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Relocate from your comfort zone to Success

The picture above is funny, just like most of us he has a smile and thinks he is winning by being in his comfort zone….the problem is he will always remain in that bed and he won’t see all of the opportunities around him that can make life MAGICAL!

“The comfort zone is a place to rest, not to live” This quote really made me stop and think, reflecting on my own life there have been times I’ve taken the leap out of my comfort zone and as a result had a positive outcome. The leaps I’ve taken made me more comfortable, more confident, opened new opportunities and the list continues but somehow I’ve let myself stay stagnant for quite a bit of time.

The other benefit to trying new things is that it EXPANDS your comfort zone, so if you have a habit of hiding there then at least make it bigger so you can stretch out!

Assess whether you are resting or living in YOUR comfort zone and then decide what you can do to step outside of it. What will it be? What will your next move bring into your life?

I know I personally have never had a regret after I did something “bold” (we all have our own definition of boldness) I’ve always grown from it and I’m excited to continue the jumps but now I’m going to do it daily, weekly,monthly NOT just yearly!

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What do you REALLY want? tough question sometimes!

For many (including myself) it’s the HARDEST question and also the most important answer you must have when using the Law of Attraction!

What do you REALLY want?

Hmmmm maybe you just have a general idea, or you sort of like something and think you are attracted to it, which is great but that’s just the start 😉

If you have studied LOA you will see and hear over and over again about how you MUST GET CLEAR about what you want, you must have a detailed vision! 

I heard a great tip today about one exercise you can practice to help figure out your answer to this question!

Watch yourself in a movie, no you don’t have to get a film crew, you don’t even need a camera! Like with many practices using the LOA all you need is your MIND! 

There are different ways to use visualization-you have to find what you are most comfortable with for it to be most effective in your life! One way is to see yourself outside of your body, like being a 3rd party watching yourself.

This exercise is to visualize yourself in a “movie” of your life! How do you look? Where do you live? What do you do? What are your top values? How do you interact with others?

The key is to create  different scenarios and the things you feel most comfortable seeing are the things you truly want in life!

An example might be that you see yourself living on a gorgeous boat, your days are spent with beautiful blue waves for as far as your eyes can see, you have the calming sounds of water all around you each day and all of the privacy you love, your boat has every amenity imaginable to give you comfort. As you see yourself on this boat relaxed, being secluded with maybe your significant other, living your day-to-day in the water and that might feel really good!

BUT….

Let’s say you then visualize yourself living in a gated community in Orange county, you see yourself driving through your street waving to neighbors, passing beautiful homes with pristine curb appeal and finally feeling so much pride as you pull to the center of your circle driveway and walk into a house full of your children excited to greet you. You spend your day splashing in the pool with the people you love and end the night having dinner on the patio under the stars…..and maybe to you this visualization felt GREAT!

So now between these two scenarios you learned that you prefered a home you could be proud of and having children.

The beauty of this is that you have unlimited TAKES, you can change the scenario whenever you want and eventually you will have worked out so many combinations that you finally have a clear vision of what feels BEST to you.

3…..2……1…..ACTION-ATTRACTION!

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Lake of the Ozarks

Road tripping to the Lake of the Ozarks which is only a few short hours from our home, typically I am the one who wants to stop first on every trip but this time Eric wanted to! He wanted to go Eat at Dads Junction Cafe  which is in New Florence MO.

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Before we got there Eric was talking about the Pork Tenderloin that they are famous for, nothing could prepare me for what I saw next…

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Largest Pork Tenderloin sandwhich on I-70

I went with the “Trucker Load” which was by no account any smaller…..

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Bread, Roast Beef, Fries and Cheese sauce….no pretty way to eat this!!

When we made it to the Ozarks it was somewhat gloomy, raining off and on but I must say any spot surrounding the lake has a beautiful view!

View from the Condo we stayed at

View from the Condo we stayed at

One of my favorite places we visited that weekend was Ha Ha Tonka State park- NO, I am not laughing it is actually called “Ha Ha Tonka State Park” http://mostateparks.com/park/ha-ha-tonka-state-park

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park- the beginning of our hike!

Warning when you go off the beaten path….WATCH YOUR HEAD….EEEEEeeeeekkkkk!!

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I will be ok if I never see anything like this again in my life 🙂

As if the beautiful scenery isn’t enough Ha Ha Tonka State park has stone ruins of a mansion that began being built in 1905, it is known as the “castle” because  it was modeled after later European castles from the 1500s.

Eric is pointing out the "castle" where we were hiking to.

Eric is pointing out the “castle” where we were hiking to.

"Castle" Ruins

“Castle” Ruins

Another VERY neat place we went is known as the Bridal Cave! There have been over 2128 couples from around the world who have exchanged their vows in the cave! The gift shop displays photos of each couple, it was awesome to go back in time and be able to see some of the older pics!

Beautiful Bridal Cave

Beautiful Bridal Cave

Found in the mystery lake inside of the bridal cave.....many wishes made I am sure!

Found in the mystery lake inside of the bridal cave…..many wishes made I am sure!

Bridal cave at the location used for exchanging vows!

Bridal cave at the location used for exchanging vows!

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60 degrees year round!

For more tourist fun we went and had Old time photos taken! Who knew it was so hard to decide what to wear even back then!

Flapper Dress complete with feather head band ha ha

Flapper Dress complete with feather head band ha ha

Eric really got into character, I think he may have been this “guy” in a past life! lol

One of my favorite pictures

One of my favorite pictures

The finished product if Eric and I met sooner!! Not sure what or who we were….I went for a senorita vibe while Eric went with a mobster country look!

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We spent Easter Sunday there that year and had dinner on the back patio at night, must say it was one of my favorite Easter memories!

Easter dinner

Easter dinner

 
 

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Chinese New Year

Sometimes you get that travel itch but the timing is off! Why not create a travel experience from home? make it as basic or detailed as you would like! I think this is a GREAT idea especially if you have kids ad want to teach them about different cultures, traditions or travel around the world.

For New Years Eve 2012 we wanted to do something super mellow since it’s right after Christmas where we travel to and from Cincinnati so before we went out for the night we tried something a little bit different…..our version of the Chinese New Year!

The evenings new traditions started with a Chinese wishing lantern….

We wrote our Wishes for 2013 on the lantern

We wrote our Wishes for 2013 on the lantern

Letting it soar

Letting it soar!

Next was our “Authentic” Chinese dinner courtesy of our favorite take out place down the street Green China

Chop Sticks are a must!

Chop Sticks are a must!

Fun details-Champagne flutes which were a wedding gift and the Red envelope that I read symbolizes prosperity during the Chinese New Year!

Fun details-Champagne flutes which were a wedding gift and the Red envelope that I read symbolizes prosperity during the Chinese New Year!

CHEERS!

CHEERS!

Dessert Chocolate dipped fortune cookies on Gold sprinkled cupcakes!

Dessert Chocolate dipped fortune cookies on Gold sprinkled cupcakes!

This is officially a new tradition in our house and I think we may get more and more detailed as the years go! Maybe I can convince Eric to wear a Kimono ha ha

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2012 was a big year for us 2013 will be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Staycations, Uncategorized

 

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A bit O’ CHICAGO

Last year in October we took a quick trip to Chicago and tried to cram in as much of the city as we could!

We stayed at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

We stayed at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

When we visited it was a day or two after Steve Jobs passed away. Outside of the apple store were crowds of people leaving letters, apples, post-its, and lighting candles in his memory. 

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After a morning full of walking our next stop was pretty SWEET…..you guessed it, HERSHEY’S!

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Pace yourself....

Pace yourself….

My personal FAVE! 
My personal FAVE!

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Navy Pier was Next during German/ Oktober Fest!

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My husband Mingling ;-)

My husband Mingling 😉

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A message every language should agree on!

A message every language should agree on!

The famous Ferris Wheel

The famous Ferris Wheel

At the top of the Ferris Wheel.....This explains the windy city name.....Not where you want to be rocking :)

At the top of the Ferris Wheel…..This explains the windy city name…..Not where you want to be rocking 🙂

Sears Tower

Sears Tower

I tried to tell him they don't need cleaned ;-)

I tried to tell him they don’t need cleaned 😉

Making friends at Leggo Land

Making friends at Leggo Land

WE EARNED DINNER with all of that walking!

WE EARNED DINNER with all of that walking!

Everyone knows Chicago pizza as the Deep Dish and every person you ask who has been will recommend a different pizza place as their favorite, you have to start somewhere so we chose Giordano’s

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WARNING you will be waiting…..most likely outside with crowds of others, I think the longer  the wait means the better the taste 😉

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waiting…..waiting….waiting

SO WORTH IT....

SO WORTH IT….

Another Chicago favorite....Garrets popcorn!

Another Chicago favorite….Garretts popcorn which I hear also typically has a LONG wait!

To Do’s for our next trip to Chi town:

  • We plan to take the train just to experience something new!
  • Eat a Chicago Dog at Superdawg! www.superdawg.com
  • See a game at Wrigley Field!
  • Go to Shedd Aquarium
  • Get a Philly Cheesesteak at Monti’s www.ilovemontis.com
 
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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in City Travel, Uncategorized

 

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Getting WILD while on vacay!

Never forget to check out animals local and Exotic when you travel (or they might just check you out)!  Here is what we saw in Jamaica in Ascending order based on SIZE ha ha…Everything except the first two can be found at Dolphin Cove! I can’t recommend this place enough!

http://www.dophincovejamaica.com

"Frogenstein"  enjoying the night life....

“Frogenstein” enjoying the night life….

"Lizzie" I know I am creative!

“Lizzie” I know I am creative with names…

Love Birds....Don't worry I didn't name them!

Love Birds….Don’t worry I didn’t name them!

Starfish!

Starfish!

Sea Urchins!

Sea Urchin!

snake

snake

Lizzie on roids! ;-)

Lizzie on roids! 😉

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Just kidding....

Just kidding….

Parrots!

Parrots!

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Dolphins!! This is Arby!

Dolphins!! This is Arby!

 
 

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Food and Drinks a favorite topic!

This “All Inclusive” deal was a first for both Eric and I but I would be lying if I said it’s not easy to get used to! This post is all about food and drinks a favorite topic for so many of us!

Court Jesters Oven baked Pizza, also known for their Calzones!

Court Jesters Oven baked Pizza, also known for their Calzones!

Eric getting his game face on!

Eric getting his game face on!

my personal favorite was the Coffee.....I have craved it since the morning after we left I'm told it's 100% Blue Mountain Coffee.

my personal favorite was the Coffee…..I have craved it since the morning after we left I’m told it’s 100% Blue Mountain Coffee.

A little embarrassing... concocted this at the buffet! It's balanced....well the Coke is "light"

A little embarrassing… concocted this at the buffet! It’s balanced….well the Coke is “light”

There are some foods more native to Jamaica but for the less adventurous you can certainly find all of your american favorites too!

There are some foods more native to Jamaica but for the less adventurous you can certainly find all of your american favorites too!

They do provide glassware for your drinks, this is seconds before Eric shot liquor in his eye~not recommended :)

They do provide glassware for your drinks, this is seconds before Eric shot liquor in his eye~not recommended 🙂

Eric take advantage of the bar getting stocked daily?? If you know him he is mister Frugal (to put it nicely)

Eric take advantage of the bar getting stocked daily?? If you know him he is mister Frugal (to put it nicely)

Chicken Parmesan....no worries those aren't antennas! Every plate was a piece of artwork!

Chicken Parmesan….no worries those aren’t antennas! Every plate was a piece of artwork!

Dessert...

Dessert…

Dessert...

Dessert…

and more Dessert...

and more Dessert…

Red Stripe is the "Jamaican Style Lager" We both agreed we liked it better than our usual Bud Light or Select

Red Stripe is the “Jamaican Style Lager” We both agreed we liked it better than our usual Bud Light or Select

My Father-in-Law....If you want to multitask while in paradise....this is what I recommend....floating, sipping and sleeping lol "No Worries Mon"

My Father-in-Law….If you want to multitask while in paradise….this is what I recommend….floating, sipping and sleeping lol “No Worries Mon”

Wait....I almost forgot to mention dessert...

Wait….I almost forgot to mention dessert…

My mother-in-law Jan bringing drinks from the swim up bar!

My mother-in-law Jan bringing drinks from the swim up bar!

Although thousands of miles away, Italy and Jamaica have a lot in common thanks to Moonstone by Dominic. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Moonstone serves delicious Italian food that transports you to the Mediterranean with every bite. From spaghetti and risotto to Italian-prepared chicken and pork, Moonstone delivers a truly authentic Italian experience.

Although thousands of miles away, Italy and Jamaica have a lot in common thanks to Moonstone by Dominic. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Moonstone serves delicious Italian food that transports you to the Mediterranean with every bite. From spaghetti and risotto to Italian-prepared chicken and pork, Moonstone delivers a truly authentic Italian experience.

Snacks also come poolside!

Snacks also come poolside!

24 hr Room service!

24 hr Room service!

you guessed it...

you guessed it…

My husband probably won't read the blog.....so I would like to show that I am not the only one with a sweet tooth.

My husband probably won’t read the blog…..so I would like to show that I am not the only one with a sweet tooth. 😉 gotcha!

Now about the Drinks

my Go-to!

my Go-to!

My husbands Go-to!

My husbands Go-to!

watermelon margarita....just asked to match my suit ha ha!

watermelon margarita….just asked to match my suit ha ha!

take one....

Going…

Take two....

Going…

Going....

Going….

Going...

Going…

GONE....

GONE….

Our TOP List of what drinks you should try if you ever find yourself at The Jewel: (your welcome lol)

  • The Dirty Banana!
  • The Miami Vice!
  • The Champagne which is VERDI also found here!
  • The Uncle Sam!
  • The Jamaican SMILE!
  • The Hummingbird! which was recommended by a woman in the STL airport!