Can you hear me?

Dear All,

It’s almost Thanksgiving, can you believe it? We’re supposed to go around our smaller tables and say something we are thankful for – and I would add, something we’ve learned to cope with during such a difficult year.

In my case I am thankful for my family’s health (so far 🙏) and I am learning to be patient. I truly thought that patience was a gene I was born without.

I have had to learn to let so many things go this year. Sure, I cried when almost no one was watching, but I would wear a happy face and tell everyone that only God knew why He was doing certain things. Inside, I sometimes felt as though my heart was smashed into little pieces.

As I am writing this blog, I am sitting outside in my car. We don’t have electricity in the house today or tomorrow because they are changing the electrical power on our block. I am currently waiting for the results from a COVID test I had yesterday. Results are supposed to come in 24 hours, but who is counting, right? Almost 25 hours and the clock is ticking, but I have gotten no email or text message.

I got my iPhone upgraded from 8 to the new 12! Awesome right? NOPE! WhatsApp doesn’t work well, and I have friends, family and “partners in the travel business” all over the world, and that is the best way to communicate with them. The way WhatsApp is behaving is very strange. It seems to pick and choose certain messages, senders, and receivers. Otherwise it says: “Waiting for this message. This may take a while.” That means NEVER!

Rosana, take a deep breath, pretend to enjoy the gene you were born without.  Pretend you have PATIENCE- and remember that 2021 is coming soon. And no, don’t let your depression and anxiety tell you that next year could be the same or worse! Be your own best friend, be kind to yourself, and think that the worst is almost over.

If you needed to hear that, good! If you didn’t, thank you for your kindness to me!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Reacting to Changes

Dear All,

Have you thought how about how flexible your mind is and about your attitude towards change?  I was talking to my personal trainer and discussing how many people have gained weight during this year.

I am not judging anyone, we all know that eating more or less has to do with how we deal with our feelings. Some, I believe fewer than average, eat less during a stressful time. It is a matter of control, they can’t control their environment so they control their food intake.

On the other hand, most people eat more to avoid dealing with their real feelings, trying to “fill up” the emptiness of what they feel inside. Unfortunately, food intake is not going to fulfill their feeling of emptiness.

The real winners are the ones who can express how sad, unhappy, frustrated they feel, and name their feelings (hopefully without “hurting” others physically or emotionally) and deal with their real feelings and use food only for nutrition. Easier said than done!

Food is one easy way to see how people deal with change. Another sign is withdrawal. Suddenly a friend disappears,with no calls, no texts, no nothing. That can indicate serious depression, or another mental illness. PLEASE REACH OUT! If you can’t, reach another common friend. Some people may need help and mental health is very important especially in these hard times. Don’t judge, don’t think about the differences you may have had in the past, just be kind and reach out, for them and for yourself!

Today I went to have breakfast at the same restaurant I have been going to for a while, with the same awesome waiter. The restaurant had the same number of patrons, but because it was windy at the beach, they changed the serving area slightly. I noticed the waiter seemed a little lost. Not the same smile or regular charm. Well, this small change of venue really did a trick on him. At the end, when we went to pay our tab he seemed a little embarrassed and told us that he hoped that next week we would be in the same place as we’d been every week before. This little change was overwhelming for him. Be sensitive! Not everyone experience changes the same way.  Try to step into other’s shoes and ask yourself how would you feel.

Empathy and kindness go a long way.

Thank you for “listening.”

Cheers!

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Get Inspired

Dear Travel Agents/Advisors,

No matter what your life is about, when you love what you do you don’t need to “work” a day in your life. Just get inspired and become more and more creative. The excitement comes so naturally that ideas flow easily and you can feel your adrenaline pumping.

Does this sound familiar?

Yes? Great! I am so happy for you! You are on the right path and you know that no matter what, the light is at the end of the tunnel (some have longer tunnels than others!)

No? No problem! While there is a will, there is a way. I believe that – not only because it has happened to me but also because I have had the pleasure of guiding many people to their success, especially in the travel business which is my true passion.

If you are passionate about travel and you believe 110% that to travel well a person needs an advisor, then you can be a successful travel agent/advisor.

I have never met a successful person that can sell something he/she would never buy.

I have heard that some incredible salespeople can sell ice to the Eskimos but those are the ones who truly believe that their ice is much better than the ice that is available for free.

My point is that if you are passionate about something (in our case, travel) and believe in the power of the knowledge of an expert, and know you can be that person, it is only a matter of time that you will succeed.

Like doing anything else, don’t rush, don’t cut corners, and don’t overdo. Build your business with a solid base and enjoy each and every step!

Good luck and remember I am a message or an email away, rooting for your success and ready to answer your questions!

Cheers!

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Sabbatical Year

Dear All,

We have just started November of 2020. When the lockdown started in March, who could have imagined a year like this? So much has been lost! People’s lives, businesses, celebrations and so many other losses that we will learn of in the future – what a devastating year we’ve had.

I could write about all the bad things that have happened to me and to people I know, but I choose to write about all the things we’ve learned, focus on the blessings, and take 2020 as a Sabbatical year, even though I wasn’t asking for one.

Did you notice how, suddenly, the world seems so much closer when you can have a conference or meeting by Zoom? How many more virtual hugs you can get from all around the world, from friends and family, when before you were only counting the real hugs from people around you.

Even small celebrations can be shared with cousins in Australia, with distant friends in Morocco and family around Italy. Instead of 150 guests, you have 200 meaningful people happy for your celebration. Life is worth being celebrated – despite Covid.

I applaud those who took the time to learn a new skill, started a new business, started or wrote a book, or created something new. If those people could do that during 2020, they understand life in a simpler and more resilient way. They took advantage of a Sabbatical year to become a better person.

For those who didn’t, guess what? The good news is that this year is not over. Most of us even get one more hour on Sunday! We still have time to learn and make from 2020 a better YOU!

Go get it!

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