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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 September 18, 2020

          13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          “We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

          “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

          Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

          You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

          Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

          1. Take a step back and evaluate

          When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

          1. What is the problem?
          2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
          3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
          4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
          5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

          Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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          2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

          If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

          At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

          Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

          3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

          Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

          4. Process your thoughts/emotions

          Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

          1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
          2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
          3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
          4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

          5. Acknowledge your thoughts

          Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

          By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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          Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

          6. Give yourself a break

          If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

          7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

          A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

          Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

          After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

          8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

          As Helen Keller once said,

          “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

          Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

          9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

          In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

          1. What’s the situation?
          2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
          3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
          4. Take action on your next steps!

          After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

          10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

          A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

          Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

          For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

          11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

          No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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          12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

          No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

          13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

          There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

          After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

          Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

          Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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