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!


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


My Travels


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
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
St. Thomas
St. John
St. Lucia
St. Kitts
St. Maarten/St. Martin
Cayman Islands

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?


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New Orleans

grilled-shrimpThe family will be headed to New Orleans this summer and I am so looking forward to it! Prior to marriage and the children, I would travel worldwide. My goal is to travel to all of the countries before I die. After marriage and before the children, my husband and I would travel statewide and throughout the Caribbean islands. After children, our trips consist of once a year family reunions. My, how my travels have declined! Last year, our family reunion was a cruise to the Bahamas and I was the organizer and travel agent for it! That was semi-stressful, but the trip was a success. That was the first cruise I had been on where I did not get a chance to fully enjoy the ship. Do you want to know why? We had a 2 year old and a 10 month old, both in diapers and one still on formula! We had a double stroller, bottles, formula, baby food, diapers, toys, extra clothes, combined with our own luggage and family reunion stuff. Well, now they will be 3 and 22 months and they are both eating regular food and one is potty trained. That makes a huge difference.

Back to New Orleans. I’ve only been once, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. My birthday is in February around Mardi Gras so my husband took me there for my birthday. It was so much fun. When I travel I like to experience all that the city has to offer. With my husband and I being foodies, we also love to make sure we try any recommended/popular restaurants, especially those we saw on any of the shows we watch on the Travel Channel or Food Network. We were there from a Thursday – Sunday so our days were jam packed. We did several Mardi Gras parades, experienced the French Quarter at night (I really enjoyed the Preservation Hall), and went to countless restaurants/shops — Acme Oyster House, Landry’s, Pat O’Briens, Cafe du Monde, Deanies Seafood, Mother’s, The Cigar Factory,  Southern Candymakers and I’m sure I left something off. We rode the trolley car to a cemetery and explored their famous above ground cemeteries, went to a Tabasco store and stocked up on spicy goodness and even saw a street performance on Jackson Square.

This year, we won’t be able to do as much because we are going for a family reunion so we already have an agenda, but during the down time and extra day we’re going, I need to make sure that I get to experience what I missed before. Mardi Gras World is already on the family reunion tour, so we’ll definitely be experiencing that. The last time we went, Central Grocery — home to the original Muffaletta sandwiches — was closed so I’ll have to try to get there. The other place I have to go by is Dooky Chase restaurant. An ex-coworker also recommended The Ruby Slipper and Katies. I would also like to get a nice piece of art, something that would make a nice souvenir of my trip that signifies the essence of New Orleans.

Do you have any suggestions? Please let me know of really good places to eat and shop! I’d love to hear from you!


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Awesomeness Fest 2013

I received an email from Lisa Nichols of Motivating the Masses for Awesomeness Fest 2013. This event sounds exciting. There are only a limited number of tickets available and you have to fill out a brief application at which time if they deem that worthy enough you’ll get a call and then they’ll make a determination if you are a good fit. I’m not going to lie that my first thought when I got it was, “I can’t afford this. I won’t be selected because I’m not known…heck, I just got this blog up and running.” But, then I had to stop myself. This event sounds awesome. I’d be able to meet the type of people who I want to surround myself with,  I’d learn so much and I have something to bring to the table as well. These are exactly the type of people that I aspire to be like. So, when I wrote in my personal journal that I’d like to attend I was hesitant about putting it on this blog. Why? Because I was afraid that if I put it out here and I don’t get selected then I would fail at my experiment. But, that’s the whole point of this experiment! I HAVE to put it out here and follow my own rules. If I don’t get selected or not at this point is irrelevant. I am just starting out and I need to at least be consistent on putting my goals out to the world and then take the steps necessary to achieve them.




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Day 1


This is the start of my new life. I am taking steps to pursue my passion and follow my God-given day-1purpose here on Earth. A lot of people wonder what their true purpose is. I say to look at where your passions lie.

I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. As a child, I remember playing school and I was the teacher. Growing up, I had a knack for explaining things to people to make it easier for them to understand. As an adult on the job, I’ve trained others and received accolades. I really enjoy helping others in that way. I believe my teaching now lies in helping others on a spiritual level.

I’m not exactly where I want to be yet, but this blog will help me to get there. By sharing my goals to the world, I have more accountability to stay the course and by exhibiting and practicing faith, I’ll get there. Instead of watching so much TV, I’ll be doing more reading, writing, meditating, seminars, bonding and whatever else I need to do in order for me to connect with and meet the right people. I’ll be using myself as an experiment to show that when you have faith, anything and everything is possible.

Jumping out on faith is not easy. Our ego (mind) leads us to believe that things are harder than they need to be. It’s easy to say, “I have faith” or to tell others to “have faith”, but when you have to make those hard decisions and surrender, it gets complicated. Well, it’s not really complicated but we make it that way because we are scared of the unknown. We are so used to “seeing is believing” that it’s hard to reconcile that there is such a thing as “believing is manifesting”. I want to help others pursue their passions and purpose in life by simply having faith and taking the necessary steps to get there. I want to be that example.

I’ll usually start a goal gung-ho and then fall off. I know I’m not alone. What makes this different is that I’m announcing to the world what I’m doing. I have accountability now. That’s a big part. The other thing that is different is that my focus has shifted from random things to a clear life path on what I want to achieve. So, truly knowing what makes me happy and what I want makes a big difference. I have more of a reason to  push forward, unlike a random goal like “lose 20 lbs.” For me, losing weight was an end goal, but I wasn’t very fond of the route to get there and therefore wasn’t motivated to succeed. With my new focus, the journey is just as exciting and rewarding as the end goal so I’m more apt to complete it.

I’m excited to see where this journey will take me. I feel confident that this is the right direction. Immersing myself in prayer, meditation, affirmations, and exercise, I’m sure I’ll have more clarity as I move forward. I encourage you to follow me and also conduct your own experiment!


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