Monday, August 24, 2009

Passions in your closet!

There comes a point in one’s life that they take their passions and bury them deep inside their closet. There are moments that you just get so caught up in the everyday routine, that you forget to focus on your hobbies and your talents. And although you know in the back of your head, that “wait a minute , I have this hobby that once inspired me and relaxed me”, you still go on and say, “oh, well I can try it tomorrow”. The problem with tomorrow is that it can drag on to the day after tomorrow, and the day after, until you realize that about 5 years have just passed and you are still stuck on tomorrow. The truth is that, no matter how much you ignore your passions they will still catch up with you and knock on you back and say “Why are you ignoring me?” It is like doing a job that you are just not passionate about. Ok, we all have things in our lives that we just have to do, and a lot of people wake up every morning to go to a job that doesn’t give them any satisfaction but just a pay check in the end of the month. No matter how many years you spend in accomplishment and achievements, but if you are doing it for the wrong reason of just to prove something to someone, in the end if it’s not your passion but instead it’s just years of running in a vicious circle. You can do the 360 degrees over and over again, but you will not get away from yourself. As long as you go after the wrong reasons and ignore your passions you will never truly feel content with anything you do.

It sounds simple, yes, although in order to get to a point that you can actually make it work, well that’s where the secret lies. Nothing comes easy I guess, in order to get somewhere or to achieve something that you desire, well you must really put your heart and mind to it. Today’s world has become really flat and as people start to lose their values , communication becomes even more difficult. It seems that nowadays people wear their acting masks or they hide behind their computer screens on Facebook, Twitter, etc. We also get caught up in the things that we HAVE to do, instead of what we WANT to do. I have noticed that giving too much doesn’t necessarily mean that you are doing yourself a favour. Although it is known that if you do good to others, it will come back to you eventually. However, when you service others too much you forget the most important person, and that is yourself. When you reach the crossroad and you have to make a choice, keep or let go, and this is your chance to turn everything around and shift your life into a different direction. This is the time of the season when you have to clean out your closet, throw away some old things, reevaluate the people in your life and take our your hidden values and the things that make you look and feel good.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Alpine College is proud to announce the launch of a SPA MANAGEMENT ONLINE COURSE

Alpine College, the Swiss pioneer of Hospitality & Tourism Education located in Greece is proud to launch its Online Learning Environment, which is created to meet the growing needs of professionals worldwide wishing to enhance and upgrade their skills in a rapidly changing economic environment. Distance learning education and online certificate and degree programmes have become a vital tool in today’s professional development pursuits.

Our first online course is the Spa Management Certificate course which will commence on 2 September! It is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a successful career in the growing spa industry at the supervisory or managerial level. Holders of the Certificate will be able to progress onto the Diploma in Spa Management which will be available online in 2010-2011.

Alpine College’s online learning platform offers students the opportunity to receive first-class tuition, access a wealth of learning resources and interact with like-minded students – but at a time and place when it is most convenient for them. Our caring and supportive faculty and intuitive Virtual Learning Environment will ensure that students get the most out of their studies and successfully complete all requirements to receive the qualifications they set out to attain.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Live as you dream...dream as you live

What are dreams?...Dreams are little bits and pieces of our memories that come alive while we are sleeping. Sometimes dreams feel so real that once you wake up, you spend a moment wondering if you were dreaming or you were awake. Some believe that dreams carry messages and hidden meanings. Dreams can be seen as experiences...dreams also carry your hidden fears and memories of the past.

I have often read that when you lie down in your bed at night and start thinking positive, happy thoughts these thoughts will channel into beautiful and relaxing dreams. But wait a minute does it have anything to do with the law of attraction which has become the number one topic these days? Yes, according to The Secret "thoughts are magnetic, and thoughts have a frequency. As you think thoughts, they are sent out to the Universe, and they magnetically attract all like things that are on the same frequency. Everything sent out returns to the source-you!" How about this proverb “What goes around, comes around!” If you think about it, there is a strong meaning behind this proverb which basically says whatever you do, in the end of the day it will come back to you. Good or bad the secret lies in your choice, and the choice is yours.

Back in the days when I was living a stressful life and a job that had me on my toes 24/7, my dear friend Elaine Sarantakos who is a Fabulous Living Coach ( once told me “Elena, you say that you are stressed and the more you say it the more stress you will receive. This is the law of attraction”. Instead, she suggested that I read The Secret and create a vision board of my true desires and dreams. I focused on living a stress free life and this was the message that I had sent out to the Universe. I think that I have managed it to a certain extent and now I am trying to live my fabulous life but I not 100% there yet. :)

My two favourite quotes about dreams and thoughts are:

"You have the powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind." - darvin P. Kingsley

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”- Anatole France

Enjoy your Magical life! Start living your passion

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Maslow Theory vs Spa Trends

According to G. Norwood (September 2008) in general, values reflect one's judgment and helps sort out what is important in life. Maslow described what he considered important values that defined one's Being. If basic needs are not met, then there is a tendency to ignore higher needs. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is often portrayed as a pyramid. However all individuals are different and especially in today’s world it is very difficult to understand the needs and values of each individual. People either come from different cultures, a mix of cultures and various social groups. People have different lifestyles, there are individuals who appreciate heritage for example therefore they live an Ethnic lifestyle. There are others who respect the world around them and have turned to an Organic lifestyle. The Bohemians for example express their liberal creativity while they still greatly appreciate and depend on luxury.

Based on the hierarchy of needs I believe that nowadays a visit to a Spa can be considered a combination of needs on all the levels outlined in the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Due to the fact that we live in a stressful and busy environment where people have set very high goals for themselves and have constantly changing expectations, they find it hard to relax and unwind. For example the physiological needs have now gone to a different level, according to S. Jullaprom (June 4, 2009) “there is a significant new demand for wellness vacations, or getaways for those seeking more than just a little extra sleep, they want an emotional and physical restorative experience.” This means that by just getting a good night sleep is no longer enough. The safety level of the hierarchy which focuses on health and well being would definitely be the major focus of the hierarchy however other factors like esteem , belonging and self-actualization also relate to the needs of today’s society to visit a spa. Let’s elaborate on self esteem, which according to Tracy Turner (September, 2006) means “'appreciating your own worth and importance - and it helps you to cope better with the challenges of life”. A visit to a spa helps to rejuvenate a person’s mind, body and soul and it helps to release stress and negativity. Everything we do is dependent on our minds, it is the way we channel our thoughts towards a certain goal, whether it is success, love, friendship or even health. According to Maslow (1943) “humans need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance” and since the Spas have become so popular it can be considered not only good for the health but also acts as a mark of status in social circles.
According to H. Wu (2002) “the modern Spa, in broad terms, has developed a prevailing mood for a holistic approach to life. The pursuit of a joyful life-style and gleeful body politics influencing not only the lives of trendsetters, health fanatics or spa-goers but also the public’s philosophy of life.” Thus in other words the spa “projects new ways of living, thinking and acting that all in all aims for individuals to live a better life.” Therefore to conclude on the Maslow’s theory of needs and the importance of visiting a spa in today’s society, it is obvious that one cannot select only one level as it is the mixture of all the levels of needs which affects every individual. It can also be noted that the hierarchy is missing the level which is known as “spiritual” and this is because a visit to a spa can also heal the mind. It is more than just a massage of a facial, but it is the bonding of the mind, body and soul. It is a lifestyle of its own.