We are on the last few hours of 2016 How was this year for you? Full of adventures, anecdotes, success and challenges I am sure. I called 2016, my “daring” year, as I read somewhere: “Life is either A Daring Adventure or nothing!!” We started the year 2016 in PERU in the middle of our amazing adventure traveling together as a family of 4, without an exact route, knowing that our energy, faith, and determination will take us far and safe. We accomplished many things, especially providing our two boys 18 and 12 years old at the time, the basics of seeing the world as one, to understand and respect different cultures, to make decisions, live on a budget and practice patience and tolerance.
Along this Journey, that I call F8 Journey, I visited a lot of friends and relatives, and make a lot of new friends as well. One of the big problems while working on your business is to never “have” enough time for friends or family even just to talk, I could do that freely in my F8Journey, to “make” time for conversations, meaningful ones, and just listen.
This year as I take a GAP from the many hours at work, I Made time to see many important family and friends in my Life. Although I have seen friends that seemed happy and to have it all together, in contrast, I came to the realization that a lot more people’s hearts were aching, a lot more that I could imagine, a whole lot fighting depression and being medicated, some fighting addictions, some lonely, some struggling to provide for their families , It was a lot to absorbed, I realized that philanthropy needs to start at home, giving ourselves and our time, reaching to close family and friends and having real conversations, I realized how much one person and one kind word or gesture could do ,if we could just try harder to ask and listen more, I have a lot to improve myself. As the year ends, I reflect on all the miles travelled, all the beautiful places we were blessed to see, all the awesome food tasted, the new friends we made, and I can visualize the smiley faces of all the family and friends we visited in 43 cities around our journey, along this journey I had my husband and my boys, watching how I made a priority to visit family and friends and have those conversations. My hopes are that they grow up to make PEOPLE a priority, to be kind, to seize the moment and to always, always have F8* I want to wish you a beautiful celebration receiving the new year and a record-breaking year of laughs and happy memories.
*F8 is my Journey and my Lifestyle, the key to happiness is
being mindful of these 8 life elements: Family-Faith-Friends-Fitness/Health-Fund/GiveBack-Food-Fun-Fulfillment
Travel enhancing F8 in your life!
Cessy F Meacham
A Vanguard Travel Entrepreneur
Senior Contributor Tripadvisor
“Life is about growing,making a difference and collecting moments of happiness”
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