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You Know You’re From California When…

You Know You’re From California When…

California is the land of sunshine, beaches, and In-N-Out. Not only does it boast being one of the most popular states in the country, but it also has some definite quirks that truly define it. Those who are from California hold it in a fond place within their hearts, and there are some traits that band them all together.

Aside from actually having been born in California, there are some pretty obvious signs that you are from the infamous Golden State. You get extra points for being from Southern California.

Here are ten signs you are from California:

You know you’re from California when. . .

1. WHAT IS RAIN?!

It’s pretty true that those from California get super excited when it rains. We’re just not quite sure how to handle that wet stuff falling from the sky. What do we do??? Drivers end up not really knowing to handle the slick roads, hydroplaning is constantly taking place, and pretty much everyone has their phones out to take pictures. It’s just that weird.

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2. You can go to the beach in the winter.

Not only are you able to go the beach during the months when everyone else is bundled up in every coat, scarf, and flannel shirt they own, but you go repeatedly. If you’re from San Diego, you also know the beach doesn’t really look anything like it does in the brochures. Still, most people don’t complain about it pretty much being summer year-round.

3. Fire is not really surprising.

Summer means everything is going to be on fire. It happens every single year, and is no longer even surprising or shocking. The warm weather and Santa Ana winds combine to create the perfect recipe for wildfires. A careless driver flicks a cigarette butt out the window on the freeway, and fires are spreading a few moments later.

4. You love Animal Style Fries.

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California is the home of In-N-Out, and pretty much everyone loves Animal Style Fries. When you move away from California, you will still crave In-N-Out. No other burger joint will be able to fill that void in your heart – or in your stomach.

5. You rarely wear a jacket.

The mornings may be cold, but you will dying of heat stroke once it hits noon. It’s easier to not wear one, than to have to carry it around with you the rest of the day. In fact, you probably don’t really own a thick jacket at all. Your jackets are cute, but not all that functional.

6. You say “P.E.” instead of “Gym.”

This class also takes place outside. It’s only inside if it’s raining, and then you just know you’re going to be playing Dodgeball.

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7. April 20th is the unofficial Ditch Day at your school.

Even the teachers expect smaller class sizes on that day. It’s just accepted.

8. Winter means a couple days of rain.

You have never, ever had a snow day. In fact, it’s not all that weird to have never seen snow.You have to drive up north to a special location, such as Big Bear, in order to see snow. It just doesn’t happen, especially in Southern California.

9. ‘Governator’. 

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Enough said.

10. Everything around you is expensive.

Rent, auto insurance, and even clothes are priced higher in California than they are elsewhere throughout the country.
Most things are at least twice as expensive in California than it is anywhere else.

Bonus: You caught yourself nodding in agreement as you read this list.

This list is especially applicable to those from Southern California, though they’re fairly common traits throughout the entire Golden State. There is a reason that has been the official nickname since 1968, after all!

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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