My list of 5 ways to live life to the fullest

Posted by Jessica Swiatlo

Dec 26, 2016 6:02:58 AM

A post-it says a thousand words

Grab a post-it.  Now write down 5 things you would like to be able to say you did or have included in your lifestyle 5 years from today. 

What does it even mean to live life to the fullest?  It’s not entirely obvious.  We all have parts of our life that we love and parts that we like less.  We have family, friends, work and responsibilities.  Some days the things we usually love are the things we hate and some days just the opposite.  So the best you can do is feel as though you’re living a life filled with content.  This way, you’ll never be able to say you wish you’d done more.  Seen more.  Experienced more.  And hopefully, the content you choose will take up more space than the things you like less and your life will feel nice and full.   

What is content?  Sometimes it’s an experience you can tick off your bucket list.  Sometimes it’s an ongoing thing you’ve included in your day to day life.  Spending time with friends, calling your kids, eating with your family, going to the movies, watching a great TV series, taking a trip, enrolling in a class, going for a walk – that’s content.  Sitting around watching mindless TV, or playing an addictive game on your iPhone on a regular basis (though we need it every once in a while to tune out and unwind) that’s not content.  Neither is working more hours than you can really be productive. Read a book instead.

This is my list.  What’s yours?

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16 Things to do before you die: if you’re going to read one list, read this one

Posted by Jessica Swiatlo

Dec 26, 2016 6:02:36 AM

Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.
~ Henry David Thoreau

We all have regrets about things we could have or should have done.  Most of us have a tendency to bury those regrets deeply in a drawer seldom accessed to avoid feeling that icky feeling that you had a chance to do something, and didn’t do it.  What if you turned that paradigm upside down?  Embracing regret is the best way to get motivated to do something.  And it’s never too late. 

I’ve thought a lot about filling my life with content – active efforts to do and see more so that I can say without hesitation that I live my life to the fullest (more on that here)

So if you’ve been dreaming about doing some amazing things before you die, I've created a list of things that I've experienced and might inspire you.  If you’ve been spending your time regretting that you haven’t done the things you want to do before you die, I hope this will help.  And if you’ve been in denial about the things you wish you’d done, going about your day as if they can be forgotten, hopefully, my list just might inspire you to dream about doing some cool things again.

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5 ways to master the art of living: Daily practices that can get you going

Posted by Jessica Swiatlo

Dec 26, 2016 6:02:13 AM

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both. ” – James Michener

Each of us probably thinks about excellence now and again.  Am I doing enough?  Should I be making more of an effort?  Am I passionate about this?  Feeling like you aren’t doing enough, or not knowing why you are doing something in the first place is a pretty lousy feeling.

But here’s the kicker - the secret of pursuing excellence (and I define that as having answers to the questions above and confidently going about something you’re doing), and the beauty of it, is that it’s in the eye of the beholder.  It’s whatever you define. 

That fact, arguably, can be just as daunting.  Especially for those of us who hold ourselves to incredibly high standards.  But the art of living isn’t so much about working day and night to achieve this self-defined standard of excellence.  It actually frees you in that you can pursue your vision of excellence by choosing to implement things that are important to you in your daily life. Sometimes those things will be small and sometimes major but it doesn’t matter. It has a snowball effect.  Do one thing every day. And then another.  And another.  Before you know it, you’ll be pursuing excellence in the other things you do too. And one day, you’ll be that person that gets it.  The one that knows it’s all the same as long as you’re doing it in the spirit of excellence. 

Here are 5 strategies to get the snowball rolling.

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50 Inspirational Quotes for Women, by Women

Posted by Jessica Swiatlo

Dec 26, 2016 6:01:43 AM

In the recent election, we saw Hilary Clinton stand as an example to women of female power and achievement.  From politicians like Hilary Clinton and Angela Merkel to pop culture icons like Beyonce and Madonna, we have the privilege of living in a time of inspirational women.  See our 50 quotes for women, by women that will inspire you.

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December 25th in South America: A “Not-So-White” Christmas

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Dec 5, 2016 12:24:13 PM

In the United States, especially for those of us who live in the east coast, we tend to associate Christmas with snow, bountiful meals and a cup of hot cocoa. In the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the opposite from those in North America. When it’s summer here, it’s winter down there. Christmas in South America is interestingly, more about short sleeves and pool parties than it is about snow and sitting by the fire. But what are the differences and similarities between spending this holiday up north or down south? Let’s discover all the ways.

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Topics: Uncategorized

America has Thanksgiving, but How Do Other Countries Celebrate the Harvest?

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Nov 23, 2016 11:33:32 AM

The Thanksgiving countdown continues: 1 day until it's turkey time! Here at Gil Travel, we are excited to celebrate the upcoming holidays. Thanksgiving is all about enjoying the company of family and loved ones, while honoring the season of the harvest. Although Thanksgiving is mostly celebrated in America, other countries have harvest festivals as well. But how do these other countries celebrate? Let's take a look.

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Topics: Czech Republic, Harvest, Harvest Festival, India, International Travel, Portugal, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized

Going for Gold! How Does Cuba Rank in the Olympics?

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Nov 18, 2016 2:20:08 PM

 

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Low-Stress Travel Tips to Keep in Mind for this Thanksgiving

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Nov 11, 2016 3:58:35 PM

 

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Cuba's Classic Car Craze – How YOU Can Get in on the Action

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Nov 7, 2016 4:06:52 PM

Cuba’s vintage car phenomenon is unique.  Travelers are flocking to Cuba to see this beautiful island and the time capsule it has become.  You can even go on an organized tour to Cuba for vintage car fanatics to trace this special island through the lens of the ultimate collections of American cars from the 1950’s and 60’s.

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Topics: Cuba, Cuba Foreign Policy, Cuban Cars, Embargo, Gil Travel, Iconic Journey

Come Explore Ernest Hemingway's Cuban Abode!

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Oct 17, 2016 10:30:22 AM

Ernest Hemingway—a writer, a Nobel Prize winner, and to many people’s surprise, a resident of Cuba!

 

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Topics: Iconic Journey

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