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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 March 14, 2019

          7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

          7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

          Recruiters might hold thousands of interviews in their careers and a lot of them are reporting the same thing—that most candidates play it safe with the questions they ask, or have no questions to ask in a job interview at all.

          For job applicants, this approach is crazy! This is a job that you’re going to dedicate a lot of hours to and that might have a huge impact on your future career. Don’t throw away the chance to figure out if the position is perfect for you.

          Here are 7 killer questions to ask in a job interview that will both impress your counterpart and give you some really useful insights into whether this job will be a dream … or a nightmare.

          1. What are some challenges I might come up against this role?

          A lesser candidate might ask, “what does a typical day look like in this role?” While this is a perfectly reasonable question to ask in an interview, focusing on potential challenges takes you much further because it indicates that you already are visualizing yourself in the role.

          It’s impressive because it shows that you are not afraid of challenges, and you are prepared to strategize a game plan upfront to make sure you succeed if you get the job.

          It can also open up a conversation about how you’ve solved problems in the past which can be a reassuring exercise for both you and the hiring manager.

          How it helps you:

          If you ask the interviewer to describe a typical day, you may get a vibrant picture of all the lovely things you’ll get to do in this job and all the lovely people you’ll get to do them with.

          Asking about potential roadblocks means you hear the other side of the story—dysfunctional teams, internal politics, difficult clients, bootstrap budgets and so on. This can help you decide if you’re up for the challenge or whether, for the sake of your sanity, you should respectfully decline the job offer.

          2. What are the qualities of really successful people in this role?

          Employers don’t want to hire someone who goes through the motions; they want to hire someone who will excel.

          Asking this question shows that you care about success, too. How could they not hire you with a dragon-slayer attitude like that?

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          How it helps you:

          Interviewers hire people who are great people to work with, but the definition of “great people” differs from person to person.

          Does this company hire and promote people with a specific attitude, approach, worth ethic or communication style? Are the most successful people in this role strong extroverts who love to talk and socialize when you are studious and reserved? Does the company reward those who work insane hours when you’re happiest in a more relaxed environment?

          If so, then this may not be the right match for you.

          Whatever the answer is, you can decide whether you have what it takes for the manager to be happy with your performance in this role. And if the interviewer has no idea what success looks like for this position, this is a sign to proceed with extreme caution.

          3. From the research I did on your company, I noticed the culture really supports XYZ. Can you tell me more about that element of the culture and how it impacts this job role?

          Of course, you could just ask “what is the culture like here? ” but then you would miss a great opportunity to show that you’ve done your research!

          Interviewers give BIG bonus point to those who read up and pay attention, and you’ve just pointed out that (a) you’re diligent in your research (b) you care about the company culture and (c) you’re committed to finding a great cultural fit.

          How it helps you:

          This question is so useful because it lets you pick an element of the culture that you really care about and that will have the most impact on whether you are happy with the organization.

          For example, if training and development is important to you, then you need to know what’s on offer so you don’t end up in a dead-end job with no learning opportunities.

          Companies often talk a good talk, and their press releases may be full of shiny CSR initiatives and all the headline-grabbing diversity programs they’re putting in place. This is your opportunity to look under the hood and see if the company lives its values on the ground.

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          A company that says it is committed to doing the right thing by customers should not judge success by the number of up-sells an employee makes, for instance. Look for consistency, so you aren’t in for a culture shock after you start.

          4. What is the promotion path for this role, and how would my performance on that path be measured?

          To be clear, you are not asking when you will get promoted. Don’t go there—it’s presumptuous, and it indicates that you think you are better than the role you have applied for.

          A career-minded candidate, on the other hand, usually has a plan that she’s working towards. This question shows you have a great drive toward growth and advancement and an intention to stick with the company beyond your current state.

          How it helps you:

          One word: hierarchy.

          All organizations have levels of work and authority—executives, upper managers, line managers, the workforce, and so on. Understanding the hierarchical structure gives you power, because you can decide if you can work within it and are capable of climbing through its ranks, or whether it will be endlessly frustrating to you.

          In a traditional pyramid hierarchy, for example, the people at the bottom tend to have very little autonomy to make decisions. This gets better as you rise up through the pyramid, but even middle managers have little power to create policy; they are more concerned with enforcing the rules the top leaders make.

          If having a high degree of autonomy and accountability is important to you, you may do better in a flat hierarchy where work teams can design their own way of achieving the corporate goals.

          5. What’s the most important thing the successful candidate could accomplish in their first 3 months/6 months/year?

          Of all the questions to ask in a job interview, this one is impressive because it shows that you identify with and want to be a successful performer, and not just an average one.

          Here, you’re drilling down into what the company needs, and needs quite urgently, proving that you’re all about adding value to the organization and not just about what’s in it for you.

          How it helps you:

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          Most job descriptions come with 8, 10 or 12 different job responsibilities and a lot of them with be boilerplate or responsibilities that someone in HR thinks are associated with this role. This question gives you a better sense of which responsibilities are the most important—and they may not be what initially attracted you to the role.

          If you like the idea of training juniors, for example, but success is judged purely on your sales figures, then is this really the job you thought you were applying for?

          This question will also give you an idea of what kind of learning curve you’re expected to have and whether you’ll get any ramp-up time before getting down to business. If you’re the type of person who likes to jump right in and get things done, for instance, you may not be thrilled to hear that you’re going to spend the first three months shadowing a peer.

          6. What do you like about working here?

          This simple question is all about building rapport with the interviewer. People like to talk about themselves, and the interviewer will be flattered that you’re interested in her opinions.

          Hopefully, you’ll find some great connection points that the two of you share. What similar things drive you head into the office each day? How will you fit into the culture?

          How it helps you:

          You can learn a lot from this question. Someone who genuinely enjoys his job will be able to list several things they like, and their answers will sound passionate and sincere. If not….well, you might consider that a red flag.

          Since you potentially can learn a lot about the company culture from this question, it’s a good idea to figure out upfront what’s important to you. Maybe you’re looking for a hands-off boss who values independent thought and creativity? Maybe you work better in environments that move at a rapid, exciting pace?

          Whatever’s important to you, listen carefully and see if you can find any common ground.

          7. Based on this interview, do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications for the role?

          What a great closing question to ask in a job interview! It shows that you’re not afraid of feedback—in fact, you are inviting it. Not being able to take criticism is a red flag for employers, who need to know that you’ll act on any “coaching moments” with a good heart.

          As a bonus, asking this question shows that you are really interested in the position and wish to clear up anything that may be holding the company back from hiring you.

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          How it helps you:

          What a devious beast this question is! On the surface, it looks straightforward, but it’s actually giving you four key pieces of information.

          First, is the manager capable of giving you feedback when put on the spot like this? Some managers are scared of giving feedback, or don’t think it’s important enough to bother outside of a formal performance appraisal. Do you want to work for a boss like that? How will you improve if no one is telling you what you did wrong?

          Second, can the manager give feedback in a constructive way without being too pillowy or too confrontational? It’s unfair to expect the interviewer to have figured out your preferred way of receiving feedback in the space of an interview, but if she come back with a machine-gun fire of shortcomings or one of those corporate feedback “sandwiches” (the doozy slipped between two slices of compliment), then you need to ask yourself, can you work with someone who gives feedback like that?

          Third, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about before you leave the interview. This gives you the chance to make a final, tailored sales pitch so you can convince the interviewer that she should not be worried about those things.

          Fourth, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about period. If turnover is keeping him up at night, then your frequent job hopping might get a lot of additional scrutiny. If he’s facing some issues with conflict or communication, then he might raise concerns regarding your performance in this area.

          Listen carefully: the concerns that are being raised about you might actually be a proxy for problems in the wider organization.

          Making Your Interview Work for You

          Interviews are a two-way street. While it is important to differentiate yourself from every other candidate, understand that convincing the interviewer you’re the right person for the role goes hand-in-hand with figuring out if the job is the right fit for you.

          Would you feel happy in a work environment where the people, priorities, culture and management style were completely at odds with the way you work? Didn’t think so!

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