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Punta Cana Views

We took so many pictures in Punta Cana that I have to separate these into different posts! This post is dedicated simply to the views!

HANDS DOWN Punta Cana was the single most beautiful location I have ever personally experienced (I haven’t been everywhere yet but even my imagination can’t come up with a more gorgeous scene) the water is a turquoise teal with rich shades of sea weed green scattered in spots, the sand is as fine as powder or flour and then closer to the shore turns to the feel of memory foam.

The temperature was like clock work heating up and maintaining the heat with soft breezes from 8 am through 5 pm then as the sun goes down it was important to have pants and even some nights a sweater!

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airplane window

A little side story- I was recently reading in a book about how in every situation you should rise above and see the BIGGER picture (in turn it makes problems and obstacles seem so small) and the example given in the book is how when you rise above in an airplane and see the big picture suddenly there is beautiful pattern and consistency with the world vs. some of the chaos you might see when you are down there in it……it really is true isn’t it?? Can’t think of a better example than flying above and looking out of the tiny window!

The view from every angle is pure beauty!

The view from every angle is pure beauty!

a natural cave we swam in

a natural cave we swam in

mid day the sun is high but the perfect breeze by the water

mid day the sun is high but the perfect breeze by the water

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beautiful blue

 

 

beside our resort

beside our resort

Banana Mama's at the swim up bar

Banana Mama’s at the swim up bar

That is my husband swimming to the drinks! It took us a few days to find that perfect frozen cocktail but once we did we caught up on the missed days! I know this had rum in it, and I know each one had one full banana but not sure one the rest. It tasted like a strawberry starburst in frozen drink form!

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Sand and Surf is the perfect combo

 

We didn't write this but along the beach you see messages & sand castles!

We didn’t write this but along the beach you see messages & sand castles!

maybe my favorite spot

maybe my favorite spot

 

 

From the doorway of a gift shop...talk about prime location how many can say they have this view from work each day?

From the doorway of a gift shop…talk about prime location how many can say they have this view from work each day?

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I loved the shadows in the sand both natural (above) and (wo)man made (below)

LOVE or LOVcamera ;-)

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It only rained the last morning we were there

It only rained the last morning we were there

I thought our views were great but this man may have the best views there are. It was amazing to see him climb this palm tree, inch by inch with a rope and some serious body strength.

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I hope you enjoyed these pics! I’m going to write a few more posts about Punta Cana and our trip including an awesome excursion that taught me quite a bit!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Punta Cana

 

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LOA and travel-bags are packed!

Right now my husband and I are packing to head to a destination we have both wanted to see since we’ve been married (7 months!) ¬†We set this goal on our honeymoon to try to go to this spot within our first year of marriage but with being newlyweds and starting a business it honestly SEEMED out of reach for us!

We talked about it a few times but thought maybe next year would be better timing. Finally we set a tentative date of going which would be on or right after my husbands 28th birthday. I really believe setting the date was exactly what we needed to get the trip in motion!

We researched resorts months in advance, checked the weather of our destination regularly, read tons of reviews on trip advisor, scrolled through visitors pictures and all of this “research” kept us in the mentality that we were going to experience this and book it. We still didn’t book it for various reasons but regardless looking at pictures and hearing stories about the area kept us in the state of “feeling” the trip was real and was going to happen. That truly is the key isn’t it? Even if you don’t manifest “quickly” it feel SO good to surround yourself as much as possible with your desire!¬†

Well the months came and went and there was no trip booked, then last week we decided it’s not too late, everything suddenly lined up and we booked it literally at the last possible moment. We leave in a few short days to go to……..

I will have some posts of our trip up in a few weeks but I really wanted to share how LOA played a major roll in this opportunity. It was about deciding, making it absolute clear in our minds (by setting the date and researching details we didn’t previously know) and finally taking inspired action when the opportunity ¬†presented itself!¬†

In our case the opportunity presented itself very close to our goal date so we could have found reasons not to take action such as “Well it’s really late to plan a trip like this last minute let’s just wait until next year so we can have it booked months in advance” Those types of limiting thoughts are what keep our LIVES limited! If we wait for the perfect timing to take a swing…think of how many potential hits we could miss!¬†

Also, If you can set your goal with someone else if it involves them they do that, my husband was finding details about the trip that I missed and vice versa, together we were able to talk about “when we get there”¬†

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Visualization tip: Make a MEMORY!

Visualization tip: Make a MEMORY!

Many LOA resources will tell you how you have to feel whatever it is that you DESIRE  right now, if you constantly see it as something you will have in the FUTURE most likely it will always remain in the FUTURE. That makes perfect sense to me however I never thought about how vision boards often look like a future board.

The trick when making a vision board is to make it feel real to you NOW, don’t make it so extreme that is looks like a board of “out there” ideas. That may be hard for you -to feel it now- so another technique is to make it feel PAST……like a MEMORY! You see, it makes sense that if you look at a vision board and it looks so unrelatable¬†¬†that it could only be future desires then making something to look like you already achieved your desires puts you much more in the feeling state of already having your desires!!!!

If that doesn’t make sense hopefully this will, it’s a vision board technique using scrap booking!

What you can do is use the first half of your scrapbook to document what you have achieved already in life (ex. pic of you traveling,news article you were in, train ticket, wedding pics, your business card etc.) real memories or moments you have had that feel great to look back on!

The second part is to use the remaining half of your scrapbook to create what you desire to happen but scrapbook it just like you did the original events…..make it as though it’s a done deal, it’s been achieved.

Then when you open your scrapbook and read it from beginning to end you can get the emotions of reading the story of your life!

Memories are a GREAT way to evoke emotion and raise your vibration. Isn’t it neat how you can suddenly think of a hilarious moment and before you realize it you are smiling or laughing out loud? Or you may have a memory so heart warming that when you picture it in your mind it brings tears of joy to your eyes! THAT IS POWERFUL…..MEMORIES ARE POWERFUL!¬†

I am going to give this a shot, I love scrap booking and I love vision boards but have never before thought to combine the two!

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Law of Attraction Basics

 

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To Trash or Not to Trash?

I can’t remember the first time I heard of the term “trash the dress” all I know is that it stuck with me! I remember thinking how neat it is that the pictures are not traditional.

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Funny short story…..We were in line at the airport in STL and an older couple in front of us asked where we were headed, we told them Ocho Rios, Jamaica to get married. The couple went on for a few minutes about how beautiful Ocho Rios is and how neat beach weddings are then suddenly in the most judgemental tone the woman said “Oh please tell me you aren’t going to do those ruin your dress pictures??” LOL we told her yes actually we did want to do that…AWKWARD SILENCE broken by me telling her that I didn’t pay much for my dress to trash, she seemed a little bit better after that ūüėČ but the moral of the story is no matter what type of pictures you get make sure it’s what YOU want because you can’t please everybody!¬†

I purchased two dresses one for the wedding and one to “trash” which worked out perfect for me because I got to have two different looks. What I did was try on dresses at a few bridal shops to get an Idea of the style I wanted then I ordered the dresses on EBAY! so scary but the turned out great and the quality was amazing, you would have never been able to tell the difference between my dresses and the ones in the expensive boutiques a few advantages I saw to ordering on EBAY was the selection (pretty much limitless), The fact that you order it custom to your own measurements and the PRICE.¬†

My Tips When Trashing:

  • Wear costume Jewelry or non sentimental items that can be replaced. I did wear my real wedding ring however I had to be very cautious because you are going to be moving a lot!
  • Trash a dress that you don’t have to worry about even if that means getting a replica of the dress you wore on your wedding day- if you are worried about your dress while you are trashing it those expressions will show up in the pictures!
  • Do it on a different day than your wedding day! There will be so much happening on your wedding day it is much easier to let loose and trash on a different day-we chose two days after our wedding and there were no worries!
  • Try a different location than your wedding if you were married on the beach. We took a boat to James Bond Island so it was a different environment which had a natural waterfall!
  • Choose a dress you can MOVE in, my dress had a slit up the thigh which made it super easy to climb with ha ha! Don’t have a dress that is completely binding.
  • Be careful! Trashing the dress can actually be dangerous- I was lucky to have a great photographer and husband helping me up and down the slippery rocks but Eric an I both left with scratches and bruises!
  • Use props if possible! My favorite pic is one that happened AFTER the whole shoot-we got back to the resort and the photographer suggested sticking some life jackets on us just for fun, it turned out neat and even less traditional than the others.
  • Have FUN! Eric and I probably didn’t stop laughing the entire shoot because let’s face it…..getting dressed up and then running through sand and water is not something you do everyday!

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Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Our Destination Wedding

 

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