Merri and I are back in Cotacachi after one of those trips from you know where.
Here is something not to do. Do not have a non flyer check in bags for you! This is something we picked up listening as we stood round the conveyor belt waiting for our bags to arrive in Quito.
We flew down on the Delta Atlanta Quito flight. The crew was really switched on. The Captain was great… informative…came out and talked to us. We were ready to depart slightly ahead of time…except. A group of Medical missionaries were coming down on the same Delta flight. They realized that there was an embargo on all early January flights to Ecuador...limit two bags per person. They had some extra stuff to bring.
So they booked four extra people (who never intended to fly). Those people arrived with their two bags each…checked in…and left.
This was not a good idea.
We were ready to go ahead of time, when the system discovered those four were not on board. Their bags had to be removed. Of course these people had checked in early so…all the bags had to be removed from the plane to find the bags. I suspect that there was some extra security precautions taken as well…due to the unusual nature of this.
Two hours later…we finally headed out…the runway now crowded… jets heading to Europe all lined up ahead.
This cost another extra hour on the tarmac which put us into Quito much later than the norm…a time when the clouds come into Quito. We circled…and circled until finally we had to fly to Guayaquil for more fuel.
Then we flew back to Quito… more circling until our flight, scheduled to arrive at 9:30 pm, landed at 4:30 am the next morning. I heard the medical missionaries talking about what they had done as we waited for our bags.
Merri, Mahananda and I had been traveling 17 hours and had two more hours to go, so I was too tired to say anything. I believe it is a good thing that the other passengers did not hear this or those medical missionaries, who delayed the other hundred plus of us, may have needed medical treatment themselves.
Okay steam blown…I actually am getting to a point.
We arrived in Cotacachi at 6:30 am with little sleep and immediately went to work…and worked just fine all day, through till about 10 pm that night. Though I did send my Ecuador Living subscribers a message without a link in my altered state that I call sleep typing.
There is always so much to do when we first return. The staff are great but each person needs time with us.
Next morning we felt great and were out for our morning walk a little late..but still before most people were up.
All this took place on the same month that our first Social Security payments will arrive in our account…and we love each day of this.
In December we had a friend, an MD, do a complete set of tests. She was pleased at the good state of our health. Our only one problem was excessive cortisol levels in the morning…a sign of our workaholism….too much stress.
I did not really need the tests to know that I felt great and energetic…enthused and excited as each day begins.
Our doctor wanted to know what we do and there are a few things… that we have learned from healers around the world especially in Ecuador.
So I declare this Ecuador health tip week. Each day we’ll share one really important health tip that Ecuador shamans have shared with us.
Here is Ecuador health tip #1: Don’t straddle the fence.
This most important fact has been stressed to us so many times that to me this is the most important factor for good health. Be true to yourself! Don’t act nice when you don’t feel that way. Don’t eat alfalfa when you really want a Big Mac. Let me put it another way…don’t be a phony. Don’t live your life bound by phony rules.
Do what you love.
One Taita Yatchak explained this important tip in this way when he said. “In the past life was simple. Every place had a black and a white zone. If a person felt like being physical, they dressed in black and visited the black zones. If they felt like being spiritual, they dressed in white and visited the white zones. There was no concept that black or white were bad or good. Each was considered a valid manifestation of life. The key was to be what you were and to associate with others of the same ilk. Blacks did not visit with Whites and vice versa.”
Today most of us are pulled in so many directions by so many forces. Money worries struggle with other concerns. Patriotism conflicts with religion. We are often herded into jobs or businesses we really do not like, but we keep them and put on a brave face for the cash…medical insurance or mortgage…or kids tuition…or… I could go on and on.
These inner conflicts kill energy, stamina strength and eventually rob us of good health.
This is why we write so often…do what you love….then figure out how to make a living in the process. It is better to be a little poor and happy…then rich and sick. Of course the irony of life is that if you do what you love you probably won’t be poor!
Remembering this most import health tip is one reason we decided to get started for the new year with our new internet course. We made a special offer last week to provide you with our three courses on how to do business…at a $500 discount.
The two existing courses are:
International Business Made EZ which normally sells for $199.
Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher which sells at $249.
Tens of thousands have used these courses.
I am creating a new course entitled “Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Internet Business” that will be offered at $299 and offered the three courses…total value $748 for $247…a $500 savings…right now…today.
This special offer provides this brand new, as yet unwritten course, at $52 off the courses $299 price…plus…the two courses above.
That is a $500 savings. See the details here.
This offer is limited for just this ONE time. This is January FIVE. In SEVEN DAYS…January ELEVEN… this offer ends.
To give you a better feel of this new course…you can see the introduction here.
At the top of the Ecuador health tips is do something you love every day! Nothing is as important to your health.
Tomorrow’s Ecuador health tip will deal with nutrition.
Until then, good health to you.
One thing Merri and I love to do every day is walk around Cotacachi. There is so much going on and up here…such a nice change from the draw back we see in the USA.
Our walks are useful as well as enjoyable. We spot the best properties the minute they go up for sale…and jump on them for our readers and real estate tours. For example this was a field where we used to take Ma for a walk. Something is going on and this urbanization is right next to the nice homes (shown at the top of this message) that are being built in this area.
We are checking this out now. This is one of the best areas for growth in the village right behind the main shopping street shown below.
Join us for our upcoming international investing and business course or our import export course. Here is what one of our previous delegates wrote:
It is with great warmth that I wish you and Merri a Happy New Year! It sounds as though your holidays were filled with family and fun. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
I want to take this opportunity to tell you how thankful I am to you and Merri for all that you do. The first course I took (import/export) was so exciting and ignited an excitement in me that I had not felt in ages. I have been back several times since last February and have been doing some shows and just selling things to friends and friends of friends. I am getting more serious in my business now and am planning to work on several specific home décor items in the next couple of months. Hopefully we will get the chance to visit at El Meson if you are there when I visit.
I went to Ecuador, originally, on a whim and have just fallen in love with the country and its beautiful people. I thank you and Merri for your charitable work and for the love, support, and encouragement that you show your subscribers and course attendees.
I will soon be planning another trip and would like to focus specifically on home décor, such as bowls, candlesticks, pillows, linens, etc.
Again, MANY THANKS for opening my eyes to so many new opportunities and ways to help others while benefitting through business ideas.
I wish you and Merri all the best in 2009.
We invite you to join us in Cotacachi where the real estate and import export opportunities are great (but entirely different) as well.
Here is Cotacachi’s main shopping street.
Otavalo, the largest indigenous market in the Americas is just minutes away as well.
Join us in Cotacachi.
Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour
Enjoy our chef ad we help at times) for great fresh Ecuador seafood!
Feb. 9-11 Beyond Logic
Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ
Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Or join us on the coast.
See Ecuador’s incredible scenery.
March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition
March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour
Here is our Ecuador tour schedule for the balance of 2009.
Date Course Couples Fee
May 21-26 Ecuador Spanish Course ($999)
May 27-28 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
June 12-15 Shamanic Mingo Tour ($999)
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
June 18-21 Coastal Real Estate Tour ($749)
July 2-7 Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
July 10-13 Coastal Real Estate Tour ($749)
Sept. 17-22 Ecuador Spanish Course ($999)
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
Sept. 25-28 Coastal Real Estate Tour ($749)
Oct. 21-26 Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)
Nov. 6-8 International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador ($999)
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($749)
Nov. 11-14 Coastal Real Estate Tour ($749)
Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 27 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009 and how to attend as many of them as you like FREE.
The course fee includes meeting at Quito airport (day before the
course)…transportation (by group bus) to Cotacachi and back to Quito.
Course fee does not include air are. accommodations, food or individual transportation.