Mon 3 Mar 2014
Sat 27 Oct 2012
Ladies, mothers & daughters, and couples…ever wanted to cruise? Your time is NOW!!
Join me and Debbie Honore, CEO of Houston’s own fabulous Shoe Fetage’, on a 5 day cruise visiting Progresso and Cozumel, Mexico. Leaving Galveston, Texas, we cruise the Caribbean April 13 -18, 2013. Taking deposits now and payment plans are available.
Check out the video for all the fun details! Or, contact my personal Travel Concierge, Thelma Williams at 832.244.8054 or TLW77489@aol.com.
Let’s go!! Where will your dreams take you?
Sun 21 Oct 2012
Tue 3 Jul 2012
Well over 30 countries ago, I took a step of faith to travel the world and live life to the fullest. To date, the adventure has slowed down a bit but it has not stopped! I found a great deal this spring which took me on a 5 day cruise out of Galveston to Progresso (Merida) and Cozumel, Mexico…plus a few relaxing days at sea. All for $282!!
The ship was nice, the food was great, and it was the perfect getaway to celebrate my Mom’s birthday. In addition, this trip was just what I needed to rewire, revamp, and just reconnect after spending my time writing, researching, and searching for my next career opportunity. Coupled with a short jaunt to Phoenix a few weeks ago, summer is off to a great start!
What about you? This is the perfect time to GETAWAY!! Any summer travel plans yet?
One thing that resonates within me is that it is ok to…Do something different, Go some place new, Put on a new perspective, or just Change your daily routine. It is all about the experience…just Go! Where will your dreams take you?
“Do something today that your future self will thank you for” – Joel Osteen
Thu 22 Mar 2012
The Passport Party Project stopped in Austin on March 3, 2012. With sponsorship from Expedia, the goal of the project is to gift 100 girls from age 11 – 15 with their very first passports by April 2013. The project will stop in various cities, bringing together 10 girls for a day of travel related activities, fun, and getting their passport applications ready for submission. So when the project founder Tracey Friley invited me to volunteer, I knew I had to be there for the party!
Driving from Houston to the Miracle Foundation in Austin, my mom and I hit the ground running. Having only connected with Friley by social media, it was a pleasure to meet her in person. After catching up, I immediately extended an offer to help get things together for the day. Shortly thereafter, the girls started to arrive.
The girls were soo excited!! They began the day perusing magazines for pictures that represented places they wanted to go and things they wanted to do. Placing the pictures on a luggage shaped cardboard cutout, the girls had made their very own vision boards. While creating their vision boards, Friley and the volunteers, Shelly Seale, Julie George, Iris Petitt, Melissa Sustaita, and myself, had the opportunity to share travel stories and adventures.
The day continued as the girls had a blast playing dress up with travel attire from around the world. It was amazing to see the joy and happiness on their faces as the costumes actually brought out their excitement to travel even more! After a nice lunch, the girls each had their chance in the photo booth to take their passport photos. Several girls even won prizes such as an HD flip camera from Friley, a travel-themed children’s book from Hartlyn Kids, and a custom made map necklace from Paper and Place!”
As the day came to a close, it was evident that the party was a huge success! The smiles on the faces of the girls were such an inspiration. It has been said that nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something. With that said, Friley has definitely done something!
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine
Mon 16 Jan 2012
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Inspiration: Where will your dreams take you?
Be blessed beyond measure!
Mon 5 Dec 2011
After many jaunts to and around the Mediterranean, Croatia has been on my LifeList for a long time. Proclaimed to be one of the newest jet set hot spots, Croatia did not disappoint. Nestled on the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik was a welcomed treat as the last stop aboard the European cruise ship.
Wandering through the medieval alleys of the Old City, there is a certain old world charm and elegance that surrounds you. The walled city rides the coast giving way to beautiful landscapes and a sea of tiled red roofs.
Taking a taxi up the steep one-laned street up to the fortress, we were pleasantly surprised at the beautiful panoramic overlooking the Old Harbor. Apparently, one of the oldest European pharmacies is still in operation in Dubrovnik. I never did find it. But, I did find shopping, bell towers, beautiful churches, historic landmarks, and impressive architectural highlights at every twist and turn. Croatia is a jewel to be discovered…and I will definitely be back!!
Inspiration: Travel is at its most rewarding when it ceases to be about
your reaching a destination and becomes indistinguishable from living your
life. Paul Theroux
Where will your dreams take you?
Sun 25 Sep 2011
Just reminiscing about my journey to Israel, Turkey, Greece, and Egypt. I am itching for another trip!! Let me know where will your dreams take you?
Inspiration – “The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.”
Tue 13 Sep 2011
I am so excited to share that I am in the October issue of ESSENCE magazine with Michelle Obama on the cover!! It is such an honor to be featured in the article “The 10 Principles of Power.” With a mention on page 18, the interview lists me 4th on page 137 under the caption regarding Power Players “Chart Their Own Course.” WOW!! I am still in awe. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Inspiration: “Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.”
Be Blessed Beyond Measure!
Fri 9 Sep 2011
Could it be? Me…in Israel? While walking the halls of my college campus many years ago, I came across a flyer on the bulletin board – Israel!! Wow!! It sure would be nice to go there. As an enthusiast of comparative religions and myself a Christian, I got excited at the mere thought. But who was I kidding. I was already working full-time, going to school at night, and the deposit deadline was drawing near. How could I afford it? So the idea flew out my mind just as quickly as it entered.
Later that night, just talking about the day’s events with my brother, Kevin, I just casually mentioned that the school was sponsoring a trip to Israel that sounded interesting. He just said out the blue, “Why don’t you ask me for the money?” That thought never even occurred to me. I was surprised, shocked, and elated at the same time. Could he really be offering to give me some money for a trip?? So, I asked. He then responded “Sure, I’ll go to the ATM and get it for you.” It was that easy.
After securing the “gift” from my brother, the next step was to contact the trip sponsor to reserve my spot. To my surprise, she stated that there was some scholarship money available. I quickly responded, “Where do I apply and what do I have to do?” She then said, get your passport!!!
At this point, I was still unsure about how I was going to pay for the whole trip. But with faith and perseverance, I continued on. I took my passport photos, completed my passport application, and turned in my essay in hopes of getting a scholarship. Then, the waiting began.
After a couple of weeks, I checked the mail. My passport had arrived!! Woo Hoo!! I quietly prayed in my heart “if the scholarship notification is in this bunch of mail, I know it is God telling me that this trip is for me and He heard my prayer.” As quickly as I pondered that in my heart, I quickly forgot about it. It was just a farfetched thought. Junk mail, pizza coupons, sale papers…hmmm, that is until I reached the last letter – the award letter. I got the scholarship!!!
That was over 14 years ago. Little did I know at the time, that my passport would open up the opportunity for me to fall in love with traveling and experience the beauty of God’s creation first hand. In fact, it has opened the door for me to visit and explore well over 30 countries and 140 destinations. Many of which I have experienced in the last 2 years on a sabbatical. Yes, my love affair with travel led me to quit my corporate job to see the world and learn new activities.
I have climbed the Great Wall in China, narrowly escaped the earthquake in Japan, watched beautiful sunsets over the Grand Cayman islands, snorkeled near the Twin Peaks in St. Lucia, been surprised with flowers from an admirer in Italy, cruised the Alaska’s Inside Passage to beautiful British Colombia. I have also traveled to Egypt, Israel, Honduras, Austria, Greece, Colombia, Nicaragua, Germany, Panama, France, Switzerland, and many other amazing destinations. All because I took a step of faith, got my passport, and stepped out.
Travel has been a glorious adventure and experience that has shaped my well-being and inspired me to be a participant in life, not just a spectator. Thinking about the thrill of getting my first passport reminded me about the Passport Party Project. The Passport Party Project will gift 100 girls with their first passport within the next 18 months. Just think what a passport will do for these young ladies. A greater world view, an opportunity to marvel at cultures, and the chance to see amazing landscapes – the possibilities are endless.
By the way, I’ve visited Israel twice so far! Where will your dreams take you?
Inspiration: The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine