I had the amazing opportunity to visit Cuba, Havana and enjoy the food, culture, people, music, beach, art, history and more. I love Cuba. To visit family and friends was amazing. I even had the great opportunity to reflect, work on the first book I am writing, and do some S.M.A.R.T. goal setting exercises for strategizing and tackling 2018.
Take a view of some of the photos and let me know your thoughts on traveling to Cuba or if you have been, what your experience was like.
I was completely safe 100% of the time. I typically fit in most places I travel to and my Spanish was pretty good. I enjoyed going to the markets and bakeries eating fresh food that is not so easily accessible for a lot of Americans all over the nation. Like going to organic markets in certain areas when they should be everywhere, especially areas with food deserts. The food tasted more fresh… as if picked straight from the garden and farms without genetically modified organisms, pesticides, and other chemicals. I didn’t eat the famous cuban sandwiches because I don’t eat ham but enjoyed watching everyone’s day-to-day routines which included at least one cubano ham and cheese sandwich (bocadillo de jamon serrano y queso). Even the meat tasted more fresh. I ate chicken but mostly seafood (various assortments of fresh fish, lobster, shrimp). I am 80% pescatarian really. I love to eat clean/fresh without the negative hormones released while meat is killed.
I enjoyed sharing photos with my sisters and other family and friends. Let us always count our blessings, some people have never traveled outside of their city or state and over the age of 30. Some people are unable to travel due to illnesses. Some men would rather travel when their children’s mother pays for it. I actually met a man like this. Sad. Anyways… this post is not about sad things. It is about traveling and living your life on purpose. So be well… travel more and enjoy!
I live life by the principles to reduce as much stress as possible. A positive vibes only kind of lifestyle that incorporates physical, mental, and spiritual bliss. We all have stress and all stress is not bad stress. Some stress helps us grow and move mountains. Some stress truly gives us the necessary tools we need, like those ethical decision-making skills we need in life.
How do you incorporate a reduced stress living environment? For me… I like to start with self. What am I tolerating around me that I need to stop? Could it be people, job (not career), some family members (we all have at least one), or simply daily habits that we would like to stop because they add stress to our lives (like bad eating habits)? It could be all of the above. You need some sun and some relaxation. There are studies that show people who have access to sun are more happier people. Ask me about the studies so that I can share them with you.
Try traveling more often. I love traveling. The ultimate stress reduction tip for me is traveling, that could be a number one for most, but not for all because we are all different but I would recommend it for all. Travel more often! Take that trip that you think you are unable to afford. There are countless ways to have a great trip and not break the bank with all the savings that are out there today. Living Social has some great trip getaways for a low costs as well as other sites out there. Travel with groups. Groups discounts can help everyone save. Stop putting it off. Put it in your calendar and book it now so you can stop making excuses.
Every year I plan at least one international trip and three domestic trips. I went on a seven night cruise along the Western Mediterranean after spending a little time in Barcelona and was able to visit Marseille, Monte Carlo, Pisa, Rome, Sorrento, Pompeii, Capri, and more. The years prior I had a fabulous time in Toronto, Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and always enjoy a visit to Puerto Rico and St. Croix. I am looking forward to some great trips lined up for this year.
In the end of the day, you work hard and deserve a break. You have to take it for yourself to reduce stress in your life. Come back refreshed and reenergized ready to conquer all of life’s obstacles and then we can work on those bad habits and other stress areas in your life.