Saturday, September 13, 2014

Vacation and Visit

I always realize what "Big Sky Country" means when I'm here.
Vacationing at relatives is a different type of vacation, and generally very dependent on the relatives and the place.  We are lucky that some of our relatives own property is the big expansive state of Texas.  Just like our cruises, we try to work in time in my husband's vacation schedule to visit the South and spend a week a rural area with built in recreation.  Maybe for those who live and work on ranches, it isn't a vacation; but to those of us from suburbia having a lake, horses, and chickens literally in the backyard is unique!  

No fish, but fun fishing.
Of course living at the beach we find some of the opposite effect.  Family who lives in the mountains or from other areas, come to visit us to see the beach and our area.  It is a good way to create win-win situations in vacationing and can help you save money most of the time.

My advice, take inventory of your relatives and very good friends and see who lives where. You never know, you might work in a visit and a vacation in 1 trip! 
The view outside our guest house window

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Morning Motivation

My Monday morning secret is that I now LOVE my Monday mornings.  Really.  I never thought I would say this, but I've actually learned a way to make Mondays my favorite time of the week; and no it is not because I go back to bed.

I started about 4 months ago doing a Monday Motivation at Synergy Space and guess what?  No one showed up.  It was listed on Meetup, announced to members, and no one came; except me; but I was determined to do it regardless.  So every Monday morning I come to work 1 1/2 hours early.  I spend about 15 minutes listening to inspirational speakers (this morning it was Tony Robbins) and then I get to work setting myself up for success.

I review my vision and goals for the next 10 years and 12 weeks.  I look over what I did last week and see if I was on track and give myself a percentage rating of what I was able to accomplish, then I plan for next week.  It is my most productive 1 1/2 hours in the week because I focus on what I need to do and remind myself WHY I want to do it!

Is it working?  You tell me.  I launched and am running Synergy Space and Travel Place with new members adding weekly.  I have created a Mobile Marketing Platform designed just for small businesses.  I have a new virtual membership site for Synergy Members who can't drop in and visit.  We setting up a Video Marketing platform for small businesses to use to increase their business AND make money.   And last but certainly not least, my Vacation Resorts Access is days from launching.   Yes, I launched did all of this over the last few months, with a little help, but mostly on my own.  Oh did I also mention I have 2 Cruise And Cache groups planned to go out next year and are booking up!

Do I run on this high level all the time?  No, in fact this is a 12 week push that will end on October 31st, then I will take an 8 week break and my main focus will be on just one thing (and keep the others running).  Then on January 1st another 12 week burst with new goals.  I am putting my system on paper and will eventually share with others when I've perfected it, but in the meantime, you can join me on Mondays!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Never Underestimate the Value of a Weekend Getaway

Weekends aren't very relaxing if they involve house cleaning, yard work and a last second run to the park to play.  It isn't that it isn't nice to be with family and skip the Mon - Friday routine, but relaxing?  Not really.  My suggestion...ESCAPE for the weekend. 

Pack up kids, pack up dogs (and other furry beasts) and run away.  To the mountains, to the beach, to a hotel 30 miles away... something that does not involve your house, your yard and your routine.  Visit friends, visit relatives (the fun ones, not the ones you dread on Thanksgiving) do something with someone you've never done before.  Don't leave out the 'relaxation part' like sipping a wine or  drinking beer in tube on the beach or river has rejuvenating powers you can't find at a spa!  Kids around?  Plan a place for them to run around like crazy outdoors with no wifi until they are so exhausted they can't keep their eyes open.  Sounds like a plan to me.

Anyone know where this getaway is?  It is in Hampton Roads!

  So where is your favorite getaway?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Vacation Lifestyle, Redefined

I have been spending the last few months redefining my businesses, my life, and really focusing on what I want.  I have truly realized I don't want a "4 hour work week" or to retire by 50 (I'm already 46, so that is the next big number :),  I want to truly live the vacation lifestyle I've been creating.  So what does that mean, that I stop working?  Absolutely not.  It is doing the work I enjoy so much I never want to stop.  It is truly living the quote, "Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life".  That is A Vacation Lifestyle.

My personal Vacation Lifestyle also includes that income that allows financial freedom to go and do what I truly desire with my family.  (Still working on achieving that one..but getting MUCH closer)

So if you are a person that would go completely NUTS retired, consider my version... work to achieve something you love doing so much you don't want to stop, ever!  My 2 things . . . traveling with those I love and teaching.  I hope I am doing both until I die.