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4 Reasons Why Moms Who Love Traveling Are The Best

4 Reasons Why Moms Who Love Traveling Are The Best

My mom absolutely loves to travel. A few months ago, we went to South Carolina together to stay in a resort close to the beach with our family. Taking some time to reflect on this trip, I’ve realized just how awesome moms who love to travel are and how lucky I am to the son of one. Here are some of the reasons why.

1. They help you grow

If there’s one thing my trip to South Carolina with my family has taught me, it’s this:

The more I travel, the more I learn about the world, and the more I grow.

Travel-loving moms realize they limit their kids’ growth by keeping them in one spot their whole lives. They encourage and even push us to do more traveling so we can experience all the world has to offer.

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2. They teach you the value of money — and the value it doesn’t have

Traveling can be very expensive, and oftentimes families need to be frugal in order to afford a vacation every once in a while.

I understand this, and I felt bad that we had to spend money in order to spend time together. I expressed these feelings to my mom and this is what she said to me:

“Bill, you can always earn more money. Time spent with family traveling and seeing the world is priceless and is far more important to me than paper in my pocket. Always remember that.”

Needless to say, it’s a life lesson I’ll never forget.

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3. They give their kids the reigns to resolve their own conflicts

One of the worst things any parent can do is smother their kids and keep them from experiencing some of the pain the world has to offer. While I’m sure these parents mean well, by solving their kid’s problems for them, they’re keeping their kids from learning to fend for themselves.

During our trip to South Carolina, we had 5 people jammed into a very tiny sedan. There was little to no legroom as all of our things wouldn’t fit in the truck, so some of it sat at our feet. The middle seat in the back was the worst — and that’s what my sister and I got into a fight over.

She refused to take the middle seat and locked me out of the car. I got angry and profanities came out.

Did mom speak up to stop us, cracking the whip of parenthood? Did she tell one of us to suck it up and sit in the middle?

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Nope. She let us hash it out for ourselves. Looking back on it now, I didn’t handle it very well — I was a 22-year-old guy screaming at his little sister over a two-foot space in a car for 20 minutes. Yikes.

However, 10 minutes after the rage came out, we ended up hugging it out and making up. We both apologized and it was a lesson learned. Mom knew what she was doing the whole time!

4. They allow their kids the freedom to figure out the world for themselves

You know those parents who never let their kids out of their sight? That’s the exact opposite of moms who love to travel.

These moms let their kids have the freedom they need to go out into the world. They’re comfortable with their kids getting lost (within reason). Why? Because they know their kids need to figure out how to find their own way themselves.

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My mom let my sister (age 15) and my nephew (age 8) go on adventures by themselves to the beach and up the road. If they got lost or stuck somewhere, it would give them an opportunity to find their way out of it and learn from the experience (of course, mom was always just a phone call away).

So, if you’re a mom who loves to travel, you should feel proud knowing your kids are growing up smart. If you’re the kid of a mom who loves to travel, you should feel blessed to have her in your life.

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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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