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5 Things you need to pack for your next Trip!

The Five things you can’t forget on your next trip!

I love traveling, but I seriously hate packing. I watch the minutes count down before I have to leave to make it to the airport on time and try to decide what I need to throw in my bag last minute. That being said, as a frequent flyer, I feel like I have a few good travel tricks up my sleeve. Make sure your credit cards don’t charge foreign transaction fees, carry on your medications, and never forget your sunglasses… the list could go on and on; but when I think of traveling abroad with limited space, there are a few essentials that often get overlooked.

Here is my list of five things you need to bring with you, before you head overseas.

 

  • Sunscreen- This one should go without saying, yet it’s rarely packed. So simple, yet almost always overlooked. Buy the travel sizes so you can keep them in your carry-on bag and eliminate the need to find and buy sunscreen overseas.
  • B Vitamin- Sounds kind of silly out of all the things in the world to pack, but this is another item you don’t want to have to search out and spend money on while abroad. Pack enough B Vitamins so you can take one each day. Not only is it a natural energy booster, it also works as a natural bug repellent. Mosquitos and other little bugs hate the scent is gives off through your body.
  • Backup Identification- Traveling out of the country automatically means you’ll need a passport, but it’s always smart to pack an extra form on Identification in your bag in case you misplace your first form of ID.
  • Cash- All of my credit cards have zero foreign transaction fees and I never carry cash while I’m at home, but it’s always helpful to have a small backup stash on you for unpredictable situations that may arise.
  • An open mind- Things never work out the way you plan them, so go into every trip and adventure with an open mind. Different places and cultures operate completely differently then what you may be accustomed to, but this isn’t a reason to be rude or get upset; it’s a way for you to learn about how other people live. Keep an open mind and enjoy the experience; home is only a plane ride away.

Good businesses give back 

I recently came across the story on Nike Flyease shoes and thought it just had to be shared, if you have 5 minutes it’s definitely worth watching.

Good companies strive to do more than just make profits, they strive to make a difference.

Nike is a huge company, but they are also proof that huge companies can stay in tuned to meeting all of their customers needs. Everyday is a chance to innovate, to create, and to make a difference- all things which Nike continues to do- and all reasons why they continue to do so well.

https://youtu.be/TaNM_T1d1as

4 Ways To Separate The Peter Pans From The Adults

Growing up is hard. The upside, however, is the experience, knowledge and wisdom it is supposed to bring us.

As we get older, it becomes much easier for us to define ourselves, the goals we have and the things we want.

Right?

The problem is there are two types of growing up. Everyone physically becomes an adult and has to do grown-up things, but there is a huge difference in social maturity levels of real adults and people who just call themselves adults (or as I like to call them, Peter Pans).

We are also a generation full of options: If we can’t decide what we want today, we have a false sense of comfort in believing we will still be able to get it tomorrow.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate a Peter Pan adult from a real adult.

They fool us so easily, and the physical things that used to weed out the kids from the adults no longer do.

They can slap job titles on business cards and call themselves working adults.

They can spit out the words you want to hear that make them sound like they are at mature places in their lives.

Truth be told, there is no set-in-stone definition of adult criteria. That’s because being an adult is not an age or accomplishment; it’s your actions and appreciation of the world.

Here are four ways to differentiate between a real adult and a Peter Pan:

Compromise

This is a pretty big one for most people. Realizing you can’t always get your way in life is a big part of growing up.

Accepting you won’t always get your way and being able to deal with it is being an adult.

We all have that one friend or have dated that one person who expected everyone to always do what he or she wanted.

The person had no thought or intention of what you wanted to do or would like to do — it was his or her way or no way.

This is someone who hasn’t realized being an adult is a constant game of give and take.

Whether it’s at work, in a relationship or during everyday life, compromise is essential in the adult world.


Consideration

We may learn manners as children, but we shouldn’t lose them as adults.

Being an adult means being considerate of that fact life isn’t just tough for you; it’s tough for everyone. Everyone has a lot going on.

Thinking you are too busy or too important to be respectful and courteous to others is not an adult mindset.

Thinking about how someone else feels or would feel doesn’t make you weak; it means you understand the importance of having empathy.

Instead of ignoring the person you’ve been texting for two weeks, you could actually just tell the person you’re not that into him or her.

You actually could still say please and thank you to a waiter, even if he or she made a mistake.

You’ll never be able to control other people’s actions, but, even in the worst of situations, you still have the choice to treat others with kindness and respect.

You are not responsible for other people; you are responsible to other people.


Accountability

Being an adult means keeping your word. If you said you’d call, then call. If you said you would be there, show up. If you said you would do something, finish the job.

Actions truly do speak louder than words, and only immature people make false promises and use words to string others along.

Everyone wants things to happen, but being adult means making things happen. Don’t let someone’s words blind you from his or her behavior.

True adults follow through and are willing to face tough situations head on.


Appreciation

Peter Pan believed he would never run out of time, which is why he never really appreciated it.

True adults know time is their most valuable asset. Life is too short to not be grateful every day.

It is only the unsure who chase status, people or money. Adults know appreciation will always be more important those achievements.

We live in a world where the possibilities are endless, and we can instantly have almost anything we want at any time of the day.

Adults appreciate this, and Peter Pans abuse it. Adults don’t date with the expectation of a magical fairytale story coming out of a one-time Tinder date.

Adults don’t work to expect instant gratification, unlimited vacation days and six figures after six months on the job.

Adults don’t buy only so they can whip out a designer wallet at the bar to get a round of shots for people they don’t care about.

Adults don’t chase possibilities; they create them. People always say the best is yet to come, and it is.

Being an adult doesn’t mean you have to settle. Being an adult means you finally understand value.

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Oh wells? Or what ifs?

So many of us antagonize over the fear or possibility of a missed opportunity.

We torture ourselves to “make the right decision” and sometimes end up staying paralyzed with fear over how the dots will connect based on which decision we make.

The funny thing is though, no matter which choice you pick- action and chance is rewarded. The universe always connects the dots for us.

So take the risk, make a choice, quit the job you hate, start a business, move… Do something. Staying where you are and living with fear is a guaranteed trip to no where.

I would rather have a life of oh wells than a life of what ifs.

Take the High Road

Expanding on yesterday’s post:

“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate. When he suffered, he made no threats of revenge. Instead, he left it in the hands of God, and entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” – 1 Peter 2:23-25

It’s so important to remember that having spite or bitterness or anger towards someone else is truly only hurting yourself and wasting your own time.

You’ll never be able to control other peoples actions and when someone wrongs you- instead of trying to get even with them or give them “what they deserve” – ignore them. Move on with your life and leave them behind. It’s easy to look at someone else’s life and think “Why are they getting so much good in their life when they have wronged me or wronged someone else?” But that’s not up to you- God has a plan and karma doesn’t have an expiration date.

You are not responsible FOR other people: FOR their actions, comments, or behavior.

You are responsible TO other people: To treat them kindly and with respect.

Move on, take the high road and start a new chapter- all it takes is turning the page.