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Knowing These 6 Secrets Will Make Your RV Look Amazing

Knowing These 6 Secrets Will Make Your RV Look Amazing

RVs. They’re massive kings of the road. Whether you’re going away to your favourite lot/cottage for the weekend or taking a week-long vacay, RVs are invaluable when it comes to transporting the entire family.

You know this – otherwise you wouldn’t have bought, or thought about buying, an RV.

Sometimes, though, RVs are just plain flat-out ugly. I’ve bought 2 in my lifetime. [types]. Both were under $200, though… So you get what you pay for.

Not to mention that I didn’t even know about The RV Makeover Bible, at the time. This lifesaving book says that the most common remodeling projects to RVs are replacing the dinette, repainting walls, and upgrading the flooring and furniture and windows.

So, everything basically. We want to be happy campers, right?

But replacing and upgrading everything leaves little to the DIY free spirit that you are. You need secrets that not everybody knows about, to really make your RV feel more like you. Here are 6 of those secrets:

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1. Tailour the Woodwork

The biggest complaint with RVs is no shocker: the woodwork. Why do RVS come with such laughable woodwork designs? They’re cheap, for one. Low cost. Saves time installing them. Maybe they were even vogue at one point during RV manufacturing.

Whatever the reason – it’s likely that you want to replace the woodwork. How just do you go about doing that? Good ol’ fashioned interior painting.

The next thing you can do is replace the windows yourself. You can check your local hardware store for windows.

2. Paint

I read in a home décor magazine, to find a design that’s totally you, to look no further than your wardrobe; your fashion colour and patterns should dictate your home colour design.

Let’s take it one step further: extend your fashion/home sense to your RV. Look at the main colours of your wardrobe – what is it about this colour you like so much? Why not paint your RV in a lighter (or darker) shade of that? I personally love royal blue décor colours for my home and clothes.

Finally, after you’re done repainting your new home-away-from-home, take it one more step further and think about silver/gold/platinum lever handles to your cabinets. Why not?

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There’s no drawback to replacing the plastic or wooden “bulbs” that pass off for handles in RVs. Everything we’re doing right now is for the benefit of radiating new and fresh in your RV.

3. Pets

I don’t know ANYONE who likes leaving their pets at home when they’re travelling, do you? I take my Suki (a 15 year old Siamese/Persian cat) whenever I’m gone for more than a day. For two reasons: 1) we’ll miss each other too much, and 2) I can’t trust my neighbours to refill her water dish. Animals are just like humans: going days without water will kill them.

That’s why investing in TORUS, a water bowl specifically designed for RVs. Why? The bowl is high enough for your pets to drink, but low enough so it isn’t splashing everywhere. I didn’t even know about this time-saving bowl until I came across this comprehensive list of RV hacks.

4. Lights

Many pendants and small lightings add a whimsical aura of elegance to any space; be it home, an office, hallway, or RV. Some of the smaller ones are pricy, but are well worth every cent.

I personally love chandeliers – they make family time so much more classy and elegant. Like we’re a luxurious family that can afford to travel each and every single day, forgetting about the drama troubles waiting back home.

Something about low-hanging lights just adds a touch of… Something. I don’t know what, but I love it.

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5. Exciting Colors and Patterns

Nothing brightens up a small space more than vibrant colors and fun patterns. If you don’t want to go as far as painting the walls of your RV, simply buy some pillows with bright colors, drape the sofa with a fun patterned blanket, or cover the floor with a rug.

Earlier, we talked about painting, right? Right. But we didn’t talk about what to paint. Yes, you can paint the kitchen royal blue or paint the bathroom any exciting colour you want.

Whatever colour you go with, be exciting! Something amazing. Colours that’ll make you want to stay in your RV and forget about camping altogether.

For interesting patterns, rugs are a go-to necessity. Sadly, some rugs in some RVs are like wearing blue pants and a purple shirt – it just doesn’t work. Not to mention the practicality of rugs; people’s feet shuffling them everywhere, dirtying them up with good ol’ nature. It can be frustrating, and the more worn rugs get, the less attractive they are – defeating the entire purpose of buying them and ugh! (I love rugs. I have a [rug design] in my entranceway that just oozes relaxation out of me. So yeah – dishelveled, expensive rugs that serve no purpose irk me.)

Thankfully, DIY projects are a lifesaver. With a wealth of DIY rug solutions out there, turning cheap rubber mats into expensive-looking, insanely-practical floor mats can be done in a weekend. You can even do it with the entire family, if they can be bothered to put down their phones and PS3 controllers.

6. Bedsheets

Bedsheets are the worst; they slip off constantly, they’re always getting dirty… It’s a chore just to keep them in the pristine condition I bought them in.

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Aside from the wheel, your family will probably be spending the most time on your trip in their beds. Make that time worthwhile and comfortable.

And that’s not including the bedsheets in RVs – they’re even more terrible. If you’re an experienced RV’er, you know what I’m talking about.

That’s why a fitted sheet and mattress protector all-in-one is vital for the luxury of your RV. It comes in four different colours, is non-allergenic (which was wonderful news for my spouse), and can fit the sizes of many beds.

It’s something to think about.

Last Thoughts

I hope a dozen or more ideas have flooded your brain today – RV camping isn’t just about driving the entire family away for a getaway. It’s an experience. Most of the time, RVs bought from manufacturers are just plain boring. Sprucing up your own RV can take just a few days or an entire week. As always in life, you get out what you put into it. Safe travels out there.

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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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      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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