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4 Ways To Enjoy A Rainy Weekend

4 Ways To Enjoy A Rainy Weekend

After a long winter, I bet many of us are excited about the summer sun and the ability to get that light tan we have always wanted. Summer is a time for patio coffees and garden parties. This means we tend to plan our weekends and weekdays around the weather. The sun brings a smile to our faces. However, things change when the weather takes a turn.

Imagine this: it’s a sunny morning and you’re all ready to have fun in the sun. You have your books ready, your summer dress on, and your peep-toe platforms covering the soles of your feet. However, the bright sky turns dark and sully all of a sudden. All you can do is watch through your window as it begins to pour cats and dogs.

What do you do? Here are a few ways to cozy up and make that rainy day an amazing day.

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1. Stock up on interesting TV series.

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    This may be an obvious one, but this may just be the only time where you’re uninterrupted and can blame a lack of productivity on the bad weather. House of Cards and Game of Thrones could be your saviors for the dull day ahead, or you could opt for a classic series like Friends or the all-time favorite Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

    The poor weather offers you an opportunity to calm down and indulge in something that has nothing to do with your everyday responsibilities. It’s a healthy way to divert your mind and spend some time with a loved one. Add a thick blanket and a glass of wine and you’re good to go for an evening of self-indulgence and pampering.

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    2. Take up a cooking project.

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      Cooking is a fun activity for a rainy evening because it’s a chance to relax and treat yourself. For those who love cooking, it could be a time to experiment. The simple dicing of onions and sizzling of a pan can be incredibly satisfying.

      Those who aren’t so passionate about cooking might find it a challenge. However, they might also discover a hidden side to their personality that they might not have explored if weren’t for the rain. Discovering your inner chef is something everyone should experience. It can give you a new level of confidence.

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      3. Contact your loved ones.

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        As we grow older, we begin to gather more and more responsibility. Our lives become a routine or an adventure where we are focused on our next goal. We forget to keep in touch with the past. We remember and reminisce, yet we fail to keep in touch. We forget that even our loved ones age.

        Take advantage of a rainy day to ring up your parents and have a long conversation with them. This call might be something you remember forever. A rainy day with no plans is a perfect time to share your stories and listen to their stories, which they would probably love to share.

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        4. Sleep it off.

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          We all love sleeping. It’s the one time where our mind and body are truly at peace. It’s the moment where the worries of tomorrow stay in the future. However, in today’s busy world, we are all lacking sleep. We are up at the break of dawn. We make our coffee and start creating the checklist for the day as soon as we rise. The truth is that we all hate leaving our warm beds and forcing ourselves into the shower.

          This rainy day might just be your day to catch up on your well-deserved sleep. In my opinion, a rainy day sleep is the best sleep one can get. Just cozy up under your blankets with a pillow and block reality from your mind. Close your eyes and head towards dreamland.

          Featured photo credit: Pavel Badrtdinov via unsplash.com

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          Last Updated on July 27, 2020

          7 Ways to Make Life Changing Decisions

          7 Ways to Make Life Changing Decisions

          Most people don’t know the profound effects of making life decisions. Often times, we go through life oblivious to what thoughts we are thinking and what actions we are taking. Every single decision we make in our days shapes our current reality. It shapes who we are as a person because we habitually follow through with the decisions we make without even realizing it.

          If you’re unhappy with the results in your life right now, making the effort to changing your decisions starting today will be the key to creating the person you want to be and the life you want to have in the future.

          Let’s talk about the 7 ways you can go about making life changing decisions.

          1. Realize the Power of Decision Making

          Before you start making a decision, you have to understand what a decision does.

          Any decision that you make causes a chain of events to happen. When you decide to pick up a cigarette to smoke it, that decision might result in you picking up another one later on to get that same high feeling. After a day, you may have gone through a pack without knowing it. But if you decide not to smoke that first cigarette and make a decision every five minutes to focus your attention somewhere else when you get that craving, after doing this for a week, your cravings will eventually subside and you will become smoke-free.

          But it comes down to making that very first decision of deciding whether or not to pick up that cigarette.

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          2. Go with Your Gut

          Often times, we take too much time to make a decision because we’re afraid of what’s going to happen. As a result of this, we go through things like careful planning, deep analysis, and pros and cons before deciding. This is a very time consuming process.

          Instead, learn to trust your gut instinct. For the most part, your first instinct is usually the one that is correct or the one that you truly wanted to go with.

          Even if you end up making a mistake, going with your gut still makes you a more confident decision maker compared to someone who takes all day to decide.

          3. Carry Your Decision Out

          When you make a decision, act on it. Commit to making a real decision.

          What’s a real decision? It’s when you decide on something, and that decision is carried out through action. It’s pointless to make a decision and have it played out in your head, but not doing anything about it. That’s the same as not making a decision at all.

          If you want to make real changes in life, you have to make it a habit to apply action with your decision until it’s completed. By going through this so many times, you will feel more confident with accomplishing the next decision that you have in mind.

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          4. Tell Others About Your Decisions

          There’s something about telling other people what we’re going to do that makes us follow through.

          For example, for the longest time, I’ve been trying to become an early riser. Whenever I tried to use my own willpower, waking up early without falling back asleep felt impossible. So what I did was I went to a forum and made the decision to tell people that I would wake up at 6 AM and stay up. Within two days, I was able to accomplish doing this because I felt a moral obligation to follow through with my words even though I failed the first time.

          Did people care? Probably not, but just the fact that there might be someone else out there seeing if you’re telling the truth will give you enough motivation to following through with your decision.

          5. Learn from Your Past Decisions

          Even after I failed to follow through my decision the first time when I told people I was going to wake up early and stay up, I didn’t give up. I basically asked myself, “What can I do this time to make it work tomorrow?”

          The truth is, you are going to mess up at times when it comes to making decisions. Instead of beating yourself up over it, learn something from it.

          Ask yourself, what was good about the decision I made? What was bad about it? What can I learn from it so I can make a better decision next time?

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          Remember, don’t put so much emphasis focusing on short term effects; instead focus on the long term effects.

          6. Maintain a Flexible Approach

          I know this might sound counter-intuitive, but making a decision doesn’t mean that you can’t be open to other options.

          For example, let’s say you made the decision to lose ten pounds by next month through cardio. If something comes up, you don’t have to just do cardio. You can be open to losing weight through different methods of dieting as long as it helps you reach your goal in the end.

          Don’t be stubborn to seek out only one way of making a decision. Embrace any new knowledge that brings you closer to accomplishing your initial decision.

          7. Have Fun Making Decisions

          Finally, enjoy the process. I know decision-making might not be the most fun thing world to do, but when you do it often, it becomes a game of opportunity.

          You’ll learn a lot about yourself on the way, you’ll feel and become a lot more confident when you’re with yourself and around others, and making decisions will just become a lot easier after you do it so often that you won’t even think about it.

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          Anything you decide to do from this point on can have a profound effect later on. Opportunities are always waiting for you. Examine the decisions that you currently have in the day.

          Are there any that can be changed to improve your life in some way? Are there any decisions that you can make today that can create a better tomorrow?

          Final Thoughts

          Some decisions in life are harder to make, but with these 7 pieces of advice, you can trust yourself more even when you’re making some of the most important decisions.

          Making a decision is the only way to move forward. So remember, any decision is better than none at all.

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