“We have two lives. The second begins when we realize we have only one.” – Confucius
Looking back at the last 29 years I’ve seen, accomplished and learned a whole lot. I’ve also been a rigid planner, my life always needed to be planned and I needed to know where I was going. As I’ve grown throughout the years, I realized life is not meant to be lived like that.
Leaving Luxury Retreats/Airbnb has been bittersweet. When I got hired in 2016, HR sent me my welcome package and the first thing I noticed was “a great opportunity to make some fantastic friends.” That line did not disappoint. I have met some of the most amazing individuals and have created quite a few good friendships.
Was everything perfect? No, but in any company, it is not especially one who is going through growing pains and acquisition transition.
But, Luxury Retreats/Airbnb what you have given me is the ability to adapt to change, share my passion with the team, confidence but most of all the most amazing human beings. Individuals who supported me through difficult times in my life and through the amazing times. When I gave in my resignation, I did not expect everybody to be so excited and proud of me. Because of that, my fear and anxiety of leaving have turned into excitement and joy. I am forever grateful to all of you at Luxury Retreats/Airbnb. My heart is full and you will not be forgotten.
Now it is time to live by my own mission statement when I came up with it one day in the fall. I booked a private room with Breather for two hours. I brainstormed with a whiteboard and recorded myself talking and played it back. What came up was: inspire and motivate people to create their own adventure and live a life they want. When I said it out loud I started to cry, then laughed because I was crying. That was powerful.
Here’s to creating my own adventure and living a life I want. The trunk of my car is filled with my personal belongings. I am driving from East to West of my own home country, Canada. I have no idea what happens next.
And off I go into the open road.
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie