After this week’s Life Coach training, this quote really resonated with me –
“When you’re interested, you do what’s convenient; when you’re committed, you do whatever it takes.” – John Assaraf
It’s no secret. I live to travel. I will go anywhere, at any time given the chance. I find it to be the most educational & rewarding experience – even more so than food! (Gasp!). Every place, like every person you encounter, is a teacher. Just open your eyes and take it in. Let go of your ego and be open to something new, uncomfortable, challenging and absolutely life-changing.
Over the years, I’ve visited some extraordinary places and many people have bombarded me with the questions – “How did you pay for it? That must’ve been expensive…” “You must make a lot of money.” Gotta love everyone’s assumptions. First of all, I’m not a millionaire but I’m a damn independent and resourceful adult.
To be honest, my paycheck is more like a reality check. People say find the courage to take a leap of faith and do what you love. Well, I love writing (hence the birth of this blog). I love sharing ideas, giving advice on daily tips, food, travel, motivating my loved ones, talking about how cute my dog Rambo is 🙂 and finding a way to document my life so I don’t forget the adventures and can hopefully share with future loved ones. They say if you know a writer you will never die. That’s pretty amazing to think about.
I also have to pay bills, so after years of hemming and hawing, and dabbling here and there, I officially launched my consulting company, BLC Communications. That’s a whole other post. But it’s really awesome being your own boss! OK, back to this post…
Trips are affordable and don’t have to put you in debt but you have PLAN. Listen folks, we all have bills, rent/mortgages, student loans and other obligations. It’s easy to put off those dream trips, but when is the time really right? Never and now!
My 2016 travel season has begun so many of my posts will now be centered around travel tips and destinations (past and current).
I love travel. I live for the long flights, meeting new people, immersing myself in new cultures and shoveling as much food as possible into my mouth.
I can do it alone (Buenos Aires), with my husband, Keith (Around the World Trip), with my best friend, Linda (Eat Pray Love Trip), or a group of friends – you know who you are (Miami, NOLA, LA…). The truth is, for me, travel represents risk and that’s living! If you’re not a little scared or uncomfortable, then you’re not living life. I fear missing opportunities by merely existing in my comfort zone.
Because of this mentality, I forced myself to travel anyplace I could get to in my early 20’s and the bug hasn’t stopped. If anything, the urge has gotten stronger. I find it my best educator and one worth the investment.
So to kick off these weekly 2016 summer posts on travel, I am going to start with some of my favorite ‘tips.’
Enjoy, stay inspired, and remember, we are always ¾ There….
Tips For How To Look Good After A Flight
I am an ugly flyer. For me, its more about comfort at this point and not looking like too much of a train wreck when I land. I know I will never look like a million bucks when I walk off a plane, but there are some very good tips to keep it together.
It’s a universal fact that flying wreaks havoc on your appearance. Can we say under-eye bags, wrinkled clothes, dry, lifeless skin, and don’t get me started on the hair.
Before the Flight:
During the Flight:
Almost Time to Land:
The 5 Things to Quit:
Definitely easier said than done, BUT, if you can quit these habits, your life will improve tremendously. I am guilty of each one, but try and remain aware of when I succumb to them, and consciously make it a point to stop.
Trying to please everyone? It’s never going to happen. It’s actually impossible.
Fearing change? Well, change is inevitable in life. If we fear it, we fear living.
Living in the past? There is nothing you can do about what happened. The only thing you have control over is now – the precious present moment.
Putting yourself down? You are one of a kind – there will never be another ‘you’ again. Make every moment count in your life. You were put here for a reason.
Overthinking? Stop. Keep things simple. Life is much less stressful this way.
Everyone in your life is a teacher. They come into your life for a purpose – to guide / challenge / inspire.
I have met some extraordinary people and they have helped shape my story. Whether I knew them for a second or for years, they have all impacted me in some way… and I will never be the same because of it.
Motivational Monday: I continue to struggle with my love of food/consumption and staying fit. I have definitely improved, but like my profile pic, I still have work to do in that department. For me, happiness is a wonderful meal with wine/champagne and great company. For that reason I will probably never have a six pack, but then again, I never did 🙂 Cheers to this Motivational Monday meme. Keep a big heart, be happy and stay inspired! #3QT
I love instant gratification, but I realize the best things in life are worth the wait and do not always work out the way you expect them to. You will reach your goals with persistence, hard work, honesty, passion, keeping your word, and keeping others accountable for theirs. Don’t give up because what you believe is what you will ultimately achieve. Stay inspired!