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

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!

-CB

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
Dates: 
Select 2013/2014 sailings
Offer: Reduced deposit and $50 or $75 on board cash credit per stateroom

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

ROYAL CARIBBEAN – Caribbean sailings
Dates: 
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

-CB

Vacation and Routines

Hello,

ID-100157783It’s been a little over a week since I last posted, which seems like an eternity since my personal goal is to blog at least 4 times a week. But, I’ve been on vacation. And I must admit that when I go on vacation it’s like all bets are off. I had this mentality that when I go on vacation then I not only get to relax my mind, but I get to relax everything and that means no routines. For someone who is striving to be consistent with daily practices – meditating, journaling, praying – then not following a routine is detrimental to my progress.

I did bring my journal, my daily devotionals book and my iPod with some meditative soundtracks on it, but out of the 5 days I only journaled once, meditated twice and read the daily devotional on one day.

The whole “on vacation, off life” mentality stems from working a 9-5 that I didn’t love so when vacation time came, I vowed to do everything that I did love, not adhere to any routines, have fun and just enjoy life! I lived my life as two different people then. There was “Work Candice” and “After-Work Candice”. Work Candice was professional, conservative, somewhat subdued and all about business. After-Work Candice was a fun, outgoing person who enjoyed good food, good drinks and good friends. I must admit that I was the life of many a party. I’ve even been called “the party starter”. If there was fun involved, After-Work Candice was there and probably organizing it. People that knew “Work Candice” had no clue about “After-Work Candice”.

Given my new direction, I will need to merge the two Candice’s together as one Candice and make sure that I practice my daily routines wherever I am. These routines need to become a part of me and not just something I do on weekdays. I also need to make sure that I am being a “whole me” at all times. I understand that there is a time and place for everything so rest assured that “After-Work Candice” won’t be showing up in a business setting.  But, I will make sure that people get to know Candice, the whole person, and I will also stay true to my destiny even when I’m on vacation.

Do you stay true to your routines when you’re on vacation or do you use that as a time to get away from life?

-CB

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My Travels

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I just decided to post today about some of my trips that I’ve taken over my lifetime. I LOVE TRAVELING! It is my goal to one day start a non-profit foundation that will take underprivileged children on trips to expose them to the world. When people are exposed to other cultures, their mind is expanded. This applies to not only children, but adults as well. You don’t even have to travel the world for this exposure. There are vastly different ways of living in the United States alone.

Forefront: Yerba Buena Island (YBI), to the right attached to it is Treasure Island. In the far left at top is San Francisco. To the far right at the top is the Golden Gate Bridge and the small island in the middle of the water is Alcatraz.

Forefront: Yerba Buena Island (YBI), to the right attached to it is Treasure Island. In the far left at top is San Francisco. To the far right at the top is the Golden Gate Bridge and the small island in the middle of the water is Alcatraz.

My dad was in the navy so I’ve been traveling since I was 4 years old. Home is Atlanta, GA, but we were mostly on the West Coast throughout my childhood. California is a world away from Georgia, in terms of people and cultures, and Washington State is different from both of them. We lived in San Diego, CA; Concord, CA; and Yerba Buena Island which is connected to Treasure Island.  This is the real Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay — that was cool because our home was perched high on the island so we had the perfect view of the Oakland Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and San Francisco.

We also lived in Bremerton, Washington which is right across the water from Seattle. We would ride the  ferry to Seattle on occasions. We were also stationed in Athens, GA. Right after my parents got divorced my dad got stationed in Japan. I hate that I missed that experience. I had a friend who seemed to be stationed everywhere we went and she went to Japan. I remember her coming back with Hello Kitty and this was back in the late 70’s/early 80’s. I see Kitty came back with a vengeance. Trends are funny like that, I guess.

As an adult, I’ve been to the following:

Within the U.S.

California: Los Angeles
Texas: Houston
Louisiana: New Orleans
Nevada: Las Vegas
Illinois: Chicago
Michigan: Detroit
Ohio: Akron, Canton
New York: New York City
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
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Virginia: Norfolk, Va Beach
South Carolina: Charleston, Columbia, Orangeburg,  Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach
Georgia: Savannah, N. Ga. Mountains (Smoky Mountains)
Tennessee: Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Memphis, Nashville
Florida: Destin, Ft. Myers, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Naples, Orlando, Port Canaveral, and Key West.

Outside of the U.S.

Puerto Rico
Bahamas
Barbados
Antigua
St. Thomas
St. John
St. Lucia
St. Kitts
St. Maarten/St. Martin
Jamaica
Mexico
Cayman Islands
Aruba
Curacao
London
Barcelona
Madrid
Malaga
Morocco
Amsterdam

My favorite of all of the places would be Amsterdam and St. Thomas. Amsterdam was nothing that I imagined. We all know about the legal marijuana in Amsterdam and coming from the United States, where ever there are “drugs” there is crime and seediness. Well, that was so far from the truth it wasn’t even funny. (This is exactly what I mean about expanding your mind through travel). The food was very good and multicultural, everyone had a cool, laid back attitude and even the Red Light district was harmless. I would say it was equivalent to an upscale area in a major city in the U.S. There was low crime, plenty of amenities and lots to do. It’s also the home of Heineken, Haagen Dazs, and Tulips. My other favorite place to visit is St. Thomas. They have shopping, food, activities, beaches, everything.

I’ve been blessed to have been able to do as much traveling as I have. I have so many more places that I will get to. My dream trip is a culinary tour in Italy. They have culinary trips where you can learn how to make Italian dishes on the countryside in Tuscany, as an example. This is awesome. I can see myself on the hills in Tuscany at a villa learning how to cook using the finest olive oil and freshly made tomato sauce and other fresh produce from local gardeners while drinking the wine from the local vineyards.

I still need to visit Boston, Paris, Cannes, Venice, Rome, Sicily, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Rio, Argentina, S. Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Australia, Japan, China, Tahiti, India, Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and even Russia. I want to see it ALL. I love it, I love it, I love it!

Where do you want to visit and what has been was your favorite trip so far?

-CB

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