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Make the Next 50 Years Count Project!

January 23rd, 2014

Calling on My Community!!

Instead of Throwback Thursday… help me look ahead!

In May I turn 50 years old!

Join me on my “Make the next 50 Years Count” Project.

I would love to integrate your spirit and heart as I shape my goals!

Don’t hold back… let the creativity fly!

Email me…FB me or text me…

www.michelleragoltd.com

What goals do you think I should integrate into my next 50 years??

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1964, 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004, 2014

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Enagage! Recap from Michelle Rago Destinations

January 17th, 2014

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This week the Engage! 13 Montelucia coverage report was released, which in turn has kicked me in the back side to hit send on my long overdue recap. I have been lost in a month of destination jobs, Christmas, Todd and Ceron’s amazing wedding and a host of post holiday activities. 2013 was an amazing year and 2014 promises to be even better. I treasure the relationships I have cultivated as a result of participating in Engage!. I always come away with a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of courage.

What I am most struck by from the Engage! at Montelucia is how much the attendees have matured since it started. Maturity is generally learned rather than instinctive which for me represents true growth. The attendees were not only the most well informed but seem to have a greater capacity to understand the importance of their market actions and choices, and therefore seem enabled to make better choices for themselves and their businesses. The attendees no longer appear to be “brides turned planners”,  but passionate educated (even ivy league educated!) professionals who are committed to learning as much as possible. It was very reassuring and exciting to see the bar raised and a greater sense of confidence overall.

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At my first Engage! I mediated a break out session and, as God is my witness, someone asked  me ‘what do you do when a bride picks up an infant and the dirty diaper leaks?’  Okay people … birds chirping here … I politely responded that I am sure for all of the effort folks made to come there had to be something more pertinent for the group to discuss. For many of the following summits, most of the questions were about how to handle Bridezillas and what felt like an over arching attempt to handle the anxiety and the pressures of owning your own business.

This year there were rigorous questions about fee structures, profitability and the how leads are processed. Frankly, I felt a bit relieved to NOT be on the hot seat at the Planner Break out session! Also in years past I have noticed that the doors to the general session were like revolving doors. Attendees were up and down and having a hard time sitting through the long general session days. This year there was hardly any attrition throughout the day. People were seemed very committed to getting the full scope of the experience.

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I am passionate about education and appreciate the opportunity to impart knowledge to smooth the way for others. I have always been profoundly proud of being in the service business and sad that the entry level for my chosen field seemed so low. As a community we are contributing to one of life’s most hopeful journeys. It is a gift not to be squandered.

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us

Marcel Proust

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Fun Christmas Gift Ideas!

December 4th, 2013

Fa la la la la…..

Well… we blinked and Christmas is upon us again!

Here are some present ideas that would be SUPER fun to find under the tree or in your stocking!  I included the links so you can check out other goodies on these websites.


Custom Signature Necklaces From Neiman Marcus


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 $295

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Brevity-Custom-Signature-Necklace/prod162260050/p.prod?ecid=NMCIGoogleProductAds&ci_sku=prod162260050skuGOLD&ci_gpa=pla

Cashmere Caftan from Calypso

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$795

 http://www.calypsostbarth.com/clothing/calypso-cashmere-boutique/cashmere-caftan

 

Paper Baking Molds from Mignon Kitchen Co.

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$5 for a set 10

 http://www.mignonkitchenco.com/collections/kitchen-tools/products/paper-baking-molds

Herb Scissors from Mignon Kitchen Co.

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 $10

 http://www.mignonkitchenco.com/products/herb-scissors

 

USB Outlets from Home Depot

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$27.99 ea.

 http://www.homedepot.com/p/U-Socket-15-Amp-AC-Standard-Duplex-Wall-Outlet-White-with-Built-in-USB-Charger-Ports-ACE-7169/203423602#.Up9awqX-BZg

 

Custom Wedding Globes from Scout Mob

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$400

 http://scoutmob.com/p/Custom-Marriage-Globe?signup=0&via=HardPin&u=type129

 

Solar Window Charger Gizmag

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 $229

http://www.gizmag.com/xdmodo-window-solar-charger/21438/pictures

 

Michael Kors Watches

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From $195

 http://www.michaelkors.com/store/catalog/templates/SC3.jhtml?itemId=cat35701&parentId=cat145&masterId=cat000000&ecid=DSSGMKmichael_kors_watches&gclid=CPqMw5uCl7sCFct9Ogodw1wAgQ

David Yurman Skull Ring

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$295

http://www.davidyurman.com/men/rings/N22XS/waves-skull-ring

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Available Everywhere!

Have fun shopping and Merry Christmas!

Bisous!

Michelle

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It’s a bit Sketchy…

November 12th, 2013

As you know from the launch of my website in the beginning of the year, I am obsessed with the medium of drawing as an art form. I had such a wonderful time designing my site with www.piergustafson.com and sharing my very personal perspective with you www.michelleragoltd.com.

Christmas is right around the corner and I have of course have started the design concepts for my Christmas cards. I thought it might be fun to share the before with you and the after,  …of course… after.

Can you tell what’s happening in the design yet? I’m feeling super Christmassy this year …so get ready!

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Bisous!!

 

Michelle

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Travel Gadgets I love!

October 3rd, 2013

Here are some fun techie things I dig to make my travel more functional and peaceful.  These hipster gadgets smooth the way to make the inconveniences of travel a bit more bearable. Of course none of these things would be nearly as much fun if the travel bag they went into wasn’t hip and chic.  Post a link with your favorite travel tote or bag!

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PORTABLE SATECHI HUMIDIFIER

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WHAT IS IT?

It’s a portable humidifier which fits best on an Evian bottle! This is a amazing as the dry air is a killer for my sinuses and my skin. It also works well in the car.

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WHERE TO GET IT.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CUQBD12/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

HOW MUCH IS IT?

$29.99

2#

ANKER-PORTABLE HIGH DENSITY BATTERY PACK

 

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This is a very compact charger that is good for 2 full charges with multiple gadgets.

WHERE TO GET IT.

Amazon.com: Anker® Astro E5 15000mAh Portable Ultra-High Density High Capacity External Battery Backup Charger for iPhone 5 (Apple adapters not included), 4S, 4, iPad 4, 3, 2, Mini, iPods, Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 2, Note 8, Tab 3; HTC One, EVO, Thunderbolt, Incredible, Droid DNA, Motorola ATRIX, Droid, Google Glass, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, LG Optimus and More – Black: Computers & Accessories

 HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

$49.99 

 

#3

 JET LAG ROOSTER APP

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WHAT IS IT?

It’s a fun free travel APP if you suffer from jet lag or are doing multiple back to back trips. Jet Lag Rooster shifts your body clock to reduce or prevent jet lag:

Get and follow your personal jet lag plan (see example).

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The Rooster is primarily used by frequent travellers and airlines training their pilots and flight crew.

WHERE TO GET IT.

 http://www.jetlagrooster.com/app

HOW MUCH IS IT?

FREE

 

#4

MAXIMAL POWER 2-in-1 USB DATA/CHARGING CABLE LIGHTING CONNECTOR

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WHAT IS IT?

Who doesn’t like a 2 in 1 charger!

WHERETO GET IT.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C9P0PRM/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

HOW MUCH IS IT?

$13.50 

#5

KENU AIRFRAME PORTABLE CAR VENT MOUNT FOR iPHONE

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WHAT IS IT?

The Kenu Airframe portable Mount pops right into the car vent so you can safely navigate directions for talk on the phone hands free! This is AWESOME. My iPhone 5 slides into it perfectly. It is very sturdy on the vent and provides easy access to my phone with no messy wires. It comes right off and doubles as a stand. 

WHERETO GET IT.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/HC299ZM/A/kenu-airframe-portable-car-vent-mount-for-iphone

HOW MUCH?

$24.95

#6

BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 20i ACOUSTIC NOISE CANCELING HEADPHONES

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WHAT IS IT?

No more clunky head phones to cart around…
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WHERETO GET IT.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D429Y12/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

HOW MUCH?

$299.00

 

Travel well and look hip doing it!

Bisous,

 

Michelle

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