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Top 10 Unusual Places to Propose a Marriage

Top 10 Unusual Places to Propose a Marriage

Anyone can propose a marriage over dinner; however, choosing the perfect location is key. Sure, there are some places that are pretty obvious, but why not choose somewhere unusual? Not only will it make for a great vacation spot, but the thought that will be put into it will also show her how much she means to you.

1. Big Sur, California

This 90 miles of highway has inspired poets, storytellers, and song writers. Take your lady love on a road trip, and tell her how she inspires you—then pop the question. There are numerous spectacular lookout points to choose from, containing rocky cliffs and enormous mountains. Who could say no with views like these?

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2. Fiji

The beaches of Fiji have risen in fame for their sunsets and incomparable diving. Coined one of the most romantic getaway destinations, it is not only ideal for the perfect marriage proposal, it also doubles as a great destination for an uber-romantic wedding. Take your lady to one of the nearby tiny private islands and she will want to be yours forever.

3. Phnom Bakheng Temple, Cambodia

How many people can say that they began their journey to marriage at a temple that is over 1000 years old? To up the ante for proposal day, plan an elephant ride up the hill and give your lady a day full of firsts. She will see these gestures as the tone being set for the marriage and will give you her heart forever.

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4. At the Top of Any Mountain

Plan a hike to the top of one of her favorite mountains. The altitude will give you privacy, and there won’t be any distractions—other than the breathtaking scenery. It doesn’t have to be Mount Everest by any means. Choosing such an unusual place to propose will catch her so off-guard that she will only remember all the very best of the day.

5. Ponts des Arts, France

France might seem obvious. The Eiffel Tower would make your proposal cliché. Instead, go for the underdog, Pont des Arts Bridge. If your girl is a fan of Sex and the City, she will recognize the scenery and will be even more impressed. Pop the question here and get ready for a lifetime of bragging rights. Your lover will gush about it forever!

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6. Stairway to Heaven in Hawaii

These stairs are nestled among the mountains and ascend up and down, as if they assist in traveling to and from Heaven. The beauty of the surrounding area will blow your mind. While it is an obvious place to hike, it is an unusual place to propose. If you two can conquer this massive set of stairs together, there is no better way to reward yourself than to ask the love of your life to spend the rest of their days with you.

7. Las Vegas, Nevada

Known for being a destination to get married, Las Vegas can take you anywhere to get engaged. The cultural replicas will transport you to Venice, New York, Rome, Egypt, and Camelot. If she agrees to marriage and you’re the spontaneous type, you can get married that same day with no hassle. This will make for a unique story to tell all of your friends and family.

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8. Where You Had Your First Date

This is a simple option for those that still want to show how much they love their sweetie. While she will think that you are so amazing for remembering where you had your first date, she will gush over the great memories while you scheme to make a new unforgettable memory with your proposal.

9. Overlooking the Pitons in St. Lucia

The Pitons are impressive volcano peaks that rise almost 3,000 feet from the ocean. They are one of the most sensational natural sights in the Caribbean. Covered in forests, with a beautiful bay nestled between the two peaks, you can surprise your love with the proposal of her dreams over dinner with a magnificent view.

10. Bali

This captivating Indonesian island is a much sought after honeymoon spot. However, you should consider it as the place to serve as the backdrop for your proposal. The beachfront city of Nusa Dua provides optimal photographic opportunities that all of your Instagram followers will be jealous of. Stretches of white beaches are accompanied with monstrous cliffs. Turning this romantic getaway into a proposal will provide you and your sweetie a story that will never get old.

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

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Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
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Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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