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Posted on December 31, 2016

What is one of the biggest resolutions that is made every year? I think it’s losing weight, right? How many people make this resolution every year and that’s the end of it? There was no plan made to make it happen just empty lifeless words being thrown out into the air. New Year’s resolutions DO NOT WORK if there isn’t a plan in place to carry them through.

The New Year is quickly approaching meaning the soon to be old year is coming to an end. Are you looking back with unaccomplished resolutions because a plan was not in place OR facing forward waiting to greet the New Year with some accomplishments in hand? We are human and mistakes are inevitable throughout life but what’s important is learning the lesson of why something didn’t work and moving on. Continue Reading >


Posted on December 26, 2016

Levis and Rubies is bringing in 2017 with a special promotion from our store. We call it “Watch Us Grow” and would like to share it with you.

We are giving away 10 of our “Fly The Skies” watches to new subscribers to our newly opened store, Avery Rae. We are giving away 10..count them..10 watches! Continue to Promotional Give A Way


Merry Christmas

Posted on December 25, 2016

Levis and Rubies would like to take this time to thank you for reading our blog and following us on Facebook and Twitter. We are very thankful and look forward to growing in 2017. We would like to wish everyone a very safe and Merry Christmas!

Here is A Special Christmas Card for You.

Holiday Traditions

Posted on December 5, 2016

Holiday Traditions are fun to share with others. I love learning and experiencing different seasonal traditions from all over the world. Today, I’d like to share a couple of recipe’s we enjoy making this time of year. They are super easy and not time consuming at all.

During the holidays there are a few staples in our home that are of the sweet treat variety. One is the famous Pumpkin Roll and the other is the Mexican Wedding Cake cookie (as my grandmother referred to them). Both are tasty and each year we always like to make our own and share with family and friends. The Christmas season is filled with parties, both at work and home so sharing various foods are always a hit. Below are a couple of recipes I would like to share with you.

The Mexican Wedding Cake

I was doing a little research as to how the name “Mexican Wedding Cake” came to be. Apparently the name didn’t show up until the 1950’s in various cookbooks. The cookie is very similar to the Russian Tea Cake so lots of speculation as the reason for the different names, all I know is the cookies are wonderful. Hope you like them. Continue Reading >


statue of liberty

Posted on November 14, 2016

As I watched for the past week and observed the events unfold after the election results were counted I sat utterly amazed at the display of crazy that was taking place in our cities all over America. After the election results were called I saw groups of people who thought it was their given right to riot, bust up property, vandalize businesses that hard-working Americans have spent their lives building all because of what? They didn’t agree with who has been elected the next President of the United States? Twenty years ago this type of behavior would have been unheard of. 

Who are the people responsible for doing this? Are they that spoiled in their thinking to think this type of behavior is acceptable all because they didn’t agree with an election result? Do they think it’s ok to piss on American people and we are just supposed to stand idly by, bare and watch? If this was China or Russia those same vandals would have been rounded up, arrested and probably never heard from again. But this is America, we have wonderful freedoms in our county and that’s what makes it so great. I’m not upset because they didn’t like who was elected, I’m mad because of the treatment some people were subjected to. I love this country and to poop on it is not acceptable.  Continue Reading >


dog and bone

Posted on November 7, 2016

Have you ever witnessed a dog with a bone and someone comes along and tries to take the bone from the dog? The look on the angry dog’s face is priceless. This dog is determined to keep the bone and to keep the thief from stealing it with all of its might.

That’s exactly how we have to be in our business, blogs or whatever our passion is. We have to have a fierceness and determination in the belief that we are going to be a success and make a difference. Let’s take starting a business for example. At first there is the emotional and euphoric cloud high we are floating around on. The plan is in place, the website is purchased and built and the product is in hand. Now what? This is where the dog with the bone and its fierce determination comes in. We have to grit our teeth and bare down on our dreams. We can’t let obstacles or people get in our way and steel our “bone.”  No matter how small or large our dreams and visions are, the process is the same. Dig in and don’t give up! Continue Reading >


travel planning

Posted on October 24, 2016

Build and plan a successful adventure

Where to begin to build and plan a trip and to  have it turn out successfully? As for me, I enjoy the research and the challenge so that helps somewhat. If you don’t know where to start, the following tips and guides will help. Planning and organizing a trip can be overwhelming at times, although there are apps, websites and travel agents who can assist with your booking needs some ground work should be laid first in order to build your trip. The following tips are a guide to help you do just that and pull together a great travel adventure. Let’s get started. Continue Reading >


simple pleasures

Posted on October 10, 2016

An Exciting Life Measured By Simplistic Measures

This post is really quite simplistic it’s not a post about 5 tips to improve this or 7 ways to boost that. The message I want to relay is about enjoying where you are at on the way to where you’re going.  Life is not meant to be a complicated mess. Sometimes we over think and over analyze daily life which brings in the complicated mess and it keeps us from the things that matter most. An exciting life can be lived by simplistic measures.

Think about it:

I always seem to have something I have to do or complete while working on my business. But lately, I’ve been changing my thinking and realizing that I have missed some really good experiences because I’ve had my mind on the ugly four letter word called WORK. So that being said I’ve made some changes and have begun working on enjoying the smell of the roses along the way.  Continue Reading >


social media

Posted on September 26, 2016

Lessons Learned Along The Way

All of us at one time or another have been stuck trying to figure something out. I was in this circumstance last week and would like to share a lesson learned because I know I am not the only one who has ran into a roadblock with their websites and blogs. Last year when I started blogging my first post was about holiday movies. It was during the Christmas season and I was sharing my thoughts and favorites and recommending some good movies.

I placed a photo in my post and uploaded it and away I went. I shared my post on Facebook and everything looked good. I wrote my second article and posted and I noticed the next time I commented on another blog or posted to Facebook the same picture from my very first post kept creeping up- not the one that was featured in newer posts. I was perplexed, thinking I must be doing something wrong? I couldn’t figure it out everything looked fine on my pages I was publishing but Facebook was showing something else. Continue Reading >


so this is thailand

Posted on September 12, 2016
First Stop: Bangkok, Thailand

Traveling to Thailand always seemed to be a destination that was not quite in reach. The timing, the distance, amount of time required to make the journey and the cost of the ticket. There always seemed to be a reason not to go. This year, everything seemed to fall in place and even the airfare was pretty good so it was time to see what all the fuss was about. We bought our tickets, took the journey and I’m so very glad we did.

The questions kept coming up by friends and family as to what we needed to do before traveling to SE Asia. In preparation (not counting hotels, tours and shuttles) we did get some vaccines not because anything was required-they were only recommendations. The vaccines we took were Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Tetanus. I know there are some who travel without vaccines and that is purely up  to the traveler to make that decision.  We also purchased travel insurance and that is always a good preventative measure when leaving your home country. Other than learning a few key Thai phrases we were set to travel. Continue Reading >


Angkor Wat Temple Region

Cambodia
A Country of Mystery, Pain and Rebirth

Posted on August 29, 2016

Everything we see, taste, touch, smell, and hear has the ability to inspire us. Everything from the walls around us to the clouds in the sky and the new country we chose to visit if we only make an effort to look.

When I told my friends I was traveling to Cambodia their faces changed from interest to a puzzled look of confusion. Most couldn’t see why I wanted to experience this country but soon discovered through conversation that few had little understanding of what Cambodia had to offer and experience. I knew one thing for certain was this, one country so rich in history had to be on my list of great adventures.

Cambodia: A country of mystery, pain and rebirth

After the final decision was made to travel to Cambodia I went online and researched what was required to enter the country and if vaccines were needed. Vaccines: there were no requirements only recommendations. Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Tetanus which I went ahead and got all three. Passport/Visa: Besides the passport (which requires at least 6 months left before expiration) a visa is required to enter the country. The e-visa can be obtained online at Cambodian E-Visa. Make sure you use the official Cambodian website. I’ve been told there are some fake sites out there. Yes the visa can be arranged on arrival at the airport but word to the wise: a lot of people wait and I saw quite a line to get it processed. Save yourself the trouble and do it before you arrive- it’s smooth sailing through immigration with the e-visa in hand. I had mine back via email in less than 2 days. Print off 2 copies because they took one of mine at entry and one at departure. Another good tip is Cambodia will accept US dollars so there is no need to exchange money if you are coming from the US. Continue Reading >


Travel with just a carry on

Posted on August 8, 2016

Travel with just a carry-on bag…Yes…it can be done.

Ok I know, I may not be the average woman- I’m traveling for 3 weeks and I’m only going to be taking a carry-on for all clothes. Let me explain- Three years ago I booked this wonderful trip to Europe; I planned to see Germany, France and Italy. Going to all the hot spots I had read about and seen photos of through out my life. Here I was with a carry on, backpack and a huge suitcase filled to the max. That was mine and my mom was carrying the same. Now think about it- we were on planes, shuttles, trains, boats and taxis. What an aggravating mess to say the least.  After we returned home that was the deciding factor to learn to travel light, pack wisely and I have been traveling with just a carry on  bag ever since. Continue Reading >


Inspiration

July 25, 2016

What inspires you?

Inspiration can be found all around us in one form or another. A smile on a child’s face, a contented dog with a wagging tail, someone who has conquered adversity and lives to tell about it or the calm in a rolling stream or river. It beckons us to take notice. Everything we see, taste, touch, smell, and hear has the ability to inspire us. Everything from the walls around us to the clouds in the sky has the ability to move something within us if we only make an effort to open our eyes.

A few years ago I was on a train in Europe traveling through Germany. As the train pulled in to pick up passengers I noticed a young man with glasses boarding with a cane. What caught my eye was he was very handsome and well dressed. As I watched him I noticed he wasn’t traveling with anyone and he was pulling a small suitcase and carrying a rain jacket over his arm. He ended up taking a seat a few rows in front me on the opposite side of the aisle. Within a few minutes another gentleman boarded and sat down next to the man I had been watching. Shortly they began to make small talk I could hear their conversation quite well. I learned that the man who had caught my eye was blind and he was taking his first solo trip. I couldn’t stop eavesdropping because so many questions were creeping though my mind. First of all, how does a man who can’t see embark on such a journey by his self? Isn’t he afraid? How will he get around? I should have been the one sitting in that seat beside him because of my curiosity and tons of questions. I remember thinking to myself how he had inspired me with his courage. How many of us are afraid to do something solo and we have the advantage of our sight? This convicted me and I started thinking what is stopping me from reaching for my stars? This stranger on the train was pure inspiration to me and I bet he has touched so many lives since then. Continue Reading >

 



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Living Life Through The Noise

Posted on July 11, 2016

The world has definitely changed since the 70’s. Our lives have progressively gotten busier and infiltrated with so much noise. By noise, I mean the busyness of life around us. Everywhere we turn, there is something to do, someone needing our attention and some place we need to be.  How do we keep our own life balanced through all of the noise? Do you feel like life is a never-ending stream of obligations? How do we step away from the fast track, slow down, and really begin to enjoy what we have?

When I do watch t.v. I enjoy watching the old re-runs of Andy Griffith and I marvel at how life was portrayed back then.  Knowing what we know now, could we be happy with a Mayberry lifestyle and did it really exist? Growing up in the Midwest in the 70’s, families sat down to dinner together while conversations took place and meaningful relationships were nurtured and created. Flash forward to 2016 and we see men, women and children all going in different directions. Continue Reading >


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Where did the name Levis and Rubies Come From?

Posted on February 10, 2016

“How in the world did you pick the name, Levis and Rubies?” I get asked this a lot and understandably so.

The name of my blog, “Levis and Rubies” originated on a trip I took to Costa Rica. While on the plane bouncing ideas off of my mother we laughed about different kooky names we were throwing out at each other, really not taking it too seriously at the moment. Deep down, I didn’t know if this was something I could do. I have this big picture of myself in front of me, (metaphorically of course) of my overall dreams, visions and goals. I know I like to write, love everything about computers and the internet. But the question came, can I really write a blog? Will someone read it? Continue Reading >


greatness

Posted June 27, 2016

No Shortcuts To Greatness

What’s it like to start a new business while knowing absolutely nothing about how to do it?

That’s me at this particular time in life. I have a vision of owning my own online business; being an entrepreneur, building a mobile business and creating a lifestyle of being able to work anywhere in the world buying and selling. I went into this not knowing diddly-squat about nothing but I have a drive and determination to see it come to pass. It seems like I am in a constant state of learning and negotiating new platforms. Today I spent the day trying to figure out international shipping and being over taken by the FedEx and DHL websites for new businesses. Good grief!

Over the past few months it has consisted of learning about taxes, registering a business name, coming up with a business name, opening a bank account…the list goes on. I’ll say it again- it’s been an uphill learning process. Now that I look back on what I’ve accomplished so far, I’ve learned a lot and what I have learned is that there are no shortcuts to greatness. Continue Reading >


quality of life

Posted on June 21, 2016

What does quality of life really mean? Is there a measurable scale to follow or compare ourselves to? Each of us want to aspire to a life that is fulfilled and happy. There are many things that enhance our quality life and one of the important keys is found in the company we keep. Good, intelligent, kind-hearted, positive, smart and loving people- these are the types of people to surround yourself with to help keep a life filled with quality and love. There is one person responsible for keeping and guarding your quality of life and that is you. Don’t let anyone or anything in your inner circle tear down and ruin what you deserve.


Forgiveness is crucial to quality of life. We will meet people along the way and for whatever reason we will be hurt by them. Please learn to forgive and let go of past hurts and anger. Keep a fresh mind open at all times and know that any relationship we engage in there will be disappointment. Continue Reading >


Fear of the Unknown

Posted June 12, 2016

What paralyzes a dream or vision? What can stop us in our tracks from moving forward? The ugly dreaded thing called FEAR. How many of us  have had some awesome vision for our future or an idea so cool we believe can be turned into something really great only to let the inner voice of fear speak into our lives and stop us from pursuing greatness?

False Evidence Appearing Real- that’s all fear is. A cousin of fear is doubt and when they work together sometimes we can be overwhelmed with thoughts of inadequacies about ourselves. I’m here to tell you that it’s normal to experience these emotions but it’s what we do with it that will turn the tables.

Fear and Doubt are two of the most limiting emotions there are. We begin to second guess ourselves and our talents. Before we know it we’ve built this idea in our heads that we are somehow not smart enough to bring our vision to pass. The first thing to stop is negative self-talk. This in itself creates bad vibes and puts a limit on our world. Don’t let it occupy your mind. By negative self-talk we are creating a different world for ourselves – the way we see and believe in ourselves becomes tainted..so stop it! We need to build ourselves up not tear ourselves down. Continue Reading >


Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Posted May 30, 2016

Memorial Day has many meanings to different people.  Some look at it as a day off work or a three-day weekend from school but for a military family who has loved ones that are overseas or who have lost their lives in a war, this day means so much more.

Many years ago it was referred to as Decoration Day, it was when Civil War mourners would decorate the graves of the soldiers with flowers. It was in 1971 when Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday. This day commemorates all men and women who have served in our armed forces and who have lost their lives defending our great country. This is a day when families visit cemeteries while some decorate the cemeteries with US flags- asking us to never forget what their sons and daughters, husband and wives have done for us to have our freedoms that we sometimes take for granted.  Continue Reading >


Solo Traveler

Posted May 23, 2016

Thinking of traveling by yourself?

Have you wanted to travel some place great and perhaps far away? If so, are you like me and share your travel thoughts with friends and family while extending the invitation for them to come along and experience the adventure?

If you have, you’ve probably experienced one or more of the following responses:  First and foremost, they show no interest. Then the question of our sanity arises as to why we would want to travel outside our own backyard when there is so much “danger” around the world? (I guess they haven’t checked the crime stats around here lately). Second, they catch our excitement fever and agree to come along only to back out on us when the plans are in full motion. Thirdly, money or time is an issue. In any case, what do you do? The travel bug has bit and there is no escape?

Have you thought about going alone? Solo travel is on the rise and for very good reason. The freedom alone is so worth stepping out of our comfort zone and going for it! Going solo allows the traveler the opportunity to meet like-minded people and connect with the locals. It gives us the choice to focus on ourselves while opening up to make our own decisions and bringing us into an awareness of who we really are.

Many people are afraid to take the initial step to travel alone and I get that. Fear can override passion and before we know it we have caved in to it. Fear of the unknown, fear of being by ourselves and the dreaded fear of the “what if’s” bombard our minds and if we give in to it this will rob us of one hec of a great life experience.  Continue Reading >


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A Guide for Traveling With Limitations or Disability

Posted May 16, 2016

Do you or a travel partner wish to travel but have concerns due to certain limitations or a disability? Traveling with a disabled partner or having limitations yourself can raise certain questions. As airfare continues to be less expensive, this has opened up more countries becoming more affordable to those who have put off travel due to cost. Travel is becoming more readily available to everyone and everyone’s needs are different. The following guide will help those with limitations or certain disabilities to make a smooth transition while traveling and to have an enjoyable trip. Depending on the type of disability or limitations will dictate what type of planning will need to be done.

Tips to Help Before Traveling:

Planning and preparation. First question: Where do you want to go and what do you plan to see? Now, if you are looking to check out Europe, remember Europe is OLD. There are cobble stone streets, buildings with no elevators, lots of steps to climb and tons of walking. Take this into consideration when making your travel choices. Once you have decided on where you want to go, and have booked your flight online, call the airlines and set up wheelchair assistance through-out your whole flight itinerary. This can be done online, but I like to call and talk to someone to verify my choices have been booked and to have any additional questions answered. If a medical emergency where to happen, where is the nearest hospital and doctor? Is travel insurance in place? Most medical plans in the US does not cover travel outside the United States. These are questions to have the answer to BEFORE boarding your plane to your destination. Whether flying international or within your own country, planning and preparation is key. Continue Reading >


mother's day

Posted on May 8, 2016

My mom and I started off on a rocky course together, she was young when she had me and was still growing up herself. She wanted to ride motorcycles and hang out with a crowd who my grandparents deemed “undesirables.”  I on the other hand had no interest in being around her during my younger days and coupled with reasons from my grandparents’ influence and the choices that mom was making at the time. As time pressed on, our relationship started to fuse together,  she settled down and I grew up.

At age 16, she and I went on our first cross-country trip together. We left Indiana and headed west- destination: Las Vegas, Nevada and the Grand Canyon. My mom’s best friend and her son were coming along on the adventure. We were traveling in a 74’ mustang with little room for 4 passengers. The small space fused us together for that short time and we learned a lot about each other back then.  We had an awesome journey that year and for me that’s where the travel bug reared its head and bit me. We managed to do a few more trips together before I got married. We enjoyed each other’s company during that short time span as well as the places we got to see. Continue Reading >


Walmart Savings Catcher

Posted on May 2, 2016

Who doesn’t like to save money, right?  I stumbled upon a way to get money back on purchases I make when I shop at Walmart. Have you heard of their Savings Catcher program? While doing a little shopping,  I struck up a conversation with a lady who had been using the Savings Catcher for a while and she told me all about it. It’s so simple to do, I love it!

First thing to do is to create an account with Walmart (providing you don’t already have one). Once your account is created you can start using the Savings Catcher program. You will enter the receipt number or TC number that is found at the bottom of the receipt.

This can be done one of two ways. The first way is by using  your home computer. Go to the savings catcher website locate here Savings Catcher Web Login. Enter your email address and the password you used to signed up with. The next page is where you enter the TC number. This page will show the reward dollars earned and also all of the receipts that have been entered. Continue Reading >


The Truth is in the Lie

Posted on April 25, 2016

The truth is in the lie is quit an oxymoron. As for telling a lie most of us would admit they hate it, most would say they despise being lied to but what about when the tables turn and we lie to someone else or just speak half of the truth? The small white lies, you know, the ones we keep hidden within ourselves while telling ourselves it’s ok no one is going to get hurt, no one is going to find out. Once the little white lies are found out did it really hurt someone? Why do you think there is this need to be dishonest in society? Is there ever a reason to give the green light and lie?

Lying comes in all shapes and sizes. There are the lies to make ourselves look good, to over float the ego and self-worth. The deceivers who are deceptive and manipulate people and I call them the marionettes. They are the ones pulling the strings and making those they have targeted to do what they want them to do. Then there is the dangerous kind, those who lie and actually believe their own lies – they are the habitual liars. These people wouldn’t know the truth if it jumped up and bit their faces. Continue Reading >


Springtime Awakening

Posted on April 18, 2016

It’s springtime! Along with that comes a spirit of freshness in the air. This month I am having my official kick off of the Levis and Rubies blog. I am offering a special promo for new subscribers.

I love to take photos while traveling, using a Nikon 3300 SLR camera. I’m still learning how it all works including photography, blogging and creating fresh content. Continue Reading >


wisdom

Posted on April 11, 2016

Applying Wisdom in Relationships is the Secret Ingredient

Do you consider yourself wise? Do you practice using wisdom in decision-making when it comes to relating to other people? I mainly want to focus on relationships and how wisdom comes into play when relating to people. Having and using good wisdom is one of the best ways to get along with others while maintaining  peace in our own lives.

Several years ago I worked at a company who hired a plant manager to oversee all production areas. The first few months he was there each of us got along nicely. He had his new ideas and rules which were fine and we adhered to them. Then one day he went from Jekyll to Hyde, he would come to work like a bulldozer yelling and arguing with all of the employees. Naturally, we instantly were defensive and some (including myself) took to the bait and went to his level of the same type of behavior. What do you think happened? If you guess a larger eruption, you would be correct. Sadly, I did not use sound wisdom or good decision-making during those dark days of being under the rule of King Kong. (King Kong was my secret nick name for him). Continue Reading >


Panama

Posted on April 4, 2016

The country of Panama is an adventure all in itself; with its beautiful beaches, culture, wildlife and tasty cuisine. Aside from all of that goodness in my opinion, one of the greatest learning experiences is to visit the Panama Canal. We’ve heard about its shaky beginning when France started the build process and had to eventually quit due to the enormous challenges that erupted, to when in 1903, the United States bought out the French and backed Panama in its secession from Colombia in exchange for control of the Canal Zone.

Currently there are three locks to the Canal that can be toured: The Miraflores, Pedro Miguel, and Gatún Locks. We arrived  at the Miraflores Locks Visitors Center, which is located just a few miles outside of the City of Panama. The Visitor Center has four floors that is loaded with an array of interactive exhibits that to me are mind-boggling in the way of so much information. I never dreamed it was so big and full of things to see. One can learn everything and anything about the Panama Canal as well as the 5.25 billion dollar expansion project that began in 2007 and has a scheduled inauguration date that is set for June, 2016. The new canal will be able to allow today’s ginormous tankers and cruise ships to pass through with ease. The expansion will double the capacity of traffic through the canal having a huge and positive impact on the shipping industry. Continue Reading >


Self Doubt-A Confidence Buster

Self-Doubt: A Confidence Buster

Posted on March 28, 2016

Self-Doubt aka The Confidence Buster – is the intimidating inner critic that can get a choke hold on us and fill our minds with all kinds of crazy- its mission is to diminish and shrink us to the point of second guessing our decisions and sometimes our own self-worth. When our minds are troubled with doubt, our thoughts are clouded and we can’t stay on our course. It robs us of our creativity, strength, belief in ourselves and sometimes our future.  Continue Reading >


Follow The Crowd Or Be Myself?

Posted on March 14, 2016

If You Want To Hide Your Face Then Go Out Naked


We don’t learn a new song while everyone else wants to sing the old one. Have you ever tried to change something and met opposition from it? It happens a lot in our world when fresh ideas are presented and because it appears foreign to others they are quick to dismiss the idea presented with unjustified reasons why it won’t work or why it’s a bad idea. We often hear, “this is the way we’ve always done it, this is how we have to do it” Sounds a lot like conformity, everyone walking in the same direction, not looking to the left or to the right- just straight ahead.

Conformity can be a tough stronghold to break. We fear the repercussions from the crowd and don’t want to make waves so we shrink back into ourselves and stuff away our ideas for change and difference. This reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode titled, “Number 12 Looks Just Like You.” Rod Sterling was great about putting some pretty cool messages into his episodes. This show in particular was about when men and women reached a certain age they were expected to go through a “transformation” process which made them look and think like everyone else. A certain young girl rebelled and questioned why couldn’t she just look and act like who she was? Towards the end she gave in to pressure from those around her and did the transformation. In the end the girl came back looking and behaving…and you guessed it, just like everyone else.
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Tips To Planning Your Next Travel Adventure

 Posted on March 6, 2016

Ready To Travel But Don’t Know Where To Start?

I get asked a lot about how I build and plan my trips. As for me, I really enjoy the research and the challenge so that helps somewhat. If you don’t know where to start the following tips and guides will help. Planning and organizing a trip can be overwhelming at times, although there are apps, websites and travel agents who can assist with your booking needs some ground work should be laid first in order to build your trip. The following tips are a guide to help you do just that and pull together a great travel adventure. Let’s get started.
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monkey face

Posted on February 27, 2016

It’s Not What I Want…But It’s What I Need

The lyrics to the song made famous by Mick Jagger, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes well..you might find you get what you need” are true in so many ways. There are not many of us who like it when we don’t get what we want and can’t understand why. The big picture is not always revealed to us so we get mad, frustrated and sometimes have a hissy fit. It may not feel so good at the moment but the end result will be in our favor. Continue Reading >


life burning brightly

Posted on February 20, 2016

Is your life’s light burning brightly or is it burnt out? Did you even know your light existed? Life is described as being one big roller coaster. There are peaks and there are valleys on our journey through this life. There are high and low at times whether it is spiritual, physical or mental, while each of these playing a significant role in our attitude towards life while all of this affects the light inside each of us.

Is there a way to keep our light burning brightly? Life comes at us at all angles, and a key factor is to be rooted and grounded in our goals and to stay on the path to the life we’ve worked hard for.  Continue Reading >

 


happy valentine's day

Posted on February 14, 2016

A Simplistic Idea For Valentine’s Day

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, some thoughts come to mind.. love, romance, gifts, weddings, proposals and dinners- all of which are very nice. The marketing ploy for Valentine’s Day is over the top with constant reminders of roses and candy must be bought and cards sent out. But what about the simplicity in the celebration? I’m not talking about being “el cheapo” or anything like that, I’m thinking about little uplifting gestures to someone we don’t know or friends and family who might just need a little Valentine encouragement? Continue Reading >


everything begins with one word gratitudePosted on February 4, 2016

Gratitude lives at the center of our happiness and out of it springs all good things in our lives. Our joy comes out of thanksgiving and having a grateful attitude will help keep us on our destined path to the life we were meant to have. Gratitude can turn the routine hum drum into something really great. It can transform us from the inside out, showing us the beautiful things we have, not the lack of.  Continue Reading > 


Has The Newness Wore Off?

New Year’s Resolutions Gone South
Posted on January 18, 2016


Ok, by now we have settled in to the New Year and have had plenty of time to work on our “promised newness.” The gym is full of new recruits, working their plan and I hope for all of them that they stick to it and reach their goals. As for me I wanted to incorporate healthier food choices and I decided to kick off the New Year by creating a goal for myself to replace a meal with juicing.

I committed to doing this for 7 days. Things started off good for the first few days, but the evenings were the hardest for me. I just couldn’t get past not having a solid meal in the evenings. What bothered me was, I had done this same goal at the beginning of last year and was successful in reaching it. After being confused for a while as to why I was having this struggle, I realized I wasn’t working out like usual and needed to continue with my gym workouts along with the juicing. Going to the gym had kept me inspired and focused to keep pressing on. So, I decided to give it a try again this week, coupled with my workout routine. I am doing a lot better now with juicing this week. The goal was good, it was attainable, but I just needed the little bit of inspiration to pull it all together.

smart goals

Each of us need some type of inspiration and focus to meet our goals. Whether it is friends and family, daily affirmations, a good book, or a good workout, each of us are different in our needs. Don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself that are too hard to attain. Goals should be SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time based and some type of inspiration to keep the fire ignited.

Whether you have small dreams or big expectations, it all starts with a plan. Set a goal for tomorrow. Execute your plan but make sure you are using the SMART way of getting your goals accomplished.

 


Christmas is over..what’s next?

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The gifts are opened, the Christmas dinner is over…what’s next? New Year’s Eve? Where are you spending this festive event? Are you making new traditions? Perhaps new promises for something better? Take this time to reflect on yourself. New Year’s Eve is a time of reflection and a time for change. Once the ball falls, the game is on.

As for me, I am spending New Years Eve in Las Vegas. My family has invited me to go with them. I have to admit I was a little apprehensive in going because I’ve always been the one who was content with staying home or attending a local party. This is a first for me, to be out among the crowds and celebrating under the fireworks. I’m not one for the loud music, crowds and peeps who are temporarily out of their minds. So, with that being stated, I’ve made a commitment to get out there with the crowd, enjoy my family and have a good time.

I’m encouraging everyone to celebrate..no matter where you are in the world.. have a good time. If nothing else, celebrate you.

New Years is a time for change and celebration. Enjoy who you are and make some memories. I would love to hear from you about your New Year’s Eve..email me and share your night’s festivities. Be safe and Happy New Year 2016.


As Christmas Draws Near

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How many of us are exhausted by the time Christmas Day arrives? How many of us make the statement, ” Christmas came fast this year, where did the time go?” I’m guilty hands down, I’ve said it many times over. We are so busy with shopping, planning our meals, running around buying gifts and the biggie..working our jobs, that most of us have gotten ourselves completely stressed out and in doing so, lost the true meaning of this beautiful day when it arrives. After thinking about my life and life in general, I want to make a commitment to slow down, live life in the moment and enjoy the everyday things of life. It’s a matter of changing my mindset, planning and organizing a little better, managing the career instead of it managing me and above all embrace this season with joy and put my focus on others instead of myself. Isn’t that really what Christmas is all about?

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas Season with family and friends, if you are traveling enjoy your destination and travel safely. One final word, try stepping out this Christmas and do something out of the ordinary for someone who least expects it. The joy that will consume your heart is addicting!

Merry Christmas Everyone!


Holiday Travel and the Movies

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Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas Season with family and friends, if you are traveling enjoy your destination and travel safely. One final word, try stepping out this Christmas and do something out of the ordinary for someone who least expects it. The joy that will consume your heart is addicting!

Merry Christmas Everyone!


 Apps For Your Airline Travel

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Airline Apps

Smartphone air travel apps have been designed with all phases of your trip in mind. From finding a flight to finding a good cup of coffee during your layover. Anyone who travels and owns a smart phone should check this out. I love it..I travel on Delta a lot and have used their app when I do travel. I can find a flight, track my itinerary, get my boarding pass, notifications of gates and gate changes, weather in the area and baggage..you name it, the information in readily available.  Apps are versatile, practical and just about anything you will need information about concerning your flight data can be found.


Travel Gift Ideas

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Gifts ideas for the wanderlust spirit.

As I’m reading through my travel blogs that I subscribe to, I run across this article in the Huffington Post on travel gifts for those who have the ever-burning passion for travel. Here are some cute gift ideas my favorite is the airplane watch-I am kind of diggin’ on that one.


Simplistic Things To Ponder

wineI read somewhere that Abraham Lincoln stated “We are as happy as we make up our minds to be.” Whether he said it or not, I believe the statement.

When we were younger we couldn’t wait to leave home. When we were in college we couldn’t wait to graduate. When working in our careers we can’t wait for the next big promotion. It’s a never-ending cycle on the gerbil wheel of life. That is, waiting for the next big thing. What happened to enjoying life at the place and time we are at, while enjoying our journey along the way? What happened to liking ones self and above all not keeping up with the Jones’s?

I say sit back, grab a glass of wine or a beer and enjoy yourself today..right where you are at. Laugh and smile at yourself often-Life is so much prettier when we just slow down and if I may say this…smell the roses.

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