Will Show You Her Town Will Fly to Your Town Will Travel with You
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Professionally and personally I've always endeavored to do far more than merely meet goals set-forth by corporations, clients, colleagues, friends and those I never even met but who had heard of me through a mutual contact, came across something in which I was featured or through my byline. The latter would reach out to me in search of everything ranging from work in a plethora of fields, sponsors for their particular philanthropic non-profit involvement, to an appropriate celebrity/figure head to chime-in on a breaking news story for that night's broadcast.
Though not part of my «day-jobs» nor for pay, the universe smiled synergistically upon me to successfully pair that which was needed or desired with those who could fulfill that particular need or desire culminating in what I deemed M.B.A.s, mutually beneficial affiliations — which was necessary all day and night for me to succeed in my «regular» work and volunteer activities (Habitat for Humanity, Rotary, American Advertising Federation to name a few).
At its very basic, dissemination of information from those with the knowledge, facts and ability to those who would benefit by being in receipt of such — students seeking higher education in their chosen path from the arts, advertising and writing to engineering, architecture, and grant- writing or surgeons-to-surgeons regarding mini-invasive surgical procedures — were facts. — Words of truth and evidence to support them. And the best ways to avail that information to audiences wide or extremely specified to exceed the goals at hand on behalf of employers, clients, and those not in a position to pay me to spread the good words about their good works to those in need of such.
This did so very much more than enable me to keep the electricity on and pay my few other bills,
And if you are still reading this and care to continue, it will explain part of what makes me one to seriously consider taking with you, having beside you or quietly behind you, in a myriad of situations, if needed or desired, beyond travel for business and/or pleasure.
You see while I'm at ease and experienced in a beaded gown in a ballroom (as an attendee or back stage as a co-producer or stage manager) or in a bikini on the beach -.your typical «beauty» can do the same with all the confidence in the world. Where I differ is in my comfort zones going from those roles to rolling out sod helping put the finishing touches on a habitat house I've spent working on for six months in temperatures up to 120 degrees at times, filthy and sweltering working my nail-gun building trusses (back in the day), prepping for that afternoon's key ceremony and press conference I've arranged, or standing on my feet for twelve hours at a time in the role of scrub-tech for the no-cost spay-neuter clinic turning bloodied surgical supplies into sanitized packets for the vets' also volunteering their time to do what they could to lower birth rates of more «domestic» animals than there could ever be quality homes for, or working check-in at 5 am for Big Brothers Big Sisters 10k race and later helping set-up the fundraising portion of the dinner and auction.
What I'm hoping to clarify is that I'm not spoiled, (though if you are looking for someone to treat supremely well, you'll likely experience more appreciation than you ever have from just one person, appreciation expressed not only through words but with actions showing the magnitude of such); have never come from a posture of entitlement, and though words, and their utilization were always the basis of my career, I've felt there just aren't nearly enough to convey gratitude.
Whether I came to realize professional and personal (off the clock) achievements behind the scenes to aid few or many, were the sources of my oxygen so to speak. Being of purpose to others, whether one seeking an editing position at a magazine, or packing the house to raise more money needed so the (legendary individual wife's name here), center for abused children could continue to stop the circle of violence, or being part of the team behind breaking all previous ticket sales for an event or show that attendees loved which simultaneously funded a cause that might not even be on their radar, did far more than pay my way, as I looked at it, to be here at all,
I realized the unabashed joy, the fulfillment of purpose small or large and my passion for such had one common denominator at its core. The most rudimentary thread binding all these things together, is that the impetus of living and achieving balance to bliss — has perpetually come from the pleasing and/or aiding of others, I have no expectation that others feel the same, in fact those with a similarity whose paths I've crossed I can count on one hand. This mindset therefore is not something I seek — though humane treatment to others whether one knows them or not matters to me, as does not putting others down to build one's self up, as does being open to others' point of view and that which one may not already «know» simply because it is not in their frame of reference. Those who are that way cut themselves off from ever learning more than they already think they know and have experienced, no matter how vast, to me seem obstinate, or finished and by choice. Probably not one who has much desire or need to travel anyway and unlikely to be seeking within this site anyway I would guess.
Besides «getting off» in a way, by being of purpose and pleasing others, being able to conduct myself with poise from ballroom to boardroom, and the fact that I have no sense of superiority to others — ever — and never have, means I get along with all walks of life, not to mention my love of experiencing cultures other than mine, with the locals and in their custom, So though I might be staying in a five star, it'll likely not to be smack-dab in the travel district adjacent to a Hard Rock Cafe or other duplication of whatever fare you'll find at home when traveling out of the U.S. for pleasure. For business I understand conferences, meeting with clients, etc., sort of necessitate that.
I'm unafraid of that which I may never have heard nor experienced and am in total appreciation of peoples and places that opportune me with that which to me is new and different. Perhaps selfishly, I feel that each interaction avails us increasing more than the number of stamps in our passports — it broadens us as individuals, our ability to understand that which was a mystery or unheard of prior, and on an altruistic note, maybe even find solutions to problems we never knew existed, not to mention the ones we are already all too familiar with.
In my being up for anything and genuine desire to do it regardless of how silly or stupid I may be and look trying whatever it may be, the laughter you hear first will be my own, along with any on-lookers who might delight in my utter lack of ability and agility or surprise at something I've never tried — while attempting to remain composed, of course.
I've been told by fellow directors of boards I've served with and co-workers and boyfriends that I'm great to travel with because the unexpected happens and I always make the best of it, roll with the punches so to speak because I am personally and professionally extremely flexible beyond the norm. The changes that result when the unexpected does happen become more of an adventure to me. Also, I have a firm belief that most things happen for a reason. When I've witnessed grown men throw a virtual hissy fit over something as minor as the exact make and model of the rental car they reserved being unavailable, I've pondered how they've been able to function throughout their lives at all. In more serious situations I tend toward calmness, ask questions and seek solutions. But when things don't go the way they are supposed to, were planned to or desired to, I do what I can to make the best of it. The alternative hurts no one other than one's self and improves nothing.
On the flipside, those I've traveled with or met while traveling (a couple with whom we all hit it off so well we not only went on excursions or dined and danced together throughout the time our trips overlapped, we purposefully traveled together in the future) have said they were able to actually enjoy say a business trip rather than a vacation because I was with them and did that which they wouldn't be comfortable with on their own — which is talk to people casually rather than only at a round table, to the extent that we'd also get together at whatever conference we were attending out of sessions to take advantage of enjoying any downtime that availed us. That which was a necessity career wise for me has served me well and those I've traveled with, at least I've been told, in that I'm not afraid to «talk to strangers» just as I've always enjoyed my travel companions' company and when budget called for it in business, traveling by myself but never feeling apprehensive about such and enjoying the alone time I might have but never feeling lonely. I've been told I'm an enigma by at least one boss I traveled with — business and appropriate when called for and a total blast when it didn't…
Because I so loved all my previous journeys and travels and planned on traveling so much that I purchased 48 weeks of vacation membership (not timeshare, considered far better from those who reviewed that which I actually bought and who were timeshare «owners»), coupled with my more than average flexibility when it comes to people, places and circumstances, I'm quite open to travel ranging from with someone on a business trip interested in exploring the host city with another as their schedule allows, to he who is ready and overdue to «get away from it all,» but may or may not be in a relationship, doesn't want to go with one of his co-workers or golfing buddies, but knows he'd likely do and enjoy more with someone who is easily «up for anything,» isn't uptight, is inherently easy-going, non-judgmental, totally flexible,(not 100% accurate, though I did my share of camping in tents and canoeing down rivers in college, I prefer flushing toilets inside an establishment, even if the roof is palapa style, I hope that doesn't make me sound like a snob because I'm not) easy to get along with, a good and genuinely interested listener, fits in with ease and a multitude of experience be it in a ballroom, boardroom, or beach side, comes from a posture of gratitude rather than entitlement and enjoys expressing such to the person for whom it is intended, and isn't the clingy type by nature.
I find in others a sense of humor, the ability to make others laugh when appropriate (and sometimes even when not or least expected), and the sound of unabashed laughter at that which is truly funny, one of the many hallmarks of upper intelligence. And that intelligence, whether from a master craftsman or a headmaster of a private school is fully stimulating.
Or to be more accurate, being around those I can learn anything from (which comprises most of humanity) whether how to hold a nail so I never accidentally hammer myself, or that crossing your legs in a certain culture is perceived as an insult preventing me from inadvertently so doing, how to pronounce emeritus had I never heard nor seen the word prior to having to introduce the professor on-stage before a live audience, that a first-time event isn't the first annual, rather it is an inaugural event, or how to breathe properly to increase oxygenated air to the brain instead of subconsciously holding my breath, or how to give a better back-rub even — learning anything from another that in turn improves me as an individual and as one with whom another will enjoy spending time or speaking, who laughs or procures such from others, is one I'd certainly enjoy spending time with. I am also interested in travels centered on volunteerism or learning new skills. While I have traveled to a few of the destinations below, all are places to which I'd love to return and the remainder, all places I'd love to travel to. I love to travel and experience new (to me) cultures and peoples period. I can promise no regrets on the part of whomever may wish to go anywhere with me not because I'm egotistical, in fact I'm the total antithesis, but because others' enjoyment, pleasure, comfort level and enjoyment are that important to me.