Wellness Holidays: The Most Amazing Health and Fitness Retreats


Wellness Holidays: The Most Amazing Health and Fitness Retreats


We need to detoxify our body and our spirit every once in a while. The work and daily responsibilities can be so exhausting a getaway is the only thing that can truly rejuvenate us and, thankfully, there are enough resorts around the world that are very successful in helping people get better. If you are looking for a break to de-stress, here are some of the most amazing health and fitness retreats for wellness holidays.

Crete, Greece

If you work in the office around the clock, the chances are you are spending a lot of time sitting and stress-eating. If you want to enjoy the mesmerizing natural sights and get fit, then Crete is a location for you. It’s the largest Greek island in the Mediterranean Sea and, at approximately 60 km wide and 260 km long, it offers some of the most jaw-dropping vistas you could imagine. Go for a physically involved health and fitness retreat at Milia, a renowned farm refurbished as an eco-village. Enjoy a ten-day retreat brimming with activities such as climbing, hiking and running while relishing in delightful local health-meals.

Rekawa Lagoon, Sri Lanka

Head down to the southern tip of Sri Lanka and enjoy the charms of Sen Wellness Sanctuary. Take a whole week to get off the radar and replenish your energy reserves at this wondrous beachside haven. The retreat is led by London-based acupuncturist and osteopath Sam Kankanamge. You will get a chance to lose weight and get the blood flowing through your muscles as your back finally feels relief from the chronic pain (probably caused by the stress). Enjoy the charms or Rekawa and Tangalle Beach and use your free time to jog along the sandy beach.

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Byron Bay is a secluded beachside town on a coastline between Brisbane and Sydney. It is mostly known worldwide for its surfing beaches and quaint surroundings where tourists come to relax. If you are looking for a place to detox, there is a luxurious Byron Bay Accommodation that offers amazing services, a killer day spa and incredible restaurants. There are some truly neat options for yoga classes and scheduled hikes through the nearby rainforest you should look into. The picturesque beaches and unique ecosystem make Byron Bay one of the most sought-after resorts for health and fitness on this side of the globe.

Paradis Plage, Morocco

Morocco is probably one of the most beautiful and exotic countries you will visit, and its Paradis Plage Surf Yoga & Spa Resort is a true Zen-hotspot on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. If you’ve ever wanted to wake up to the mesmerizing sound of ocean waves, head to this resort without a second thought. After a session of sunset yoga, head to the nearby Taghazout, a small port and a surfer haven where you can ride camels and ride a jet ski. While you are in the region, do not miss out on Imouzzer waterfall.

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Now here is a place for those of you who want a perfect escapade in a backdrop that has a rustic feel to it. Head for a Wellness Day in the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, especially if you get a chance to take a vacation in the early summer – the green countryside is budding with some of the most beautiful flowers and lush plant life you will see. Yoga program is exquisite and well thought out. Meditative walks and energy infusing morning stretches will have you up and running with newfound vigor in no-time.


Whether it is a retreat in the middle of the forest or a beachside resort, finding the right place to find your inner balance is crucial to retain peak performance in your workplace and with your daily obligations. Sometimes, in order to find the right perspective, you need to step away from your everyday life and reassess your goals as you heal your body and your spirit. These fitness retreats are basically tailored for this, and you won’t regret taking a chance with any of them.


Olivia is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is passionate writer, a traveler and conscious consumer, seeking healthy and sustainable products to incorporate into the lives of her family. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”. 


Traits of Strong Women: Tips to Accomplish Your Goals!

Traits of Strong Women:  Tips to Accomplish Your Goals!

Strong and independent women inspire me.  By independent, I don’t necessarily mean unmarried nor women who live alone.  I am talking about the moms, wives, daughters and friends out there who don’t live by a set of rules.  The women who set a goal and go for it.  The women who aren’t afraid to go without make up whenever they feel like it.  I’ve put together a list of tips for setting out to do what you’d like to accomplish in life.  And then taking the steps necessary to get there. The most recent example I have read about this is Laura Cope, who decided 8 years into a career she didn’t like, to give it all up and go after her dream. Find out what your goal is, and then learn how to achieve it.


Write Your Goals Down and Make a Plan


Successful women don’t just talk about dreams.  They write it down and make a plan.  I grew up in the city but always wanted to live out West in the wide open spaces.  I could have just dreamed about it until my grave, but instead decided to go for it and make the move West many years ago.  Write down what you want.  Whether it’s a career, to get married, an athletic goal, having kids, or living somewhere you’d always dreamed of.  It could be several of those above or your own set of goals not mentioned here.  The first step is to acknowledge your goal.  Writing it down and making a plan helps to move you in the right direction. It’s surprising how much something so simple can help you achieve your goal.


Do Something Every Day To Move Yourself Closer To Your Goal


The old adage that Rome wasn’t built in a day can apply to many things in life including goals.  Sometimes, time is needed for great things to happen. But even if a dream seems so far away, it doesn’t mean that you can’t move closer to it every day.  I once wanted to run a sub 3 hour marathon.  To work towards my goal, worked I ran twice a day, ate nutritious food, got 8 plus hours sleep a night and ran 100 mile weeks with a lot of hard workouts thrown in.  I ended up running a 2:56 marathon but it did not happen overnight.  Brick by brick you can build your dream.  Do something today to move you closer to it.


Live Boldly and Say No To Fear


I have been wanting to interview a lady, Elizabeth Geer, who is 97 years old for an article.  I finally got a hold of her tonight.  She was a hard lady to get a hold of because she was so busy caring for her farm and staying active.  Talking to her, made me realize that successful women don’t let fear run their lives.

Elizabeth had ridden horses her entire life, but started riding less as she aged.  She explained to me tonight that, “When I got old, people tried to get me to stop riding.” But that didn’t stop Elizabeth from going riding on her 97th birthday.  “It was just wonderful. I felt so good to be in the saddle. It felt like home.” Elizabeth could have lived more cautiously that day, and not taken the chance, but she summed it up this way, “If you don’t truly live, you will stagnate.”

Don’t let yourself stagnate.  Live life abundantly.  We weren’t created to live in fear.


Take Time To Celebrate Your Success


When you reach a goal, celebrate it. This doesn’t mean that you have to be snobbish, arrogant, or haughty.  I wanted to finish a 100 mile mountain trail race.  When I accomplished that goal, I took time to celebrate the accomplishment.  And yes, I still wear that finisher jacket this day to important events even though that race was a decade ago.  It reminds me that when the going gets tough as it did at 10,000 feet with snow coming down in the middle of the night, I can still put one foot in front of the other.  I know that what I learned in the middle of the night during that race, can help me today to put one foot in front of the other.  Keep working toward your goal even when it feels like you are only taking baby steps.  When you reach your finish line, relish the accomplishment before setting a new goal.


Final Thoughts


I hope this article got you thinking about a goal you might have.  Or maybe it’s a dream you’ve put on the back corner of a shelf in your mind. Dust off that goal, write it down and take a step today towards achieving it.  When you reach that milestone, take the time to know that you just became stronger because of the journey that it took to get you there.



Jordan is the beauty and brains behind Beautifully Alive! She loves eating healthy and trying new recipes.  The self-proclaimed Zumba Queen has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She’s always down for a DIY project!

How to Get The Most Out of Your Idea Without Starting a Business


How to Get The Most Out of Your Idea Without Starting a Business

If you are like most people, you probably have a hobby that you excel at or a special skill that could serve others well. You may be interested in sharing your skill with others and even to monetize your activity. However, you may not be interested in launching a full business. After all, maybe you don’t want to take the risk, put together a full business plan and more at the moment. There are some relatively easy steps that you can take to start profiting from your skills or interests without starting your own company.

Define your Idea

Before you can start making money by sharing your idea or skills with others, you need to define what it actually is. For example, is it a physical object, a skill or an intellectual concept? You could potentially license your inventive idea, such as the Copper Chef cookware that you may have seen featured on television commercials. You may also offer a service, such as life coaching, mentoring, copywriting and more. After you have defined your idea, you can walk through a few steps to get your idea off the ground without launching a full-fledged business.

Find Your Niche

To successfully provide your idea or product to other people, you must understand your unique niche in the marketplace. Define who may benefit from your niche, and explore strategies for getting the word out about your niche concept to the target audience that you have identified. For example, if you have a product, using Etsy or Amazon is a smart idea. If you offer a service, Patreon, Upwork, Peopleperhour or other websites could be helpful to you. If funding is needed to assist with bringing your idea to fruition, consider using crowdfunding to generate interest and capital. You may not need to have a full business plan when taking this approach, but you still need to do some research in order to achieve success from your effort.

Build Your Social Following

You do not need a huge marketing budget to spread the word about your product or service. You can easily use social media to your benefit. First, select social media platforms that would work best for you. For example, Etsy or Pinterest are a smart solution when introducing a product. Capture excellent images of your offering online to appeal to the masses, or even consider using a video to demonstrate how a product works or how beneficial a service may be. You may even offer freebies or special offers to further engage your social media followers. Social media platforms offer two-way communication with your audience. Regardless of whether you would like to monetize a product or service, use your sphere of influence and your connections on social media platforms to generate interest in what you are offering.

Make Smart Connections

As soon as your product or service gets some momentum, you can reach out to other influencers to make smart connections. Sometimes you can connect with an influencer who may serve as an ambassador for your product or service. Maybe you have some powerful friends who can spread the word to their own connections. For example, you can reach out to local business professionals who may be interested in partnering with you. You never know who can turn out to be your champion. Remember that these are free ways to generate interest in your idea.

Always respond to questions and comments so that you establish a relationship with your audience and brand yourself. While this takes time in many cases, it is very effective at producing results. Remember that others who are not actively communicating with you will read the comments posted as well, which further expands your reach.


After a while, you may decide to create a business plan and approach monetizing your skills, hobby or product idea through a full startup or launch. On the other hand, you can profit through a different approach. If launching a startup is not quite right for you, consider how you can walk through these steps to generate interest in what you have and to turn a profit from your great idea.


Heather Redding is a part time assistant manager and freelance writer based in Aurora, Illinois. She is also an avid reader and a tech enthusiast. When Heather is not working, she enjoys a good book from her Kindle library along with a hot drink.

Intellectual Intimacy Improves Romantic Communication

Intellectual Intimacy Improves Romantic Communication


Intellectual intimacy is sharing whatever you are thinking and your skills. Intellectual intimacy can be your hopes, dreams, fears, and experiences. When your partner shares who they are inside and connect intellectually with you, they are trusting you with their secrets. They have removed the shield that guards their hearts.
Many people can have a romantic relationship that includes sex without being intellectually venerable as in a one night stand or causal relationship.   A great example of intellectual intimate relationships are couples that share the same hobby, occupation, passion or addition: fishing, bondsman, cooking or controlled substance additions.  Therefore, a successful relationship includes a degree of intellectual (good or bad) intimacy.  It is through intellectual intimacy a couple becomes friends and bond outside of a physical or sexual connection.

Below are five attributes that increase intellectual intimacy:

Attitude.  There is an old saying that “attitude determines aptitude”. People usually are attracted to and bond with others who have the same attitude as they do. If you have a positive attitude or desire one, then you will be attracted to someone who has a positive attitude.  If you are a negative person, you will be attracted to people with negative attitudes.

Harry, age 25, tells what attracted him to his wife, Jan age 22, of two years, “I was having a bad day because of a difficult customer and an employee called in sick. Jan ran into me accidently in the store and almost knocked me down.  I almost got angry but she looked up apologetic and gave me the most beautiful smile ever.  I knew I wanted to get to know her.  She has a beautiful attitude to go with that smile and because of her attitude we never have a problem communicating.”

Interesting.  You find each other interesting and intellectual stimulating.  Do you have a degree in the same field?  Do you share a hobby?  Every love song started with a story.  Every business started with an idea.  There is always an interest that start every romantic relationship. Sue age 43 met her husband, Cory age 47, at a trade conference event in New York for Children authors and publishers. Since that time seven years ago, they have self-published a few children books that sold mostly to friends and family but they love doing it. Sue said, “Cory and I love to write and see our finished product.  We love traveling and meeting other authors who do the same thing.  Next year we are planning to go to the Children’s Bologna Festival out of the country.”

Fun.  People connect with others whom they enjoy talking with and spending time with.  One person’s idea of fun may not be another’s but in order to enjoy each other’s company, there is some activity that the both of you enjoy.  People bond over finding someone to have fun and hang out with because there is so much negativity in the world.

Kent age 33 an auto mechanic said, I enjoy spending time with Pamela age 35 a beautician because she is carefree and spontaneous. I can suggest dinner on the fly or a movie and she will make time to spend with me.  She is a lot of fun. We don’t talk about other people or problems we enjoy each other’s company and that is refreshing.

Supportive – Maybe the two of you work on a stressful job and share experiences that others would not understand?According to a Priceonomics and US Census statistical report, agriculture workers, teachers, doctors, police officers, truck drivers, military personnel, and lawyers have a high degree of marriages among their occupations.

Dan a police officer age 31 married his police partner, Cherry age 29.  Dan said, I married Cherry because as my partner in the squad, she understood the job and she “gets” me. Since we’ve gotten married, she has resigned because we are expecting our first child.”

Loyalty and values – Some couples bond over loyalty and moral values.  For example, missionaries marry each other as they often find themselves in countries they are not familiar with but they are serving the same causes.  Some couples will not date or marry outside of their religion or culture. No one wants to bond intellectually with someone they think they cannot trust. Therefore, loyalty is on everyone’s list.

Jake age 55 owns a popular bar and grill restaurant.  He married one of his waitresses, Delta 53.  Jake said, Delta worked for me for over 20 years. She knew my deceased wife and my family. I know her divorced husband and her kids. Delta knows the ups and downs of my business and we are both transplants from Ireland. We are of the same faith and culture. I trust her with my life and know from experience I can confide in her and she won’t embarrass me by repeating what I say. So I married her.”

In conclusion, Intellectual intimacy supports friendships and relationships in addition to a sexual relationship but an intellectual intimate connection can maintain a relationship on its own merit. Most intellectual intimate attributes that cause better communication in a romantic relationship are many:  fun, attitude, interesting, supportive, loyalty and core values among a few.


Sylvia Smith is a relationship expert with years of experience in training and helping couples. She has helped countless individuals and organizations around the world, offering effective and efficient solutions for healthy and successful relationships. Her mission is to provide inspiration, support and empowerment to everyone on their journey to a great marriage. She is a featured writer for Marriage.com, a reliable resource to support healthy happy marriages.



7 Problems We Can Tackle With Mindfulness Training


7 Problems We Can Tackle With Mindfulness Training



We live in an era when distractions are everywhere. We’re encouraged to pack our schedules, we’re told we should be distracted 24/7, and we’re made to believe that we’re not ambitious enough if our plates aren’t overloaded. Is it any coincidence that we’re also living in a time when stress-related diseases and conditions are running rampant from obesity to high blood pressure? Practicing mindfulness, whether it’s meditation, forest bathing, asana or another method, is critical for holistic well-being. Mindfulness can help with a variety of issues, but here are seven top reasons why being mindful should be a priority:


  1. Increase our intuition abilities. Intuition means being aware, observing, and active listening. It sounds simple, but it’s a skill that many of us don’t come close to realizing because of our lack of mindfulness. With better intuition, we can increase our compassion, empathy, and improve all of our relationships. A better romantic partnership, better relationship with co-workers, and more harmonious relationship with all of humanity is certainly a reason to be mindful
  2. Help with holistic addiction treatment. Addiction levels are at an all-time high from technology addiction to the opioid epidemic in the U.S. Mindfulness training has been a proven method for optimizing comprehensive addiction treatment, particularly for long-term success.
  3. Eating disorder treatment. Eating disorders include a wide range of issues such as Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Night Eating Syndrome (NES) along with the more well-known anorexia and bulimia. Orthorexia, or an obsession with healthy eating, is expected to become an official eating disorder soon. Eating disorders are the deadliest and most under-diagnosed of mental disorders, and mindfulness training can be a vital part of management.
  4. Struggles with priorities and shorter attention spans. In western countries, we’re expected to wear a number of hats on the job. Simultaneously, the human attention span is shorter than ever (shorter than a goldfish’s, in fact). Mindfulness can help us learn to triage, prioritize, and increase our attention spans. It goes hand in hand with decreasing our dependence on technology.
  5. Mood swing and Problems We Can Tackle With Mindfulness Training and road rage. The inability to control our emotions is exacerbated by the fact that few of us practice mindfulness on a regular basis. If you find yourself getting quickly angered when someone cut in front of you at the coffee shop or stewing for days over a slight the other person may not have realized at all, mindfulness can help you learn to let go.
  6. Re-condition negative self-talk. How we talk to ourselves plays a big role in our self-esteem, self-value, and overall health. Our culture reveres sarcasm and self-deprecation. However, if you don’t speak kindly to yourself and encourage yourself, who else will? Mindfulness can help us with “cognitive reconditioning” and undo years of negative self-talk.
  7. Anxiety. We’re being diagnosed with anxiety and related disorders at an astounding degree. Sometimes anxiety can be crippling and overlap with conditions such as agoraphobia while virtually halts a healthy life. Anxiety and mindfulness go hand in hand. If you struggle with anxiety, or simply feel anxious and worried more often than you’d like, then you might find that reconnecting with a mindful way of life can be soothing.


These are just a few of the problems many of us face on a regular basis, but mindfulness can be a balm for nearly every issue. There are many ways to incorporate mindfulness into your life—many are free, relatively easy, and accessible. You may need to try a few approaches to find the best fit for you. Don’t give up if the first few attempts don’t resonate with you.


Emily is an experienced content writer. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Communication in Journalism. She has written about an array of topics, from business, health, and technology to travel, culinary, education and even fashion & lifestyle. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, training for half marathons, and cooking for her family.



4 Less Known Ways How Gratitude Will Change Your Life


4 Less Known Ways How Gratitude Will Change Your Life


Changing your life may be quite a challenge, but the most important step you can make is to try and change the way you perceive the world around you. This modern era has brought us various issues, and it may be hard to focus on feeling thankful while there’s so much more you need to achieve. This may sound a bit corny, but quite a lot of studies have shown a clear link between feeling happy and being grateful.

We’ve done some researching and we’ve made this list in order to help you gain a better understanding of how and why the attitude of gratitude affects your lifestyle. There are various positive effects of this attitude, so let’s not waste any more time and let’s get straight to it.

Try not to get mad, but express gratitude instead

One of the main reasons anyone wants to change is because of the social interactions. When faced with an issue in a social surrounding, like for example your work, it can be very hard to keep your cool. Let’s say your coworker failed at their task. This leaves you with more work, and you’re probably going to get mad. If you manage to change the way you express yourself, you can achieve quite a lot.

In such situations try to calm down, focus on all the positive things you can about the coworker that failed. Think about everything good they might have done in the past, however difficult it may seem. Try to show your gratitude for all the positive things that person did, and it will affect your mood in a most positive way. It may take time to master this skill, but once you do you will improve both the way you perceive the world and how people around you feel about you. You will be able to form stronger relationships and you will gain people’s trust in an easy fashion.

Be grateful for life’s challenges

Facing any major change in life is a lengthy process, and it can be hard to truly understand the approach when your emotions are getting the best of you in such situations. What you must understand is that self-pity can’t get you anywhere. Facing a challenge in life should be another experience that makes you become the best version of yourself, so stop frowning and start being grateful.

Any challenge you may face, whether it’s a move to another city, country, or, in the worst case scenario, the death of someone close to you, can help you build your personality and learn a lot. Try to be grateful for everything that you’ve picked up along the way and you will soon become a person that complains way less. It can help you improve your career and become more popular, and it’s all up to you.

Become an inspiration

Various studies have shown that people tend to build better relationships and motivate one another when they express gratitude and when they show they’re humble. Being perceived as humble and grateful helps people around you elevate their productivity and overall relationships in the team, so focusing on building such character can help you out in the long run. The studies have also shown that even a single expression of gratitude helped increase the overall average time spent helping each other.

Learn how to bounce back with gratitude

Even when it comes to the hardest of times, expressing gratitude can seriously help your overall state of being and the way you deal with your problems. We are all social beings, and we all need at least some of the social interaction, especially in times of need. Being grateful for that interaction and showing that gratitude can help you with your coping mechanisms.

Experienced family lawyers state that the divorce parties that express grateful thinking and positive attitude don’t have many problems with coping and dealing with the aftermath of such a devastating event. With humble and grateful view of the world, you can deal with all of your problems easier than before.

Final thoughts

You can get caught up in negative feelings quite easily, and once you do, it’s very easy to forget about the positivity and good people in your life. And while you may think there is a lot of room for improvement when it comes to your personality, there is certainly quite a lot you should be thankful for. Gratitude is a skill that needs practice, and you mustn’t be afraid to practice showing it. It will help you live a more fulfilling and overall positive life, so go for it.


Leila Dorari is a freelance writer and self-improvement enthusiast from Sydney. Currently, she is spreading the word on useful tips and tricks that can skyrocket one’s career odds. In her spare time, she is either window shopping or exploring new ways to make her life more meaningful.




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