Four Tips To Make Your Sabbatical Travels More Meaningful

Four Tips To Make Your Sabbatical Travels More Meaningful

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After working in the same company for years, some employees get the chance to file for a sabbatical leave. Others can even continue to receive their complete salary even while on a break. It may sound too good to be true but it is in fact a fitting reward for employees who have been loyal to a company for a certain period of time. If you are one of the lucky people who are fortunate to take a sabbatical leave and are wondering how best to spend it, traveling is undoubtedly a great option. 

A change of scenery coupled with new experiences can effectively provide the relaxation and leisure you have always wanted. However, aside from its recreational benefits, sabbatical travel can also be a chance for self-growth and exploration. The following list four tips to make your sabbatical travel adventure more meaningful. 

Fulfill a bucket list item.

Is there a special destination you have always wanted to visit? You probably wanted to try a certain activity in this place as well. Maybe you wish to take a stroll along the Great Wall of China or take an epic road trip to a US state. Or you may want to try a local delicacy or attend a popular event in a quaint foreign town. Make your sabbatical travel more memorable by taking the time to fulfill items in your bucket list. 

Learn a new skill.

You might be on a break but your chance for a job promotion or salary increase can still be possible upon your return. That is if you use your sabbatical leave as a chance to learn a new skill. You can take a short course on something that will upgrade your competencies and increase your knowledge. It may be a little challenging goal to travel and study at the same time but the rewards you will gain will surely be worth it.  

Try a new career.

To travel and work is another wise option for those who love hitting two birds with one stone. It is also a chance to explore other fields or careers like teaching or writing. One way to do this is by sending job applications to companies in your choice of destinations before your sabbatical leave. You may even discover your life’s purpose at the end of your sabbatical.

Do something good for others.

Your career or work schedule may have prevented you from answering calls for volunteerism in the past. With your sabbatical leave privilege, you now have free time to extend help to others. Another good news is that it is something you can do while traveling. You can apply to be a part of groups that organize worthy causes to far-flung areas. Aside from the satisfaction of doing good to others, you also get a chance to closely mingle with the locals, giving you in-depth knowledge about the place you are exploring.

Who would say no to the idea of taking a sabbatical leave? The chance to enjoy a long vacation with the assurance that your job will still be waiting upon your return is one of the best perks that a firm can offer to their employees. As not everyone gets the chance to take a sabbatical leave, those who do should make sure to make the most out of this privilege.

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Five Ways to Become a Better Cook

Five Ways to Become a Better Cook

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“Cooking is one failure after another, and that’s how you finally learn.” 
– Julia Childs

World famous chef, Julia Childs, hints at the patience required to master the art of cooking. For some, it comes naturally, for the rest of us, success is a process. If you’ve repeatedly attempted to prepare a delicious meal for your family, only to end up ordering take out, rest assured – there is hope. Here are five ways to become a better cook.

1. Professional Classes

Luckily, plenty of professionals are willing to share their expertise. Look online or at a community center near you to find a culinary class that ranges from basic to advanced. If you have a favorite discipline (like cake making, pastry work or bread making), feel free to start there. Enrolling in a culinary course will ensure that you learn how to do things properly, while granting you the liberty of asking questions in real-time. Upon graduation, you’ll leave with both confidence and know-how, starting you on your way to becoming the cook of your wildest dreams.

2. Media

Fortunately, there are many media forums that can help sharpen your kitchen skills. Platforms like Pinterest and Instagram are perfect for collecting recipes. Simply search relevant hashtags to instantly receive hundreds of posts to inspire your home chef pursuits. If you’d prefer explanatory videos, YouTube has countless channels to teach you the ins and out of cooking.

But let’s not forget about the most traditional cooking inspiration in media: television culinary demos have helped millions of people all over the world impress their families with tasty dishes. Whichever your preference, you’re bound to find whatever you need through culinary media.

3. Hands-On Practice

There’s no better method than practice. Undoubtedly, cooking can be daunting and overwhelming when you don’t have a ton of experience. But the only way to conquer that setback is to get in the kitchen and get to work. You may not knock it out of the park on your first, second or third try, but eventually, your efforts will pay off. Don’t give up!

4. Start Slow

Because we have so much experience eating complicated dishes, it can be tempting to start out by cooking similar dishes. However, taking things slow is a better approach. Start with the basics. Practice boiling water, making one dish at a time instead of multitasking, and getting familiar with staple ingredients. Although perfecting these elements may not be the most fun part of cooking, doing so will help you in the future.

5. Get a Tutor

We all know someone who dominates in the kitchen. At family events or holiday parties, you can bet that everyone will be raving about their food. Instead of simply dreaming you could cook like your favorite chef, be bold and ask them to be your cooking tutor! Go to their house and watch them cook. Take note of how they set up their kitchen, how they pace themselves, and what resources they use. Interview them about their growth and best practices and ask for hands on help.

No matter how many times you fail, remember cooking is a skill and all skills are strengthened through experience. Continue to invest time and dedication in the kitchen, and little by little, you will grow. Keep in mind, cooking is a lifelong pursuit and there will always be more to learn and new tricks to try. Use these five cooking tips to get started!

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Graduation Gifts for Every Age

Graduation Gifts for Every Age

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Graduation season is fast approaching. Family members of all ages will be cheered and congratulated as they strut across stages to accept hard earned diplomas. You want to reward their tireless efforts – the seemingly endless nights of homework, dedication to attending classes, and stressful study session. But how do you find the perfect gift? Look no further, here is a complete list of graduation gifts for every age.  

Elementary Graduation

Pre-K, Kindergarten

Although your little one won’t remember their first academic graduation, you will. Any small toy or treat will spark enough joy to satisfy your youngster, allowing you to devote your remaining attention to their true gift- a keepsake. First graduations provide the perfect opportunity to start a memory binder, scrapbook or email account that can be passed on to your graduate at their final graduation as a young adult. For each major occasion over the coming years, add another page or entry to your memory collection. When your child is all grown up, they will love the thought and effort you put into creating such a meaningful gift.  

Upper Elementary

Moving up to middle school can be scary. Your little scholar is transitioning from ruling the school to suddenly needing to find their footing in a strange new world of class changes and social pressure. Choosing a gift that can ease their fears will be greatly appreciated. Cool tech, gift cards to trendy apparel stores, and even upgraded school supplies are all error proof options.               

Junior High Graduation

So your teenager is heading to the big leagues? Every freshman needs gear that proudly displays their future alma mater. Head to the spirit store and stock up on apparel and supplies that don the name of your student’s new high school. Such a great gift will not only build the excitement of embarking on the final years of grade school, but will also help your teen blend right in to their new surroundings.

High School Graduation

After surviving twelve years of school, your teenager deserves a proper celebration. For many, graduating highschool is their greatest accomplishment to date. Consequently, it’s okay to go big! But it’s equally okay to prioritize sentiment over expense. No matter which category fits your gifting style, the effort you put in is what matters most. If you’re leaning toward a financial blessing, cash is always appropriate. There are countless expenses that arise after high school graduation, no matter which academic (or career) path lies ahead. If you want to lead with emotion, try an inspirational book, a handmade gift or a framed letter of advice and encouragement.

College Graduation

Tech/Trade School, Undergrad, Graduate

Because college students’ studies focus on a specific discipline, it’s much easier to personalize their gifts. Start by identifying your graduate’s major (and minor). Consider their chosen profession and any recent job acceptances. Do a little research to learn exactly what may help start their career on the right foot. Here are a few ideas:

-A yearly subscription to a helpful magazine, software program or application

-A giftcard to help purchase a new professional wardrobe

-A contribution to pay toward student loans

-A ticket to a networking conference or career event

Orrin Hatch once said, “Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.” From the first day of preschool to the last day of graduate school, our children toil over their studies in preparation to become the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow. Although there is no greater gift than that of an education, there’s nothing wrong with offering a celebratory nod to a job well done. Choose a gift that will show your graduate just how proud you are, while giving them a head start toward their new beginnings.

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Want to Turn Your Travel Goals Into Reality? Do These 3 Things

Want to Turn Your Travel Goals Into Reality? Do These 3 Things

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The world is bursting with wonderful places to explore and discover. From your very own city to the most remote island in the world, it is not impossible to discover hidden gems that are worth a visit. Since there are so many must-see breathtaking sights everywhere, creating a travel bucket list is surely a piece of cake. The real challenge, though, begins as you try to take steps to ensure that your bucket list does not remain a list forever.

Traveling requires careful planning, ample resources and enough free time. Sadly, it is irresponsible and careless to just pack your bags and go whenever you please. Aside from that your regular lifestyle can get so hectic that even with a strong sense of wanderlust and adventure, your bucket list can soon turn into a forgotten list. Serious travelers, though, do not let that happen because they take the necessary steps to achieve their goals. If you are likewise serious in fulfilling your travel goals, you may want to try the suggestions presented below.

Build up your savings.

Traveling is not a cheap hobby. Insufficient funds is one of the most common worry of people who want to go on a trip. So if you really wish to travel, one of the first things to prioritize is building up your savings. You want to be smart in handling your finances so you do not spend all your hard-earned money on unnecessary things.  To augment your income, you can choose to do part-time jobs or start a side business. It is also nice to have a separate savings account where you can grow your money for future travels. When you already have enough money for a trip, you can also research for ways on how you can maximize your budget. It would not hurt to read money-saving tips from other travelers who have been to your destination of choice. You may also want to keep your eyes open for budget promos and travel deals from companies. Keep in mind that a memorable vacation does not necessarily have to be expensive.

Set a time and schedule for it.

Aside from not having enough money, there is another dilemma that aspiring travelers constantly face and that is lack of time. It’s likely that one look at your full calendar or schedule is enough to convince you that you have no time to travel. So you find yourself delaying or cancelling your travel plans again and again. However, if you really want to travel, you do not just wait for the time when your schedule is free enough. Rather, you make an effort to create a schedule and stick to it no matter what. This may mean that you have to master time management skills. If you can manage your time well, you are likely to achieve a work-life balance. The end result is a guaranteed time for relaxation time which can be used to travel.

Stop making excuses.

In many ways, traveling is stepping out of your comfort zone. So worries and fears may start creeping up even as you plan your escapades. Still, if you are serious about your travel goals, you accept that experiencing some discomforts is part of the trip. You also decide to cope or adjust to whatever inconvenient situations you may experience. Some hassles may be unavoidable but they can make traveling more enjoyable.

To travel for leisure and visit amazing places sound like a dream come true. Sadly, this dream stay  just a dream for most people Break away from the typical by turning your goals into reality. Take the necessary steps to achieve your dreams and start ticking off the places in your bucket list!

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Colorful New Foods to Try in the New Year

Colorful New Foods to Try in the New Year

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With the new year comes new dietary choices. If you have decided to recommit to healthy eating, why not add some color to your resolutions? Eating healthy doesn’t need to be dull. Below are four foods that are visually intriguing while still being nutritiously beneficial.

  • Seaweed
    Who knew that the slimey underwater plant that unnervingly brushes across your feet in the ocean would taste so good? This deep green treat is packed with fiber, iron and calcium and can be roasted, fried, pickled or steamed. Some people even eat it raw. Seaweed is used to wrap sushi, thicken sauces and to top dishes. Its flavor profile ranges from delicate and mild to sweet and savory.

*Seaweed can also be red, purple, brown and black.

  • Spirulina
    Spirulina is a microalgae that touts an impressive blue-green hue. Because of its long list of vitamins and nutrients that include protein, B12 and calcium, this superfood has gained traction amongst the health community. For some, it has an acquired taste that can be described as earthy or sulfuric. Spirulina fans add its powder form to just about anything, but its most notably added to smoothies and vegan ice cream (affectionately known as nicecream).


  • Edible Flowers
    Much to our parents disapproval, many of us experimented with eating plants or grass as children. It’s no secret that the majority of wildflowers and blossoms found in the plant sections should not be consumed. Some variations are toxic or covered in pesticides, but some flowers are edible. Increasingly, chefs are revisiting an old tradition of using flowers to create plated art for a memorable wow factor. However, culinary professionals never plate items that cannot be eaten, so here are a few flowers that make the cut.
    Culinary Lavender (mint family): Has a floral flavor and can be paired with other herbs for a savory dish, or used alone for garnish or steeped for tea.

    Roses (closely related to apricot family): Rose petals have a fragrant flavor and can be used for rose bud tea, salads and candy.

    : Blue and white violets are frequently adorn desserts but can be used in a wide variety of dishes. Violets have a sweet and tart taste and have been known to have medicinal properties.

  • Dragon Fruit (Pitaya or Strawberry Pear)
    Dragon Fruit is a magical looking tropical fruit with a bright pink exterior. The white flesh found inside is freckled with small black seeds and has a very mild sweetness. Texture wise, dragon fruit lies somewhere between a kiwi and a pear. It boasts a high level of fiber, magnesium and vitamin C. Dragon fruit can commonly be grilled or cut and added to foods like smoothie bowls, yogurt and salads. This fruit can be expensive and some people claim that its appearance is more appetizing than its taste, but it’s worth a try.

*Dragon fruit can also be red and yellow

Growing up, our parents always told us not to play with our food. But with snacks as beautiful as these, it’s hard not to. Next time you visit your local market, check for natural foods that catch your eye. Enjoy your health and continue to intrigue your palate with fun foods.

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Three Misconceptions To Throw Away For Your Business To Prosper

Three Misconceptions To Throw Away For Your Business To Prosper

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Entrepreneurship is an attractive concept because it is often associated with freedom, leisure and wealth. For many, taking a risk on a business venture is the first step towards living the lifestyle of their dreams. The result of a nationwide survey published by The Washington Post even revealed that 62% of millennials want to start their own business.

Regardless, everyone knows that success is never guaranteed in any business. An aspiring entrepreneur needs to come up with a sound business plan and brilliant marketing strategies in order for the startup to prosper. To be adept in running an enterprise, an individual may even take time to complete a business course or leaf through pages of thick business books.

These practices surely increase the chance of a startup to succeed; but if you seriously want to manage your own firm, do not forget to assess your ideals and assumptions too. There is nothing wrong in staying positive and being hopeful that victory will come easy. Nevertheless, you should also be prepared to break some of the common misconceptions about starting a business.

You will get rich fast.

Patience and determination are virtues that all entrepreneurs must have, because success is rarely handed on a silver platter. If your goal is to accumulate wealth in a short period of time without much effort, it is probably a wiser move to say goodbye to your entrepreneurial goals. You are not entering a get-rich-quick scheme, so it may take a while before you see the profits start rolling in. Keep in mind that most businesses have to wait for months or even years before finally getting their return of investment (ROI).

A business needs capital, so you may even have to endure some time without a salary.  While a profit will keep a firm running, a business that only exists for money may find it hard to sustain its growth. For a business to stay credible and competitive, its existence should contribute some value to society.

You will have more free time and can do anything you want.

Unlike a regular 9-5 job, an entrepreneur often enjoys a flexible work schedule. However, it does not mean that you will work fewer hours. One hard truth you have to face is that the new business may require you to work longer. You may even have to give up nights and weekends. While the idea of taking long vacations and having leisurely afternoons sounds appealing, an entrepreneur should be willing to sacrifice “me” time in order to attain a goal.

The time you spend on your business is an opportunity to boost income and productivity. So as an entrepreneur who wants to to reach targets, you will no longer mind if you have to put in more hours just to get the work done. Of course, work-life balance is always important, so time-management skills are essential for entrepreneurs.

You are your own boss and the  workload will be lighter.

If you want to be a business owner because the idea of backbreaking work puts you off, you are bracing yourself for failure. The fruits of an entrepreneur’s labor is usually achieved through commitment to work as hard as possible. Things may get easier once you start reaping the rewards of a successful startup but it is not wise to abandon your dedication to work diligently.Things may get easier once you start reaping the rewards of a successful startup but it is not wise to abandon your dedication to work diligently.

Business owners normally need to hire staff, so many people think that the sole duty of a business owner is to delegate tasks and order people around. It may be true that you will become your own boss, but this new status will bring in more responsibilities. As an employee, your only concern is the duties assigned to you. As a boss, you need to be aware about all aspects of the business. An entrepreneur exerts effort to work closely with all departments to monitor everything that is going on in the firm. Hands-on supervision is not easy, so if you want to go into business, be ready to work even harder.

The vision of a business owner reaping huge profits and enjoying life to the fullest attracts many people to entrepreneurship. This idea will unlikely come into fruition without full understanding of what a startup entails. To conclude, a wise entrepreneur makes smart decisions based on realistic views and accurate facts.

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5 Habits That Will Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals

5 Habits That Will Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals

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Fitness is defined as the strength of the body, but it is achieved through the strength of habit. Your health will excel, only after your conscious choices become a way of life. Keep reading for 5 habits that will help you achieve your fitness goals.

Maintain a Structured Schedule for Responsibilities

Finding the time to workout will never be a long-term solution to your health; making the time, will. The fittest among us have mastered this detail. Life’s responsibilities are time-consuming – they rarely leave excess time to throw at hobbies or leisure. Consequently, you must make fitness a responsibility because it is one. You have a responsibility to your loved ones to live as long as possible. You have a responsibility to your body to make the choices that will help you remain healthy. You have a responsibility to yourself to be the best version of you that you can be. To do these things, a structured schedule is in order. Plan ahead to make sure that your gym time, sleep time, and cooking time fit comfortably into your day. If you don’t have the time, rearrange your schedule to make these elements your priority.

Cook (Consistently!)

Diet is an integral element of fitness. You don’t want to cancel out all the work you do in the gym by failing to be mindful of what you put into your body. Once you’ve decided to be intentional about devoting scheduled time to living a healthy lifestyle, it’s time to get in the kitchen. While it is possible to eat well without cooking the food yourself, it’s much easier to remain consistent about your diet when you prepare your meals at home. To start, each day should begin with a nutritious breakfast. Think fuel. Choose foods that will give you the best head start to get you through your morning with a clear mind and lots of energy to spare. Don’t forget to pack healthy snacks to hold you over between meals. Next, lunch should be light but filling. Fruit, salads, wraps, and nuts all provide the vitamins you need to get through the remainder of your workday. Once you’re home, finish strong with some protein and grains.

Sleep Well

We’ve all heard time and time again that we should get 7-8 full hours of sleep, but getting the proper amount sleep isn’t enough. The type of sleep you are getting also matters. Do you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day? If not, maybe something is interrupting your ability to get the restful sleep that you need. Common issues like snoring, teeth grinding, improper bedding, the wrong pillow and even the wrong room temperature can cause tossing and turning throughout the night fighting against the rest that they were designed to restore.

Stay Optimistic

Optimism does wonders for the mind, but it can also help you along your fitness journey. Staying in the right headspace gives health seekers the proper perspective when things get tough. You will encounter periods where frustration, fatigue, and impatience try to steal your productivity. It’s important to recognize that these negative thoughts require nothing more than a shift in perspective. If you find yourself comparing your body to others’ or feeling down on yourself about your progress, remember that you are strong, capable, and determined. Don’t let small setbacks define your next steps. Shake it off, focus on the good, and move forward with gratitude for how far you’ve already come.

Surround Yourself with Supportive People

Fitness requires discipline, and discipline is strengthened through accountability. Of course, you are totally capable of holding yourself accountable, but everyone has weak moments. It’s during those moments, that your support system matters most. Surround yourself with people who know your fitness goals and will do all they can to help you reach them. That means surrounding yourself with people who will encourage you to do the right thing, rather than tempt you to stray. Being supportive sometimes means that your friends and family are willing to sacrifice time together, to make sure that you’re committed to putting in time at the gym. Other times, the people around you will have to change their own habits to help you be more successful with yours. Whatever the case, a group of supportive people can make all the difference in whether staying fit is difficult and lonely, or easy and fun.

Staying fit becomes increasingly important as we age. It’s much easier to maintain good health than it is to improve failing health. Master these 5 habits, and you will be well on your way to being not only fit but full of life as well.

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Aiming To Be More Productive? You Need To Learn These Secrets!

Aiming To Be More Productive? You Need To Learn These Secrets!

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Most of us do our jobs with the greatest intentions. So you aim to accomplish more in less time and gear up to walk the extra mile. However, several factors and time constraints may make it hard for you to finish a task. Others try to stretch the day by working longer hours which can lead to stress and fatigue. Aside from the fact that it may pose problems in the long run, devoting longer hours to complete a task actually contradicts the true meaning of productivity.

If it takes you about three hours to finish an assignment that can normally be done in an hour, you are surely not being productive. The unnecessary extra hour you spend on a task means a waste of money and resources. So do yourself a big favor and break free from the clutch of unproductivity! Fortunately, the way to being more productive is not a long-buried secret. You can start by observing how the most efficient people do their tasks and emulating the strategies that will work for you. Check out the following suggestions:

Plan Your Day

Your goal to make the most out of every minute in a day will be doubly harder without planning ahead. If you do not devote some time to think the most efficient way to go about your day, you are just like a blind man juggling several balls at hand. You are likely to drop one or two balls in the process. Starting your day with a list of target goals is a giant leap towards getting things done.

Tackle The Hardest First

Take a look at your to-do list, determine the most difficult, and work on it right away. Checking off the most dreaded task so early in the day is like lifting a huge boulder out of your way.  This is the task that probably worries you the most so you can heave a sigh of relief when it is finally done. This action will boost your confidence and will further motivate you to complete easier tasks on your list.

Set Deadlines

You cannot waste an entire morning just checking emails. Without setting a limit into each activity on your list, it is possible to get lost in one task for a longer time than needed. It is  therefore a must to set a realistic target time into finishing each one. Giving yourself a deadline is like gently pushing yourself to focus on the task and get it done. This practice will also help you organize your workflow and prioritize the tasks.

Learn To Say No

You cannot do everything and please everybody. So think twice before saying yes to a co-worker who needs help in her project or to a boss who is giving you extra obligation. This  does not mean you are being selfish or uncooperative. Sometimes, you just have to say no if the favor being asked would hinder you from finishing your own responsibilities. If you are hesitant or unsure that you can be of any assistance, it is better to say no early on than make a promise you cannot keep.

The ability to get things done fast is one of the traits that sets achievers apart from the rest. So instead of wishing for more hours in a day, it is a wiser decision to aim to work smarter. By enhancing your productivity, you are gaining a skill that will make you indispensable everywhere you go.

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Three Ways You Can Live a Life of Travel Everyday

Three Ways You Can Live a Life of Travel Everyday

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With the hustle and bustle of daily life, it can be easy to let daily pressures get in the way of planning your next trip. There never seems to be enough time or money, and even when those elements fall into place, it doesn’t feel like it’s enough to make your traveling dreams a reality. With a little planning and perspective, you can turn your life around into a lifestyle fit for travel. To learn how, see how these three tips can help you live the life of travel you’ve always wanted.

Make Travel a Priority

One common reason people lack travel in their life is because they do not make it a priority. One way to put travel first is by actively seeking out opportunities for travel. Do you have an out-of-state wedding coming up? If so, extend your trip at the location of the wedding and explore the area. Along the same vein, if you have to travel for work, book time to arrive a few days early or after your business meetings to stay and see the nearby sights.

Get Organized

In order to see your travel dreams through, you need to give it the careful thought and attention you’d give anything else that is a priority in your life. Being organized is the one way you can ensure your travel dreams are realized. One way to get started is by budgeting vacation time for travel each year. Bust out your calendar and pick a week in the year to designate to your trip. This will help you get your planning rolling and allow you to start setting deadlines to research locations and book your vacation.

Save Well

Money is always a huge factor when deciding if and when you should travel. And if you aren’t taking active steps to save for your trip, it might not come to fruition. Consider opening a separate savings account specifically for travel. Set up an automatic direct deposit to your savings for each paycheck so you can start collecting funds for your trip without giving it a second thought. This way, your extra travel money has a place to go and won’t be mindlessly spent.

Travel isn’t only reserved for those with endless amounts of dispensable funds and time. Clearly, making your life one of travel and adventure can be achieved with thoughtful planning and determination. If you are pressed for time in your daily life, opt for shorter trips within your own state. See what nearby locations inspire you that are within a few hours of your home. While it may seem like there’s never a perfect time to make travel plans, sometimes you just have to get started with planning.


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4 Pointers To Keep Your Fitness Goals In Perspective

4 Pointers To Keep Your Fitness Goals In Perspective

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Waking up on a Monday morning can be buzzing with eager intentions or leave a feeling of dread. There is no doubt that a long week is looming ahead, but if done properly, the seven upcoming days can be overflowing with potential to accomplish and surpass your fitness goals. If you are organized going into the week, it is feasible to intertwine little victories amongst work and family chaos. While diet and exercise vary in effectiveness per body type, here are four tips that can amplify your chances of success in creating your best self.

Figure Out Your Why
Workouts carry weight only when they are appropriately executed in a routine. Jumping on the treadmill for an hour isn’t going to be your saving grace if you’re looking to build large amounts of muscle. Calorie surplus is sometimes the opposite of what you need when losing weight. You have your heart set on a new you. So, what does that mean in one idea?

Figure out your why for the process and decide what your “finish line” will be. Whether it’s weight, health concerns, self-confidence, children, or a miscellaneous reason, jot a complete thought in a place you will need to see it often to act as constant reminder of why you initiated a change. Guilty of secretly hitting the drive through on the way home? Pop a sticky note on your steering wheel. Late night snacking? Yep, you guessed it – put that note on the refrigerator door. Remember, it’s not punishment. It’s a promise to a better you.

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail
At the start of a fresh fitness cycle, outline your workouts. If you’re rising before the sun or wrapping up a work day, you may not be in a state to compose an effective workout. Or even, you’re flat out too tired. Remove unnecessary stress by preplanning what you will focus on with each visit. Prolonging the decisions, or worse – showing up without a plan – can lead to lost idling wandering in between machines. Avoid losing valuable time at the gym. As little as 30 minutes a day can lead to tremendous results.

Don’t Spread Yourself Thin
We’ve all read an article or seen a person that sparks our desire to change. Our eyes are skimming the page, but our minds have already thought of a dozen things to give the boot to have our dream self. Don’t put more weight on the bar than you can lift. During your workout planning, also make note of one aspect that you desire to change each week. They could be as simple as making it to the gym three times the first week for 30 minutes, and increasing it to 45 minute sessions the second week. Make them realistic in order to keep your energy and motivation high. Wins in your fitness journey should always be recognized.

Good Old R’n’R
Refueling and refreshing your body is as essential as training your muscles. Fueling your body with proper nutrients and replenishing your muscles after workouts are key to maintaining high energy levels and reducing damage in muscles. Connect with a local trainer or nutritionist to learn how to supplement your fitness journey internally. Growing stronger does not make you invincible against exhaustion.

It takes nearly a month for your body to adapt to changes and before you begin to see results. Define what you aspire to be and take the challenge little by little to lead to the biggest transformation to the best you. Want to push yourself on a daily basis? Take a peek at our tips on how to increase your daily exercise doing what you already do.

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