A trip away is the ultimate freshen upper.
When you hit foreign shores you get out of your comfort zone.
The streets smell different, the sun hits your back at a new angle and there are fresh accents in the air.
From having a range of restaurants to choose from (as opposed to cooking at home) or working by the resort pool (instead of the kitchen table), this all repesents a break from routine, and when it's a working break like my annual Vegas vacay, theres a whole lot of new stuff to learn and absorb.
There's always many takeaways from a beautifully orchestrated event like a global training conference, and here are mine for this year.
This has to be an ongoing theme in 2016. It's coming at me from different angles and the challenge is to start implementing these ideas on how to up my game in a number of different areas.
One thing I know, if you stay comfortable, your rate of learning goes into decline. So time to get uncomfortable by setting up a few more projects - at least when I have that "out of my safe zone" feeling, I know I'm in the right place.
Pay it forward
Playing bigger means thinking beyond the individual self. Helping your community, whether doing a reading group or a clean up or uniting people for a good cause. Caring for someone going through a tough time. And of course doing somethingfor people outside of your community too.
In that light we will continue to fundraise for the Arbonne Charitable Foundation - we have already helped over 90,000 teens rebuild their self esteem and realize their self worth. And if you have a teen project you'd like support and funding with, we'd like to assist you with that. Find out details here.
For Chris and I, we also have some important projects with the mob from Veterans off the Streets Australia - Chris is an inaugural ambassador - starting with donating 10% of all profits from his new novella RANGER, which covers the real and growing issue of homelessness from returned vets.
There are more than 3,000 guys and gals coming back from war in Iraq and Afghanistan, suffering from PTSD and mental health issues, becoming estranged from their families and disappearing off the grid. These people need our support and our love.
Don't hold back
There's a quote that I have loved for years, since we started Chris's self-publishing journey back in 2010 - "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?"
There's no point in letting the music in you be muffled by the fear of what others might think of your tune.
Here's to a few months ahead working on embracing our true selves, doing our best, getting to that next elusive level.
And just as a trip begins with the anticipation of the new and exciting experiences, so as we fly over Bondi Beach and Centennial Park bathed in Sydney's soft morning light, there's a quiet feeling of contentment in knowing that a big portion of my heart will be waiting at the arrivals gate for crazy kisses andcuddles.
There's never any place quite like home.
Eating: Virgin inflight muffin (clean and lean restarts tomorrow)
Reading: Dare to Dream
Watching: Batkid Begins
Spritzing: Arbonne RE9 Toner in-flight to maintain hydration and PH balance
Longing for: cuddles, and my washing machine (SRSLY)
Excited about: Arbonne's new Genius Ultra skincare device! A complete game-changer for your skin.