Holiday Problems & Solutions – Can You Say Travaasa?

Can you believe it’s December 1st already (almost, just a few hours away)?! It’s the last month of the year! 2012 is almost over! Surely time flies so fast, especially when you are so busy with so many things … like, you know … Facebook and stuff … ha! Seriously, I do a lot more than Facebook, and Twitter, and blog … but I digress …

The holiday spirit is in the air and I love every bit of it! I love the Christmas trees, the decorations, the cookies, and the Christmas carols! And I even love the shopping of gifts, the mailing of cards, the cooking for pot lucks, and so on and so forth.  I am sooo into Christmas! no , really … I am so into it! Are you?

However, with the excitement and fun that the holiday brings comes holiday stress and problems: not enough time to do all the preparations and decorations; not enough money to do the shopping and gift giving, not enough … oh not enough.  And then add to the the “missing” of family and friends far away …. Ahhh, Christmas, althought the most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful time of the year!

Now here’s the good news. We don’t have to be stressed! The secret is preparation, and then letting go of the things we truly have no control of. As for me, when I am feeling that stress is creeping in, I try my best to step back and relax, like what I am doing here:

Most of you know that I am an advocate of  “quietness” and “re-charging”. I love retreats as a way to re-energize.  Remember my most favorite trip to Hotel Hana (now Travaasa)  a few years back?   Remember how I said I wish I can take all of you?  Well, I was just informed by Travaasa that you can have a chance to relax at Travaasa too, not in Hana but in Austin – for free! That sounds wonderful isn’t it? I searched up Travaasa Austin and it looks like a great place to relax!

So not only is Traavasa Experiential Resort helping us to prevent or solve holiday problems, it is also giving us a chance for a wonderful revitalizing mini-vacation. Click on the photo below and it will take you to the Traavasa Holiday Page.  There, you can enter to win:


And here is a photo of the Spa entrance at Travaasa Austin – isn’t this so enticing? Join the contest now and I really hope you win!

Spa Entrance at Travaasa Austin. Courtesy of Travaasa Austin Website


ALOHA FRIDAY MEME:  This post is also entered in Aloha Friday Meme. My question is “What stresses you the most on Holidays?”  OK, I will go to  An Island Life now and see what others have posted! Blog hop time!


* by sharing (through Blog, Facebook and Twitter)  this great news about your chance to win a trip/stay to Travaasa Austin, I get to stay at Travaasa Hana for a night! I hope an “A Maui Blog reader will win” the Travaasa Austin stay for 2!

8 thoughts on “Holiday Problems & Solutions – Can You Say Travaasa?”

  1. Aloha Liza!
    Couldn’t agree with you more. I have to remind myself to take a few moments and relax. I try and tell myself not to loose focus on what the holidays are really meant for. Bringing us closer together and finding deeper meaning in our existence through the simple act of gratitude.

    When we try so hard to make it all “perfect” we are setting ourselves for disappointment. Which in turns “stresses us out” and we loose our patience. No one likes being around stressed out people. So our efforts in fact become counter productive pushing us further away from those we care for.

    Our peace, deep sincere love and appreciation for our friends, family and even strangers can actually be the gift that they need in order to find balance in their lives.

  2. No kidding! Love the holidays and the festivities, but not the stress! Made myself do yoga this morning since I had been skipping it. This is also a good month for self-care or we can go crazy trying to do too much.

  3. I love the picture of you chillaxing. I’ve made a lot of progress in bringing the joy back to the holiday season the past few years. Work is very stressful for me at this time of the year so I try to have a very short gift list, just a few decorations and simple time with my family.

    Thanks for the hookup on Travaasa. I’ve always wanted to stay there!

  4. I have a lot of friends in Austin. This would be so nice.
    I worked retail for so many Christmas seasons that my Christmas has usually been with low expectations. The stress sometimes rises up but mostly from other peoples expectations. My problem now is missing my family in Northern California. My solution to that is to buy myself a trip in the early spring to see them.

  5. Thanks for posting this, Liza! I love this hotel, it’s so peaceful and relaxing! I hope you have a beautiful and stress-free stay there!! 🙂

  6. Even on Maui you can get stressed out. I know that for sure. But you gotta take those moments and treat yourself.

    Holiday stress is partly why I do all my Christmas shopping in the 1st few days of December (and online mostly.) Knock it out of the way, and make room for eggnog!!

  7. OH! And Travaasa Austin looks amazing. I’ve met some people that have been there and they say it’s a gorgeous location with tons to do!

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