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4 Islands Perfect for Living the Luxury Life

4 Islands Perfect for Living the Luxury Life

If we were able to move from our chaotic lives to somewhere serene and beautiful, wouldn’t we take that chance? Have you pictured yourself living meters away from a beautiful ocean or having the chance to work at while watching the beautiful sunset? I know I did and it was something that made me wake up every morning striving for the better.

What if you were guaranteed the best of both worlds? If luxury and serenity go hand in hand, which places would be suitable for that?

Keeping all these questions in mind, we decided to put together a few islands that offer both luxury and peace of mind.

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1. Mauritius, Africa

For those who don’t know Mauritius, it’s a small island located along the coast of Africa. It was a small island which was formerly colonized by the French. Over the years their official languages became Creole , French, and Hindi. With a mixture of both European and Indian culture, you’ll find an extreme dynamic population there.

If you’re looking forward to continuing your career as well as to enjoy nature in a nurture-filled environment, then this is the perfect place. They also have amazing communities as well as a developed modernized culture. In the summer you can bask in the sun while taking a swim, and in winter you can enjoy the nature while sitting on your porch.

If you are worried about the cost, Mauritius is one of the islands with affordable living hence you needn’t worry about going broke after one day. You can live like a rock star on a student’s budget.

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2.Bali, Indonesia

Over the years Indonesia has been a popular venue for many tourists, due to its exquisite culture, history and love for meditation and Ayurvedic medicines. Indonesia is a country filled with amazing people and good food, which is why many expats have decided to move in that direction.

Bali is one of the most famous island destinations in Indonesia. Bali has always been the famous honeymoon destination, due to its beautiful island view and perfect calmness. Its popularity has also gained the attention of many expats who are looking to indulge towards a spiritual journey. Many who avert from a hustling life of marketing and entrepreneurship retreat there to explore their spirituality. Becoming yoga teachers and meditators, they managed to find the most important thing in life: peace.

Bali may be a little more expensive compared to other parts of Indonesia, but you will definitely be able to live a far more luxurious life compared to anywhere in Europe.

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3. Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Lanzarote is an island located along the South African Coast , a small island among the huge cluster of the Canary Islands. It’s one of the islands colonized by the Spanish people; hence. you’ll notice an intense influence of the Spanish culture, lifestyle, and character.

Lanzarote encompasses the classy aspect of the Spanish people. You can discover delicious wine and amazing food and at the same time keep the aspect of nature and seaside alive. You can easily walk down its streets for a swim as well as take a small walk towards the nature preserves.

Unlike the other islands, this island is quite expensive. But if you’re looking for a lifestyle full of glamour, this is the place .

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4. Santorini, Greece

Santorini, one of the most beautiful islands in the world, is located in the historic Greece. Greece has been the land of myths, culture, food and history throughout the century. We have heard the stories of Sparta and Zeus and seen the Greek culture and history seeping into a small part of our lives through movies and documentaries.

Santorini is an island that isn’t secluded from civilization but also allows you to unwind and let go of technology. If you’re aiming for a lifestyle of freedom and work this would be the perfect place. You can enjoy all the finest things of life while staying humble and down to earth. The people are known for their kind smiles as well as open-mindedness, so adapting wouldn’t be an issue for you.

Soon enough you’ll be saying “Ella” and “Opah” to every word. Living there is quite reasonable so you needn’t worry about lifestyle being too expensive.

If you’re looking to escape, these places will provide you the safe haven of escape from a lifestyle filled with hassle . Be prepared to welcome calmness with open hands.

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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