Leavin on a Jet Plane…to Sacramento today! This will be my third trip to California this year. I’ll be interviewing with about 20 tour companies for a position as a Tour Director, along with hundreds of others. We’ll also get to go on a couple of fun day trips. Tomorrow is a City tour of Sacramento…followed by a wine tasting in wine country. On Thursday, I’ll be headed to Yosemite for the day. I went hiking in Yosemite back in 2006. I was there by myself touring around California via Amtrak trains and buses. On the bus ride from Napa to Yosemite, I met a girl from England and she and I hiked together the following day for nine hours…about 14 miles…with lots of elevation changes. It was harder than hiking down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up…which I did by myself back in 2007. Here are a couple of photos from that trip:
This career change is exciting but also makes me feel a bit apprehensive/nervous. Public speaking was never my thing, but I joined Toastmasters back in November and have given two 5 minute speeches already. I think it takes courage to make big changes once you’re older and I’m proud of myself. I’m trying to get comfortable with being uncomfortable!
To change the subject…an update on the care packages for the homeless that I made and distributed. I gave a pack to about 6 of my co-workers and about 10 other family/friends. So far, I’ve heard that two of them have been distributed to people at street corners. I’ve given out two of them. I was stopped at a light and there was a guy holding a sign that said, “Veteran…Need help.” He saw me rolling my window down and starting walking over with a smile on his face. When I said I had a care package for him, I could tell it wasn’t what he was expecting, but he thanked me. A guy came into the office (which is an old home in a semi-residential area) and was looking for donations for the shelter that he stays at…for people with drug/alcohol problems. He had a printed up card with the name, address and mission of the facility that he handed to me. I had donated $20 to a guy from the same place, a couple of years ago, who stopped me in a grocery parking lot. Anyway, I told him about my care package and he accepted it with a “thank you”. It’s fun to hear about how the others are distributing theirs and I can tell it makes them feel good doing so!
Other than that, I’ve been making lots more recipes from Pinterest and am taking my new work-out clothes (from Christmas) to Sacramento to jog/exercise in while I’m there to keep my body and attitude in good shape! I’m excited about reading a new book I downloaded to my I-Pad to read on the planes, etc….”The Help”. I haven’t seen the movie yet and like everyone else, usually enjoy the book better than the movie.
I’ll have lots of photos to post when I return and stories! Hope everyone has a peaceful, fun and inspired week!