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***the trials of travelling***

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

From the outside looking in, I have a pretty exciting career. I get to travel around our company, visit different cities and towns and motivate and inspire the leaders and upcoming leaders in our company. My participants usually say, "So is it fun?" "I would LOOOVE to travel." "I want YOUR job." Well here is the truth of the matter:

- I am away from the man that I love the most, alot. Thankfully, he is understanding but it does not feel good to sleep in a big hotel bed alone when I have a beautiful man at home that I would prefer to lay next to. It is hard to grow a relationship and marriage when you have to kiss that person goodbye so often. Thank GOD that he gave me an understanding fiance who is trustworthy and loyal and who waits eagerly for me to return. As well, being away helps me appreciate the time I have with him at home.

- I rarely know anyone when I arrive at my destination. It gets lonely. I make it to these cities that under normal circumstances I would be excited to visit but since I have work to do, I usually make it no further than my hotel parking lot and the surrounding area. This trip I lucked out and ended up in Denver where two of my colleagues live. I did get to go out to dinner with them my first night here. Next week I will be in San Ramon, CA and will get to meet up with four of my colleagues and a few of the mentors that I support. That will be nice. Outside of that, I will be in a hotel room or a classroom. There is nothing exciting about that.

-Travelling reduces my Spark and makes it hard to stay on track. It is definitely possible to eat healthy on the road and that is typically my intention. Sometimes though, the areas I am supporting decide to cater in food. It is rarely a healthy option. Other times, my class participants want to take me out to a local spot and show me what their city has to offer. Rarely a healthy option. Don't even get me started on airport fare. And so many times I am in the hotel gym trying to get in a good workout on one of the two treadmills or ellipticals they offer. At the end of the day, I come back from my travels either at the same weight or with a slight gain and am then forced to haul ass when I get home to get it down. Plus, it is so hard to keep in touch with my Sparkfriends when I am so busy and tired. I just want you all to know that I have not forgotten you and that my commitment to you has not waivered and hopefully I will be able to show you that as soon as my schedule lightens up

I love you all and thank you for your continued support as I live on the road these next couple weeks.
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  • MISSB8604
    We're here for you girly, no need to worry!
    1902 days ago
  • ALLYBUG007
    Wow, that's quite an itinerary that you have going. It amazes me because I am so bogged down by my anxiety that I find it difficult to travel anywhere by myself. I'm hoping that one day I'll get to see more. I'd even be content with traveling the US for a while, just not on my own. Kudos for even finding a little time to devote to the things you need for yourself. Best wishes and just keep trying!! emoticon
    1903 days ago
    I see it all the time witht he guys who travel at our office. Sure it would be fun to see all these places and such but they are always tired. They are away from their families and that it hard. I also get to see where they are eating, it's no surprise that they all struggle. Good for you though seeing the need for improvement.
    1903 days ago
    My sister travels a lot for work and has the same issues. :( It always seems fantastic when your on the other side. But I get it. And we always miss her soo much when she is gone.
    I traveled for work last month but was lucky enough to get to take my husband and little one. Made the trip enjoyable but I know I won't always get to do that. :(

    Keep up the good work and remember that traveling= water weight. So, the little weight gain is most likely just that. ;-)
    1903 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    We are here for you! Travelling is hard when trying to stay on track with your journey. BUT, I know you can do it. Try ordering healthier food options even though everyone else is having the high calorie meal. Or if you get the high calorie meal, only eat half. Small changes will help. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1904 days ago
    I did a two week stint on vacay and a business trip and I couldn't wait to get back home. I told my boss I don't see how he lived on the road so much. So I feel your ache even though I had no honey waiting for me to come home. You're a trooper so I know you may get discouraged sometimes but you're always overcoming your obstacles. You're my source of positivity and so many others so when you need us we're right here with you. That's why it's so important to have a support system because sometimes this journey gets hard, lonely and tedious but we keep each other going. I'm happy God blessed you with such a wonderful fiance/hubbytobe -- I'm sure that makes homecoming awesome. Hang in there - we're here to spark you ... have a blessed journey and do your best as I know you will.
    1904 days ago
    Sounds like you need a hug!

    Constantly traveling is definitely not an easy thing. Hope things lighten up a bit soon!
    1904 days ago
    You do such an amazing job keeping up even though you are so busy!! If anyone can do it I know you can. You have such a 'go-getter' mentality! I know that it isn't easy, but know that so many look up to you.

    1904 days ago
    We will emoticon ! You are such a sweet and beautiful young lady! emoticon
    1904 days ago
    stay safe wherever you are
    1904 days ago
    Bless you and we do understand.
    I suppose every job has its perks and pitfalls!

    A good man is hard to find, so you are blessed like I am.

    emoticon for safe travels!

    1904 days ago
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    1904 days ago
  • JEREMY723
    Best of luck with everything. My wife leaves Saturday for 5 days out of state for work. That said, it's the 3rd time in a bit over a year, so not very often. Thanks for sharing your perspective.
    1904 days ago
  • DONNA5281
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    1904 days ago
    Good job getting the weight back off when you get home before it gets out of hand. I remember road travel, it is tough.
    1904 days ago
    By any chance do you work for Chevron? Just asking since they are based in San Ramon and I used to work there. :)
    1904 days ago
    Wow, intense!
    1904 days ago
    I know the feeling; done that for years! Now no longer the case; frankly, a lot of people said same to me! Wow you're in London this week! How wonderful; what they don't realize is that we are on a tight schedule and although you may see some of the sights; it's either at night or over the week-end as I often left Saturday night; giving me the Sunday to get over the jet lag and then it was onto business on the Monday; only to leave of Friday; getting back for Friday afternoon only to do the same the following week; Wow this week it's Paris - La tour Effel and so on! emoticon
    1904 days ago
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