Do you know some people are not aware of what they want to achieve in life? They don’t have any set goals or targets to meet. So, if you are not one of those and are well aware of your goals, you are one step ahead of others. However, it’s hard to move forward towards achieving your goals consistently. And some people cannot figure out why the progress is very slow even when their goals are well-defined.
What does it take to be truly successful? Your goals are like colossal mountains, which you need to surmount. Even if you are trying to reach them with your full will and planning, some habits have the potential of hindering you from reaching your goals. And guess what! Most of the people are unaware of these habits, which are standing in the way of their success. Aristotle says, “We are what we repeatedly do.” This brings us to the conclusion that it’s your habits, which determine your excellence and success.
These habits are blocking you from achieving success just like your internet security protection software blocks virus and malware. To reach your full potential, first, recognize these self-destructive habits and then get rid of them.
Top 8 Habits Which Stand in Your Way of Success
- Negative Thinking.
- Squandering Time.
- Expecting Perfection.
- People Pleasing.
- Under-Saving and Overspending.
- Being Reactive and Not Proactive.
- Forgetting Your Long-Term Vision.
That’s where it all actually starts! You have no idea how negative thoughts and behaviors can hold you back. Allowing negative and contradictory thoughts is like allowing poison in your brain. If you are a negative thinker, recognize it and avoid it. Allow your close friends and family members to point out if you are exhibiting negative and pessimistic behavior.
This can lead to frustration, doubts, and depression. You need to be aware of all the factors, which trigger negative thinking. And you need to be strong enough to get rid of it.
You need to figure out what hogs your time the most. You can have answers like texting, social media browsing, TV or Netflix binge, and so on. All these things are intensely distracting. Don’t let yourself be sucked into these diversions. Especially in your productive hours. Your gadgets and apps allow you to zone out and you can waste hours under the impression of getting some refreshment. Successful people do not waste time like that. You need to limit the time you spend on flipping channels, streaming, or social media browsing.
Expecting perfection is not only overburdening, but it also kills your success. Believing in perfection is not bad but sometimes good enough is the best solution to keep the ball rolling. And expecting perfection right in the beginning is so wrong. Allow yourself to make mistakes and evolve gradually. Success is a step-wise process and you can’t achieve it overnight. The moment your brain will receive the message that it wasn’t good enough, it will start procrastination. So, give yourself time to improve, refine, and grow.
People who try to appease everyone end up compromising on themselves in the process. And guess what! People are still not pleased and you end up only wasting your time. You cannot act to be someone else that you are not.
Free yourself from the unreasonable desire of being loved and adored by everyone. don’t justify others in your head and focus on people who accept and value you. This will give you your peace of mind.
Under-Saving and Overspending
The way you deal with money matters has a lot to do with your peace of mind. If you have a habit of overspending and you make your spending decisions even when the money is not in your bank, you have the bad habit of overspending.
You need to learn proper budgeting and plan ahead of time for all possible finances. Also, no matter what, always save for the rainy days. With financial stability, you will have the ability to take new opportunities. At the very least, a sense of financial stability and security gives you the ultimate peace of mind. You can achieve an anxiety-ridden lifestyle if you get rid of the habit of overspending and under-saving.
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Being Reactive and Not Proactive
You cannot dictate what’s coming at you. Neither can you change it! Not everyone would behave nicely; some will always test your patience. There will always be another meeting or a burdening expense. Don’t let these burdens make you myopic.
Weight your options and always consider what would be the best course to take. You need to be proactive in these situations. If you are always reactive, know that you are in a sinking boat. Blaming circumstances will not help. Unpleasant things always come up. You need to learn to deal with them.
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Various studies have proven that multitasking is not humanly possible. So, if you are one of those people who claim to multitask, know that it has been defied with scientific proofs. The only possibility is one activity to be highly passive. For instance, driving while listening to some podcast.
Productivity is all about better focus. So, if you are in a habit of multitasking, it would be better to focus your attention on one thing at a time. While multitasking, you are dividing your concentration and your productivity drops clearly. So, get back to the old school routine of doing one thing at a time. You will do it faster and better.
Forgetting Your Long-Term Vision
Don’t let yourself make short-sighted decisions and don’t be happy with short-term success. If you are only thinking about tomorrow, know that you have chosen the best recipe for burning out. You need to have a long-term vision right from the beginning. And then you should keep yourself reminding of that vision. Don’t get carried away with small achievements. And don’t let yourself halt at them. I happened to visit the Optimum Customer Support and had a little chitchat with the owner. He claimed that the biggest factor behind his success is that he managed not to forget his long-term vision whenever he achieved small achievements.
5 Accessories to Gift Fountain Pen Fanatics
Buying a gift for a relative or friend that enjoys a particular hobby can be tricky. Especially if you aren’t familiar with a said hobby such as fountain pen collecting! While non-fanatics might not understand the obsession, as a gift buyer for one who is, you’ll no doubt still want to buy them something unexpected that they will like and appreciate. So outside of another pen, what else is there left to buy? You have to be creative if you want to get them a gift that they will appreciate. Don’t just play it safe and simply buy ink.
Here are five other accessories you might not have thought of that you can gift fountain pen fanatics.
A Leather Pen Case
If your fountain pen fanatic friend or partner is truly a fanatic, then chances are, they have more pens than they could possibly use and need a means for storing them. After all, one does not simply just stash all of their precious fountain pens into a drawer never to see light again. But when you start amassing a decent collection of pens, the question remains. How do you safely store them to preserve their worth? You really can’t go wrong with buying them a leather pen case or sleeve. And you better believe it that some cases can hold up to 40 pens like this pen sleeve! There are many different styles of leather cases on the market, so you’ll have to factor in the different sizes many pens come in, especially fountain pens.
Tomoe River Paper Notebook
Tomoe River Paper is famous for being the best paper to use for fountain pens. This paper is an absolute dream to write on with fountain pens. Japanese designed, they are also practical, stylish, and comfortable to store in your bag. You can be sure they’ll also be impressed that you even knew any of this in the first place! So buy a set of Tomoe River paper notebooks and they may even write you a lovely thank you note in return.
Desk Pen Holder
As an alternative to hiding your fountain pens in a drawer or in a pencil case, why not buy your pen lover a fancy pen holder for their desk? This will allow them to display their pens and even rotate through different ones depending on their mood or the day. A handcrafted pen holder makes both a stylish and practical office accessory while keeping their precious fountain pens safe and in good order.
A serious pen fanatic will have more than a dozen pens. As yet another alternative to a pen case or sleeve, you can buy a handy pen roll with the capacity to carry more than just pens. Pen rolls are often designed to fit other useful tools and gadgets in, like scissors, measuring tapes, small notebooks, rulers and so forth. A good roll will come with an inner strap to secure the pens so they don’t fall out. If you drop the pen roll, your pens are still safe.
Fountain Pen Cleaning Kit
Over time and with frequent use, fountain pens require cleaning. They work on a capillary action and as time goes on, can gather small fibers, dust and flakes of dried ink which can interrupt a good user experience. Not to mention, it can make a mess of your delicate writing. A cleaning kit never goes astray as your fanatic friend will no doubt wish to preserve the value of their pens for many years to come.
As a final note, if ordering a gift online, be sure to check the estimated arrival of your purchase to ensure it will arrive on time. It can be frustrating to wait for the gift for over a month. This is something you want to consider before you buy anything online. It is therefore essential to find trusted vendors who have a better rating to ensure you are on the safe side.
If you are unable to decide the perfect accessory to gift the fountain pen lover in your life, you can always get a gift card. Some of the major fountain pen vendors offer gift cards. You can allow the recipient of your gift to pick out something that they like. On the other hand, you can also create your own gift card and then visit a local shop with them that deals with fountain pens and accessories. It makes for a great bonding experience and who knows, you might learn a thing or two along the way. Becoming a fountain pen fanatic yourself may still be in your future!
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Steps to take in selecting a unique event venue that makes a memorable experience
Those interested in choosing non-traditional event venues should look beyond hotels, convention centers, and restaurants and explore new locations. M3 Studios doubles as a party venue and offers excellent prospects of holding a one of its kind event that sets its own standard in entertainment. The venue has all the features to host an exceptional event, and the location would attract people as they can explore a whole new world that they have not experienced before. The value of such non-traditional venues stems from their experiential nature and their ability not only to uphold the key values of the brand and its personality and even going a step further to be an extension of it.
Besides focusing on the uniqueness of the venue for holding an event, you should keep in mind some other aspects too that you will learn from this article.
Do not ignore the practical aspects
The guests at the event would surely be astonished by the appeal and appearance of the venue as they soak in the unique environment of non-traditional event venues, but event managers must stay focused on the more practical aspects of holding an event in that space. No matter how amazing space might look, it must be spacious enough to allow guests to move around freely and carry out various activities without any constraints. Space must have sufficient exposure to natural light that affects the engagement, mood, and productivity of those attending the event. Darkness associates with a mysterious environment but natural light exposure is a must.
The venue characteristics
The venue must gel with the brand values that contribute to its success. Having a good understanding of brand values and personality provides the inspiration in your search for the venue. It is not enough to choose a unique venue if it does not have synergy with the brand because this is what sets the brand apart from the competition. Consider everything from the type of business, event goal, mode, and tone of the event, brand characteristics, and brand positioning to understand the potential of the venue in creating a synergy with the brand. Match the characteristics and values that are common to the brand and venue to make the most appropriate selection.
The first look must be great
A unique venue creates the most important first impression even before anyone step in. The impressive exterior will enthrall event-goers as they approach the venue. Another way of doing it is to extend the event space to the outdoor of the venue. To maximize the wow-factor, you can arrange some pre-convention events in the outdoor space that helps to build anticipation about what to expect inside. Outdoor sites often make the best option when choosing a unique venue that creates a high-impact first impression.
When searching for unique event venues, it might sometimes appear surprising to find one near you that you walk by every day. Now that studios are offering spaces for events, the task becomes a lot easier as there is complete assurance about the place is unique.
Hostelworld Celebrates 20th Birthday with Epic Global Party Tour
With the likes of Mariah Carey and 50 Cent apparent fans of hostel travel—where low prices, shared accommodations and sociable common areas reign supreme—it’s no wonder that this hospitality category is going gangbusters. In fact, findings from Phoscuswright’s Global Hostel Marketplace 2016-2020 in one published report indicate tremendous hostel market growth, which is estimated to reach a whopping $6.4 billion in 2020. That’s a lot of revenue for an industry that hangs its hat on reasonable prices that are often well below market-standards.
One company doing more than its fair share to spur the success of this sector is Hostelworld, the leading hostel-focused online booking platform. In fact, their new travel report found that recent travelers who went on extended trips of three weeks or more, visiting multiple destinations, over four in five (81%) chose to stay in hostels.
Exemplifying this burgeoning sector popularity, Hostelworld recently showcased its longevity by celebrating its 20th year anniversary in epic form this summer, having thrown 20 parties over 20 days in 20 countries worldwide. The company’s “20 Years Young” parties as they were coined were hosted in all corners of the globe—from San Diego, Marrakech, Paris, Tokyo and beyond, ultimately coming to a wrap in London. The parties, with each themed around a particular year among the last twenty, lit up social media thanks to venues that were kitted out with party props as well as the bevy of travel influencers who hosted games and activities with much fanfare. This included a collective of Instagram Live streams said to have helped bring guests together in a way only the true hostel experience can.
If you need more convincing about how grand Hostelworld’s “20 Years Young” party tour was, just read the schedule below to appreciate how awe-inspiring this celebration was.
1. Berlin, Germany: St. Christopher’s Berlin Mitte – Party Like It’s 1999
2. San Diego, USA: USA Hostels Ocean Beach – Millennium Party
3. Cancun, Mexico: Selina Cancun Downtown – Double Denim Party
4. Tayrona National Park, Colombia: Viajero Tayrona Hostel Colombia – Sk8er Party
5. Phuket, Thailand: Lub D Phuket – Under the Sea Party
6. Barcelona, Spain: Unite Hostel Barcelona – Funky Gym Party
7. Montreal, Canada: M Montreal Hostel – Jungle Party
8. Siem Reap, Cambodia: White Rabbit Hostel – Farewell Pluto Party
9. Sydney, Australia: Wake Up! Sydney Central – Pirate Party
10. Paris, France: JO&JOE Paris Gentilly – Lost Temple Party
11. Tel Aviv, Israel: Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv – Vampire Party
12. Ubud, Indonesia: Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel – Greek Myths Party
13. Cusco, Peru: Wild Rover Hostel Cusco – Witches and Wizards Party
14. Marrakech, Morocco Rodamon Riad Marrakech Hostel – Superhero Party
15. Goa, India: Jungle by Thehostelcrowd – Festival Party
16. Venice, Italy: Wombats City Hostel Venice Mestre – Emoji Party
17. Tokyo, Japan: Emblem Hostel Nishiarai – #MeetTheWorld Party
18. Sao Paulo, Brazil: O de Casa Hostel Bar – Unicorn Party
19. Lisbon, Portugal: The Independente Hostel & Suites – Superstar Party
20. London, England: Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage – Birthday Party
“The hostels for each of our events had been carefully selected to provide guests with the best possible experience, as we know today’s travelers expect far more than just a bed for the night from their accommodation,” noted a Hostelworld spokesperson. “As well as being perfectly located to explore, party guests were greeted by fabulous amenities like a cinema room in Mexico, a Muay Thai boxing ring in Thailand, and morning yoga in Indonesia.”
According to research by Hostelworld, it seems meeting and commiserating with people from all over the world is of escalating importance to American travelers, ranking “social space as the most important consideration when choosing where to stay,” which is certainly an area where hostels excel. “Another factor helping spur category growth is the importance of free activities that hostels often offer their guests,” the company spokesperson said.
Keeping the celebration going, Hostelworld continues to offer killer deals and free activities that help travelers make lasting memories. For example, USA Hostels Ocean Beach in San Diego offers visitors free shuttles to La Jolla and Tijuana, in addition to relaxing yoga classes and social barbeques.
So if you have that itch to get out of Dodge this fall, holiday or beyond and are looking to save a buck or two in the process—and meet and mingle with some interesting folks along the way—give a hostel stay a go. It just might result in the most memorable adventure of your lifetime.
As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist. As prolific consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, Merilee keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. The best-of-the-best across all product, service and travel categories—as well as noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers—are spotlighted in her exclusive cross-media platform that reaches multi-millions each month through several syndication channels: print and online publications as well as broadcast TV and terrestrial radio. Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com / Instagram www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews / Twitter www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor / Facebook www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList / LinkedIN www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern.
***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided at no cost or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***
Quick hairstyles when you’re on the move
In current times, our busy schedule keeps us on the move most of the time. We usually don’t even have time for a proper meal during the day and catch a few bites on the go. So when it comes to getting your hair in a fresh style, you might not feel motivated to do. You may think that making a proper hairstyle takes a lot of time and effort. But you also want your hair to look great when you are going to work or meeting your girls for an evening. Don’t worry anymore as this article brings you some quick Healthy Scalp Tips, especially when you’re on the move.
This hairstyle can save the day for you and needs very little time and energy. It makes you look stylish and pretty any day. To make a messy bun, turn your head upside and make a ponytail of your hair. You can make it as high or low as you want. It is fine to not perfectly comb all your hair as this hairstyle looks good even if some lumps remain. Now you have to twist the hair in your ponytail and roll the around its base over and over. Wrap all the hair around the ponytail base; you can secure it with hairpins and hair elastic.
The best thing about the messy bun, it’s super easy to make and that it comes in many variations. You can create one to suit every occasion or dress in just a few minutes and look glamorous all day.
Twist and Pin
Twist and pin are also one of the most natural hairstyles to make when you are in a hurry. It gives you a classy look, which boosts your confidence level as well. It is also a good idea when you want to get the hair away from your face. You have to take a strand of hair from your temple and start twisting it. When you reach a sufficient length, stop and secure your hair in place with a bobby pin. If you feel one is not enough, you can use two bobby pins to be on the safe side. The great thing about this hairstyle is that you can rock it any time of the day or night.
You can use this hairstyle on a day your hair isn’t cooperating much with you, and you still want to look good. Just leave a few strands to frame each side of your face and pull the remaining hair from the front into a pony. Remember to leave the hair at the back out of the ponytail. The half-up hairstyle gives you an instant neat look, without spending hours to achieve it.
You can also make a bun or braid with the hair you’ve pulled in the half ponytail or just let it slide smoothly.
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Knotted Low Bun
The knotted low bun is an easy hairstyle to make when you don’t feel like spending much effort on your hair. Just make a low ponytail and make a loose braid with the nose of the ponytail. Then wrap your braid around the base of the ponytail and secure it with bobby pins. This low braided bun gives you a relaxed and chic look minus any hassle.
It is one of the quickest hairstyles to make when you’re on the move and don’t have time for hairstyling. The good news is that there are many variations of low bun hairstyles that you can try and pull off with little effort.
If you want to keep your bangs away from your eyes, this front twist will do the trick nicely. Divide your hair starting from the center into a small triangle, till halfway up to the crown. Then twist the hair in the triangle and flip it over, securing it with a bobby pin. The twist is also a lifesaver for the busy woman and makes her look cool and trendy.
After going through this article, you know about the stylish hairstyles that you can make in a few minutes. You are now on your way to amazing your friends and colleagues with your effortless, classy look. Remember that you can pull off any hairstyle successfully if your hair and scalp are healthy. If not, you should spend some time reading healthy scalp tips to improve your scalp health. After all, your hair is your crowning glory, and you want it to look perfect and amazing at all times.
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Tie The Knot In Style-Tips To Select An Offbeat Wedding Venue
We know that you know all about the different traditional wedding venues like the parks, hotels, restaurants, and even the beaches. But if you think these have become too mainstream and want to have your wedding at a unique venue then you have arrived at the right place.
You’d really love to know that there are tons of offbeat wedding venues that’ll be far from traditional ones that will definitely leave your guests in awe. From a Cliffside to the deep waters there are many options among the top wedding venues in Mumbai that you can choose from.
So let’s dig in and find those really great ideas that’ll help make your wedding truly unique and entertaining to the guests. Just be with us a little while longer as we explain some of the best venues that you can select from and will look really awesome.
Get Married in A Tree House
Don’t you think that even getting married on the ground is so much common these days? Get your guests swept off their feet from the ground (i mean literally…!), by selecting a tree-house to arrange your wedding.
Choose A Museum As A Wedding Venue
If getting married just below a dinosaur is not exciting enough for you then nothing else will. With all the nerds in the world backing me up on this, I can say that arranging for the wedding in the museum among all those antique items will be really a great option.
On The High Tides In A yacht
Saying your wedding vows in the middle of the endless ocean with the land nowhere to be seen around is another great wedding venue option that we came across. Just book a beautiful yacht and gather all the people who are dear to you and get going exploring the vast oceans.
In A Botanical Garden
You can have your wedding close to nature by arranging for it in a beautiful botanical garden with all the colorful flowers that’ll provide a perfect wedding decor. It’ll be a wedding that’ll be nothing short of a fairytale.
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At A Library
Getting married in the middle of all those really old books in a library is another wedding venue setting that’ll not only be awesome but will be a place where your guests can also enjoy reading the different classics. Even the smell of the books will set the mood that you can’t find in any other wedding venue.
In The Middle Of A Forest
Getting married in a clearing that’s in the middle of a forest is another great option that’ll also be really adventurous. This one is for anyone who is absolutely smitten by nature and the wildlife in their truest form.
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In An Amusement Park
Yes… It’ll be really exciting to get married in an amusement park. Marriage in itself is an exciting and fun affair and getting married in an amusement park will take the fun element to a whole new level.
Among The Fishes Underwater
This one is exciting! I mean really exciting! Getting married underwater will take your wedding affinity to an entirely different level. It’ll be unlike the aquariums where you are separated by a glass full of water and fishes, and you’ll actually be in one…!!!
Inside A Haunted House
Love to watch spooky horror movies? Then be an enchantress yourself on the day of your wedding. A haunted house with dim lighting and using just the candles as the decor will be a great little option that’ll give your guests a chill down their spine.
In The Middle Of Nowhere
Getting married at a place that is entirely off the limits of any map will be a great choice too. Yes, it’ll be hard for your guests to find the actual location of the venue so why not arrange for a common gathering place for everyone and then travel along to the real destination together.
It is sure that when going through this list of the offbeat wedding venues you must have stopped on at least one of the options and imagined yourself having the wedding at those venues.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead select a venue that connects with your heart and celebrates the happiest day of your life with all your loved ones.
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