I’ve had anxiety issues for as long as I can remember. Sometimes it’s manageable, sometimes it becomes so overwhelming I can hardly catch my breath. If there’s one thing that stresses me out the most, it’s traveling. And holiday travel? Yikes. Stress-o-rama. Traveling can be a huge, stressful ordeal, especially if you have children with you. And if you happen to be traveling for the holidays, you have the added pressures of cooking, cleaning, and shopping, not to mention the business and professional responsibilities you have on your plate to fulfill before the end of the year — it’s no wonder so many people battle anxiety during this time of year! The good news is that there are several things you can do to ease the stress of traveling. The key is to plan ahead as much as possible and, of course, try to stay patient. That’s easier said than
To be honest, unless I’m taking outfit photos or heading to an event, rarely do I clock more than 15 minutes in front of the mirror. Yes, it might take me a long time to “get ready” and I’m pretty much 5 minutes late for everything, but you can’t blame that on my primping and prepping. It’s usually an “I can totally knock this email out before I go or craft this Instagram post before I leave” kind of thing. However, when I’m on vacation, there’s something so rejuvenating about slipping back into my lengthy, pre- “I’m an entrepreneur and have no time for myself” kind of routine. Those 60 or so minutes aren’t clocked in front of the mirror with an attempt to impress anyone, to cover up or conceal my imperfections, or even to look adequate for the Instagram pictures I’ll likely be snapping later. It’s me time. It’s time to notice
Vacations and traveling are great for relaxing, clearing your head, and getting into a new space and environment for a change of perspective. But did you know that there are actually health benefits of going on vacation and traveling? As a weight loss coach for women, I’ve worked with thousands of women who have demanding careers, hectic family lives, and weight loss problems. Some have tried diet after diet, while others have been dumbfounded by the fact that when they go on vacation, they actually lose or maintain their weight. In fact, one of my clients lost 5 lbs in a week on vacation without restricting her diet and having a few cocktails! As her coach, I wanted her to feel free to enjoy her much earned vacation, unwind, and most importantly, relax her mind and body as she carried a lot of stress in her daily life that was
Back at the end of March, I took a short, but super sweet, trip to St. Louis, Missouri to speak on both identifying your worth and charging for it (so you can you know, feel valuable and actually get your life back when you start up a business) at Shutterfest – an unconventional, hands-on conference for photographers. Held at the extraordinary DoubleTree Union Station Hotel, it is truly more of an experience compared to any other conference I’ve ever been to. While I’m no photographer, I could not possibly think of a more incredible venue to host this event at. From a castle like facade to impressive architecture, every way I turned there was another opportunity to snap a cool photo. The original Union Station was decommissioned in 1978 due to the popularity of air travel. Following revitalization, the facility reopened in 1985 as a unique, historical hotel destination with beautiful character. My favorite element
As I left for my journey to Florence, Italy in August, I had no idea what to expect or how my life would be changed from this adventure. In fact, my mission when I came to Europe was to pretty much be Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love, except I would play myself. That was already over four months ago. Now I am sitting on my couch in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania reminiscing over pictures I took and entries I wrote in my journal. Weirdly enough, Italy feels like a far distant memory/dream, but the change I have undergone from travel will always be with me. RELATED: Why You Should Keep a Happy Journal Before I tell this story, keep in the back of your mind that I did not have an international data plan while traveling Europe, so the only way I could use my phone was on Wi-Fi. This is an important
We’ve taken lots of guesswork out of putting together your holiday gift guide! Here are our favorite #GemFinds your dearest world travelers and on-the-goers are sure to love! 1.) Instant Coffee from Egoiste Cafe – $11.99 This gourmet coffee takes only 30 seconds to prepare and is ideal for any gift or stocking stuffer for the traveler in your life. If the line at your favorite coffee shop is too long or you don’t want to drink gross airport coffee, Egoiste is the perfect solution for an instant caffeine fix! 2.) The Vibe™ Room Energy Clearing Spray from Linda Lauren – $14.95 Infused with Reiki healing energy, this spray is used to create a positive, healing and uplifting environment. The special proprietary blend of natural essential oils can be sprayed daily and used often. Available in a convenient 2oz. travel size for when you are on the road or to keep in your glove compartment,
While in the midst of planning Pretty Living PR’s Summer Soiree: Pretty in Paradise, lately I’ve noticed vacation has been on my mind! So, to take a virtual getaway, I have given myself a break from my emails, phone calls, press pitches, and social media promoting to spend some time looking back at my favorite paradise spots to share with you!