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You’ll read a ton of tips this season teaching you how to be a good host. But people never talk about being a good guest. You probably won’t even appreciate that thought until you begin to host people at your house for a meal, or a weekend, or longer … 

It’s great to have company and to catch up with old friends and family. But hosting takes work, and can take a toll on someone’s sanity with the wrong types of guests. 

  1. Be on time. You can’t control your flights and traffic problems. And no one will mind a few minutes here and there. But if dinner is at 3:00, arriving at 5:30 is unacceptable. 
  2. If you are picky or need certain criteria met. Say so ahead of time or suck it up. Your host wants to cater to you and share what they have. No one likes hearing you ate before coming to dinne or refuse to eat what is being served.
  3. If you’re staying for a couple days, prepare to and offer to entertain yourself for a couple hours or even a day. Go sight seeing, go for a walk, explore the neighborhood. You host may appreciate the moment of downtime to throw in the laundry, clean up the house a bit, or just take a breath. 
  4. Do some research ahead of time and have a few ideas of things you like to do or see. There is nothing harder than trying to guess what will make people happy or keep their interest. Different people have different ideas of fun.
  5. Offer to help the host but also accept being the guest. Don’t take over their house – allow the host to host you. 
  6. Don’t treat the house like your home, but treat it like their home. No need for you to be rearranging how they keep things or to allow kids to “explore” every room. 
  7. Don’t come empty handed. If you can’t cook, bring a bottle of wine or buy an appetizer. (I personally always bring one bottle of red and one bottle of white – can’t go wrong). 
  8. Take note at how they keep their house. Leave the bathroom relatively like you found it. If you found wet towels laying on the floor, then it’s probably cool with them if you do it šŸ˜‰ 
  9. Read the crowd. If everyone else has left or gone to bed, check with the host and see if it’s time to go.
  10. Don’t forget to return the favor. Don’t always be the guest. Offer to to be the host once in a while – and hope your guest have read this article too! 
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 “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

You only live once – and this world is huge and has so much to offer. And you deserve to see and learn new things. Make yourself worldly and just go!

Yes yes yes, life gets in the way. Money, kids – you name it. I don’t see these as any reason you still can’t explore. Take your kids to a park you normally don’t go to. Take snacks in the car and pick a direction and make a day or weekend trip.

It took a tiny bit of planning, but more mentally than anything else. (Trust me, I can say that because anyone who knows me knows I am a bad planner – not so much bad as just hate making plans!)

So we saw a three day weekend coming up and decided we were going to use it. We didn’t want to spend a lot and didn’t have much time to research things to do. So we came up with some quick ideas: Mexico for the beach, but we weren’t sure it was going to be warm enough or Palm Springs – because it sounded popular and we has never been there.

Palm Springs won. We found a very cheap hotel for a holiday weekend. And we got what we paid for.. Our room was a converted apartment with a functioning beauty salon in it. (That was closed for the weekend I guess!) it was probably last remodeled some time in the 70’s. But it got us to where we wanted to be for the weekend.

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We took our beach cruisers and rode around town and went off recommendations for restaurants from people we met at each meal. We also skipped Siri and used that old fashion tourist pamphlet rack in the hotel lobby.

We ended up seeing things way beyond our expectations. It was a great last minute trip. I commented on the way home that I felt like we did so much in a day and half yet I felt so relaxed.

So maybe you can’t drive to Palm Springs but everywhere has something to offer. But it’s up to you to go find it!

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My apologies – sporadic internet and a distracting view …

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A car air freshener brought inside a room… It doesn’t get much simpler than this. Good for that rancid hotel room where you can’t leave a candle burning while your out…

(My apologies for the delay, I’m on the road this weekend and fighting for good cell signals)

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You spend the first part of your life working towards the necessities; you strive to graduate high school, then college, then to get a job, a house, maybe a family. But what happens when you meet prerequisites of life and find that you have time to spare? What do you do? Where do you go?

Some people get caught up and find themselves in a “midlife crisis.” Some people feel that college, family, and the norm is not for them and find themselves doing a whole lot of nothing. So how do you choose your next accomplishment?

Use some forward thinking and picture yourself much later in life. It’s a bit morbid but we soon realize that as we get older our knees hurt more, it takes longer to recover, and that beach body gets harder to obtain.

Will you look back with your aches and wish you would have run more? Will you look back and wish you would have tried sky diving? How long will you say “I always wanted to….”

You have one life to fill with as much awesome-ness as you can. If you want it there’s a way. Don’t be your own obstacle. Make it happen.

RELAX…. Breeeeath… You can charge your phone …

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If everyone on the road would follow this pattern, traffic would flow a bit easier. Go your own pace, and leave room for other to get around you if needed.