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My 15 identities

Cessys 15th Identities *grab your glass of wine

I am in a workshop with the awesome platform SKILLSHARE, and part of the workshop is to complete projects related to the topics we are learning with awesome marketers and influencer in their fields. The first one is identifying your True and unique style, for that, we were asked on challenge #1 to list 15 identities, If you want to know more about this class, I can give you a link with 2 months free to check it out.

below , my assignment.

For the 1st assignment I came up with about 5 of them that easily came to mind, when I got stuck, I did what everyone does, created a Facebook poll and asked my friends, so here they are all combined:

*WARNING* if you are the one that have a headache when you see typos or grammatical errors, kindly and lovingly move to the next project. I tend to make up words ūüôā¬†

1-  TIRELESS EXPLORER – of the world and my inner self.

2- FUN FLAIR EXPERT – never a dull moment

3- CONFIDENT – this was the biggest identity given in the FB poll. 

4- THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY MIND-  Resourceful 

5- GIVER – if I have I share, I know I will get double, no dummy here.

6- ENTHUSIASTIC- give me a new travel project and I am all in!

7- RADIANT – another FB voted identity- I guess always dress up, make up on and big smile make it happen.

8-OUTGOING- never fear to talk to strangers they are a source of inspiration.

9-LEADER – since 1st grade, teacher:  who wants to start…  ME ME ME !!!

10-DRIVEN -THE NEVER EVER EVER EVER GIVE UP GIRL  – like Will Smith video, “I am not afraid to die on a treadmill”

11-PASSIONISTA- I had so many passions that i should have 10 lives in many parts of the world 

12-STUBBORNIST – when you are young is great, you know because you know and  you are right and is all good, you get older and you are stubborn about where you left your glasses, or your phone, and you know because you know you left them in the table, but yet you have glasses in your head and phone in your hand. 

13-FRIENDLY -BFF is my religion I will put my friends over my husband, kidding -not, if you are my friend you start at the top BFF, then time will tell if you keep the rank, or downgrade to BF, F, I , (the I is the rank for people to Ignore)

14- PROCRASTINATOR- so, apparently there is a scientific explanation, see, I am not the more right brain or left brain gal, mine is equally R/L, so both fight all the time, and I can’t get anything done, ( excuses, excuses) I like more the: Perfectionists are usually procrastinators version. Therefore, Tara (Teacher) Can I be excused for my late Skillshare homework?) 

15-PERUVIAMERICANA- A blend of the best of both worlds, PERU & USA equally patriotic to defend and show proudly the flags.

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Why do we forget to be Grateful?

 


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#Fulfillment #gratitude

Like every human being, I have lots of challenges, disappointments, pains, and aches, This week I choose to focus on the good things that happen in between, those tiny¬† great things that don’t shine bright like a Diamond (ha!)
We merely focus on the bad, the “everything happens to me, poor me” why?¬† because we are wired to avoid pain and we create habits of nagging instead of bringing up the best of the situation.
This week, I decided to look into the cracks, and pull those little things, unnoticeable that are simple but fulfilling.
Driving my son to school
I am grateful because I get to drive my son to school every day, (when I am not traveling) and even though my body wishes to stay in bed a little longer, I get to seat with him, hear his lousy and sometimes filthy lyrics songs (he gets a “latina mom” punch every time I hear a bad word), the fact that I can see and hug my children is to be grateful, how many with the crazy word we have cannot say the same? because they lost theirs to a senseless school shooting?¬†
We overlook and take for granted.
Mea culpa, some days all I do is nagging about the undone chores,  and complain.
#family #fulfillment
Friends
this week also, I appreciate the visit of a friend, I was grateful to see that although lives have changed drastically and lived in different cities, we were able to catch up and share our mind and soul in one delicious sushi lunch, I am grateful for #Friends.
Scholarship class
Today I receive a response from an online educational site that they grant me one year of membership after my essay request. I am so happy I will be able to learn some skills for my business that are so much needed.  It was not a fortune, I am not talking about a college scholarship, but to me means a lot, I will need to be accountable on the classes I use, and the time I take to finish the courses. These are just  3 simples things happened this week,  among the many things to deal with at work and in the family, but knowing that noticing them, the gratitude filled my heart with happiness.
#thankful #alwayslearning #growht #fulfillment
We forget to be grateful because we empower the negative things in our days, we spent time discussing peoples behavior, instead of spend time in ourselves, creating habits of seeing the bright side of things.
We forget to be grateful because being grateful takes practice,  to verbalize and even write it all up, is a  habit we need to patiently create,  it might take years, to remember to be grateful, like remembering to brush your

teeth.

To create this habit I use an App called #5minutejournal, is a beautiful way to keep track of your day and the things you are thankful for.

I am now planting the seeds and making my boys practice this every Sunday, I ask them to show me the picture of the week and the 3 things they are thankful for. Believe me, they roll their eyes and try to find all excuses no avoid it, I have to stay consistent in requesting those 2 things because I truly believe this will help them in their future, even when I cannot longer be by their side.
I hope your days are filled with gratitude, and by recognizing those simple pleasures your days will be happier, brighter, like a  sunrise in a clear sky!
I  am grateful to you for reading my blog!

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Why people don’t talk about Mental Health

Yesterday I returned from a two weeks amazing education trip in South Africa, Still adjusting from Zulu Time Zone, I woke up today at 3 am,
¬†I couldn’t¬†resist to grab my laptop and started clearing some emails and making my¬†Monday ToDo list.
Then I catch up with the world news. Is easy to get down with some of the news, especially seeing the latest shooting in another North American School, and yet another tragic teenager taking the life of schoolmates. 
Seems like more people were interested in the Royal wedding than the terrible losses of lives in Santa Fe Texas.
Besides any position you might have about gun controls, the truth is that our Youth is susceptible to fall quickly into, peer pressure, bullying, depression, or uncontrollable anger.  the combination of that mental state and the easy access to drugs and guns makes it a fatal combination.
Why can’t we see Mental Health same way as Physical Health or Biological health?
How many years, How much money or How many lives need to be taken before we all realized that we are destroying ourselves by not taking action about this epidemic.
There is always hope, I admire the efforts of many people around the world seeing the way I see,  Understanding that working right on the source could save lives.
That place is: In the family
I firmly believe that the values and confidence created at home is the way to stop violence and mental health issues in the future.
I am sure this can be debatable as many professionals are telling me that some of this conditions are¬†chemical imbalances and they need to be medicated, but my heart and guts tell me differently, I believe we are created equal and in God’s image, and parents and caregivers have the moral and obligation to strengthen the values, and family¬†bonding, to create that level of confidence that a kid shall not look for guns to terminate their pain, and kids can be kids.
I believe living in F8  as explained in previous blogs is the key to a better life of fulfillment and inner peace.
I admire the work of Marty Ward, founder, and creator of creating confidence eliminates bullying 
 She has been passionate about teaching kids locally and abroad about their TAGS, (Talents, Abilities & Gifts)
And going back to the Royals, I didn’t¬†mean to undermine¬†the beautiful wedding of Prince Harry and Actress Meghan Markle, but getting to my point I also admire them for their amazing leadership, with their foundation helping awareness about Mental Health.¬†
This hour interview with the now Princes and Princesses can give you the same feelings of hope that we need. Including Sustainable Travel.
Final words, take initiative, be the inspiration, make a rule¬†to¬†make 1 act of kindness a day, seek¬†for the¬†“loners” and bring a smile today.
22 school shootings only this year have to stop, remember the “Power of One”¬† One CAN make a difference and change the world.
The thing is that people DO talk about Mental Health issues, the problem is the majority chooses not to listen or what is worse choose not to act on it.
To uplift our day here is a video of these awesome kids we encountered while visiting the Sky Car at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.  Seeing them having so much fun, made me reflect on our youth in North America and gave me hope to see
kids being kids.

Thanks for reading, looking forward to your comments;

Cessy Meacham CTIE

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The needy are not only in Africa…

¬†A few years ago, I made the decision stop feeling upset or incomplete, for not being able to make huge contributions to the charities I wanted to, for not being hands-on in the construction of habitat, or for not feeding large lines of people on Thanksgiving. I realize that we are all in this planet with a different purpose, and not all charity have to look,¬† like the selfies posted in social media of people surrounded by smiley kids in a poor community of¬† Africa, or Peru,¬† ( not that I don’t have done my share of those pics).

Knowing that “Giving” is fulfilling,¬† I realized, I didn’t have to give the same way others feel it should be done. In reality, the hardest Charity starts at home, within our family and our communities. People are¬†more likely to hide their needs, fearful to be seen weak or less than others, We tend to look into other people’s pain before we face the help needed in our life or circles.¬† In my Gap year 2015-2016 traveling the world,¬† I realized when visiting relatives, friends or meeting new people, there was a huge need, need to be heard, need to be understood, need to feel worthy and need to be loved.¬† I found then the type of charity I can do, and that was helping people,¬† listening, and doing my best to heal their broken souls.

The more people feeling emotionally complete, more chances that they can help others.

I am not denying that the entire world needs help; The Ukranian Orphans, The Syrian Refugees, Haitian kids, Burundi and other African countries, but let’s don’t¬†forget home, each of us, in each country can do our part.

Broken souls end up lost, most lost people end up in a broken family, broken families lead to people out of focus and loss of their job, losing jobs leads to homeless, homeless people suffer from hunger, and hunger, my dear friends, is what we must avoid.

Home for me is North America, and this video is a reality check of where you can start #Giving

Watch PBS video Poor kids in America

Matthew 25:35-40New International Version (NIV)

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37¬†‚ÄúThen the righteous will answer him, ‚ÄėLord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?¬†38¬†When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?¬†39¬†When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?‚Äô

40¬†‚ÄúThe King will reply, ‚ÄėTruly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.‚Äô

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The country that saved my heart; Italy ! From betrayal to Love

In 2006 I received an email invitation by the Italian Government Tourist Board, it was a hosted trip to “Emilia Romagna”,¬†I confess by that moment, I never heard of such place. ¬†I was excited to visit Italy for the first time regardless of where in Italy. ¬†Little I knew that this year and this trip would mark an unprecedented change and memory in my life.

In February of 2006, I experienced the most painful ¬†betrayal in my life, ¬†my “best friend” and partner’s greed ¬†finished with¬†everything I worked for almost a decade, A very successful company I presided ¬†for 9 years, and built with her, A company that I ¬†gave my everything, ¬†even its name that was my former DBA, ¬†fired me !!

I cried for months, how could this happen to me? we had a silent partner and they both simply kick me out of the business. I thought I could never work and love with the same passion anything else. Numb and in pain, I picked up myself from depression and continue my journey to open my own company.

I had my doubts when the time came to go the Italy trip, I had so much to do, so much to think, how could I go, this were crazy times, every email I received from them, made me shake in terror, I was threatened and they made my life miserable, reason enough to make me decide that this trip will help my emotional state.

I fell in love with Italy,  this trip lifted my hopes, my drive to continue in the Travel Industry,  and my decision to specialize and focus on trips to Italy to share with other women,  and the whole world.

Italy is one of the most visited places in the world, but most importantly is the one most people returns!

Below link is my 2006 first photos I took in my first trip to  Italy (young me), and the above link is my 2016 pictures from my last group.

Emilia Romagna Italy Photo Album

Perhaps after sharing this part of my story, you could understand why year after year my heart is full of joy and energy when I know a new trip to Italy is coming up. Italy saved my aching heart, but now I only have a heart full of gratitude.

Cessy Meacham CTIE

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Travel Agents do not need an MBA

Every day we are challenged with unimaginable sort of special requests, we deal with amazing people, and no so amazing, we deal with the travelers and the suppliers, such as Hotels, tour companies, cruises, tours, activities, rail, buses and so on,  the daily operations, brings so many circumstances, bookings, technology issues, cancellations, emergencies, and we have to make many (Executive) decisions a day, that could cost or save thousands of dollars.

Our job is never boring, ‚ÄúIs a small world‚ÄĚ becomes a mantra for us, we virtually are travelling the world every day, around the globe a couple of times a day for our customers, sometimes we can’t even remember what day is today while are bookings travel for about 315 days ahead in our calendars.

Working in this Industry for 34 years, I can say with liberty, we are underrated , for most people we are ‚Äújust a travel agent‚ÄĚ we are cursed because there is no MBA in our Industry, and yet our customers trust their highest expense of the year in their family vacations with us, the truth is we don‚Äôt need one MBA, because we daily apply our knowledge across all boards.

A travel Agent LOVES to be a travel agent, they do Work Hard and Play Hard!

In our daily labor of Love; We seat and listen to our clients, sometimes unrelated stories to the trips they are planning, but we patiently listen and learn how to help them, (Psychologies), sometimes we call different sides of the family to clarify issues (Mediators), many times we call and arrange surprises for their loved ones, (confidants and allies), we make restaurant reservations, request non-allergenic pillows at arrival, report special needs or allergies (Concierges).

We call between 4-7 places to verify they are paying the best value for their purchase (Financial Administrators), We organize the logistics of their business events, group size, venue, meals, communications and activities (Project Managers) We track their schedules, remind them of payments due, organize final documents (Office assistant), we are checking their flights to be on time before departing following ¬†them while traveling, monitoring their next days of travel, (Quality control managers), and then we enjoy their photos, and their ‚Äúlook at me having fun‚ÄĚ posts on social media, and if we are so lucky we get to ‚Äúlike‚ÄĚ their pictures because with some of them, we have the honor to call them (Friends) and this part of our job is the fuel that keeps us going.

Some people think we are extinct species, we just sip our wines in a different city every month and relax!

Happy Travel Agent day to all my colleagues around the World!!

Always grateful;

Cessy F Meacham

A Vanguard Travel Entrepreneur

‚ÄúLife is about growing, making a difference and collecting moments of happiness‚ÄĚ

 

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Hablo tu Idioma

The ultimate Act

Will you agree that pursuing happiness , and feeling Happy is a universal desired goal ?img_0682
I believe all of us experience the feeling and we ARE happy from time to time, some of us more than others.

In my opinion, happiness, in 90 % of the cases, is a Choice.
What if we say that being truly Thankful increases your chances to be Happier, 100% of the time and that each time the receiver of your acts of thankfulness feels empowered to do the same for others? Would you agree that this act could become the endless source of Happiness? So, what is this relationship between Happiness and Thankfulness?
A few years ago, I read about the daily 5-3-1 rule of happiness: 5 minutes of meditation, (or spiritual time), Write 3 things you are thankful and 1 act of kindness.
I took the challenge and truthfully, at first I had to force myself. Many days I stared at my page with a completely blank mind, especially with the 1 Act of kindness. On the contrary of feeling happy, it made me sad. Shouldn’t this task be the easy part? Regardless, I continued the task and started using a mobile App called “Five minute Journal” that reminded me, daily, to write down the 3 thankful things a day. After a while, I realized that I tend to overlook ¬†my acts of kindness, and only when I was forced to write those acts down and mentally “replay” my day, I found the acts of kindness I could write in the journal. But most importantly, I could experience that there is a relationship between being thankful and being happy.

My moments of Happiness have multiplied and “more is good”!

Happy (really) Be Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Cessy Meacham CTIEIMG_7578

Anytime Travel Solutions

Creator of F8Journeys

Travel Enhancing values of

Family, Faith, Friends, Fitness

Fund/GiveBack, Food, Fun, Fulfillment

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Travel: The Second best human activity

Travel; The Second best human activity

viaggiare-giada's carViaggiare: la seconda migliore attivita umana

I don’t know when it started, but there is a bug in me, that at least every 30-40 days (sometimes less) is itching so bad, that must be taken care.

The symptoms run from being sad, irritable, hyper to total madness, I NEED to have somewhere to go in a close forecast, is needed to keep balance in my life. My family knows,

“Let me travel and no one gets hurt “

So at this moment I am actually doing the second best and favorite human activity

I am writing this blog, probably 36,000 feet up in the sky, as I sip some wine, img_6583somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, between Paris and Atlanta GA, luckily comfortable seated, with lots of space to rest my legs and laptop thinking how did I get so blessed?I stole the title of this blog from the bumper car of Giada Gottardi, and got to know her company Podium Travel better, this is one of the many clever and fun phrases that¬† Franco Garattoni comes up with, to promote Travel, they are making a big difference in the Travel Industry, they are so ‚Äúvanguard‚ÄĚ that even the way I connected with them was out of the ordinary and simply outstanding. 2 lovely ladies Giada and Alda Valentini, showing up in my ‚Äúpueblo‚ÄĚ Downtown Melbourne Florida to visit my travel agency, many people don‚Äôt even know there is another Melbourne and is not in Australia, They heard from us , through a local colleague that¬† told them , they should visit me. Glad they did. It was a ¬†delightful visit, they came from the 2nd smallest country in the world, San Marino! (after the Vatican ) and they specialize in groups throughout Europe.

Who would say few weeks later, and less than 24 hours ago I would be in Rimini and San Marino enjoying a delicious authentic Italian handmade pasta for dinner ; Tagliatelli Bolognese , some fish , grilled vegetables, other dishes and of course Wine, with the great company of the Podium international team of agents, you know that friends take  you to the right place ,when you can see the kitchen, see  3 generations working in the restaurant, img_6567 img_6564when people has to wait to get seated, and the place is so loud , you have to shout to talk , delightful~ I am so impressed with them, I met the management and the team agents mentored from around the world, I visit their impressive booth in the most important travel trade and Expo show  of Italy and perhaps of Europe called  TTG Incontri, I also visit their everyone’s dream offices, a contemporary office place, where free expression of talents is key, they have a Gym , Daycare, Kitchen and all,

i need one seat like this,
i need one seat like this!

I am so impressed with them, I met the management and the team agents mentored from around the world, I visited their impressive booth in the most important travel trade and Expo show¬† of Italy and perhaps of Europe called¬† TTG Incontri, I also visit their Offices; everyone’s dream offices! ¬†a contemporary office place, where free expression of talents is key, they have a Gym , Daycare, Kitchen and all, a foosball¬†table ¬†in the center, playing and wellbeing time seems as ¬†important as the hours they work, I won‚Äôt bored you with all their awards and advance technology providing travel services, or the over 150 team agents from around the world speaking ¬†about 50 languages, I want to share with you , my enthusiasm to work with peers that understand that¬† ‚ÄúGive back ‚Äú¬† is the way , that we are liaisons of all countries, ¬†and we have a mission , to educate and help others to Travel, You can have an amazing vacations and at the same time you can ¬†make a difference.

Podium Tour Operators, believes in their people, they mentor and support them, they are the first ones to run and organize fundraisers, amatrice-jpgfor their local fellows, like the cookout and funds collection they run to help a restaurant owner in Amatrice Italy, who lost everything, last august in the devastating earthquake, his restaurant was housed in one of the oldest buildings in Amatrice, he belonged to a noble family. Today is all gone.

These colleagues are the people I am drawn in to work with, and these colleagues with the biggest hearts, are the ones that will make time to help others, these are the ones I choose to do business  with They are behind every amazing travel experience I have the honor to prepare for you. I must share this because to me is important to spread the word when things are done simply just right!img_6388 podium-team-jpg

I believe Travel can change lives, and can shorter the distance between countries, Travel is the second best and favorite human activity as of what is the first one?  Of course is …

( you fill the blank)

Your kind comments are welcome!

 

 

 

Cessy Meacham CTIEIMG_7578

Anytime Travel Solutions

Creator of F8Journeys

Travel Enhancing values of

Family, Faith, Friends, Fitness

Fund/GiveBack, Food, Fun, Fulfillment

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Travel Giving Back , the icing on the cake

Allow¬†me ¬†to share one of the most fulfilling training¬†I have done lately, Trained on how to make a difference in the world, supporting clients through good giving and volunteering…

#F8Journeys #Fulfilling #FundGiveBack
#F8Journeys #Fulfilling #FundGiveBack

How exciting is to travel !!!!  the dream of being somewhere far away; seeing, tasting and feeling other landscapes and people or simply taking as out of routine, out of the stress that seems to follow us , the dream then turns into a defined idea, then becomes a project , the project has now a destination and a date.

The Journey begins!!! ¬†Can you imagine it ? ¬†Where would you be ? with who? ¬†are you on a Beach? Did you climb the Everest ? are you¬†chilling with wine in¬†a rooftop? Are you in a Park? ¬†In the river? in a Safari? In the Jungle? in the Mountains ? Imagine that place again, and look around , Do you see people ? ¬†How¬†do they look ? Look at them closely , follow them, that people call your destination: Home!!! ¬†Wouldn’t be nice to do something nice for your hosts? Hosts that see hundreds, perhaps thousands of visitors coming ¬†in and out and most of them make them feel invisible? ¬†That little something you can do for them ,¬† turns into the highlight of their day , perhaps their life! Getting involved in Sustainable Travel, and Volun-tourism does not take away the essence of your vacation visiting the dream places on your bucket list , ¬†on the contrary, those journeys enhance your visit, expand your horizon, let you embrace nature and other cultures, and I¬†am certain ; It can change¬†lives.
Let your next trip be “the one” with the icing on the cake.

Cessy Meacham CTIE

Creator of hundreds of Lifetime Travel Experiences

In the quest to make a difference, one trip at a time
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cessy@anytimetravelsolutions.com  321-7794285