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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The 5 Reasons Why I Now Call Asia Home – Part 1

The 5 Reasons Why I Now Call Asia Home – Part 1

The longest flight in the world is from New York’s Newark Liberty Airport to the country of Singapore. It is over 9,500 miles and takes nearly 19 hours. Little did I know, when I boarded that flight to the other side of the world that everything I currently knew in my life was about to change.

That is the amazing gift of life. You just never know what might be waiting for you just around the corner. Everything can change in just an instant if you are open to the abundance of gifts life has in store for you.
 

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1. Because My Soul Tells Me So

One thing I have known even before I started this current human journey is the gifting of allowing my soul to lead the way. I allow this ever knowing compass to guide me in all areas of my life as it knows what’s best for me and is ever calling me to go higher.

Upon arriving in Singapore my soul knew that I was finally home. As much as I have loved and enjoyed other places I have traveled like Hawaii, Southern Italy, Switzerland among others and a few cities in the US, nothing has resonated with me and my soul outside of New York City as Asia has. My soul just knew it was home.

The interesting thing about this is that it has always known. The sole reason I was invited to Asia was because of the connection a friend knows I felt to Asia and they wanted me to experience it for myself first hand. And boy were they right! I often say, “I am an Asian girl trapped inside of a Black girl’s body.” I now know my friend was used to guide me there. I have a lot of work and living to do in Asia and I’m excited to get started!
 

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2. Its Culture Feels Very Familiar to Me

I have always felt very intimately connected to the culture of Asia – from its food, art, architectural design and philosophy around health and wellness. I have also been drawn to their use of naturopathic medicine to cure diseases and ailments. All of these elements have felt ever so connected to my world and life.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has a fabulous series on CNN called “Chasing Life” where he explores some of the places in the world that are leading the planet in areas of longevity, nutrition, health and wellness – to no surprise some of those places are on the continent of Asia.

My family owned Chinese restaurants in NYC for years, which I know seems very odd to many, but seems so very normal to me. The decision for them to start Chinese restaurants did not come from me, but the mere existence of them as part of my life had a deeper level of resonance with me and my ties to the Asian culture.

Check out Part 2 of this article here.

If you are interested in experiencing Asia for yourself, join me as I will be hosting 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.


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Traveler Alert: Your Next Low Fare Airline Ticket May Cost You A Lot More Than You Think

Traveler Alert: Your Next Low Fare Airline Ticket May Cost You A Lot More Than You Think

The next time you book a low cost airline ticket to one of your favorite destinations on a low fare airline, be aware that if you’re checking a bag, you won’t know exactly where your bag is and neither will the airline.

Although many of us are excited to save on low airline rates to visit family members, have a getaway or for business travel, be aware that those low priced fares can potentially equate to significant missing services. One such service that I recently discovered was absent while traveling on a low fare airline was a centralized baggage system, which is standard when flying on a major commercial airline.
 

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To say I travel a lot is an understatement. I often say, I hop planes like New Yorkers hop the train. Over my decades of traveling, I have been very fortunate to experience very few incidents regarding missing baggage. If my bag was missing when I arrive from a flight, it was always located, retrieved and returned to me within 24-48 hours. That was the case until recently.

Normally, I always fly on major airlines, but on occasion, when I find a significantly discounted fare, or it is the only flight available during a particular needed time, I will fly a low fare airline.

Earlier this year, I was flying to Chicago to attend the premiere party of my television show “Women on the Move,” when my luggage was lost while traveling on Spirit Airlines.
 

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Unfortunately for me, there were thousands of dollars worth of items in my suitcase (exceeding the $3,500 maximum reimbursement amount). It was bad enough my bag hadn’t arrived, but what added insult to injury was the fact that due to their unsophisticated baggage system, they had absolutely no clue where my bag ended up and were unable to access a centralized system to locate it. So, realistically they didn’t even know if my bag made it on the plane at LaGuardia airport.

If I was on a major airline, they would be able to locate exactly where my bag was with just a few keystrokes. They would know if it was still in New York, in another city or if it was currently in route to me on another flight. With Spirit, they had absolutely no idea at all.

If you don’t check a bag and you just do a carry-on, then you don’t have to concern yourself with this non-existing baggage system.

But if you’re checking a bag with contents that are important to you, just know that depending on what you have in your bag, that great $100 round-trip deal that seems so wonderful could literally cost you a lot more than a major commercial airline ticket you were trying to avoid.


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