Staycation: Marriott Marquis, First Big Presentation

Wow! So many mixed feelings, so let’s dive into this — step-by-step.

I had my first ever big presentation today and it was life transforming. The amount of inspiration injected into younger generations, figuring out niche markets, developing podcasts/YouTube channels for the younger generation and doubling-down on what everyone is good at. On a scale 1-10, I give my presentation an 8, just because I knew I was repeating some words. Nonetheless, let’s go into this unbelievable stay in Bangkok…little by little.

Marriott Marquis Queens Park

This hotel is the best — period. What I love about major hotel brands is that they have people from all over the world working there. You had westerners, along with Taiwanese, Chinese, Singaporeans and Filipinos (and I’m sure a bunch more) working at this hotel. What I love so much was the service. The Filipino woman, although she was a bit oblivious to a few things, had magnificent service. Not only her, but the doormen, staff, cleaners, and just about everyone. SOLID. Suit-wearing gentlemen who are more than willing to help. The lobby was incredibly massive with well-dressed people everywhere. Seeing flight attendants come in was also just SO AMAZING. Keep in mind, this was a 200+ USD a night hotel, so you would and should expect the best. The room was extra cozy with a massive rainshower and tile placed throughout — also, USB outlets are now installed in most high-class hotels around the world, too. You don’t have to worry about having a “universal charge” or anything. Just solid all the way down.

Presentation

What a beautiful thing. I shared it a day after the presentation on my social media and it blew up. 576 views in a couple days. I’m so excited about what’s to come. Before the presentation, I wasn’t too nervous. I was waiting for people to go in, then I saw that the size was very small, so I was pretty content, considering that shit was my first overseas presentation. After that, I took the stage and all the nervousness went away. It’s natural for me, and my ability to overcome stage-fright was a hairflip. Following that were handshakes, cards exchanged, an offering to collaborate and a few other things. All in all, this was a remarkable 24 hours and definitely the ultimate highlight of my year. What comes after? Oh, that’s when the FUN begins!

How I Get Sleep At Night

It’s all about routine!

There are lifetime insomniacs out there, I get it, but there are different ways  to rid the insomnia and I’ve come up with a list of ways to lull yourself into the dream world.  Will this work for everyone? Obviously not, but one little thing could possibly change your sleeping pattern for the better.

Number 1: Get yourself an app that plays a variety of sounds.

I’m not going to name any apps because obviously I don’t get paid for it (LOL), but the sounds I’m talking about can go from small streams of water, to blizzard windstorms, fire crackling, thunderstorms, city rain, light snow, chimes, sounds of the jungle, etc.  If you want to know the app I’m talking about, please shoot a comment below!

Number 2: Meditation!

I will absolutely recommend the app on this one and it’s by Glen Harold (Meditation).  Some are free, which is great, and some you may have to pay 2.99$ for it, but it’s absolutely worth the price.  Some are very very effective such as the Chakra meditation and Lucid Dream.  I recall actually going into a very deep state of hypnosis during my massage while listening to the Chakra.  Afterward, I had this overwhelming sense of calmness come over me and five minutes later it loopholed into pure joy.  That had to be the deepest I’ve ever gone.

Number 3: Reading.

Yeah, perhaps a bit old fashioned as most individuals can read a book during the day and fall asleep, but not only does this work, but it’s beneficial.

Scientific studies have said that you’re more prone to remember something an hour before you go to sleep compared to the rest of the day by 6 TIMES! Has anyone ever been that person who watched a scary movie….let’s say “Freddy Kruger,” and he just so happened to be haunting the hell out of you in the dream? Exactly.  Another example, watch a video on YouTube.  Hmmm….watch a video flying a First-Class suite on Singapore Airlines to your ultimate destination. Right before you go to sleep….

Number 4: Herbalife Sleep Now

Obviously there are a number of different things out there that you can use in supplement form, but I’ve actually seen the best results with Herbalife’s Sleep Now. Melatonin, which helps control your sleep and wake cycles, is the main ingredient. You also have a variety of extracts from flowers, cinnamon bark, and Amla Extract, which has resounding health benefits just like echinacea (http://superfoodprofiles.com/health-benefits-of-amla).

The Ultimate Accessory: Bluetooth Soundlink

Have this playing somewhere in your room and control it by phone.  Set the sounds and put your meditation app on before putting your phone on a charger outside your room (no during-the-night-distractions). I can tell you right now that the ultimate sleep killer is looking at your phone.

Tim Ferris also has a couple of things that help him.

“Honey + Apple Cider Vinegar or Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea or California Poppy Extract

Honey + ACV: My go-to tranquilizer beverage is simple: 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg brand) and 1 tablespoon honey, stirred into 1 cup of hot water. This was taught to me by the late and great Seth Roberts, PhD. Some of his readers also noticed large and immediate strength improvements in exercise after a few days of using this pre-bed cocktail.

Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea: If you’re trying to avoid sugar (honey), this is an alternative.

Visual Overwriting

“Visual overwriting” is what I do right before bed to crowd out anything replaying or looping in my mind that will inhibit sleep (e.g., email, to-do lists, an argument, “I should have said . . .”

Hopefully one of these will help you on your journey to getting better sleep.