Prosperity Adventure: Mexico Cruise on the Carnival Splendor

Here’s our group boarding the cruise ship, the Carnival Splendor.

I first cruised to Mexico when I was 15 years old (before I learned Spanish), and was very curious what it would be like to return 20 years later.

It was great!  I really appreciated being away from phones and internet for a week as well as getting to see Mexico again as a seasoned traveler.  My Spanish was a little slow at first but by the last day in Puerto Vallarta, I was chatting up a storm with our taxi driver and it was tough to switch back to English on the ship.

Here are some pictures of the ship:

 Here are some of the highlights from the trip:



 Each night when we came back from dinner, we had a different towel animal.





So what do you think?  Is cruising for you?  Please post a comment and let me know about your cruise experiences or thoughts.  Thanks!



“The #1 Way to Make Your Facebook Fan Page Easier to Promote” By Michele Scism

Are you utilizing a Facebook Business (Fan) Page to promote your business?  If not you are missing a huge opportunity to educate people from all parts of the world about your products or services as well as driving traffic to your website.

If you do have a Facebook Business Page, do you want to know the #1 thing that you can do immediately to put you out ahead of the pack when utilizing your page?

Before I tell you what it is, I am wondering if you feel like you are getting value from your page? Are you actively promoting your page by…

  • Visiting other pages or groups that would interest your ideal client and promoting on those pages?
  • Having conversations with the fans of your page?
  • Having contests to get them involved? I recently ran a contest and gave a copy of my new book “Makeover Your Business in 6 Weeks or Less” to anyone who had 5 of their friends join “Decisive Minds-Success Strategies for Women Business Owners” – that was very productive!
  • Running ads on Facebook? I have done this with great success!
  • Writing blog posts about it?
  • Commenting on other people’s blog posts and signing off with your page URL?
  • Is your Facebook Business Page URL in your email signature file?

These are just a few of the many ways you can promote your page, but wait… there might be a problem. Maybe you aren’t doing these things because you haven’t heard of the #1 way to make it easier to promote your page!

It is simply something Facebook calls a “Vanity” URL

To get your special Vanity URL you can follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to this link There you will see a box that will say “Your username has been set” if you have already set your personal user name.
  2. Below that box you will see “Set a username for your Pages”- click on this.
  3. Click on the Page you want to change from the drop down box.
  4. Choose a new name for your page. Remember shorter is better and it should be easy to remember. For my page “Decisive Minds-Success Strategies for Women Business Owners” I chose DecisiveMinds. So now when I want to send someone to my page I simply say
  5. It’s important to remember that it might take an act of God to change this if you could ever get it changed so be careful with what you choose, take a little time and put some thought into it. (Note: In Jan 2011, Facebook changed the rules and now you can change your fan page name up to the point when you have 100 fans).

So now it’s your turn – Go get your Vanity URL! Make it easy for people to find you and they will. Then get out there and start telling everyone about your new URL – you just might be surprised how many new fans you get.

Michele Scism is a Business Strategist who partners with service professionals and business owners who are ready to cash in on their expertise using her 5 step formula she calls “Take Action Get Profits”. She publishes a weekly ezine called Decisive Success Strategies which, along with her website, provides how-to articles and lots of free tips for business owners serious about creating a powerful marketing strategy for their business. Get your free copy of Michele’s “7 Rules for Creating & Profiting from Your Facebook Fan Page” by going to the following link.