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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: Naples FL

  • McCabes Irish Pub (5th Ave, Downtown). Great food and a truly authentic atmosphere… unlike The Pub (Mercado Plaza, North Naples), which has cheesy bar quality food and lousy service.
  • Cafe Lucret (5th Ave, Downtown). The best Miso Sea Bass and freshly made mini doughnuts ever.
  • TruLucks (4th Ave, Downtown). Their seasonal seafood is absolutely perfect. Great desserts and a large wine list. Personally though… I can’t stand when they charge me $12 for a glass of Dr. Loosen Riesling when the bottle itself is $11.50. The food is one of the best in Naples though.
  • Baleen’s (at La Player Hotel off Vanderbilt). Seasonal menu and a beach-side view. Perfect.
  • Dairy Queen Grill and Chill (7th and 41). They have chocolate soft serve. Period.
  • Provident Jewelers (5th Ave, Downtown). Both “estate” and new pieces. Decent prices and great selection. Very intelligent staff.
  • The beach off 12th. Lots of parking and right by the pier. Walk south for more privacy.
  • Boating. You’ve got to boat. Don’t rent one if you don’t own one elsewhere. No one appreciates a novice boater causing havoc. Instead make a friend in Naples and have them take you out 🙂
  • Marco Island. Lovely place to walk around and visit. Small island with lots of history.
  • The Everglades (south on 41). There’s a walk-about “park” that is absolutely amazing. Summer time will be pretty, but buggy. Winter will have tourists. Choose your irritant 😉
  • Trader Joe’s (41… VERY North Naples/Bonita Springs). For those of us from California, it’s like home. Gourmet, organic and world foods with very low prices. They get shipments in daily. One hellava drive for those of us downtown, but worth it.
  • Port Royal and Royal Harbor. The best boating places to live.
  • Jimmy P’s (41 near Golden Gate). OMG… the best pork roast ever. Ever. Full service butcher and deli.
  • Tony’s Off Third (off 3rd, Downtown). Best bakery (cakes, etc.)
  • Waterside Mall (41 and Pine Ridge- North Naples). The only mall really. Apple, Burberry, Coach, Saks, Nordstrom, Louis V, MaxMara, Van Cleef and Arpels, Williams Sonoma, etc. A few good eateries too.
  • 5th Avenue Downtown. Small unique shops and interesting eateries. Avoid the “theater” as it’s just a local group of small-town players (same people different stories.) Plenty of delicious dessert places and art boutiques to sweeten both the mouth and the eye though 😉
  • The Zoo (Goodlette Rd.) Small, family run zoo with an amazing way to share the wildlife experience.
  • Custom Aquatic Studios (Enterprise, off Airport). Gorgeous and healthy fish that are well-loved. Small selection, but they take care of their regulars.

Coming up next… Gadgets!

Tis’ The Season… To Appreciate What You Have

Today I heard an American use a british term. Tis’ the season to embrace who YOU are, grateful for what YOU have. Do not covet thy neighbor. I am always shocked when I hear people try to be something, someone, they’re not. Do they really see themselves so lowly that the only way out is to pretend to be something different? As children we do this: play pretend. We pretend to be the teacher, the Mom (or Dad), the wife, the superhero, the shop owner, the spy. But we grow out of it… or so most of us do apparently. The truly sad thing is to see someone that hasn’t grown out of their fantasy life. I feel so sorry for them. The mother in me wants to hug them and tell them they will be just fine… that they too will grow up and find their calling, their purpose. The realist in me whats to shake my head and be appreciative they’re not in my family. I couldn’t imagine their level of drama on a daily basis.

 

Yes, drama. Living in a fantasy world is pure drama and nothing less. Think about the young, or the mentally ill, that live deep within their fantasies. These adults aren’t without some levels of reality (or they too would be deemed mentally ill), but they have something that keeps them from embracing who they really are… their purpose. To be clear, these aren’t the people that want more in their lives, constantly strive for change. These are the people that have instituted aspects of this fantasy life into their real lives. They pretend to be something, or someone, they’re not. Like this lady today… American, with a slightly southern accent nonetheless, using british terms. If her self esteem wasn’t so low I’d laugh, but I really felt sorry for her. Once you looked further you could see other tell-tale signs she wasn’t happy with herself. Dyed hair, heavy eye and lip make-up… heavy makeup in  general, talking about herself. The clerk, a man, wasn’t paying her enough attention, so she’d walk up to him often and start a new topic of conversation. That’s when she described her friends car that “has a decorated bonnet this time of year.” OMG, I nearly laughed out loud… no joke. She weaved in a few more terms throughout her rant… including “y’all” (HAHAHA). I kid you not, this was an actual breathing human being… pretending to be british… to impress some poor guy… who had no interest in her. Yes it was… sad.

 

So why am I sharing this with you, my dear technical engineering friends? Your life happiness, and thus your happiness within all aspects of you life (like your career) fully depend (100%) on your authenticity. If you are not authentically you, one hundred percent… one hundred percent of the time, you will not be fully successful. Period. I cannot stress this enough. You may see slight gains, or moments of success, but they will be fleeting… because they are not yours. Only you being fully authentic will create you’re own fully authentic success. That success will be based on your gifts and talents. Because it’s based on who you are at your core, your success and happiness will be deep, genuine, rewarding, and growing.

 

Remember, you will never be fully successful or happy being someone, or something, you’re not. Even if it’s just a little extension that’s not authentically you it will affect who you really are. Tis’ the season to embrace your personal gifts and talents, to be thankful and grateful for what you have and who you are. Instead of pretending, look to grow your authentic gifts and find purpose to your life. It may not be the life within your dreams, but it will be your dream life if it’s really yours. 

 

I realize that those who weave fantasy into their lives rarely notice it, and often excuse their behaviors as rational. My post today isn’t for them, for I fear they’d simply dismiss it as not applying. This post is for you. You should reflect on your behaviors, your outward (and inward) personality, your desires and actions, and ask yourself if you are authentic. Authenticity doesn’t protect you from life’s hazards, but it does ensure your contentment, real happiness, joy, success and peace. If you ever ask yourself why life isn’t going your way, wonder why you encounter so many challenges, or seem to be waiting for that “break”, then it’s likely you haven’t come to appreciate your authentic self.