


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Are you working and also considering study?

If you enrol in a course before 30th June, and the course is sufficiently related to your employment, you may be able to claim the course and certain related costs as a self-education expense.

With tax time just around the corner, and with 20% off* all course fees, right now is a great time to tackle your goals and enrol in a Nationally Recognised or Personal Development course.

What may be claimable?

computer consumables and equipment repairs

purchase of equipment or technical instruments costing less than $300

home office running costs

fares

stationery

textbooks

course fees

accommodation and meals (if away from home overnight)

interest

phone calls

student union fees

trade, professional, or academic journals

decline in value for depreciating assets (cost exceeds $300)

parking fees (only for work-related claims)

internet usage (excluding connection fees)

postage

student services and amenities fees

travel to-and-from place of education


How much can you save?

How much you will save depends on your taxation rate and the course cost.

Here’s a guide:

  • Our Certificate IV Accounting & Bookkeeping course is pay-in-full $2320.00

  • After 20% off promotion, this is reduced to $1856.00

  • If you are taxed at an average rate of 32.5% your course is further reduced to $1252.80

That’s a total saving of $1067.20

To get ahead of your competition in the employment stakes, you need to demonstrate that you are prepared to continue your education, as often as possible. An education course is a great way of ensuring you keep up to speed with industry developments relating to your field, and with the added bonus of making you look motivated to any potential employers.

To help encourage employers and employees alike to undertake educational programs, there are a number of self-education tax deductions available, which include courses undertaken at educational institutions (whether leading to a formal qualification or not), attendance at work-related seminars or industry-specific conferences.

The expenses for self-education can be deducted provided there is a direct and provable link between the course undertaken, and how you derive your income.

You will need to satisfy any of the following tests to be entitled to a tax deduction:

The expense has a relevant connection to your current income earning activities (i.e. the course must be relevant or incidental to how you derive your assessable income).

The self-education program being undertaken enables you to maintain or improve the skills or knowledge necessary to carry out your income earning activities.

The self-education leads to or is likely to lead to, an increase in your income from your current income-earning activities in the future.

Are you eligible for this reduction?

  • You must be a student at Australian College and paying in full for your course fees to fully claim this financial year
  • You must be employed at the time of enrolment, and the course must be sufficiently related to this employment
  • The course must be 12 months or less to fully claim this financial year

* You may have to reduce the claim by $250

June 30th is approaching quickly, so enrol now, keep a copy of your receipt and save significantly! For more information on claiming self-education expenses visit the Australian Taxation Office website here.

Please note: The information in this blog is general advice only and is not intended to be financial or legal advice. You should obtain your own independent advice in relation to tax deductions that may be available to you.

Claim your tax invoice, Enrol Now!

Source: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Deductions-you-can-claim/Self-education-expenses

 
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EOFY is coming! Don’t wait until the last minute to get things done. Planning ahead of time and getting everything in one place can definitely help you make the most of it this year.

 

Here are some practical tips that can possibly maximise your tax return before the end of the financial year.

 

Organise your documents

 

Keep all your financial paperwork tidy. Organise your receipts and other relevant documents as soon as you get them. Make use of colour-coded binders or folders to avoid mix-up and store everything in one easy-to-find location.

 

Set an appointment with your tax accountant

 

This is a good time to contact your tax accountant to determine and schedule the most suitable time and day for an appointment. Booking it early could save you potential headaches down the road. If you’re not able to go due to travel restrictions, you may also safely lodge your tax return online. Read more about it on the ato.gov.au website.

 

Leverage your accounting software

 

Accounting programs have powerful features so make the most out of it if you have one installed in your system. There are platforms that allow you to share data securely and efficiently to your accountant for safe-keeping.

 

Be aware of government stimulus measures

 

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Australian government has released the COVID-19 stimulus package. It pays to be informed and always be updated of how this will affect you when you lodge your tax return. Get more information regarding tax relief measures from the ato.gov.au website.

 

Claim self-education expenses

 

If you are studying or planning to study, you may be eligible to claim self-education expenses. Enrol in a course before 30th June, and the course is sufficiently related to your employment, you may be able to claim the course and certain related costs such as attendance at work-related seminars or industry-specific conferences.

 

Claim home office expenses

 

If you are employed, you may be eligible to claim office expenses. Especially now that Coronavirus is causing massive disruption to the workplace, a lot of companies aim to protect their employees by having flexible work arrangements. When you have set up a home office, it may be possible for you to claim work-related expenses such as internet usage, mobile plan usage, computer repairs, software subscriptions, and others that you paid yourself and will not be reimbursed by your company.



Please note: The information in this blog is general advice only and is not intended to be financial or legal advice. You should obtain your own independent advice in relation to tax deductions that may be available to you.

 

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