My Favorite Spotify Music Playlist

Just wrapped up helping out a friend of mine over the weekend with his event and I had a number of people come up and ask where they could get my playlist of songs that I use at events.  Where here it is…I personally use Spotify, it’s a great music service that can be used both with a free membership & paid membership if you want to create your own playlists.  However with the free playlists you’ll be able to see any and all of the playlists that are created by users such as myself.

  1. Download Spotify to your Apple or Android device.
  2. Search “monicoperez”
  3. Click Follow & there you have it….

Here is my most requested playlist…make sure to follow me on Spotify for more playlist.

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“Trust arrives walking and departs riding!”

Here is a new post that I am using from a good friend, Garrett that I networked with about a month ago and we’ve become good friends.  I felt his posting was great and I asked if I could share it with my network! Enjoy!!!

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Never Cheat!!!

Trust walks in on foot but rides out on horseback. (Olde English Proverb)

Any time that it is broken, it quickly leaves. Never cheat; retain integrity; build trust with others. Layer congruent information upon congruent information. When a person cheats, trust goes out the window, rarely to return again. A leader should hold himself/herself to a higher standard. If not, your team will see through you. Cheating may seem like a shortcut to success, but it leads to a sure dead end.

There are three things required to be successful; character, tasks, and relationships. Great businesses are built by men and women following through on their word without the need for lawsuits to ensure integrity.

Andrew Roddick is a tennis pro. He was playing a title match, and he was one point away from winning the title. His opponent served, and the line judge called the serve out. Roddick saw that the ball was actually inside the line and was a good serve. Roddick challenged the call, and the line judge overruled his call. Roddick went on to lose the title to his opponent. But Roddick won the game of integrity. Steven Covey called this “Roddick’s Choice.”

There was a young lady that attended Liam’s school. She has now graduated, but at the time, she was part of the track relay team. Our school’s sports program is fairly new, and winning was rather elusive several years ago. In fact, many schools looked down their noses at our school since our teams were so small, and we didn’t win much across all sports. During this relay, we were neck-in-neck for first place. The girl in second place went down with an injury, in fact, if memory serves, she passed out. Our girl stopped and stayed with this young lady until the girl’s coach arrived on the scene before she picked up her baton and continued the race. By now, we were so far behind there was no hope of coming close to winning, but she continued running. She passed the baton to her sister who finished the race totally alone on the track, crossing the finish line with a standing ovation. These ladies were raised in such a way that they developed character. We might have lost the race, but we won the respect of every single school present. Later, our school received several phone calls from various coaches saying they had never witnessed such a thing in all of their years coaching.

Never steal. If a person steals, he forfeits any trust. Time theft is costing the American economy billions of dollars a year. Wasting time while on the company clock has become an epidemic. This is one reason that it is so difficult for employees to transfer into employer. Many people wouldn’t consider stealing directly from the till, but they have no qualms stealing time. Oftentimes, the decision of not stealing is based on a fear of getting caught. That is someone who has a serious character issue.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter. –Martin Luther King

Character moves beyond integrity. Our courage cannot be superseded by fear. What is your mission? What is your action? It takes courage to fulfill our calling.

Social Media’s Coolest Travel Companies

Planning on taking a vacation this summer or you already have, well here’s just some cool Social Media ideas I came across in regards to not completely plugging out of Social Media all together during your next vacation.  As my summer has been filling up with travels to Cyprus, Cancun & Maui, I’ve noticed that although it is a vacation it is also fun to stay plugged into the Social Media world and try to use it to help others or myself….

BEFORE WE HEAD OUT ON VACATION THERE’S AN IMPORTANT AIRLINE SAFETY VIDEO

Now we all know what happens when we board the plane and they begin to start explaining the safety video but who ever thought an airline-safety video could be fun? Air New Zealand did. ANZ employed the ever-bedazzled Richard Simmons to deliver the familiar preflight lesson of how to don your oxygen mask (or “take a breather!” as he says). And the disco-rich video wasn’t just for flyers: it has had almost 2.6 million YouTube views since its March 2011 launch—try getting that kind of virality from your basic seat-belt-fastening snoozer.

Social media, after all, has become an essential part of the way we travel—with everything from trip planning to photo sharing. The SMITTYs came about when we saw travel companies doing some pretty cool things in the social media space, and we wanted to recognize their efforts. So we asked airlines, tourism boards, car-rental companies, tour operators, cruise lines, and others to give us their best efforts from 2011.

HOTEL DEALS

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

The hotel company created and promoted special rates for Facebook and Twitter. The depth of the discounts (as low as $89 a night) drove a high volume of bookings and awarded them the Best Social Media Promotion of Travel Deals, Global Hotel or Resort Chain.

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

Ultimate Austin Scavenger Hunt: The property organized a photo scavenger hunt; fans and visitors submitted pictures of the hotel and Austin landmarks on Facebook or Flickr. The first 100 participants to complete at least half the tasks received an overnight stay or other prizes.  Lots of brands have photo contests; adding a scavenger hunt was a fun way not just to engage fans, but also to utilize the popularity of Facebook’s photo-sharing functionality.

FOOD & DRINKS

Foodspotting, an app favorite for food photographers, launched less than a year and a half ago.  Foodspotting began in 2009 when cofounders Alexa Andrzejewski, Ted Grubb and Soraya Darabi put their heads together to address what they felt was a lack of proper food reviewing apps. A few months later, they launched in beta at SXSW Interactive in March 2010.

My favorite way to describe Foodspotting? If Flickr and Foursquare went out on a date, ate too many oysters and drank too much champagne, the result 9 months later would look very much like Foodspotting. Using the mobile app, users can snap a photo of a dish, tag it and share it with friends on Foodspotting or via Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, etc. It’s also a helpful guide if you’re ever looking to spark your appetite. Simply open the app and search for photos of food taken nearby.

Why Pinterest Should Matter to You

This most recent player in the field of social media might seem like it doesn’t fit into your marketing model. Here’s why you’re wrong.

If you could promote your brand via what the Wall Street Journal boasts as “the hottest start up…in Silicon Valley,” would you jump on board? Well, if top brands such as Martha Stewart, Michael Kors, Pepsi, and Nike see the potential, it’s probably a good idea to follow suit.

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where you can “curate and share things you love.” With millions of new “pins” a week, not only do “pinners” consider posting and reposting stuff they love fun and inspirational, but also Pinterest has already proven itself as a powerful social media platform. Businesses are joining Pinterest to display product, create brand awareness, build communities and, in some cases, grow profits by leaps and bounds. SO START PINNING!

Now these are not the only apps by any means that are out there, I am sure that there is some 10 year old kid coming up with the next hottest and greatest app on the planet but I just figured I’d share what I’ve been using and has helped me keep in touch with friends and family although I am thousands of miles away…

Make sure and add me on Twitter so I can retweet your pics/posts http://www.twitter.com/monicoperez

Are you on Pinterest…Me TOO: http://pinterest.com/monicoperez/

Want to learn more about the power of Pinterest check out this article: THE POWER OF PINTEREST

Let’s just stay connected and have a fun summer! Also if you have any apps you enjoy or want to share please post….

5 Things That Shouldn’t Be On Your Facebook

I just read an interesting article about crimes that were committed and solved on Facebook. In one of the featured stories was a break-in in a victim’s house by a man, whom she later found out had just befriended her on Facebook a week before!  After reading that article I wanted to share some of the information that was provided in that article to help those that are NEW to Facebook, Internet and/or Social Media!

 

This just goes to show that the things you put on Facebook: your private details, your photos, your thoughts and preferences; they can be used against you. So despite the feeling Facebook offers you, you really should take into account what you put on your Facebook page.

Here is a list of five things that are suggested that should not be on your Facebook page, beginning with:

1.People You Have To Answer To
2. Photos Of Everything
3. That Sensation of Always Tagging Where You Are
4. Angry Statuses Or Comments
5. Birthdays
 

1. People You Have to Answer To:

The friend’s list is a very personal place. Where am I going with this? Keep bosses, managers, supervisors, or even colleagues out of your friend’s list. No matter how strong your relationship is with anyone from these categories, it is best to keep your professional life separate from your personal life. For starters, if work gets you down, you can still write statuses about it without having to look over your virtual shoulder all the time.
While it may not be a good career move to speak ill of your work place, it is a valid form of stress relief, particularly when you get to vent without worrying about a backlash. Leave that option open for yourself by keeping your Facebook territory free of work-related people.

2. Photos of Everything

We can’t really resist sharing photos of our lives. For some, it is a funny, heart-warming or proud scene that is warmly shared with friends. For others, it’s a boost for the self-esteem. Albums after albums of homes, kids, the workplace, a drinking party, purchases, vacation trips, pets and family mark attempts to paint a picture of what a wonderful life I have; how’s yours?But when you share too much info on your page, it’s an invitation for trouble, particularly, if you readily post pictures of your home, your furniture and belongings, where your kids go to school, what you gave your wife for her last birthday or your latest gadget purchase of the month. Showing off is fine but you don’t want to be revealing more than what you want to roaming eyes.

Plus, it kind of throws your argument of “wanting to keep whatever’s left of your privacy private”, out the window. You have control over what pictures to post. Use it.

3. That itching need to constantly tag where you are

Are you a prolific serial tagger? You have to get that addiction cured. It’s not really advisable to constantly tag your whereabouts, especially when you even tag where your home is (believe me, there are people who do that). Experts have always advised us to not confine our lives to predictable routines because that’s how criminals know when to break and enter your home. And that was during the pre-Facebook years.On top of that, stop announcing to everyone when you will be away from home (in Phuket for the whole of next week!) or when you will be alone at home (Alone at home, googly-bear has a conference in Australia, again).The only thing missing are photos of where you keep your keys and valuables, but let’s not make it easier than it already is right now.

You can call it paranoia, but if you look at some of your friend’s Facebook Walls, and do a bit of homework, you can actually pull off a mini-heist or two. For the record, we’re not daring you, but now you know it can be done.

4. Angry statuses or comments

It’s never a good idea to write an angry letter or email about anyone to anybody. But the inhibition level is not as high when it comes to Facebook statuses. Regardless of how private you keep your page, there are people who are watching what you type. What they see paints a mental picture of you in their heads, which gets altered all the time, as they get to know you better.Being too critical and calling people four-letter names never help. And as much as you may think that this is my Facebook page and I am entitled to write whatever I think or feel at the moment, even you know deep down inside that it will come back to haunt you one day. Your opinions and thoughts will vary as you grow older, but Facebook statuses stay forever. Note to self: This cliché will come back and haunt me one day.

5. Birthdays

Of all the things on this list that you shouldn’t post, if you can only choose one, it should be this. Keep your birthdate figures a secret.Why? Do you know what birthdays are good for apart from reminding everyone to add another candle on your chocolate cake? Yeah, passwords to emails, online accounts and websites. Do not deny it.

When asked to provide a 6-to-8 character password, the first thing that pops into your mind will probably be a variation of your birth date or the birthdates of someone close to you. But if you have to put your birthday up (just to feel the love Facebook reminders have to offer), consider not revealing the year you were born.

Happy 4,500 calorie a plate Day Everyone….Read THIS!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone….the MAIN thing I am thankful for this Thanksgiving is my health! I’ve been going back and forth on my weight and also on my eating habits between that of good, not so good and HOLY GUACAMOLE Batman.  However about a month ago I decide to get serious and just do the work and just STOP having excuses, I do after all work with a guy that teaches people how to not buy people’s excuses I figured I’d apply those to myself.  I started eating healthier, eliminating certain high fat foods and adding Spirulina, and Whey Protein to my daily diet and it’s been awesome, just with those basic changes I’ve lost about 15lbs and have gone down a pant size probably two but come on no one needs to see me in Cowboy tight Wranglers! LOL!  So now I am always looking out for other tips to help people out that perhaps might be struggling like myself and I came across this great Thanksgiving article from Men’s Health, “Eat This, Not That” section in regards to what holiday food swaps you’d want to do…so enjoy this article and Happy Feasting everyone!

TOP SWAPS FOR THANKSGIVING!

According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American will consume 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving day, a feat worthy of competitive eating accolades on any other day. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stuff your face without testing the fortitude of your new designer jeans. We imagine you’ll want turkey. Cranberry sauce. Potatoes, sure. Gravy. Maybe some veggies on the side. Oh, and pie? Yeah, go for it! But just by making a couple of smart at-the-table swaps you could eat to your heart’s content and still take in 700 fewer calories than you did last year. Now that’s something to be thankful for!
Dark turkey meat (4 0z) with jellied cranberry sauce (1/2-inch slice)
410 calories
10 g fat
(4 g satured)
320 mg sodium

Dark meat is about twice as fatty as white meat. Homemade cranberry sauce cuts the sugar by a considerable amount.

Eat This Instead!
Turkey breast (4 oz) with homemade cranberry sauce (2 Tbsp)
195 calories
4 g fat
265 mg sodium

 

Stuffing (1/2 cup)

175 calories
14 g fat
(6 g saturated)
420 mg sodium

Stuffing is nothing more than a pile of croutons moistened with fat and loaded with sodium. Double this number if it was cooked inside the bird. A fresh grean bean casserole with sautéed onions is a much healthier alternative—just make sure you ditch the cream of mushroom soup.

Green bean casserole (1/2)
100 calories
6 g fat (1 g saturated)
300 mg sodium
 

Pecan pie (1 medium slice, 1/6 pie)

450 calories
21 g fat (4 g saturated)
70 g sugars

The healthy fat from the pecans is not enough to justify the extra load of corn syrup calories. In the pantheon of pies, pumpkin ranks among one of the lower-calorie slices.

Eat This Instead!

Pumpkin pie with low-fat whipped cream (1 medium slice, 1/6 pie)
335 calories
15 g fat (6.5 g saturated)
38 g sugars
 

So there you have it, they had several other comparisons in various foods but let’s face it…I didn’t want to bum everyone out and for those of you that know me…I’ll be applying some of these to this years Thanksgiving Feast but not all…I still love my mom’s cooking and my girlfriend’s mom’s cooking so I’ll be doing my share of walking around the block.

So enjoy your Thanksgiving 2011, remember that Life is Short and we should all be thankful for the UP’s and Down’s in life, for they always allow us to learn and grow! Thanks for reading and Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. If you have any healthy recipes you’d like to share or some health tips you have…please do so! Thanks!

A View from the Edge Songlist – WorldVentures Training Event

We’ve been getting so many requests for the song lists that we used during A View from the Edge 2011. There is no doubt that music moves us, whether it’s to a happy state, sadness, fear, contemplation and to motivate us…Feel like we’re INVINCIBLE.  These songs have been carefully selected by Marc Accetta and a couple by myself in order to create the desired mood around a character and in between characters as well.  Feel free to suggests any new songs that we might be able to use for future events by commenting on this blog or emailing us at monico@marcaccetta.com or mperez@worldventures.com
These songs were used while people are getting seated and/or the beginning of the event.
CRAZY – Seal
LETS GET IT STARTEDBlack Eyed Peas 
LOVE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINSCeline Dion
PERFECT DAY – Hoku
ROLL WITH IT – Steve Winwood
LETS GET LOUD – Jennifer Lopez
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN – The Bus Boys
I GOT A FEELING – Black Eyed Peas
GET THIS PARTY STARTED – Pink
SAY HEY, I LOVE YOU – Michael Franti & Spearhead
LARGER THAN LIFE – Backstreet Boys 
RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW – Jesus Jones
LIFE – Haddaway
IT’S MY LIFE – Bon Jovi
THAT’S THE WAY IT IS – Celine Dion
DON’T STOP BELIEVING – Journey
MIRACLES HAPPEN – Myra (The Princess Diaries Soundtrack)
STIR IT UP
COME ON OVER – Shania Twain
MAKE YOU HAPPY –
SOAK UP THE SUN – Sheryl Crow
SUDDENLY I SEE – PT Tunstell
GOOD LIFE – Republic
HAVE A NICE DAY – Bon Jovi
VERTIGO – U2
HIGHER GROUND – Steve Winwood
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL LIFE – Ace of Base
COME TO MY WINDOW
HIGHER GROUND – Stevie Wonder
JAI YA HO (Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack)
OFF THE WALL – Michael Jackson
HEY SOULD SISTER – Train
JUNGLE LOVE – Steve Miller Band
ALL I WANNA DO IS HAVE SOME FUN – Sheryl Crow
ESCAPADE – Janet Jackson
FOREVER MAN
FREE YOUR MIND
BIG TIME – Peter Gabriel
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
GETAWAY-Earth, Wind & Fire
WANNA BE STARTING SOMETHING
ON THE FLOOR – JLO
CUPID SHUFFLE
BUST A MOVE
CALABRIA – Enur
GIVE ME EVERYTHING TONIGHT – Pitbull
FORGET YOU – Gweneth Paltrow
THE TIME – Black Eyed Peas
SUDDENLY I SEE
MYSTERIOUS WAYS
BREAKAWAY
WE SHALL BE FREE
THIS COULD TAKE ALL NIGHT
YEAH – USHER
DANZA KUDURO – DON OMAR
PART OF YOU, PART OF ME
LOVE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS
LOVE IS A WONDERFUL THING
CAN’T FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT
NO RAIN – BLIND MELON
BORN TO RUN – Bruce Springsteen
I NEED TO KNOW – Marc Anthony
IN THE NAME OF LOVE – U2
ONLY IN AMERICA
DON’T STOP BELIEVING
WE SHALL BE FREE
ON MY WAY
TIME OF YOUR LIFE – GREEN DAY
THE PRETENDER
FINALLY FOUND A HOME
BRING BACK THE MAGIC
LOVE IS THE ANSWER
UP ON THE ROOF
THE LOAD OUT
THE POWER INSIDE OF ME
ONE – U2
PEACE IN OUR TIME – EDDIE MONEY
THERE’S GOT TO BE A WAY – MARIAH CAREY
CRAZY – SEAL
LET’S GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE
FM
FANTASY – MARIAH CAREY
SEPTEMBER
SHE’S GOT THE LOOK
SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE
SMOOTH CRIMINAL
OH WHAT A NIGHT
PEACE IN OUR TIME
COME CLEAN RAIN
GAME OF LOVE
THAT’S THE WAY IT IS
HOW FAR IS HEAVEN
DON’T STOP  – FLEETWOOD MAC
WHOLE HEARTED
FREE FALLING – TOM PETTY
IT’S MY LIFE – NO DOUBT

Now these songs above are great songs to play during events as well, Marc has gone through and chosen songs where you don’t have to worry about negative words, negative thoughts or anything that will offend or distract you, your team during events.  Just a great list of songs that put you in a great positive mind frame.  Below are some of the songs that we used specifically with the characters that some of the people have been asking for.  Again thank you for all of the great feedback and comments.  Any questions feel free to email me mperez@worldventures.com

Prospector – Power of Gold, Traveler – Two Tickets to Paradise, Wrestling Coach – Vertigo, Dancer – Haven’t Seen The Last of Me, Death Bed – I will Remember You, PT Barnum – Roll With The Changes, Race Car Driver – Life in the Fast Lane, Soldier – American Soldier, Golfer – I’m Alright, Gladiator – Warrior, Michelangelo – It’s My Life
 

For more playlists visit www.playlist.com/monicoperez

 

 
 

So SUMMER is finally over!

Well although it might not feel like it in Texas, but yes Summer is finally coming to an end.  It has been an incredible summer for myself and I actually wrote this blog to hear from you, what was your favorite memory of the summer of 2011?

It’s always great to see what everyone writes for some people it’s traveling outside or inside the US.  For others it’s a special weekend with family where everyone got together last minute and had a great time.  Maybe you just stayed at home and enjoyed relaxing at the pool on weekends!  Who knows?  I remember when I was young, I would be counting the days until school ended and summer break started.  I had family in Odessa, TX & Stephenville, TX which if you’ve been anywhere in West Texas in the summer it’s pretty much the one place in the world you DO NOT want to visit.  But it wasn’t Del Rio, so in my mind I was getting away from home.  But now looking back on it, it wasn’t necessarily the fact that I was traveling to Odessa or Stephenville which got me excited but who I was going to be hanging out with during that time, my cousins!  It was just so much fun to hang out and do fun stuff with my cousins, whether it was hanging out and laughing or just goofing off those memories will stay with me forever!  So with that being said, I don’t think that it really matters where you go to during summers or down time, however what does matter is who you’re with.

I’ve been blessed this summer to hang out with great friends in the US, outside of the US and also just here at home!  For me one of the tope highlights of my summer was taking my girlfriend Melinda on her first DreamTrip with WorldVenturesAnd you might be saying her first Dreamtrip, I always see you traveling here and there together, and yes we do travel a lot but several of those times its for work.  It could be a training seminar that we’re doing in Vegas or New York, Palm Springs, Orlando which are also beautiful destination spots.  And we do manage to take time out and have fun during those trips, it’s still work.  But this summer I was able to take her to Jamaica, which was amazing!  We checked in and got to our suite and we were directly in front of the ocean on the 2nd floor, literally every morning we’d wake up and see the sun rise and the sun set right off of our balcony and for me, just seeing her HUGE smile everyday and tell me she never wanted to leave there, well that was at the top of my magical moment during the summer!

Then another highlight that was pretty cool was visiting Athens for the first time, being able to see all of the historical places like the Colosseum and Parthenon was really cool!  Here’s a video that my buddy Dave Ulloa made of the trip to Greece at a club there called Villa Mercedes, which is the hottest club and most poplular club in all of Greece!  The night before we were able to check out David Guetta which was DJ’ing there and it was again a first and something that I’ll never forget!

In mid-May we went out to LA for a week for a convention where several public speakers, authors and networkers meet called SANG.  It was cool because we stayed right down in the middle of Hollywood, we were literally about 2 minutes from the Roosevelt Hotel, so each night we would head out to all of the LA hotspots that were there, but we closed off that trip with a weekend cruise down to Ensenada Mexico, which was also a cool little treat.  We were taken around Venice Beach by my good friend Mike Putman and hit several hotspots and just amazing places right in front of the beach.  It was so much fun!   Another highlight for me this summer was going down to Del Rio and hanging out with some of my family that I had not seen since I was about 10 years old!

So in closing, I’d like to know what some of your favorite memories were of the summer!  Maybe you did something I didn’t do but I want to do!  Share your favorite memory but like a good friend once had told me is that life is all about creating memories.  Memories with those people that are close to you, those people that share your same wants and that help you want more out of life!

 

It’s time you get out…

I remember when we used to have gigs, it would always be exciting to be sitting behind the drums right before that first song and we just started doing a 45 minute set and just jam out.  Heck I still get excited whenever I travel to different cities and there’s live bands playing and I happen to get a wild hair and jump up on stage with them.  Just that bit of adrenaline that pumps through you is an awesome feeling.  However when I go to a concert as a fan it’s just as fun and great.  I’ve been lucky enough to see some of the worlds best musicians and bands out there and I still have many more on my bucket list.  I came across this article and it just made sense and I figured I would share it with all my friends that read my blog.

People go to music concerts for many reasons. Some people watch concerts to support their favorite music idols, others go to concerts to have fun with friends, while others watch concerts to enjoy music.
Here’s Melinda and I at our first KISS concert it was a blast, but we’ve been lucky enough to watch U2 in OKC, Bruce Springsteen out in Philly, Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Pat Green and several others.
But for whatever reason it is, many studies show that going to concerts is actually good for your health.

Here are some reasons why:

1. The feeling of excitement that a concert brings causes a sudden rush of adrenalin that is good for the heart.
2. This activity will also allow one to burn calories which can be a good form of physical exercise for the day.
3. Live music gives an uplifting feeling that is good for physical and emotional well being.
4. Live concerts allow one to perspire which leads to faster metabolism.
5. Going to concerts is a healthy alternative to spending an evening at home watching television.
6. Watching your favorite music icon, live, can bring a sense of confidence that can boost your overall well being.
7. Live concerts are social gatherings that can promote positive energy resulting to overall good health and great physical outlook.
8. Listening to live music can enhance your senses, resulting to more alert and active physical condition.
9. Being within a live concert promotes confidence that can lead to a healthier approach in life.
10. Live music can bring about a healthy balance that is good for the body and mind.

Does this information surprise you?  How often do you go to live concerts?

I usually try to go to a live music concert at least 2 or 3 times a year, not only do I love the live music side of things being a musician and all, but also the excitement during the show is awesome.  I am pretty lucky to have my cousin which is Co-Partner of Tickets4AnyEvent.com, I know what you’re thinking…”Is he really plugging his cousins company right now?” LOL..yep I sure am…and don’t worry I am not getting any sort of benefits from it, no free tickets, no preference on upcoming shows or anything.  She’s just been very helpful whenever I want to go to concerts and I like using her company for concerts.  I think what I like most is that for someone with my personality where I sometimes don’t plan on going to a concert until the last minute, they’re able to accomodate me.  I’ve literally heard that Tim McGraw is going to be in town at 5pm and I know my girlfriend loves him so as a surprise to her, I texted one of the reps that work at T4AE.com while we were finishing dinner, we then went home I told her to get ready because I was surprising her with tickets to the concert and I printed out the tickets which were awesome seats and the concert started at 7:30pm.  That’s pretty DAMN good last minute service if you ask me…No Scalpers, No Waiting in Line, No bidding wars online!

So if you are looking for tickets check out her site www.Tickets4AnyEvent.com let them know I sent ya and YOU’LL actually get a discount.  But even if you don’t visit her site get out and go to a concert! Have Fun! Enjoy LIFE!

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

This is a quote that I had not heard about until I met my very good friend Wayne Nugent, Co-Owner of WorldVentures.  I have been very blessed to come across WorldVentures through Marc Accetta being their Director of Training.  I’ve seen amazing places throughout the world.

As I am sitting here writing this, my girlfriend and I just got back from an amazing trip out to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  She had never visited any of the islands in the Carribbean Sea nor Jamaica so it was such a thrill for me to be able to give her that first gift of experiencing walking along the sea and putting her feet in the sand and just creating those great memories for her and for both of us.

I still remember when I was small my dad getting me this book that had all these pictures of islands and various places throughout the world and just explaining a bit about them and why go there.  Growing up we really didn’t take that many vaccations, most vacations were that of visiting family throughout Texas.  And it wasn’t until after I graduated high school that I got to do a bit more traveling while playing with the bands I was with.  I still remember my first trip to Vegas and just being amazed that everyone was always awake 24/7 or so it seemed to me, I honestly thought that the Lion at MGM Grand was made of 24 karat gold.  LOL, but I feel truly blessed that my parents always would let me dream big and never put limitations on how crazy I would think.  I was never told that I couldn’t do anything.  Not that I was spoiled and given everything I ever asked for, but they taught me that I could acquire whatever I wanted through hard work and persistence.  I feel blessed to have such great parents in my life and through their actions also show me that anything was possible.   I want to go back and look for that book…because I feel that everything happens for a reason.  God placed me right where I needed to be at the exact time in order to experience life at its fullest.   I just wanted to write a quick blog to let everyone know that EVERYONE should travel and create great memories with your friends, families and those that are special in your life…Here’s some videos of the places I’ve been lucky enough to visit….make sure and check out my YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/monicoperez.  Let me know some other places that you’ve visited to that perhaps I haven’t gotten a chance to visit.  I’d love to know!

Let me know what are some of your favorite places that you’ve been to…

5 things you MUST be eating…

Over the past several months, I’ve been more and more conscious about what I put into my body and also working out and making sure I just follow simple rules that don’t make me feel like I am dieting or on some sort of fitness regiment.  One magazine that I read pretty religiously is Men’s Health, although I know that I am a long way from looking like any of the fit guys in the magazine it provides me with tons of great nutrition articles, as well as fitness exercises that break up the same ol same ol workouts at the gym.  Here’s one of the recent articles that I read on foods that you MUST be eating, I found it helpful and hope you do to. Also if you have any additional foods that have helped you lose weight or fight that hunger bug…please share!

Silence a growling stomach with these satisfying options, courtesy of Men’s Health nutrition advisor Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. Each offers a hunger-fighting dose of protein, along with fiber or fat, to help keep you full for hours after you’ve eaten.

And for more great ways to stay full and lose weight, pick up a copy of The Men’s Health Diet today!It combines the latest findings in exercise and nutrition with practical how-to-advice that will transform your body into a fat-burning machine.

Almonds

Along with 6 grams of protein, a handful (1 ounce) of almonds contains almost 9 grams of healthy monounsaturated fat.

Oatmeal

You can thank the 4 grams of fiber in a 1-cup serving for this breakfast staple’s stick-to-your-ribs quality.

Salmon

A 3.5-ounce serving contains 22 grams of protein and is a top source of omega-3 fats.

 

Quinoa cooks up like any grain, but it contains the same type of muscle-building protein found in eggs and meat. For 10 ways to prepare quinoa, go to menshealth.com/quinoa.

 

Black Beans

All legumes provide a ton of nutrients, but black beans lead the pack with equal amounts of protein and fiber—15 grams in a cup. They’re a great addition to almost any salad.

Also make sure and check out Men’s Health for your Ipad….super cool to be able to have several magazines when you’re traveling on your device and not have to carry them all around with you…