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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 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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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

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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