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Reasons to Own a Rack for Your Car

Reasons to Own a Rack for Your Car

In the summer and the early autumn months, the mood to go kayaking can so easily grab you. A positive weather report, a free weekend and the chance to just hit the water can be an overwhelming urge. However, without a kayak car rack, you had better have pretty long arms to carry it!

To avoid being let down, make sure that when the mood strikes you’ve already prepared. A kayak roof rack can easily be found to give you easy access to a simple form of transport for your kayak. Not only will this greatly speed up your overall efficiency, it avoids being let down. Nothing is worse than wanting to go out there and enjoy the thrill of kayaking with no means of travel.

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Choosing your Car Rack Types

Rooftop Racks

Do you have a SUV or any other similar vehicle with pre-installed rack, you can choose the rooftop racks, specially designed to fit these racks. Or else, you can use a device named as ‘tower’ or ‘foot’ that is available to hold the bars making up your rack.

Trunk or Deck Racks

On the other hand, if you have a hatchback or sedan, a deck or trunk rack is the perfect option. You can attach these devices with the straps and hooks to your hatchback or trunk. As a matter of fact, these aren’t racks actually, but they’re called ‘mounts’.

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So, why should you look to invest in a new kayak car rack?

Safe and Sound

A good roof rack will make sure you don’t have to worry about damage, collision or any other typical problem that you are likely to face. If you fear for your safety out on the roads due to the kayak, perhaps not being prepared, then a kayak car rack can help you solve this problem. It adds an extra layer of stability to the car as well as the kayak. By keeping it steady in place you can make sure that you have extra confidence in making it from A to B without problems.

More Comfortable

Your driving experience is much better with the kayak above the car also. It allows you to have much better relaxation within the car as you try (and usually fail) to fit the kayak inside the car itself. By having the roof rack kept above, you avoid this problem from becoming an issue and thus hampering your experience.

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Extra Storage

Another fine benefit of using a car rack is that it keeps more space in the car itself for supplies. Boost your supply capacity by using the extra space saved on your car as a second trunk. Best of all, you can use your roof as a second transport area with any space that is left over. Just be sure to tie it all down to avoid anything spilling onto the road

Carry Extras

Going on a little weekend away for fitness and fun? Then bring all of your equipment at once. Now you can carry the kayak, your bikes and extra sports equipment all at once. This used to cause a lot of logistical problems, but a roof rack can help you avoid these problems from developing in the first place.

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As you can see, multiple benefits exist regarding the safe use and effective management of kayaks with a rack. These racks allow for better stability, and they tend to be very easy to fit into vehicles. Even those without extensive experience of car management or maintenance should have no problems fitting a rack onto their car.

Once you do this, you can find that your kayaking trips will soon become a whole lot easier to manage!

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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