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Beautiful Mallorca

We visited the Spanish island of Mallorca the summer before last. It is the largest of the Balearic Islands, in the Mediterranean Sea. None of us knew what to expect, except G, who has been there several times. Apparently, it is a popular destination for Germans.

We flew on a charter plane from Dortmund, after picking up G’s little tow heads in Bremke…

Dortmund Airport

Pre-flight in Dortmund Airport

The trip over was quick. From the airport we made our way to the car rental agency, where we spent a couple of hours. We immediately set our clocks to “island time”…because it was soon obvious that no one is in a hurry there. The long wait was made interesting by the unfortunate robbery of a single lady who left her laptop and pouch with passport and money on the front seat of her rental car just outside the office while she ran in, and poof, it all disappeared! After that, we made sure to keep a close eye on our belongings.

Once we were all loaded in our van, we headed down the coast to where we had rented a house for the week. We lucked out:

Rental house in Mallorca

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We enjoyed the house so much, we spent a lot of time at home. The only thing we didn’t enjoy was the daily 5 AM wakeup call courtesy of the resident rooster. But the kids had fun chasing the chicks…

Some days we did manage to venture out for food…



Spanish beer

We drank a lot of this!

And we played tourist one day and drove back to Palma, the capital, to sight see.

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On the way back G showed us the monastery perched at the top of a steep hill. It was rather austere, but there were sweeping views of the coastline. Lucky monks!



Mallorca coastline

Monastery statue

Our landlady told us about some beautiful sheltered coves that the locals went to, so we spent a couple of days at the beach…

sheltered cove in Mallorca

beach in mallorca

All in all, it was a fabulous trip. But the best part had to be …….

Kids at the pool

Should we or shouldn’t we…..?





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How to Create a New Habit

Lighting up

If you are like me, you have a few bad habits. Whether yours is smoking, or cursing, or drinking when you are angry, or devouring a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos during your favorite sit-com, you can change them! Here’s how….

Five quick tips to create a new habit:

1. Set your intention. It takes about 30 days to make something a habit. Set your intention to replace a current bad habit with your new action each day for the next 30 days. For example, instead of saying “What the f***!” …  say “What the focus!” (It works for me.) Or when you are mad as hell and heading out for a beer, hit the gym instead. Then put up reminders – i.e. on your phone, in notes to yourself, around your home.

2. Choose just one new habit to focus on. It’s a challenge to focus on more than one. In fact, trying to make a whole lot of changes at once is a great way to sabotage yourself. One a month means a whole lot of change by the end of the year. When you’ve tackled one bad habit, move on to the next.

3. Tell others about the actions you intend to take.  The more people you tell, the more committed you’ll be, and the more likely you will be to succeed. You’ll be accountable. If no one knows what you’re trying to do, it’s easier to give up.

4. Acknowledge your progress. Even if you don’t do it perfectly every time, focus on when you do get it right. Cutting out that morning smoke or that bag of Cheetos on Tuesdays counts!

5. Keep track.  Put a big smiley face on your calendar each day you take your chosen action. It feels good to succeed – once you start acknowledging the small steps, you ‘ll be less inclined to stumble and revert back to that bad habit.

Thumbs up smiley face

And, if nothing else, remember…

“What the focus!”

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