Carnival Cruise Line sponsored my shore excursion in Honduras.
All opinions are my own.
Last week at this time, I was in Honduras monkeying around in Gumbalimba Park.
Part of my tour of this amazing wildlife preservation in Isla Roatan was with little monkeys that jumped from head to shoulder of everyone that came into their habitat!
It was very adventurous and thrilling because we never knew when to expect any one or two of about twelve monkeys to jump on our heads— tousled hair, monkey feet in face and tails whipped around necks!
When it was time to exit “Monkey Town,” which is what this part of the park was called, our tour guide said,
“OK everybody! Time to get that monkey off your back!”
Of course, that was a funny euphemism he used. It came back to me full circle in a message that I want to share with you today.
How I got that monkey off my back?
You may remember that the reason I was in Honduras was for a mastermind retreat, cruising Carnival on the western Caribbean sea. This all-inclusive working cruise was the best way that I’ve ever seen work and play combined for a win-win, dynamic experience!
I learned so much from our intimate group of ten, making up our mastermind community. From PR pros, bloggers, photographers, online media resources, and also brand, marketing and talent agents.
We each spoke and shared our area of expertise, creating a mastermind experience with actionable, knowledge-based learning.
One of the many takeaways that I can’t wait to share with you is— you guessed it…
How to get that monkey off your back!
When I say monkey, I’m totally referring to that dreaded P-word— Procrastination!
Nike says, “Just do it!” Whatever *it* is that you want to do— Especially if *it* involves turning a passion or an area of expertise into a revenue making machine!
Here’s one to follow.
Find 3 hobbies you love:
1. One to make money.
2. One to keep you in shape.
3. One to be creative.
For me, this is:
1. Sharing by writing and speaking— Remember me? Social butterfly turned social media influencer!
2. Yoga— My friend Lorraine made a business of this one HERE!
3. Hair bow making— I made a business out of this one, too!
I’m committed to sharing these types of motivational messages with you as we head into 2020!
Although I mentioned 2020, I want to remind you of this:
“Don’t watch the clock; Do what it does. Keep going.” —Sam Levenson
Now in my own words: Don’t wait for 2020 to get started. Now is the best time to be who you were born to be and do what you were already meant to be doing!
While you’re waiting, somebody else is doing it!
I did it— and you can do it, too!
I got that monkey off my back by knowing when to get help to get to the next level in my business.
We can’t do it all alone.
It’s essential to know when to bring in the right person who is already an expert on the next steps to take— no need to waste time reinventing the wheel!
With my friend who organized our retreat, Yvette of Muy Bueno Cooking!
My style with whimsy tip:
I’m wearing my favorite pieces from the nostalgic Jams World collection (in size XS— Yay!). I wore these beautiful styles, gifted from Jams World, all around Honduras. I was excited to wear every outfit because color is my favorite, and I chose my favorite colorful patterns! You can shop my outfits here:
Hattie Dress- Illusion (contemporary art pattern)
Hattie Dress- Flower Splash (floral pattern)
Casablanca Dress- Tropical Love (kimono)
The Jumper- Road Trip (jumpsuit)
I also made a stop as soon as we arrived on the beaches of Isla Roatan to have my hair braided Caribbean style right on the white sandy shores! With my hair braided, I saved heaps of time in getting ready each day, and had more time for all the activities happening on my Carnival cruise!
bathing suit | sunglasses | sandals | similar fanny pack | similar ring | similar earrings | similar bracelets | green & white jumpsuit |
Photos by Jenna Sparks Photography.
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Awesome Article! I always look forward to reading your articles. They always seem to inspire me. Now, l need to get the Monkey off my back ASAP! ????????
Thank you, Mrs. Pooler! This post was a good reminder for us all to stop monkeying around and just do it!
It looks like you had an amzing time. I also really like your cute outfits. It looks like paradise.
Thanks, Debbie! This was the rip of a lifetime! (Most outfits by Jams World.)