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Monday
May062013

Fiji's To Do List--Nothing!

If there was ever an incentive trip where people talked about loving the opportunity to relax, Fiji was that trip! This past week has been a wonderful opportunity to enjoy beautiful weather, tropical scenery, visiting with some of the greatest people on earth, and a to-do list with nothing on it!

I won’t go into great detail—many demonstrators blogged about the Fiji incentive trip all week long, so there are plenty of stories out there. But I wanted to recap the highlights for Sterling and I, and just to remember a nice week in my life.

For us, the highlight was definitely the service project. We planned an optional half-day service project for any demonstrators who wanted to participate, and approximately 200 demonstrators and guests joined us at a Fiji hospital and orphanage, providing valuable work. We went to the hospital and sanded, painted, did yard work, and other general clean-up chores. A smaller group went to the orphanage and folded laundry, read to kids,  and papercrafting (a huge hit!). Loved the opportunity to turn our yearlong “Making a Difference for 25 Years” theme into action!

Another highlight was our final event—an evening to remember that began with a group of Fiji warriors escorting us to dinner and entertainment, which included a children’s chorus and fire dancers.

Our opening event was also great. . . we got to welcome everyone to Fiji (Bula!), plus hand out copies of the new catalog as well as free products!

Other than that, Sterling and I stuck pretty close to the food and pool . . . my favorite place for more reasons than the obvious! (smile) We know that on an incentive trip, we can always find demonstrators simply relaxing around the pool.

Of course, we don’t have many photos of the pool lounging. Even though that’s where we spent most of our time, we’re smart enough to know that most people don’t want to have photos of themselves wearing bathing suits plastered on blogs . . . so we just enjoyed the relaxing and visiting.

The beauty of an incentive trip is that you don’t have to go anywhere or do anything. Many of our demonstrators traveled halfway around the world and didn’t feel the need to travel any farther, simply loving every minute of doing nothing! Others traveled halfway around the world and wanted to see everything there was to see, so there were plenty of demonstrators coming and going on excursions as well. And many demonstrators and their guests did a little bit of both.

Thanks to all our demonstrators who achieved this fabulous trip—I enjoyed spending the week with you  and your guests!

 

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Reader Comments (7)

What a truly wonderful idea - to include a service project on the incentive trip. Awesome.
May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine W.
Heaven! Congratulations to every deserving attendee.
May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendie Waldman
Shelli, this trip was truly one of the highlights of my whole life. I cannot thank you and Stampin' Up enough for the priceless opportunity my husband and I had to experience the gorgeous land and beautiful people of Fiji. God bless you for all your hard work creating and maintaining a company that empowers ordinary everyday people to achieve financial success and personal fulfillment beyond our wildest dreams.
My Goal is to make it on one of those trips. It sounds simply wonderful and I am sure they all enjoyed themselves beyond what they could have ever imagined it would be. SU has a way of going way beyond and I could tell by the smiles I saw everyone was happy. I loved especially hearing about the service project. The children seemed to be having a great time but I know from volunteering in those kind of situations the one most blessed is the one volunteering. I am always blessed in someway when I give of myself. Thanks again for sharing. I am stretching for my goal even if I don't make it I will never quit trying.
Debi Pippin
May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebi Pippin
I don't believe that there was nothing on your to-do list. That is so not the person I see you as! Glad to hear that you were able to enjoy some down time with Sterling, it will recharge you.
May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Krichbaum
Oh Shelli - this was such an incredible experience! The Fiji trip was fantastic. The people were wonderful. The scenery spectacular. And Fiji-time really *is* a natural and unexplainable phenomenon. I especially loved the humanitarian service project. Thank you for the opportunity to "give back". What a tremendously worthwhile morning that was!! Thank you for blessing all of us with the chance to share these achievements with you and your family. And thank you Stampin' Up! for allowing me the opportunity to share this with my husband, to thank him in such an incredible way, for the support and encouragement he's given to me over the years!
May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia Millan
I so enjoyed this fabulous trip to Fiji and feel so blessed to have earned it.
The best part for me was to be able to "Give" this trip to my Husband. He has taken care of me for many, many years and it was so awesome to do something this special for him. We both had the time of our lives. Yes even on that little Island!! lol
May 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee Conrey

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