If you’re lucky enough to be planning an upcoming trip to San Diego, California, then you’ve likely already discovered there’s no shortage of activities, events and sights to catch and hold your attention.
Your largest obstacle will be narrowing down your options and choosing how you’ll spend your precious time in this bustling and gorgeous location. If you want to experience close-up views of native sea life, scouring San Diego whale watching reviews could point you to your best bet. You can certainly Google the most popular beaches in the area to see where the tourists flock to, but if you truly want to separate the best from the mediocre, turning to the locals is the way to go. Here are four top activities and destinations recommended by San Diego residents.
1. Spend a day at Balboa Park
Whether you have some time on your own, are exploring as a couple or are enjoying a day with family, Balboa Park is truly a destination that offers something to please everyone. Included in the National Register of Historic Places, this landmark park features the perfect mix of both nature and culture. Simply stroll the lush grounds or take a hike, explore one of the park’s many museums or take in the sights at the famous San Diego Zoo.
2. See the sights from the ocean
Taking in the sights of the city from a different perspective and exploring its surrounding waters is a breathtaking experience. If taking a whale-watching tour is on your bucket list, San Diego provides a unique experience. The best season for catching a glimpse of these majestic creatures is usually between December and April, but because of blue and gray whale migration schedules, it’s possible to enjoy a great experience year-round in the area. The private boat charter San Diego offers provides great opportunities for taking in beautiful views of both the city and wildlife.
3. Soak up some history
San Diego is home to a rich military history. History buffs of all ages will enjoy taking in the sights and learning more about the area’s military legacy at the USS Military Museum. In operation during Operation Desert Storm and the Vietnam War, the USS Midway holds the record for being the longest-serving wartime aircraft carrier. The carrier is now esteemed as the world’s largest naval aviation and aircraft carrier museum.
4. Enjoy your perfect version of a beach day
With a coastline that stretches for 17 miles, it’s a given that beach days are a must during your visit to San Diego. The only question is which beach is the best fit for you? There are a multitude of options to choose from depending on how you wish to spend your time in the surf and sand. If catching waves is on your to-do list, head to Pacific Beach or Tourmaline Surfing Park for an amazing surfing experience. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly beach experience, head where the locals go and visit Moonlight Beach for its huge playground structures and a convenient snack shack.
Get the most out of your San Diego trip and do what the locals do. Lounge on the perfect beach, stroll beautiful and historic locales and check out San Diego sailing tours.
Ever heard of proper tongue positioning? Sounds irrelevant right? Well, it is… except that it has a HUGE impact on your nose, eyes, head, neck, and even your shoulders!
Believe it or not, the concept of proper oral posture, i.e. the ideal way to position your tongue, lips, jaw and teeth, is very real. There are two important reasons to maintain proper oral posture:
Keeping your mouth closed forces you to breathe through your nose, which will benefit your body in many ways.
For proper facial development, including straight teeth that don’t need braces.
A lot of people rest their tongues at the bottom of the mouth. Can you relate? If yes, you have an improper tongue position.
Dr. Mew formed 3 easy to remember rules to maintain good oral posture.
Keep your lips together
Keep your teeth together
Keep your tongue on the roof of your mouth
Another common mistake many people make is breathing through their mouth instead of the nose Not only can this lead to serious health problems, unknown to many, this also plays a huge role in one’s facial development. Breathing through the mouth can result in ‘melting’ chins, and an overall poor face structure. For example, below are pictures of children who used to be mouth-breathers, as well as pictures of the dramatic change proper oral posture has brought on their facial development over the course of three years
So how does proper oral posture result in an attractive face? The secret lies in the upper jaw bone. Through proper oral posture, the upper jaw grows outwards rather than downwards, and thus the face grows horizontally rather than vertically. This produces defined jaws and cheekbones, making the face a lot more attractive overall On the other hand, by breathing through your mouth and thus allowing your jaw to lie hanging or not keeping your teeth together causes the face to grow vertically, resulting in an almost non-existent jaw and chin.
Note the dramatic difference in facial development after undergoing orthotropic treatment to correct the individuals’ oral posture. The maxilla visibly comes forward and the face widens, making it more attractive. According to Wolff’s Law, healthy bones adapt to the pressure that is applied to them By keeping your tongue flat on the roof of your mouth, you put just enough pressure on your upper jaw to support it upwards and to prevent it from sinking down. Over time, the low amount of pressure gradually lifts the upper jaw and helps it grow outwards rather than downwards
If the tongue is resting on the floor of the mouth, this pushes the face inwards and makes it long and narrow.
This also leaves less room for your teeth, which results in the crowding of teeth. In addition, if you’re a mouth breather, by constantly resting your mouth in an open position, the lower jaw hangs down and gets pushed backwards Don’t believe it? The pictures below are of the same boy, before and after he developed an allergy to his pet hamster, which blocked his nose and got him into the habit of breathing through his mouth. Notice how his face becomes narrow and his chin gets pushed back into his face, and results in an inexistent jawline.
It isn’t necessary to undergo an orthotropic treatment to fix your oral posture. Simply following the three rules can result in a significant change in facial development Granted, the older you are, the more time you will need to see a dramatic difference. Nevertheless, correct oral posture can definitely bring about a difference in both the beauty as well as the health of an individual.
It’s no secret that engagement rates today are nowhere near what they used to be. Facebook took a massive hit in its popularity, and Instagram was the next new thing – the gold mine for digital marketers. However, as of late, the Engagement Rate (ER) on Instagram has steadily been declining
This is expected since the number of brands that have joined the platform has exponentially increased. When competition grows the number of people engaging with each brand decreases, right? But what is the extent of this decline?
Trust Insights, a marketing data and consulting firm, studied over 1.4 million Instagram posts from 3637 brands posted between January and mid-June to find out the total average ER. They defined ER as the total number of interactions on a post, divided by the account’s number of followers at the time of posting.
The maximum engagement in this six-month span for these brands was 1.54% in April and the lowest was around 0.8% in June. Even the number of interactions (which are mostly likes) has reduced by 18% since the start of this year As you can see from the graph there is a slight dip from January to April, but May onwards is when the slope becomes alarmingly steeper. Even more decline can be expected in the coming months since the number of brands hopping on Instagram is only increasing day by day.
The problem with lesser ER is that it results in lesser post visibility. And what happens when fewer people see your posts? Lesser ER.
Brands are not the only ones suffering. In fact, influencers may be taking the hit harder
From a maximum ER of 4.3% in February, fashion influencers dropped to 2.4% in June. This indicates a whopping 44% decline in engagement ER for travel influencers dropped from 8% in 2018 to 4.5% in 2019.
This trend is visible across all influencer industries, including beauty, fashion, food, lifestyle and fitness. They’ve even been seeing reduced reach. What does this mean for influencers (whose monthly incomes depend on the said ER and engagement, btw)? Yup, not good news
The study doesn’t mention why this decline is happening, noting that there haven’t been any major API changes. But the reason this is concerning is because we saw the same thing happen with Facebook. Brands were heavily marketing on Facebook and reaching new audience organically, until it kept declining and declining and declining and now you can barely reach anyone without putting some money behind your posts (like erm?!) Facebook justifies this by saying people want to see more content by their friends and family vs. branded content, but the fact remains that they’re enjoying the monetary side effects since brands have no option but to pay if they want to reach a large number of people. It is obvious that people use social media to keep up with the people they know, but 80% of Instagrammers also follow at least one business. Doesn’t that imply that they want to see branded content as well?
Considering how Instagram keeps introducing new monetization features like being able to shop from the app, allowing brands to boost influencer posts as ads, promoting stories, etc. does it really seem that far-fetched to believe that they may be limiting visibility to push people to boost their posts? It might also be worthwhile to remember that in 2016 at Facebook’s annual stockholder meeting, Mark Zuckerberg outlined the company’s monetization strategy as:
Build a product that people love
Facilitate organic business behaviour on the app, free of charge
Provide additional avenues for businesses who are seeking to expand their reach and presence
All that being said, what can you do to improve your engagement?
Promote any new post on your stories with the “Add post to your story” feature
Reach audience outside Instagram with methods like sharing your posts on other platforms, linking to posts in emails, adding your Instagram feed to your website, etc.
Focusing on quality over quantity. Sure you want people to see you, but a well-thought-out quality post will always drive more target audience to you than a plethora of poor posts.
And of course, the obvious answer – take out ads to boost post-performance. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, eh?
In a fast-paced world, we tend to lose sight of what we want in our life. Well, one way to achieve it is to ‘chart your goals’ i.e. create a vision board
Don’t play yourself by saying it’s all bogus because they actually work and there are tons of successful people who attribute their achievements to this visualization mechanism.
A vision board is a manifestation tool based on building a collage of words and pictures that represent your dreams and goals. It revolves around the concept of ‘Law of Attraction’. It is a simple belief that the attractive magnetic power of the universe draws similar energies together Plainly speaking, it’s how we say we need to have positive thoughts to exude good vibes. So, a vision board displays what you want to have or feel in your life. Focusing on those aspirations by visualizing them helps in emitting powerful energy into the universe. Moreover, it motivates us to strive further in order to achieve our goals Still not convinced? Here are some celebrities who credit their triumphs to vision boards:
1. Oprah Winfrey
The popular talk show host is known for encouraging people to create vision boards In one of her shows, she says that the moment she came across vision boards was with the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, with whom she was campaigning for the presidential elections. At the end of the rally, she told Oprah to envision Barack Obama as the president. Later that day, she created a vision board of Barack Obama as president and what she would wear for the inaugural. It’s safe to say that the rest is history
2. Steve Harvey
Another celebrity that ardently promotes this concept is Steve Harvey, a TV personality who claims that several of his desires were achieved through the undeniable effect of dream boards. He states that he puts every aspiration he has on his vision board which motivates him to have a better commitment with his profession He and his wife, Marjorie have cofounded a foundation to empower youth through education and this was one of the goals on his dream board that he had been wanting to attain for ages.
3. Ellen DeGeneres
The talk-show host and comedian has also spoken about the effectiveness of visualizing your dreams. In one of the episodes of her talk-show, Ellen admitted of having a desire of being on the cover of ‘O magazine’ and she had placed it on her vision board. Guess what? She shared the cover with Oprah Winfrey later that year
Even Beyoncé has disclosed in one of her interviews with CBS that she had the picture of an Academy Award on her vision board, which inspires her to excel. Katy Perry, known for music hits like ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘The One That Got Away’, said she was nine years old when she was told to make a vision board where she pasted a photo of the legendary Latin singer Selena Quintella holding a Grammy Award. Fifteen years later, she was nominated for the same
Everybody has different aspirations for what they want in their life. Accordingly, vision boards can be broadly classified into three, so as to suit your personal aspiration.
Type 1: The self-assured vision board
You have clarity in your desires and know what’s needed to be done to feel satisfied with your life (for example, you want to buy a house or a car). To support this kind of goals, you should create this board by finding specific images of the material object
Type 2: ‘I’m not sure what I want but I need a change’ vision board
You are unsure of what you need exactly and may not be at peace with where you are in your life right now For the change, you need to envision it by searching and placing images of things that bring you happiness in your vision board. All you need to do next is to make sure to see it daily and transfer your energy into something positive
Type 3: The themed vision board
This vision board is the right one for you when you want to plan a significant event in your life like a birthday, proposing to your loved one or New Year’s Eve. It could also pertain to the professional aspect of your life as the objectives are narrowed to a single theme
However, just relying on the manifestation of vision boards will not get you what you want. You have got to give it your all in the procedure of getting the result. At times when the going gets tough, you have to affirm yourself with positive thoughts and also learn from your mistakes as well as bad experiences With all this kept in mind, you can now move onto creating your personal vision board. When you are done, it will take no time to see how the ‘Law of Attraction’ positively affects your levels of commitment, desire and motivation. The manifested energy will help you persevere until you fulfill your ambitions. As Oprah Winfrey says, “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.”
Type 4: The random vision board
This is similar to what Naomi D’Souza does. If you don’t have time to create a fancy board, just buy a long (or short) piece of glass customized for yourself. Jot down your goals with a whiteboard marker, highlight with another colour, or even add stickies – segregate career objectives, passion action items, your goals, for the next week, month, or even year. She’s attached this right in front of her bed, so if she is ever slacking off, this is a constant reminder on what she needs to do.
It is okay to slack off and detox for a week, or even a month. But always remember,
You can record your travel videos directly with a smartphone, but a camcorder will be your best bet. Also, you need other accessories to capture a travel video if you want it to be a professional travel video.
As you know that while capturing videos on the go, your videos can be shaky if you shoot with your smartphone. On the other hand, capturing videos with a professional camcorder can do the job smartly and efficiently. You will get HD video footages as well.
There are different types of camcorders as well out there in the market. Make sure which type is perfect for your need and then go for the final decision. If you want to record sports, then you have to go for sports camcorder. It will deliver you the best possible output of your record. Conversely, if you want to shoot travel videos or if you are a vlogger, you must need a camcorder that is suitable for your purpose.
However, in this short article, I am going to tell you 5 reasons why you should choose a camcorder for your travel videos instead of others like smartphone or DSLR. From my experience, I have seen that only a camcorder can capture the best travel videos.
Flexibility in zooming
Suppose that you are in a heavy crowd and have started capturing videos. In the meantime, you need to zoom. It can be difficult for you due to the heavy crowd if you are shooting with your DSLR or smartphone though some smartphones have a wide range of zooming. But if you capture your travel videos with your camcorder, due to its optical zooming system, it becomes easier to zoom even if you are in the heavy traffic. So, it is easily understood that only huge zooming system is not enough to record videos on the go.
Camcorders are price-friendly
When we go to purchase anything for our need, price is an issue we have to consider. It is somehow challenging to spend hard-earned money from our pocket. Similarly, camcorders are relatively cheaper than other options of capturing videos, including smartphones and DSLR. But it does the same thing or more than you expect.
So, if you can buy a camcorder which can meet up your need completely, why do you purchase a costly one? Otherwise, it does not mean that only a high-priced smartphone or DSLR can shoot excellent videos. You need experience as well to capture impressive videos. You need a tripod and other necessary accessories to record a scene completely.
Manual control of a camcorder gives you more flexibilities than other devices. Due to its manual control system, having advance stabilization technology, you can shoot awesome videos with ease. If there is no manual control, your captured videos may be shaky and less quality too.
An auto digital system, sometimes, does worse than better. In this case, manual control can save you from this interruption while shooting videos.
Good quality built-in microphone
Having good quality built-in microphone, camcorders can record videos with clear voice record. As you know, voice is considered the life of a video. Also, camcorders allow you to capture videos what is within your video frames. Though the modern world’s ultra-modern camera can shoot videos in 4k and it is growing fast. But, the pixels of your camera is not everything you need. If you aim to capture videos of sports, concert or even of your little one, camcorders should be your best choice.
Freedom of storage
As I have already mentioned above that pixels are not everything you should look for when you want to purchase a camera. Along with that, you have to have the option to use storage as you need. You may have an iPhone XS Max that can shoot 4k videos. Do you know only one 4k video clip can take up to 400MB on your device?
On the contrary, you can capture videos with your camcorder having the flexibility to buy and change the memory card as many as you need to complete your video-shooting.
Days of camcorders are not finished yet. Instead, it can help you with capturing your travel videos with ease. Optical zoom and freedom of storage have made it different from the crowd. So, camcorders are good options to take videos as you need, whether it is your travel video, kid’s video or sports. To know more about camcorders hugely, you can also visit techwhippet.com because they have discussed all camcorders for their readers.
Yes, there is such a thing as ‘working too hard’- and it may be hampering your success.
Are you an all-or-nothing kinda guy/woman? Ever worked your butt off only to see less qualified others get promoted over you? Well, your productivity may be the one thing between you and that promotion
How? Bonnie Marcus, author of the book ‘The Politics of Promotion’, thinks that it is very possible to be ‘too efficient’ at work. “I think we come out of school knowing that we did really well by buckling down and doing the work, maybe doing some extra work, and that’s how we got the good grades,” she says. But “academic success doesn’t necessarily translate into career success.” When it comes to advancement, “it’s not just the work, it’s who do I know, and who do I need to know.”
In other words, if you’ve been cutting out on a social life to get more work done – you’re doing it all wrong. As unfair as it seems, there’s a lot more to getting a promotion and being successful than working hard Getting promoted also depends on getting recognized, and this isn’t quite possible if you’re cooped up in your own shell with your work. Another mistake hard-workers often make is to assume that people can see how hard they’re working.
Here are some ways your over-efficiency may be hurting you
When you are competent enough to solve a problem, you get rewarded with a trickier, more complex problem. When you solve that, you’ll be given something harder, which hardly feels like the reward you deserve Or, in the words of Josh Zerkel, certified professional organizer and the director of global community and training at Evernote, “If you’re a capable person and people recognize that you’re organized and productive, they’re not going to give you a gold star. They’re going to give you more work.” It’s a never-ending loop you can’t get out of.
Think your productivity’s going to get you places? Think again! Highly productive employees are actually less likely to get promoted because their boss knows how difficult it would be to replace them
The more efficient you are, the higher your boss’s expectations from you. This can lead to easier disappointment from your leaders and can put a very high amount of pressure on you. However, on the other side, less productive employees aren’t held on such a stressful standard, AND they get paid the same as you!
Productive people are usually loaded up with extra tasks till they’re drained of creativity and/or quality. Then, they’re told off for not keeping up with the work!
The highly efficient workers are often everyone’s go-to to clear doubts and questions. Now they’re expected to do their own jobs AND help their co-workers with their work too!
The pressure over-efficient workers face daily doesn’t necessarily come solely from their managers. Such employees are often picked on by their colleagues and frowned upon for being too hard-working and ultimately, making the rest of the team ‘look bad’
Finally, productive people are seen as ‘slacking off’ for taking normal vacation time when things get busy. However, this is considered normal in the case of a regular employee? Where’s the equality?!
It boils down to the fact that if you WORK efficiently from 8AM to 5PM vs a person who does NOT work efficiently from 8AM to 9AM, is applauded or kept on a pedestel!
Well, want to turn your productivity into a boon from bane? Here are a few ways to get you couple steps towards that promotion, and farther away from the constant pressure from working well (yes, it sounds weird, I know):
Expand your circle! When it comes to leadership, it isn’t just about being the best at the job. It’s also about who you know and who trusts you. How do you do this? Socialize during your breaks at work instead of staying cramped up at your own little desk and doing more work. Going to 1-2 work events a month too would do wonders in staying connected to those who could have an influence over your career. The more people that trust you, the easier the promotion!
Your. Time! Faster does NOT mean better. Being known for completing tasks the fastest leads to higher expectations and constant pressure! Instead, take your time to do tasks at hand, but make sure to complete them to perfection, so that you’re recognized not for your speed, but for your immaculate work. If you’re new you may not want to set a trend of working efficiently effectively immediately, try to find that balance.
Practice the art of reacting optimistically. Even as a productive employee, you’re bound to make mistakes at some point. Forgot to send in an important email? Thank your boss/colleague for being patient with you, rather than apologizing for your mistake! By saying ‘thank you’ instead of ‘sorry’, you prevent your status from being devalued, as well as making the colleague/friend feel appreciated! This makes them see you in a more positive light, and you get a chance to fix your mistake without affecting your reputation, win-win!
Your boss doesn’t necessarily realize the amount you accomplish until you mention it. Productive employees often turn invisible because the work they do goes unrecognized or it’s simply taken for granted. Bonnie Marcus, author of ‘The Politics of Promotion’, recommends regularly scheduling some one-on-one time with your boss to highlight your accomplishments. Seems a little ‘show off-y’? Well, maybe so.
But… at the end of the day, your efficiency isn’t going to get you places if nobody knows about it. Market yourself enough until other people start doing it for you.
Find the right work-networking balance, and watch the promotions roll in!
Written and Researched by Naomi DSouza and Najah Bashir