Three Tips to stay safe While You Visit the Mexican Border

Holiday travel can be exciting and fun. The Mexican border is a popular vacation site during any holiday. Use these three tips to stay safe while you spend your holidays here.    Border

#1. Exercise caution:

  • Stay aware of your surroundings. Put your smartphone away. Being distracted on your cellphone makes you an easy target for a watchful thief.
  • Dress nice, but not too nice. Don’t wear expensive looking jewelry. Criminals are looking for targets who appear to have more money to steal. Expensive  jewelry operates like a sign that says to a criminal, “Pick me! Pick me!”
  • Keep your camera in a bag or purse. Looking like a tourist makes you an easy mark for a would be thief.

#2 Ensure you have all your documents when you travel.

  • Documents. Make copies of your travel docs and give the copies to someone for safe keeping. While we all expect to return from our trips, not every trip goes as expected. If you lose your documents or become ill, a quick phone call to a trusted friend or relative can save untold misery if an emergency arises.
  • Money. Exchange money at your bank or a reputable exchange service. Shop around for good exchange services, if you plan to use cash. Even better, use a dummy wallet with a little bit of change that you can throw to a mugger. If you never have to use it, great. If you do, it may save your life!
  • At Customs: Have the docs ready when you cross back into the US. Without documents, you WILL be delayed returning to the US until someone in the US can prove your citizenship. Sitting in a customs waiting area can put a big damper on your holiday plans!

#3 Deny predators anonymity!

  • Travel in a group. Numbers provide safety when you are in an unfamiliar country. Predators look for people who are by themselves. It gives them anonymity. Staying with a group makes you a less attractive target.
  • Stay in well traveled, well-lit locations. Again, this denies a criminal a place to lurk.
  • Get home before dark. Enough said there!

While you stay with us, we want you to have the best holiday yet! If you have plans to be in Del Rio for 4th of July, check out our short term fully furnished apartments for the week you are here. Our locations are in safe neighborhoods and provide your own place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Capri Temporary Housing. Let us be your home away from home.

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Three Tips to stay safe While You Visit the Mexican Border

Holiday travel can be exciting and fun. The Mexican border is a popular vacation site because of the warm weather during the holidays. Use these three tips to stay safe while you spend your holidays here.Mexican flags

#1. Exercise caution:

  • Stay aware of your surroundings. Put your smartphone away. Being distracted on your cellphone makes you an easy target for a watchful thief.
  • Dress nice, but not too nice. Don’t wear expensive looking jewelry. Criminals are looking for targets who appear to have more money to steal. Expensive  jewelry operates like a sign that says to a criminal, “Pick me! Pick me!”
  • Keep your camera in a bag or purse. Looking like a tourist makes you an easy mark for a would be thief.

#2 Ensure you have all your documents when you travel.

  • Documents. Make copies of your travel docs and give the copies to someone for safe keeping. While we all expect to return from our trips, not every trip goes as expected. If you lose your documents or become ill, a quick phone call to a trusted friend or relative can save untold misery if an emergency arises.
  • Money. Exchange money at your bank or a reputable exchange service. Shop around for good exchange services, if you plan to use cash. Even better, use a dummy wallet with a little bit of change that you can throw to a mugger. If you never have to use it, great. If you do, it may save your life!
  • At Customs: Have the docs ready when you cross back into the US. Without documents, you WILL be delayed returning to the US until someone in the US can prove your citizenship. Sitting in a customs waiting area can put a big damper on your holiday plans!

#3 Deny predators anonymity!

  • Travel in a group. Numbers provide safety when you are in an unfamiliar country. Predators look for people who are by themselves. It gives them anonymity. Staying with a group makes you a less attractive target.
  • Stay in well traveled, well-lit locations. Again, this denies a criminal a place to lurk.
  • Get home before dark. Enough said there!

While you stay with us, we want you to have the best holiday yet! If you have plans to be in Del Rio for Christmas, check out our short term fully furnished apartments for the week you are here. Our locations are in safe neighborhoods and provide your own place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Capri Temporary Housing. Let us be your home away from home.

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Let Us Be Part of Your Team!

It’s fall and football season. While I’ve loved professional football as a child (the Miami Dolphins have a cool mascot!), I never watched much college football. Until now. My sons attend Baylor and I can’t help but get excited about the team they love: the Baylor Bears. It helps they have a winning streak, too! But the game this weekend almost changed that.

As I listened to the Baylor-TCU on the radio, Baylor was down by 2 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. No problem. It was only 2 touchdowns. Heading into to 4th quarter, however, TCU was 6 yards from the goal. Soon they were 3 touchdowns ahead, a seemingly impossible deficit to overcome! So I turned off the radio to finish fixing dinner and enjoy the rest of my evening.

The next morning, when I checked the score, I was shocked! So shocked that I had to read the postgame articles to find out what had happened. Baylor overcame the 21 point deficit and won the game with a 3 point field goal as the clock ran out! How did they do it? What kinds of lessons can we glean from the Baylor comeback to help us in work and life?

Bryce Petty's belief in his team fueled their 4th quarter comeback.

Bryce Petty’s belief in his team fueled their 4th quarter comeback.

Believe. QB Bryce Petty believed his team could win. “I told our guys we weren’t going to lose that game. I don’t know why I felt that, I just knew, looking in the guys’ faces, we were going to come back in that game,” said Petty. He believed and inspired his team despite an interception by the opposing that was returned for a 49 yard touchdown. At that point, Baylor could have accepted defeat. But belief kept them moving, inspiring 24 unanswered points.

Business lesson: Sometime we can feel like we are hopelessly behind. Maybe we didn’t meet our goals. Perhaps we made some costly mistakes. Strong belief in our ability to overcome our challenges fuels our resolve to take the next step. Without it, we tend to retreat and give up. And All we need to do is take the next step!

When our best efforts are thwarted, we can shake off disappointment and move forward.

When our best efforts are thwarted, we can shake off disappointment and move forward.

Don’t Get Rattled. Instead of letting an interception rattle them, the Bears shook off the setback and used it to fuel the drive to win. What if the team viewed that as a sign that they would fail? What if they beat themselves up for turning over the ball? We all know the answer to that! I wouldn’t be writing this article if they had. But they didn’t let the mistakes of the first 3 quarters shake them. Even though they never got the lead until the final seconds of the game, they didn’t let that stop them from working on the next play and the next play and the next play.

Business lesson:  As business professionals or serious entrepreneurs, we often find ourselves thwarted in our attempts to close a sale or even just to pay our bills. A prospective customer suddenly changes his mind and buys from a competitor. A promised contract falls through. Even worse, an expected medical emergency brings crushing bills. What is your challenge? Are you tempted to hide? Is fear of failure holding you back? Are you afraid that you will continue to make the same mistakes?  The Baylor Bears teach us to shake it off and make the next play. Master your emotions! Are you afraid? Act now! Call the next customer. Remember, failure isn’t final. Don’t beat yourself up for your mistakes. Learn from the challenge, put it behind you and do the next thing.

You can still win when you feel behind.

You can still win when you feel behind.

Focus: The team was behind the entire game and did not get ahead until Chris Callahan kicked the 3 point field goal that won the game for Baylor. Chris is an unlikely hero. The five field goal attempts he made before were unsuccessful. And now, the whole team, the whole stadium was watching the freshman complete an amazing quarter. What encouragement did Petty giveCallahan? Focus only on himself and the job. I’m sure the 5 previous failed attempts tried to cloud his thinking. Nevertheless, Chris focused on what he knew he needed to do to get that filed goal. And the ball saliedk between the goal posts as the clock ran out.

Business lesson: Pretty simple. We just talked about not getting rattled, not letting our failures determine our next move. And to do that we need to focus. Focus on the next action. Focus on the next customer. Focus on the person in front of you. Focus on the task at hand. Even if there is pressure, just focus on our ability and the job at hand. Ultimately, if we see ourselves succeeding and we don’t give up, we will create the success we are looking for.

It isn’t just one play that creates success. It’s doing all the right things we do when we are winning  that keeps us from losing.

Going into the last quarter of the year, let us be part of your team .  We are here to help you with your temporary housing needs. If you have people in Del Rio, Laredo, Eagle Pass, or Uvalde, Texas,  we can make your job easier by providing the best quality furnished apartments at competitive pricing. Call us to get your quote today.

And by the way, great job, team!!

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Quotes to Finish Strong

Here are some quotes for the end of the month to keep you motivated to finish strong.

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.” –Tom Hiddleston

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” — Napoleon Hill

“You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.” — Shannon L. Alder

“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.” – Tony Robbins

Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them! — Zig Ziglar

“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” — Denis Waitley.

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.–Louis L’Amour

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”

 

It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.–John Wooden

When we make progress quickly, it feeds our emotions. Then, when there’s a period of waiting or we hit a plateau, we find out how committed we really are and whether we’re going to see things through to the finish or quit.– Joyce Meyer

“The problem is that most people focus on their failures rather than their successes. But the truth is that most people have many more successes than failures.”– Jack Canfield

“We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.” — Frank Tibolt

 

At Capri, we are gearing up for a busy and productive fall. If travel is in your plans or you are sending employees to Del Rio, Eagle Pass, or Laredo, Texas, call us at 800-258-3959 to see how we can make your stay feel more like home!

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