Enjoy a Weekend in San Antonio

Enjoy a weekend in San Antonio
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Escaping the Cold

The winter of 2019 gets a bit boring after a couple of months. So, sometimes it’s great to get away from it all. Thankfully, I had an excuse to get away the last weekend in January. As a speaker and attendee of the Teacher Self-Care Conference, I took the opportunity to enjoy a weekend away in San Antonio.

Visit Club Med Turkoise on the Beautiful Grace Bay Beach

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Club Med Turkoise

Club Med Turkoise is back. In 2017 Hurricane Irma hit the island of Turks and Caicos. Many hotel properties including Club Med had considerable damage. After much reconstruction and rehab, Club Med Turkoise is back! Book your room and enjoy an all-inclusive vacation.

Providenciales

During the first week of April 2018, I packed my bags and hopped on  Southwest Airlines flights from Chicago to Ft. Lauderdale to Providenciales. Southwest Airlines recently began flying to Turks and Caicos, and the ticket prices are very reasonable. Arriving in the airport in Providenciales was chaotic.

The customs line was exceptionally long after approximately six flights came around the same time. Waiting for a passport stamp was over 90 minutes. Hopefully, the customs officials will work out the kinks very soon because the island is becoming a top-rated tourist attraction. 

See a wonderful sunset at Club Med Turkoise. Photo by Cassandra Washington

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Experience A Journey Across Jordan

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Book a Trip to Jordan

One thing on my bucket list was to see Petra, a Wonder of the World. So, I did some research, and then I spontaneously booked a trip through Gate 1 Travel. For 12 days I would have an opportunity to experience a journey across Jordan. I could hardly wait for the adventure to begin.

Flying to Jordan

Day 1

On a rainy October evening, I flew a non-stop flight out of Chicago on Royal Jordanian Airlines.  The 787 Dreamliner plane was smooth as butter, and the crew gave fantastic service. A little over 12 hours, we landed safely in Amman. Once through customs, I checked in Crowne Plaza Hotel in Amman. It is a beautiful hotel. Fortunately, my arrival was a day before tours began, so there was time to relax and enjoy the hotel spa and pool.

Day 2

Create SMARTER Personal Goals for Your Well-Being

Create SMARTER Personal Goals
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SMARTER Goals

People set goals every year around this time. Goals can be professional and/or personal. Somehow, the goals seem to disappear around between March or April. You usually set goals around working harder,  losing weight and saving money. Furthermore, you want to do something fun, too. Maybe, you want to travel across the country or world. It’s great to create a goal to work harder, but your personal life is a priority, too. All work and no play equals no life!  So, you need to set both professional and personal goals. Well this year, you will set SMARTER Goals and begin to focus on your well-being and own happiness.

Your personal happiness and well-being should be a priority. Oftentimes, you are overwhelmed and feel that there’s never enough time. If this is your reality,  it’s time to make some changes. Don’t feel guilty because you want to do things that can bring you joy and a sense of satisfaction. For a moment, focus on you. At this time, let’s look more into setting SMARTER goals.

What are SMARTER Goals? SMARTER is an acronym for a seven-step process of setting a goal. For your goals to be clear and reachable, each one should be Specific, Measurable or Meaningful, Achievable, Realistic, Timely, Evaluative, and Revisable. Let’s break it down further.

Must-Haves In My Travel Bag

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Travel Must-Haves

Traveling can be fun and stressful at the same time. To make a trip less stressful is to pack my must-haves. My list of must-have items continues to grow as I do more business and personal travel. What’s in my travel bag helps me to be as comfortable as possible on any journey near or far.

When I travel, I want to be as physically and emotionally comfortable as possible. Therefore, my must-haves in my travel bag includes various items including clothing, health and beauty products, and technology. Let’s take a look at my must-haves list.

Fitkicks

First, let’s start with my feet. I always have a pair of Fitkicks. They are athleisure shoes are great for home, travel, and casual wear. These stretch shoes are minimalist,  comfortable and can be worn inside or outside. Fitkicks are so thin that they easily fit in a carry-on, suitcase, or backpack. They are foldable, too. I wear them in the hotel while in my room or exploring the lobby. Also, I wear them on the beach or on the airplane during long flights. Most importantly, these must-haves in my travel bag are reasonably priced. Continue reading “Must-Haves In My Travel Bag”

Weight Gain Over 50 and the Menopause Belly is Inevitable

Weight gain over 50 and the Menopause Belly is inevitable
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Weight Gain Over 50

Being over 50 comes with many surprises and changes. Aging gracefully is more than a notion, but we keep going.  One lovely surprise is the weight gain and the menopause belly or the muffin top. It seems to come out of nowhere. All of a sudden your favorite clothes don’t fit and your scale is on a larger number. Weight gain over 50 and the menopause belly is inevitable.  Let’s take a look at why the weight gain and menopause belly occurs. Then let’s talk about how to contain that belly.

You probably wonder why all of a sudden your weight increases. The amount of calorie intake has not changed, so why are you gaining weight. Many think that it is because of hormonal changes due to menopause. However, it is not the only reason for the weight gain.  Some scientists and researchers say the gain is usually related to aging, lifestyle, and genetics. Continue reading “Weight Gain Over 50 and the Menopause Belly is Inevitable”

Five Life Lessons at 50 Plus: Learning Never Stops

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Life Lessons at 50 

Life Lessons over 50 years old sometimes come as a surprise. Sometimes it’s something you’ve known since childhood but have to relearn the true meaning. The age of 50 or plus is a time of great reflection for many. It’s a time when your mortality begins to stare in your face. You are now on the other side of middle age. Time and years go faster than you desire, but it’s also a time to live your best self. Living your best means paying attention to five life lessons and realizing that learning never stops.

Having It All is Overrated

The first life lesson at 50 is having it all is overrated. You’ve worked hard and long for many years. Having it all has consequences. Everyone dreams of having the perfect house, car, spouse, or other material things. All of these things cost you money and valuable time. The expenses incurred to keep it all are sometimes overwhelming because you have to keep working long hours to continue to hold to it all. Long hours means less time for family, friends, and fun. Having it all causes more stress than you want or need. Continue reading “Five Life Lessons at 50 Plus: Learning Never Stops”

Over 50: Starting a New Career is Possible

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A New Career is Possible

Recently, I had to search for a new job. At 55 years old, I was a displaced educator and had to think about what to do next. Although fearful of what I thought were limited possibilities, I re-evaluated my skills. After doing so, I realized that starting a new career is possible for a person over 50 years old.

Changing careers at mid-life is not the norm; however, life sometimes throws a curve. Like many people, I planned on working with my school district until I chose to retire. Somehow our plans did not coincide. Consequently, the school district decided for me. So, I was pushed out in the cold without a plan of action. Afterward, I learned having a plan is crucial to starting a new career. Here are five things to prepare when looking to start a new career. Continue reading “Over 50: Starting a New Career is Possible”

Retirement is an Opportunity to Reinvent Yourself

Retirement is a new opportunity to reinvent yourself.
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Retirement is a New Beginning

Retirement is an opportunity to reinvent yourself.  Whether you loved your job or not so much, for years, you conformed to real life. Life didn’t conform to you or your desires. Twenty or thirty years later much in life passes. Finally, the time comes to sign the retirement papers, and both excitement and fear encompass your thoughts.

Whether you are close to retirement or have more years to work, this post gives ideas of what to expect. Several thoughts run through your mind. Here are some questions that many pre-retirees ask. Will I have enough money to live? How much is health care going to cost? What will I do every day? Should I work one more year? Don’t fret! Retirement is your chance to begin life fresh. Continue reading “Retirement is an Opportunity to Reinvent Yourself”

When Life Detours Embrace the Possibilities!

Life Detours
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Detours

When traveling sometimes you take detours from your plans. The same happens in real life. Detours of life come when you least expect. Most times the detours shock us into disbelief. Recently, I experienced a significant detour and some smaller ones. It’s as if I didn’t know what hit me. The detours hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn’t know how to respond or cope. Understanding why such a change in my life occurred was beyond my comprehension. However, I quickly learned when your life detours embrace the possibilities.

The unexpected detour began in the spring of 2016. I worked as an elementary school principal. For 25 years, my job as an educator was fulfilling, challenging, and sometimes overwhelming. However, during my time as an administrator, I worked hard to make the best decisions for the students and families.   Continue reading “When Life Detours Embrace the Possibilities!”