It has been sometime since I have sat down and written. My days seem to be running away with me at the moment. My phone never seems to stop. I seem to spend my day doing my computer work & getting myself up to date, then my evening and early morning answering messages and doing my social media posts. People forget how much time this takes and from starting at 7.30am by 10pm my brain IS FRIED. Even my time 'out' for me is me watching YouTube videos on self-development, how to balance life and so on. It isn't just random T.V. I am still learning and working in a weird way. For people who think we do nothing -- please just take a hot minute to think before you judge. In the last few weeks, despite the stress and the trying to balance everything my mindset has come a long way. I am beginning to regain & rediscover myself. Not discard myself and my ambitions in life.
When we begin suffering with a chronic illness we lose our sense of self almost over night. Our lives are turned UPSIDE down and we find it hard to know where to begin and how to pick up the pieces.
For me.. the cruise I went on in September opened lots of doors for me. It gave me hope, confidence and that fight back to not allow my illness to carry on taking from me. I have thrown myself into learning, into gaining skills, becoming better at all areas of the businesses I have taken on and manage everything myself.
Today I felt it was important to share with you some cruise news from the past week, some of TripAdvisor's top destinations to visit for inspiration and the self-development I am exercising everyday to free myself.
Top Cruise NEWS:
1. Royal Caribbean lost it's founder Edwin Stephen this week.
Edwin had been the long-time President & vice chairman of the board. At 87 Edwin passed away on 8th November. Edwin founded the Royal Caribbean in 1969, the next year under his leadership the line launched the Sony Of Norway. Royal Caribbean is now the second largest cruise line with 63 ships across seven continents. Edwin was responsible for a number of inventions including the Viking Crown Lounge and open air decks.
Our sympathies go to his friends and family but we can all take great inspiration from this amazing businessman who has enhanced the lives of so many. Giving families the best holidays, the greatest memories and adventures that dreams are made of.
2. MSC Christened the GORGEOUS GRANDISA.
This ship is gorgeous. With design help from the one and only Sophia Loren, a Swarovski staircase, Cirque du Soleil shows, partnering with Lego for their children's areas, F1 Simulator, basketball court and a stunning promenade full of amazing shops. Not to mention the new technology, the ZOE which allows guests to order room service, book activities, book and reserve seats for shows & book dining options. The MSC was christened in Hamburg on 9th November before heading to South Hampton and heading out on a med cruise beginning today.
3. MSC are going CARBON NEUTRAL IN JANUARY!
MSC aims to develop a carbon offset portfolio that incorporates projects to restore ocean and coastal habitats while also absorbing more CO2 that currently. They are committed to delivering a zero-emissions operation that focuses on energy efficiency and other aspects. Since 2017 ALL new MSC ships come equipped with ship-to-shore power facilities, a feature that would allow cruise ships to stop emitting any emissions.
Top places to visit 2019 ( TripAdvisor) :
1. London, U.K
2. Paris, France
6. Phuket, Thailand
8. Istanbul, Turkey
9. Marrakech, Morocco
10. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
11. Prague, Czech Republic
12. Siem Reap, Cambodia
13 New York City, New YORK
15. Hanio, Vietnam
16. Tokyo, Japan
17. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
18. Lisbon, Portugal
19. Kathmandu, Nepal
20. Jaipur, India
21. Hurghada, Egypt
22. Hong Kong, China