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I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane

Photo by Carolina Doug (Doug Johnson)
Photo by Carolina Doug (Doug Johnson)

2010 is a year of changes, doing things different for me.

When I decided to resign from Wausau Whitewater as the Operations Manager, I had many reasons. But one was primary.

My friend and the President of Wausau Whitewater at the time, Michael Schroeder, understood completely when I told him this: “With the history of Alzheimer’s and heart disease in my family, I don’t want to spend life thinking, what if?” Or end this life without doing anything I really wanted to. You hear about bucket lists, it’s a little like that for me.

I started this post in the middle of the night before I knew but Danny Brown’s announcement to take off some time for his health brought my decisions and goals home once again for me.

I don’t have a real list but I have goals and dreams that I want to accomplish and I am working on them hard this year. One of them is that I have wanted to travel forever. More importantly, I have wanted to go to the career conferences that my colleagues have gone to for years. Before we had children, my husband and I did get away. Seattle, Orlando, and Dallas at different points. And one year after the boys were born, Grampa thought it was time they got to see Disney World so we were gifted an early Christmas present in 1995 and the boys, 8 and 9 at the time, together with us and Grampa went to Disney World in October.

That was my last vacation or business travel – 1995. With my business, husband’s remodeling business, and the needs of the non-profits I subcontracted for, I had no time to take off.

Sunday, I leave for Baltimore for Career Thought Leaders conference. A new experience and one that will teach me much, prepare me for helping job seekers, and give me some time away. I know it will be well-run because Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark are planning it. Leaders in the career industry and authors of multiple career-related books, they are known for quality. I’m so looking forward to meeting the 130+ career industry colleagues at this conference. I know I will be blessed with new relationships and getting to know people I only know online.

This is actually the first of 3 career-related trips. In April, I go to New Orleans for Career Management Alliance’s conference where my friend, Dawn Bugni, and I will meet for the first time even though I hired her as the copy writer to help write and edit Wausau Whitewater 2009. It was the best issue I ever created! Dawn and I will be roommates. I’ll also meet Jason Alba for the first time in person. I get to hear Richard Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute, who is one of the Key Note speakers.

In October, I finish my travels with Career Directors International conference. Held in San Diego, CA another place I always wanted to go, I will network with more colleagues and get to learn more great career strategies that I can bring back to my clients. Laura DeCarlo is known for quality in everything she does and when I tweeted the 2009 Orlando conference from here, I decided I really wanted to go to CDI’s 2010 Career Empowerment Summit.

Am I going overboard? I don’t plan to make all three conferences an annual affair but there is such great value at all of them, I just decided this is my investment in me this year to help my clients.

I have other goals for 2010. I’ll share those another time. I just didn’t want life to pass me by without doing some of the things I always wanted to do. What about you? Is it time to assess your goals, develop a plan, and take action?

6 Responses to I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane

  1. […] I invested in more education. Though I have always had a virtual connection to the career industry, participating in Career Thought Leaders and Career Management Alliance conferences this year created in-person connections that solidified many growing online relationships and also provided more targeted education on cutting edge career industry issues. In October, I head out to San Diego for the Career Directors International Conference where I will network with more colleagues and gain valuable insight on more career industry hot topics. […]

  2. That sounds like so much fun! I’m sure you will come back with great ideas that will bring even more value to your clients. Some day, I hope to be able to make such trips, as well :)

    As for me, the events of this past week (with the website, etc.) are part of taking action on my plans. What a ride!
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..On Being Different =-.

    • You’re doing great and I am so proud of you. You have done great things in the short time I have met you…

      And yes, save your funds, if you can manage child care, maybe even San Diego in October could be on your horizon… what a great way to jumpstart your career career!

  3. Go Julie! Going to events like the ones you mention in your post are great for getting new ideas, learning from others, connecting with like minded people and building community. I think the benefits are huge both professionally and personally. Have a ball. Looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back. Safe journey.

    • You might hear even sooner. Have laptop, will travel… even without the smart phone I wanted, I am not going to be quiet while I am gone!