Quarter One Update

3-moToday makes three months I’ve been blogging. It went by so fast! I said I would do a progress update on today so here goes.

Since my last update two months ago, more exciting things have been happening for me. In these last three months I’ve been trying to figure out what my calling is. What can I contribute to this planet to make it a better place? How do my passions align with a new career? They all seemed so disparate from each other – travel, food/nutrition, spirituality. I did receive a freelance writing position writing about food and travel so that was a great starting point, but what next?

After thinking about and researching several different career options, I narrowed it down. Because I’m still finalizing some things I don’t want to make the announcement until next week, but I can assure you that at this three month mark, I have discovered what it is I would like to do next and I am beyond excited!

When I was going through all of my possible new business options, I listened to my intuition to guide me on whether or not it would be viable. One thing I already knew about myself is that I have a new business idea every day. And they are all great ideas. What I had to learn is that I can’t do them all. The other thing I had to learn is that just because I enjoy something, is it something I would enjoy for the long haul? A great example of this is when I sold Mary Kay for a brief minute back in the ’90’s. I was excited at the “make people over, sell beauty products and get a free car” aspect but wasn’t keen on getting customers. My heart wasn’t into Mary Kay like that. While she seemed to be an awesome woman I just didn’t feel comfortable trying to sell her make-up to others. Truthfully, I used other products as well and I wasn’t loyal to her only. So, while I enjoy making over others and doing my own makeup, I quickly realized that selling makeup, in general, and promoting Mary Kay, in particular, were not my passions nor something I could see myself doing for the long haul.

What it all boils down to is if you are still searching for your “calling”, listen to your intuition. You will know if it feels right. But you have to be honest with yourself. If there is an inkling of doubt or something in the back of your mind that won’t let you feel 100% comfortable, continue to think/pray/meditate on it. Think about whether or not this is something you can see yourself doing for the next 20+ years. Do you think you would be as happy 20 years from now doing that same thing as you were on the first day you did it? Do you get really excited thinking about it? Is it something you could stay up all night brainstorming, researching or putting into action because you just enjoy it so much? Don’t think about what will make money. If it’s something that you’re passionate about AND there is a need for it, you will have money.

What are some of your passions? What have you been contemplating for awhile now? Let me know in the comments section. I’d love to hear your ideas!


Random Uplifting Message

Yesterday, I received another boost of confidence that let me know that I’m headed in the right direction with what I’m doing. A friend told me that my blog keeps her inspired and she loves to see me taking action and doing my thing. This is the same kind of admiration I have for those that I see taking action and doing their thing. I used to read about them in my cubicle at work or see them on TV and I’d be in awe at how they are so happy and motivated at what they do, with no regrets. I used to think that it wasn’t possible for me. I mistakenly thought that true happiness and being able to lead the life you want was only reserved for certain people. I was so wrong. So for someone to tell me that I’m inspiring them and they love to see me taking action and doing my thing means that I’m doing the same thing as those people I admire and I’m on the right track! THAT.IS.AWESOME!!!

ID-10020201When I started this blog, I knew that I pretty much had to just do it. I had to be the change I wanted to see. I couldn’t wait on someone else and try to ride on their coat tails and live in their shadow. I had to be great on my own. If I wanted to make any progress towards my dreams then I had to put one foot in front of the other and not worry about the end goal, but enjoy the journey. I didn’t define exactly what I wanted to do but instead listed several passion areas of mine. I figured if I concentrated on those three things then I would see what bubbles up to the top. If nothing else, I’m doing things that I love. I have no time restrictions, no rules, and no glass ceiling. Instead, I have unlimited time, unlimited freedom and a whole unlimited universe. The possibilities are endless. Life is great, I must say. I’m loving it right about now. I have seen my faith work during this process. What I’ve asked for, I’ve received. I’m still learning though. One thing I have to learn is to be specific and fine tune what I want. This will go a long way.

I see now when people say “do what you love and the money will come.” Doing what you love allows you to put your all into what you are doing. When you put your all into what you are doing, you are creating a quality product/service. When you create a quality product/service, people will buy. See how I just laid out that formula in three easy steps? Trust me when I say you can do this too. If I can do it, you can too. That’s the whole point of this experiment. But, stay tuned for my 3-month check-in on August 24th. I’m excited myself about what will transpire by then!

Anyway, this post is sort of a rambling about what’s going on with me right now based on the compliment I received on yesterday. Please let me know if I’ve touched your life in any way even if it’s just making you smile! Take care and God bless!


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Travel Sale: Various Cruise Lines

Expedia_Cruise_Ship_CentersI haven’t really mentioned it before, but I am a certified travel agent! It just dawned on me that I can use this blog to post travel sales as they come about. I’ve been speaking mostly about spiritual matters with a few recipes thrown in here and there, but I will start posting travel related stuff here too. Travel is, after all, one of my passions. I specialize in group trips — family reunions, class reunions, girls getaway, bachelorette parties, mancations, bachelor parties, club events, or  whatever group you’re a part of that wants to travel! So stay on the lookout for travel specials and travel related information here!

CURRENT SPECIALS – Booking Window: September 16 – 30, 2013

CELEBRITY CRUISES – All Caribbean, Australia/New Zealand and Asia sailings
Dates: November 2013 to April 2014
Offer: Onboard Cash Credit Offer per stateroom

HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISES – Select Caribbean and Mexico sailings
Dates: December 2013 Holiday sailings and select 2014 sailings
Offer: FREE Beverage Card or a Signature Beverage Package (depending on cruise selected)
FREE Specialty Restaurant dinner (free surcharge only)
FREE or reduced cruise fares for 3rd/4th guests

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES – Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii & Repositioning sailings
Select 2013/2014 sailings
Offer: Reduced deposit and $50 or $75 on board cash credit per stateroom

Offer: Two Onboard Coupon Books (a $650 USD value) per stateroom
$200 Reduced Deposit per stateroom

ROYAL CARIBBEAN – Caribbean sailings
October 2013 – March 2014
Offer: Onboard cash credit per stateroom for all 6-night or longer sailings.

Certain conditions may apply to the specials. Please call me at 404-8-CRUISE for more detail on any of the specials.  My website is candicebovian.cruiseshipcenters.com


Recipe: Summer Salad

cropped saladI feel kind of funny posting a salad recipe because to me, a salad is so easy it doesn’t require a recipe. But salads are my specialty. And my mom would say that just because it comes easy to you, that doesn’t make it true for someone else. I can whip up any kind based on whatever is in the fridge. Side salad, fruit salad, pasta salad, main course salad, you name it! Some people think a salad is iceberg lettuce and some vegetables. Well, that is one kind of salad but a salad can be so much more! Once you realize the many types and combinations of salads you can make, you may start to eat more.  I love salads!


(I will list what I used and in parenthesis give you alternate options. The great thing about salads is that you can mix and match as you choose.)

  • Mixed lettuce greens (You can also use Romaine, Green leaf or Butter lettuce)
  • Blueberries (Strawberries can also be used)
  • Grapes
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower Seeds (Any seed will do. You can try pumpkin seeds.)
  • Herbed Goat Cheese (You can use Feta cheese or Blue cheese instead)
  • I didn’t use them but dried cranberries or raisins will work well too.
  • A raspberry vinaigrette complements this nicely but use whatever you like or nothing at all.


  1. I won’t insult your intelligence by putting the directions. But, I’ll give you a tip if you want to serve it at a function.
  2. Set aside a handful of each of the toppings (berries, nuts, seeds, cheese).
  3. Mix your lettuce and remaining toppings in a bowl so that everything is integrated. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  4. In the serving bowl, carefully arrange the berries, nuts and cheese so that they are presentable and people know exactly what’s in the salad. It will also look picture worthy!



5 Ways to End Self-Sabotage

Do you set goals for yourself only to find yourself doing something that prevents you from reaching them? Do you wonder why you’re not one of those lucky people that become successful? You may be sabotaging your own success. Here are five ways you can end self-sabotage once and for all.


  1. Stop with the fear. All of us want to be successful, but how many of us are really prepared for it? We all think we would be, but something deep down inside may be telling you that you aren’t ready, which is why you subconsciously sabotage your chances at being successful. You may be fearful of the unknown. In reality, it is easier to go with what you know even if what you know isn’t all that great. At least you know how to act and respond while in that situation. But, you must get beyond that fearful thinking in order to be successful. What’s the worst that could happen? You get that much closer to your goal than where you were?
  2. Invest the proper time. Sometimes we set a goal without a plan to get there and think we’ll reach our goal miraculously without any effort. Or we procrastinate in doing what we need to do to meet these goals. Let’s be real. Meeting big goals and striving for success are not easy. If it were, everyone would be doing it. We see the end results of successful people’s hard work and think we can achieve that same success overnight. The reality is that it doesn’t happen overnight. Successful people worked very hard at their craft for years before you even heard about them. So in order for you to reach your goals you must also put in the work. Be patient.
  3. Get in control of your emotions. If you are trying to lose weight, then you can sabotage your weight loss goals with emotional eating. If you are trying to stay out of a bad relationship, you can sabotage that by going back to that person when you start to feel lonely. If you don’t feel that you have the strength right now to get beyond whatever emotion you are feeling that is sabotaging your success, then find an alternative solution. If you are trying to lose weight, don’t keep junk food in the house. And instead of getting in your car and driving to the nearest fast food place, get in your car and drive to a park, put on your favorite music and headphones and walk around the track. Exercise will do wonders for your state of mind. If you are feeling lonely and want to go back to that person you shouldn’t be with, call a trusted friend and talk to them. Go to the movies with a friend or even by yourself or take a walk to clear your head. Just do something to stay busy so that you aren’t sitting around feeling sorry for yourself on the verge of making bad life choices.
  4. Understand your purpose. We are all put on this earth to do something great. You may go through the majority of your life not even understanding what yours is. But, by virtue of you reading this blog I’m sure you are starting to have an inkling that there must be something more to life. If you don’t understand that your job in this world is to contribute your unique talents then you may not feel that you are worthy to achieve success. This is something that you just have to trust me on. You are worthy and you are put here for a specific purpose. Figuring it out can come later, but just know that you have a purpose and you are worthy of success.
  5. Let go of control. Sometimes our need to try to control everything just puts us in our own way. While it is important to make a plan for success (see #2), we have to learn to also go with the flow. Have your plan in place, but if something goes awry then don’t just bail. You’ll need to alter your plan. The true path to success is never linear. It is crooked, zig-zagged, and looped. The key is to stay on it, no matter how trying it gets and try not to control it, but ride it.


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