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When I got my first job as a supervisor I had big goals! We were going to be the most motivated, positive, customer oriented team we could be. We were going to be driven, hard workers with high morale. If I had a particularly long week at work, I would go home and watch a movie on Friday night. Which movie? “Rudy” of course. Who can’t stay motivated watching the true story of an un-academic, un-athletic young man with a dream of playing football for Notre Dame reach his dream?

You are probably thinking to yourself, now there is a ridiculous title, a prime example of an oxymoron. How can something be both a luxury and a necessity at the same time? Indeed, Webster’s defines ‘luxury’ as “a condition of abundance or great ease and comfort: sumptuous environment <lived in luxury>; something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary <one of life's luxuries> b: an indulgence in something that provides pleasure, satisfaction, or ease <had the luxury of rejecting a handful of job offers>.  Allow me to challenge you with the notion that time spent ‘thinking’ may seem to be an indulgence, a luxury, but at the same time is absolutely necessary for a productive and happy life, personally and professionally. 

A funny thing happened on the way to the 21st century. Believe it or not, pictures stopped being pictures. It's true. They started being digital files.

Digital photos are amazing, but they make life very different. It's so easy now to take 400 photos in one vacation or 25 of your kid on the swings. We can take as many photos as we want, any time. What doesn't seem to be so easy any more is getting those photos out of digital form so they can be seen and held, and so your memories can be preserved with the photos they came from.

Traveling domestically and worldwide for business or pleasure is increasingly popular among professional women and entrepreneurs. There are a few basics each traveler should keep in mind: