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Why is the “comfort zone” NOT your friend?

Why do people stay in their “comfort zone?”

Most people stay in their “comfort zone” because it is the easy thing to do! I get it. We get stuck in the rut of everyday life. I am not saying that your life is not a beautiful everyday rut. But, we all do it. Comfortable is nice. It’s cozy! It’s the opposite of scary. Which, most of us hate! Staying in your “comfort zone” will not help you grow as a person! Read that twice!

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I was recently asked by a coaching coach, or something similar, are you okay with getting outside of your “comfort zone”?

I bet you are wondering what I said!

I said, “I am not the stay in your “comfort zone” kinda’ gal.”

For example, I moved from South Carolina to Alaska with my husband, two dogs, a small trailer full of stuff, and the belief in myself. I knew we would be fine! I am an educated, hard-working, independent woman who is capable of doing great things. It was one of the scariest, but best, decisions we ever made. I have grown so much. I have learned so much about other cultures and have seen most of the United States and Canada via road-trip.

I read somewhere, more people are afraid of public speaking than are afraid of dying. I love speaking in public. Are you kidding me? Just picture them naked!

It is a very valuable skill that is in high demand. Yes, the first couple of times I spoke in front of a crowd, I was nervous. But, working as a teacher and educator, it became normal! It became less scary!

The reason I am ranting about public speaking is, I could have stayed in my comfort zone. I could have gotten out of public speaking most of the times I have spoke. Except for the dreaded public speaking class. I definitely could not have gotten out of that one! However, I pushed myself. I wanted to get better. Now, I can use this skill to provide for my family and inspire others.

So, long story short, get out of your “comfort zone!” Try something new this year! Eat something new every Sunday. That’s what we do, as a family. Live a little!

Love,

Priscilla

P.S. Picture is from Homer, Alaska!

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What is Growth Mindset?

What is Growth Mindset all about?

I am a believer in “growth mindset”. The term is frequently referenced within the education profession. But, in the real world, the term is not thrown around, as often. In my opinion every person, in the world, should be practicing this technique, and sharing it with everyone they know.

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What is Growth Mindset?

Growth mindset is a way of thinking. It is used in the education profession to encourage students to change their attitudes towards learning. Many students want to quit, or have doubts with their ability level. Sometimes, public education puts a spotlight on students with “learning disabilities.” But, that is an entirely different blog post. A person, who practices a growth mindset, turns I can’t into I can find a way, even if I have to use a resource, or tool to help me!

How can a Growth Mindset help you?

Firstly, self-confidence is attractive. Potential partners, friends, and employers want someone who is confident! Have you ever seen someone walk into a room, who is noticeably confident? It’s a good look. Being confident takes a certain mindset. Someone who is practicing a growth mindset has confidence. They are confident that they can do anything, within reason, and aren’t afraid of the speed bumps along the way.

How can I get a Growth Mindset?

It’s practiced like yoga, and all of the other self-care techniques out there. You have to practice each day. You have to wake up with the intent to climb the mountain, and enjoy every second of it. You have to wake up and say, “I’m not perfect; but, I’m pretty great. I’m all I’m going to get, and let’s grow today, into a better human!” Then, add something in your pep talk about self-care, and the reward for your hard work!

How has Growth Mindset worked for me?

I have been practicing this technique for a long time, even before it was a thing. I was obsessed with Oprah as a child. Her motivational and self-help shows were so educational and inspiring. I’m an old soul. I used to come home from middle school, watch Oprah, and have a snack.

I am always reading a self-care or personal improvement books, most of the time. Then, I ran across a documentary called, The Secret, at a really young age. All of these motivational materials influenced me as a really young adult. I believe setting goals and reaching them is possible. Using this philosophy, I have reached every realistic goal I have set for myself. I told my parents I wanted to be the first female president, in middle school! I have decided to pursue a different path, currently. But, that is too funny!

You have to believe in you more than anyone else. You have to push yourself harder than anyone else will. The practice seems so simple, but the most simplistic habit can be hard to break or implement into a routine! Try it! Set a daily alarm with inspirational quotes to remind you to grow a little each day in some area of your life. I am rooting for you and me! 😉 Need help reaching your goals, reach out to me on social media, or on my site using the contact page!

 

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Why Should I have a Bucket List?

Why should you have a bucket list?

Because, damn it, life is too short! You don’t want to kick the bucket before you complete the list! Get going. Mentally, it is healthy to take a vacation!

What is on our bucket list?

I was looking at a list of the top road-trips traveled in the United States, a few days ago, trying to get inspired. I was surprised that we have already taken many of them. We have been blessed enough to see most of the United States and Canada by automobile. We have so many memories and a deeper love for our continent and the life living on it!

We highly recommend planning a road trip with someone you enjoy! It brings you closer together or makes you realize why you don’t want to be closer. Stop where you want. Research your stops or don’t. We plan our trips around food. Duh! Let the wind blow in your hair and enjoy the freedom. Download some of your favorite tunes, bring what makes you comfortable, and have a blast! Doctor’s order!

These are the top 5 road-trips we have loved so far:

  1. Blue Ridge Parkway: Mountains of  North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
  2. Richardson Highway in Alaska: Valdez to Fairbanks
  3. Seward Highway in Alaska: Anchorage to Seward
  4. The Alaska Highway: Canada and Alaska
  5. The Redwoods Forest and Scenic Highway: California and the Pacific West Coast

These are the top 5 road-trips we hope to enjoy in the near future:

  1. The Outer Banks: North Carolina Coast
  2. Coast of Maine and North East Coast
  3. Overseas Highway: Florida Keys
  4. Hana Coast Line: Hawaii
  5. Wyoming to Montana: Yellowstone National Park

We promise that all of the road-trips, listed above, will knock your wheels off, not literally. Well, the Alaska highway could possible knock your wheels off, literally. Either way, we hope to have inspired you to get on the road. No matter the trip you choose, have a blast, and stay safe! 🙂 We are always planning our next trip! Follow us on social media!

Love,

Priscilla

 

 

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Dear Women, Please Be Safe!

My heart is saddened as I write this article. I hope that some good comes out of the evil that happened, recently, in Columbia, South Carolina.

It is the town of my Alma mater. First of all, South Carolina is a wonderful place to travel, live, and go to college. It is my home state. I love it. South Carolina has some of the best food and friendliest faces you will ever encounter. The weather is great, year round. People, especially retirees, are flocking to South Carolina because the cost of living is low and the economy is thriving.

When a horrific act of pure evil rocks your home state it is so heartbreaking. I am writing this post to honor the life of Samantha Josephson. I hope this blog post is read by someone, somewhere, and I hope it saves at least one life to honor the life of Ms. Josephson. I have a young daughter. I cannot imagine how her family is feeling!

Dear Women,

I am writing you this letter to remind you that we, women of all size, ethnicity, and age, are capable of being independent, strong, smart, and sexy boss ladies in the 21st century! However, we are still vulnerable.

There are men out there who still believe that women are inferior beings. There are still men out there who believe that if you are not accompanied by a male chaperone, you are fair game! There are people out there who are pure evil! Protect yourself, stay alert, and stick together!

Love,

A Concerned Mother

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Please bless our daughters and sons with a better world!

Here are a few tips to stay safe and hopefully save a life!

  • Let someone know where you are going.
  • Stick together. So, so, so important.
  • I typically feel safer using public transportation with a lot of other people vs. me and a cab driver. I will not ride in a cab alone.
  • Stay with the crowd.
  • Make sure your phone is charged and memorize an emergency contact number.
  • Don’t get too intoxicated. If you have a few drinks, go to a well known pub. Watch the bartender make your drinks.
  • Never accept a drink from someone that is not the bartender!
  • Never, ever, ever leave with some person you just met.
  • Be vigilant.
  • Follow your gut. If it feels weird, get out fast!
  • Stay out of dark areas.
  • Park your car near a door, camera, or light.
  • Make sure you stop for fuel at a well lit service station.
  • Yell, scream, fight if you are harassed. Make a scene. Set off the alarm on the car. Pull the fire alarm in an elevator or apartment complex.
  • Take a self-defense class.
  • Carry pepper spray.
  • Learn to shoot a gun and/or get a concealed weapon’s permit.
  • Tip from the Oprah Show: Never let them get you to the next location. They will be in more control there.

Written to honor Samantha Josephson’s life!

Love,

Priscilla

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Why Should You Talk to the Locals, Check Reviews, and Pay Attention?

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We love to travel. We have put many hours in the seats of airplanes, automobiles, and boats exploring this beautiful planet! We have seen some of the most beautiful places in the world. Every place we have visited has had one thing in common: amazing people who want to share their culture and their town!

Traveling is good for your health! But, it can also be dangerous, spendy, and stressful. Here are a few tips to make it more enjoyable.

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Why ask the locals for advice?

The locals know about all the hot spots. We have found that you can find out so much information by asking the people who work at the hotel. They are so informative. All you have to do is ask!

They know where the best food is. They know which tourist attractions are worth wasting your money on. Go where the locals go. Ask what a local typically does on a Saturday night around town. They may not tell you where their favorite fishing hole is but they are probably willing to share their favorite “watering” hole!

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Why should you check the reviews?

There are so many review websites out their today. Yelp is my favorite! Before you waste your hard earned money, check what others have to say. After all, they have already wasted or not wasted their money there.

Check the town websites or local news for events. To save money, use websites that offer discounts, such as Groupon.

Why should you pay attention to your surroundings?

Especially in an unfamiliar area, pay attention to your surroundings. If the vibe seems sketchy and you feel uncomfortable, get out! If you pull up to a restaurant and no one is in the parking lot during a peak time, run away!

Traveling can be such a fun, educational, and inspiring experience! Hopefully, these travel tips will inspire you to take the path less traveled, but carefully!

Love,

Priscilla