Saturday, November 24, 2018

Royal Princess Western Caribbean Cruise

Hello from the Royal Princess! Yep, we're headed out again.

We left the hotel at 10 am and were sitting in the embarkation lounge by 10:30. While we typically don't arrive at port that early, we were looking to have a leisurely, stress-free, line-free day. And  it worked! It took us all of 30 minutes to walk from our hotel to the pier, drop off our luggage, have someone glance at our passports and boarding passes, go through security, check in and get our cabin key and boarding card, grab some water in the elite/platinum embarkation lounge, and have a seat. Not a line to be found anywhere in that .85 miles from point to point. And bonus - our walk to the port took us over the exact pavement hubby fell on in September and this time there was no fall. Woo hoo!

Elites were called to board at 11:15 and now we are sitting watching boats come and go from the outside seating area behind the buffet. Can't get a better day than that.
Although life on a yacht might be pretty good, too.
I won't be posting the Princess Patters this time around as we still have a limited number of Internet minutes. Can't wait for the Royal to get the unlimited super-speedy MedallionNet! Until then, I'll need to conserve minutes. If you do have questions about something in the Patter, just email me. I won't throw them away until the end of the cruise.

But if you are looking for the officer's, this may help:
So where are we headed this time?

Off to a sea day tomorrow.

Crown Princess Resources

If you want to know anything else about the Crown Princess or have any questions about cruising or Princess Cruises, just ask. 

Friday, November 23, 2018

Encouraging Words Money Pocket Project

Woman's Day Magazine, February 2019

What is the Encouraging Words Project?

Those who know me know I believe in the power of the Universe. I believe in The Secret. I believe in the power of positive thinking. That if you look for the good you will find the good. I believe life is flippin' amazing and each day will be amazingly awesome. And I know in my heart that putting positive and grateful thoughts out into the world comes back to me ten times over.

To encourage myself and others to recognize the power within each and every one of us, I've been delivering words of support and inspiration. For the last several years I’ve been giving away dollar bills with these notes of encouragement. I’ve left them in restrooms and airplane magazines and sugar containers. I’ve left them in windowsills and tip jars and hotel room drawers. I’ve left them on buses and taxis and trains. And in shopping carts, store shelves, and doctor offices. Sometimes I place one somewhere once a day and other days I drop them off multiple times.

While most of the time I never know who winds up finding them or how they feel about the words on them, occasionally I do get "caught". When I do, I am awe-inspired how much those few kinds words mean to people. The money going along with the words is just a bonus.

I'd love to have your help in putting kind and grateful vibes out into the world. Click here to learn how to make the pockets and here to find out what others are doing with it

Don't want to make the pockets? Try using a sticky note to leave your dollar behind. Not able to give away any money right now? Just leave the encouraging words. It is the positive thought that counts!

What Readers Are Saying About the Encouraging Words Project

One of the best parts of sharing the encouraging words project has been seeing the project multiply into something bigger. If you haven't yet joined us, it's not too late to start. Check out the post here to learn more about it. Need even more inspiration? Take a look at what some of our readers are saying about it:

I am going to hand out 70 of these in honor of my 70th birthday which is coming up Sept. 26th. I want to do it on that day! I think they are wonderful and we so need touches of kindness in our world today. I also think I will create a "Kindness" basket for an upcoming raffle and place the idea as a kit inside along with other items that reflect kindness in our world.
Thank you in advance for this treasure trove of ideas.
Linda M. 

Thanks for sharing so much with others it really does cause a ripple effect,
Kim B.

Like you, I have left dollar bills and words of encouragement  for others to find. Yet, sometimes the words fail me. I saw that you offer a template with phrases that you use, and I would appreciate a copy. I absolutely believe in spreading Love in many ways! Spreading Joy to others is a wave of healing I firmly believe in!

I read about your money pockets today and I’m so excited to do this!  As my granddaughter gets old enough I think this will be a fun thing to do together.  Mimi & Josie’s secret campaign to leave smiles wherever we go! Thank you for doing good in the world …… spreading kindness and love.

I saw your letter in Pam Grout's newsletter, and I love what you're doing. I'm already cutting out the money envelopes!  Please consider me a fan.  
Infinite Love & Gratitude,
Diana H

And a followup from Diana:
I have used your template and words to produce several hundred of the encouraging word pockets.  I find it easy to slip them in all sorts of fun places, and it includes the price of a cup of coffee at our local cafe.  I recently took them on a trip to Las Vegas.  I like to think there may have been a "jackpot" involved for someone.

I've also created stickers with my own words.  I've never been around to see someone find a pocket but I love to imagine how tickled I would be if I found one.  I love setting my intention for kindness as I carefully cut each pocket, glue it, apply the sticker, and add the dollar.  Your project resonates with me. I believe the world is a better place for any and all kindnesses--no matter how seemingly small.
With heartfelt Thanksgiving Infinite Love & Gratitude,
Diana H

If you decide to be part of the project, I'd love to hear from you! Click below to email me.
I look forward to hearing about how you are putting those positive vibes out into world!