Where in the world is Carra Riley? Nassau!

Nassau, Bahamas Day 1 Continued: Connecting The Dots Around The World.

The contest actually starts on January 12th.. That will be the official 1st day of the contest when we embark from Nassau.  We have just been “practicing!”  Thank you for playing along!

Warm weather of mid 70’s in Nassau was a welcome feeling as we left Charlotte, North Carolina at 18 degrees F Sunday morning.  The welcome calypso band playing at Immigrations was certainly a pleasant surprise as we waited to enter Nassau. This warm greeting  from the local band was only a start to an education in how the entire island, including the omelet lady (another post later this week)  at the resort is working to create a pleasant experience for all who come here.

We found a bag porter who helped us get the bags through customs without a glitch.  He took us right to a large SUV taxi driven by a delightful girl named, Tamika who explained she owned the vehicle and worked for herself. She was born and raised in Nassau and shared some interesting statistics such as the size of the island being 7 miles wide by 26 miles long with only 200,000 residents. According to Tamika this week is supposed to be in the 70’s as last week they were in the 60’s which is cold for Nassau.   We asked her to stop at a food store and we purchased bottled water, soda and snacks to save excess mark up at the resort.  We made arrangements with her to pick us up on Tuesday at 11:30 to board the ship by noon so we continue to “manage our mess” in an organized manner. The attitude of the locals was one of kindness and appreciation  for the business. Lessons to take back to our local areas.

Learning to roll with the punches is part of having “balance” in travel.  Sunday morning in Charlotte, NC we expected to go to a Money Exchange outlet in the airport during our 3 hour layover to obtain $30.00 in currency for each of the 11 countries where we will be dock.  I had the 11 envelopes all ready to organize the funds and be prepared when we arrived and needed to get cabs for our first location.  We had our first opportunity to exercise the “10 second rule.” The money exchange store was closed because it was Sunday.  We had the plan all arranged in our minds for the last couple months and now there was nothing we could do about the store being closed.  We just implemented the 10 second rule of being upset LESS than 10 seconds and made a new plan B to find a bank in Nassau on Monday or Wednesday when we have time to go get the change.  The activity did not turn out the way we wanted it to but the end result will be the same, just on a different day in a different place. The bottom line will be the same as we will get the different currency in the 11 different envelopes and the money issue should be smooth sailing.   Our taxi driver let us know we could walk to Royal Bank from the hotel and get that job taken care of. Problem solved and less than 10 seconds of stress.

The vision for me in this trip is to “Connect The Dots Around The World.” I had no preconceived idea of how any of the dots would start to connect but they have already started to come together. Your comments and input will be invaluable as I post on my blog with a stream of consciousness writing along with just sharing what I am thinking and the observations I am making from exactly what I am experiencing.

The “bar of expectation” for many businesses and services is a moving target today and we have had our experience with this two times in the first day of travel.  As the world economy is changing the fight for the discretionary dollar is actually going to the street with customers one on one. Watch how this is evidenced by the video where a “meal hawker” aka host, actually comes over to the taxi we just got out of to entice us to eat at the restaurant he works for.

This is certainly an example of meeting the customer where they are!  The street or beach vendors are also “asking for the business.” The worst it can be from asking for the business is someone saying “no” so if you are not afraid to get out of your comfort zone to ask for new business, it might be there. We went to “Big Ten”  for dinner and actually never went back to Twin Brothers so you see.. David asked us to go to his restaurant we did.

Now here we go!  Fun in the sun and it’s almost time to get on the ship and sail! It was a peaceful day with 3 hours in the sun to get going on our required read  “Three Cups of  Tea” by Greg Mortrenson.  An inspiration to all and another post will be coming sharing the PASSION this man had for building schools for children who want to learn.


The Island of Nassau relies on tourism for it’s very existence. The atmosphere of all the service providers is one of trying to please and create a memorable experience for everyone here.  Taking this attitude of a community working together to survive can come right back home to our local areas where we need to come together on what we are trying to do to survive also.

This is the 1st GLOBAL lesson that we can apply to our LOCAL communities as we go “Glocal” in our thinking!

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What Do Our Dreams Mean?

“What Do Our Dreams Mean?”

Have you ever wondered what your dreams mean?

Have you ever had the same dream over and over again?

Have you ever just plain not understood a dream?

If you said yes to any of these questions, you need to tune into my Blogtalkradio show on Wednesday April 14, 2010 at 9:00am PST. Joining me on the show will be author and speaker Scott Shafer. Scott is the author of “What Every Dream Means.” Will be talking about some of the common things that can happen in dreams and what they might mean. We would love for you to join us and call in to (347)994-1903 with any questions you may have. Or join us in the chat room and listen online. You can also set your reminder for the show so you don’t miss it!

Scott M. Shafer is a speaker and author. Innovative training materials written and developed by Scott are available in seminars, workshops and retreats along with his new book titled, ‘What Every Dream Means’. Scott has the ability to understand and interpret dreams. He is passionate about coaching, mentoring and training others how to interpret and how to fully engage all aspects of the dynamic dreaming cycle. Scott has been working with, studying and researching dreams since 1985. He has imparted life changing revelation and light into hundreds of people’s lives.

To learn more about Scott and what other services he offers, you can visit his website, www.WhatEveryDreamMeans.com. You can also follow him on twitter @SMShafer.

So please join us on this adventure in the interpretation of dreams on April 14 at 9:00am by calling (347)994-1903 or join the chat and listen online.

Feng Shui…Learn How It Works!

Feng Shui…Learn How It Works!

Tune into to Carra Riley on BlogTalkRadio to hear all about Feng Shui.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 9:00am PDT, special guest Laura Cerrano of Feng Shui Manhattan will be joining us on Blogtalkradio to talk about the many benefits of Feng Shui in any home. Laura will also be sharing some secrets about the importance of Feng Shui in many aspects of life.

Some of the things we will be talking about are: energy in a home, power colors, power rooms, sleeping arrangements for your best rest, the significance of water features, house numbers, front door positions in relationship to back doors, and general room flow. It will be fun to learn how to make some positive changes in environment design.

Set your reminder for this fun and educational show by clicking here. Please join us by listening online and participating in the chat room by clicking here. Or call in to listen and with any questions to (347) 994-1903.

Laura Cerrano is a Certified Manhattan NY Feng Shui Consultant who wears many hats. She received her Associates degree in Fine Arts in 2002 and Double Bachelors Degree’s in Art Education and Fine Arts for painting. Growing up in a Feng Shui house hold has truly given Laura an early exposure and first hand experience to the inner workings and multi-levels of Feng Shui.  By age 16 Laura was assisting her mother Carole Provenzale of Feng Shui Long island NY on Feng Shui consultations. Eventually, Laura established her own Feng Shui Practice called, “Feng Shui Manhattan” in 2000. Laura has been providing Feng Shui consults for ten years and proudly continues the tradition of being the second generation of Certified Feng Shui consultants in her family.

Laura provides Feng Shui consults for residential homes, apartments, businesses, new constructions and  travels the entire New York Tri-state area.  Laura takes a body, mind and soul approach.   She combines Black Sect and Western Methods utilizing the Bagua and The Five Elements.  Laura also makes it a point to teach her clients the basics of Feng Shui along with simple methods and movements of QiGong to assist in Meditation before space clearings are preformed.  Laura Cerrano seeks to empower her clients with a true knowledge and understanding of the Art of Feng Shui.

You can connect with Laura on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. You can visit her website at www.FengShuiManhattan.com or give her a call at (516) 528-3843

So please join us online on Blogtalkradio or by calling in to (347) 994-1903 this coming Tuesday March 23, 2010 at 9:00am PDT to learn all about the power of Feng Shui.

You Can’t Get to Carnegie Hall if You Don’t Practice

You Can’t Get to Carnegie Hall if You Don’t Practice.

What is your passion?  Do you practice?

Carnegie Hall is located in New York City and is one of the most prestigious places to perform in an artistic profession.  One certainly cannot get to Carnegie Hall

This young man was interviewed for research for a middle school work book where parents and kids can discuss future plans. His dedication to a personal direction was an inspiration.

Declan said his plan A was to be an ocean photographer but because of the economy he was not sure if he could go to college so his plan B was to be a professional unicycle rider because that is his passion.

I was blown away by this 5th grader talking about how the economy could affect his future plans but he was prepared to do something else if his dream did not come through for work! What an eye opener on kids and how the world changes are affecting the way they think.

Declan started riding his dad’s unicycle to school in 3rd grade.  Now he rides it to the store to pick up things for his mom.  The gym teacher saw Declan’s passion and set up a special time for him to try and ride the 5 ft. unicycle after school.  She has also allowed him to learn on the 1 ft unicycle which is actually harder to ride than the large one!

Declan’s passion is to perfect his unicycle riding and he works at it!

What is your passion?  Are you practicing?

See you at Carnegie Hall!

Practice Does Make Perfect!

Practice Does Make Perfect!
What did it take for Michael Jordan to be one of the most memorable basketball stars ?

What did Tiger Woods do to be on his way to one of the greatest golfers ever?

What did Donny Osmond do to win Dancing With The Stars?

What is it the Olympians do to go for the Gold?

How did  Chris Brogan become a Social Media Expert?

Listen to this adorable boy explain how to get better!

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Now think about everything we do in life…. no one starts knowing how to do everything well without practice. We are no different than our children… we MUST practice to get better at anything new we try.

Do you play Texas holdem? How did you play to begin with?  What did it take to get better?

Do you want to understand social media better? What does it take? Jump in and Practice! Practice with your friends! Try facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin, Get a fanpage and have some fun! No one gets better without practice! Let’s connect all over cyberspace!

If you have started to blog what were the 1st posts like? How did you get better?

Wanting to get better at anything?

Just Practice like the stacking boy video!