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!

 

“To Yelp or Not To Yelp?”…That is the Question!

With Social Media sites becoming more and more popular, it’s great when you discover an awesome one that is easy to use and convenient.  I had heard about “Yelp” a couple of different times, but didn’t really understand how to use it or what it was for.  I figured it was just another site that you could use where people would give businesses stars based on their popularity or that business could purchase ads and get promoted. Well it’s more than that.

A couple of weeks when we were on our way back to Texas from LA., we were out on IH-10 around San Bernardino area and I was craving some Mexican food…but not On The Border, not anything commercial.  I was looking for something home cooked.  So my girlfriend said let me look for something on Yelp.  I said OK but didn’t know how it worked, within less than 3 minutes she had like 3 or 4 locations and was reading me off comments that people had recently posted from their visit there.  I was like WOW, that’s pretty cool.  We chose one location in Pomona, CA called Lily’s Tacos!  It had great reviews, said that the food was good home cooked tacos and burritos.  Within 10 minutes we were at the location and ordering food.  It was awesome.  I would have to say that this has been some of the greatest mexican food that I’ve had.  Now I am not writing this blog to rant and rave about this place and so everyone can stop by there while they’re in Pomona or traveling on the IH10…although I would strongly recommend this place and yes they are that good!

But I think that everyone should Yelp, if not to give your feedback if you find something good that you recommend for others but also to help out those smaller restaurants that are possibly barely getting started or don’t have the money to buy a radio ad, or newspaper ad and need the exposure to make it.  I think it’s kinda like free advertisement for those businesses that don’t have a lot of money to put back into their establishments but still provide high quality and great service.

I am now committing to Yelping whenever I get a chance to…and hope that you do the same!

Here is my YELP profile….If you want to connect! www.monicoperez.yelp.com

Any stupid person can die, Dying’s easy. Living’s a pain in the butt!

That title was a taken straight out of an interview that Jack LaLanne did with Esquire magazine in 2004.  I was reading up on Jack Lalanne after Marc Accetta had indicated to me that he wanted to do one of the Power of One Shows on Jack LaLanne.  I was thinking the old guy in the jump suite that sells Juicers. LOL! But after doing some research he was much more than just an old guy in a jump suite.  He was pretty much one the man in charge for starting the entire nutrition and fitness empire we see today that is full of Gold’s Gyms, 24 Hour Fitness, LifeTime Fitness clubs, as well as GNC‘s, Nutrition stores, nutrition bars, shakes, supplements,etc..

Click here to view the Episode on The Power of One Show on Jack LaLanne

Check out the interview I read in Esquire Magazine with the late Jack LaLanne.

Jack LaLanne: What I’ve Learned

The late, great guru on living, dying, and getting busy trying real hard

By Cal Fussman

Originally published in the August 2004 issue

I’m going to be ninety in September. Everybody else can have a piece of the birthday cake, but not me. I have rules, and I follow ’em. No cake, no pie, no candy, no ice cream! Haven’t had any in seventy-five years. It makes me feel great not eating birthday cake. That’s the gift I give myself.

Forget about what you used to do. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for.

Don’t ask me about politics. I don’t like to get into Barbra Streisand-ism. Let’s stick to what’s important.

When I was younger, I drank a quart of blood a day for about six weeks. I’d get it at the slaughterhouse. I’d heard about those Masais, you know, those seven-foot African guys; they’d drink cattle blood for strength. Then one day a little clot got stuck in my throat and that was it for me.

As long as the emphasis is on winning, you’re gonna have steroids.

If man makes it, don’t eat it.

Of course I have fears. But what good is thinking or talking about them? Billy Graham is about the hereafter. I’m for the here and now.

You’ve got to satisfy you. If you can’t satisfy you, you’re a failure.

I work out for two hours every morning, seven days a week — even when I’m traveling. I hate it. But I love the result! That’s the key, baby!

The only way you can hurt your body is if you don’t use it.

Look, are you a suckling calf? Name one creature on earth that uses milk after it’s weaned. Man’s the only one. And man’s the only one who lives out only half his life span. A cow has four stomachs. You don’t. You can’t handle whole milk.

I’d like to talk to Jesus about those twelve disciples. They were a great public-relations team.

If you want to change somebody, don’t preach to him. Set an example and shut up.

Scales lie! You lose thirty pounds of muscle and you gain thirty pounds of fat and you weigh the same, right? Take that tape measure out. That won’t lie. Your waistline is your lifeline. It should be the same as it was when you were a young person.

If you lose a couple of inches off your stomach, your business down there will look an inch longer.

Sex is giving, giving, giving. The more energy you have, the more you’re going to please.

Now, I’m not as sexually active as I was when I was younger. But look at my wife — she’s still smiling!

The guy who’s most impressed me is Paul C. Bragg. He completely saved my life. When I was a kid, I was addicted to sugar. I was a skinny kid with pimples and boils. Used to eat ice cream by the quart. I had blinding headaches. I tried to commit suicide. And then one day, my life changed. Bragg was a nutritionist. My mother and I were a little late getting to his lecture. The place was packed, and so we started to leave. But Bragg said, “We don’t turn anybody away here. Ushers, bring two seats. Put those two up on the stage.” It was the most humiliating moment. There I was, up on stage. I was so ashamed of the way I looked; I didn’t want people to see me. Little did I know they had problems, too. And Bragg said, “It doesn’t matter what your age is, what your physical condition is. If you obey nature’s laws, you can be born again.” From that moment on, I completely changed my diet, began to exercise, and went on to become captain of the football team. And do you know something? Every time I get ready to lecture, I think, If I can just help one person like I was helped…

Show me the guy who doesn’t get nervous in front of a crowd and I’ll show you a lousy speaker.

Would you get your dog up every day, give him a cup of coffee, a doughnut, and a cigarette? Hell, no. You’d kill the damn dog.

You learn as you go. When I first went on television in 1951, I pulled out a loaf of Langendorf’s white bread, squeezed it into a ball, and threw it down — boom. “That’s what it does when it hits your stomach!” I said. Only problem was that Langendorf’s was one of the network’s sponsors! Oh, jeez, the phone calls. That’s the last time I ever showed a label.

Go on, have a glass of wine with dinner. What is wine, anyway? Pure grapes. A glass of wine is much better for you than a Coke.

If I don’t know what I’m doing by now, I must be pretty stupid.

What I do isn’t about money. Can you put a price on a human life?

Any stupid person can die. Dying’s easy. Living’s a pain in the butt.

I can’t afford to die. It’ll wreck my image.