Category Archives: Inspiration

Look Up Crib Sheet from Hell

Have you ever been to H-E double hockey sticks (H-E-L-L) on Earth? Well, sometimes when you are in a terrible situation, you often times feel like you got a First-Class ticket to infierno.  This month, I found myself in Hell, figuratively, but also literally. On June 5th, I was delivered very unfortunate news about my…
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Look Up Tutorial Beachside

There’s a famous quote by Karen Blixen, “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, and the sea.”  I stand behind my peer author’s wisdom as I know a good workout, cry, and/or beach time can cure just about anything. I’ve used Blixen’s tip before. However, I would like to add my two cents…
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Look Up and Small Changes Equals Big Shifts

My Routine is Traveling I travel a lot. In fact, today I’m traveling. Over the last month, I have been on four cruises. Unlike many people that have a Monday-Friday job in an office, school, or other, I am on the road or the high seas Monday-Friday or perhaps Sunday-Thursday depending on how the cruise…
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Look Up Mantra Around the World

The Backstory of Look Up Mantra For those of you that are new to my monthly Look Up posts or just need a refresher, I created the Look Up Mantra after a life lesson in the fall of 2009. I’ve written an entire book about my When All Balls Drop moment, but I can do the…
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Reinforcing the Look Up Mantra through SCUBA

How can I combine two of my favorite topics, adventure and the Look Up Mantra, into one story? That's easy through scuba diving. Over the last two years, I have been fortunate to speak to thousands of guests onboard Carnival Cruises going to Cuba. As the CEO (Cuba Experience Officer) onboard, my topic of expertise is…
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Why Traveling Reminds Us All to Look Up

From an early age, I caught the travel bug. At the time, it was because I was curious. Today, I continue to be curious about new people, cultures, tastes, sounds, and sights, but also I have found that traveling reminds me to Look Up. Look Up Mantra Look Up is a mantra that I created…
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Look Up Lesson for the Holidays

Author Heidi Siefkas and Father Looking Up for the Holidays  After a two-week work trip, I returned home for the holidays. I was eager to sleep in my bed, drink from my favorite coffee mug, and even take a long, warm bath. However, this year’s holidays reminded me more of hurricane season than holiday season.…
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Look Up from Ground Zero Hudson River Valley

Look Up from Hudson River Valley, New York Earlier this month, I revisited Hudson River Valley, New York, a region that holds a very special place in many hearts. It is a beautiful area, not far from New York City, that was carved out by glaciers, leaving a gorgeous outdoor adventure playground with rolling hills,…
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Best Travel Experiences of 2018 Because I Trusted My Gut

Whether a hole in the wall tapas bar in Ourense (Get your head out of the gutter, not topless!) or a gay beach in Havana Cuba, I look for unique, off-the-beaten-path experiences everywhere. I’m curious and adventurous. However, I’m also mindful of my surroundings. So it just goes to show that I did listen to…
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Look Up – A Tool to Overcome and Evolve

If this is your first time or your umpteenth time reading my blog, I'm happy to have you here. One year ago, I did a TEDx talk in South Florida called, “Overcoming Coming Obstacles and Evolving to Your Life 2.0.” If you haven’t already seen, it please do so and leave a comment. TEDx Talk Overcoming…
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