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Amazing Things Only People Who Love Fall Would Understand

Amazing Things Only People Who Love Fall Would Understand

As you notice that very first exhilarating bite in the air, you lovingly wrap yourself in a wonderfully cozy quilt and sip the warmth from your steaming cup of tea. It’s fall!

Your every move feels energized. Yet, at the same time, tranquilizing thoughts of relaxing around your crackling fireplace tempt you. If you love the fall, you’ll completely understand the following sentiment:

1. You appreciate the glorious sounds.

Geese honking overhead, as they fly further south to warmer climates, where the food is still readily available. School buses whisking apprehensive children back to their classrooms. The wind, rustling the ever changing leaves, encouraging them to drop like confetti to the ground, creating a carpet. With your every step, the sounds of crunching alert you to a welcoming change. Busy festivals, children giggling as they play hide and seek in the corn fields, sounds of tractors filled with passengers with rosy cheeks enjoying their hay ride and the laughter of children carefully picking the most impressive pumpkin to carve, decorate and display proudly at their homes on Halloween.

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This is fall.

2. You love the peace the season brings.

As the day’s light becomes shorter and shorter, wind swirling the leaves, it’s all so wondrous! The harvest moon. Darkness creeping over your life in the most romantic way. Feeling the desire to gather and store your necessities for the coming winter — much like our friends the squirrels.

3. You understand that the smells of fall hypnotize and entice.

The sweet perfume of burning wood, the aroma of fallen leaves, earth, rain, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, hot cocoa, simmering soups, stews, chilis, roasted chicken, tart and sweet apples, the indescribable smell of pies baking … apple, pumpkin and pecan “oh my!”

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Mostly, you smell Mother Nature preparing for hibernation and survival.

4. You see breathtaking events.

The leaves change to magnificent colors — brilliant hues of red, yellow, orange and brown. They impressed you with their beauty in the spring and summer months, but now it’s time for them to disappear. It’s absolutely spellbinding and you’re aware that you are witnessing something very significant. It humbles you.

Pumpkin patches are overflowing with small, medium, large and unusually gigantic pumpkins, their colors so calming and sweet. Jack-O-Lanterns abound, creatively carved in the most surprising ways, depicting engaging personalities.

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Ah, yes. It’s fall.

5. You feel excitement.

Time to bring out the fall clothes…soft, warm, nurturing, fluffy, velvety, you’ve missed them so! They greet you with a loving hug, your old friend, welcoming you back. There is no greater joy than slipping into your flannel pajamas on the first cool evening.

Fall attire has a bold personality. Colors and fabrics that step up and demand to be noticed, yet remain kind and caring, helping you through the cold and dark days that await. Halloween costumes are everywhere, tempting you to celebrate and remember the joy of your youth. You gleefully watch as children on a sugar high trick or treat door-to-door, hoping to frighten, unaware of how precious they look in their much anticipated costumes.

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Don’t forget about fall footwear — it’s serious. You understand it wants to protect you, but your pillowy slippers await your arrival, murmuring softly: “Welcome home!”

6. You can even taste this season.

Savor and nibble every bit, all throughout the fall. Where shall I begin? Pumpkin everything! The overflow of comfort foods reappear after a season of bikinis…casseroles, mashed potatoes, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, biscuits and muffins. Steaming bowls of hot cereal prepare you for the frosty days ahead.

Fall, lovingly and excitedly, whispers in your ear: “Take notice and appreciate the beauty and strength of this exquisite season and have patience as Mother Nature readies you for the winter months to come.”

Isn’t it amazing?

Featured photo credit: Z0wbfMGU via media.lifehack.org

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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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