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Be (More) Positive – 6 Tips

Could you be a little more positive? 6 Tips to Being (More) Positive

Could you be a little more positive? 6 Tips to Being (More) Positive

When you reflect on where you are versus where you want to be, what do you focus on?

Do you focus on what you DON”T  want? Or, do you focus on what you DO want?

The answer to that question makes all the difference in the world.  Our negative thoughts tell us about what needs attention in our life.  These thoughts, hopefully, lead to figuring out what needs to be done and how to take care of it, whether in a positive or negative manner.  Negative situations are learning experiences and if you don’t recognize that, you  may feel victimized and helpless. Ultimately, blaming others for what you drew to yourself.   Being positive is not as easy as you may think, especially when you are unhappy, unsatisfied, and you feel like life sucks.  Many people  find it difficult to be positive even when things are going well.

Do you think this is positive?

Every day on Facebook I see postings like:

“Getting rid of negative emotions especially for moving into fall is essential.”

“Life has many different chapters.  One bad chapter doesn’t mean it’s the end of the book.”

“Remove the negative things and toxic people in your life and everything will fall into place.”

As you read these postings do you feel inspired with positive thoughts?

While each of these messages may seem positive, they focus on exactly what we don’t want – negative emotions, a bad chapter, negative things and toxic people.  No one in their right mind would want any of these things in their lives, so why focus on them at all.

Don’t think they are focusing on the negative…think again.

6 Tips to Being Positive and Getting Closer to Happiness

1. Focus on what you want! The above statements are focusing on the negative, what we DON”T want.  We want to focus only on the positive, what we DO want.

So if you’ve decided to rid your life of “negative emotions” by fall, a positive way of stating this is, “Feeling only positive loving emotions as we move into fall.”

Going through a bad chapter in your book of life–re-write the chapter, “Life has many chapters, each filled with incredible experiences.”

Want to remove negative things and toxic people from your life, wonderful–let’s say it like this, “Experiencing only wonderful positive things and incredible people–my life is exactly where I want it.”

2. Be grateful. Show gratitude for everything in your life.  Find a reason to appreciate what you have. Practice this by starting each day by writing 3 things you are grateful for.   When you hit a rough patch during the day, think of these 3 things.  I keep a list of things I am grateful for with me.  When I am losing it for one reason or another throughout the day, I just pick up my list and start reading.  It always helps me feel–well, more positive. Suddenly the hour wait at the doctor’s office, or the traffic on my way home, is not as tortuous as I originally thought.

3.  Think only of abundance.  Think and believe that you already have abundance, success, love, and happiness.  Create a clear mental picture of how your abundance, success, love, and happiness looks in your ideal life.  Then learn to feel and act, as if you are already living the life you visualize.  Even better, create a vision board.  It’s your life, you can create anything you want from it.

4. Practice being a positive person.  Think positive thoughts, speak well of yourself and others.  As you continue your practice of being a positive person you will discover more ways to be positive.  This is one of those things you are going to have to trust me on.  If you catch yourself being negative, just stop and find a positive way to rephrase your comment.

5. Find the good in everything.  While it may be challenging at times, make every experience a good experience.  If the  negative voice in you is already naming all the times you cannot find the good–think again, there is always something useful to learn.

6. Create a positive environment.   Choose to surround yourself with positive influences.  Read inspirational books and articles. Watch inspirational movies or shows on television.   Stay clear from any negative influences including family and friends, so their negativity doesn’t rub off on you.

Being a positive person requires a little know how and a lot of practice (for me anyway).  As you practice these 6 Tips for Being More Positive, you will naturally start to feel more positive and be happier.

Already a positive person? Tell us how you stay positive.

Because I got by with a little help from my girlfriends, I want to help you get help from your girlfriends. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.

 Carmen M. Perez, “The Wander Woman (Lii)”

Your Florida Travel Expert and Girlfriends’ Getaway Specialist

You dream it, I plan it, you deserve it.

Call me now to get pampered, play around, or just bounce back, with your girlfriends –and without all the drama.

Visit My Website: www.GalPalBounceBackGetaways.com

Telephone: (407) 900-9258 E-mail: Carmen@CmpTravelCounselor.com

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Ask Your Travel Planner: What is an Airline Codeshare?

What has been your experience with airline codeshares?

What has been your experience with airline codeshares?

Last week while reviewing an itinerary with a client traveling to Italy, I told her that although her air ticket is a US Airways ticket, she would need to check in at United because they were servicing her flight. She seemed a little bewildered, so I advised her this was what we referred to in the travel profession as an “airline codeshare.”

What is an airline codeshare?

An airline codeshare, is the selling of a ticket by one airline while the actual flight is serviced by a different airline. This practice in the airline industry allows airlines to appear as if they have a routes that span the globe. We need flights that span the globe so this is a win-win-win.

What do airline codeshares mean to me?

Really codeshares don’t mean much–if everything goes as planned. You have your seat, you find the flight on the monitors, and you go to the gate and board–perfect. However if you have a connecting flight, and your flight is late, the second airline is usually surprised to see you’re late, which may cause additional delays in getting you rebooked and on the next flight to your destination.

What should I be aware of?

Know which airlines are servicing which flights in your itinerary. This is easy to get from your booking information. Pay attention to who is operating your first flight, this is who you’ll need to check in with on arrival to the airport.

Don’t book a connecting flight that is less than an hour of your estimated landing time, if you’re on a domestic flight. Give yourself no less than a two-hour window for international flights.

What has been your experience with airline codeshares?

As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.

Carmen M. Perez, Travel Planner

Your Florida Travel Expert and Girlfriends’ Getaway Specialist

You dream it, I plan it, you deserve it.

Call me now to get pampered, play around, or just bounce back, with your girlfriends –and without all the drama.

Visit My Website: www.GalPalBounceBackGetaways.com

Telephone: (407) 900-9258 E-mail: Carmen@CmpTravelCounselor.com

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Cruisin’: Pre-wedding Bliss on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas

Have a big event coming up? Enjoy a Rejuvenating Getaway and Be the Life of the Party

Have a big event coming up? Enjoy a Rejuvenating Getaway and Be the Life of the Party

Your best friend gets engaged and the next year of your life is filled with lots of action, high-flying emotion, and pressure to look your best as you and your best friends meet the grooms family and friends. Before helping the bride kick up the wedding planning into high gear plan a little wedding preplanning getaway with the wedding party. Not only will everyone bond over the travel experiences, you have an incredible opportunity to get a very well priced make over, and time to relax and be completely selfish, without judgment.

I recently planned travel for a group of 8 women and 8 men celebrating an engagement. We decided a cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines: Freedom of the Seas was perfect for their mood and needs during this trip. The bride’s maid-of-honor was the first to contact me. The bride-to-be excited with anticipation decided she’d like to relax sea-side with her bride’s maids. The groom-to-be wants to hang out during in the day with his groom’s men, and have options for playing and eating in the evening with his fiancee. After we agreed on a cruise option for the group, we planned their vacation in detail. Knowing the women were looking for exciting, yet revitalizing, activities they could not enjoy at home and the men were looking for some mild adventure and bro-time, I recommended a couple of adventurous tours and various spa treatments. I planned an itinerary with planned joint and separate activities for the men and women throughout the cruise so the girls could enjoy some girl time and the men could take liberty with a little bro-time. After their getaway, the group insisted we all have lunch to talk about their cruise. When I arrived they engaged me with their stories and pictures. They absolutely loved their cruise, and they all returned looking incredible. The smiles from ear to ear told me I did a great job.

Cruising: Doesn’t it get boring?

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is well-known for the adventurous activities they offer on board, including ice skating, full size basketball court, their signature Flow-rider (a surfing simulator) and rock-wall, just to name a few. What’s really great about these activities, is if it’s not your thing-you could watch while sun bathing on the deck. If you want some quiet time, go to the adults only section of the deck – not only is it quieter the loungers are a bit more luxurious. There is covered and uncovered seating to suit your mood.

The day of arrival there were over 20 planned activities for the afternoon; there were over 30 planned activities for the evening. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Cruising: Makeover on Vacation

One of the incredible benefits of cruising is the deals offered on board in the spa and gym. They have personal trainers to help you start a new fitness program while on board, yoga classes for every level, a boxing ring to work out your frustration and so much more. The spa offers massages of every kind to relax your body, detox and slimming body wraps for your tired dehydrated skin, and facials to reduce any signs of aging. One of the things you need to do when you settle in is stop in at the spa and schedule an appointment for the treatments you’re interested in. They always offer discounted treatment packages and their quality of service rivals any well-known day spa.

Is a cruise right for my group?

Cruising is about the journey as you go from port to port. Brief visits to your destinations limit exploration time. If you want to “sample” several destinations this is the best way to get around. This is what I enjoy about cruising. I dreamed of visiting Jamaica for many years and my first visit was on a cruise. I spent the day with a personal tour guide and decided I wanted to come back and get to know Jamaica better. On the same cruise I fell in love with Key West, which I never thought of as a place I would like to visit.

Because I got by with a little help from my girlfriends, I want to help you get help from your girlfriends. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.

Carmen M. Perez, Travel Planner

Your Florida Travel Expert and Girlfriends’ Getaway Specialist

You dream it, I plan it, you deserve it.

Call me now to get pampered, play around, or just bounce back, with your girlfriends –and without all the drama.

Visit My Website:www.GalPalBounceBackGetaways.com

Telephone: (407) 900-9258 E-mail: Carmen@CmpTravelCounselor.com

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5 Tips to Get Rid of Jet Lag

5 Tips to Get Over Jet Lag

How do you get rid of jet lag?

Are you looking forward to your trip across the country, but not the fatigue and insomnia it causes?   Jet lag, also called “flight fatigue,” is a temporary disorder known to cause travelers a number of physical and emotional symptoms including anxiety, constipation, diarrhea, confusion, dehydration, headache, irritability, nausea, sweating, coordination problems, dizziness, and even memory loss – to name a few, okay several.

Why does jet lag occur?

Jet lag is the result of our body’s inability to adjust to the time in a different time zone. As the body struggles with the new schedule, temporary symptoms like fatigue and insomnia, the most frequent symptoms of jet lag, set in.  The brain becomes confused and disoriented as it attempts to juggle schedules.

What can I do to avoid jet lag?

Ideally, when we travel we want to arrive well rested and ready to see the sights. The following will help you do just that.

5 Tips to Get Rid of Jet Lag

1. Sync your internal clock.  From a few days to a week before your trip, try to adapt to the local time of your destination. This means you’ll need to wake up or go to bed earlier or later. Also resist the temptation to take a nap once you arrive.  Go to bed and rise at a normal time for your location.

2. Stay hydrated.  Flying leads to dehydration and dehydration amplifies jet lag symptoms.  Avoid drinking coffee, soda, and alcohol while flying.

3. Use the darkness (or light) to your advantage.  Our bodies take their cue from light, or lack of it, when it’s time to sleep.

4. Sleep.  You may be tempted to stay up all night before a flight so you may sleep while flying/traveling.  Don’t do this.  If you’re tired, sick, or hung over, jet lag hits harder.

5. Stretch.  While seated during your flight, exercise your legs periodically.  Every hour or two get up and walk around.

How do you get rid of jet lag?

As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.

 Carmen M. Perez, Travel Planner

Your Florida Travel Expert and Girlfriends’ Getaway Specialist

You dream it, I plan it, you deserve it.

Call me now to get pampered, play around, or just bounce back, with your girlfriends –and without all the drama.

Visit My Website: www.GalPalBounceBackGetaways.com

Telephone: (407) 900-9258 E-mail: Carmen@CmpTravelCounselor.com

“Like” Me on Facebook: GalPalBounceBackGetaways

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Book Review: 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy

Review: 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy by Mary Kelly PhD

Review: 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy by Mary Kelly PhD

I spend a lot of time traveling which means I also spend quite a bit of time rushing to the airport to wait for takeoff.  During my waiting and flying time I make the most of it by reading.

While reading this book, I thought if you are an entrepreneur looking to revitalize your marketing efforts, or revamp your business, 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy, by Mary Kelly, PhD is a great book to add to your library.

This book not only shows you how to be more productive and profitable in your business, 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy will help you align your personal and business goals so you can build your business with the same passion and vigor you approach other areas in your life.  I don’t know about you, but like so many other entrepreneurs–nothing is more personal to me than my business.

While each section is relevant, Identify Your Business Goal, Identify Your Life Resolutions, and Reiterate Integrity and Ethics, stood out for me.  In this day and age where capitalism seems to have pushed many businesses into unethical business practices for profits, they serve as a reminder to be of service to our clients and always put their needs first—this is the true recipe for success in business.

Social media marketing has become a major component of marketing plans for many businesses, but remains much of a mystery to many.  The “Using Social Media for Marketing” chapter details the social media outlets to help you decide which is right to promote your business.  Also provided is a Social Media Marketing Checklist to guide you while establishing a professional on-line presence. Dr. Mary Kelly has packed this book with excellent marketing tips, questionnaires and resources so you may immediately start improving your business.

15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy is an excellent business guide for any small business entrepreneur ready to do what it takes to take their business to the next level.  Click here to visit Dr. Mary Kelly’s Website.

As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.

Carmen M. Perez, Travel Planner

Your Florida Travel Expert and Girlfriends’ Getaway Specialist

You dream it, I plan it, you deserve it.

Call me now to get pampered, play around, or just bounce back, with your girlfriends –and without all the drama.

Visit My Website: www.GalPalBounceBackGetaways.com

Telephone: (407) 900-9258 E-mail: Carmen@CmpTravelCounselor.com

“Like” Me on Facebook: GalPalBounceBackGetaways

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My ViSalus Challenge Week 6 – Accountability

Accountability Plan

Being accountable is being respectful to those who surround you.

Accountability

Do you beat yourself up for not meeting your goals? When you don’t meet your goals, do you accept responsibility or blame others?

Beating myself up for not meeting my goals is something I do often. However, I take full accountability for what does and what does not happen in my life.

Being accountable to take action and accept responsibility for the outcome of a specific goal or situation, is a moral issue many take pride in achieving. It’s importance depends on you and your willingness to achieve your goals. At times we can manage holding ourselves accountable for certain outcomes in our life, other times we may need to get help from others, including a professional–like a life coach, or a cognitive behavior therapist.

3 East Steps to Accountability

There is no greater validation of your self-worth than when you take control of a situation and get your desired result. To help you with that, see my 3 Easy Steps to Accountability:

1. What happened? Calm down and take a look at the undesired result of your actions. No blaming, accept full responsibility.

2. What now? Decide how you want to approach your issue and create a plan that will help you envision the way you want this issue to be resolved.

3. Take action. Now that you have a plan, and know how you want your issue to be resolved start taking action to make it happen. If the task seems overwhelming, break it down into smaller tasks.

This process takes some time, but beating yourself up for not meeting your goals is a waste of time.

Following is my “diet” week in review–thank you for helping me be accountable for my actions this week. I lost control as you will see.

Week 6: In my state of complete exhaustion my lifestyle “changes” were non-existent. I gave into the pressures of daily life and let old habits consume me. Week 6 weigh in…drum roll please–156.9 pounds. That’s a gain of .3 pounds for the week, and a total loss of 6.5 pounds. My first slide since starting. D-I-S-A-P-P-O-I-N-T-E-D!

My week in review:

Stress was at an all time high since beginning my ViSalus Journey. From a flare up I had to jump into my supportive role for my family. Needless to say I did not think much of my needs and completely strayed off the diet – although the running around may have helped me fend off the weight gain from enjoying of those rich Puerto Rican meals all week.

My goals for next week – Repeat the goals from last week:

1. Continue drinking 2 ViSalus meal replacement shakes for weight loss per day.

2. Continue eating at regular intervals throughout the day.

3. Drink 8 cups of water per day.

4. Continue using Slimkicker.com to track my calories and reward myself for completing challenges. (This is so cool, you should try it.)

5. Walk for an hour. (Trying again.)

Because I got by with a little help from my girlfriends, I want to help you get help from your girlfriends. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.

Carmen M. Perez, Travel Planner

Your Florida Travel Expert and Girlfriends’ Getaway Specialist

You dream it, I plan it, you deserve it.

Call me now to get pampered, play around, or just bounce back, with your girlfriends –and without all the drama.

Visit My Website:www.GalPalBounceBackGetaways.com

Telephone: (407) 900-9258 E-mail: Carmen@CmpTravelCounselor.com

“Like” Me on Facebook: GalPalBounceBackGetaways

“Follow” Me on Twitter: @CMPTravel

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Travel: A luxury or Necessity?

Is travel a luxury or necessity?

Are vacations a luxury or necessity?

Are vacations a luxury or necessity?

Contrary to popular belief, travel is not a luxury.  Vacations are an essential part of your well-being and offer many health benefits.  How else do you get away from it all, and escape the stress of home and work?  Travel is a full proof way to avoid burn out and keep your sanity.

Why?

Travel reduces stress.  One of the most talked about benefits of travel is its ability to reduce stress while on vacation.  When vacationing you get to chillax, rejuvenate your body from the wear and tear of daily life, and recharge your mind for improved response time and focus.   Reducing your stress is critical to your well-being.  Stress is attributed to a wide array of health issues including hypertension, stroke and heart disease. Enjoying a vacation is a natural healthy way to treat insomnia, blood pressure, and start a new healthy habit, like meditation or yoga.

Travel lifts your mood.  Looking forward to your vacation brings a feeling of happiness and excitement that helps make daily life more bearable when you’re on the verge of freaking out.  The change of scenery boosts your mood immediately.  A 25 year study at the University of San Fransisco revealed that those who traveled at least once a year rated they outlook on life more positively than those who did not.

Travel makes you more creative.  Many have said they get their best ideas while relaxing on vacation.  Without the pressure to respond to each crisis while in the office, you have an opportunity to consider creative and innovative approaches to work projects and problems.  The break allows you to refresh those brain cells.

Vacations are a necessity, agreed?

Because I got by with a little help from my girlfriends, I want to help you get help from your girlfriends. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.

 Carmen M. Perez, Travel Planner

Your Florida Travel Expert and Girlfriends’ Getaway Specialist

You dream it, I plan it, you deserve it.

Call me now to get pampered, play around, or just bounce back, with your girlfriends –and without all the drama.

Visit My Website: www.GalPalBounceBackGetaways.com

Telephone: (407) 900-9258 E-mail: Carmen@CmpTravelCounselor.com

“Like” Me on Facebook: GalPalBounceBackGetaways

“Follow” Me on Twitter: @CMPTravel

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