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Friday, June 15, 2012

Staycations vs. mini vacations

One of the best things about finding yourself alone at home during a weekend is the fact that you can do whatever you want to do. Of course there is always housework to finish or bills to pay, but sometimes we just have to chill out and take a vacation at home. That thought is where the cleverly coined word “staycation” comes in.

(Did you know the term staycation was added to the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary in 2009? Yup, that’s according to

I’ve taken advantage of staycations on quite a few occasions – long before it became a popular thing to do. But I didn’t know that sometimes when families indulge in a staycation they may visit attractions in their city or take advantage of local activities they hadn’t done before. That’s great if you want to do something a little different and take a break from everyday life. What may not be so great is the work that mom has to put in by preparing the meals, doing the chores and keeping the house in order. Face it, there isn’t going to be a maid coming in at the end of the trip to return everything to tip-top shape.

That’s why, when I feel like, I take mini vacations. Luckily, I have friends (and even a couple of relatives) all within a two-hour drive. Although I still have to clean up after myself it isn’t as much work as if I was at home. I get to enjoy the company of someone I care about as well as get a change of scenery, which is always good for the soul and spirit.

Now if I could just get all of my friends and family to move two to three hours away from me surrounding my location in a perimeter formation then I’d have tons of other mini vacation choices. Think they’ll go for that?

Another choice for mini vacations is visit a neighboring state, stay in a hotel and explore a city, or cities, of your choice. There are all sorts of things to do with little or no money, it’s just a matter of being creative.

What’s the last getaway you had? A mental relaxation and lazy staycation? A nearby mini vacation? Or a fabulous getaway and an awesome vacation?


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Atlanta-area handyman; ready for the job

You know when you have a friend who is really good at something and you try not to bug them to do this and that for you? For instance, I have a friend who is a photographer and I need some headshots done of myself and some other photos of the children. I have another friend who does security and  investigative work, and I’ve used him to … uh… research for me. Then there is my handyman friend. Now when you have someone with a plethora of skills it’s hard not to bug them to do things for you.

I can think of a list of stuff I need, but I refrain because I don’t want to wear on his nerves. And because he’s trying to make some money and I’m trying to get a deal. Hey, at least I’m honest. Since he’s looking for some new clients I decided to tell you – my readers – about him. Those of us who make our own dollars, and don’t work at a full-time gig, know that oftentimes the best business comes from word-of-mouth referrals.

If you need someone to tackle your electrical, plumbing, drywall, carpentry, painting, heating and air, and flooring needs in Atlanta and surrounding areas then give him a call at 706-714-3195. Tell Rick, who offers competitive pricing, I sent you and maybe he’ll cut  me a deal. ;-)


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Make your relationship stronger through coaching

Surprisingly there are many people who don’t believe in incorporating the services of a counselor into their lives to assist with problems they may be having or to help them move forward in their careers, relationships, finances, etc. When I talk to those people I often recommend they consider personal coaching because I have only had good experiences with coaches.

R.A. Leslie, a New-York based life coach and author of “Chasing Rainbows,” offers relationship coaching on a one-to-one basis either in person or over the phone. Leslie works with all sorts of clients helping them to recognize their goals, learn more about themselves and move forward in their lives.

Sometimes things seem hopeless or stuck and it helps to get a professional outside opinion. For instance, what if you’re in a relationship and you have anxiety when you need to approach your partner to discuss something important? You have the entire conversation in your head and work yourself into a frenzy before the conversation even occurs. Let me tell you something: That’s what used to happen to me in a previous relationship. I was so concerned with what his reaction would be or how the conversation would go because of past experiences with him that I wasn’t living in the moment and approaching the situation in the best way possible.

To some it may be easy to read a book or watch a show on television about that kind of thing then walk away with everything a-okay, but for the other set of us coaching can present limitless opportunities to learn more about yourself, getting out of your way and building not only a healthy relationship but a healthy life.

Give it a try or recommend it to someone you care about. Anyone can participate in coaching by either calling R.A. Leslie for phone coaching at 862-253-3149 or meet for one-on-one sessions for relationship coaching New York.

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