// Starting On A New, Powerful Path In Life

Have you ever been at a party, or a social gathering, and have met someone who seemed arrogant, ignorant, or antisocial? Odds are you made it through the encounter by distancing yourself from them or gritting your teeth until it was older, perhaps to pay respect to a boss. Then, when you moved on to people who you preferred talking to, you likely gave yourself a few seconds to brush that dirt from your shoulder, shake yourself up a little, and gain your composure once more.

That little metaphor, especially gaining your composure from time to time, is something that can translate to many different life events. Perhaps you’re taking a new job direction, moving on from a bad relationship, or working your way to financial health again. Perhaps you’ve recently managed to lose a bad habit, or you’re starting to finally figure out just what is important to you. When you do find that new, powerful path to follow in life, taking that little time to shake off the cobwebs can be the best feeling in the world.

So, let’s help you feel it:

Consider A New Style

First, you may need to start off feeling confident, refreshed, and new. Switching up your style is a great way to reconnect with that badass, awesome sense of yourself. When you are able to wear the clothes you feel most confident in, and adorn yourself without apology, you can feel truly empowered. Perhaps you’ll try a new piercing for helix earrings, or maybe you’ll get a new tattoo to represent how far you’ve come. Whatever works for you is more than valid, no matter how loud or quiet that may be.

Focus On Those That Are Important

Focus on those who are the most important to you. This, consequently, means disconnecting from those who aren’t important. When encountering a new life journey, you don’t want to bring those people who are dead weight along. Those who do not believe in you, or overly criticize you, or are negative, demotivational forces can truly sap your life energy away from you if you’re not careful. Sometimes, starting in a new direction with the best footwork means being able to detach from that holding you back, and realizing you’re not a bad person for wanting that for yourself. 

Learn From The Past

Learning from the past can help you in more ways than one. It can stop you getting involved in negative social situations, or to blindly believe those who may promise you the world, or to join job opportunities that are less than what is being promoted. Learning from the past, not throwing it out entirely, can help you start on a new journey with a little more wisdom and strength. To that end, you’ll be using the best of yourself to meet the best of the future, and that is more often than not a recipe for real success.

With this advice, we hope you can start off on a new and powerful path in life.

// this contributed post was written for this charming life.

// Preparing For The Perfect Holiday

When it comes to getting the perfect holiday, there are so many things you need to consider. From clothes to the destination, it can be a busy minefield, and often you can struggle to find a starting point.

In this post, we are going to be taking a look at a few things you should be considering before you jet off to your next destination. We will try to take care of as much as we can to ensure that you can kick back and relax from the moment you land.

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Get Ready For A Stress-Free Time

The first thing we need to realize when it comes to a vacation is that it’s an escape from all the stress in our everyday lives. While it’s quite possibly the case that you don’t want to be spending a ton of time preparing for your holiday, you will find that the very best way to get the most from it is by preparing as much as you can.

If there is one thing we all know, it’s that preparation for any situation will always help us get the most from it. So, while today’s post may ask you to look at some things you deem unimportant, you will find that everything we mention is there to enable you and your family to have the time of your lives on your next vacation.

Pack For Every Eventuality

When it comes to vacations, you will pretty much be able to guarantee that most people will pack for what they think they should rather than find out a little about their destination and plan for everything.

For example, if you are going to a humid country, you will need more than just bikinis. For the evenings, you will require loose-fitting dresses and comfortable lingerie. While your outer layers will help you regulate your body temperature, you will discover that your lingerie selection is important as you want to opt for the highest levels of comfort you can find.

While it may sound simple, little things like this can often go ignored, and whether you like to believe it or not, something so simple can actually put a little unwanted strain on your vacation.

Take A Look At The Costs

Another thing that often causes a lot of issues for people on vacation is money. More often than not, people don’t really do enough research on just how much things cost in the destination they are headed for. 

What would pay dividends is for you to spend a few hours researching the cost of things. A few things you should be attempting to find costs of are:

  • Transport
  • Food
  • Entrance fees
  • Drinks
  • Tipping culture
  • Clothing
  • Medical costs
While this is only a fraction of the things you should start to look at the prices of, it’s almost a guarantee that you won’t have considered many of the things above. The danger of this is two-fold.

The first problem comes when you take too much money away with you. While most people think it’s fine, you will often find that you will frivolously spend as much as you can, just because you have the money with you. The second problem presents when you don’t take enough money with you.

If you do not take enough money with you, you will be forced to draw out money from a local ATM, and should this be the case; you will find some pretty nasty charges attached to your account. 

Don’t Forget To Tell The People That Matter.

The final thing we are going to be looking at is the importance attached to telling the right people that you are heading on vacation. Ok, so firstly, we should say that we don’t mean that you need to remind Aunt Enid to feed the dogs.

What we are actually saying is that you need to let your bank know and also speak to your cell phone provider. Letting the bank know where and when you are heading on vacation will stop them from blocking your bank card should you use it in an emergency.

Finally, letting your cell carrier know will also help you avoid some pretty nasty roaming charges. While this may be something you think won’t cost a lot, depending on where you vacation for a couple of weeks, it could cost you into four figures.  


So, whether you are preparing your suitcase or your bank account, there will always be a need to plan your vacation as much as possible. By simply spending a little time planning, you will find that you will get so much more from your vacation.

// this contributed post was written for this charming life.