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5 Good Reasons to Live in Florida

5 Good Reasons to Live in Florida

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Florida? Is it the sun? The beach? Entertainment? Well, all those thoughts are much more than just thoughts.

Florida is actually one of the most perfect places for living, traveling, and working, and several studies have evaluated its aspects, such as the affordable cost of living, health care, social living standards, climate, etc. as massive pull factors to the Sunshine State.

Below are some more detailed reasons to live (or just visit) this beautiful state.

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1. Its interesting facts:

  • Florida is the only state to have an “Embassy” in Washington, and it’s called Florida House.
  • Did you know that Florida has the longest coastline in the United States? Yes, its coastline is 1,350 miles or 2,170 km. Also, Florida is the only state in the United States that borders with the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • It is the only state that has 2 rivers with the same name; pretty fun isn’t it? There is a Withlacoochee River in Madison County and a Withlacoochee River in central Florida, but they have nothing in common except the name.
  • Florida is the only state in the nation whose Constitution is reviewed every 20 years. Yes, many states (and countries) should do the same.
  • Florida is the largest producer of citrus fruits in the USA and second in the world, with even the car license plates having little oranges painted on them.
  • Florida is one of seven states in the nation with no state income tax – good news for you and your pocket.

2. It is one of the best places to make real estate investments.

It seems that the land of sand has been considered as a real estate gold mine. As we know, there are many cities and states that are recovering from the recession (Florida was one of them), but the current picture and trend is positive and has a renewed interest in real estate investments.

Nowadays, there are many people moving to, and in and around Florida, buying and selling houses fast, and trying to make good investments and business there because the housing market is heating up; new homes in some specific areas are in high demand, and its prices and values are increasing.

3. There are many recreational activities and entertaining places.

In this state, sports fanatics, travelers, tourists, adventurers, and athletes are really happy because of the multiple events, activities, and entertaining places Florida has. There are many attractions for everybody’s likes and interests.

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It seems like Florida has it all for all tastes. There are some of the world’s most famous theme parks, restaurants, and cultural scenes. If you are planning to go there, or to buy a house and start a new life, you can be sure that there are many living and entertaining options to satisfy everybody; every taste and every budget.

4. You will feel welcome every time.

You will probably hear “Welcome to Florida, the sunshine State!” almost everywhere, and you will feel a good vibe instantly. Floridians are known to be sweet and welcoming people; they are used to the bombardment of tourists everywhere, and they have developed a patient and accommodating nature.

Floridians also know how to have fun, and maybe that’s because they have “the greatest and happiest place on earth” – Disney Theme Parks!

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5. Delicious gastronomy.

You will find many gourmet restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc. around Florida, and you can be sure that everything will be fresh and delicious. As I said, their fresh fruit comes straight from the orchards and seafood from well, the sea (never far away).

You will see many outdoor or beachfront restaurants and great places to relax a little bit, and feel like you are on a vacation every time.

Now you have some strong reasons to stay, move to, or visit this lovely place; the state that everyone is jealous of. Florida has it all: Food, entertainment, multiple cultures, business opportunities, etc.

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What are you waiting for?

Featured photo credit: Sam Wheeler via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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