Last week I had thoughts about the possibilities and the what if is always in play, but it is not always about the possibilities, but about having connections. Maybe they are the same, but, if not, they are connected for sure, since having connections in whatever you wish to accomplish, will have a great impact on the possibilities be it a personal situation or a business situation.
It used to be that it was what you knew, gave you the advantage, but in this time of google and social media, everyone has access to everything for the most part and therefore, “knowing” more is not really relevant, and more so, it could be end up backfiring since much of the information on the internet is not factual, but opinion, and while there is nothing wrong with one’s opinion, as long as this is understood, it is just that, an opinion, not fact and certainly open to discussion or interpretation. This is the case with the likes of Trip Advisor and other like it. These are opinions, not facts, although within those statements about a particular place and experience, there may be some information like the elevators are tiny or the bathroom does not have a hair dryer, which may be a very important point for those traveling and I do not discount the opinions of others, especially if they fit the profile of my clients who may be similar. Of course, any commentary in these forums is useful, but I always take them with a grain of salt.
What does possibility mean to you? To me, it means the many options out there or more importantly, what you do with what is available to you. This could be personal, professional or a combination of both. Life provides many possibilities or options and everyone has them. It is what you do with them.
With all the chaos and all the issues personally and around the world, in the past couple of years, I remain optimistic as possibilities continually present themselves and for that I am grateful. I have learned to accept what comes at me and for me and appreciate both. These are opportunities to learn and to grow and learning to deal with the daily challenges is what allows me to move forward.
Well, the Thanksgiving holiday has passed and so has Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, but there is still Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday, and I am sure many other created experiences between now and Christmas, Kwanza, and New Year’s. Of course, this year and every year it is different, Hanukkah and it 8 days of celebration are in full swing. Yes, it is the holiday season and there is absolutely a different vibe than last year. While my focus is my clients and arranging their travels now and, in the future, I am also currently employed in what I thought was a seasonal job, which it has turned out to be more and it gives me a balance between getting in front of computer and being on the phone and getting out in public again which I truly enjoy. While it does not replace working with kids, it allows me more human interaction than the zoom meetings that have become a way of life.
Tis the season as they say and it certainly has been, but we will save that for a future blog as we get into December. The Thanksgiving holiday, here in America, is upon us and it has a whole different vibe than last year during the depths of the pandemic. Like most people, we reflect on this time past, the present and what the future holds and for me, I have much to for which to be thankful.
I am still here and at times, I was not sure I would be. I have weathered the storm and not just survived, and, yes, I am a survivor, and many people are in their own way. I thrived, deciding that doing something to help my own cause, taking action, is better than wallowing in self pity or making excuses. I made sure that the time was well spent and wanted no regrets. I was not going to dwell on the negative. It is not energy worth spending, so I stayed positive throughout. I owe so much gratitude to many people throughout this journey.
You know how sometimes you forget to do something!!! Well, it happened here. I forgot to write my post and so you are seeing it now. I guess jet lag really got the best of me this past week or a better excuse, I was still enjoying the glow of my time in Italy and then trying to jump back in the fray.
It has been a crazy week in return and getting back into the routine, although nothing in my life is routine, required an extra effort between the jetlag, working my part time gig and jumping right back into trip planning which has been wonderful, but with any trip, it takes time to gear up again afterwards, and with this one especially. I guess, because leaving this time was much harder, knowing, it would be some time apart again, but knowing we were together, even from a distance, gave me a very warm feeling.
It helped that business was again moving forward and I was much busier. It is a wonderful feeling to know that the world is learning to deal with Covid and figuring out ways and so I truly believe I have weathered the storm. As with anything, including a return from travel, all systems have to be running and that takes time, so after this week back, it has really been one of burning the candle at both ends. I much prefer this to not having any sparks at all, so this is not complaining, just my reality and maybe a way to fill a page that is more chaotic, since that is what last week was, chaotic, getting back into that routine.
If I had come back stateside to little or no business, my current counter balance of no part time job to get me away from my computer and being exhausted from my trip, my outlook would certainly be different. We are not out of the woods yet, but the light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter and both professionally and personally. As always, with not a straight line to my goals, I am staying the course, but of course, mine is never a straight line and I am happy, positive and continue to push forward, and although this crazy little post is late, it is here.
Until next week, your thoughts, comments, questions, concerns are always appreciated, so thank you for your support of this small business and I expect a bit more cohesiveness next week, maybe!!!