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5 Useful Things for the Perfect Picnic

5 Useful Things for the Perfect Picnic

In a busy life, most people always wait for a picnic with their family because it’s considered as the best time to improve the relationship between family members and the time for sharing and relaxing as well. However, many people get in trouble at the preparation step or always forget some tiny things like lighter, a bowl, etc. Therefore, thoughtful preparation is a good thing for the perfect trip.

1. Suitable clothes

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    Perhaps you think that clothes are not the problem while enjoying the picnic so you don’t pay attention to the issue, but it is really a misconception. The picnic is time for rest, refreshment, and fun, so you should choose the clothes that are the most comfortable for you and can help you move easiest. Furthermore, wearing expensive clothes can be a bad choice for you because when enjoying outside activities, your clothes can get dirty or ruined by some unexpected incidents, so you should choose the clothes which you can throw away or easily clean. Moreover, if you like wearing a dress, a maxi dress or long dress is the best idea for you. They will help you move more easily, sit down or run and they are more comfortable than a short dress.

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    2. Make a list of what are the necessary things to bring

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      Whether you are a careful person or not, making a list of necessary things for the picnic is always the most important step because there are a lot of tiny things for a picnic and your brain can not cover them all. In addition, the list also helps you avoid the “OMG, I forgot” situation which makes your picnic uncomfortable. You can divide the list into 3 parts including types of food and vegetable, kitchen tools and personal things. For foods, you should cook or pre-process at home to save picnic time as well as reduce the number of kitchen tools such as a gas cooker or saucepans. Don’t forget to wash, peel, cut and store the vegetables and fruits in additional boxes from the house. When arriving at the picnic place, just enjoy them without loss of time for the preparation of food as well.

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      If you love the beach and want to visit the beach for your family, remember to bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. You should bring insect control pills if your picnic place is national park or forest. Be proactive and prepare a list of appliances and utensils which you need to bring 1-2 days ahead to be sure that you bring all things you want for the picnic. You should avoid preparing necessary things 1-2 hours before going to the picnic.

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      3. Bring tablecloths

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        It’s the most importing thing when going to the picnic, but all most people always forget it. Whether you choose the beach, park or anywhere for your family, tablecloths is one of the first things you have to bring because it helps you have clean place for eating and sitting instead of sitting on sand, soil or grass which can cause a lot of problems that you do not unforeseeable such as insect bites, dirty clothes and etc.

        4. Carry a serving tray

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          Except when going to the picnic area zones that have available tables and seats, you should bring a tray to serve food. Normally, sitting on the ground can make for an uneven surface, so this can make it hard for beer and wine to be poured. Hence, bring a plastic tray to put food and drinks. The tray will also make the food more beautiful if you intend to take a photo with them.

          5. Readiness to enjoy

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            The last thing you need to do is to enjoy this trip. You can bring a magazine, a paper, a novel or some funny things or interesting games to do with your family to make the best memorable and relaxing time for each member of the family. You should put stress or trouble things in your life on the other side and enjoy 100% feeling in the picnic. In addition, staying away from the phone, tablet is the best idea in this time. You should remember that the picnic is the time for your family and outside activities.

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            Last Updated on July 23, 2019

            5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

            5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

            In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

            Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

            How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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            • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
            • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
            • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
            • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
            • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
            • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

            When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

            1. Realize You’re Not Alone

            Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

            2. Find What Inspires You

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            Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

            On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

            3. Give Yourself a Break

            When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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            Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

            4. Shake up Your Routines

            Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

            Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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            When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

            5. Start with a Small Step

            Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

            Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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            Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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