Why I Love to Travel

Kathy and Tour Guide at Coliseum 2015I love to travel. My travel adventures make me happy, feed my desire to learn and explore and give me a sense of freedom that is not tied to my everyday responsibilities.

Travel is as necessary for me as water and air. Without it I start to feel like I’m missing out and not experiencing life to the fullest.

The photo above is of me listening to our tour guide at the Coliseum on a recent trip to Italy, Greece and Turkey. It was one of my favorite trips because of the rich history and the magnificent art.

What travel does is light up my spirit – that part of me that is creative, energetic and so alive.

Other things that evoke the same feeling are having a great response from clients when they’ve made positive changes that affect their livelihood – I really feel like I’m making a difference.

Of course, being with family brings that connection to who I really am and where I can make a difference.

What fuels your spirit and your true essence?

Is it creativity?

Is it making things happen?

Is it connectivity with people?

What I’ve noticed is that so many of us have forgotten who we really are and do things we think we should do, or that other people think we should do. We have obligations to our jobs, our families, and our outside activities. There’s nothing wrong with this unless it doesn’t make you feel more alive.

So just for today, do something that makes you feel like more of you. One thing I did recently was to create a short video for my grandson and email it. It only took a few minutes and it was fun.

Make time for fun, for music, for a short walk, call a friend, spend a few minutes planning your next trip, or visit an art gallery. Just take one small step toward being more of who you love to be. If you make this a practice, you’ll be surprised at how much more you are available to your life purpose and to the people in your life.

What are your passions? Share them in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.



Reaching Your Goals with a Vision Board

Expressing your dreams in a visual way by putting photos on a poster or in a journal is a powerful way to document what you want in your business or your life.

I’ve used vision boards for years and it always amazes me when I create or receive something that is on my vision board.

In the past year, I’ve been to Europe twice, spoken at a conference in France, doubled my income and improved my relationships. Below is a photo of some of the exciting things in my life that were dreams – time with family, travel, time in nature and great clients. It’s time for me to update my vision board for what I want to create next.


My dreams – family, travel, nature, working with amazing leaders.

You can create outstanding results and have more of your dreams come true when you use a vision board or vision tool of some type.

There are several steps to creating a vision board that will support you in reaching more of your dreams.

Pick one of these to display your photos.
Poster for display where you can see it
Big journal with blank pages. Mine has colorful art on the cover.
Digital version using Powerpoint or iMovie (you can add music to these.)

It’s also easy to start with either a full or 1/2 a standard poster board for the project.

Next make a list of things you want to do, be or have. Strive for at least 25 – 50 items.
Review the list and add anything that comes up for you. If you are familiar with a bucket list, this is a similar list.

Prepare your vision board

There are photos everywhere you can use. Take the things on your list and search images on the internet or use magazines. Print them out and/or cut them out from magazines. Along the way when you see images that draw your imagination and fascination, go ahead and clip them. You may not know why you are drawn to a certain location, scene or item in a photo. That’s OK, just go with it.

Once you have 25-30 photos assembled, you are ready to start. Again the easiest way to get started on your vision board is to use a poster or blank journal.

Attach the photos in a way that is pleasing to you. Use whatever style works best for you. If you love creativity and expression, you can draw, add stickers, lettering or other decorations. The vision board must create happy thoughts and feelings when you look at it.

Once you have your vision board the way you want it, display it in a place you can see it everyday. If you use a journal, leave it in a place that is easily accessible. You will want to look at it once or twice a day. During this time, let your imagination and heart take over. Ignore any ego or mind thoughts that tell you that what you want isn’t possible.

Faith’s role in making your dreams come true

From now on, you must trust that what you want is possible. When you spend time with your vision board, your dreams will come true much faster if you let go and are not attached to how they happen.

Trust your higher power – God, The Universe, your guides, your higher self – whatever your particular belief system is – you will want to put your faith there.

For without faith, your mind will take over and create roadblocks. With faith, all things are possible.

Another aspect of faith is intention. Intention is defined by Webster’s as “the end or object intended; purpose.”

You will also create more of your dreams with an intention that they will come about. Intention is a strong energy – it is yours to use and draw to you what you want.

Documenting what happens

In my vision journal, I always write down the date something happens. Some things happen right away and some take several years or more to evolve. Let whatever happens be OK. Enjoy the miracle of watching your dreams unfold.

If you haven’t taken time to dream and create your own vision, on November 15 – 17, 2013, I will be hosting the Step UP! Retreat Workshop in Houston. Contact me with questions or request for additional information.








YOU can only go UP! from here

This morning on the way home from my workout, the song “Up!” by Shania Twain came up on my playlist. It’s a funny, upbeat song about a day that started out bad and her positive attitude that life can only go up from here.

That’s a theme that you can adopt in your business and life. Simple, yet powerful. You can use this approach to change your thoughts and attitudes about what is happening to you.

Next time you have a frustrating or discouraging moment or result, tell yourself “I can only go up from here!” Notice your reactions and your feelings. Over time, you’ll retrain your thought patterns to be more optimistic and open about your challenges.

If you are going through change, figuring out what’s next or in some sort of transition, you can especially use “I can only go up from here!” as a mantra to lighten up your stress.

I’ve used this phrase (and I admit – even sing along enthusiastically in the car) plus a few others including “What else is possible?” to get me unstuck and moving forward.

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You need a business plan

Why should you have a business plan? Your business plan is a strategic blueprint for your business. Even if you are a consultant, a CPA or bookkeeper, an artist or any other type of person marketing yourself and your services, you will benefit from having a business plan.

A business plan is fundamentally a document that outlines how you want to make money and contribute to your clients. If you are looking for funding, you absolutely have to have one.

If you don’t plan on seeking funding, a simpler plan will work fine. It’s important for you to be able to write down exactly what it is you do so you will stay on track. Otherwise, those shiny bright objects will keep appearing and you’ll end up with a lot of distractions instead of focusing on what will bring your business success.

Business plans have a lot of flexibility depending on what you do and offer. The first year you write one it takes a lot more time. Every year after that, you can update and tweak the direction. You’ll also want to update your goals and revenue targets.

It’s most helpful if you start the business planning cycle about October to give you full advantage of time to think through what you want to do the next year. If you haven’t started one for 2011, that’s OK. Get started now and have a goal to complete the plan by the end of February so you can follow it this year.

In your plan, you’ll want to start with outlining

1. What you do

2. How you do what you do

3. Your vision

Your vision is a compelling goal that pulls you into the future. It may not ever be fully accomplished.

Your vision is what you want to affect because you are who you are and you do what you do. It is related to your passions and reflects your heart’s desire, even when it is business-related.

Examples of vision can be related to the change you want to see happen because you do what you do.

Vision can be as simple as one of my client’s whose vision is to make sure her family is in a good financial position when she retires.

Another client’s vision has a vision of changing the integrity of the industry she is in. Her standards are much higher than some others in her field.

You could also have a vision related to the world or children. Your work can support movement toward your vision or it can be a personal vision that drives you because with part of the money you make, you could affect a cause that you are passionate about.

The point is that vision fuels your actions. It’s the overarching intention that keeps you centered and moving forward. You can take action every day toward something related to your vision.

Next week, I’ll share more about what you can do to have a stellar business plan that will support your growth.

Kathy Garland specializes in translating business challenges into opportunities that result in business and personal growth. She speaks frequently on business growth and leadership topics. Join her conversations on FacebookTwitter, andLinkedIn.