Christmas Eve traditions

We want to wish all our followers who celebrate a very joyous Christmas!  For many, the holidays will be very different this year as our gatherings are smaller.  And for some, there are fewer gifts under the tree.  But it is an opportunity to celebrate what we do have and enjoy the season with our immediate family.   Most families have a Christmas eve tradition.  For … Continue reading Christmas Eve traditions

How to avoid being predictable when meeting someone new

For many of us, meeting new people, whether socially or professionally, can be awkward.  And so many times we gravitate, especially in professional settings, to the dreaded “What do you do?” first question.  While it’s easy and safe and gives us some insight as to the type of person we have just met, it’s boring and predictable.  And let’s face it, none of us wants … Continue reading How to avoid being predictable when meeting someone new

Trending travel destinations for 2021

Conde Nast Traveler assembled a list of the trending travel destinations for 2021 based on top internet searches.  Most of these locations share common traits: sun, sand, and seclusion. 11.  The Maldives – While you can’t drive there, the volume of flights have increased and the island is open to all travelers who produce a negative PCR (nasal swab) test taken 72 hours prior to … Continue reading Trending travel destinations for 2021

10 things likable people DON’T do

As we end the year, some of us take the time to self-reflect and identify things we want to work on in the New Year.  If you are identifying possible New Year’s resolutions, here are 10 items to ponder. Likable people: They don’t blame… others for their problems. They don’t control… because all you can control is you. They don’t try to impress… just because … Continue reading 10 things likable people DON’T do

The end of airline change fees

Delta just announced that they will permanently eliminate change fees for all international flights for all seats except Basic Economy.  This aligns with their announcement to permanently eliminate change fees for domestic flights, also not applicable to Basic Economy. They joined the ranks of American Airlines, who made similar decisions.  United Airlines was the first to announce eliminating the change fee for all their domestic … Continue reading The end of airline change fees

Shipping delays bring headaches this holiday season

With the holiday season in high gear, transportation companies like UPS and FedEx are handling record volumes resulting in… record delays. Since the start of the pandemic, shipping companies have been handling holiday-like volume all year.  And now that the real holidays are here, they are experiencing volume at unprecedented levels.  Cyber Monday sales surged as year over year revenue increased 15.1%.  This is despite … Continue reading Shipping delays bring headaches this holiday season

What to expect from home prices in 2021?

The housing market was one of the few bright spots in 2020.  Which is a reminder that nothing is ever all bad.  Many are looking forward to what 2021 will bring for real estate and if the trend will continue.  And if we can expect the market to be flooded with foreclosures as homeowners begin to default on loans when their forbearance plan comes to … Continue reading What to expect from home prices in 2021?

Offices are still empty

Are you still working from home offices?  It seems you are not alone.  As of mid-November, only 25% of people had returned to their offices.  While this is higher than the lowest point in April of less than 15%, it is down slightly from October, which reported 27% occupancy. This decline in office use is also impacting the residential market of many of the big … Continue reading Offices are still empty

Tips to help make travel safer over the holidays

For many, they have been home since the pandemic and have taken no trips.  With the holidays upon us, many are ready to take a trip to spend time with loved ones.  Once study shows that 39% of Americans are planning to hit the road this holiday season.  If you are one of those who will be traveling, here are a few things you can … Continue reading Tips to help make travel safer over the holidays