MAKE TIME TO UNPLUG

From someone who used to be allergic to the word “unplug” I somehow managed to (years later) learn how to do so. Not so much to do it but I learned why I NEEDED to do it! For my mind, body and soul…

It doesn’t matter what career you are in, if you work from home or take care of your family. All of these are job and you MUST take the time to unplug, relax and maybe even meditate. Be grateful for what you have. Take the time to write these things down in a journal. Create a zen for yourself. Create a happy place to escape to even if it just in your mind.

When you take the time to do this you will come back to wherever you needed to get to faster because you are feeling so refreshed.

When I gave myself this challenge of writing 30 blogs in 30 days for my How To Series I thought it was honestly going to be a piece of cake.

Ummm…

That was not the case. I had to create a posting schedule for 30 days and five weeks that would make sense and excite my readers. Manage the professionals posts that were sent to me as I had many guests help me create a few posts each week. Then I had to share my story as well as a few others every day. Almost every post was at a minimum of 1,000 words.

And I am so happy and thrilled to share with you that today is Blog #30. The end of my How To Series. I am not going to lie when I tell you how proud I am that I achieved this personal goal of mine. Again…

That being said I am going to take my own advice and unplug this weekend. I’m going to take deep breathes, write in my journal and just escape from my norm…

Aside from unplugging I will be working on The Happy Workaholic Podcast!

I wanted to leave a few of my favorite “unplugged” quotes. Please enjoy them below…

It was true pleasure writing this series every day and I truly appreciated all of the comments here as well as all over my social media channels.

I want to connect and/or stay connected with you! Let me know what is going on in your world…

Comment below and let’s chat.

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Now it is time for me to officially unplug until Monday and I hope you do the same…

KAG

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TEN TRAVEL TIPS FROM A PRO

Everyone has their own way of preparing for a trip. You may start weeks ahead or be a pro at last minute packing. Either way it’s just nice to have a few back ups or new ideas. Sometimes that moment comes along when you’re like “Sh*t I can’t believe I forgot to bring that”! Or maybe a “Why didn’t I ever think of that”? Am I right?

So here are my top ten travel tips! Some you may already do and some may have you thinking I am crazy OCD! However, if you have been reading my How To Series all month you would know more about me and know that being organized times ten is just my norm…

TOP TEN TRAVEL TIPS

1: Do your research.

It does not matter if you are going away for business or pleasure, you should always do your research and prepare. You should look up local restaurants and shops because supporting local is important everywhere! Just saying. Contact a few people on social media that you may want to connect with later on. Ask them for their two cents on some places you’ve found online. I’m telling you this will really enhance your trip. And by doing it ahead of time you are not running around frantic or stressed. As trips are meant to be enjoyed. Even business trips.

2: Plan an itinerary and/or schedule.

You don’t want to be scheduled too much but you definitely want to have some sort of a plan to make sure you don’t overspend on traveling to each destination you are looking to visit. You also want to make sure you see everything on your list! Creating a schedule is just so you are able to see it on paper or a list on your phone. It may remind you of something else you wanted to do!

3: Packing and shipping.

The world we live in now is so different than 10-15 years ago. If you fly commercial you are sometimes charged for breathing room now! Just kidding! But the extra charges are getting to be a bit ridiculous. Not all airlines thank god just some of them. This is where shipping comes in. Next time you have a trip planned and have a lot to take I would definitely suggest looking into shipping a few things. It is cheaper to send a FedEx or UPS box than an checking an additional suitcase at the airport. Check it out. I’m sure you will be able to save some money in this department!

4: Stay charged up!

Bring your chargers for your chargers! Bring batteries. Bring extra batteries to charge the battery pack. These are on the list of you will spend a fortune buying them on vacation if you forgot them at home. Lay out all of your devices on the bed before packing to make sure you have everything you need for them. This is what I do! It makes it a lot easier. Then get those Ziplocs out and ready to go!

5:  Packing advice. Roll everything!

As you may have read this week I used to travel a lot. I would fly almost every week and to a completely different climate. One week I was in Panama, the next Alaska then sunny San Diego and Hawaii. I would have to bring an every day wardrobe as well as a formal work attire in one suitcase to fit all of these climates. How I did this was I rolled everything. I rolled things inside of other rolls of clothing and stacked them in rows. I would then pack my breakables in towels in between them to create layer. You will be shocked when you see how much more room you have packing this way. You also need Ziplocs and a lot of them. Ziplocs can be used to store everything! They will also help save you a ton of room in your luggage as well as keep it nice and organized.

6: Prepare what to eat and what type of food to eat.

These days most restaurants can accommodate any diet restrictions but you want to make sure you find those great places to dine beforehand so you are not stressed right before a meal. Going out to eat should absolutely be enjoyable not a stressful situation. Make a list of what type of dining you want to enjoy too! Italian, Mediterranean, Asian cuisine etc. In Vegas especially choosing your dining can be overwhelming because there are just so many options. And going off the grid aka off “the strip” is also a great choice! Pick a day of your trip to go where the locals go.

7: Carry on your essentials and back ups.

I am by no means telling you this to jinx you but you always need to plan and be prepared. God forbid your luggage gets lost and you are on your way to a deal making meeting. Please do not pack anything for that meeting in a suitcase you check! You MUST have those items on you or ahead of you. Feel free to refer back to Tip #3 packing and shipping if you need a reminder.

8: Download Apps and save money!

This is one of those tips that a lot of people don’t think about doing. Some apps are only available in certain cities and if you are a new customer you are sure to save! No matter what the case may be. Hotels also have many ways for you to save. A players card or VIP member of some sort. Just research these before you hop on that flight so that you can start saving as soon as you land. Social media is the easiest way to find these codes and/or apps. Contact me here if you need any Vegas deals…

9: Make lists on your phone.

I have lists for my lists. I am not kidding! I know that is extreme but it keeps me organized and prepared at all times. On the down time you have flying or sitting in the car put together a plan for your stay. This is to make sure you don’t forget the attractions, places or restaurants you really want to go to. We all know trips can be a bit stressful so why not try to avoid that!

10: Experience and enjoy!

You are on a trip for a reason. Whether it’s for work or personal you just need to enjoy every moment of it! Take lots of pics, videos and your journal if you have one. But not to the point where you are not fully present! Trust me I used to be one of those. Enjoy every moment because you deserve it…

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KAG

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TRAVEL LIKE A PRO TO LAS VEGAS!

I cannot believe I have lived in Vegas for almost six years! That is a record for me! As someone who has lived in ten cities over the last ten years you can only imagine how odd that feels. I always get asked…How do you live here all year long? or Why am I not on the East Coast? To be honest with you I’m not sure I could do what I do anywhere else. As more of my business has moved online I could work from anywhere. However, what I want and need would not be at my finger tips as it is here in Vegas! And most of what I want is here in Vegas and just not found anywhere else!

The reason why I moved to Vegas in the first place was because I took a promotion with a company I was working for in the world of private aviation and luxury vehicles. Per usual, I said YES! Packed up my two 70 pound suitcases and hopped on a flight from San Diego. Seriously! I didn’t even have time to look for an apartment because they needed me right away. I got to live in various hotels on “The Strip” for quite some time. So if you ever need to know how to save money on “The Strip” I am your girl! Contact me here…

I wanted to share some tips with you from a few of my friends who have some pretty demanding and reputable jobs here in town. In my opinion they are the best at what they do! And as I always say SERVICE IS KEY. In any industry but especially in Las Vegas and they all do just that!

A few tips I would like to give you is to hire someone who knows the ins and outs of the city. Someone who can create a complete itinerary for you with your budget. Someone who will be able to save you money in one place to be able to use the extra in another. For example: Locals get great rates on attractions. That would save you money. Then that extra money you would have used can be put towards better seats at a show! Get it! By the way I create a pretty dam good itinerary. Just saying…

Always hire a Professional to help you create the best experience for you. It doesn’t matter if you are here for a convention or bachelorette! There is always time to get things done. Vegas is 24 hrs!  I’m speaking from experience as I have had clients email me lists of what they need prior to their arrival. I shop for it so it is here for when they arrive and deliver it to them. That saves them time and money and that is just something simple.

If you are looking to come to Vegas just to get away you should keep in mind holidays and calendar holidays as rates are much higher. If you are coming with a group and you have been nominated to plan the trip then absolutely contact someone to help you plan everything. Your trip will be so much more enjoyable without the stress of you planning it all.

I had a group of 18 last year that I had planned every dinner, transportation and event for. I had concierges doing meet and greets and texting me throughout the trip so I knew when and where that group was if I wasn’t there myself. I do this because I am a perfectionist and want every single person I deal with leaving Las Vegas extremely happy and wanting to come back for more…

Over fight weekend a few years ago I had 48 people I was personally in charge of. That was just completely insane! I manged it (through many miracles). And everyone left happy. We all made a lot of money but then I ended up in the hospital. I was prepared times ten but that weekend was definitely out of the norm. I had armed protection with me at some points. It was just insane! My point is hire a professional to take care of your trip. If my clients tried to book anything themselves that weekend they would have been in their rooms. Even the pools had 3-4 hour lines to get into. It does not matter what you plan on doing or spending. The point is you deserve the best service when you are here. So you must try to plan as ahead as you can. And that is what I did for those groups. They all left happy and that made me happy…

So if you are planning a trip to Vegas let me know and I can help create THE BEST itinerary for you! If you are in need of an Event Planner I can also do that! When someone contacts me to produce an event for them I send them a document to fill out. It is just a list of questions to answer so that we are on the same page. Budget, design, purpose, branding etc. This is one of my favorite ways to work with clients coming to town. Producing and designing events…

Here are a few tips from a Concierge for first timers…

Tip #1: Don’t try to cram everything into one trip, there is just too much to do in so little time. Pick a few key things and stick with those.

Tip #2: Plan in advance! Too many people wait till the night of or the day before to buy tickets or book a reservation and then get upset when they don’t get what they want. Trust me, the price won’t go down for good shows just because there are empty seats.

Tip #3: Trust your Concierge. The last thing we want is to spoil your vacation and send you somewhere you won’t like. It’s our job to make you happy and give you the best trip possible!

Why use a Concierge?

Yes, you can read reviews online and even book your experiences so why use a Concierge? As the old saying goes, time is money. It’s simple really, Concierge saves you time by being your one stop shop for everything you want to do (as long as it’s legal and ethical). You don’t have to waste hours on end researching that best seat for a show or picking from the two dozen steakhouses. Give us some info and we guide you in the right direction. Our goal in the end…make you happy! Hotels pay us to make you happy so why not use us, we’re free (although gratuity is always appreciated).

Another Concierge tip…

Always sign up for a Player’s Card at properties. It doesn’t matter if you gamble. There are so many more benefits such as restaurant and shopping discounts that are definitely something you should take advantage of! The more you spend and swipe the more discounts. Also room upgrades are possible. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Thousands of people come to Las Vegas just for the club scene. And out of that large group I would say 75% of them have no idea that the lines to get into a club here can be 3-4 hours long (depending on the DJ). All I can say is that you must use a reputable Host. You have to spend the money to have the best experience. Do you think if someone gave you free show tickets it would be the best show and seats on The Strip? I don’t think so…

You need to use a host that has been in the business for years and has built a strong following based on excellent service. That host for that I would recommend is Johnny Reyes.

See Johnny’s Do’s and Dont’s below…

Do: Always get a Host to help sort out your itinerary. They live here and know a lot more than what you think or have heard. Let them know: How many people in your group, budget, likes and dislikes, dates, and other activities you might want to do.

Always tip, an average tip can range $100-$200 per club. If you have a good Host they will get you faster entry, better tables, girls, and take all the worries out of your trip.

Ask what time to arrive and try to be there on time. Sometimes clubs do sell out and it sucks having to tell people “I told you so”.

Don’t: Don’t ever prepay someone you don’t know! Don’t worry about having everything setup before you come out. Many people change their plans day of or book a club within hours of opening. Don’t shop around different clubs and Host thinking your gonna get some crazy better deal. Most Hosts know each other and we also talk. If your thinking of another club just let us know, you don’t have to make up some huge lie and give us the run around.

I hope this information will be useful in planning your next trip. And I would love to help you with any questions you may have so that you can have the most enjoyable stay here in Las Vegas!

And be sure to contact Johnny next time you are in Las Vegas for any and all day and nightclub bookings you have and be sure to tell him I sent you!

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TIPS FOR FLYING COMMERCIAL

Are you planning a flight sometime soon? Counting down the days until takeoff? Trying to squeeze all of your belongings into that new suitcase? Today I want to help you and share with you a few points of view from cabin crew and pilots before you book your next trip. With years of experience flying commercial aircraft both domestic and internationally these friends of mine offered to give me some great advice to share with all of you. Listen up passengers! These tips may have you thinking and acting a bit differently when you board your next plane…

A few tips from a cabin crew member…

Tip #1: Travelling together, check in early (in person or online) you’ll almost certainly get to sit together. Going solo? Leave it last minute, you’re more likely to get upgraded (if you look the part).

Tip #2: Minimize jet lag by snoozing lots, eating light and only drinking water…might sound boring but you’ll be glad you took it easy when you leap outta bed day 1 of your trip!

Tip #3: Make the crew love you! Don’t freak cause we ran out of chicken or poke me in the ribs when you need extra sugar. Make my job easy and it’s amazing how often I forget to charge for liquor (I know I said just water but you’re on vaycay. It can’t hurt).

Tips and Advice from a Pilot

Always be at the airport on time, even if the weather is good. Good weather means more traffic at the airport and longer lines going thru security.
During bad weather, give yourself extra time to get to the airport. Check traffic for accidents or construction that will delay your arrival at airport..
Pack necessary clothing. According to destination, but always a light jacket and long socks just in case a warm day turns into a chilly day.
I always put my socks and underwear inside my workout shoes. It gives me more room to take other stuff.
If you forget something at home, like toothpaste, toothbrush etc. most hotels will have it.
Always check the airport van schedules and pick up and drop off locations. Sometimes Uber is a lot faster.
Once in the air..if you like to use the bathroom often, take an aisle seat, if you like to nap, the window.
If gate agents are offering to check your bags to your destination, do it…saves time when you deplane.
Obey the announcements from the crew, be courteous and patient during a delay.
Be nice to the flight attendants, they notice who is not a good passenger.
At the end of flight a good thank you for a great flight or what a nice landing, makes our day better.

 

Another Pilot’s perspective…

Check weather where you are going and where you are connecting.  Final destination may be good but where you are connecting might be snowed in.
If on a cruise allow some time cushion on both ends. Planes fly all over the country or world and a lot goes into the overall experience so if it’s delayed, don’t get mad.
Unless the agent is being rude, always be nice and courteous to airline representatives. Many will go out of there way when you’re nice and compassionate.
Know that a lot goes into flying massive planes with passengers into crosswinds and weather is a big factor. So it’s not always easy to make the smoothest flight or landing.
A ton of work goes into just the flight from creating a flight plan, the dispatch flight release with all the weights/fuel and best route.  Not simple get on bus then get off. Proper preplans and execution are a must!
Tips for new pilots…Be prepared and budget for an unplanned overnight at hotel in case flight diverts or breaks down. Have something basic in carry on.
It’s Kelly now…
It’s always great to hear another perspective and point of view isn’t it? This is why I have asked a number of my friends in the travel industry to be involved this week.
For some who travel frequently and perhaps everyday they don’t think twice about all the planning, prepping and safety measures that go into a smooth flight. The flight that you may be on your phone/computer the whole time. Next time you board look up and greet your flight attendant. Don’t stare at your phone. It’s just nice to be acknowledged.
Everyone in any service industry deserves a smile and a thank you. I mean if you’re really excited a high five or hand shake too! In all seriousness, next time you fly be sure to thank your crew and anyone that helped you before, during and after your flight. It’s just the right thing to do…
Until next time…
KAG
PS Do you have an in-flight story you would like to share? Leave it below in the comments. Let’s talk about it!

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MY TRAVEL WEEK SERIES

Greetings from Las Vegas! I cannot wait to share what I have in store for you throughout this entire week…

Are you are looking for travel tips? Are you looking to get into the travel industry as a new career? Are you looking to make a big purchase? Well folks this is where you need to be to read up on all the info I have in store for you! I am not just giving you advice on where to travel. I am giving you the inside scoop. The behind the scenes. And the answers to your most asked questions…

All this week I will be posting about private aviation, yacht charters, commercial flights, must-see destinations as well as a few more ideas I’ve been keeping up my sleeve for this week.

I have Captains, Pilots, Recruiters, Chief Stewardesses, Owners, Crew and other Las Vegas Industry and Service Professionals ready to share their knowledge, advice and piece of their world with you too! Discreetly of course…

How amazing is that? Not sure you can find that info anywhere else. But you will here and all this week! Did I mention how excited I was?

Please let me know if you have any questions you would like answered so that we can answer them for you this weekend. You can leave them in the comments.

In case you didn’t know I have been working in the luxury travel industry for more than ten years. I’ve had a number of people contact me about how to get a job, where to book a charter or where to find crew. So I decided that this week was the time to give you all that information! I’m giving you everything I know plus bringing in a team of pros that I know and trust that do their job to 150 percent which is why I asked them to be involved in Travel Week.

Cannot wait to share more with you tomorrow. And if you can’t wait until then you can find me on Instagram.

KAG

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THE CLIENT PERSPECTIVE

Throughout Beauty Week I have been giving you tips, tricks and advice from experienced professionals in their own craft. Today I wanted to switch it up a bit! I wanted to share a client’s perspective as well as some more info on brows…

Let’s jump right in…

Sabrina Dandridge is an actor and model currently living in NYC. I had the pleasure of meeting Sabrina many years ago when she modeled for my makeup line in Rhode Island where we both happen to be from. She was fantastic of course! I asked Sabrina to share her thoughts with me about getting her makeup done professionally.

Hear Sabrina’s point of view below on what it is like to be the one sitting in the chair…

In my opinion, brows are the bane of the face. It is important to have a groomed brow, and shaped nicely. I get my makeup done fairly often in the line of work I am in (actor, model) and the one thing I notice, that is consistent across the board, is the lack of knowledge, attention and tools involving eyebrow presentation. I almost always have to touch up my brows with my own researched products and proven tools, in order to achieve a more polished and flattering look. Glossier has a product, called Boy Brow, that has changed the game of brow enhancing (for me). I can’t recommend the product enough. It is by far one of the best on the market right now. I’m not being paid to say that, either. Makeup Artists, listen up!

A few things I love about getting my makeup done are the obvious pampering aspect. I won’t deny I enjoy that! Another is access to knowledge. I learn something valuable from every Makeup Artist I meet and work with. They are the experts, after-all, and they all have different information, tips, techniques and tools I like to absorb. I then apply what I learn to enhance my own routines and add to my beauty regime necessities.

Lastly, I love the creative aspect of what can be created and the stories that can be told through the medium of makeup and beauty platforms. I love being a canvas for that sort of expression. It’s a type of art, and I can appreciate the artistry that goes into it.

Want to learn more about Sabrina? Visit her on Instagram @theladymuse or her website here…

Chelsea Barber has another perspective I would like to share. Chelsea also modeled for my makeup line many years ago when we both lived in Los Angeles. She is now living in New Orleans and is one of the hair stylists I featured in HAIR TIPS-PART ONE.

Hear what Chelsea has to say below… 

Getting your makeup done is fun because it’s someone’s else’s vision of the beauty they see in you. Whether it is enhancing your eyes, your jawline, lips etc. a canvas through an artist’s unique mind.

You get to see different versions of yourself. Find out what you like and do not like.

Are you in the New Orleans area? Click here for more info on Chelsea Barber.

Back to BROWS…

Eyebrow Microblading is becoming more and more popular by the day. I know I have been dying to get them done. I just wish I was in Florida right now so that my good friend Gina could help a sister out!

What is Microblading?

It’s a Semi-Permanent tattooing technique that has hair like strokes to look like real hair. You will no longer need to fill in your sparse eyebrows or if you don’t have any.

Great for people who have lost their eyebrows or just want to open up their eye area.

As eyebrows frame your face for an amazing natural lift and feel like you can leave the house without any makeup.

Thanks again Gina for being a part of Beauty Week! If you are in Southern Florida you can find Gina’s contact info below. Be sure to tell her I sent you!

Ageless Beauty by Gina Bianca. Boca Raton, FL.

Ageless Beauty on Instagram

As always if you have a question for any of us leave it in the comments.

KAG

 

HOW TO GET SOCIAL!

Happy Thursday! Keeping it short and sweet today!

How do you get social? Pick a few of your favorite social media platforms, local restaurants/bars or coffee shops to spend some time in this weekend.

I prefer Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn and small family run businesses to hang out in!

Introduce yourself in groups, at happy hour or when in line for your coffee!

Engage when you feel comfortable and as much as you feel necessary!

Meet new friends in person and online!

Just spread some love and positive juju this week.

Why?

Because everyone needs it these days…

Wouldn’t it feel nice to know that you were the one to brighten up someone’s day?

Now that is how you get social!

Until tomorrow…

KAG

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HOW TO CREATE VISION AND HAPPINESS BOARDS

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

How many of you have heard of vision boards? Or maybe even happiness boards? They have been around for so many years. I feel like the wave of talking about them comes and goes. And I see it trending everywhere right now! Hence, why I wanted to write about it and because I LOVE creating them obviously…

As a born creative of course I have one. I actually have two and once had three. That was just too much I know. I’ll admit it. Once I get into my creative zone I just cannot stop FOR REAL!

Just the other day one of my friends text me asking how to create one? We used to live together so clearly she remembered my wall of cork boards and so I think this is why she called.

My answer was that you need to think and visualize what you want and/or where you see yourself going. In your personal life and career. I am a HUGE fan of putting your thoughts into the universe and creating these boards is one very fun and entertaining way of doing do.

I actually see a lot of work shops for vision boards trending all over the world in fact. Celebrating with some bubbly and creating a special space for others to create together is genius. I think I actually need to be a part of these one day.

When you are creating a personal vision and/or happiness board you can put pictures (from magazines, newspapers, print outs) of where you would like to travel, your favorite quotes, a cocktail napkin from a bar you once celebrated at etc.

As far as your board type goes I personally prefer cork boards but white boards patterned quilt and a section of a wall. It honestly depends on your style…

Your boards can consist of fun items you collect in your travels and sometimes on the street. No joke! I have a very large screw that ended up in my tire rushing to the Golden Globes from a few years ago. Random but it reminds me of that crazy day of running from room to room doing makeup for my clients.

So that infamous screw is there to remind me of that accomplishment and also the not so happy part where I just got screwed! Get it!

My happiness board has fortune cookie messages (because I’ve been collecting them for years), ads from magazines that I just love. I mean some of these I have now framed because I just love them so much! And they are years old, so we can now call them vintage I guess! lol

Blue Lagoon in Iceland (that’s a bucket list trip of mine) my favorite quotes and mantras are absolutely on one of my boards.

When I get into a funk or need to switch things up I redo them. This is why I love using push pins. It’s easy to make changes without ruining your project you’ve spent hours working on. When it comes to my “work” boards I change them every first of the month!

It is so good to refresh your goals and plans. It’s called life and sh*t happens whether or not you are prepared for it. Your life can change in a second. Just look at mine for example. Insane, scary and absolutely annoying at times but honestly looking at work I have created on these boards continues to keep me inspired  and motivated in all aspects; business and personal.

If you are enjoying my How To Series please feel free to share along with anyone who you think could benefit from my writing everyday this month!

Until tomorrow…

KAG

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I CHOSE THIS LIFE SERIES

Updated 7/31/17…

I Chose This Life Series will launch on Wednesday 9/6/17!

Whenever I have an idea I immediately write it down in one of my “famous” notebooks. Then when I decide it is time to give it life I start my post-it/cork board process. If you follow me on Instagram and Stories then you know what I am talking about. I guess you could say it is my version of a “Story Board”. You know the white boards with the photos on them you used to see when MTV actually played music videos? And they aired the “Making of the Video” show. Just like that!

My cork boards are the special place for me to put together the puzzle pieces that I have floating around in my head. I’m a very visual person so being able to write it down and push pin it up really helps me in the creative process. And I’m so OCD, so the fact that my push pins can be moved around makes the process completely stress-free! lol.

So a few months ago I began that process for the I Chose This Life Series. I knew when I launched The Happy Workaholic Podcast that I wanted to use it as a platform for other Entrepreneurs like myself to share their stories. After all…the show is about Business, Luxury Travel and Life! So it’s a perfect fit and made sense!

My guests will share the raw, real and relateable deal. The path they took to get them to where they are today. The milestones, the mishaps and everything in between. Everyone has a unique story and I want the show to share these stories for others to hear and be inspired and motivated by them. I want my listeners to know that no matter what the situation everything happens for a reason. And there is no need for you to ever give up on a dream. We all go through life with bumps in the road. And it makes us who we are today! Trust me on this! It’s just a different scenario for everyone. And you will learn that when listening to this amazing series…

I CHOSE THIS LIFE SERIES. WHAT IS IT?

I CHOSE THIS LIFE SERIES

on

The Happy Workaholic Podcast with Kelly Ann Gorman

I Chose This Life is a weekly series on The Happy Workaholic Podcast showcasing

Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs.

Every Wednesday you will hear from a different guest who will share their journey, their struggles, milestones and personality as they keep it completely raw and real.

You’ll learn about their biggest motivators and why they chose their business

and life they are living now!

Guests will answer a list of questions throughout the show and the discussions

will be fun, fearless and focused on career!

Conversations you will not want to miss and lots of notes you are going to want to take.

Get your pens, paper and ears ready for the I Chose This Life Series…

Launch date announced on Monday 7/27/17 on Instagram @kkinvegas!

STAY TUNED…

Thanks so much for reading and I cannot wait for you to hear from all the incredible guests I have lined up…

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday…

KAG

Three Things…

Don’t forget to download The Happy Workaholic Podcast here. I just posted 3 new podcasts yesterday!

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THREE YEARS AGO TODAY…

It was exactly three years ago today that I decided I really needed to start writing down my thoughts on a daily basis. I had tried to journal before but my constant traveling around for work made it impossible for me to keep a consistent schedule. However, I was ready to try it again…

So three years ago on July 1st, 2014 I went out and bought a book filled with an abundance of blank pages and started to fill them with my thoughts. After a year or so I decided that some of those entries were going to become part of a docu-series which in the end did not work out. As I always say…Everything happens for a reason and I am thankful that it did not pan out. In all honesty, I wasn’t really ready to let the world in just yet. Side note: I had some serious NDA’s I was still locked into and would not be able to (legally) share a lot of my stories.

Once I confirmed the show was a no go I decided I wanted to turn these pages into a self-help book for others. So I then started that process. It was incredibly exhausting trying to piece together this insane puzzle (aka my life). I gave the book editing process a rest but continued to write every single day. It honestly became an addicting type of therapy. A good therapy. And one that I desperately needed! I also had decided on a name. I would call it The Happy Workaholic. The title alone described me and would fit others perfectly. It would be a name that others could relate to!

Cut to today…

July 1st, 2017. Three full years of writing. I know! It is crazy! I cannot even believe I have accomplished such a task as I am telling you about it now.

If you have been following me over the past year you would know that I have an autoimmune disease called Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO for short). This disease can leave you blind and paralyzed in the blink of an eye. Literally! You don’t know when it will happen which is honestly the scariest sh*t I have ever had to go through in my entire life. The best way to explain NMO is that it’s like an earthquake! It can hit hard and cause severe damage or smaller and more frequently with treatments in hopes of preventing another relapse (earthquake).

Throughout this past month of June I have taken time to give my body the rest it needed after 12 months of scans, lab work, hospital trips and treatments. I also needed to give my mind a rest as well as it is constantly going at full speed. Going through anything health related can take a serious toll; not only on your body, mind and spirit; but your relationships with others too. Your thoughts can become dark and your visions unclear. It’s quite scary to feel like you are becoming a different person. Almost like an outer body experience. And your stress level is always at an elevated level which is the worst thing for you. So I needed the time to be at peace with everything and stay as positive as possible with the changes that I have been having to make in my life. I needed the time to just be still and only worry about ME!

As someone who has always been extremely organized and scheduled; the hardest part of this new journey of mine is to learn how to just live each day because you never know when it can be your last and if a relapse with this disease will happen. I needed to give myself a more go with the flow mentality. Which by the way I am still working on! Ugh…It is SO HARD! I will admit each day I’m getting better. I think! I hope…

The reason why I am telling you this is because my everyday thoughts and journal writing that would eventually turn into a book is not in the cards for me right now! The process of writing a book could and would be incredible but not so much if I loose my vision and need to hire a ghost writer. And that would take even more time to explain to someone the last ten years of my life’s work. I’m not saying it will never happen. Just not at this time…

I want to be able to help others now! I want to use my voice and be heard for the ones that are not ready to do so. I want to share my stories and have a platform for others to be recognized for their work. That being said The Happy Workaholic Podcast was born. All of my stories are coming to life for you to hear rather than read…

I had to think of a Plan B just in case my health took a turn for the worst. See. That’s me! Always planning ahead! With a podcast I am still able to record (if something changes for me health wise) and I won’t have to wait to share my stories in a book. This is just one of the next steps in my life that I am able to move forward with and cannot wait to have you along for the ride and maybe even on my show!

The Happy Workaholic Podcast is…

A HAPPY, HEALTHY, POSITIVE AND PRODUCTIVE SHOW ABOUT LIVING LIFE IN THE FAST LANE, LEARNING HOW TO SLOW DOWN (PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY) AND HOW TO BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF THROUGH INSPIRATION, MOTIVATION AND DETERMINATION.

As I browse through my social media this weekend I see so many friends enjoying the pool, beach and parties. Spending time laughing while out and about. As half of me wishes I was there I have set deadlines for myself for the weekend in order to create something SO SPECIAL. Hence, why I am on my computer right now and not in the sunshine. The other reason is because Las Vegas is hot as hell right now and being in the AC is a dream. Not to mention being in my comfy clothes on the couch checking off my to-do’s feels fantastic. A glass of wine in hand doesn’t hurt either! I’ll be having one of those shortly. I have had to make so many sacrifices over the last few years so missing out on a holiday weekend for me is a piece of cake! Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining as I chose this life and to set these deadlines myself because I want the bigger picture!

I CHOSE THIS LIFE…

Remember those four little words just mentioned. I Chose This Life…

As I sip on my third iced coffee of the day to power through a SERIOUS work session I have scheduled…

I wanted to share three things that are happening with ME right now!

  1. I am spending more time on Instagram and Stories and would love to connect with you there. I have been sharing a lot of behind the scenes pics and videos you will not find anywhere else. So don’t be shy. Click here to follow me @kkinvegas.
  2. I am recording my brand new podcast The Happy Workaholic all weekend. I have been working on this for a very long time now and thrilled I can finally share it with you. If you would like to hear the first few episodes you can sign up right here!
  3. Lastly, I am preparing my VIP Newsletters to go out for Wednesday July 5th! If you have been following me for a while and/or already receive my weekly email then you would have known that I took the month of June off in sending these out! This past month was the time I needed to spend preparing for the remainder of the year as well as get my health and wellness back to a somewhat normalcy after the year that it has been through. What am I talking about? Well, rather than go on about it here you can read all about on my website.

You will definitely want to sign up for my VIP Newsletter because that is the only place where I will be sharing the “good stuff”.

Business, Lifestyle and Luxury Travel news…

Well folks, that is it for me. I hope that you will join me on my new journey this second half of the year as it is going to be SO GOOD! Seriously! It’s going to be GREAT!

I have prepared so much for you and so excited to finally be able to share it and connect with so many more of you.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, positive and productive weekend!

KAG