Preparing for Greece with Candy & Julie

I am surrounded by many incredible people and so many wonderful things in my life – and I am forever grateful for all of it. I know that many things come my way because of my hard work and a steady work ethic (hard work will always bring success), but fortune also plays a role in all the goodness around me. I couldn’t have asked for better people to accompany me through my Stampin’ Up! journey (and life, in general), and I know that fate brought many of these people in my path (or me in theirs).

At the end of this week, I will be headed to Greece for a week-long cruise as part of Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Incentive Trip. I earned this trip through a combination of events: purchases by customers, accomplishments by team members and other personal achievements. It’s a lot of work, but it’s so special to me that it’s not all me – lots of people have helped me to get there. For that, I’m forever grateful.

I am excited about this trip because I get to see many of my Stampin’ Up! friends from all over the world on this trip (I won’t have seen some of them since the Alaska cruise last year). It’s wonderful to reunite with these friends, but it’s also great to just get away. While the boat is filled with demonstrators from all over the world, it’s still possible to find a quiet space to unwind and relax on these trips.

Celebrating with Candy & Julie

I’m excited, too, that I have two team members who are headed to Greece with me – Candy Ford and Julie DiMatteo. Both have worked really hard to build their businesses so that they can join us on this trip of a lifetime.

You can learn more about these awesome ladies and see some of their work (if you aren’t already familiar) here:

I wanted to help Candy and Julie prepare for Greece, so I whipped up a Saturday morning get-together to celebrate with them. Massages, food and cards – could you ask for more?

Spa Treatment

After all the work Candy and Julie have put into their businesses, they deserve a relaxing spa treatment. Our morning started at my favorite hideaway in Atlanta – one-hour foot massages at Treat Your Feet. We enjoyed a full hour of quiet relaxation while therapists massaged our feet, calves and toes. After the deep massage, they incorporate hot stones, rubber mallets and heat wraps. Your feet feel like clouds when you are done. πŸ™‚

We reclined in comfy, leather chairs for our one-hour massages. Here’s a look at the room we were in:

Want proof? I took pictures after the lights had been dimmed (so these are a little grainy):

Jeremiah also joined us – he has helped me out so much with my Stampin’ Up! business. If you’ve ever received a package from me, he is the kind soul who has dropped the package off at the post office. Here’s our after-massage picture:

Such a relaxing time! I’m so happy to be able to treat these fine folks to a wonderful spa treatment.

A Greek Lunch

I wanted to take Candy and Julie to a wonderful lunch – and decided my favorite Greek eatery would fit the bill! Athens Pizza is a casual joint just down the road and always has amazing Greek favorites.

I hope you like to see pictures of food – because that’s what about to happen. πŸ™‚

I enjoyed the gyro platter with Greek potatoes:

Candy enjoyed the same thing (although she packed up half of hers to take home with her):

Julie had a gyro wrap and a Greek salad:

And Jeremiah enjoyed mousaka and a Greek salad:

We were all stuffed after this amazing meal – but there’s always room for baklava cheesecake. Thank goodness we were onboard to share this thing because it was HUGE:

It was so awesome to spend the morning and part of my afternoon with these incredible people. Even though Julie and Candy live nearby, I look forward to spending time with them in Italy and Greece during the trip next week.

I made a card for both of my team members that fit the Greek theme. I’ll show you the cards and share about them later in the week.

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  1. So happy for you all! I hope you have a fabulous trip! Four of my favorite people!

    • Hope you all have an exciting time and are able to enjoy the things you have never experienced in your lives until now!
      Brian your kindness and your generosity goes above and beyond what is imaginable, your one heck of a β€œKing” in your own right! Enjoy your trip and send pictures ?

  2. What a delightful day and way to celebrate all your successes!

  3. What an amazing trip this will be! You really have earned it! Can’t wait to see the card you made!

  4. Oh my goodness! What a fun time you guys had! Congratulations to ALL of you for earning the incentive trip – you are all so deserving ! Have a FANTASTIC TIME!!

  5. Looks like a great day!! Can’t wait to see you all in just a week!! πŸ™‚

  6. Suzie Patt Cullen

    What an awesome day and great way to prepare for your exciting trip! ??

  7. Your celebration with your hard working team members looks like pure delight! The smiles on their faces says it all. Big-time congratulations goes out to Julie and Candy, job well done to earn this fabulous trip! Together you all will have a ball!

  8. You are so thoughtful Brian! Have a great cruise!!!

  9. Awesome do work hard and deserve so much! Enjoy the trip and I can’t wait to see the pics!

  10. What an amazing gift for each of you to enjoy. Have a BLAST on your incentive trip.

  11. Your day looks like such a good time! Have fun on your Greek Isles cruise! You will really love Greece. Can’t wait to hear all about it. πŸ™‚

  12. That was a great way to get in the traveling mood. What a fun way to spend time together. Baklava is one of my favorite desserts, but I’ve never had cheesecake baklava. It looks divine. Enjoy your Sunday!

  13. Maureen Vickery

    Thanks for sharing you day. Enjoy your trip to Greece & Italy.

  14. What a fabulous day! Congratulations to you all with wishes for a fantastic trip! Enjoy the well deserved vacation. And thank you to each for everything you do and share with us!

  15. Thanks for a wonderful time, Brian! I so enjoyed spending time with you, Julie, and Jeremiah. I can’t wait to see y’all in Europe!

  16. Have an absolutely grand time!

  17. As if I didn’t already know that you are a really nice guy, this highlighted your thoughtfulness. I’m sure Candy and Julie had a great day. Oh, and nice touch with the GREEK lunch. Have fun!

  18. What a fantastic time you all had!!! Congrats to you, Julie and Candy for earning the trip! Have a wonderful time! SU! Rocks!!!

  19. Oh Brian – you are such a generous person. I’m sure everyone enjoyed a fabulous day together. Such a treat from you. Love seeing the photos of the food. Now – what shall I have for lunch? LOL

  20. You had me at cheesecake! Congratulations to you all.

  21. Looks like so much fun! A wonderful treat for sure! Hope you have a fabulous time! xox

  22. you are so gracious , have a wonderful trip with wonderful

  23. And this is yet, another reason why we all love you so much. What a wonderful day you planned for Julie and Candy. I’m so happy for all of you, and for each and every demonstrator that will enjoy Greece as well. Some day, I hope to be right there with you all. Have FUN! Hugs ! πŸ™‚

  24. Baklava cheesecake?? Oh my glory! That sounds like heaven. Have a wonderful trip! Enjoy!

  25. Oooooh, yummy, what fun my friends, woooohooooo, looks great and Delicious β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️
    Hugs Frenchie β™₯️

  26. Well, Brian, you couldn’t ask for better company than these two wonderful ladies and they couldn’t tag along with anyone better than you my dear.
    The food looks delicious and that trip to Greece sounds divine, hope you and them share some wonderful pictures of it.
    I know I don’t have to tell you to have tons of fun!!

  27. Carol Carriveau

    You are a wonderful and true friend, Brian!

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