Author: Nicole

Oahu, a Hawaiian Paradise!

Beautiful island beaches, majestic mountains, sunny days, outdoor activities…pineapple! Honolulu is a Hawaiian island meant to offer you a trip of a lifetime! Keep reading to learn more!

Charming Seville, Spain!

Mouthwatering tapas, authentic paellas, delicious sangria and the majestic view of the largest Gothic Cathedral. You will want to visit Sevilla, Espana!

July Goals: Catch Up Month..Yikes.

So here is the thing about goals…LIFE HAPPENS and more often than not we need to learn how to be gentle with ourselves so we are motivated to pick up where we left and move forward.  With that said, I’m going to need to revisit my June goals and evaluate what still needs to be done…that’s why this is my catch up month ;).  Below are the goals that I posted last month.  I am really committed to do better in July…let’s do it! Career: Read “How Women Rise” by Sally Helgesen & Marshal Goldsmith. I really want to read this book in July so let’s keep this one. Network with at least 3 people at my job that can guide me in professional advancement interests.  Done! Inspire and engage my team by generating weekly material regarding development.  Done!  I will continue to do this but no need to document here anymore. Health & Fitness: Log at least 45 miles.  That would be an improvement when compared to May (39 miles) Yoga once a week …

Let’s go to Portugal!

Widely known for it’s beaches and wine (especially Port!), Portugal is also a country rich in history, and beautiful landscapes. Keep reading to learn more!

My First Green Juice!

So I decided to give it a try.  While I never doubted all the health benefits associated with juicing such as an increase in energy levels, weight loss and building immunity, I had still to make one.  For some odd reason I thought I had to be a well known and proclaimed celebrity juicer with a secret recipe and sophisticated blender.  Now that I look back, I realize that I was just making excuses for myself so if you are in a similar boat, I am going to make it really simple for you.  Here we go: Ingredients: 8 ounces of water (you can substitute with almond milk for a creamier version), kale, cucumber, spinach, green apple lemon, and ginger (ginger paste will also work).  Feel free to use the amounts of each ingredient that works best for your tastebuds as long as you are properly balancing them all. Mix it all in a blender: No need for a super duper blender. This affordable Black and Decker one will work just fine.  I bought mine …

It’s Fiji Time!

What time is it? It’s Fiji time!  That’s the most serious answer I could get when visiting the enchanting archipelago!  After a few days, you really no longer care what time it is ;). Fiji consists of an archipelago of over 330 islands.  From those 110 are permanently inhabited. They rely mainly on revenue from the tourism industry and sugar exports.  And yes, Fiji bottle water is from Fiji! Getting there and cost: In my previous post “Beautiful Sydney, Australia” I revealed one of my most precious discoveries…I purchased my trip through Groupon under the getaway section.  I live in sunny Arizona, and the deal departed from Los Angeles.  A day day trip to Sydney and Fiji cost me $1999.00 and it included roundtrip airfare, all hotel accommodations (pretty decent ones) and transfers to hotels from the airport.  The airfare alone would have cost me $2000.00 if I would have tried to do it on my own so I was pretty happy with the package. Nadi International Airport is their main entry point and is …

Beautiful Sydney, Australia

Is visiting Sydney part of your bucket list? Well, it was sure part of mine and I couldn’t be happier with the experience.  Traveling to Australia was a dream come true.  While I knew that I was going to have a lovely time, the city exceeded my expectations by far.  Personally, I traveled from Phoenix, Arizona and although it was a long flight to get there, I will do it again in a heart beat!  It is definitely a place that I want to go back to!  Here is a summary of my amazing trip. Getting to Sydney and cost: I found what I thought was a great deal in Groupon!  Yes, I said Groupon.  A 10 day trip to Sydney and Fiji cost me $1999.00 and included round trip airfare from Los Angeles, CA, all hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, and transportation to and from the airport to the hotels.  Click here to be directed to the Getaway section of Groupon and search for your all inclusive trip.  The hotel locations were in a very …

Embracing Change Through the Power of Optimism

Have you ever met a pessimist that is open to new ideas?  I haven’t.  That’s what led me to reflect on the impact of optimism in the workplace this week.  When I say optimism, I am not talking about “wishful thinking” but a personal choice to focus on the best possible outcome even after acknowledging the not so good. I a am a leader for a  company ranked in the Top 50 of the Fortune Magazine and as you can imagine, change is the norm! When “change is the only constant in life” is probably best that we learn how to embrace it and what better way than cultivating an optimistic outlook. According to Inc Magazine, many of the issues business leaders struggle with, including personal – professional balance, get easier when we approach them with optimism.  Personally, I believe it so I am extending the right to each one of you to call me out on it if I ever sound like a Debbie Downer! Click here for the link to the Forbes article …

I got a puppy!

It is official!  I am the proud owner of an 8 week tiny Boston Terrier!  I am beyond excited and loving every minute of it, even those precious minutes that add up to hours in the middle of the night.  Yes…she whines non stop and wants tons of attention but I am here to give it 🙂 For many years I considered getting a dog.  I’ve had two beautiful kitties for over 12 years and I always thought that getting one would interfere with my work (I travel a lot) and limit my flexibility but I finally realized that I kept on making excuses for myself.  Yes, she comes with work, but she also comes with love, kisses, joy, laughs, and sweetness.  Her name is Boston and so far the kitties are ignoring her.  I hear that they will adjust to each other just fine since the puppy was introduced to them at a really young age. Now I keep on wondering why did I wait so long to get a puppy?!  She brings so much …

June Sensational Goals

I am really excited to start my first official blog by documenting my goals for the month of June.  There is something to be said about reflecting in advance what I would like to see accomplished in the next 30 days.  Personally, it brings me joy!  The act of proactively taking  control over my life makes me feel empowered and in charge of my destiny.  I am proud of the woman that I have become and I am determined to have a say on the woman that I will become tomorrow.  Here we go! Career: Read “How Women Rise” by Sally Helgesen & Marshal Goldsmith Network with at least 3 people at my job that can guide me in professional advancement interests Inspire and engage my team by generating weekly material regarding development Health & Fitness: Log at least 45 miles.  That would be an improvement when compared to May (39 miles) Yoga once a week Daily calorie count in the sprit of being self aware Try three new healthy recipes Finance: Clean up MINT …