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13 Things Only People Who Live In Places Where Summer Lasts All Year Long Would Understand

13 Things Only People Who Live In Places Where Summer Lasts All Year Long Would Understand

Why would someone want to live in a place where it’s summer all year? Wouldn’t it get boring? Most people who live in this type of climate would not want to give it up for anything. Here are 15 reasons why.

1. You enjoy the freedom of needing to wear no more than shorts, a T-shirt and sandals most of the time.

Loose cotton clothing provides more freedom of movement than a heavy winter coat. This saves on laundry bills, too. When you do your own wash, it dries on the line very rapidly.

2. You will wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

The sun is stronger here and you need to protect yourself. You need to be prepared for a refreshing downfall in those areas with rainy seasons. Some nights might require a light jacket or sweater.

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3. You enjoy the abundance and variety of fresh, healthy inexpensive food, especially fruits.

Many of these, like papaya, pineapple and avocado, are not available elsewhere all year, and do not have the same good flavor as when freshly picked. The vitality of food is very high. Most farmers can’t afford the cost of agro-chemicals, and they let their animals graze freely. You will need to treat some food with disinfectants and be mindful of what you eat and where you go when eating out.

4. You can easily grow your own food all year.

For those of you who enjoy gardening you’ll enjoy harvesting your own fresh salad: tomatoes, lettuce, and etc., and picking from fruit trees every day.

5. You enjoy a more laid back lifestyle where personal relationships and living in the present predominate.

No more hectic schedules or stacked appointments.

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6. You enjoy a cheaper lifestyle.

This varies with the locale, but is generally true.

7. You are out in nature every day, grateful for the climate that makes it easy for that kind of connection.

Being outdoors with ease all year makes you healthier. You do not suffer from SAD caused by lack of sun. You lose weight easily because of the healthier food choices available and because you can be outdoors hiking in nature and getting exercise every day.

8. You realize that year round summer just doesn’t mean the beach.

You can also enjoy desert, jungle and mountains. The climate is a sports enthusiast’s delight. Whether you are into water sports like fishing, boating, surfing and scuba diving, or are more land-based in your activities, like golf, rock climbing and soccer, you can indulge all year.

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9. You meet many interesting adventurers from all around the world.

The laid back lifestyle, and everyone being outside all of the time, make it easy to meet people and make new friends. There are many venues for social interaction: cafes in the morning, and beers and music in the afternoon and evening.

10. You find that travel is relatively inexpensive, as are accommodations.

Public transportation is very accessible and inexpensive. You are happy while driving not to be sliding on ice and into snow banks. Many back roads are very bumpy and dusty.

11. You don’t need heating systems, insulation or heavy carpeting.

You must prepare your living space to keep out mold. Proper plastering and interior painting are essential in keeping out moisture. It’s cheaper to build your own dream house here.

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12. You will be cleaning your house often.

A lot of dust settles every day. You need to be aware of scorpions when you do a deep cleaning or move boxes or other items that have been in storage a long time.

13. You discover that your family and friends will think you have a wonderful life in a beautiful place and will come visit you!

With all of these benefits, it’s hard to conceive of living anywhere else!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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