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"Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August."

Jenny Han

Dear  <<First Name>>,

Life continues to move at a fast pace! We are already midway through the year and on the cusp of summer. In a few short weeks, many of us will feel things slowing down as the days get longer and summer vacations for kids kick-in. While I love spring for the symbolism of renewal, I adore summer for cherished moments with family. For me, summer is all about celebrating the best of what America has to offer.

Speaking of which, there is nothing better or more American in the summer than a road trip. The possibilities presented by the open road are endless as you can travel from state to state or even across the country. It’s all about adventure and exploration! That’s why, I am sharing my list of top 5 scenic routes in the U.S. It’s my aspirational goal to someday drive all five! I hope its inspires you to come up with summer plans and think of the roads not traveled.

For this reason, I have also included in my column impressions of my own recent adventurous family trip to Morocco and some tips on how to slow down and value every moment in life. It is my way of motivating you to live a positive life filled with gratitude for all that it has to offer. As always, I hope that you are enjoying my newsletter. Please share it with family and friends and encourage them to sign up!

Have a great summer!

With hope and positivity,

Moshe Popack


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The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward

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Summer is the perfect time to pick up a good book! I enjoy taking advantage of the longer days and warmer weather to explore new subjects. Finding thought-provoking books motivates me to keep growing both personally and professionally. Summer reading is one habit I picked up in my childhood and it is an important example that I have kept up to encourage my own children. While we can all get busy with life, I do highly encourage reading as it will enrich your life by opening up your mind to limitless possibilities.

The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward is a summer must read! Drawing on social psychology research, neuroscience, and biology, author Daniel H. Pink takes aim at the philosophy of living life without regret. Pink challenges us to accept regrets as fundamental, and to reckon with them in creative ways to help us live more fulfilling lives. The author contends that we can transform regrets into positive forces by reframing our thinking, allowing us to make smarter decisions, achieve more at work and deepen our sense of purpose. READ MORE

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5 Best Most Scenic Road Trips in the U.S.


Image Source: Getty Images

Did you know that every year, one in four Americans gets behind the wheel to set out on a road-trip? Summer is the time for exploration. Whether you take a road trip or are dreaming of discovering the country, it is always great to imagine of all opportunities. A road trip is part of American tradition! It is so quintessentially part of American life and captured in popular culture from movies to songs. At its essence, the road trip represents freedom and the ability to discover new places and make connections. Inspired by these possibilities, I have complied a list of five best routes to see by car. These are on my aspirational list! While we may not all be hitting the road this summer, we can certainly journey to these places on our computer and imagine the sights and sounds of the road! Happy exploring!

 U.S. 1, Florida Keys: From Key Largo to Key West, the overseas highway strings the islands together running past lighthouses, underwater coral reef parks, and across 7 Mile Bridge — one of the longest bridges in the world.

 17-Mile Drive, California: The route spanning California's Monterey Peninsula actually clocks in at less than 10 miles long. Stretching from Pacific Grove to Carmel, the road runs through the Del Monte forests belonging to the Pebble Beach golf community.

 Blue Ridge Parkway, The Carolinas and Virginia: A panoramic drive for all season  crossing nearly 500 miles through the Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah national parks.

 Bluebonnet Trail, Texas: Between Austin and Houston lies the Lone Star State's most beautiful scenery, especially from March to May when the wild bluebonnets are out in force.

 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago: Stretching 26 miles along Lake Michigan, this route captures the stunning architecture of the city.

Spreading #Positivity®

Thank you, readers, for sending us your photos with your comments. We are so excited that you are helping spread a positive message everywhere you go!  Let’s keep spreading #Positivity® together! Send us your photos and we will feature them in the next newsletter and on Facebook.

Thank you, Danielle E., for sharing your story. While you may call your husband a “dumpster diver”, I would say he is certainly not letting anything go to waste. I am astonished to hear how wasteful people can be and how he has salvaged so many valuable things including a prom dress, a working vacuum cleaner, and even jewelry! Not to mention that he has found many wallets with money inside! As you live close to a couple bars, your husband has discovered many lost wallets and through Facebook you have helped reunite owners with their misplaced possessions. Your most recent story about returning a wallet to an owner is really touching. Your story captured how frantic the person was as there was something of sentimental value in her wallet-a last tie to a friend who had passed away recently. It’s so moving to hear that she found the valued piece of paper in her returned wallet and cried on your shoulder in gratitude. It's incredible that you were not only able to do help her find her wallet but more importantly demonstrate kindness at such a difficult time. As you so eloquently noted in your story, sometimes little gestures can have a deep and meaningful impact in people’s lives. Well-done, Danielle. Keep up the positive spirit and continue spreading positivity!

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Life is about Adventure: My Moroccan Experience and
5 Tips on Learning to Savor the Moment


Adventure makes life interesting! Recently, during spring break, my family and I traveled to Morocco. It was great to finally travel abroad after the pandemic, especially to a destination that I had long dreamed about. I am so blessed to have been able to share this thrilling journey through the remarkable country with my family. We had a blast! It was so much fun and my children had an incredible experience visiting different cities. I strongly believe that all we have is family and so these trips are essential time for my kids to spend time with each other. It’s great for bonding and also a learning opportunity while exploring other cultures. I also learned some important lessons on this trip and I am happy to share this perspective with you. Traveling with a large family is organized chaos. It’s a lot of fun but you have to expect the unexpected. Things don’t always go as planned and this trip was a great preparation for the time when the kids get older.

 

As we traveled through Morocco, we saw amazing cities like Chefchaouen aka the “Blue City”, which is a very special and serene place. There are many myths as to why this picturesque city nestled in the Rif Mountains is painted in various shades of blue. We also explored vibrant marketplaces where there were stalls selling fruits, vegetables, and spices. Our whole family enjoyed the souks, bustling bazaars featuring local crafts such as multicolored carpets, silk kaftans, antiques, lanterns, pottery and jewelry. Overall, it was a wonderful cultural experience and a good reminder for us to be appreciative for all that we have.

Overall, it was a wonderful cultural experience and a good reminder for us to be appreciative for all that we have.

Having returned a few weeks ago, I have had a chance to reflect on the trip. Beyond the lessons learned, it was also a good reminder that time passes by very quickly. In our daily lives, we often don’t have a chance to take a break. But it is essential to learn how to slow down once in a while and savor every moment. So, I have compiled some tips to help you slow down and enjoy each moment.

Inject some new experiences: Try to incorporate spontaneity into your life. Routine and sameness can make every day indistinguishable from the other. Taking trips to new places, learning a new skill, and connecting with new people are all ways to change things up.

Pay attention and savor more: Being more mindful and paying attention is important. Taking a minute to relish your morning coffee or being present during a conversation are all ways in which you can absorb a moment. Savoring is about really enjoying and taking in every detail. It could be a walk outside in which you feel the sunshine on your skin and take pleasure in the natural surroundings. When we pay attention, we are out of auto-pilot, which means we ground ourselves in the present.

Start single-tasking: While we are often trying to tackle a lot at once, we end up being much like a dog chasing a squirrel and not accomplishing much! Single-tasking encourages us to focus on one thing at a time, which not only improves productivity but also helps slow down the perception of time as it eliminates distractions.

Carve out some white space: The more we stuff our time with to-dos, the more our days feel rushed and stressful. One way to change this scenario is to intentionally carve out “white space”, i.e., time to do nothing. It's a space to listen to music or daydream! When we do this, we are rebooting our brains and focusing on the present.

Start a reflective practice: Finding a way to reflect on your day is a great way to capture the passing of time. It also allows you to give each moment the weight of significance it deserves. Journaling, painting, scrapbooking, or another outlet such as connecting with a loved one is also a good way to slow down.

I hope that these tips help you slow down things and embrace life by savoring all the moments of the day.  

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