So recently revived and refreshed after a short trip to Vegas I thought it was about time I got another quick blog post out there and in light of the recent events in Paris and the other horrors that unfold more often around the world I just take every day as a blessing.
If I'm not sharing my latest workout it's probably the cottage cheese pancake recipe that I've discovered and to be honest I don't really get too hung up on what I share, favourite or retweet. There's far too much negativity and whining and moaning about things the people post, like or retweet and so on depending on what social media platform you reside on. We all partake in it at some point so I'm not immune from it but I've got more aware of it all and do my best to stay off the ranters roundabout. As I always say if you're not interested don't follow and if it does annoy you then do something else and move on. No one likes a 'Moan-Ivator', it's much easier to be a Motivator. I think far too many people get hung up on what others think and at the end of the day the only person that matters in the bigger scheme is you. For the most part if I've retweeted, loved or liked you can sure as hell bet your bottom dollar that it's something I'm interested in or that I will be checking out. That little heart on Twitter has always been akin to a FB like or a Google +1 in my book and they seem to have recently changed it from a favourite to a like or maybe it's been there for a while now and I've only just noticed.
Talking of books as I've been doing a lot of reading lately and I have a few other titles in the pipeline but I'd like to recommend a book that turned out to be a bit of a bargain, £3 to be precise, that has really had a profound impact on my state of mind and my well being over the last few months. I'm sure a lot of people will see this as mumbo jumbo and some might even call it bullshit but take out of it what you will. I for one have been making sure that I steer clear of the negativity neutrons and taking my time out has helped me realise how fortunate I am and just how much control I have over my feelings on a daily basis. Ever person you talk to or come into contact with impacts how your day and week generally pans out and it's probably exactly the same for most of us but we never really give it a second thought. Don't get me wrong my exercise regime helps a lot as well but if you check out one book or take anything away from this post be sure to seek out Get Some HeadSpace by Andy Puddicombe or have a look at the Headspace website. I'm not doing a book review other than to say it's about clearing your mind amongst many other things and is definitely worth a read.
Getting back to the trip to the US and we were fortunate to make it visit number six to Las Vegas. It was a short stay compared to other occasions and we didn't have the kids because we were accompanying friends who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. To be honest the thought of being away without the kids seemed great prior to the trip and whilst it was nice to have a few days of peace and quiet at times we really missed having them with us and it wasn't quite the same, it's funny how you grow very attached to those little tortures or should I say big tortures now. We still had a wonderful trip and plenty of new memories to look back on.
As brilliant as Vegas was and is and even though it still has a special appeal I'm not sure I want to return just as quickly and with as much enthusiasm as I have done before. Don't get me wrong if the flights come in at the right price for the next holiday, god willing, then never say never! The trouble with the city these days is that it's become a metropolis of madness from what I witnessed and it's not completely the desert gem I once knew. It looks like every man and his dog is rolling into town and the bad side of Vegas appears to be ever present at every corner you turn. Maybe I noticed it more this time because we stayed directly on the strip itself whereas in previous years we've been well outside those areas and only popped in and out through valet in the many hotels we've visited. I'm not even convinced that those displaying placards for help are even doing that for the right reason and in some ways I felt ashamed with the abundance of money, glitz and glamour that's regularly on display. The other side of the coin though is a sigh of disbelief when you see people asking for $$$$ for weed......who do you trust or believe?
While I was busy putting this post together I actually came across this recent news update from Twitterland which maybe goes to reiterate just what I had witnessed recently and how much more it is ever present on the strip. Some will say you get those elements everywhere but I'm speaking from personal experience of visiting Vegas for a number of years now. It's changed and somewhat to it's detriment in my opinion, only time will tell if it will still be one of the destinations of choice that it's grown to become.
Before I share more of the pictures I made during the trip I thought it would be nice to share this throwback from 1985. Now I made my first trip to Vegas in 2007 and it's changed massively since then so the difference in 30 years is unbelievable. I'd say it would have been amazing to have been part of those 30 years but there's no Back to the Future Delorean just yet so we'll have to live with and love the images that all of us capture.