Parting thoughts…7 days and counting…

I left my job on October 10th…nearly three months ago.  It was one of the scariest days of my life.  I haven’t been without a job for 21 years and quitting my job in what has to be one of the worst economies of my adult life felt crazy.  But I knew it had to happen.  The only thing that kept me sane during my last week of working was all the support I received from my co-workers at CHG Healthcare.  If you happen to be looking for a job, BTW, CHG is seriously a great place to work

I have been kept busy for the last several months with the details of taking a trip around the world.  I got a great boost of help from the realization that I am not the only one taking a “Career Break”.  I went to a meeting of the Meet, Plan, Go folks in Vegas at the end of October that put a lot of great ideas and motivations in my head.

I started out focusing on the HERE details like renting and subsequently moving out of my house, quitting my job, arranging for bills to be paid while I am gone, where to store my stuff, etc.  Once I finished that, I started obsessing about the THERE details like where I was going, what I was taking, what I wanted to experience, and how I was going to do it. I planned out four months of my trip and decided that was far enough for now.

How very typical of me to get so caught up in the details of planning (I so love to plan!) So now that the HERE and THERE are all stitched up (for the most part) I slowed down enough to really wrap my head around what I am doing.  Once I did, I freaked out for a day or so.  Holy Crap!! (Not my actual words, sorry Mom), I am leaving in a week and won’t be home for at least nine months.  So I started to think about the non-material things I am going to miss the most during my travels…

What I am going to miss to most, no contest, is my friends and family.  I can’t believe the outpouring of support I have received from everyone. First, I received a good luck and farewell poster with personal sentiments from everyone in the entire division of the company where I worked.  That meant so much to me.  My friends have been spending the last few months telling me how much they love me and will miss me.  In a very honest moment, one of my favorite people said, “I am excited for you, but a little part of me hopes you will come home early because I don’t want you to be away that long.”  That just about broke my heart!!  I have one friend (you know who you are and I love you for it) who starts to tear up when I mention my flight next week.  People have offered to store my stuff, connect me with friends they have overseas, buy me plane tickets, and let me crash at their houses (after I rented out my house!) I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of friends, and I am going to miss all of them terribly.  I take a little monkey with me on most of my trips and he wears a necklace of charms that represent all of my dearest people in my life so I can take them all with me.  Every time I take a picture of him, I am pretending that everyone is with me…

My family has also been so amazingly supportive and without their kind and supportive words, I wouldn’t be going at all.  I lucked out and won the proverbial “family lottery” since we all love each other and don’t have any significant drama in the family.  How rare is that?!?!  Mom is proud of my bravery in taking a leap of faith to do something just for me and trying to better my life.  Dad has been supportive, but I can tell he is a little concerned about me going solo, but no more than any father would be about his daughter.  The kindest thing he has done is not to tell me about his concerns, just about his love and support for me.  My brother Kevin and his lovely wife Aimee have been the biggest encouragers (is that even a word?).  Kevin looked at me when I was first debating about this trip and said, “Seriously Lisa, you have been talking about taking this trip since you were 14, just go!!”  We got to spend quite a bit of time together over the holidays and it meant so much to me, I am going to miss them all like crazy!  I am scared to see how much my nephews grow while I am gone!

Going forward, I will try to keep the sappy posts to a minimum.  Hopefully I have done a good enough job letting all of my friends and family know how much I love them and will miss them!  I am looking forward to all of the new friends I meet along the way as well!

Love to all!



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4 Responses to Parting thoughts…7 days and counting…

  1. Carrie Betts says:

    Ok, I read that and it made me cry!

  2. Tracy Greeno says:

    I will try to keep the tears under wraps but i know my soft-heartedness is one of my attributes you love! No goodbyes just “I’ll be seeing you.”

    • I love you and all of your tears, it means a lot that you care so much!! You WILL be seeing me when you come meet me somewhere!! Don’t think of reasons why you cant and find a way to make it happen!! XOXO Lisa

  3. Naomi Arreola says:

    Love this! Good luck. I will miss you tons.

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