Scentsy Incentive Trip: Barcelona

I have been waiting on my film getting back before I posted any pics from the Mediterranean Cruise and they have taken forever because I had them developed in the USA.  There's A LOT and I wasnt sure if I should only post my favourites or post a collection....but decided I want to start in the place I spent the most time in....Barcelona....I spent a couple of days here before and after the Scentsy EU Incentive Trip (about a month ago now can you believe it?) and I ADORED this place...ADORED IT.  Great food----oh my word the TAPAS, Spanish Guitar buskers who were on every corner and my favourite place was the Parc Guell that looked over the city.  I saw a lot of art...Gaudi----soooo much Gaudi, Picasso and was struck by how gorgeous the city was.  It reminded me of Paris because of the light and I love Paris. The style of the buildings was gorgeous and I definitely want to go back again.  I had gone out a few days before the cruise to Barcelona and stayed a few days afterwards....I'm really glad I stayed as long as I did because I needed the break!!!!

I spent quite a lot of time alone this trip which I was ok about.  Everyone had their own groups of friends which was fine but to be honest I really wanted to see these cities on my own because I'm quite a 'serious' and 'gung-ho' traveller and trips mean so much to me.....and if I had done the 'social' thing sitting next to the pool the whole time or going round with other people....I would have never seen the things I wanted and I would have been annoyed with myself.  This was my first break for just ME in YEARS...YEARS and I didnt want to do what other people might want to do...I wanted to be selfish and do what I wanted.  Plus things have been a bit crazy at home for a wanted PEACE, QUIET AND SOLITUDE.  So if you dont see many pics of Scentsy sisters or brothers that's the reason for it.  I wasnt trying to be a party pooper. :)

Anyway....Here you go.  These are a combination of film and digital.  The Film pics were taken on a vintage Yashica Mat 124g which is a new venture of mine as I'm trying to learn medium format fim (twice as big as your old 35mm that you used to have).  I do love photography and am a work in progress when it comes to this and still learning but this trip was a fantastic opportunity to fill my creative bucket and I hope you enjoy these pics as much I enjoyed taking them.  I will post the other places we went this week--there's just too many pics to share. x

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Thoughts on the Scentsy EU Incentive Trip 2013

I've been back a couple of days from an all expenses paid Mediterranean Cruise I earned through Scentsy.  The pictures will be coming soon as I'm waiting on getting some film developed from a vintage camera I took along on the trip.

I went out on the 3rd of May and spent two days in Barcelona before I boarded the Royal Carribean Liberty of the Seas.  We then went to Cannes where we docked the 2nd day.  I went out and spent a couple of hours looking at the city and saw the place where the famous Cannes film festival is located and I saw the beaches and the famous Carlton Hotel where they were preparing it for the World Premiere of The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio.  Then went and saw the antiques market and should have bought one of the amazing vintage posters of Cannes they had but C'est la vie.  We then drove through the French Riviera up through the windy roads (oh my word...did I get car sick)....but saw Pierre Cardin's bubble house and some absolutely incredible views.

The next day we were off to Florence/Pisa.  I had been before so there was specific things that I wanted to see and do on this trip.  I went inside the Cathedral and Baptisery which was great because I never had a chance to do this the last time.  The Cathedral especially was just gorgeous and it was fantastic to finally see it in Pisa.  Florence was Gorgeous but we only had maybe 3 hrs free time and I had to fit lunch in there too.  I went and found a pizza place and had an amazing plate of wild boar pasta before I wandered slowly back to the bus (of course having Gelato).

The Last excursion day was Rome.  I had asked special permission because I have been to Rome several times and there was specific things I wanted to see and do instead, so I went with the group to get a ride and then left the group and spent the day on my own.  I went to have Gelato at the Pantheon at my favourite Gelato place (best on the planet), then threw a coin in the Trevi Fountain to ensure I'd return (do you know the legend for this?) and then wandered up to the Spanish Steps and had lunch and then wandered up to the Villa Borghese Park and spent some time there taking pics and relaxing before I took the metro back to the meeting place to go back to the ship at St Peters Basilica.

The Last Day was a cruising Day and was time to enjoy the ship.  I ended up going for a 5k run on the jogging track and then took a nap later in the day after getting some sun next to the pool.  The Ship was seriously like Las Vegas on water.  Everything you could possibly imagine they had.  There was a lot of food to eat and the evening times especially were amazing meals in a fancy dining room.  As far as my free time, I didnt want to do any of the shows as this was supposed to be a chance to catch up on sleep this trip and most didnt start until after 9pm and after the excursions I was just seriously tired.  So I didnt take advantage of that part but I did do other things and LOVED the chance to watch movies outdoors on their big screen.  The last night I watched the Wizard of Oz and it was glorious.

Most of the rest of the group had their own things they wanted to do so spent most of the time on my own which I was ok with.  Was a little sad I wasnt able to create some of the bonds some did, but on the other hand I had so much I wanted to see and I wouldnt have been able to see 1/2 of what I had seen if I had gone round with others.  In the end it was my holiday and there's plenty of time to be social right?

Scentsy gave us little prezzies....we got a Tshirt, backpack, luggage tags, Lip Balm and Sunscreen (OMG they smell amazing) and leather photo album to remember the trip by. 

I did get a chance to be a little social in the evenings at dinner and have never laughed or smiled so hard in my life.  SOOOOOOO much fun and with the good food it was especially wonderful.  I did make a few new friends I hadnt expected and had some special time with one of the Superstar Directors (Heidi's mum) who came on the trip from the USA. 

I cried when the trip ended because I needed this trip in EVERY POSSIBLE WAY and it was just an incredible blessing.  Its very hard to describe how special these Scentsy trips are unless you go on one.  If everyone knew about the quality of these trips.....there would be 1) no doubting ever that Scentsy does work, 2) A lot more people would join.  But you are just going to have to take my word for it and if you arent a part of take the leap.

I spent some special time with Heidi and Orville Thompson from Scentsy.  It was so incredibly wonderful to have this chance as how many companies have such access to the CEO/President?  They are very down to earth and I feel priviledged to know them. thoughts could seriously go on forever about the cruise.  Looking forward to next year.  After the cruise ended I spent an extra two days in Barcelona which was nice and a chance to sleep and see some of the sights.  Its been an adjustment to come back home but I feel energised and excited about the future with Scentsy.....


Scentsy EU Incentive Trip 2013 Itinerary

Scentsy EU Incentive Trip 2013
Scentsy EU Incentive Trip 2013

Well I fly out on Friday to Barcelona.  I've added an extra 4 days on to the Scentsy EU Incentive Trip.  If I hadnt I would have flown all the way to Barcelona for free and never gotten to see Barcelona as most of others are going direct to the boat.  I've never been to the city so I figured why not and so this trip is going to be like a 9 day holiday for me which is unusual because its been AGES since I've gone on a trip by myself and its never been for THIS long should be interesting and fun.

I have never gone on a cruise before so this is exciting and a brand new experience.  I never expected in my wildest dreams I would have earned the trip but with the help of my team and my customers I managed to pull it off.  Scentsy incentive trips are pretty legendary but I have absolutely no idea what to expect but just know that because its Scentsy I'll be well taken care of. 

Its been tough recently with my health and stuff at home so I'm looking forward to getting away and it will be warmer there.  I could use some heat.......London has just been so freaking cold and its been a long long winter. I'll be flying out on the 3rd and will have until the 5th to enjoy Barcelona by myself.  I then board the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas boat on Sunday around lunchtime ish.  We then depart Barcelona at 5pm and are then off to Cannes, France.  We arrive on Monday where we dock and then have the morning to ourselves in Cannes.  I have already researched and there's an antique market, an old city, the festival of Cannes building and of course the beach that I'll be seeing.  It wont take very long to see it as everything is very very close by.  Around lunchtime we then go on an excurision driving round and through the French Riviera and Cote D'azure.  On Tuesday we head to La Spezia, which is a port near the Cinque Terre.  The Cinque Terre is a collection of 5 coastal villages very close together.  You can walk it although we wont have time to as we will be off to Florence and Pisa for a day of our own.  I've been to Florence before but looking foward to just wandering the streets a little bit and having some lazy time.  Wednesday is Roma.  There's a tour of the Colloseum, St Peters Square where the Vatican is and then free time.  I'm looking forward to having some lunch at Babington Tea House and then gelato.....loads and loads of Gelato. :)  I'm also looking forward to taking loads of pictures.  I'm a bit of a photo geek and I'll be bringing two or three cameras (havent decided yet) but looking forward to doing this.  On Thursday its a cruising day which means we get to take advantage of the ship and the pool and everything.  We then have a formal night on Thursday evening where we all dress up in black ties and dresses for a last farewell.  On Friday I'll be going back to Barcelona to finish off and enjoy the city before I fly back to London on the Sunday.

Its been far too long since I've done anything for myself and very much looking forward to just having a break for once.  I know that this trip will go far far too quickly and its likely I'll be pretty sad to leave.

If you are interested in joining Scentsy and working towards the incentive trip next year, please dont hesitate to contact me. :)

Scentsy Incentive Trip
Scentsy Incentive Trip

Happy 2nd Birthday Scentsy UK

Today is the official birthday of Scentsy here in the UK.  Many of us joined a little early on the 17th (I was one)...but the official launch was 18 April 2011.  Can't believe its already been two years doing the business, where does time fly??

Its been such a wild ride full of ups and downs and growing pains but sooo, soo worth it. I wrote quite a bit of my thoughts yesterday on Facebook so will just keep this post short and sweet. 

Soooo.......Here's to many, many more birthdays Scentsy UK.