Posted in Care, self care, Sport, travel

Self Care – Part 3 – Go somewhere you’ve never been

May 7 – The last time we spoke on Self Care, I recommended that you go somewhere you’ve never been.

So after you have figured out the food, music, TV shows, clothes and exercise routines you would become accustomed to; I have a few more suggestions.

Self Care speaks to a routine, one which requires habitual acts. In the early stages do some of the activities the same time of day and same day each week. This kind of repetition will create a rhythm so the practice becomes a routine.

By now you would have created your playlists. These playlists should be done based on a particular mood. If you are a writer like me, there is a playlist to help you relax, one to boost a new idea, one to refresh the memory among other things.

Go somewhere you’ve never been

Go Somewhere

New places have a way to set one’s soul on fire; it makes one curious and those kinds of missions allow you to see and hear things you’ve never seen before. The trip/journey to the new location allows for a perspective of value that one will never be able to get if you stay home all the time.

Here’s how some see travel

  • A wise man travels to discover himself – James Russell Lowell                                                            
  • All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it. –Samuel Johnson


This other quote I found speaks to the adventure

  • Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people and look beyond what’s right in front of you. These are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in – Andrew Zimmern

So as the experts recommend, once a year, do something different. The food, music, people, locations and the language of the folks you will experience would be well worth the time spent away. I have a friend who does a blog at this link – here you will find tips on travel you will want to take note of before you head off to your first/adventure. The blog clearly speaks to Ways You Can Save; Bucket List; Business Layovers and so many other things. Read it when you have some time.

Mix and match the self care activities

While you are having fun traveling, here are some fun things you can do

  • Try the local spa
  • Hop off to any of the local bars
  • Walk in the park closest to your hotelMoment
  • Go to a local play or music show

Makes notes for a journal if you feel the need and takes loads of pictures

Life is really about enjoying the moments. You can go this alone or tag along with a few friends. Either way – E-N-J-O-Y!

In the next piece, we will talk about Sport Travel.



Posted in Management, Sport

Star Athletes and Retirement

January 29 – Former National Football League (NFL) super star, Deion Sanders has been known to say “It’s important to walk away from the game and not have the game walk away from you because when the game walks away from you it can damage you mentally.” There are lot of things to consider when a star athlete decides to, is faced with or has to retire from active professional sport.

To go from playing in front of millions of fans live and via broadcast; traveling all over the world; meeting and greeting and so many other things that come with being a star athlete, to be faced with retirement for one of many reasons can be hard to consider.

The harsh reality is that athlete is now faced with

  • Lower income
  • Adjusting lifestyle to suit the income
  • Far less travel
  • Providing for some, a much bigger family

The key thing to retirement some experts say “is to find the passion that connected you to the sport to after sport life activities.” That is easier said that done. However, the same experts say in this 21st century, there is way too much access not to be able to put in place a retirement plan to comprehensively include finance, work, and any other issue which may arise, including depression.

Annette Lynch, Beach Volleyball Olympian from Australia has made a successful transition, but not before going back and forth on retirement. Lynch is an expert in what it takes to “succeed beyond the game.” In her public speaking and her book – Success Beyond Sport – it provides a guide for athletes to make a successful transition to “business and life.”

Her book was published in 2010 and inside she gives an insight on why it took her six years and three times to retire from sport; but four years to develop her program.  She has coached and mentored athletes, small business owners and leaders using her tools, strategies and experience as an entrepreneur, speaker and performance coach.

Tips from Lynch include: Athletes need to set goals for the future. Even just short term goals if long term goals are too difficult. Athletes need to dare to dream again with what they want to do with their life after sport and find a new passion. Otherwise they will just keep returning to compete in an effort to replace that feeling. Often if a comeback is unsuccessful it can leave the athlete feeling worse than before. More information on Lynch can be found

A CNN feature in 2013 states that “retirement terrifies sports stars. The end of a glittering career can feel like falling off a cliff to an athlete who thrives on fame and fortune. And the longer the career, the harder the end game seems to be.” The feature focused on former heavyweight boxer, Evander Holyfield, you can read more here

Brian Moore wrote in 2012 “Considering how dramatic the effects can be it is astonishing that more research is not available on its effects and that every sport does not have a firm strategy to deal with it.” His comprehensive article look at the British system and how some of the athletes fared when faced with retirement –

The point is, athletes are faced with a range of emotions when considering retirement. A tremendous amount of help is available and it should not be an issue to seek the professional help required to make the decision seamless as possible



Posted in Media

My (The) View on Barbara Walters

The 84-year-old grand dame of broadcast journalism in the USA, Barbara Walters said her good bye to The View today on ABC. In a much publicized departure, the woman who has been in media for over five decades has interviewed world stars in politics, entertainment and sports during that time.
Her career was one of a kind of sequence where she started out as a segment producer and a writer for a NBC programme in 1962, the year Jamaica became independent. I would not dare make any comparisons to Barbara and Jamaica, so let us move on.
Barbara leaves a legacy of paving the way for other women and that was obvious from the outpouring of love on ABC over the last week. Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Connie Chung, Katie Couric were among some of the media stars who showed up on The View to offer their reactions. What was obvious was the way each of them said the same thing about Barbara “she opened the doors for all of us.”
Here are some points I took from all the celebrations
• A journalist should always find time to read (Barbara read every morning as much as she could)
• Always listen to your subjects in an interview
• Be sure to update/upgrade your skills set while remaining relevant
• Take time to refresh thoughts and ideas
• Young journalists should work the variety of media outlets to grow, once you mature choose the most appropriate one
• Don’t fear the competition, embrace it
• Travel if you can, there are so many things to learn from other cultures
• And if nothing else, help someone to knock on the “door” or even breakthrough
Barbara existed in a media culture which remains first world in terms of access but some of the basic rules can still apply.

Posted in Uncategorized

Marketing Caribbean Tourism by Bevan Springer

From Bevan Springer

New York Amsterdam News
NEW YORK Image – Leverage the mysterious allure of the Caribbean to market the region as a sports tourism destination.
That was the word from Carole Beckford, publicist for the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Week in New York.
Speaking to a travel agents reception at the Yale Club earlier this week on “Tapping into the lucrative niche of sports tourism”, the Jamaica-based Beckford, president of The Business of Sport-Jamaica, encouraged agents and tourism officials alike to better use Caribbean locations to sell the region’s “mystique, bold behavior and warm hospitality.”
It’s not the Burger King and McDonalds franchises that attract people to the Caribbean, rather the yam, bananas, dumplings and curried chicken, she contended. The performance-driven personalities of the region and their culinary habits were also appealing to sports tourism travelers, she averred.
Beckford noted at least 450 elite Caribbean athletes are featured on television year-round – from Jamaica’s Bolt to the U.S. Virgin Islands’ basketball superstar Tim Duncan – and posited greater success can be achieved if “we sell the history of the Caribbean athlete to the curious tourist”.

Studies show 12 million sports tourism trips are made each year, a niche which represents 14 percent of the global travel and tourism market. Growth of six to 11 percent is projected over the next 15 years for a market which features some of the highest spenders in the world. 
The sports consultant and newspaper columnist counseled the Caribbean to leverage its diplomatic connections to bring international star players and their respective entourages to train in a region brimming with sports stars.
Beckford also advised sports should be teamed with the creative industries of film and fashion. “The entire creative sector when bundled with sports can sell the region,” she advocated, observing cultural products drive activity for the stay-over sector.
She cited the geographic location of the Caribbean – half a billion people live within a four-hour flight of the Caribbean – the region’s great sporting legacy, world class venues, top class accommodations, technically capable officials, great telecommunications, and the media’s love of the region as factors to energize the sports tourism marketing thrust.
Indians and Chinese are the biggest global spenders in this niche, and as such, cricket events should be designed and scheduled to attract more South Asian visitors to the Caribbean.