Tour USA

Today I have 10 great USA travel destinations for you. They are shared in no particular order, and include a link to find out more.

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1) Redwood National Park, California: This unbelievably beautiful forest and park has great animals, stunning trees, beautiful rivers and the Pacific Ocean.

2) Yellowstone National Park, (primarily Wyoming): While Old Faithful may not interested you, maybe you’re into hot springs, Painted Pots or the Tower Fall Waterfall.  Or you could camp in the park overnight and check out the wild animals!

3) Cape Hatteras, North Carolina: Historic buildings, light houses, beaches, shipwrecks and the Outer Banks.

4) Mesa Verde, Southwest Colorado/Gila cliff dwellings, New Mexico: These two sites are both old cliff dwellings.  These incredible structures amaze not only historians but architects as well.

5) CA Ghost towns: Visit the towns where the old miners stayed and sought their fortunes in gold.  At some sites you can tour mines, pan for gold and tour old buildings.

6) Hawaii: A little more pricey than most of the suggestions, and you can’t drive there, but the scenery, culture and adventure is worth it.

7) New Orleans/Oak Alley Plantation:  Although struck by Katrina, and now struggling with oil, New Orleans remains on this list. Check out its great food, culture and old buildings including the Oak Alley Plantation.

8 ) Thomas Edison house/Ellis Island: Two interesting pieces of history.  More like the T.E. house are located all around the country including the houses of past presidents, other inventors and builders (Frank Lloyd Wright).  Ellis Island has undergone some historical renovation of late, hopefully it means tourists will be able to visit the left side of Ellis Island some day.

9) Fisherman’s Wharf/Alcatraz: With all the great food (crab and more!) and history at Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll be busy for days!  Take a ride over to Alcatraz and see the historic prison while you’re there.

10) Williamsburg: Get a glimpse of American history, see restored buildings, get a taste of life in early America and tour beautiful gardens.  You could plan your visit during reenactments to see some historical battles too.

Stay tuned next Friday for a listing of European destinations  to visit!  Share your favorite USA vacation spots to visit below!

Giving Up

Some days you just feel like giving up.  Getting out of bed is hard, getting things done is hard, you just feel blah.  What can, and will, transform this for you? Your attitude.

Attitude is frequently a deciding factor in life.  Attitude decides if you fail or if you succeed.  Attitude decides if you are happy or if you are unsatisfied.  Attitude has many features and contributing factors, but today I want to talk about just one: determination.  What does your attitude and determination say about you?

Determined to fail: If you have a negative attitude towards life, don’t believe that it’s possible to be making a good income right now (August 2010), can’t land a job or that your marriage will end in a nasty divorce, you’re probably right.

Determined to succeed: If you have a positive attitude towards life, you will find that you are confident, successful, have friends, are happy, and have confidence in the future.

If you’re feeling good today, good for you.  Bookmark this post and come back to it when your day is not so great.

Determine today that if you are looking at divorce, it will be an amazing opportunity for both of you or you will fix your marriage together.  That your joblessness is not the worst thing in the world and that there are things you’ve been waiting to do that you can now do.  Determine today that you will be happy with your state of life, regardless of what it is.  Accept today, with all its faults, failures, mistakes, surprise blessings, opportunities and moments that make you laugh.

Set the tone for your attitude.  Don’t let your attitude take you down, instead be confident that it is there to support you and help you in life.

Do you struggle with your attitude? Feel free to share your thoughts below.

Mission: Office Organization

Your office is one of the most crucial and used spaces in your home.  Regardless of whether you work from home or not, you have some location that you typically use to pay bills, keep pens, tape, and scissors, and keep paper. Maybe it is near your computer or you have a room set aside as an office.  Let’s start with some questions:

What does it look like?  Do you like how it looks?  Can you see your desk or workspace? Do you know where your important papers are (could you find them in about 30 seconds)? Do you have a space you could actually work at?

Hmm, I’m sensing some frustration and weariness through the internet.  Let’s take some action because taking action will relieve these negative feelings and help you organize your office too!

1) Storage.  This includes storage for your writing utensils, tape, rulers, glue, scissors, erasers, nail files and coloring items.  If your desk/table doesn’t include drawers, you can purchase something like this cabinet http://bit.ly/bUN73z , or this one http://bit.ly/bphKP3 (MANY stores sell these two ideas including many grocery stores, especially August/September time).  You can put those little metal/plastic trays or cups into these storage boxes to put your paper clips and other items in and keep them neat.  Also having a (metal) file cabinet (approx. $60) or plastic file box (approx. $15 at Staples) to store ALL your papers in is essential.  Don’t pretend you can deal with the paper piles.  Get rid of them or file them ASAP.  It doesn’t help you to have a fully cluttered desk or table and not be able to work.   Since we’ve boxed up the writing utensils, other needed accessories and all the papers on your desk, only your desktop/laptop computer should be left, if anything at all.

2) Throw away.  Throw out pens, markers, papers and anything else that doesn’t help you be productive.  If the pen doesn’t work today, chances are it won’t work tomorrow.  If you don’t think that the doodle you made yesterday while chatting with co-workers is really as good as you thought originally, throw it out.  If you find an item isn’t supposed to be in your office, put it where it really goes.

3) Clean up.  I know it’s late when you finish doing your work, but take the extra couple of minutes and put away whatever you used.  File it correctly, put it back in its correct box, clean up food plates and cups.  Why?  Because you’ll feel more prepared to work the next time you pass your office and see a nice, ready office space waiting for you.

These are 3 ways for you to get started organizing your office.  Still not interested in actually doing the work yourself?  Hire an organizer to do it for you.  You can still feel the satisfaction of a job well done even if you didn’t do it yourself.