The Thing I Love About Vacation Planning

The Thing I Love About Vacation Planning…

Evelina and I started planning our big vacation for 2018 this morning.  We are going to go down and spend a week at the condo in Naples.  If you recall we spent last year in Naples as well and highly recommend visiting if you get a chance.

This June we will spend nearly a week relaxing on the beach, eating at Grouper and Chips, riding bikes and maybe a little shopping for Evelina.





We love it there and are so excited to go back.  When we leave there we are going to cap off our trip with a couple days at Disney World (imagine that!), but we will not be staying at the resort this time.  Honestly, as much as I love Disney I do not love the prices.  So to conserve money we will be staying off property and commuting to the parks.

My favorite thing about vacation is the planning and anticipation.  It is an awesome feeling to be preparing now for a big trip in June and gives me motivation each week as a little more is added to the trip itinerary!

Are you planning a vacation for this year?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

The One Way I Believe Self-Help Fails


The One Way I Believe Self-Help Fails…

In my opinion “self-help” fails in one major way: it focuses on improving your shortcomings instead of directing you to simply be the person you want to be.  I hope that makes sense, but just in case it doesn’t I’ll clarify.

Almost every self-improvement blogger I know espouses a basic premise that you can eventually be and achieve all the things that will make you fulfilled, but for now you need to improve yourself.  In order to get what you want you must change something.  I’ve even said it in the past.

Stop wasting time, stop procrastinating, stop eating junk food and on and on and on.  The list never ends.  We are all familiar with the language.

But doesn’t this approach put more emphasis on the negative instead of the positive?  It seems like self-improvement focuses so much on what I lack; on my deficiencies.   And aren’t we always going to have deficiencies?  So it hit me that one could get caught in this ridiculous loop of constantly focusing on faults and this doesn’t feel right to me any longer.

What if you simply determined what it is that you know you do really well and focused on those aspects of your life?  If you are a people person then find things to do that will allow you to highlight that ability.  If you love being creative then be creative.  If you love numbers then be content with playing the numbers game in some fashion.

What if your focus became to simply become the person you desire to be?  Full of deficiencies, faults, mistakes, shortcomings, etc.  The path of “I must fix this problem now, then I’ll fix this problem and after that I’ll be happy” will lead to frustration and misery.  The journey promises to be full of adventure and insightful experiences, but creates an unreachable, ever-moving destination; a destination that never existed in the first place.

It seems to me that focusing on the positive is much more effective and enjoyable than constantly focusing on the negatives.


Danny’s World: Today’s Going To Be a Great Day!


Today is going to be a great day!  The weekends seem to go by so quickly with Friday afternoon turning into Monday morning in the blink of an eye.  I’ve got a couple appointments today that I have been looking forward to for some time now.  I have to take life and grab it by the tail, then hang on for dear life. I hope you have a great Monday also!

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The Courage To Shift!



I am a lover of words, this is one of my favorites! My heart skipped a beat when I laid my eyes on this beauty, an old flame from my past. My first thought was of a contest I held on Facebook to come up with an inscription for my new Thirty One organization item! I am as creative as a wet noodle, but I know how to be resourceful and engage others that have the talents I lack (sometimes things are all about WHO you know!).

The winner came up with a phrase she felt described me, a combination of my name and the word tenacity! I was honored! Pronouncing my name (Juan Te) is challenging so I will try to assist. Juan (pronounced like the hispanic name), Te (pronounced like Tay) is my entire first name, although it is two words which confuses most people. Her combination flowed…

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This is The Courage To Shift!



When I finally stopped and drilled down to the source of feeling like something was missing from my life, I realized I had to do something different. I had two major wounds that weren’t healing, and they had become a cancer in my soul turning me into a person I didn’t want to become.  I needed to address a failing marriage and a dead-end career. Both would challenge my financial situation and while it would be hard, I knew I would be better off in the long run. I mentally prepared for the beatings I was about to take and set off on my life altering journey.


While I worked three jobs after leaving my marriage (two the entire time of my marriage) to complete the critical goal of becoming debt free, I knew my body couldn’t sustain that long-term. My full-time job required a 4am start and I worked…

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The Truth About How Changing Your Routine Changes Your Life

How many times have I said “change your habits, change your life?” If you want new results you must start doing new things. Change is required…

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It is hard to tell where we are going wrong in life sometimes. After all, you may be feeling unhappy even when you have some of the trappings of normal life such as a job, a home, a relationship etc. That is because fulfilment is relative to the individual. What I mean by that is that just because you have reached a ‘normal ‘ level of success does not necessarily mean you are going to be content if you have not fulfilled your own potential.

So how can we change these feelings? How might we get out of the rut we find ourselves in from time to time?

There is one way to tell if you are stuck in a rut or not, it is by looking at the condition of your life next to the patterns of your behaviour. In other words look at the habits you have been…

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The Importance of Having a Personal Development Plan

Featured Image -- 655Some people hold the opinion that there is no need to “work” on oneself as people are perfect just the way they are.  I do not hold that opinion.  I understand that in order for me to meet my personal and professional goals, I must improve on my habits, behavior, education, skills, etc.  I have a personal development plan and encourage everyone to create a plan:

Food Can Heal and Food Can Kill

Eventually something will give.  I often think about this when I see a car that is obviously being neglected.  Smoking out the tail pipe, bald tires and in need of a tune up.  Why does the owner continue to drive their car into the ground?  Do they realize that the short-term cost of maintenance far outweighs the devastation of long-term neglect?  Also, driving the car in a neglected state can put their life and families’ lives in danger.

Obviously they have never considered these dangers, because it makes no sense to be aware of the danger, yet continue to subject their families to the risk.  Right?

A lot of my thoughts lately have been geared toward health and the fact that food can heal and food can kill.  It makes no sense why people choose donuts over an apple if it means being able to watch your kids grow up versus having them attend a funeral to bury their mom or dad.  The right types of food can heal your body, but the wrong types of food will certainly destroy it: nachos, hotdogs, thick burgers, french fries, sodas, donuts, cakes, milkshakes…trust me when I say that eventually something is going to give.  And more than likely it will be your heart.

I hate to be such a “Debby Downer” but have you ever really stopped to think about what you are doing to your future?


If you change your habits, you can change your life!