Hello from Turks & Caicos!

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a #CoffeeTalk post. Quite frankly, I got tired of complaining and I was pretty sure no one else wanted to hear more of my laments . . . especially when I was preparing for my second tropical trip in as many months. People don’t have a whole lot of sympathy for your #firstworldproblems when you’re galavanting all over the world and posting beautiful pictures. (See above.)

But it’s been a rough few weeks on many levels… mostly physically, which has a way of wearing you down emotionally as well. Add to that, because of my injuries, I have no outlet with which to release my pent up energy and Jo-Lynne is not a very happy girl.

And you know what they say. If momma ain’t happy…

My kids are probably relieved I’m gone for a few days. My poor husband is stuck here with me. Oh well… for better or for worse, right??

But here I am, once again, in paradise. And it’s pretty hard to be cranky when the view includes palm trees and a pristine swimming pool.


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Oh, and this was my bed last night.

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RIGHT!!???

We arrived after dark last night, but even by lamplight, I could tell that this Beaches Resort at Turks & Caicos is an incredibly luxurious place to visit — whether for work or play. I knew that was the reputation, but experiencing it took it to a whole new level. It’s particularly interesting to me to compare this to my recent Costa Rica experience. So far, they are very different and yet both are so very incredible.

This morning we heard from the CEO and son of the founder of the Sandals Organization, and I know I say this every time I attend a media event, but it’s so very fascinating to hear straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, how innovative companies get their start and manage to be at the top of their game. His passion for his properties and their evolution is contagious. I took vigorous notes. At some point, I’ll try to sort it all out in my head and share some of that with you.

I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to travel to glorious places on business because the costs are significantly reduced and I get experiences I probably wouldn’t have otherwise, but there is also this nagging tug-of-war between the business and the personal. It means that I’m committed to someone else’s schedule, and much of that requires sitting in a conference room when the surf and sand beyond these sterile walls is calling my name. This time it’s only compounded by the fact that my husband is here, and he’s wandering around this gorgeous property alone. I can’t wait to get out there and join him.

I’d love to hear from you if there’s anything specifically you’d like to know about this Beaches resort, or any of them. It’s always helpful to know what you’re looking for from these trips. After all, that’s why brands host bloggers for these experiences. So let me know!

If you want to follow along, be sure you’re connected with me on Instagram and Facebook because I’ll be posting photos and updates over there!

In full disclosure, because I’m a speaker at the Social Media on the Sand Conference, my stay here at Beaches Turks & Caicos is being provided for me, although my husband paid his own way. Most attendees are here at their own expense, albeit a reduced rate. In case you were wondering…