How the Spirit of the Hawaiians Brought Me to Tears

How the Spirit of the Hawaiians Brought Me to Tears

From my very first trip to Hawaii over two decades ago, I felt Hawaiians were among the most amazing, beautiful group of humans I had ever encountered. Today, all these years later, I feel exactly the same.

I thought I was going to Hawaii on the final days of 2019 to share with these extraordinary people all about the ability to grow their businesses at top speed in 2020. Well… shame on me, the real sharing and learning flowed in the opposite direction and I was the one who received abundantly.

Before I even started speaking, just hearing the heart-filled introductions and stories of this unique group of entrepreneurs had tears welling up in my eyes. The spirit of these triumphant people began to speak to me the moment I was within their energy field, long before their words ever could.
 

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It is always so interesting to hear the stories we’ve never learned. The stories that were never taught and the stories that are yet to be learned.

From the first time I came to these islands over two decades ago, I knew there was something special here. There was something different from other places I had visited. The spirit of the Hawaiian people is nearly palpable.

After the event, while talking to Kaue, a Hawaiian father who used the pain of losing his son to help support others in healing during difficult times and grief, I learned about some of the the greatest challenges Hawaiians face at this time. Oddly, similar to the story of African-Americans on the mainland, many Hawaiians struggle with challenges from drug abuse to finding their wholeness in a land that is no longer their own.

I will be covering many of their stories this year. From the telescope controversy where Hawaiians physically blocked the road to prevent the building of the world telescope on their sacred Mauna Kea mountain top to the stories of those who are fighting to keep the history and culture of the native Hawaiian alive.
 

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I look forward to giving a voice to many here. And lending my voice to those who are standing firm in the last designation of what they know and claim to be their own.

I am excited and grateful to spend time with my Hawaiian brothers and sisters in 2020 on their native land. And to bring life to some of the most uncommon stories of the extraordinary people on the islands of Hawaii.


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The Top 3 Reasons Why Travel Should Be an Essential Part of Your Life – Part 2

The Top 3 Reasons Why Travel Should Be an Essential Part of Your Life – Part 2

This is a continuation from Part 1.

2. It Will Renew You

Ongoing travel can renew your mind, your body and your spirit. Changing your environment can help to breathe fresh energy through all areas of your life. It can renew you in a way that gives you greater strength to run on. To endure whatever may lie ahead, because you’ve been renewed in a way that makes you feel refreshed and strengthened mentally and emotionally.

Many times when we are overwhelmed with our daily lives, burdens and challenges, we become consumed with the things that are not going the way we want them to go or desire them to be at any given time.

It is when we can remove ourselves from the ordinary, mundane lives that we often create and experience a new environment, have a new perspective that we can create a significant shift. Without the ability to remove ourselves from the stress in our normal environment and go into something new, we never get the renewed perspective to tell ourselves that life isn’t nearly as negative as it may sometimes seem to be when the stress of life wears us down.
 

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3. It Can Bring You More Joy

The change of your environment and your perspective can change all areas of your mindset and thinking. It can shift you from seeing the glass half empty to seeing the glass half full. It can restore you. It can remove the mental weights, stress and change your mood. It can inspire you again.

The ability to have many of these negative things fall away, in and of themselves, is enough to create the space for more joy in your life. To help you see more positive in your life than negative. To help you believe again – dream again. You will be amazed at what life has to offer you when you simply open yourself up to being in a different environment for a period of time.
 

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Your travel doesn’t have to be expensive. You don’t have to go to the other side of the world. You can simply go someplace that’s just a car ride away. It’s all about removing yourself from the ordinary and immersing yourself in someplace new, fresh and different to you.

I promise your life can be transformed simply by consistently injecting travel into your life.


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The Top 3 Reasons Why Travel Should Be an Essential Part of Your Life – Part 1

The Top 3 Reasons Why Travel Should Be an Essential Part of Your Life – Part 1

Traveling is good for the soul. It allows you to get out of your own world, your own space and your own head. It grants you the opportunity to see what’s possible in your own life by viewing what is possible in others.

Depending on where you travel, you can experience a world that doesn’t even remotely look similar to yours. One that can inspire a new level of living. A new level of being.

These are the top 3 reasons why travel should be an essential part of your life:

1. It Will Expand Your Mind

Traveling allows you to see how other people live, other people’s experiences and other people’s perspectives.

When you leave your environment and go to a new one, it allows you to see things differently in a way you weren’t able to see before. You can experience different cultures, lifestyles and ways of living. You can experience different religions, cultures and mindsets.
 

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Whenever I travel, I am excited to see and experience what I have yet to learn. An environment totally and completely foreign to the one I know.

For some, this can be fearful – to be removed from their comfort zone. But I believe that it allows you to see if your comfort zone is really not worth leaving. Perhaps for you it is, but you will never truly know unless you see and learn another way, which will allow you to test the one you have and measure it up with the one you choose to live.
 

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For others, it’s like the air that allows us to thrive. I have friends who literally work just to travel. They come home, back to the US, to work really hard for three months in preparation for them to travel to some far away place for a month or two at a time. The beautiful thing is that we live in a world that allows us to do this fairly freely.

A plane ride away can change everything that you thought you once knew and open you up to a new higher way of being.

Continue to Part 2.


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My Travel Series: 24 Hours in Asheville – Part 2

My Travel Series: 24 Hours in Asheville – Part 2

This is a continuation of Part 1.

One of my favorite places in Asheville was the Wake Foot Sanctuary. This was a fabulous foot spa. All things around peacefulness, relaxation and serenity greet you when you enter this uncommon space. While my feet were being focused on by the wonderful attendant who was bathing and massaging them, I was busy attending to the lovely cookies and hot tea I was served during the service. Afternoon tea while having my feet cared for. It doesn’t get much better than that!
 

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After the foot sanctuary, we had lunch at Capella on the 9, which is on the rooftop of the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown. This restaurant was recommended for its wonderful city views. Rooftop venues are often very cool places to see the aerial view of the city and to get the city’s vibe.

My absolute favorite restaurant I went to was no surprise – Asian! Red Ginger Dimsum & Tapas was amazing! This had to be the best restaurant I’ve gone to in a very long time. Each and every item was better than the last. Their tapa sized plates were absolutely scrumptious! If for no other reason, I will return back to Asheville just to eat there again. Simply delicious!!!

But I will also be returning to Asheville to do the tour at the famous Biltmore Estate. I went to the grounds while there, but didn’t have enough time to do the tour.

One of my very favorite things to do when I’m in a new place is to check out the real estate. As a real estate broker and investor, I just couldn’t come through Asheville without seeing at least a slice of what their real estate market had to offer. So before leaving, I stopped to see some gorgeous mountain homes and spent some time with a local broker to learn all about the lay of the land for their market.
 

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When I return for my next trip to Asheville, I will spend more time exploring the real estate market there as well as uncover some of the hidden treasures I may not have been able to find during my first 24 hours there. Although short in time, the experience of being in Asheville will last a lifetime. And between not experiencing a place or just being there for 24 hours, I will take only 24 hours in a new city every time!


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My Travel Series: 24 Hours in Asheville – Part 1

My Travel Series: 24 Hours in Asheville – Part 1

I am kicking off my 24-Hour Travel Series. It’s wonderful to be able to go on vacation for a week or two, but sometimes due to time or finances, that just can’t happen. Over the last several years, I have experienced and learned about the power of just going away for 24 to 48 hours. And how magical such an experience could be.

Typically, when I think of a vacation, I think of being away for five or more days where I don’t have to work, check email and/or take phone calls. Although those types of trips can be fabulous, sometimes they are just not doable for a variety of reasons.

So, I’ve learned how to break away and experience the gift of a new place and new environment in a short amount of time. Over the next several months, I will be doing some travel features on just spending 24-48 hours maximum in a featured city.
 

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Asheville, North Carolina is my first stop for the series. I literally spent 24 hours there and it felt like it was a few days. I heard about the beauty and uniqueness of Asheville for years, but never made it a destination for me. I’ve driven past it on my way to Tennessee, but never had the time to stop there until now.

I am a lover of the mountains so it was a wonderful city for me to explore. I have been looking forward to seeing all of what Asheville had to offer, but since my flight was delayed for nearly 2 days, and I only had a few days available for the trip, I was forced to make the best out of my 24 hours there.
 

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Although I didn’t have time to tour their biggest attraction – the Biltmore Estate (I will come back for that) – I did experience some fabulous finds in this unique city.

Continue to Part 2 here.


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The 5 Reasons Why I Now Call Asia Home – Part 2

The 5 Reasons Why I Now Call Asia Home – Part 2

This is a continuation of Part 1.

3. My Business Allows Me to Call Anywhere Home

I am so very grateful that nearly 20 years ago I decided to build a life with businesses that would allow me to be and live anywhere in the world. It was very important to me to not feel tied down to any one place, but be able to go wherever I wanted to go and I went about what was necessary to make that dream a reality. It was as if my future life was calling into being all that was needed for my future living.

It took a lot of time, dedication and education to create and build web-based businesses, but it is one of the smartest and best decisions I ever made in this life. It has allowed me the ability to be anywhere in the world, to work from anywhere and to spend extended time anywhere without worry or concern about anything anywhere else. I still have brick and mortar offices, but if I never go back to them again, my businesses can continue to thrive without them.
 

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4. It’s Yoga and Meditation’s Birthplace

The fundamental pillars of my life can be found in my spirituality, yoga and meditation practices. If I have nothing else, I will always have those 3 things to find rest in.

Yoga and meditation were founded in Asia. That may not mean anything to you, but to me it makes the energy in Asia different. The atmosphere reflects what comes from its earth and it speaks to me on a multitude of levels.

I am preparing to finally take the time to do my yoga instructor certification in India and I can’t wait to learn even more about the teachings of my beloved practice and in the origins of its creation.

I am also excited about visiting the world’s very first Yoga University where they use yoga to treat all types of diseases that bring havoc to the human body.
 

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5. My Vision Board Confirmed Everything!

Now really this is the most unbelievable part of all! I had already decided about living between NY and Asia after spending my 2 months there, but what I wasn’t expecting was that my vision board would confirm it all when I arrived back home!

To be perfectly honest, I am not even into creating vision boards. I create visions in my head and bring them to manifestation without any external forces, but about 6 years ago I decided to just make one after hearing so many people talk about them. It is posted on my wall around the mirror in my bedroom.

I used to meditate over it daily, but I hadn’t done it in several years. Actually, about a month before I left for Asia, I looked at the board and laughed because really nothing but perhaps one major item had manifested from the board after all of this time.

Well, the joke was on me! When I walked into my bedroom upon returning and looked at the board, nearly 35 of the 40 items listed were manifested over the past 60 days in Asia! From activities I did to places I went, even down to my layovers on my flights! It was all there! I just broke out in tears, because I couldn’t even believe my own eyes of confirmation!

Life’s signs and messages come from absolutely everywhere and if you are open and aware enough to receive them and follow them, they will lead you to places you never even knew to dream of!

If you are interested in experiencing Asia for yourself, join me as I host a group of entrepreneurs for a Mastermind in Bangkok from October 10th – 13th. Spots are filling fast. Learn all about our upcoming Asian adventure at www.LeverageUpinBangkok.com.

If you are interested in building an internet based business that allows you the freedom to go where ever your heart desires without having your business suffer, just send us an email at info@leverageupyourbusiness.com telling us the business and life of your dreams and we can assist you with the steps to make it a reality.


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