Lessons Learned From A Bucket List

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Do you have a wish list of things you want to do in your lifetime? Some might call this list a bucket list, courtesy of the popular 2007 comedy-drama movie “The Bucket List”. I created a list of things I want to do in my lifetime before I actually knew the term bucket list even existed. In fact, I have two lists, one is called my “travel wish list” and the other is “things I want to do list”. But they are both basically a bucket list only the travel wish list has an “accomplish by” date.

I have been encouraged by several friends to share this idea and what I have learned as it might inspire or help someone else.  I created both lists in my early twenties before I was married and had kids. While I realize not everyone likes to travel, I have learned the most thus far from trying to complete my travel wish list, so I am going to focus on that one and share with you my lessons learned.

As you might guess by the title, “travel wish list”, it contains all the places I want to visit, at least as of my early twenties.  Over the years I have added a few new places to the list but not many. The goal was to complete the list by the age of 50, which at the time seemed pretty far away. Now that I am in my 40′s, age 50 doesn’t seem too far away. With that said, over the last couple of years I have become much more strategic in my travels in hopes to check a city off of my list as often as possible.

I included about 26 places on my list. The plan was to complete the cities in the United States and the Caribbean by the time I was 50 and leave the international travel with no “accomplish by” date.  Here are some of my lessons learned from my travel wish list:

  1. Writing your goals down helps to keep you focused. Having places I want to visit written down has made it easier when I am planning a vacation. The same is true for any bucket list. If you have it written down it makes it easier for you to know exactly what you want to accomplish so when you have the time you already know what you want to do. It is a big time saver.
  2. Setting your intention is key. My intention when I created my travel wish list was to complete it by age 50. When we set an intention it prepares us and we are more likely to work towards the intention that was set even when we come across obstacles. I am happy to report that my intention of completing this list by age 50 looks pretty good.
  3. Look at your list. This is a critical piece. If you write your bucket list and never look at it then you might

Amazing Discovery for Enjoying Life More – Natural Relaxation

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To really enjoy ourselves in life, we often feel that we have to do something special. We dine at a fashionable new restaurant, go to a party or see the latest movie. We seek out fun and new experiences as an attempt to free ourselves from stress, depression, worries and troubles.

Sarah McCrum, a relaxation expert at the Academy of Potential Education in New Zealand said that “soon, we find that these activities only give us temporary relief, an excited feeling that passes and not a long lasting sense of enjoyment that only natural relaxation can bring.”

After all this excitement and entertainment, we often feel tired or even exhausted. It is similar to a toy that uses batteries to work. Eventually after playing with the toy, the batteries run out and the toy stops working. This is similar to what happens to us when we rely on our own energy supply-energy from our body and organs, which is limited.

When we rely on our own energy supply, we get tired more easily. We find it difficult to enjoy ourselves and may even feel a sense of depression. To escape stress and recharge our energy, we often sleep, go on vacation or adjust our busy schedule. But these stress relief solutions are only temporary. What we need is to find new ways to constantly get more energy. When we have more energy, life is automatically more enjoyable.

Often, when we are doing any activity we are either thinking about what we are doing or thinking about something completely different. We might even start to worry. Frequently, we are unconsciously in a state of tension, and are simply not physically and emotionally at peace. As a result, we stop energy from entering and flowing through our body. And then our meridians aren’t open and relaxed, so we get tired and find it difficult to experience joy.

When we learn how to receive and flow with energy, we start to appreciate the world in a completely different way. When we are open, happy and experiencing natural relaxation, we can receive a higher source of life energy – quality energy that is light and fresh, making us more positive and glowing. Everything around us becomes brighter and more peaceful, and our experiences change for the better.

Everything we do is automatically more enjoyable because we have quality energy that gives us motivation and restoration. For example, sleep is more refreshing, music sounds more rhythmic and food tastes better. We are interested in the world around us and we have an inner confidence that we can solve our problems. We don’t worry or feel depression and we can enjoy being in the moment.

Perhaps you already knew that you need natural relaxation, but what is it, truly? Give yourself the time and patience to, explore, learn and practice. Give yourself permission to receive greater health, happiness and peace.…

Book Review – Richistan by Robert Frank

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Robert Frank’s book titled Richistan is about the lives of the new rich and those who make up the wealth boom occurring in the United States.  The book is 250 pages long and is fun to read.  While we know there are millions of millionaires in the world, Frank exposes them in completely new ways, from how they hire butlers to the silly ways in which they make their fortunes.  Frank gives us perspectives that we never think about when it comes to the self-made, rich population. 

To start the book, the author gives the reader an idea of just how many millionaires there are in the United States; about eight million as of 2003.  This number has risen drastically between 2003 and 2009.  He also goes on to define the term “Richistan,” and divides his new country into three different categories based on household net worth.  Lower Richistan consists of households worth $1 million to $10 million dollars.  Middle Richistan consists of households worth $10 million to $100 million dollars.  The elite Upper Richistanis consist of households worth $100 million to $1 billion dollars.  There are only several thousand households in the Upper Richistani category. 

Chapter one is titled, “Butler Boot Camp: Housetraining the New Rich.”  This chapter serves as a great introduction to the secret world of the new rich households.  Frank talks of butler boot camps, especially the boot camp held at the prestigious Starkey International Institute for Household Management.  Here, men and women train to simply run the households of millionaires and billionaires and get paid a ridiculous amount of money to answer to the wishes and needs of the super rich.  These butlers get paid anywhere from $75,000 dollars to well into six-figure territory.  They must know how to please the super rich, and tasks include washing high-end cars, rolling cigars, setting up home entertainment systems, and the usual services such as cooking and babysitting. 

Chapter two is titled, “The Third Wave: The Era of the Instapreneur.”  There are thousands of people who are becoming instant millionaires every year.  In fact, in 2005 there were about 227,000 new financial millionaires in the United States alone.  Robert Frank describes in this chapter the six ways that most people acquire their wealth and points out several individuals who have instantly made millions of dollars through development and sales of several large companies.  Jared Polis, for example, has developed more than a dozen companies and sold them all for more than a total of $600 million dollars. 

Chapter three is titled, “Making It: Ed Bazinet, King of the Ceramic Village.”  This chapter is devoted to those who have made fortunes in an unlikely manner.  One person mentioned in this chapter is Sydell Miller.  Ms. Miller operated a hair salon and developed a shampoo line called Matrix Essentials, which she was fortunate enough to sell to Bristol-Myers Squibb for a mere $1 billion dollars.  Then there is the chapter’s title man, Ed Bazinet, who created miniature ceramic houses and …

Take Advantage Of Good Cookware

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Whenever you are researching for different cookware in your family members take advantage of, there’s lots of choices on the market together with in a good many numerous prices. You may buy unique sections or simply a finished cookware place in your special necessities. Getting a cookware place ordinarily spares everyone revenue in addition to a place signifies that most of the sections you will have could tie in with during superior, looks together with take advantage of. However , which unfortunately cookware place if you? Look over those cookware place critical reviews to observe and this can be correct towards your necessities:

Calphalon Cookware

Any Calphalon cookware is manufactured with a progression manufactured by just NASA to develop anodized light weight aluminum cookware, has the advantage of appearing extremely tough together with steady, the natural way protected that will rust, together with appearing non-stick in the process. The main cookware products and services were definitely specifically for pro chefs, however , subsequently any Calphalon products and services were definitely sent to you promote.

Calphalon has got two or three numerous cookware product lines. Any Calphalon An individual Infused cookware envelops any really hard anodized light weight aluminum content by using a non-stick outside to supply quite strong pots and pans. They’re just reliable to apply over the stove, during the furnace or simply within broiler, professionals who log in make use of titanium utensils with each other. As the be aware of, any Calphalon An individual can be purchased in the standard non-stick variant.

Any only Calphalon Steel products is designed for your home cooks at a resources. The path is made from 18/10 chrome steel as well as being convenient as well as. There’s also any Calphalon Day to day cookware that could be also rather strong, by using a non-stick outside. Utilizing those two product lines, it’s a good idea you don’t take advantage of alloy utensils with each other, or simply have tried it in a good broiler.

Any Calphalon cookware cookware heat up instantly, that makes it endorsed that will heat up together with prepare dinner regarding decreased that will low to medium heat up in order to refrain from nutrition overcooking together with eliminating. The line of cookware is certainly present-day during structure, straightforward nice and clean, together with varying-sized establishes comprise frying cookware, omelet cookware, saucepans, saute cookware together with stockpots. Price tags are priced between related to $200 as many as something like $700.

Le Crueset Cookware

Any Le Crueset cookware provider during This particular language has long been earning cookware meant for about 90 yrs. The cookware is made of enameled ensemble iron bars. Following a ensemble iron bars has long been shaped together with enameled, a lot of any a finish over the cookware is complete in your hand which means that every one Le Crueset Ensemble Iron bars article is completely different. In most textbooks, Le Crueset cookware has long been positioned when the perfect enameled ensemble iron bars …

Soft Golf Travel Bags or Hard Golf Cases

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Golf vacation bags or vacation golf cases often provide golfers in which put into action them with many problems. The difficulties incorporate the area necessary, the weight and yet the price for the golf journey bags. To match the manufacturer, traveling golf cases can always be considered really high-priced. Together with this becoming said, you will generally get hold of what you pay for particularly in case you want a little bit a lot more safety than just soft handle traveling golf instances can provide.

In the event that you are usually getting ready to go on the golf holiday and want to examine travel golf cases for your golf bag, what are the functions which would end up being significant to you in the golf travel standing? Make a new list of then write down the features of which would probably end up being “nice to have” and another list of features that are the “must have.” The level of safety in which you will want is likely to be determined that by the sort of golf getaway you is actually taking because well while the golf vacation trips you may make in the long term.

In case your future golf vacations are only a drive apart, then your needs will be more inside the lines of lust the softer vacation golf instances. When you is going to be touring just by tour bus, prepare or together with an airline and you are not handling your own bag, this is very suggested to go with an increase of security because normally the bag handlers do not care as often related to your golf clubs, such as the Callaway golf clubs since you perform.

Generally individuals who purchase golf vacation cases get road trips since well while travel. These golfers are standard golfers whom for instance to take their clubs with them at the time they go on holiday and not lease a collection while on their golf vacations from the individual golf course. You need a large level of security at the time hovering, given that your clubs get to become safeguarded with the rough handling they can get in and off the aircraft. Once again, the bag handlers accomplish not care the maximum amount of about your best golf clubs as you carry out.

Keep in imagination although you tend to be searching in recent golf travel circumstances, you furthermore need something that is likely to become fairly easy to get in and away of the trunk. Your golf bag will also have to have to comfortably in shape inside the protect, in addition to any other contents for example golf shoes, rainfall go well with, golf clothes, etc. which you could maybe take using you on a golf trip. Whether or not it’s just a brief trip, you might think about any journey case which could double being a baggage issue. Manufacturers for instance Club Glove offer golf vacation instances that you can in shape in a …

What is your attitude towards your work?

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What is your attitude towards your work? The position you take just might mean the difference between fulfillment and misery! This is the sixth article in a ten-part series, based on Craig Nathanson’s trademark “Ten P” model for vocational happiness. By Craig Nathanson The Vocational Coach™ What is your attitude towards your work? This is not a trivial question. On a recent trip to teach and speak in Russia I discovered that one’s culture can influence one’s position or attitude about their work. For example, in Russia, the pairing of work and joy doesn’t compute. The general feeling there is that one’s work is something that must be done whether one likes it or not. In North America, while there is a growing trend to choose more carefully one’s work, there still are remarkable similar attitudes about work. Mid-life is the chance to re-adjust your position about your work Mid-life is the perfect time to change or even recreate a new attitude about your work. It’s time to discard old non-useful ideas of the past and replace them with more useful ideas. This is not easy I should know. Now almost 4 years removed from corporate America, I have had many days and nights wondering what am I doing. Trading a six figure income managing other people in their jobs to now spending my days typing articles like this? Trying to give people new ideas how to discover and do what they love? Spending hour after hour in my private practice discussing with clients the same fears, concerns and yet eager anticipation that I had in recreating one’s work life. This isn’t a real job I would think. What am I doing while all those OTHER people commute to their real jobs. Work and Joy do fit together

Having an attitude about your work that you must not only enjoy but love what you do is not just reserved for the privileged in our society. Sure it may be harder to get started for some but just because we all have different starting lines doesn’t mean we can’t join the race to an authentic work life Are you too comfortable in your job? Up to age 40 or so, many of us have settled into a comfortable pattern about our work. We don’t necessarily love it or even like it, but it pays the bills and helps build our egos. Mid-life is a time of attitude adjustment You can live a more authentic life by starting to change your position about your work. Is what you do JUST a job to retire from? Or do you want to do activities each and every day which you love and never have to stop until you die? The only people who retire are people who don’t love what they do. Are you one of them? You can live a more authentic life but the changes reside in you. If you don’t change your position and direction of your work, then who will? …

The Good and Bad of Cruise Ship Employment

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A lot of people need a little bit of a break after graduating from college. Knowing that you will be spending at least the next forty years working can be a lot to handle. So it’s good to take advantage of the break you get before entering the working world. If you have to pay off college loans, you may not feel like you can take a break. To get away for a while and yet make some money in the process you may want to consider cruise ship employment.

The Benefits

There are some really great benefits to cruise ship employment. You get a chance to travel for free, you don’t have to pay for living expenses, and you have a chance to save up money. Getting to travel the world for free is without a doubt a wonderful gift. Working on a ship allows you to explore exotic places without dishing out a penny. Living expenses are taken care of because you split a room with another person in the crew cabins, the food is free, and you don’t have to worry about utilities. Since you won’t be spending money elsewhere, all the money you make can be saved for paying off the school loans or for a downpayment on a house.

The Reality of Cruise Ship Employment

There are a lot of difficult things that you have to deal with when you take a job on a cruise ship. First, it can be hard to get a job without help. So you’ll want to consider using a crew agency to help you find a job placement. If the place guarantees you a job placement, it is likely that the agency is a scam. So, you’ll need to be weary when finding a crew agency.

There are two types of jobs on a cruise ship. You can be a part of the crew that runs the ship, both on and off deck and there are those that service the passengers. The departments within the two categories are numerous, but there are a lot of people fighting for the positions. So, it can be tough to get a position.

Another drawback to cruise job is that you don’t get as much down time as you would get in a different job. Usually each cruise ship takes on a limited number of crew members and each crew member has a lot of responsibilities. This means that you need to be able to multitask and relax when you get the chance.

Conclusion

There are benefits and drawbacks to cruise ship employment like there are with any job, but how many jobs are like a vacation? For more information on cruise ship employment look online or visit a crew agent. Cruise ship employment could create the best memories of your life.…

How to Get Your Happily Ever After Back

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In the beginning it was a lot like a fairy tale. You met your Prince Charming. You fell in love with him and he fell in love with you. It was a whirlwind courtship and you believed you both on your way to the storybook wedding you’d always dreamed of. Then, reality set in and happily ever after suddenly doesn’t seem quite so certain.

You both still love each other. There’s no doubt about that at all. In fact, love is the least of your worries. There’s plenty of it to go around. The passion is still smoking hot too. A little too hot – at least when passions are high in the process of disagreeing. So, what is the problem that’s taken you off course and what can you do to get your happily ever after back on track?

Write a Different Script

Work on this script together. The problem with happily ever after is that you’ve got two separate visions of exactly what that means coming into the picture – both of those visions are more than little bit unrealistic too. It’s time for the two of you to have a long talk about what you expect from each other, what you’d like to get out of the relationship, and how you’d like to be treated.

Figure out which things you really need in a relationship, which things you’d like to have in a relationship but can be relatively happy without, and which things you can live without – provided that all your needs and some of your “wants” are being taken care of.

Decide on these things together and see how differently happily ever after turns out to be for both of you. Just make sure that you’re both doing a little bit of giving and taking in the rewrite process.

Go for a Chance of Scenery

Sometimes, having the same old fights, discussions, arguments, and “make up” scenes in the same place can have a negative impact on the relationship. After a while it begins to feel like a repeat performance and a never-ending cycle.

It’s time to break the cycle and get out of the rut. Something as simple as a change of scenery can often do the trick. When things start getting out of hand or you feel like you’re beginning to lose a little of the spark and sizzle your relationship has always had before, then it’s time to plan a little trip out of town.

I know budgets are tight these days and every penny counts. The last thing you want to do is add money problems on top of other contentious issues so start a little “get away” fund that you both contribute a small amount of money to each and every week.

If you both put $10 into the jar every week, it won’t take long to have enough money for a weekend out of town. If you can hang on a little longer you should be able to manage …

Incredible India Tour Packages for a Best Vacation

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India, since ancient times has been a land of history, traditions, culture, art, architecture, and many other things that have been attracting tourists from all over the world to come and explore this heavenly land. It would be unfair to not mention the picturesque landscapes that are found almost everywhere in this country that leaves travellers spellbound. Offering travellers with a variety of places to visit in every corner of the country; and so many things to do, India has been on the list of many travellers. Today, with tourism on the rise that is making travel easier, most people want to explore different places over the globe, one of the main countries being India.

There are many India tour packages that are offered depending on the places you wish to visit. Most travel companies today offer personalised tour packages to India, in order to let you explore the destinations of your choice without any hassle. India being a vast and diverse country, the tour packages are categorized as per the location, namely, North, South, East, West, North-East, etc. for better clarity of the destinations to visit. All of the India tour packages are categorized under these divisions. There are many tours that are offered in India. Here below are a few India tour packages to make sure that you have the best vacation in India.

The Delightful Himachal: Himachal Pradesh is called to be the ‘Home of Snow’ and is a picturesque location that is filled with pleasant surprises. It is at this destination where you will find breath-taking snow-peaked mountains, river valleys and a playground of adventures that await you. Himachal offers few of the best sightseeing in Northern India which you must include in if you’re taking a North India tour package.

•Shimla: An extremely popular hill station in North India, Shimla is known as the summer capital of British India and has few of the best views of delightful green hills, snow-capped mountains and undulating rivers. Shimla also has a few attractions that will entice you. A few of them are the Shimla Christ Church, The Ridge, the Scandal Point and The Green Valley.

•Kullu Manali: Kullu Manali, often referred to as traveller’s paradise, has a lot to offer in terms of both beauty and adventure. Thus, inviting many trekkers from all over the world to be a part of their trekking expeditions. Mountain climbing, paragliding, white water rafting and skiing are a few activities that are offered to tourists. Apart, from adventure, Shimla also offers sightseeing to places like the Raghunath temple, the Basheshwar Mahadev temple, the Solang Valley, Buddhist Monasteries and a few others. The Twisty Beas River, however, is the main attraction of Manali.

These two places are the main tourist attractions of Himachal Pradesh among the many other attractions like Delhi, Spiti, Dharamshala, Dalhousie and Mcleodganj. If you are looking forward to exploring North India, then these destinations must be on your North India tour package.

Magical Kerala: Unlike Northern India that …

Kissimmee Florida Hotels Near Disney World

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Florida is a year round well-loved vacation destination in the US, Aside from its long stretch of beaches; Florida has theme parks nestled in its Orlando-Kissimmee region. Hence, there are a lot of hotels near Disney World you can choose from.

Kissimmee Florida is a well loved tourist destination in the US. It is not just popular because of Florida’s stretch of fascinating beaches; it also has a lot of theme parks and natural landscapes to boast of. Popular attractions in Florida include Disney World, EPCOT, Sea World and Universal Studios among others.

When planning on a trip to either Orlando or Kissimmee in Florida, it is best to prepare months in advance and to make the necessary arrangements in the hotel. This is because hotels get fully booked during holiday seasons. Here are some of the finest hotels in Kissimmee Florida that are near the famous Disney World Theme Park:

Vacation Village at Parkway

Known as Oprah favorite resort-hotel, Vacation Village at Parkway is located at 2949 Arabian Nights Boulevard Kissimmee, Florida. Aside from a Disney ticketing booth, this is just a few minutes away from Disney World. The hotel offers handicap facilities, free parking and a 24hr frond desk.

Each room at this hotel is equipped with AM/FM alarm clocks, coffee makers, sofa sleepers, air conditioners and kitchenettes among others. Some rooms even have Jacuzzi tubs along with very large TVs, and furnishings. The hotel also has a pool, shuttle services to the major theme parks, restaurants, business center and exercise facilities as well as Wi-Fi, in-room washer and dryers.

Other facilities and amenities include a full-sized fridge, large bathroom, cleaning services, free local calls, hair dryers and safe deposit boxes; plus Cable TVs and parking areas.

Wyndham Palms Resort and Country Club

This hotel is situated at 7900 Mystic Dunes Lane Kissimmee, Florida. It is located with more than 600 acres of amazing tropical Florida landscapes. The hotels features a game room, shuttle services to the airport and area attractions as well as bath amenities, banquet facilities, bike rentals, concierge services and Color TVs with VCRs. They also guarantee meeting facilities, parking areas, daily newspaper, express check-out and a fitness facility along with full kitchens, dining areas, whirlpools and game rooms among others.

Onsite restaurants include Clubhouse Bar & Grille, The Caddyshack Bar & Grille and Pizza Hut Express. This is the ideal place for social events, gatherings and wedding celebrations.

Best Western Lakeside

This hotel is situated at 7769 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway Kissimmee, Florida. It is just outside Walt Disney World, featuring Mediterranean-styled settings. Set up with 15 2-storey buildings along with 24 tropically landscaped areas, Best Western is really the ideal destination for those who want a taste of the real action in Kissimmee, Florida.

This very spacious landscaped hotel assures its guests with a relaxing stay. Aside from Walt Disney World, it is also near various other well-loved theme parks like Universal Studios and Sea World. For those who want to experience …