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5 Tips to Make Sure Autumn Memories Stay With You

5 Tips to Make Sure Autumn Memories Stay With You

The freezing temperatures of winter and the lack of sun always make us remember the autumn fondly. Always make us think back on our travel adventures and on the golden leaves shimmering in the street. We miss the walks we used to take with our long trench coats, sipping our delicious pumpkin spice lattes. The traces of autumn never leave our minds as we wish for the same season to repeat itself again.

Sometimes, when our pets are staring at us blankly, we even wonder if they too are missing those piles of golden leaves. Although winter provides us with the perfect comforts of snuggling and enjoying our homes, there’s a part of us that always misses the outdoors.

How do we preserve the memories of autumn through the seasons that follow? How do we arrange our plans for fall vacations before autumn comes again?

These are personal questions that I’ve been contemplating myself. This article will help shed some insight into my personal ways of keeping those memories fresh and motivating.

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    1. Sorting Out All the Travel Pictures

    During the year, we are constantly busy. Our daily lives consume our time, and we rarely can afford the luxury of sorting out most of our pictures. Often times, they end up in a pile on the side of our desktop with a simple title defining and encompassing all those adventures. We rarely go through it, because our Instagram or Facebook feed seems enough to remind us of our adventures.

    Therefore, winter is definitely the perfect time to start organizing and rearranging all your travel pictures. Delete those that are not necessary, and save the photos of events and places that really left a mark during your trips and travels. Furthermore, this will allow you to free up some space on your computer and keep it organized.

    On the other hand, you could also use this time to store those pictures in the cloud. That will serve as a backup plan in case something happens to your internal hard drive.

    Wouldn’t you rather be safe rather than sorry?

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      2. Reserving and Highlighting Great Deals for Your Next Trip

      Winter is the perfect time of the year to start planning for trips. A common misconception is that it is best to aim to travel in the summer. The demand for travel skyrockets in the summer as people from all around the world looking forward to going somewhere.

      However, this demand is the main reason for the hike in air fares and the crowds of tourists and travelers in certain locations during the summer. Furthermore, summer vacations are usually cut short, impairing your ability to enjoy a city or a new destination to the fullest. Work and other priorities compete with your vacation plans, which gives you only a short time span to enjoy your holidays.

      However, planning for autumn travel will allow you to discover cheaper air fares as well as lower rates on accommodations. As the hype of summer simmers down, you’ll be able to find great deals, so reserving and highlighting those offers will give you the flexibility to plan either for solo travel or travels with company.

        3. Choose Your Top Three Choices of Places to Travel

        During summer, you’re always left with limited options for places to travel. Sometimes, in a rush to choose your travel destinations, you always end up returning to the same places. On the other hand, the rise in air fares and accommodation expenses may restrict the number of places you could travel to and the amount of vacation time you could enjoy if you travel in the summer.

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        So, why not make a list of your top three destination choices for autumn?

        For example, you could plan a beach vacation in the Bahamas, where you can bask in the sun and enjoy the sunny weather on another continent. You can also plan to experience the truffle season in Italy, a trip which you may not be able to take if you’re planning a summer vacation. Truffle season in Italy is a highlight for many chefs around the world. It’s only at that time of year that you would have the opportunity to select those expensive truffles and purchase them for a reasonable price. Truffles are a rare ingredient, and for anyone who loves food, they are a luxury to cook with.

        Wouldn’t it be great to be able to discover and enjoy such a unique experience?

          4. Hold A Potluck with Your Previous Travel Companions

          Sometimes, all your memories can be relived when there’s a group of like-minded people around you. That’s the magic of potluck dinners. During winter, psychologically, we may prefer to be alone and content in our homes. However, this can also be the biggest cause of depression and loneliness in the winter.

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          Therefore, having a potluck dinner with your previous travel mates doesn’t only give you the chance to relive your travel adventures from the previous autumn. It also gives you the chance to increase your social connectedness. Food allows anyone to bond, and it creates an amazing atmosphere, so why not use the opportunity to the best of your abilities?

          You can also make the potluck unique by recreating dishes that sparked your imagination during the autumn, while others do the same. Then, you’ll not only have a great conversation but also enrich yourself culturally and feed your mind, body, and soul.

          In Conclusion

          Traveling during any season can be amazing, but we often forget to keep the memories together so we can treasure them in the future. Sometimes, reliving these memories heals the soul and gives you the opportunity to look forward to something amazing whilst going about your daily life.

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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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