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Visit a Holiday Light Display To Celebrate the Season!

Visit a Holiday Light Display To Celebrate the Season!

Baking decadent cookies, decorating the house with Christmas trees, and hosting holiday soirees; these are a few of the best ways to celebrate the season.

If visions of burnt gingerbread men and high-maintenance family members dance through your mind when you think of these holiday traditions, there is a stress-free and festive way to get in the Christmas spirit that might be better suited for you. Throughout the US, there are a plethora of holiday light shows that provide you with the perfect, worry-free way to feel festive this holiday.

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Most states have at least one display of lights and decorations that are set up each year for families and friends to enjoy, but the lucky states have several throughout. These displays draw in crowds from all over and can range from millions of individual lights combined into one spectacular display to a single Christmas tree made of tumbleweeds. No matter which display you choose to visit, they are all wholesome activities that are perfect for the entire family. The kids will be dazzled by the twinkling lights and fairy-tale-like displays while the adults will be reminded of the magic of the season.

Although many of these light shows are worth a visit, there are some that stand out as being the most extraordinary. They’re scattered across the US from Washington to Alabama. The elves at Treetopia put together a map highlighting the ten best displays.

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    Each of the shows has their own unique elements that locals have grown to love. Whether it’s a display of thousands of collectible Santa Claus figurines or a lake cruise that leads to a breath-taking display of holiday lights that makes the show stand out, none of the top ten will disappoint you if you pay them a visit. Some people say that you haven’t really felt the real holiday spirit until you take a look at these professional shows and displays.

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    Regardless of what you celebrate, visiting a  holiday light display is the perfect way to celebrate with your loved ones. These shows are innocuous and don’t focus solely on one religious tradition. For instance, the Tanglewood Festival of Lights has a large light display that reads “Happy Hannukah” and another that wishes everyone a “Happy Kwanzaa.” No matter what you believe in and what you do to celebrate the season, these light displays are a harmless and beautiful place to spend an evening during the holiday season.

    If you plan to spend the holidays near one of these featured light displays, we highly recommend stopping by for a visit with your family. Pack a picnic with some of those aforementioned gingerbread cookies (as long as they aren’t too burnt) and make a road trip out of it.  Even the biggest Scrooge of your family will find themselves smiling at the extravagant displays. We guarantee that no one will be disappointed and you will leave feeling a little more festive than you did before attending.

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    And lastly, remember to always stay safe and be careful with all the celebrations around. Take care of what you eat and drink, try to eat as healthy as you can, stay hydrated and avoid hangovers. At home, if you decided to have an artificial Christmas tree, please make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant” but if you bought a natural tree, just keep lit away from heat sources and check the water level every other day to ensure proper hydration ( because we know that a dried-out tree can catch fire faster). Enjoy your Holidays!

    “The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us”. -Terri Marshall.

    Featured photo credit: hulutrip via img.hulutrip.com

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

      Why You Need a Vision

      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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      How to Create Your Life Vision

      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

      What Do You Want?

      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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      Some tips to guide you:

      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
      • Give yourself permission to dream.
      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

      Some questions to start your exploration:

      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
      • What qualities would you like to develop?
      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
      • What would you most like to accomplish?
      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

      A few prompts to get you started:

      • What will you have accomplished already?
      • How will you feel about yourself?
      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
      • What does your ideal day look like?
      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
      • What would you be doing?
      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
      • How are you dressed?
      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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      Plan Backwards

      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
      • What important actions would you have had to take?
      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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