Monthly Archives: December 2014

Living Well and Traveling the World

Traveling can be one of life’s greatest challenges. Everyone wants to visit other lands in foreign countries and they want to explore parts of the world they’ve only ever dreamed of visiting. They might even have the money to do this – but what they lack is the actual planning and execution.

Planning a Vacation to Ireland

Irish CastlesWe always talked about visiting Ireland and Scotland because that’s where we both have roots. Not really family that we can speak of but bloodlines that go back several hundred years. The culture in those countries has not been dominated by outside influences like so many of us are used to in the West. The people who populate those countries are the original inhabitants going back as far as history allows us to look. So there is an heir of timelessness that we are anticipating will hit once we get there. It’s easy to look at buildings in cities in the US like Boston or DC that have historic monuments going back a few hundred years, but what about castles that are 1000 years old or older? This is what caused us to want to go to Ireland. And since we were there, we wanted to go to Scotland as well. And not to just arrive and do whatever we felt like doing for the day, we decided we wanted to include tours of the monuments and beautiful mountains. We didn’t want to do the driving or be put into a bus with a ton of other tourists so we decided to get help in planning our tour in luxury. Here’s what we did and how we got ready for our Ireland Castle Vacation.

  • Put the dates on the calendar
  • Contacted the airlines
  • Researched travel agencies who offered travel in luxury
  • Got our passports
  • Purchased necessary travel gear
  • Requested the time off from work
  • Purchased the airline tickets after confirming dates with the travel agency
  • Started researching the land, watching youtube videos and movies that focused on Ireland and Scotland
  • Got ourselves excited about the trip
  • Planned for the kids to stay at grandmas during our vacation

These are the things that helped us to actually go to Ireland to see the castles and view all the local scenes with a chauffeured tour of both Ireland and Scotland. We got to see everything we dreamed of, we visited monuments, went golfing, fishing and enjoyed some wonderful nightlife while in Dublin and met some amazing people who we’re connected with on Facebook now. It was a great memory for us and recharged our marriage and relationship.

If you are interested in visiting another country, which I’m sure you are, then get on the ball and put it on the calendar. That’s the first step then the rest will follow!

Keeping your Reputation Healthy in a Digital World

It can be super challenging to get your reputation fixed after something bad has happened that makes it to an online presence. Your online reputation these days is as important or more important than your resume. Why? Because each time you drop a resume to someone, you are actually going to be “Googled” by your prospective employer.

Did you know that the number one searched for category online is people’s names? That’s a fact that will hurt you or harm you. There are a few people you could hire to repair your reputation, like a marketing agency that can help you build several profiles around your name that are owned and operated by you – but are actually pages on social network sites that rank well in search engines.

Consider that there are 10 results on a search engine results page that could all return results around your name. What if there was one that had perhaps your “mug shot” of when you were arrested years back? That’s probably not something you would want people to see when they searched for your name. You could actually start grabbing some of the required social media platforms that can be built out around your name like facebook, twitter, linkedin, pinterest, youtube and several others that tend to rank very high for the people-search market.

Managing your reputation can seem hard, but it’s worth it

Keeping a good reputation online is actually not that hard. If you’re a business owner who has some negative reviews out there, true – you cannot get those to disappear but you can bury them. You could get several more positive reviews on the review site or you could get other pages built out around your branding or business that would eventually outrank the pages that had negative reviews. Yelp is not the “end-all” to review sites – grab your Google Plus business page and a few others like and you can be on the way to being in total control of your reputation online.

We hope this has helped you in your decision to get on the ball and take control of your online life!