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6 Reasons to Be Thrilled About Spring

6 Reasons to Be Thrilled About Spring

Spring is here. Winter weather is dissipating, trees are slowly regaining foliage, and colorful flowers are beginning to bloom. It’s a refreshing and wonderful site. However, the weather is only one of the reasons why you should be thrilled about spring. Let’s check out a handful of the top reasons why spring is the greatest time of the year.

1. Eating Outside and People Watching

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    While some will adamantly deny it, the truth is that we all enjoy people watching. There’s just something incredibly entertaining about sitting back and observing how complete strangers interact with each other and handle various situations.

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    Unfortunately, people watching is often forced to take a backseat when the weather is cold. But, when the weather begins to warm, you can once again sit outside and watch people walk by. Top people watching destinations include street cafes, tourist attractions, park benches, and public transit. As a tip, wear sunglasses so you don’t look super creepy.

    2. Music Festivals

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      Springtime means the resurgence of outdoor music festivals and concerts. If you’re willing to travel a bit, you can attend a different festival each weekend from March through the end of the summer. In other words, there’s no excuse for saying, “There’s nothing going on this weekend.”

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      3. Baseball Season

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        As spring comes, so does baseball season. Opening Day typically takes place at the very beginning of April and the weather is generally cool enough to enjoy a few innings of baseball without sweating through your shirt.

        Not crazy about baseball? Well, there are some other ways to get into the game. Try your hand at placing a wager on the game. Or, check out the craft beer lineups that many stadiums now offer. You may even be able to find some “all you can eat seats” at the next game. Never say no to baseball in the spring – there’s always something going on at the ballpark.

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        4. The Masters Tournament

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          Is there anything more “spring” than the annual Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia? It’s arguably the most beautiful sporting event of the entire year, with an immaculate course, bright azaleas, and some of the world’s greatest athletes. And one of the coolest things about the tournament is that a number of amateurs are invited each year. This adds a bit of a special feel to the event and gives even the most casual fan a reason to tune in.

          5. Fresh Food

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            While there’s nothing wrong with a good oven-baked casserole, being restricted to the kitchen is a nightmare for those who enjoy delicious food. When spring rolls in, you can once again fire up your grill and enjoy steaks, hamburgers, and hot dogs. Now’s the perfect time to clean the grill and stock up on propane or charcoal.

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            6. Pool Season

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              Finally, we can’t forget about swimming. When spring weather arrives, the cover comes off the pool and the kids can dive right in. Whether you have a pool in your backyard, are a member of the neighborhood pool, or know a friend with one, everyone enjoys lazy afternoons by the water. Just make sure you lather on the sunscreen. The first few weeks of warm weather can wreak havoc on your skin if you aren’t prepared.

              Rejoice for Spring

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                Spring means good food, weather, and entertainment. What more could you ask for? Nothing against summer or fall – or even winter for that matter – but spring has to be the greatest season of the year. The good news is that springtime is here and we no longer have to suffer through the dreary days of winter. Congratulations, you made it!

                Featured photo credit: Andrew Wilkinson via flic.kr

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                5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

                5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

                Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

                Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

                But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

                Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

                But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

                Journal writing.

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                Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

                Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

                Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

                1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

                By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

                Consider this:

                Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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                But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

                The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

                2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

                If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

                How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

                Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

                You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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                3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

                As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

                Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

                All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

                4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

                Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

                Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

                The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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                5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

                The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

                It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

                Kickstart Journaling

                How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

                Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

                Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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