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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Carrie Finley-Bajak Cruises the Sea Like Mighty Aphrodite

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Carrie Finley-Bajak’s goal is to visit every continent before she turns fifty years-old. Since she has always had an affinity for the ocean, cruise ships are her chosen mode of transportation. According to Carrie, cruises “offer a combination of adventure and a touch of elegance.” She shares her nautical experiences on her travel blog, Cruise Buzz. We caught up with Carrie, a Boingo member, at BlogWorld LA 2011 and learned plenty of valuable tips for traveling by sea. Check out Carrie’s top three tips below for booking the perfect cruise vacation. Also be sure to follow her on Twitter (@CruiseBuzz) to get regular updates on her reviews and adventures. 1. Cruise Myth Busters Some misconceptions about cruising are: the world is flat, the ship is to crowded, a person will get sea sick, the cabins are small, there is nothing to do, all you do is eat. All false. 2. Get It Right The First Time The number one prerequisite for a potential cruise passenger is a love for the sea. If the idea of sailing on the wide-open ocean on a ship sounds like fun, then I would suggest taking a cruise. However, I will caution that the biggest disservice

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5 Topics to Discuss Before Traveling With Someone For the First Time


Traveling with someone for the first time can be a trying experience. But with proper planning and communication, you can avoid potential blowups and breakups. So sit down and talk about these five topics before you embark on the trip: 1. Accommodations: what type of place do you each prefer to stay at, a hostel with a shared bathroom or a five-star hotel? Determine how much you want to spend per night and find a middle ground. 2. Meals: how many meals should be fulfilled at quick, cheap places versus dine-in establishments? Figure out your daily meal allowance and whether you’ll be splitting the check fifty/fifty. 3. Activities: what is the ratio of relaxation (e.g., lounging on the beach) versus exploration (e.g., touring museums) time do you want out of the trip? If you have different priorities for activities, consider splitting up for periods of time. 4. People: are you open to meeting and hanging out with new people you meet on the road? If you both feel differently about this, decide that when you’re together, you’ll remain as a one-on-one unit. If one person is keen on hobnobbing with new travel friends, that person could always set aside some