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12 Reasons You Should Visit San Francisco Once In Your Lifetime

12 Reasons You Should Visit San Francisco Once In Your Lifetime

San Francisco, one of America’s most vibrant cities, lures individuals across the world because of its appealing beauty. Therefore, millions of visitors leave their heart out there after visiting San Francisco. The result is San Francisco is voted amongst “America’s Favorite Cities” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler year in, year out. Known for its diverse culture, fantastic scenery, unusual climate, outstanding city, great food, open minded and friendly people and many more, there is no match for San Francisco’s infinite charm. The city offers plenty of things to do for almost everyone and in abundance.

Here below are the 12 astounding reasons as to why San Francisco is a wonderful place to visit at least once in a lifetime. After reading these reasons, every individual will have satisfactory explanations to set San Francisco as their next destination.

1. Discoverable within a day

One of the interesting things about visiting San Francisco is that, although the city is colossal in terms of attraction and amenities, it is geographically small. Visitors who set foot into the city can explore almost all part of the city within a day and it’s enough time to make a scene and make a difference in San Francisco. In just one perfect day, it is possible to do most of the great things including trip to Alcatraz, walk through the oldest Chinatown, visit to the world class museums, go shopping at Union Square, walk over the Golden Gate Bridge, dine at Al’s Place, ride the cable car and so on.

2. Tons of astounding views

One of the must do thing for all visitors in San Francisco is to take advantage of the scenic beauty it embraces. When you look around while walking through the city, you can enjoy truly breathtaking views. The views aren’t limited to the city sky line. There’s incredible nature all in and around the city from the waves crashing on the rocks on Ocean Beach to the sunsets on the Embarcadero to the Presidio view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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3. Unpredictable climate

San Francisco amazes every visitor with its extremely varied and unusual climatic behavior. You may find weather changing drastically from neighborhood to neighborhood. The sharp topography and maritime surroundings of San Francisco is liable for such variation in climate. Travelers can experience moist mild winters and cool dry summer. Over four seasons, San Francisco’s weather can be difficult for visitors to predict, but this Fog City delivers majestic skies, trademark curls of white fog and dazzling sunsets.

4. Heaven for the foodies

San Francisco has more than 4,500 restaurants in its seven square mile area where foods are as good as the art. The city is paradise for your taste buds. Having been named the “Best Food City In The Country” by Bon Appetit, there are six of hometown eateries included in top 50 restaurants nationwide-the most of any U.S. city.

San Francisco’s culinary scene is committed to excellence with outstanding food served all over the city, and no two neighborhoods are alike. There are overwhelming number of choices for food so you can get a chance to satisfy your stomach as much as your eyes in San Francisco.

5. Best for bicycle lovers

Whether you’re a bike lover or a fanatical rider, San Francisco may be perfect place for you. All amenities like bike lanes, bike parking area and even traffic signals giving riders the right-of-way are available for riders. Bikes are as famous as cars in San Francisco. Most rides officially start on the city-side of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are many cycle routes with iconic and challenging loop with amazing views, breathtaking climbs and fast descents. Some of them are Col du Pantoll, Alpine Dam + Mt. Tam, Point Reyes Loop, Muir Woods Loop, etc.

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6. Finest shopping neighborhood

If you are obsessed with shopping, then San Francisco could be a dreamland for you. There are perfect neighborhoods like Union Square for serious shoppers, where most of the top retail brands are available. Major department stores and the most exclusive designer boutiques line streets like Post, Sutter, Geary, Grant, Stockton and Powell.

7. Blended with diverse culture and people

Without a cultural experience, the visit to San Francisco would not be complete. The city is home to internationally recognized symphony, opera and ballet companies. Many playwrights have transcribed their masterpiece in San Francisco. Meditation, yoga and Eastern philosophy are part of the city’s DNA. San Francisco comprises population, including Whites, Asians, African-Americans, Latinos and many others. The open minded and friendly people of San Francisco welcome everyone with their heart.

8. Largest and oldest Chinatown

The Chinatown located on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street in San Francisco is the oldest in North America and the largest outside Asia. It continues to retain its own customs, languages, places of worship, social clubs, and identity. This city within a city is best discovered on foot; exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples and small museums comprise its boundaries. Visitors can buy ancient potions from herb shops, relax and enjoy a “dim sum” lunch or witness the making of fortune cookies.

9. World class museums

San Francisco’s museums are a must for any visitor due to the presence of the finest classical and contemporary arts collection, world-class aquariums, a planetarium and many more. But it’s not just the collections that are splendid; there’s also critically acclaimed architecture and some of the most amazing vistas in the city that make San Francisco’s museums worth the visit.

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Asian Art Museum, The Exploratorium, de Young Museum, Legion of Honor and California Academy of Sciences are some important venues that encompass  artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific objects of Eastern and Western masterpieces.

10. Free of cost festivals

The biggest perks of living in the city is taking advantage of the numerous free street fairs and festivals that happen almost every weekend from April to October – many of which are free of costs. San Francisco’s downtown plazas and market streets are crowded during these amazing events. Union Street Festival, How Weird Street Fair, Carnival San Francisco and Fillmore Jazz Festival are some popular carnivals in which almost every neighborhood displays their unique identity with live entertainment, local art, vendors and tasty street food.

11. Incredible botanical garden and zoo

The extremely varying climatic conditions of San Francisco allow growth of plants that are found across the globe, including plants that are no longer found in their native habitats. San Francisco Botanical Garden is recognized for its distinctive, varied and important botanical collections, where visitors can experience nature, learn about plants and the environment in an ‘outdoor classroom’.

Similarly, the San Francisco Zoo is an urban oasis. It is home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals from more than 250 species.

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12. Paradise for nightlife adventure

San Francisco’s nightlife is as mixed and colorful as the San Francisco itself, and each neighborhood offers a different vibe, which means there’s something for everyone. For electronic music clubs, hip-hop or chill art lounges, head to San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, while the artsy Mission district is primed for everything from dive bar hopping to intimate dance space, an alternative to the city’s larger clubs.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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