Author Archives: Trish Gastineau

There are 10 articles by Trish Gastineau published on this site.


Well, this is my last article for 2012 and I’d like to say goodbye and thank each of you who took the time to read one or more of my pieces.  I hope that you found something that I wrote which either helped you or made you laugh out loud!

For me, this year was about confronting fears and getting out of my comfort zone in order to do some good things for my business.  Chief among them was writing for TRO’s Travel Agent Diaries.   I’ve enjoyed writing, not only for your benefit, but for mine too.  You can ask anyone with whom I’ve ever worked, and they will tell you that I really like helping my friends and co-workers.  I love the travel industry and was looking for a way that I could give back to the industry that I’ve enjoyed for the last 20 years.  I really wanted to encourage others and make a difference if I could. Read the rest of this entry »

Lip Service vs. Elbow Grease–that’s what this year has really boiled down to.  What I said I was going to do versus what I actually accomplished by getting outside of my comfort zone.  When I look back on what I’ve learned and applied in 2012, it’s amazing.  Because I’ve taken some calculated chances that terrified me at times, some opportunities came to me that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.

So how did I do it?  Read the rest of this entry »

Simply Europe Travel – Call me Ishmael

“Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you.”  — Zig Ziglar

I love this!  It made me so happy when I read, that I actually laughed out loud. I have a pretty vivid imagination, so this is how I imagine this scene playing out.

Captain Ahab in a tiny, leaky rowboat that is bobbing on large waves in the twilight. His crew is standing on large sturdy, relatively dry whaling vessel trying, in vain, to coax him back to safety.

Ahab is going to continue the hunt for Moby Dick on his own; his crew is no longer motivated to help him and he must leave them behind because they are hindering him.  They don’t feel what Captain Ahab feels, they don’t understand, it doesn’t make sense to them!  Read the rest of this entry »

King Solomon, who is credited with being the wisest man who ever lived, said, “if the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.”   Now, just in case you are wondering, King Solomon ruled round 970 BC.

About two thousand years later, along came the 16th president of the United States with his own words of wisdom.  Abraham Lincoln said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”  He obviously believed in the value of tools that were in top working condition.  Even the recently deceased Stephen R. Covey states in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, that we need to “Sharpen the Saw.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s talk backup.  Since the early days of the word processor and computer, backing up our work has been necessary.  We’ve been trained by our own bad experiences, or the experiences of other unfortunate users, that without backing up, a lot of our hard work can go down the drain in just a split second. Anyone who is old enough to know what a word processor is, knows the pain of which I speak. Term papers, reports and spreadsheets gone in the blink of an eye!  Read the rest of this entry »

I’m sitting here singing that little ditty from Napoleon Dynamite, titled, “Yes, I Love Technology”, if you don’t know it, YouTube it!

I am a big fan of technology.  I enjoy setting up and using systems in order to offer effective service to my clients.  I embrace new technology, and over the last few years have been learning to use Social Media, including the newest in that category–Pinterest.

Several people I like and trust are using Pinterest and I am excited because of its marketing potential.  I can’t wait to find different ways that I can use some of my existing clients’ photos (with their permission) to get new referrals from potential travelers.  Read the rest of this entry »

Do you find yourself involved in self-sabotage?   If so you’re not alone, I do it too.

I’ve always struggled with self-confidence.  Whenever I start to succeed, sometimes I find myself not taking that critical next step toward my goal.  I tend to do this when things are going along great and then all of a sudden I get scared.  Yes, I get scared of success.

For a while, I found comfort in a group of people willing to lament with me.  They let me cry on their shoulders, told me nice things that tickled my ears, like, “you tried,” and, “its ok that things didn’t work out.”  They were trying to make me feel “better” so that was ok, but in reality it wasn’t helping me. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to spring!  The weather is beautiful, the flowers are blooming, my car is yellow with pollen and my phones have been ringing with new business!  Along with that normal spring business boom, something else that I’m familiar with has slipped back in this year.  Complacency!  As soon as my phones started to ring, I got that familiar warm fuzzy feeling inside.  I remembered it from springs gone by; the complacency of just sitting back and answering the phone. Awww, it’s all so familiar, so comfortable, and so easy. Read the rest of this entry »

The first quarter of 2012 is coming to a close and now is the time to see if we’re on track to achieve our goals. Since I’ve committed to write for TRO Travel Agent Diaries, I’ll be sharing my success and challenges with you.  Let’s take a quick look back to see where we started.  (I hope you will get your list out too.)

The list of 7 things that had me feeling a bit exposed and out of my comfort zone. Read the rest of this entry »

As I sit here in front of my computer, I’m experiencing equal amounts of excitement, hope and terror.  2011 was a year that made me realize that I needed to shake things up in 2012.  I’ve decided to take the plunge and go after several prizes I’ve had my eye on over the years, things that I had always thought about with a, “one day I’ll ______ (fill in the blank)” which usually end with a sigh.  But not now. I’m finding that in order to succeed I’m going to have to stretch and really put myself out there; to leave my warm cozy comfort zone behind and expose myself.

Are you intrigued?  Can you relate? Read the rest of this entry »