Manifesting Law of Attraction Relationships

law of attraction relationshipsThe Law of Attraction philosophy is a wave that hit like a tsunami and caused a chain reaction that resulted in hundreds of books, movies and television specials. The easiest way to characterize it is this, “like attracts like.” If a person focuses on the negative, he or she will draw negative events. Conversely, focusing on the positive will produce positive events and allow anyone to live the life of your dreams now.

Here’s a good example of law of attraction relationships in action: if someone gets a call and expects bad news, it will be bad news. That same person expecting good news will be pleasantly rewarded. It’s a metaphysical law — if you concentrate on something long and hard enough, it just happens. So it stands to reason that if you want a certain kind of relationship, whether that falls into the category of romantic, friendship, or business, it shouldn’t take much more that putting your mind to what you want, and waiting for it to manifest. But let’s explore that further. [Read more…]

Cruise Checklist

Cruise ChecklistOf all the vacation possibilities to consider, there’s something uniquely wonderful about the lure of the high seas. Maybe it’s the image of strolling along a boat deck under the moonlight skies with a salty breeze floating through the air. Perhaps it’s all of the exciting ports of call, offering new discoveries around every turn. No matter what the motivation, taking a cruise gives you a healthy dose of stress management. But before it is time to set sail, there are a few things to cross off the cruise checklist to help ensure smooth sailing from plane to port and back again.

What to pack?

A cruise naturally brings to mind swaying palm trees, pearl white sand and balmy temperatures. However, there are plenty of cruises, such as those with itineraries to Alaska or Antarctica that require a dress code sans bikini and shorts. On these chillier adventures, there’s always the looming possibility of colder weather, rain and sudden dips in the temperature. The key is to dress in layers: a thin shirt, sweater, and jacket ensemble that you can add to or shed with the weather shifts. Investigate the latest in waterproof and breathable fabrics such as Gore-Tex® and Polartec®, as these fabrics pull moisture away from your body, are breathable and feel comfortable against your skin.

On a warm-weather cruise, people tend to live in swimsuits. That’s the first thing to remember when packing for a cruise. Know the dress code on a ship to determine what other main staples to include. As a general rule, business casual (a suit for men and a cocktail dress for women) is typical for dinners in the main dining room. The more upscale the cruise line, the more formal the dress for dinner. Many ships usually have plenty of dining options, and more casual fare is reserved for those who prefer to dine in shorts and t-shirts. Passengers are typically given a choice of set dinner times that remain the same for the duration of the cruise. Specialty restaurants however require a special reservation. It’s a good idea to make those reservations in advance, as those spots can fill up quickly.

Don’t over pack — there’s always the temptation to plan a different outfit for every day and that usually means luggage that is stuffed to the gills. The downside of being over prepared clothing wise is that there will be no room left to bring home souvenirs or one-of-a-kind gifts. Pack a rolled up empty duffle bag, fill it with things you buy on your trip and carry it back on the plane. Also, think about packing outfits that can easily transition from day to night. For men, a nice pair of shorts can go easily from a day of sightseeing to dinner on deck with a simple change of shirt. For women, dress up a skirt with a tank for dinner with a pair of strappy heals and a nice scarf. Avoid packing bulky sweaters or jackets that take up a lot of space.

While on Dry Land

When the ship is in motion there’s usually plenty to do onboard to occupy time and say goodbye to anxiety — everything from wine tasting, dance classes and clubs and lounges to rock-climbing and zip-lining. Once the ship docks there’s a finite amount of time to see the sights and participate in any excursions. Make the most of the time on land by putting “pre-book any activities” on a cruise checklist. The most popular activities fill up quickly so booking ahead will eliminate the disappointing “sorry, we’re sold out,” upon arrival.

Shore excursion can usually be booked through the cruise line and depending on the location can include activities such as volcano hiking, guided city tours,  private beach visits, water sports and more. Pay special attention to departure times and returns to make sure there will be enough time to complete the activity and get back before the ship departs. 

Budget For Extras

Not many cruises have all-inclusive offerings so extras like alcohol, shore excursions, specialty restaurants, spa treatments and Internet expenses need to be accounted for in a cruise checklist. Another expense people often don’t think about until they’re on vacation is tips, which can really add up. Some ships will automatically add a daily gratuity of a certain amount per day and tack it on at the end of a cruise. Examples of people to tip are room service waiters and waiters in specialty restaurants or bars or lounges.

Passport

This might seem like a no brainer but it’s amazing how many travelers scramble at the last minute to renew an existing passport. If a passport is expired the renewal times can be lengthy unless you expedite it, which can end up being costly. Most cruise lines strongly recommend that all guests travel with a valid passport during their cruise. This is particularly important if a guest needs to fly out of the United States to meet the ship at a port if they miss their scheduled embarkation on U.S. grounds. If a passenger needs to leave the cruise early for a family or business emergency, it’s critical to have a valid U.S. Passport.

Pace Yourself

First-time cruisers learn the hard way that they don’t have to explore every inch of the ship on the very first day. Cruise ships are big, in fact some are like their own little cities, and trying to uncover everything on the first day is a good way to burn out.  Explore slowly, take time to unwind and don’t forget to practice the fine art of relaxation.

Get a list of activities

Cruise ships are notorious for having non-stop activities throughout the day and night. These activities are usually listed on the website or in printed materials and many are included within the price of the cruise. Here are a few examples:

Stage shows — singers, dancers and musicians in costume with sets and scenery

3D movie theater — visuals jumping off the screen

Casinos and gaming — with bingo, craps, roulette and slot machines

Comedy clubs — many with big name comedians

Get the most out of a cruise by finding out ahead of time what a cruise ship offers during days at sea, and take advantage of as many as possible.

Tune out

The last thing to put on the cruise checklist is what to leave behind. Tune out from social networks, the cell phone and anything related to real work to make sure the focus shifts to what’s really important during time at sea — the art of doing less.

Does He Like Me by His Body Language: 10 Clever Clues

Does he like me body languageMost girls have absolutely no idea when a guy is interested in them. It’s understandable to be clueless when it comes to picking up on that particular type of body language. Some women  have to get hit over the head with cupid’s arrow to get their attention. It’s partly because here in the America, guys tend to be less obvious when they’re interested in a girl, and less likely to actually do something about it. In Europe, all you have to do is make eye contact with a member of the opposite sex and he will shadow you the rest of the day.

That said, this list of helpful does he like me body language tips is sure to be a beneficial guide for decoding the signals that a male suitor is looking to steal more than just an admiring glance. This information will reveal if he’s about the steal the heart.

1. A Raised Brow

A raised eyebrow is a tell-tall sign of definite curiosity. The expression is universal and dates back as far as the cave man. Right before the unsuspecting cavewomen was clubbed and pulled by her hair back to the man cave, her cave man probably raised both eyebrows in eager anticipation. The key to picking up on the raised eyebrow is timing. The entire action takes place in a split second. So watching for it is key. The proper reciprocal gesture would be to meet the man’s gaze and hold it for a few seconds before looking away.

2. Leaning In

Depending on the setting and seating arrangement a man who is interested is likely to lean in and point his entire upper body the direction of his object of affection. This gesture might even include turning his back on others to focus entirely his mark. That’s not by accident. He’s giving the not-so-subtle signal that he’s engaged in an important conversation and does not want to be “blocked” by the competition. Face reading is another good way to tell if someone’s interested or not.

3. Using Hands  

Anyone who’s ever had to sit on their hands to tell an entire joke will relate how difficult it is getting to the punch line without using hand gestures? Some people use their hands excessively to communicate and a man who is looking to get to know a girl will use his hands more than he ordinarily would. Body language expert and author Janine Driver describes people who talk with their hands as being perceived as more likeable. Additionally, if he’s grabbing at his belt loops or hanging his thumbs from his pockets, basically looking like a sixth-grader talking to a girl on the playground, there’s a very high probability that his does he like me body language is registering a “yes.”

4. Hair Tease

Women are experts when it comes to the hair tease. Men do the same thing when they’re interested in a special gal. A guy who’s had his interest piqued will twirl little tufts of hair (while grinning ever so slightly), fluff up his hair and play with it. Bald men obviously don’t have any hair to twirl. But, if there’s a guy stroking facial hair or a mustache, chances are there’s a girl in close proximity he’s got his eye on.

5. He Keeps Pace

Research says men slow down for love.  So if there’s a couple walking together and the guy is miles ahead, or lagging behind, that’s a bad sign for the future. But if he’s by the girl’s side, even if she has long, gazette-like sprinter legs, he’s probably a keeper.

6. Imitation

Couples who have been dating awhile can gauge if the thrill is gone by seeing how closely their lover imitates them. Experts say that a man who likes a woman subconsciously does what she does. The analogy is a mime with his hands up pretending there’s a person on the other side. If a guy is interested he’ll match his actions with the girls, even start repeating expressions and phrases, claiming them as his own. If the love is fading, the last thing on his tongue will be anything that reminds him of the girl he’s hoping to forget.

7. Good Listening

It might seem obvious but it’s amazing how many guys glaze over when a woman talks childhood or life goals. It’s one thing to poach glances at a television screen in a sports bar, but quite another to downright stare into outer space as a girl bares her heart and soul, while the dude is completely checked out. Leaning in and holding eye contact are good ways to measure does he like me body language, to see if he’s really listening.

Good listening is a skill that one can learn and is acquired when tired of the constant drone of an all-wrapped-up-in-me voice. Companies emphasize it as the cornerstone to high productivity. It’s extremely important in many aspects of life. In fact, there’s only one exception where it doesn’t count. After a couple has been together years, the guy is merely practicing the fine art of “tuning out,” which plenty of parents regularly exercise with their youngsters. In the beginning, however, a man should be hanging on every fascinating word, if he’s really interested.

8. Circus Act Behavior

Even men who think they have game often struggle with insecurity when it comes down to going for the “ask.” If his personality is shy to begin with he might test a women’s enthusiasm with something a subtle as a tie adjustment. For many women who need a flashing red light and siren noises, that’s not going to register. If he’s a bit more outgoing he’ll probably turn into a giant clown, telling jokes and tap dancing on the table (not literally, but that’s the idea). If he’s practically doing handstands to get a woman’s attention, he likes her.

9. Arm Guide

Call it old-fashioned but there’s a certain charm when a gentleman guides his girl through a crowd by placing a hand on the elbow or the small of a back. It’s a two-fold gesture really. I’m taking care of this person and back off everyone else. Another thing a guy could do to demonstrate affection is change positions with the woman while they are walking along a busy street. Meaning, he’s the one closest to oncoming traffic and she is on the inside. That’s a protective sign (and also him beating his chest that he’s the big strong man), but it’s adorable anyway.

10. Giving Tone

Former President Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy was described as “speak softly and carry a big stick.” Men who lower their voice and speak softly to a woman are sending a very clear non-verbal cue that these words are not for anyone else.  Even better if there’s a private topic or secret communicated — that means there’s a certain level of trust present. A guy wouldn’t spill secrets to just anyone.

Of course, there’s always the possibility a guy might just come right out and confess his growing attraction, but it either happens or it doesn’t. Men are a lot more like women than they would care to admit when it comes to the ego and taking risks. Nobody likes to feel rejected and often the does he like me body language cues are merely ways men test the water, to try and avoid disappointment and find proof that the feeling is mutual. Either way, every girl should know what to watch for with these helpful clues.

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