Lao Tzu said, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a one step."
My journey has involved more than a few thousand miles, each bringing me one step closer than the last. Closer to what? Well, this journey of mine has no end in sight, and I am more than ecstatic about that! Goal after goal. Achievement after achievement. I just keep striving for more.
One goal of mine for quite sometime was to begin a newsletter to share my heart, thoughts, and travel tips. But, I put it off for years out of fear. Where would I start? What would I say? Who would read? William Wordsworth put it so simply, "To begin, begin."
So that is where my journey is today, thoughtfully creating my very first newsletter.
Each quarter I'll send a newsletter with current happenings, noteworthy blog posts, travel tips, and so much more!
The first edition is all about new beginnings—newsletter, certification, look.
Take a look at a peek below, and be sure to sign up to receive my future newsletters.
I PROMISE I will not bombard your inbox, I don't have time for that! Ha! My newsletters will come once every few months. Looking forward to you signing up!
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Sometimes, I wander off in deep thought, and jot down scribbly notes. One day, from those thoughts & notes came a random list of things I love. In an effort to share more about myself, I thought I would share some of the things from that list. These happen to be travel related, but show a lot about my personality. What do you love?
I am often asked the question, "why should I book with you?" or "why not just book on the internet?". Those are really good, valid questions that come with very complex answers. So, I decided to put together a list and explanations on why to book with an agent! Take a look. Let me know your thoughts. And I hope you'll use an agent from now on!
We can save you time & money.
By offering package deals, price watching, and by doing the research for you, we save you valuable time & money.
it does not cost you extra.
It doesn't cost anymore than if you booked yourself online. So why not take advantage of this FREE service!
We have specialized knowledge & expertise.
We specialize in destinations, particular types of travel, and have a slew of knowledge at our fingertips. We are constantly learning, researching, and traveling to create and present the perfect products & services for our clients. The internet can't do that.
We create customized & personalized trips.
Using our specialized knowledge and destination expertise, we create customized trips and personalized itineraries based on your needs and wants. We take your wish list, budget, and more and carefully curate the perfect vacation for you.
We offer travel tips & recommendations.
All of that knowledge must go somewhere, and we love to share our firsthand tips for traveling and recommendations on destinations, must see places, restaurants, and more.
We can offer price match options.
Find something online cheaper than what is presented? Ask about price matching, or why the quote is higher. There could be something hidden in that online quote, or we could price match for you!
It takes away the hassle & stress.
Since you don't have to worry about researching, booking (and potentially making a mistake), or planning, you save yourself the hassle, stress, and worry vacation planning presents. Let a professional handle it!
We can offer additional perks.
We have access to provide complimentary welcome gifts, lounge access, and more, FREE!
We are here to solve your problems.
Last minute emergency? Weather delay? Medical emergency while abroad? We are here to personally help you! No dialing a 1-800 number and waiting on hold for hours. Just pick up the phone, and call your local travel agent.
You'll support a small business.
By using a travel agent, you are supporting a small business and supporting your local economy. The services are free, so why not support the little man!
Hey y'all! I hope you had a great weekend and a good Monday, well as good as a Monday can be. I'm excited and nervous to share today's post with you. It is chock full of what is on my heart about following your dreams.
This started out being just ramblings on my thoughts and feelings about the quote below.
"You don't have to be sure about your dream before you move forward,
you only have to be certain of the one who is whispering to you that it's
time to come with Him to a new place.
Just take the next step.
And then another."
I heard/saw this on an Instagram post (or could've been an Instastory) from Jess Connolly, and it truly struck me. Sometimes, I forget that our dreams are often whisperings from the Lord on where we should head and what we should do next. This was the perfect reminder. So, if you'll indulge me, today I'm sharing how I stay on track to following my dreams and making them come true.
Open Your Heart + Mind
Sounds simple enough, but many times we forget to open our hearts and minds to what the Lord is telling us. I believe that many times when a goal and/or dream is placed in our heart, it is God's way of pushing us to take that leap. Which is why it is important to keep an open mind & heart.
Pray. Pray. Pray. It takes so much faith and courage to go after your dreams, and, through prayer, I'm able to stay strong in faith and courage. Not to say I don't waver, but prayer helps me greatly.
Take the Leap
Use that courage, and just take the leap! Sometimes that means to do so without thought, as with me when I first jumped on a plane. I thought too much about how hard it would be to make my dreams of traveling come true. One day, I stopped thinking, and started doing! I threw my worries and fear out the window, and took the leap. Sometimes, that's all it takes, a leap.
One Step at a Time
Make a plan, and take it one step at a time. Often times, I try to take on too much at once, and become overwhelmed. But when I break down my big goals into smaller ones, I'm able to more easily achieve them.
Know You'll Fail, But Don't Quit
This is the hardest one. No one wants to fail. But we all do. Everyday. However, we cannot let our failures completely break us. We must get up, and keep going. Accept failures, but do not settle for defeat. Get up, and try again. Find a new way to get there, but don't give up.
I know these are primitive thoughts in achieving goals, but this core methods really help me to not only stay on track, but to stay grounded as well. Maybe they will help you in inspiring you to achieve your goals as well.
With the birth of our babies I have been thinking more and more about the value of what I do and why. With new life, there's no better time to evaluate my why. Why is traveling important to me? Why do I want to help others travel? Why do I want my family to travel? And why do I want to devote my passion of travel to being a travel designer, aka travel agent? These are all questions I've been asking myself.
So, I decided to put pen to paper, and really answer these questions for myself. I started jotting down all of the reasons why I love traveling, want to inspire others to travel, and why it is important to me and my family. There were endless reasons why, but I narrowed them down to six that are most important to me. My list is mostly about how my being a travel designer can better the lives of others, but it truly my driving force. I want others to see that it is not only incredible, but attainable. So without further adieu, here is why I became a travel agent.
Bring the World to More People
Like I mentioned above, I want others to realize that traveling is completely attainable. By becoming a travel agent, I'm more readily able to educate and help others plan for their travel goals. The more people I can bring the world to, I believe, the better the world will be. In my opinion, we are happier, more fulfilled, and closer to each other & God the more of the world we see!
Experiences more Valuable Than Things
This is such a biggie! Stop buying all of the things! Place a higher value on memories rather than junk that will be thrown out in a couple of years, couple of months, or even a couple of weeks. When you spend money on travel, you are investing in relationships. You'll find that it strengthens your family (or couple) bond, makes your family and home life happier, and teaches value in time & memories rather than things. That is priceless, and something I hope to teach others to value.
Create Lifelong Memories
With traveling, even for just a quick day or weekend getaway, we create memories to last a lifetime. Playing a small part in couples', friends', and families' memories is the ultimate honor! I love knowing that I can help others create and cherish such special times.
Bring Others Closer to God
Perhaps the most important to me is bringing others closer to God through travel. Since experiencing more of the world, I have never felt a stronger connection to or had a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. It may sound cliche to some, but it is all encompassing truth for me. From the creations of man, like flying or incredible architectural marvels, to lands only touched by God, there is no part of this world that I don't see His handy work. I hope through travel, I can point others to Him as well.
I'll be transparent here. This is a job, undoubtedly the hardest job I've ever had, not including motherhood. But it is important for our household's financial well being. That being said, apart of my why is the opportunity to provide a more secure future for our family, to create more opportunity for our family to see the world, and to give myself the opportunity to challenge and grow myself.
Show Work Ethic & Dreams Come True
Lastly, I want to prove to myself that with hard work, my dreams & goals can become a reality! More than that, I want to teach that by example to my children. I want them to see first hand that hard work not only makes you a better person, but brings great reward! You can show your family the same with a well thought out & planned vacation with Discovereighng with Dana Travel. ;)