Things to Do While on Vacation

Vacation is here, and we all have our plans. It’s important to take a break from our jobs and responsibilities to rejuvenate our body and spirit. From planning a road trip to exotic vacations, vacations are a great way to maintain balance. Here are a few tips to enjoy yours:
1. Relax. Don’t take any work with you while you’re on vacation, it can wait. Instead, use your vacation to rest your mind from the stresses and pressures of office life. This is the time to enjoy your family and friends.
2. Read a book. Take along a book with a genre you normally don’t read. Allow yourself to escape from a book instead of worrying about what you need to improve, change or develop.
3. Leave Your Blackberry at home. Your Blackberry is a connection to your office and work life. Leaving it at home seems like a large task, but it’s only a week, and you may find yourself breaking your addiction to this device.
4. Take a tour of the city. While you’re in the city, take a leisurely stroll or drive to enjoy the sights and scenery. You can also take a coach tour of the surrounding area, and visit museums, zoos, aquariums and historical sites. Don’t forget the camera.
5. Listen to relaxing music. Fill your MP3 with relaxing music that you can fall asleep to, which is an especially good idea if you’re taking a long road trip. Research does suggest that relaxing music reduces activity in the central nervous system, thereby decreasing stress.
6. Walk. Even if you aren’t exercising on a treadmill, be sure to walk. It’s something you can do everywhere, from the beach to roaming the streets to visiting street vendors. After all, you might see something you could easily miss by car.
7. Get some sun. Whether you’re on the beach or a pool, or lounging on your balcony, take time to soak in some sun. Not only will you feel the soothing heat, but you’ll also be getting a bunch of vitamin D.
8. Buy souvenirs. While shopping for friends and family, don’t forget to grab a few mementos for yourself. These souvenirs can be anything from native art and jewelry to dolls and sharks teeth.
9. Take in a show. You may want to consider a night out while on vacation, so be sure to pick up a local magazine at your hotel and look at available shows.
10. Try something new. While on vacation, it’s a good idea to try any local customs. This could be anything from dancing to trying new foods. You could even learn something new, like horseback riding or snorkeling. Look around your destination and keep your eyes open for an adventure.
Your vacation will be fun, especially with these helpful hints and suggestions. Don’t forget to relax and enjoy this wonderful break.

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Things to Do Before Listing Your Home for Sale

Before putting your home on sale, there are a few tasks that need to be taken care of to make this venture successful. Since the real estate market is down, you should think of ways to make your house as appealing as possible to sell it quickly and still get the price you want.
The first step is finding a realtor. A good realtor will know what needs to be done to attract homebuyers while and acquire a good price. He or she will probably suggest making repairs, staging your home, as well as making a plan to keep it clean at all times. While working with your realtor, be sure to look around at prices that homes in your area are selling for. Doing this will help you pick an appropriate price for your home.
The tasks your realtor may ask you to do vary. For example, making the necessary repairs for your home could include repairing the roof to changing the door hinges. How appealing your house is will encourage potential buyers to look beyond the numbers when considering your home. The exterior of your house should be well kept, this is the first thing that people see, and the first impression they get. To ensure their first impression is great, be sure to keep the grass cut and remove any weeds.
Staging your home means making the interior and living spaces more attractive. Your walls should be painted a neutral color as bright colors may deter any potential buyers from liking the house. Also, neutral colors will help visitors imagine this house as their living space. Try to keep the house clean as much as possible. This may mean putting in a cleaning schedule or hiring a housekeeper.
The current real estate market is very competitive, so you and your house need to be in top shape in order to sell. You can sell your home for a great price in this market; just make sure you play your cards right by making your house as appealing as possible.

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Everyone’s A Critic

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So, I went on vacation this past week. It’s the first full week of vacation I’ve had (taken) since the leave I took for the birth of my son almost 2 1/2 years ago. I think that’s a pretty good stretch.

I enjoyed my time away from the office and took the opportunity to recharge my batteries. Once I had “reset,” I tried to think about what I could do to improve certain things in my life, including this blog.

To be frank, my drive to maintain this has been flaggin as of late, and I have a hard time figuring out why. It’s not the act of writing the posts – I enjoy writing immensely (and the feedback I’ve received is that you enjoy reading it, so at least we’re enjoying ourselves).

No, I think I’m having trouble getting this to find some aim or focus. For while, I spent time trying to talk about tech, Apples and those things that pertained to running my practice, but as I figured out what solutions to implement, I lost the need to write about it. I’m finding that I don’t enjoy this outlet as a form of diary for my practice and it’s practices. And, more importantly, the reason I think I don’t enjoy this blog as a diary is because it means that it’s about me – something that I truly dislike about blogs about people and their lives. (Stay with me as I put this down in writing and think through more clearly in print than I did in my ride back from upstate NY.)

I want this outlet to be about helping, informing, amusing other people. Generally, I gain more satisfaction when I attend to things that are other-centered. And, I’ve deliberately stopped from commenting critically on things because I wanted to keep the spirit of this blog positive. Well, unfortunately, that set-up means one post every week or so, which doesn’t help either of us.

So, an experiment.

Let me know what you think – as always, comments are welcome and encouraged.

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Traveling to The Hawaiian Islands

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A relaxing Hawaiian vacation does not start until visitors step foot on one of the state’s islands. This is because traveling to the Hawaiian islands is an unavoidable worry that can sometimes be the most stressful part of the trip for people trying to reach their Hawaii vacation rental. Most of Hawaii’s major islands receive major commercial service from the mainland U.S. Honolulu International Airport on Oahu and Kahului International Airport on Maui receive multiple daily frequencies from Los Angeles and San Fransisco amongst a number of other airline hubs on the U.S. mainland, including Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Seattle, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, and Newark. Lihue Airport on Kauai and Kona’s Keahole International Airport on the Big Island also receive regular service to major hubs on the mainland.

International travelers also have many options to flying into Hawaii. Visitors to the Big Island from Japan can take advantage of Japan Airlines’ non-stop flight from Tokyo to Kona while all other international visitors must first arrive into Honolulu or connect via a point on the U.S. mainland. International service into Honolulu is operated from Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, Sydney, Auckland, Tahiti, Pago Pago, and Vancouver on a number of quality international airlines. Hawaiian Airlines, based in Honolulu, also operates over 180 flights a day to and from Hawaii as well as within the islands.

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