No if only – I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane

Are you stuck in if only?

Leaving on a Jet Plane. 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.

If only thinking

My friend and the President of Wausau Whitewater, 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, if only I had.”

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 don’t have a real list but I have goals and dreams I want to carry out 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.

One year after the boys were born, Grampa thought it was time they got to see Disney World. We received an early Christmas present in 1995 and the boys, 8 and 9 then, 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 remodelling 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.

In April, I go to New Orleans for Career Management Alliance’s conference

My friend, Dawn Bugni, and I will meet for the first time even though I hired her as the copywriter 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.

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? Don’t get stuck in “if only.”

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  1. Ali Davies on March 19, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    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.

    • Julie Walraven on March 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm

      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!

  2. Melissa on March 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    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 =-.

    • Julie Walraven on March 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

      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. Reeta Luthra | Stress and Health on March 22, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Julie – it’s like buses. No trips for ages, and then 3 come along all at once 🙂

    This is a lovely post about accomplishments and a reminder that all of us should take the time now to do the things we’ve wanted to do.
    .-= Reeta Luthra |

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