Danny’s World: This Popped Up On My Facebook Timeline

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This is at the condo in Naples when Evelina and I got engaged in 2012.  We began our trip at Disney, but Hurricane Debbie rained us out.  We decided to move farther west and pass Debbie as she moved east.  It worked the first day, but this video shows you how day 2 turned out!

Danny’s World: Toes In the Sand!

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This time 3 weeks from now Evelina and I will have our toes in the sand of the beaches of Cherry Grove Beach!  I love being able to run off to the beach for a long weekend.  It makes life worth living!

Danny’s World: Can’t Wait For the Beach

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We are headed to the beach for a weekend in a few weeks and I cannot wait.  Life seems to make more sense when I am near the ocean.

Our family house is in Cherry Grove, SC but we love to take a day trip north to Southport, NC.

Why It Is Important To Plan Your Disconnect Time

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Danny's iphone 022This weekend Evelina and I decided to unplug and disconnect a bit.  She was on-call yesterday for work, but other than that slight inconvenience we decided to have some planned time away.  For me this was perfectly timed as I needed time to recharge following our vacation.  I know that might sound a bit ridiculous considering we returned from vacation on Tuesday, but the truth is the driving time zapped my energy.

I believe it is important to plan time away from technology.  It is important to plan time to decompress and do absolutely nothing.  Remember, life isn’t about working the hardest all the time; it’s about working the smartest all the time.  And sometimes the smart thing to do is…nothing!

Danny’s World: I Need A Vacation From My Vacation!  

We arrived home from Naples on Tuesday night and it has taken me until today to recover from vacation.  It might have been the 13 hour drive in the car that wore me out.  Regardless, I am still tired.  I need a vacation from my vacation.

We visited a place called the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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We also ate some great food

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It was a great trip with great friends.  Now we are ready to plan our next trips: Great Smokey Mountains and Cherry Grove Beach!!

A Few Random Thoughts

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It is just after 4:00 am and I am up early to get some things done for a few clients.  I do a lot of the creative ads for any campaigns I run digitally and my mind sometimes wakes me up with ideas.  So here I am; wide awake and typing when I might be better off sleeping.  Nonetheless here are a few of the things going on in my mind…

  1. I am currently working my way through all the season of The Big Bang Theory.  Currently I am in season 5 and so far it is hilarious.  I highly recommend it to anyone.
  2. Vacation for Evelina and I begins in 6 days!  I need this trip to recharge a little and Naples, Florida is just what the doctor ordered!
  3. I had a huge client sign with my company yesterday.  My coworker and I have worked on this for nearly a month and we got the word yesterday that they signed with us for all of their digital advertising.  When I close deals like this it is so completely satisfying.
  4. I haven’t been as active lately in my reading of other blogs, but that is going to change.  I need to refocus my energies and come up with a better plan.  Last time I looked there are approximately 6,700 blogger who follow my page, which makes it nearly impossible to get to every single follower.  I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do if I’m being honest.
  5. I went to the hospital yesterday evening and had an MRI on my shoulder.  In October 2015 I had a little stumble on the staircase and the pain in my shoulder has gotten progressively worse ever since.  The specialist thinks I either have a torn bicep muscle or a torn rotator cuff.  Either way surgery appears imminent which doesn’t please me, but I’ll be happy to have a functioning shoulder again.
  6. In preparation for Naples I have been lying out in the sun for 20 minutes each day.  It seems that I have developed an allergy to the sun!  Each day my back, chest and legs develop hives from the exposure so I think it best I get a UV shirt for my trip.

That’s all for now.  Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!!

 

It’s the Simple Things In Life That Make Living More Enjoyable

I like getting something new every now-and-again; it’s exciting.  There is something about getting that package delivered to the house and unpacking it to see the surprise.  I don’t buy a lot of things, but when I do I am like a kid waiting for Christmas morning.

I believe it’s the simple things in life that make living more enjoyable.  And it is the simple things that many take for granted.  I try to be aware of these small moments and breath them in; savor them if you will.

dreambig3Some of my favorite small moments are the silence of the world early in the morning. The sound of water running.  Laying in the grass and watching the clouds.  Noticing how blue the sky can be on certain days.  That moment at the beach when my feet touch the sand for the first time in months.  The refreshing feeling of taking a cool shower in the summer when the heat spikes past 95.

If you blink you might miss some of these moments so be sure to practice awareness and give yourself time to experience them.  What are some of your favorite small moments?

I Love the Anticipation of Vacation!

One of my favorite things in the world is the excitement that comes along with anticipating a vacation.  I have spent the last week watching videos on YouTube about Naples, Florida.  I have found several unique restaurants we will visit and many shopping areas Evelina will enjoy.   Our condo is right on the beach with a courtyard which is only feet from the sand.  We haven’t been to the condo in a couple of years and it will be nice to see the renovations completed.

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I am currently building a territory at my job which requires a lot of hours and a lot more effort than managing an existing territory.  It will be a nice break to recharge the batteries for a week.

Needless to say I am as excited as a kid at Christmas!

The Year of Last Holidays

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Sunrise, Atlantic Ocean. Photograph, Ann Fisher. Sunrise, Atlantic Ocean. Photograph, Ann Fisher.

If you were dying, but still felt healthy now, what would you do with the time you had left?

This question is the premise for two films entitled Last Holiday.

In the 1950 version of the story, Alec Guinness plays George Bird, a salesperson of modest means and ambitions. During a routine physical, his doctor delivers a terminal diagnosis: he has Lampington’s disease, rare and very deadly — and he will die soon.

Bird wanders into the street in a daze, winds up in a second-hand shop where he purchases a Duke’s wardrobe, then takes himself off to a posh seaside resort. No longer hampered by his “keep-my-head-down attitude,” Bird starts to say exactly what he thinks.

Alec Guinness played George Bird in the original version of Last Holiday (1950). Alec Guinness played George Bird in the original version of Last Holiday (1950).

The wealthy are charmed. A captain of industry seeks his advice. Bird finds himself the center…

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Oops At The Beach!

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A few days ago, we were at the beach (picture above is walking down to the beach from the house).  We stay at a house that is not ocean front, so we have to walk a couple of blocks to the beach.  We were having a great time and had been on the beach about 2 hours.  Kate came to tell me “I have to pee pee.”  This is a part of the beach that does not have restrooms – its just “the beach.”  So I told her we would have to go walk back to the house for that.

Kate said she didn’t want to leave the beach yet and scurried off to play some more.  I was sitting in a chair, talking to a friend when I suddenly look up and see this scene: Kate is standing at the edge of the water with her bathing suit bottom…

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