A Little Life Advice


            First, a toast to you and your brighter future!

  Advice and tips you may be able to use:


Toasting the new year with great neighbors and friends

1) Consider this quote “Never base your life decisions on advice from people who don’t have to deal with the results”  (author unknown) with everything I mention and with any advice I may offer and any tips I suggest . . . you are the one who will deal with the results!

2) My personal advice, and tips gleaned from others, may not work for you, so please consider altering the suggestion to fit your persona and/or situation.  And, please keep referring to the quote pictured here!  You, my friend, are the controller of YOUR universe, so make your life choices carefully, both in business and in your personal life.

3) No matter what you hear, no matter what you see — no one can convince you to do something unless you are truly ready and willing to do it.  So, please listen to your inner (gut) feelings, your self-consciousness and intuition.  We are all responsible for our own well-being, our own happiness and our own paths in life.  Do a little research and soul-searching before making life-changing decisions.

4) Feel free to ask questions (for the public or for me to answer), then check back in a few days for answers.

5) Please offer your suggestions, advice, tips and answers to any questions posted here.  With the disclaimer above, the ones with the questions, should consider the sources.  We are not representing ourselves as attorneys, doctors or any other kind of professionals, so take all advice accordingly and feel free to get a second, third, fourth or more opinion.   My only intent in writing these blogs, advice columns and/or giving you my own personal experiences is to keep you from reinventing the wheel, from making the same mistakes I and others have made and for giving you that leg up — that gentle push — to help you get ahead easier and quicker.   We will all benefit from your improved life.  Thanks for taking time out to read and listen to my advice, whether you take it or not, you might at least avoid a few pitfalls.  Now on to the real advice . . .


A question from Chuck: What do you really want to do?

Toasting the new year with great neighbors and friends

Wow, Chuck, thanks for giving me lots of food for thought!  “What do you really want to do?”  After tossing several answers up in the air (i.e. my fantasy ’round the world, first class trip, with no time or money restraints).  See my complete description of this fantasy trip here:  http://sandy280.hubpages.com/hub/What-is-your-greatest-fantasy-trip I love meeting new people, helping others, reading, writing, traveling, etc.  After discounting them, one by one, I finally said, “I want to write!  I love writing and that’s what I do every day!”  No matter how I feel, I will continue writing as long as I am physically and mentally able.  I really do enjoy it!

That, my friend, is why I am writing this blog — I love writing, I love meeting new people, I love helping others and I love to travel.  So, why can’t I do all of those things through a blog?!?  Through this blog I will be sharing lots of entertaining travel stories, offering travel tips and opening this up to you, to enable you to share your own stories and/or ask questions.  My experience and expertise is in customer service, travel, sales and marketing, branching out (opening travel offices) in the travel industry, real estate brokerage owner and writing.   When someone has a variety of career paths they call them ‘Entrepreneur’ — in my case, I just did not know what my expertise was and what I was best at.  It was not very surprising to find out AFTER my career ended that I really was that ‘Jill of all trades and mistress to none’.  Not a great choice of words, but, you get the idea.  I never did settle on just one thing or one career path.  If you put my life on a map, using my desires, work histories and work paths I either chose or was placed in, it would resemble a state map with many dotted (unfinished roads or projects in my case) lines, a few solid lines showing the permanent roads or in my case the career paths I took over the years and many ‘spaghetti’ bypasses and overpasses as you find in the cities today, but in my case they were the “life happened” situations that caused me to spin out of control temporarily or I made some impromptu, impulsive or drastic changes in my life.  Change isn’t always good, so thank goodness, the bad things were mostly temporary.

I enjoy playing bridge, Scrabble, Facebook’s Words With Friends, Word Trick and online Scrabble, reading, gardening, a big spectator sports fan (especially the teams my grandchildren are on, football, lacrosse, track, swimming, cheerleading), photography (my own, my children and grandchildren’s and the photos shared with me by my dear friends), music (especially my grandson’s songs and songs shared by friends), theater, movies and writing (all forms — blogs, articles, letters, emails, journal-writing, poetry and books–still working on finishing one of the five I started over the past thirty years).

As I hear from each of you (I hope) I will live vicariously through your tales of fun travel and commiserate with you on the not so fun travails through your own journeys.  And, as I add to my own travels, I will share those experiences here as well, along with some of my former disastrous travel tales.

So, please share your stories, your photos and videos and everything you feel up to sharing.  Please no pornographic photos or videos and let’s please keep the language PG-13,

I was searching for some inspirational words from other writers and came across this quote from Stephen King, which is absolutely on target:

‘You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair – the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart.  You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names.  You can come to it because you want a girl (or guy) to marry you or because you want to change the world.  Come to it any way but lightly.  Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.’

                                                                                                     ~Stephen King~

Absolutely brilliant, Mr. King.  I admire you and your work.  Your books have never failed to make me feel as if I was part of the action.  Thanks for sharing that sage advice!  If we can learn to do that every time we sit down to write, then eventually there will not be any boring books or articles written!

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