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Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Life in Flight Blog |

“You Are Here Now Because You Are a Survivor.”

“You Are Here Now Because You Are a Survivor.”

Not long ago I attended a facinating talk by Dr. Norman Rosenthal. He was invited to speak about his latest book called “The Gift of Adversity.” I didn’t know much about Dr. Rosenthal, but I loved his positive approach. After an impressive introduction Dr. Rosenthal energetically took the stage and warmly greeted the audience with his charming South African accent. Within the first 30 seconds he said something profoundly simple and incredibly powerful. “You are all here now because you are survivors.” I am a survivor… Almost immediately I felt myself grow a bit taller in my seat. There is such strength in that statement, as any number of things could have happened in my life where I may not have been sitting in this seat, listening to this inspirational doctor speak. I’ve always held onto the notion that there are gifts in difficult situations. It’s not always easy (for anyone) to remember this – or appreciate “the gift of adversity” when in the trenches and things aren’t going well. But it’s...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Life in Flight Blog |

“What Happy People Know…”

“What Happy People Know…”

I want to be happy! No doubt,  you’ve heard these words before. And you have probably have said them yourself more than once. Happiness = Nirvana. Right? I hear this very phrase from my clients, some of who are at a crossroad and want more from life after years of hard work and sacrifice. Happiness is often at the top of their list. But what exactly is Happiness? Is it a place, a thing, a relationship, a position, a title, and can you buy it? And why is it so damn elusive at times? Do you have to wait “until X happens” that you be happy, or is it only for some people and not others? This is a huge topic, I know, one that I have been fascinated with for a long time. Honestly, I’d like a life with as much of “it” as possible. Being happy, after all, is just more fun. One of my favorite books is by Dr. Dan Baker called “What Happy People Know: How the New Science...

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Life in Flight Blog |

What You Can Do When Someone’s Upset

What You Can Do When Someone’s Upset

Claudia and I have a deal. When she’s really annoyed and needs to vent, she calls me. Beyond being a very close friend – Claudia is one of my “Trust Tree” friends – it’s been our deal for 18 years. Our pact started because one afternoon, when things weren’t going the way she wanted them to go she just let it rip. To my delight I discovered that when Claudia is all riled up, she’s a bit like Jerry Seinfeld with a razor sharp wit but yet somewhat self-deprecating.  After she had vented her frustrations, I was doubled over (from laughter). My laughing made her vent even more, and then “poof!” it was over and she felt much better. Of course not all venting can be funny. But I was onto something… My experience with other friends was different. When they were upset, I’d immediately feel upset for them. I’d brace myself, start to do damage control because I never want any of my friends to be in pain. My default...

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Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in In-Flight Insider News, Insider Travel Tips |

7 Insider Tips for Seamless Holiday Travel

7 Insider Tips for Seamless Holiday Travel

It’s here. The holiday season. Traveling isn’t for the faint of heart, especially at this time of year when airports are full of people trying to take their well-deserved vacations, and winter weather can throw a wrench in the works. If you’ve ever noticed that airline crew members seem to glide effortlessly through chaotic airports, shoot through the security lines and rebound flawlessly after travel snafus, you’re on to something. I’m going to share a few of our secrets, both in booking flights and what to do when bad weather starts rolling in, so that you can navigate the travel system like a pro: 1. Bigger is Better. Pilots love to say this, about jets that is, and with good reason. As a general rule, newer and bigger airplanes are better because of the technology (Autoland and CAT 3) enables them to land in adverse weather conditions like snow and fog. Smaller regional jets (airplanes with approximately 100 seats or less) typically don’t have this expensive equipment in the...

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