We just returned from the 2012 Travel Goods Association trade show where Psi Bands was voted the most buzz-worthy product of the year! “The Buzz Award” is given every year to the product that has created the most “buzz”in the Travel Goods Show’s New Products Pavilion as voted on by retailers and members of the press. You trendsetters, you!
1. Don’t rely on your memory. Use the camera in your cell phone to take a picture of your parking spot number at the airport so you don’t lose your car.
2. Have a backup. Scan copies of your travel documents–passports, itineraries, hotel and car rental confirmation numbers–and email them to yourself. That way, everything you need is as close as the nearest Internet connection or your smartphone.
3. Bring plastic–the Ziploc kind. Put everything that could leak into a plastic bag and bring extra bags in larger sizes. They’ll come in handy for that bottle of duty-free tequila from Mexico or wet bathing suits from kids who needed one last dip in the ocean before piling into the car for the long ride home.
4. Rent a condo. Vacation condos with a kitchen and separate bedrooms are a great option for families. Even if the nightly rate is a little more than a hotel (and that isn’t always the case), you can offset the expense by eating several meals in. Save a lot of stress – and cash – with breakfast cereal ‘at home.’ And the separate bedroom for parents is a whole different kind of stress reliever.
CANCER & WELLNESS CORNER
Managing Your Emotions After Treatment
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” I don’t know who came up with those profound words, but whoever it was might have been a cancer survivor. You’ve got to be strong when you’re battling a disease, but I think you have to be even stronger when the battle is over, and the processing begins. That’s when it hit me… after treatment, when things quieted down and I began to absorb the 15-months of surgery, chemo and radiation that took a toll on me physically, mentally, and emotionally. Once treatment ended, I often felt scared and alone as most of my family and friends were eager to return to normal life and I was suddenly leaving the protective cocoon of doctors and nurses who supported me during treatment. Cancer experts at the Mayo Clinic say these feelings are completely normal.
The road to recovery isn’t just about your body, it’s about healing your mind as well. So take time to acknowledge the fear, grief and loneliness and then take steps to understand why you feel these emotions and what you can do about them. My doctors tell me to eat well and exercise. I’m going to all of my follow-up appointments, and trying to stay open about my fears… even when my friends say, “Marilyn, it’s all behind you now.” I know they mean well, but I can’t just flip a switch and put it behind me. Cancer changed the course of my life, and I’m giving myself permission to heal in my own way… in my own time. What helps most is staying in the moment and focusing on the blessings: Deeper gratitude for my community, knowing I’m strong and courageous, more authentic relationships and seeing my children more confident as they learn that together as a family, we can handle anything that comes our way. That’s worth it all.
If you or a loved one is trying to manage the emotions of life after treatment, check out the Mayo Clinic at: www.mayoclinic.com. Check out the Cancer Corner next month for more information as you continue on your healing journey.
Morning Sickness Q & A
What, exactly, causes morning sickness? And what is the best way to treat it? Here is what the experts at The Bump have to say:
What is morning sickness?
Before your pregnancy, you probably imagined that when you woke up in the morning, you’d be nauseous, throw up and then go on with your day. Well…not so much. Whoever decided to call it “morning sickness” was probably sleeping through the day, because this nausea doesn’t discriminate between the morning, afternoon or evening.
What are the signs of morning sickness?
Nausea and vomiting — of course — early in pregnancy.
Are there any tests for morning sickness?
If you’re losing significant weight or can’t keep anything down, those may be signs of a more serious problem, so talk to your doctor.
How common is morning sickness?
Common! Experts think anywhere from 50 to 90 percent of pregnant women get morning sickness.
How did I get morning sickness?
There’s no clear answer as to why nausea occurs during pregnancy, although it’s believed that it’s due to hormonal changes (that seems to be the answer to everything these days). Generally, the nausea isn’t too overwhelming, and by midpregnancy, you should be mostly relieved of it. But if your nausea and vomiting are excessive, talk to your doctor, because it may be hyperemesis gravidarum, a rare severe form of morning sickness that results in a poor intake of fluids and food (and a hungry baby).
How will my morning sickness affect my baby?
Morning sickness can be dangerous for both you and baby if you’re losing more than 10 percent of your baseline weight or if you’re unable to keep down even sips of water.
3 tips for Entrepreneurs
Success as an entrepreneur requires many skills, including the ability to find balance in your personal as well as your professional life. Here are three tips I try to live by:
1. Have Courage
Have the courage to say no to opportunities that may stretch your company too far. Have
the courage to launch your own product- or service-based business. Have the courage
to hustle when things are tough. Push through the fear as it can be immensely gratifying to be your own boss and to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
2. Get on the same page as your spouse
I could not successfully run Psi Bands without the support of my husband. If you find that your spouse is not behind you, start talking and find some compromises. If you are at odds, you will be unable to fully move your business forward.
3. Be in the moment
Find ways to separate the time spent with your family and working on the business,
otherwise everyone suffers. Set some boundaries that work for you. You, your family
and your business will benefit if you are able to focus.
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