…and flew 3,000 miles away for a job interview.
Something I never thought I had in me to do, let alone, to take a job that required a fair amount of travel, that took me completely out of my comfort zone in every possible way, and to land on the other side, a year later, fully accustomed to this ‘new normal’ far more than I ever thought possible.
From that day, that whirlwind fly-in-fly-out (less than 24 hours roundtrip. Can you say tired, much?!) trip, I have flown about 54,000 miles this year – 54,000!
I have learned so much just from my travels…all of which have been completely alone. Some of those moments?
…figuring out airports, layovers, running from terminal to terminal and praying I don’t miss a flight or get delayed.
…on said delay, crying, feeling tired and alone, and praying that the de-icer works properly on a layover in Chicago (I remember that one vividly).
…learning to eat a meal by myself. Ok, so it was a drink at a wine bar! That still counts! I still have yet to master the art of dining sit-down style by myself though. I will, I promise.
… finding creative ways to fit in workouts (not to mention eat well!), finding running routes, coping with lack of said workout routine.
…meeting up with fabulous friends so I don’t feel so homesick. (honestly, this has been such a lifesaver, Erika! I have so enjoyed our dinners, ‘barre’ dates, sushi dates and runs! More, more, more!!)
And while I still have yet to conquer my ‘bucket list’ of things to do when I am traveling, isn’t that what the new year is for, too? (considering I have not one, but two trips in January to California, I guess I have plenty of opportunities to hit up that bucket list!).
To think…this is just a snapshot of learnings and coping from traveling…I can’t even put into words what I have learned professionally and personally (not to mention learning to cope with travel while also adjusting to a then-new relationship with M!). And quite honestly, I think it’s something I’ll do once I ‘revisit’ my first day on the job, January 2, 2011.
Taking opportunities that seem to be a leap of faith and determination are truly what shapes us, pushes us, and redefines us in so many ways. Thinking back to that day, December 2, 2010…I was so different, in so many ways. I am grateful for the opportunity this job has presented me, and proud of myself for taking the leap. Sometimes, it’s the confidence to take the leap itself that makes all the difference, isn’t it?
If you ever have the chance to take a leap…leap.
Cheers friends…I hope you have a fantastic weekend.