A little giggle for Flip-Flop Friday…

Gives new meaning to my mantra… “livin’ in flip-flops”!




When Monday is also re-entry day…

When Monday is also what I affectionately refer to as “re-entry” day…the day that I return to my “normal” life after a vacation…instead of Monday being a day of dread, it’s actually a day that makes me smile! I get to use this week to focus on creating the opportunity for MORE re-entry days in the future!! What could be better?

I’m so incredibly thankful and grateful for the opportunity to work a business that allows me the freedom to travel when and where I choose. This past weekend, my husband’s company participated in an annual event in Key West. The Key West Songwriters’ Festival. This is the second year I’ve been able to attend and I cringe to think of the years that I missed this because of the J.O.B. I had with end-of-month deadlines that forbade me to take any time off when the Festival was happening. I missed making many memories…let me correct that…I made memories alright…they are memories of stress, headaches, tension, isolation, frustration, etc.


These are the memories I’m making now!

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Living in flip-flops,


$49 Cruise – Really? Yes!

I’ve had many  people question me about the reality of the $49 cruise my family and I took to the Bahama’s a few weeks ago. Since there seems to be such disbelief, I decided to write a review and answer some questions.

Did we really pay $49 per person. YES! With port fees and taxes, the total came to about $180. We were on the Carnival Fascination and sailed out of Jacksonville, FL…I closely watched Southwest Airlines and purchased direct, non-stop flights from Nashville when they were on a super sale! Our ports of call were in the Bahamas, Freeport and Nassau.

I am a member of a discount travel club which purchases cruise cabins in bulk. We had about 300 people on the ship (15% of total guests)…hence the great price! The savings on this cruise alone paid for my membership fee!

Instead of paying the suggested $30 per person transfer fee…a big bus taking you and your luggage from the airport to the pier…we took a cab for $30 each way, for all 4 of us. Saved 50% on getting to and from the ship. I called ahead and verified the typical cab fare…I would suggest doing the same before you bail on the suggested transfer option.

I opted for us to stay in an interior cabins. At the time of booking for a nominal additional $50 per person you could upgrade to a porthole window and for a bit more you could have a balcony. I wanted the full $49 experience, so we stayed in the interior. I have to say…I was worried about feeling claustrophic and was I pleasantly suprised! We were only in our rooms to sleep or change clothes…I never missed the window! The ship had a webcam we could access on the tv – so it was like a virtual window…showing us what it was like outside. The twin beds can be arranged into a king for couples or into separate twins for room-mates. Honestly…I never missed the window!

Service on the ship was absolutely incredible! Everywhere you went there was someone available to wait on you. And with a SMILE!! I spent time getting to know our support staff, from cabin stewards, to waiters in the dining room, to the dining room Maitre D, to the manicurist and masseuse…yes…my husband spoiled us with some extras!

Everyone…absolutely everyone that worked on the ship that I came into contact with…did their job happily, with a smile, with a true heart for service…I honestly felt it was all about ME having the best possible experience with them that I could. They got to know my name and I knew theirs. Imagine if we all approached our businesses with such a heart for service. It would be game changing.

The activities on the ship were plentiful! You could participate…or not. It was your choice. No pressure. Comedy shows. PG and R rated were incredibly funny and entertaining. 2 different comic’s with distinctly different styles. Games to participate in or just watch. My daughter and I went to the Love Game – kinda like the newlywed game but with couples at different stages of marriage. We also went to a towel folding class to learn how to make the cute animals you find on your bed every evening. There was a main show of singing and dancing – great talent! Disco, piano bar, casino, kids area, pools, hot tubs, slides, mini-golf, art gallery and more! There was a huge party on the Lido Deck the night we sailed out of Nassau and headed back to the US. Live music. FOOD.

Food was everywhere. Constantly available. Do NOT attempt a diet while on a cruise. We ate in the dining room every night and were treated to steak, salmon, mahi mahi, crab cakes, prime rib, lobster, shrimp and the most decadent desserts! There was no limit to the amount of food they would bring you…our waiter commented on a guy at another table eating 10 lobster tails!

We had a private cocktail party for our group after a group photo on the main staircase. FREE wine, beer, soft drinks, fruit punch for the duration of the party. DJ, dancing, birthday recognitions (it was my birthday the day before we sailed)…fun, fun, fun!

There are many opportunities on a cruise to spend money, so come with your spending budget in mind. You could cruise and not spend much extra at all. The food, water, tea, coffee was all included and readily available. Tips were added to the bill automatically though you did have the opportunity to change the amount if you felt so inclined. Bottom line, you’ll get information about opportunities from your cruise line once you have booked your ticket. Set your budget and your mindset and then have FUN!!

We did massages, enjoyed some fruity drinks with tiny umbrellas in them and an excursion to the Atlantis on Paradise Island to slide through the shark tank and we contributed a tiny bit to the casino. We had fun with friends, met some great new friends, had quality time alone as a family and as individuals.

It was a great get-away for us and the best $49 I believe we’ve ever spent! I’d love to have you join us…or have the ability to take your own dream vacations. Call me. Email me. Facebook me….just raise your hand and I’ll let you know how you too can travel, save money, have fun and build relationships!

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PS – It was WONDERFUL to wear flip-flops in January!!!





What are you looking forward to this year?

What are you looking forward to this year?

I’m looking forward to:

  • quality time with my family
  • several family vacations – starting with a cruise to the Bahama’s!
  • generating an additional stream of income
  • supporting Rich in his business endeavors
  • de-cluttering
  • yoga
  • meditation
  • simplifying
  • attending a women’s retreat
  • flip-flops!

How about you? What are YOU looking forward to? Tell me below – I can’t wait to hear!!

Remember – we only live once – make it count. Live with passion!



Flip-flop Friday:Gratitude Style

Today is the kind of day I wince about…ok…I do more than wince…I complain loudly… when I realize fall is leaving, summer is well behind and winter is fast approaching.

Cold. Grey. Cloudy. Absolutely NO sun or blue sky visible.

I decided to put on my pink Maui cap (instead of the black cap I’ve been wearing) when I bundled up in layers to take Angel on our morning walk. As I walked I’d let my eyes notice the pink brim of the hat and remember what it feels like to be in Maui.

Warm. Sunny. Blue skies. Blue water. Sound of the surf hitting the shoreline. Feel of the sand between my toes. Smell of the perfumed air. Beautiful flowers. Palm trees. White clouds. Happy people. Drinks with little umbrella’s in them. “Pollock-ini Lookout” (a spot my family has claimed and everyone takes a picture there when we visit). Happy times. Fun memories.

My mood lifted as I walked and purposefully filled my mind and soul with these feelings of gratitude for the memories. I choose to remember that even though the sun is not visible here today…it IS shining above the clouds. It IS present. I WILL feel it’s warmth on my skin again and soon I WILL free my toes from these stifling shoes, back into flip-flops where they belong!

Always maintain a kind of summer, even in the middle of winter. ~Henry David Thoreau



Happy Flip-flop Friday! Open yourself to the possibilities!

It’s flip-flop Friday and that means finding your flip-flop self! 

When we open up our feet to the sun, our lives seem to open up also – to the stars and the moon, to the sky, to the possibilities of the horizon. 
~excerpted from how to live in flip-flops by Sandy Gingras

Summer may be over…and the sun is still shining. The world is open before you…and me. 

What are your dreams? 

I dream of being FREE. True freedom of time and money. Free so I can make an impact on this world and leave a legacy for my family. 

I dream of living in a world where I am helping others achieve THEIR dreams…whatever they may be.  Again, I ask, what are your biggest dreams? Have you found your flip-flop self? 

I’ve been living in flip-flops for a year now…it’s amazing how your attitude changes when your wardrobe changes. You learn not to take yourself so seriously. I’m finally REALLY finding MY flip-flop self. She’s been in there all along…just hidden a bit behind past perceived “expectations of others”. 

I am fully embracing her now. 

My dreams are now intentions. And will soon be my reality. How about yours? 

I’m the one in flip-flops,


Jan Orga

You Only Live Once – Live with Passion! 

twitter: @spiritofyolo

Flip Flop Friday!

While scanning my facebook wall this morning, I was reminded by one of my friends that today is “Flip Flop Friday”! I think I’ll have to “borrow” that title for my Friday blog posts. Thank you Pam McGrath! 

While I have ALWAYS loved either being barefoot or sporting flip flops, I have really embraced them this year. I’ve even come to refer to myself as living a “flip flop lifestyle”…that pretty much says it all. The beach can never be far away when you are living in flip flops…right? 

I was searching for “flip flop” paraphenialia…just seeing what’s out there and came across this description of flip flops on the onlychecks.com website:

Flip flops got their name from the slapping sound they make against the wearer’s sole. These flat pieces of leather or rubber with a thin strap are very popular today. Flip flops are now on virtually everybody’s foot, available in different styles and worn at every occasion.

Slippers, as people in tropical countries used to call them, normally are worn in the house to relax the feet or to walk along the sandy beach or after swimming in the pool. They are comfortable, lets your feet breath and easy to wear – just slip them on and off you go. No longer for the beach, people use them to go grocery shopping, stroll in the park and yes, some wear them at work. Flip flops were suddenly everywhere! On the runways of Paris, famous celebrities wore them walking down Hollywood’s red carpet and teens wear them under their sequined prom gowns. Versatile? Maybe. Flip flops are literally available in hundreds of different designs and colors – beaded ones, metallic, printed, plain, striped, flats, platform, etc. so you can match them with almost any outfit. They range from 1-300 dollars a pair depending on the style, quality and brand.

Just to clarify…they are STILL referred to as “slippers” in Hawaii. 

My current FAVORITE pair of “flops” are kind to the planet as well. The “Flippee” by Simple Shoes!
  • Women’s Flippee – Eco-Certified Nubuck sandal with synthetic nubuck straps
  • Vegan shoe! No animal products or even animal byproducts
  • The foot form inserts are made of post consumer recycled paper
  • Water based glue is used to hold the shoe together, not petroleum based. Just another way to reduce our dependence on petroleum, and it also means no nasty smelling glue for the people who put your shoes together
  • The sole of the shoe is biodegradable! The midsole is made of EVA with Eco-Pure and the outsole is made of 30% recycled rubber and 70% natural rubber with Eco-Pure added
  • The Eco-Pure additive makes the EVA and rubber biodegrade in 20 years in a landfill or compost heap
  • Comes in a biodegradable bag with a biodegradable hanger
So not only do my feet feel great – Mother Nature is happy with us too! 

So….Happy Flip Flop Friday to you! 

Jan Orga

Twitter: @spiritofyolo