Friday, April 5, 2013

It's Hard to Live Disneyfied: Moving Forward

Happy Easter!  First with the good news: we have a new car worthy of a Disney decal.  It also has an antenna.  I've already placed a Mickey head topper on it.  We are off and running Disneyfied!  Also, the sun is shining and while today is crisp in the 40s, the rest of the weekend and part of next week will feel like Spring in Western New York.  This has been a long winter and been difficult to keep positive and thinking as Walt would.  We persevere though and as our family priest says, with every Good Friday comes an Easter.  I truly believe that, so with all the nonsense we've suffered, I know our good news is coming.

It's funny how the universe works.  In early March I received a voicemail from an attorney I worked with many years ago asking if I was interested in applying for a paralegal position where he currently works.  The company has a few local offices, one very close to where I live, so I called back saying YES I'm interested.  He said the position was in the office furthest away from my home.  The location wasn't a deal breaker and it was very nice to be thought of out of the blue and commended for my work ethic and talents so I said I was interested.  The position was full time, hours I haven't worked since my daughter was born.  But with my husband working for himself as a plumber and there being weeks where he hasn't had the phone ring at all, I looked at it as a sign, an opportunity that I would be the primary bread winner in our family.

Working full time would mean I'd be unable to see my daughter in the morning.  Daddy would have to get her up, dressed, fed and on the bus.  I'd be coming home late, moving dinner to 6:30 or later.  I'd be unable to drive her to dance some days.  Those extra hours meant some sacrifice but a consistent paycheck would compensate, right?  Alternatively, I really like my present job.  I enjoy the people I work with and our clients.  I'd lose accrued vacation.  I'd be unable to take my daughter to doctor appointments.  Still, I interviewed twice, meeting with several attorneys and the company's vice president of legal.  I left feeling positive and started to think about all the extra money we'd have and house projects that would keep my husband occupied when the plumbing business was slow.

Also in the back of my mind I thought about my long-term goals.  I love Disney.  I love to travel, to see new places and experience new things.  People come to me for Disney advice and tell me I should be a travel agent.  I've been thinking about it for quite some time now.  If I took a full time job, I'd be unable to pursue becoming a home based travel agent.

I had mixed emotions after the interviews because it did seem like I was giving up an awful lot for money.  I guess if you listen to your gut, you won't be led down the wrong path.  I had to keep positive.  I had to keep confident.  I had to keep thinking What Would Walt Do.  When I got the rejection email sent to all applicants that didn't get the job, I was relieved.  I immediately started to pursue jobs in travel and even applied online to one agency where experience wasn't necessary.  Two days later I was rejected there too.

I'm moving forward with the idea of opening a home based agency, specializing in New England/Maritime travel and all things Disney.  I have no idea where to start but I'm eager and willing and moreover EXCITED.  I haven't yet mortgaged my home or sold my car to fund my dream like Walt did so I consider myself pretty lucky.  I'm going to do this thing.  I'm Living Disneyfied.

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