Knowing when to grab an opportunity… Would You Travel To Australia For Business?
Hmmm let me think! When do I leave?
I was never involved with other international subsidiaries work in our company before, I tried for many years but it just never worked out. So when I received an email a month ago from my boss: “Would you be interested to travel to Australia for business?” I replied YES right away! Thinking back, I probably should have asked some questions first, but I am not getting any younger and that was an opportunity of a lifetime (for me!). I did miss my son’s birthday and Mother’s Day but sometimes you have to make choices! There is always next year:)
After a brief call and very high level information, I confirmed I was willing to go. Within a week, management had approved the trip and a week later I was flying to Melbourne, Australia!
I had to brush up on a lot of our systems and processes because, after a while in the same job, you do become complacent. I put in a lot of extra hours pre-trip to catch up but also to learn about our Australian business and start building a plan to help the local team once there.
Something had to give, so unfortunately, I had to drop blogging and social media! It was just not manageable. Both are very time-consuming and very addictive. I went cold turkey! The first week was really hard. You keep reading on how you should stick to a posting schedule if you want to become successful and I wasn’t! I also felt really guilty towards my favorite bloggers, I stopped reading & commenting. I apologize to all of you and I hope you will forgive me. (Come one, you have to forgive me, it was a great opportunity!)
I flew first class as per company policy and it was AWESOME! Here is a pic of my pod!It took 32 hours door to door but it was well worth it. I don’t think I would ever spend that kind of money for a personal trip (meaning the first class part) but glad I got to do it once.
So that’s where I have been! In Melbourne for 2 weeks, just came back a few days ago and still dealing with the 14 hour time difference!!! No there is nothing wrong with a little nap at my desk. haha
I really enjoyed the little I saw of Melbourne. It was the beginning of winter there so not that warm but still nice. During the week, I worked very long days, up to 14 hours/day but I also got three days to tour around and I did! It was GREAT! I got to pet a koala which was one of my dream as a little girl! (I know, a very looong time ago)
Next post I will share with you the sights I managed to visit and add a few pics. (By the way if any of you know how to reduce the size of pictures to upload, please share)
What I learn from this trip:
- I still love my job! Working on this project was a great way for me to realize how much I l still love what I do. Back in Canada, our business has been winding down and it is sometimes hard to stay motivated but given the right opportunity, I still love it.
- Don’t hesitate to jump on an opportunity when you get one, and don’t waste too much time analyzing every single angle, take a chance. Sometimes, it is only available for a very short time. If I didn’t say yes right away, I probably wouldn’t have gone. Just the way big corporations work sometimes. It helps when you know what you want.
- By stepping back from blogging for a month I realized a few things:
- It is still a hobby for me and sometimes it will take a back seat, no matter how hard it is. I think the toughest part was feeling like I was letting other bloggers down.
- It shouldn’t feel like a job. The first week, missing my entire week posts schedule was actually stressful. Probably because I worked so hard in the last 7 months to build my blog. But I came to the conclusion that if the schedule was so critical then it was becoming like a job and it was never the intent when I started. Going forward, I may not keep my posting schedule as consistent because I want to enjoy blogging and having a strict schedule is not. (for me that is, we are all different).
- Taking a break from blogging & social media once in a while is good and we should all do it. It gives you a new perspective on things.
My business trip to Australia was AWESOME! The work was great and challenging and I took full advantage of my free time. More to come soon:)
In the meantime, I would like to know, what would you have done if you received a similar email from your boss? What would be your first reaction?