What A Beautiful Mess #JoyOfTravel

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I really couldn’t think of better title for this post. It so accurately described my incredibly relaxing (and joyful) stay at Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt for CMA Fest during a time I will look back on life and most likely think ‘holy crap how did we do all that’.

My 4 legged Dogter Sissy, who is also my best fur-end was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. Our trials and tribulation to get on the road to treatment for my little brown eyed girl, were rough and rowdy. But in the middle of this I had a chance to work with the incredible team at Holiday Inn, for a moment I thought, there is no way I can leave right now, but it turned out be the best thing for me!

Simply put, I needed to take a step away from my life and re-frame it, also get some rest and be strong to be able to help Sissy through her cancer treatment. Her only hope for survival was treat the pain until she passed away or do stereo-tactic radiosurgery, which is a 3 Dimensional delivery or radiation ONLY to the cancer cells so none of the healthy cells are damaged. It was an easy choice to make.

As much as it was fun to attend Country Music Associations #CMAfest it was a relief to take a ‘time-out” from my chaotic life and surround myself with my energizing and empowering friends. For one of the first I’ve ever traveled to Nashville, I actually took time for myself to “stop and smell the city”.  I am always going from event to event, to this to that, and this time I slowed down and spent time with my best friends, saw some sites and tried to not to live by the clock, which is hard for me. And I do believe God kept being reminding me to stay in the moment. Flight delays, flight cancellations, lost luggage, no-show shuttle but none of it mattered. When you surround yourself with love, even while taking time out for you, and good energy, you can do anything. (this also reminded me of that commercial “I can do anything, I stay at a Holiday Inn last night.”)

Maybe it was something in the pool during #SplashBash at Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt, the comfy bed or the amazing smell of the hotel (NOT KIDDING I’ve got to figure out what they use?!?!?!) that kept me feeling so peaceful and centered.

Holiday Inn hotels are designed to provide a welcoming and sociable environment for both leisure and business travelers when they are away from home, and the Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt does just that. From the moment you walk through the doors, the hotel’s anticipatory staff members do everything they can to help make your stay extraordinary.

And on a side note…what do you do and where do you go when you need to unwind and ‘smell the roses’?

These are some of my favorite moments from this trip. (watch slideshow)

About the Holiday Inn® brand
With 1,205 hotels worldwide, Holiday Inn® is the most widely recognized lodging brand in the world and has helped millions of travelers discover the joy of travel since its inception in 1952. Designed to meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers, Holiday Inn hotels deliver memorable experiences through warm and welcoming service, contemporary design that blends the familiar with the new, and a sense of comfort unique to the brand and its iconic green sign. At Holiday Inn hotels, guests can find amenities to help them work and play, including full-service restaurants where Kids Eat Free, meeting and business facilities, bright swimming pools and comfortable lounges all designed to help guests relax and refresh, making travel more enjoyable for all. For more information about the Holiday Inn brand, visit www.holidayinn.com or call 1-888-HOLIDAY.

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About the Holiday Inn Resort®brand
With 45 properties worldwide, the Holiday Inn Resort® brand offers family fun and relaxation from a brand name guests know and trust. Located in many of the world’s leading resort destinations, each property makes the most of its great location and offers quality accommodations, facilities and activities. Guests enjoy amenities such as multiple food options, whether poolside or in a restaurant, swimming pools, fitness centers as well as tailored services for children such as KidSuites® Rooms and a Children’s Activity Program. All Holiday Inn Resort properties also offer nightly on-site entertainment from live bands and karaoke to comedy shows.

For more information about the Holiday Inn Resort brand or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.holidayinnresorts.com.

This post was made possible through my association with Holiday Inn.  As always, thoughts and opinions are always my own.

Author: Jessica Northey

Everyone asks “what exactly do you do Jessica?” What some of my family members say, “she tweets for a living” is my favorite, but really the title that puts food on the table is “Social Media Influencer,” the definition sounds simple, someone who influences others through social media, but I consider myself a Citizen Journalist broadcasting and entertaining with news, thoughts, opinions, delivering information in my own unique way. Famous for my ‘sass wit and straight from the hip’ style I’ve always been called a “Social Media Pioneer” in the music industry. I’m also an On-Air/Online Broadcasting Host and Personality, Digital Media Strategist, Country and Music Blogger/Journalist as well as a Nationally recognized Speaker and Founder of Country Music Chat, News and Views Entertainment Website CMChatLIVE.com. My favorite accomplishment is starting the largest Country Music Hashtag community in the world Country Music’s #CMChat.

It all started with a hunch…back in the early 2000’s I would dial up the internet via AOL and join chat rooms whilst watching my favorite programs on TV. Loved watching Reality Shows with my Mom in Tucson, and blowing her mind with how I always knew who was going home on the Bachelor or Big Brother. Don’t think she ever caught on that I was talking to people via computer on the East Coast, where it had already aired. (We didn’t have the uber-spoiler Twitter or Facebook to ruin results and awards shows for us yet.)

I’ve been taking over the internet, one tweet at a time and have accumulated over 3 Million followers/friends/fans across all my Social Media networks. Over the years I’ve been consistently ranked as an influential online personality and even named as a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer. I was the first person Merle Haggard followed when he got on Twitter and spent the day with Garth Brooks at Twitter and Facebook when joined the social media world.


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