How to Stay Motivated

How to Stay Motivated

How to Stay Motivated

Starting off the new year feeling brand new is typical. However, the excitement may start to wear on you as you resume your usual routine. Here are some tips on how to stay on track with your New Year resolutions.

Forbes has several recommendations:

  • Set large goals
  • Have reasons for wanting to complete the goals
  • Set small goals that are easily achievable
  • Have a plan
  • When you need help, ask for it
  • Be prepared for failure

Being motivated can help you become the person you want to be. If you’re motivated you’ll find that with a little bit of time you’ll start to accomplish more. Over a larger period of time you’ll reach your goals, and hopefully your dreams.


The better you are at motivating yourself, the more results you’ll see. According to International Employee, a website devoted to providing insight to professionals world-wide, the more self-motivated you are, the more likely you’ll see results like:

  • Faster promotions
  • Trust
  • More interesting projects
  • Personal satisfaction

Clearly it’s a win-win situation for you to be motivated. After all, isn’t that the American dream? Hard work pays off in the long run. Don’t let the bad days drag you down. Lift your chin up and get ready to take on the rest of the year.

What Legalizing the Sale of Marijuana Means

What Legalizing the Sale of Marijuana Means

What Legalizing the Sale of Marijuana Means

This new year brought Californians the ability to sell marijuana. This also allows folks the opportunity to purchase marijuana for recreational use. You may be under the impression that this means you can smoke whenever and wherever you want. However that’s not the case.

It’s important to remember that though it is legal in California to smoke recreationally, and medically, it is still not legal nationally. That means you can still get into trouble federally and that on government property, marijuana is still very illegal.

Another area where Californians have to be cautious is when it comes to driving. Along with the legalization of sales of marijuana, another bill passed making driving while high illegal. If you’re driving with marijuana in your car, you must have it stored in a container in your trunk according to the LA Times.

As soon as the clock hit midnight on New Year’s Eve, people began lining up to buy marijuana. However, dispensaries may face issues with their revenue. Most banks are nationally accredited and insured. Since marijuana is illegal at the federal level, banks cannot supply services to marijuana dispensaries. This leads to many dispensaries requiring cash-only transactions.


With marijuana sales and recreational use being such a new concept for this state, it will be interesting to see what other laws will be developed. The sale of marijuana means a fun time to some, but to others it’s a bit more complicated.


Nature in California

Nature in California

Nature in California

California is a large state full of opportunities and things to do. Even though it’s winter, the temperatures don’t always show it. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors by checking out some of the parks within California. With hundreds of hiking trails, 118 state parks, and 9 national parks, California is loaded with outdoor activities.

California is typically divided up into three parts: northern, central, and southern. Each part of the state has different environments to offer. In Northern California you find more trees, and in particular you can find redwoods. The Redwood National Park is home to the some of the tallest trees on earth. The National Park Service (NPS) helps preserve, and maintain the park so you can go hiking, or camping, or even just drive on through.

In Central California you can find Yosemite National Park. Yosemite National Park is famous for the stunning waterfalls, and gorgeous valley. NPS welcomes visitors to “take nothing but pictures; leave nothing but footprints”. Within Yosemite you can go hiking, camping, and swimming.

In Southern California there’s Death Valley National Park. Death Valley is the hottest, driest, and lowest national park. NPS stated that you should be very prepared to visit this park by planning ahead. One should check the weather conditions beforehand and be ready for extreme conditions when visiting. Even through the conditions in this park can be dangerous, you can still go camping, and sightseeing. Death Valley is full of beautiful desert landscapes.


There are plenty of parks within California that are waiting to be explored. Every good weather day is an opportunity to get out and see more of this amazing state.


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8 Commonly Misused Words

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The English language has thousands and thousands of words within it. This is why it can take native English speakers years to even come close to mastering it. Due to this fact, there are several words within this language of ours that are misused on a daily basis. Some words have been misused for so long, that the wrong meaning has now become their actual meaning.

    1. Bemused: Many people think that a bemused person is someone who is amused, when it in fact means that the person is confused.
    2. Compelled: When a person is compelled to do something, many would assume the person simply feels like they should do that thing. However, it really means that the person is being forced to do something.
    3. Enormity: Some people, including past presidents, think that enormity means something really big, but it does not. It really means a great or extreme evil.
    4. Ironic: This is one that many people mess up. They think that something is ironic when it is a funny coincidence, but when something is truly ironic, it is something that was the opposite of what the person expected.
    5. Literally: This word gets misused all of the time. Often times, when it’s used, people are better off using figuratively. When something literally happens, it means that something actually happened as it was stated.
    6. Nauseous: This means to cause nausea, so when a person says they feel nauseous, they are actually saying that they fell like they cause other people to be sick. What they mean to say is that they feel nauseated.
    7. Peruse: Many people think that this means to skim over something, but it actually means to thoroughly look through and review.
    8. Redundant: If something is redundant, many people think that this means the thing is repetitive, which is wrong. If something is redundant, it is something that is unnecessary and can be removed.

For some of these words, it can be easy to see how the wrong use came about. Take redundant, for instance, some things that are repetitive could also be considered redundant. Luckily, for everyone’s egos, most people are not alone in making these kinds of mistakes with the English language.

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Who Can Bail Out of Jail?

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There is a lot of misinformation out there about bail and bail bonds. People who think they know everything on the subject spread false information that they think is actually true. This just leads to more confusion when people try to bail a loved one out of jail. This in turn makes things harder for everyone involved.

One such topic that can cause a lot of confusion, is who can bail a person out of jail. Some people out there believe that you have to be related to a person in order to bail him or her out of jail. They think that friends cannot bail one another out of jail, and they would be wrong.

Anyone who is close to a person can bail him or her out of jail. This means that both friends and family members can bail a person out of jail. All that matters is that the person trying to bail out their loved one knows enough about them so they can provide their bail agent with the proper info.

For our bail agents at Penny Bail Bonds in Fresno to be able to bail someone out of jail, they need to be able to find the person in the county jail system. This requires them to know certain things about their client, namely:

  • The client’s name
  • The client’s birthday
  • The client’s county of arrest

Once our agents have this information, they will be able to locate the person in the county jail database, and begin the bail bond process.

When it comes to bailing someone out of jail, you do not need to be related to the person. All you need is to know enough about the person to fill out some paperwork. Filling out the paperwork is easy with Penny Bail Bonds in Fresno. Just talk to one of our agents and they will do the hard work for you.


You can talk to an agent about bailing your friend out of jail today by clicking Chat With Us or calling 866-736-6977 now.


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Nobody Likes Sexual Harassment

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Sadly everyone has experienced some form of harassment at some point in their lives. There are several forms of harassment out there, and none of them are very pleasant. One of the worst kinds of harassment, is sexual harassment.

For those unaware, sexual harassment is bullying of a sexual nature, or inappropriate sexual advances with the promise of rewards in the workplace. Sexual harassment isn’t just bad because it is harassment, it is also illegal. It is illegal to harass any person based on their sex.

When it comes to harassment at work, employers are supposed to provide safe working environment for their employees. This does not simply mean a physically safe environment. A safe work environment also means protecting employees from all types of harassment, especially sexual harassment.

Nobody wants to face any sort of harassment, especially in a place where they have to be, such as work. Sexual harassment can so many different things, from being mocked for the person’s gender, or a person not getting a promotion due to their lack of desire to sleep with the employer.


If a person ever feels like they are feeling sexually harassed, they need to talk to their boss or someone in human resources. Employers are legally obligated to create safe work environment for their employees. Failing to do so can get them into serious legal trouble.


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Commonly Misused Words

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The English language is filled with hundreds of thousands of words, with several hundreds of words coming from other languages. On top of the impossibly high number of words out there, the English language has hundreds of rules on how those words can be used and it can take a lifetime to learn all of those rules.

This has led to a huge list of words that are commonly misused.

  • Enormity – At first glance, one might assume that enormity has some relation to the word enormous, however, that is not entirely the case. Enormity actually refers to an evil or immoral act.
  • Instant – This one gets misused a lot nowadays, and mostly by companies trying to sell you something. It is used to say that something can happen quickly, which is close to correct, but not quite. When something happens in an instant, it happens that exact moment. For example, you can snap your fingers in an instant. You cannot cook rice in an instant.
  • Literally – This is a word that is frequently misused by people to hyperbolize or exaggerate an effect that something will have. When something literally happens, it actually happens. A person can literally dance for joy. A person cannot literally have steam coming out of their ears because they are angry.
  • Ultimate – The misuse of this word is not as well known, and can be surprising to a lot of people. Ultimate, originally meant the end, or last of a series. For instance, this definition is the ultimate in this list of misused words, meaning it comes at the end of the list.

The interesting thing to note about a many of these words, is that while they are no longer used as they were originally intended, they still have the “wrong” use of the word listed under their definitions in the dictionary. This just goes to show how fluid and changing language is. Some of these words have been misused for so long, that the wrong meaning has actually become a part of their meaning.

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Halloween and DUI Checkpoints

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Halloween is a time for fun and games. For kids, this means trick or treating. For adults, this means parties, which will typically involve alcohol. The police and other local law enforcement are aware of this fact. They know people will be drinking during Halloween, and some of those people will think that getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is a good idea.

Drinking and driving is a bad enough idea on any day of the year, but it is especially dangerous on Halloween. This is due to the fact that there will be hundreds of kids roaming the streets trick or treating. This can increase the odds of someone getting hurt due to drunk driving.


In order to prevent as many accidents as possible from happening, local police will be setting up DUI checkpoints. They may seem like a nuisance, but they are there to keep people safe.


At a typical DUI checkpoint, the road will be restricted, and officers will be stopping vehicles to speak with the drivers. In most instances, the officer will simply ask for the driver’s name, and where the driver is coming from and going to. As long as the officer does not see any obvious signs of intoxication, the driver will be allowed to go on his way.

However, if the officer suspects that the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the driver will be asked to pull over to the side of the road. There, another officer will have the driver conduct a field sobriety test. If the driver fails this, than he or she will be taken into custody.

Drunk drivers cause hundreds of injuries, and roughly 36 deaths a day. Those numbers tend to grow around drinking holidays, which is why officers setup DUI Checkpoints. These checkpoints help keep the roadways safe for everyone out there. So, if you plan on going out and having something to drink this Halloween, be sure to do so responsibly. Assign a designated driver, or get a taxi, Lyft, or Uber. Doing this will help make sure everyone gets home safely.

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Scary Legends of California: Bodie the Ghost Town

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In northern California along the Nevada border, by Yosemite National Park, is an old abandoned mining town known as Bodie. It is now a State Historic Park. The town was built around the Bunker Hill Mine 1861. The town was named after the miner William S. Bodey who discovered gold in the area in 1859, but unfortunately died the winter after his discovery.

For a long while, Bodie was a seedy mining town filled with all kinds of illicit businesses. The town faced many hardships, including harsh winters and numerous fires. Despite all of that, the town did have a population of nearly 10,000 around 1879. Eventually, the gold mine stopped producing ore, and the citizens began to leave the area.


In 1932, a young boy, only 2 ½, accidently started a fire while play with matches that proceeded to burn down 95% of the town. Soon after, only six people were left residing in Bodie.


Here is where things begin to get interesting. One of the men still living in the town shot and killed his wife. Three of the remaining men in the town then proceeded to kill the murder. After that, those three men would be continually visited by the ghost of the murder until they all died due to strange illnesses.

Bodie is a ghost town in two ways. First, it was a town that was completely abandoned by the 1940’s. Second, it is a town haunted by the spirits of its old residents.

Legend says that if anyone takes something from the town, they will be cursed with bad luck until the item is returned. The ghosts of this place like their stuff, and will curse anyone who tries to take it from them. Many people have tried taking things from the town, and they have all returned the items due to the bad luck they endured.

Park rangers have dozens of stories of the different ghosts that haunt the buildings. Some are kind, while others are more vengeful. Some are the spirits of residents who faced untimely deaths, and so they refuse to leave their homes. Others are the spirits of children, taken too soon from this world. While all of the ghosts may have their own unique stories, they all call Bodie home.

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Tips for Staying Safe on Halloween

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October is here, and that means Halloween is fast approaching. Halloween is a lot of fun for many people, especially for kids. They love dressing up in their costumes and going trick or treating to get as much candy as possible. While trick or treating can be very fun, it is important to remember to stay safe.

Here are a few tips on how you can do that this Halloween:

  • Stay in groups, and children under the age of 12 should not trick or treat alone.
  • Take a flashlight trick or treating to help you see, and to help others see you.
  • Costume accessories such as knifes and swords should be soft and flexible to avoid injuries.
  • Always look both ways before crossing the street, and try to cross at street corners.
  • Walk on sidewalks when they are available, and stick to the far edge of the road when they aren’t.
  • Never enter stranger’s homes, and never accept rides from strangers.
  • Do not accept homemade treats.
  • Only visit well-lit houses.
  • Parents should examine all of their kids’ candy for any signs of tampering before along the kids to eat it.

By following these tips, you and your kids should be able to have a safe and fun Halloween this year.