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

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?

The negative effects of constant positive feelings

We all know the people that always try and put a positive spin on yours or another’s negative feelings.  Do statements like “it’s not that bad” or “at least you didn’t experience…” sound familiar?  It turns out never giving light to your negative feelings may not be so positive after all. Toxic positivity.  Ever heard of it?  We hadn’t either.  But after reading about it … Continue reading The negative effects of constant positive feelings

Moving back in with the folks

America as a country and as a culture values independence.  Yet independence can come in many different forms.  Recently I’ve been grappling with my own definition of independence.  High school me expected to have a full-time job, my own apartment, and be financially self-sufficient at 23.  Yet here I am with no job, moved back home with my parents, and definitely not financially self-sufficient.  And … Continue reading Moving back in with the folks

The toll 2020 has taken on workers’ mental health

In a new study done in partnership with Oracle and Workplace Intelligence surveying 12,000 people in 11 countries, they found the huge toll 2020 has taken on workers’ mental health.  In fact, 78% reported 2020 to be the most stressful year ever and their mental health has been negatively impacted. 85% reported that their mental health issues are causing a variety of problems ranging from … Continue reading The toll 2020 has taken on workers’ mental health

The demand for travel in 2021

Are you dreaming about that trip you can FINALLY take in 2021?  Yep, you and just about everyone else in the US and Canada.  According to a new study conducted by World Travel & Tourism Council, 99% of people surveyed are “eager to travel again.”  Here are a few facts and figures: 70% stated they aren’t only dreaming about taking a trip but in fact, … Continue reading The demand for travel in 2021

Feeling stressed? Changing your breathing can help

Everyone suffers from stress and anxiety on occasion.  And this has been compounded by all the events 2020 has brought.  Studies show that simple breathing exercises can go a long way in restoring calm. If 2020 hasn’t made you feel stressed or anxious then consider yourself lucky.  For the rest of us, experts agree that focusing on your breathing can help lessen the stress and … Continue reading Feeling stressed? Changing your breathing can help

Making the best of the rest of 2020

2020 has been challenging. For many, we are grateful to near the end. But there is still time to make the most of this year and experience personal growth. To say this year has been filled with challenges and anxiety would be a massive understatement!  But 2020 doesn’t have to be a total wash.  As we roll into the last quarter of the year, there … Continue reading Making the best of the rest of 2020