Travel Deal: Christmas Cruising

Have you ever thought about cruising for Christmas? You won’t have to stress about going from house to house to make sure you visit everyone,  you don’t have to worry about getting a tree and decorating your house, and you certainly won’t have to cook dinner for all those family members that you don’t really want in your house anyway!  Take the family and go on a cruise!  This is a great deal on board a luxury cruise ship. 3rd and 4th guests in the same room sail free when you book a suite. You can also choose one of four free options: Free gratuities, free classic beverage package, up to $300 on board credit or up to $600 Choice Air credit.

The Celebrity Cruise Line is one of Royal Caribbean’s luxury cruise ship lines. They feature James Beard award winning chefs, luxurious spacious staterooms, an award winning Aqua Spa, an extensive on board wine collection with a 2-story glass wine tower, upscale shopping such as Michael Kors, Bulgari, Versace, and so much more! Whether this is your first or fiftieth cruise, a cruise on board Celebrity will be unforgettable.

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Quarter One Update – Pt. 2

So this post is long overdue. I teased you all on my original post about how great things are happening  for me and how my journey is proving successful and then I left you hanging! Well, I’d like to finally formally announce my new path in life. They are two-fold and complement each other while at the same time honoring all of my passions! Isn’t it amazing how everything comes together?

First, I am currently in school to become a CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH. Secondly, I  am now a CERTIFIED WELLNESS & MEDICAL TRAVEL SPECIALIST.  In the about section of my blog, I talk about how “this blog will showcase my commitment to pursuing my passions and seeing what manifests over the course of a year. The topics on my blog are what I’m most passionate about — Travel (mind), Food & Nutrition (body), and Spirituality (soul).” Let me tackle each of these passionate areas to discuss how my faith journey is manifesting exactly what I requested.

Travel – I am already a Certified Travel Agent and have been for a few years. But, with my new certification I have a niche that will complement my health coaching business. The idea behind that is to plan wellness retreats for my health coaching business, help others plan spa and wellness vacations, and work with individuals interested in taking trips for medical purposes. This last part, medical travel, is becoming very popular and with the state of our health insurance in the USA, it is becoming a viable option in order to get medical procedures done at a reasonable cost. Major companies such as Walmart, Pepsico and Lowe’s already offer it to their employees as part of their health benefit.

Food & Nutrition – Food has been a passion of mine forever. I’ve always loved GOOD food. I can go into a Whole Foods or a specialty food gourmet store and linger for hours. I’m an avid ingredient reader and make sure that the majority of the food that I purchase and consume is healthy. Becoming a health coach would allow me to help others in their quest to be healthy. The program I am going through actually teaches Integrative Nutrition meaning it’s more than just the food you eat. To be completely healthy you’ll need to also look at other aspects of your life — your career, your physical activity level, your spiritual life, your relationships — to ensure that your whole self is well. It definitely takes a holistic approach to wellness. In case you are interested in learning more for yourself, see Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Spirituality – Even though the health coaching’s focus is on wellness, spirituality plays a role in your well being so I would be helping others with that. But, this blog has always been a platform for me to help others in a spiritual sense. I’m not talking about any religion or certain rules that you should follow. I’m talking about looking within yourself and following your intuition and being the best “you” that you can be. I’m talking about taking charge of your life and having gratitude along the way. I’m talking about attracting more of what you want and distancing yourself from what you don’t. Realize your worth and what you have to offer to this world to make it a better place.

So, as you can see it is all starting to come together. When I started this blog on May 24, 2013 I didn’t know what my next career move would be. I just knew that the direction I was going in wasn’t it. I only knew what I loved and what I was passionate about so I immersed myself in those things and started actively doing those things. I spent more time doing and less time hoping. It is so awesome how the universe aligns and works to give you exactly what you want and need once you put your mind to it and take the initiative.

I can’t wait to share what may manifest at my six month update!

-CB

To Be It, Do it

ID-100146587How many of you are waiting to start something because you are waiting on the “right time”? It may be to have children, go back to school, write a book, change jobs, anything! I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “there is never a right time to start something”. Sometimes we set goals and want to wait until the perfect time comes around before we start taking action. The perfect time (in your mind) may be when you lose weight, when you get a new job, when you find a boyfriend/girlfriend, but really the perfect time is now. You have to already do what it is you want to do even if it’s on a smaller scale.

  • Do you want to be a writer? Start writing!
  • Do you want to start a non-profit? Do the research and take the necessary steps to start a 501(c)(3).
  • Do you want to travel? Find that trip you want to take and start saving each month to get the amount you need and take that trip! (Send me a note when you’re ready to book your trip!)

There really is no excuse as to why you cannot do what you want. The people that you see doing what they love are doing it because they just did it! They didn’t wait to get permission from anyone. They didn’t circle a date on the calendar and say, “that’s the day my life will start.” They just started doing whatever it is that they wanted to do.

I think the frustration comes from wanting it all now. We want everything presented to us in a nice package with a beautiful bow so that all we have to do is open up the package and voila — your perfect life is waiting inside. We want to just  jump into a “new life” without the planning, without the time spent learning, without the bumps and bruises that go along with it. Guess what? Life doesn’t work that way. Not to mention, you won’t understand what it took to get to that point, so you won’t appreciate it and you’ll subconsciously sabotage yourself and be right back where you started.

I know the #1 excuse people will use is lack of money. For those that say they don’t have the money, that’s no excuse! Does it take money to research? Does it take money to write a business plan? Those things will take some time to do so while you are doing those things, put a little money away each paycheck towards your “YOU” fund. Sure, you have it. If it were any other “splurge” I’m sure you’d find the money.

Sometimes we need a little push or a big shove. For me, it was being laid off. That’s the push I needed to finally take charge of my life. I didn’t have any excuses anymore. I couldn’t use the excuse that I don’t have the time because I have an extra 8-10 hours in my day now!

Just start doing what you can now and the time you put in will pay off. You have my guarantee on that! Remember how quickly time flies? Before you know it, it will be next year this time and what will you have to show for it?

What is it that you’ve been putting off? What steps can you take to get on track?

-CB

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Recipe: Cherry Tomato and Basil Pasta

IMG_1856Here is a super simple and healthy recipe that you can whip up during the weekday. Pair it with a side salad and you have a healthy meal in no time.

5 INGREDIENTS, 5 STEPS, 5 MINUTES. Take that Rachel Ray!

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 package of whole wheat spaghetti (or whatever pasta you have at home)
  2. 1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes (or grape tomatoes), cut in half or quarters (depending on how large the cherry tomatoes are)
  3. A handful of fresh basil, cut up
  4. 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  5. About1/4 cup of grape seed oil (or olive oil)

Directions

  1. Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Add grape seed oil to pan along with minced garlic and then turn stove on to medium heat. Let the garlic cook for about 2 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  3. Add basil and let it cook for about 2 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  4. Add cooked pasta to pan and mix the garlic and basil thoroughly through the pasta. Let it cook, while stirring, for about 1 minute.
  5. Add cherry tomatoes and give it a quick stir just to make sure the tomatoes are incorporated. Take off the stove. You don’t want the tomatoes to cook much or the skin will start to peel back from the tomatoes. This is not pleasant while eating. You can add salt and pepper at this time.

Serves four. IMG_1858 Please share any quick, healthy recipes you have in your arsenal!

-CB