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Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway to Punta Cana

Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway to Punta Cana

This February, Le-Vel hosted a Lifestyle Getaway to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and it was one for the record books. Some of the feedback from this getaway included: “Best Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway ever!” and “Every time we wonder how Le-Vel can top the last Lifestyle Getaway, but somehow they always blow us away!” Our promoters deserve the best, so it is especially gratifying for us to know that you had a blast.

Did you join us on the Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway or did you follow from home, making a goal that you’ll be on the next one? Whether you want to get all the trip details or relive the memories, this trip report is for you! So fasten your seatbelts, stow your carryon luggage and hold on for a peek into Le-Vel’s most recent Lifestyle Getaway to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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Thursday Arrival

After a quick flight to Miami, we joined other Thrivers in the airport while waiting to board the plane to Punta Cana. The Le-Vel community is so friendly, people were greeting each other like family as we all gathered in the terminal. Le-Vel gear, new product announcements and the getaway made for enthusiastic chatter from Miami all the way to the airport in Punta Cana.

After a quick bus ride, we arrived at the all inclusive Hard Rock Resort & Casino Punta Cana. At the Hard Rock, they really know how to make you feel like a rockstar! We got the royal treatment as a live band played while we made our way to check into our rooms. Once we entered the lobby, it definitely felt like a party with waiters handing out welcome drinks, tables overflowing with food, a dj spinning tunes, photo opportunities and multiple bars open for service.

As we checked in, we got a map of the property (the Hard Rock is a huge resort!) and were surprised with a generous gift of resort credits to use in the spa, on excursions, shopping or other goodies at the hotel. You could tell that everyone’s travel stress was quickly melting away as people got into vacation mode.

Thursday Night Free Time

It didn’t take long to settle into our resort room with a spacious bathroom, en suite hot tub and large balcony overlooking the lush grounds. We could get used to this! Next it was time to explore the resort and grab some dinner. Just after sunset, we jumped on a resort shuttle and got the full tour of the property. From the beautiful green vegetation and fountains to the inviting pools to the gorgeous beach, the Hard Rock is breathtaking everywhere you look. We made a note to check out the swim-up bar at the Guitar Pool and get our feet into the sand tomorrow.

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Now about dinner…there are lots of restaurants at the Hard Rock Resort, 9 to be exact, so you have a wide variety of choices for every meal. Still hanging on to the idea of eating healthfully, we opted for sashimi at Zen, the Japanese restaurant. This restaurant also offers group dining hibachi-style. We noticed many Thrivers with their friends enjoying the hibachi grill.

Stomach full of sushi and we walked down the boulevard – a.k.a. the long row of shops and restaurants in the hotel – to grab an ice cream and check out the casino. Then we made our way back to our suite for a good night’s rest.

Friday Free Time

Today we woke up bright and early for a quick run around the resort trails and breakfast at Cafetto. After our 3 simple Thrive steps, we enjoyed the Caribbean breakfast. It really gave us a taste of the island with local ingredients. Now it is off to the pool to nab a spot in the sunshine.

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There are 13 pools to choose from at the Hard Rock. So whether you want a relaxing vibe or a party, there is a perfect pool for you. We parked our towel at the lively Central Pool and we weren’t disappointed. Highlights of the day included a 3 pm foam party, a dance contest and the best pina colada in the Caribbean. It was terrific to meet more Thrivers and see everyone enjoying themselves. We grabbed a casual lunch from the grill right by the pool so we wouldn’t miss a second of the action.

When we had enough fun in the sun, it was time to hit up the Le-Vel Gear Store! Lots of new products and a special sale for the lifestyle getaway made us glad our luggage could fit a few new things.

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Before we knew it, the time had come to get ready for dinner and the BIG event for the getaway, tonight’s tropical party…

Want to know what happened at the tropical party? Stay tuned for the next installment of our Punta Cana Lifestyle Getaway Trip Report!

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Get to Work on Your Goals with Jason Camper

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Get to Work on Your Goals with Jason Camper

Jason Camper on goals: “About 15 years ago, I sat in a room with about 20 other aspiring entrepreneurs in a session led by someone who had created financial freedom from scratch. I was young, broke and didn’t have a lot of confidence at the time to be writing down audacious goals and dreams.

We were told to close our eyes and think about 10 to 20 things we wanted to accomplish in the next 12 months and then the next five years. How did we want our lives to look? He told us not to try to control our thoughts – instead, just go with what came to mind, because those were our natural emotional wants.

After that session, we wrote down those thoughts on the left inside front cover of a journal that was provided to us. Today, I’ve accomplished everything I wrote down in that journal except two things, and those two things I easily have the means to do when I’m ready.

If someone was to tell me that day that I would achieve those goals and dreams I wrote down, I would have started bawling uncontrollably, as my state that day was not one of strength, and the things I wrote down were audacious. Was it the goals I wrote down? Was it sheer luck? Was it hard work? Was it prayers answered? I honestly believe it was all of those things, but what’s key is that I wrote down the direction I wanted to head in life.” — Jason Camper, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Le-Vel

What are your goals? If someone were to ask you that question right now, would you have an answer? We can see the power of goal setting from Jason’s story and the stories of so many others.  If you haven’t gone to work on your goals, now is the time.

The Purpose of Goal Setting

Why do we need goals, anyway? They give us something to focus on, for starters. Otherwise, it’s easy to get lost in the blur of life’s daily grind. We all need a sense of purpose, both in the short and long term. And, when we have purpose, we’re happier. Why? Goal setting empowers us to take control of our lives. We become stronger, more confident versions of ourselves.

As Jason puts it, “The reason why goals and dreams are so important is that they provide purpose and direction in your life. Imagine going to an airport with no ticket and no idea where you wanted to go. You would wonder around aimlessly.”

Goals also motivate, inspire and propel us forward. They challenge us. They shouldn’t be easy to attain. If they are, we’re probably falling short of our true potential. When we have to stretch beyond our normal boundaries, that’s when greatness become possible. So how do you begin to set goals of your own?

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How to Set Goals

First, you have to ask yourself what you want. Some of us haven’t asked that question in years. Remove the “buts,” and put pen to paper. What would you do if there were no boundaries? What brings you joy? What doesn’t feel like work? Like the guided goal setting in Jason’s story, try not to control your thoughts.  Think about what is possible in this world.  Come up with a mix of both short and long-term goals for your life, like the 10 to 20 things to accomplish in the next 12 months and then the next five years that Jason did.

Next, you’ll want to prioritize those goals. What’s most important to you? List your top 3-5 goals and work on them in that order.

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Break your goals into achievable steps. Focusing on the finish line when you’re at the starting line is overwhelming. For example, if your goal is to pay off your mortgage in five years’ time, you’ve got to break the journey into smaller milestones that support your long-term vision. Maybe you establish a budget first. Then you work toward paying off your car note. After that, you take money you normally spent on your car note and add it to your monthly mortgage payment. That approach moves you closer to your goal – and on a faster timetable.

Hold yourself accountable. This is where self-discipline is vital. Some people find that telling others about their goals helps them stick to their plans. Others write them down and post them somewhere central in their homes. You may also wish to recruit a friend who shares your goal, and take the journey together. Maybe you want to run a marathon, but you’re not an experienced runner. Find yourself a training partner, and set a goal of running a half marathon first.

Enjoy the journey. Celebrate each milestone, reflect on what you’ve learned, and add new goals as you cross things off of your list.  In a year’s time, you will be amazed at what you have accomplished.

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So why not start right now?  There’s no time like the present to set your destination.  It’s time to grab a pen, find your vision and start living a happier, healthier, more purposeful life.  Get excited about your goals!  As Jason says, “Become emotional about what you want to accomplish in life, and let your written goals and dreams lead the way.”

 

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Eat Your Vegetables! (It’s Easier Than You Think)

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Eat Your Vegetables! (It’s Easier Than You Think)

“I don’t like vegetables.” We hear kids say that all the time. But more than a few adults feel the same way. Are leafy greens really that necessary? How vital are they for our health?

Vegetables are packed with nutrients like potassium, antioxidants and Vitamins C and A. They can help you maintain healthy blood pressure, support healthy heart function, and boost your immune system. Veggies also contribute to healthy skin, teeth and gums. And the fiber in vegetables promotes healthy digestion while helping you feel full for hours. What’s not to love here?

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) groups vegetables and fruits together. The USDA recommends eating between five and nine servings daily. The size of a serving depends on your age, sex and average level of physical activity. Whether they’re dark green or bright in color, vegetables have no substitute when it comes to their health benefits.

Believe it or not, you really can learn to love vegetables. With the variety of veggies available to you, and the number of ways you have to prepare them, you have more options than you may realize. Here are a few tips for making vegetables a bigger part of your daily diet:

Keep them within arm’s reach. We tend to snack on what’s nearby. So keep a container of baby carrots, celery sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets, cucumber slices, sliced red, yellow or green pepper, and/or grape tomatoes in your refrigerator. Dip them in reduced-fat salad dressing, Greek yogurt or hummus.

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Let them hog the plate. Veggies should make up at least half of your plate. If you’re eating pasta, lighten up your portion, but increase the vegetables. You can still top it off with red sauce, a touch of olive oil and a sprinkle of Parmesan or feta cheese. Your plate will still be full, and so will you.

Eat what’s in season. If you don’t like veggies, it may be because you’ve never eaten them fresh. If you have a farmer’s market in your community, give it a try. Eat a vegetable that’s just been picked, and you might just discover what you’ve been missing.

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Throw it in. Add veggies to eggs, macaroni and cheese, casseroles, pizza, soup quesadillas, sandwiches and more.

Drink your veggies. Toss some spinach or kale, a few baby carrots and broccoli florets in your blender with some fresh fruit and water. You can’t mess this up. And here’s an even easier way: Get a Boost. THRIVE BOOST is a berry-flavored premium greens beverage that makes it a snap to get the nutrition your body craves. BOOST is designed to alkalize and energize your system and enhance your energy. It also promotes cleansing, immune, weight management and ph level support.

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Before long, you might just learn to love your veggies. They’re versatile, they’re delicious, and they’re one of the best tools at your disposal for keeping healthy.

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Strivin’ and Thrivin’: Le-Vel Promoters Review THRIVE

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Strivin’ and Thrivin’: Le-Vel Promoters Review THRIVE

Check out some of the latest THRIVE reviews shared by Le-Vel Promoters who aren’t just surviving … they’re Thriving!

“I am a 46-year-old married mother of seven … yes, seven amazing children ranging in age from nearly 30 down to 5. Life is always running. After having a health-related matter, my energy levels dropped. Also, I wasn’t getting the restful sleep I needed at night. I began to exhaust all energy just working, and would come home worn out after work. Just getting motivated to make dinner was a chore, and I had little to no energy left to spend time with my husband and kids. I felt like a disappointment to those who mattered most to me.

“My dear friend, Amy, introduced me to THRIVE in July 2016. I will never be able to thank her enough, as it has truly changed my life. Within the first four hours, I could feel a difference. I wasn’t sluggish, I was more focused, and I had an overall circle of clarity around me. I had no desire to drink even a sip of my daily coffee, nor did I long for my traditional midday soda. I slept soundly that first night. By day two, I knew THRIVE was something I just HAD to do for me, for my family, for my health and well-being.

“I have had zero tea, soda, or coffee since July 11, 2016 because I have no desire to drink it. I sleep solid every night, have lost weight, and I’m able to be the wife and mother my family deserves. My energy level is constant, I’m focused and my mind is clearer than it has been in years. I’ve been told I look younger, and I’ll gladly take that!” — De Anna Hundley

“I look at my 2015 picture that was taken one year prior to THRIVE, I look exhausted and just very run down. And now, I look happy and full of life thanks to THRIVE. Transformation doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time. But it will happen — trust me. I’m just thankful to have energy to play with my boys and workout, and my sleep is AMAZING. I get up at 5:30 a.m. with no problem. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the products. I’m a Thriver for life.” — Amanda Cooper

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“I’ve been Thriving right along with my wife for seven months now. Before THRIVE, I was drinking energy drinks, soda, coffee and anything that had lots of sugar in it to make it through my long days. When I got home, I didn’t want anything to do with my family; I just wanted to rest, watch TV, go to bed and do it all over again. One day that changed when I got invited to a Thrive Local here in Elk City, Oklahoma. It was the best decision I ever made. THRIVE has put so much joy and hope back into my life. I now have tremendous faith and confidence for a better future as a husband and father. I enjoy life again, and I became a Promoter for Le-Vel, because how could I not share this amazing product with all my family and friends?

“THRIVE is not intended to be a weight loss product, but it gives me the pure nutrition and vitamins I need to help in my journey to getting healthy. Did Thrive do this all on its own? No, but what it did do is give me the nutrition and vitamins that I needed, made me crave healthier foods, and gave me the energy I lacked to get me moving again. I’m becoming the husband and father my wife and four girls deserve to have.”  — John Ray

“As days went by, I noticed that even my cravings for sugar and carbs were decreasing, and I was actually craving fruits and vegetables. It truly was filling in my nutritional gaps, and my body was responding the way it was designed to respond. I noticed subtle changes in my physique over the next few months and now had levels of energy that not only got me through my day, but also supported me enough to hit the gym! Fast forward 10 months, and I’m now down 100 pounds and I feel like a brand- new person with a new chance on life! Thank you, Le-Vel, for producing this life-changing premium nutrition!” — Christopher Pendergrass

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“With THRIVE, I have natural, sustained energy all day without the need for any coffee in the morning. No more naps are taken, and my body is craving water over anything else. I must confess that I lost my Gold Status at Starbucks (I was driving there daily just for a pick-me-up.) My immune system was lacking the proper support. I was dealing with digestive challenges, general joint discomfort, ‘mommy brain,’ high stress levels, and I wasn’t sleeping soundly. Now, I wake up refreshed, my body feels so much more balanced, my digestive system is so much more normal, and my mommy-fog brain is gone! I’m a healthier person because of these products. I lost weight during my 8-week challenge, which boosted my self-esteem. My three steps in the morning have put me on the right path to clean routine of eating healthier, with no more junk food cravings. I’ve kickstarted my metabolism and energy level.” — Jacqueline Babler

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“Prior to THRIVE, I was laid off, left without insurance and struggling to find a job where I could work from home. I ended up opening a small in-home daycare caring for two to three children at a time, and I was struggling to have enough energy to give these kids the quality care they deserve. Often I would be so tired I’d need to rest when they did. The final straw was when I went home for New Year’s and had to tell my family that I was no longer going to be able to safely drive home because I was so tired. Physically, I had hit a wall — I felt awful. My mind was foggy, and I was operating just by putting one foot in front of the other and crashing the minute the kids left. Within a week after starting THRIVE, I was once again getting the restful sleep I needed. I didn’t need to sleep or at least close my eyes as soon as the kids left. I was cleaning and reading to the kids again. Within a month, I ordered again and started noticing energy and that my moods were calm and the little things weren’t getting on my nerves. Most of all people that I see quite often have noticed that I’m feeling better; they tell me I don’t seem as stressed or as sensitive to things. I would like to challenge everyone reading this testimony to stop and think about someone you know who is struggling to live a quality life and please share this with them.”  — Tina Peterson

Visit Le-Vel’s official Facebook page to read hundreds of more testimonials just like these!

 

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New Year, Less Clutter: Tips for Decluttering Your Life

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New Year, Less Clutter: Tips for Decluttering Your Life

Have you heard the buzz about the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo? It’s a New York Times best-seller, so clearly, this how-to guide to simplifying your life has touched a nerve for millions of readers.

After the holiday buzz is through, it is the perfect time to delve in to the subject of clutter.  Time to clean up our lives and make way for the new year – something the Japanese do yearly as part of their New Year’s preparations.

But decluttering can be a scary proposition for those of us who like our stuff or just see it as too much of a process to begin.  The good news is that even starting small can lighten your mental and physical load. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Set and maintain boundaries. When well-meaning friends or family offer to share items with you that they’ve decided they don’t need anymore, politely explain that you’re on a mission to declutter – and stick to it. If shopping is your weakness, make other plans. When birthdays and holiday celebrations roll around, think experiences versus tangible items. Tickets to a sporting event, dinner at a restaurant, or an afternoon rolling up your sleeves to help a local charity all present the gift of unforgettable memories for your spouse or children.
  • Focus on one room at a time. Don’t start pulling out the clutter in every room at the same time, that is the ticket to getting overwhelmed. Begin with the outer edge of the room with the easy stuff, like trash. Then gradually work your way into the center of the room. Make three piles: one for trash, one for donation and one for keeps.

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  • If you haven’t used it in one year … then it’s time to part ways. If you think you might use it within a year, put it in a box and come back to it in one year’s time. If you haven’t used it yet, it’s time for it to go.
  • Get rid of duplicate items. How many mugs do you really need? Pare down your inventory – you’ll be happier for it.
  • Load donations into your car, and dispose of them immediately. Don’t let donation piles sit around for months.
  • If you’re a parent, your kids are inevitably bringing home loads of artwork. Admittedly, it’s tough to part with any of it, but if you don’t, you’ll be swimming in a sea of glitter and construction paper. Purchase a large plastic box with lid, and save only your favorites from each school year – say, 10 to 15 items per child.

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  • Schedule time for decluttering. Some areas of the home are just prone to clutter; for example, the kitchen island or counters, the home office desk or the table in your entryway. Make it a point to do a sweep nightly or weekly. Small steps now prevent overwhelming tasks later.
  • Assign one spot for incoming mail/papers. Create an inbox on the counter, then go through it once a week. Make a rule for yourself that your inbox must be empty by the time Monday morning rolls around.
  • Celebrate every success. With each bag that either goes into your car for donation or into the trash, praise yourself for a job well done.

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Remember, the hardest part is just getting started.  Begin with these steps and you’ll be on your way to living with less clutter in the New Year.  And who knows, you may feel a little lighter too!

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