The single most meaningful verbal exchange recently, aside from “I Do”, occurred on a 90 minute shuttle ride from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Our driver said there was only 1 thing we needed to know to have the best trip ever; to realize there are only 3 speeds at which ANYTHING happens in Jamaica – Slow, Dead Slow, and Stop. I smiled as I took in his words. It was time to Power Down.
Crackberries tucked away in the room safe, the days leading up to our beach wedding and blissful honeymoon could be best described as fluidly tranquil. All attention was on each other, the natural beauty of the seaside, and pure contentment.
Slow took on a new meaning for me. It meant time to laugh, time to meet new friends, time for afternoon tea. Dead Slow meant time to learn more about our surroundings, time to master stand up paddling, time to meander in the sea snorkeling. Stop meant time to breathe, to think, to savor the spoken vows that my husband and I exchanged at our wedding, to stretch, to lie in savasana on the pier.
Upon return to home, to work, to life I’ve held on to the Slow, Dead Slow, and Stop lesson. I’ve dropped the frantic pace. I schedule fewer daily appointments, and schedule them further apart to avoid rushing. I’m enjoying the new pace.
First of all, thanks to everyone who attended the monthly meetup event. It was exciting and humbling to see the huge crowd that we had on hand. Thank you Wayne Essex for picking up the tab!
I’ve been hard at work updating the Facebook Fan Page. I must admit that it’s been a bit neglected. I added several new features to it the past few days including the calendar of upcoming meetups, embedded the podcast player, custom landing page and more.
I would be honored if you decided to “like us” on Facebook. More importantly, I believe that this is an excellent opportunity to continue our networking by bringing our discussions to the fan page wall. If you took some photos at the latest meetup or any previous meetups, I would love to see those posted as well. Hopefully, in the future I’ll remember to actually use my cell phone camera.
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Nothing reduces your brain to jello faster than a live podcast interview. Unless of course it’s filmed. In the nude. Which it wasn’t.
My company is Just Say It! because that is what I do for a living. I help businesses achieve their growth goals through providing compelling (and sometimes provocative) content and directing it through appropriate media channels.
Today I participated in an LIVE interview with Carlos Scarpero, of #daytonpulse fame, on marketing & advertising. The upside is that I thoroughly enjoyed talking to Carlos, and he did a great job keeping the conversation rolling along. The downside is that I struggled to just say it. If at some point curiosity gets the better of you (like it will me) and you log on to http://www.daytonpulse.com/ to have a PodFest and I sound totally inarticulate please forgive me. Blame it on the nerves. Or my traumatic childhood.
At least I didn’t have to think about what to wear:)
Here in the States we have a day called April Fool’s Day – the 1st of April where people prank one another. I am happy to say I did NOT get pranked and so I will pay it forward by not pranking you. Everything I am about to share is the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God.
After working with clients on a marketing campaign today I was happy to end my business week and head off to enjoy another glorious 90+ minute treatment with Marta today. Obviously I find the entire Microdermabrasion European Skin Care Treatment news worthy or I wouldn’t be blogging about it. I just can’t figure out why it took me so long to 1.) Meet Marta! 2.) Hear that European Skin Care Treatment was available in Dayton, Ohio www.martareyskincare.com 3.) Learn what European Skin Care Treatment is and how it is totally different than ’spa facials’ 4.) Improve my vocabulary by adding skin care treatment terms to it – spell Microdermabrasion
Today as dead skin cells were sucked off my face with rapid fire precision I really paid attention to all my senses. Marta explained to me about the tool that she said is the most valuable in her skin treatment arsenal. It is a high frequency neon gas filled wand that heats up (and lights up too!) that she moves slowly over my skin to remove any remaining bacteria from the surface of my skin following the Microdermabrasion. I watched it with fascination. Each step of the Microdermabrasion treatment is amazing.
The facial skin massage helps rid the skin of toxins, and afterwards you can really see the relaxed appearance and softened expression.
The DIBI skin care line (#1 in Italy) that Marta assigned me to use are fabulous and easy to integrate into my morning and nighttime cleansing routine. A creamy cleanser, soothing tonic, day or night moisturizer, eye cream, and SPF 25 for day time completes my regime. Marta said that some of her clients only use a cleanser, toner, and one moisturizer and skip the eye cream and night cream, but for optimal results of skin care treatment and product she recommends the full “Ferrari”. Having been a believer of using good quality skin care products all my adult life (since my teens) I trust Marta to steer me in the right decision. My skin has already shown massive improvement so that validates the two extra products IMO.
Here is the best part – my youngest son returned from Spring Break (safely thank God) and noticed how great my skin looked. I had NO make up on. I’m one who rarely walks out of the house without make up. It’s kind of my security blanket. But every now and then I find myself enjoying my real face, sans all the extra coverings. It’s a real sense of freedom. Hmmmm, maybe that is why some people (like my friend Patticakes) who dig nude beaches. Now that, you’d never catch me on. There’s not enough Dermabrasion tools, high frequency wands, or fantastic skin care in the world to make me want to bare THAT.
Last Friday found me back in the soothing skin care treatment room at Marta Rey European and Clinical Skincare http://www.martareyskincare.com/ for my third treatment. My workouts during the week produced a lot of sweat and because I couldn’t cleanse my face immediately afterwards TROUBLE ensued in the form of 2 tiny face invaders!
Marta knew exactly what to do to combat the unwanted visitors…a thorough cleansing, then a swift extraction to drain the swelled area. After close inspection Marta suggested we forego the Microdermabrasion and do my first chemical peel. Lucky for you because I promised I would blog about my next new skin care experience. Micro Peels done at Marta Rey are customized according to what the client’s skin dictates. Each persons skin has its own PH and characteristics and Marta Rey prescribes her treatment for each client. In my case, a salicylic peel was used on my forehead area to combat oiliness while an anti-aging Jessner peel was used on the rest of my face to eliminate fine wrinkles. But prior to either of those peels being applied to my skin Marta first used an enzyme peel to prepare my skin for the next level peel.
Marta explained what my skin would experience as the peel was carefully painted on my face. It had a distinct fragrance and tingle but nothing about the peel was uncomfortable. I imagined it would hurt, or that my skin would look raw and red afterwards but not at all.
After the wonderful facial massage and steam hydration that followed the peel removal my skin appeared rested, even toned and line free.
All in all, my latest Marta Rey skin care treatment was totally A-Peeling.
I’m constantly reminded that life is just one big Fantastic Voyage. Things change on a dime and regardless of how much checking and re-checking one does, things large and small simply slip through the cracks.
I’m not too sure that this doesn’t happen on purpose to check ourselves. What’s really important? Is this issue do or die? What will my life look like with or without this happening?
Last Saturday night at the American Red Cross “Putting on the Glitz” fundraiser, every models anticipated strut to Fantastic Voyage became a slow runway walk to an alternate music selection. This model (me) adapted immediately to the alternate song and ambled down the runway smiling and concentrating on staying vertical.
Off stage, as I wind my way through the audience a local celebrity spots me and starts shouting to me that the Emcee announced me as a VP at my prior corporate position, not as the independent small business owner that I am today. She was really honked off about it and made quite a scene on the spot which I found more embarrassing than the Emcee’s error!
Later I checked the program model Bio and it was correct, while the publicly announced Bio was not, as previously stated.
It didn’t matter to me. My Fantastic Voyage to small business owner, and Fashion Level sponsor of the event wasn’t dependent on one error by a well-meaning Emcee with old copy. It wasn’t dependent on the music that was played during the fashion show either.
It’s in grabbing the joy of the moment and extracting that – and letting go of the small annoyances.
Carlos Scarpero AKA "Mr. Leads" is an internet marketing consultant. who provides internet marketing, SEO, LinkedIn training and much more to business owners throughout the Dayton metro region. He can be reached at www.Mr-Leads.com.
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