Attitude for Gratitude
I just returned from a nine-day trip to England. I lived in England, Manchester from 1984 to 1989 and have not been back until now.
In August I took a whirlwind trip home to my hometown in Nipissing, Ontario. It was the first time that I have traveled since my life partner and business partner, Skip, died in October 2016. It is a 14-hour drive and I had never driven home by myself before, this trip was very liberating and was instrumental in my planning a trip back to England.
I planned, and searched for a good flight, a good hotel in a good location for me in London, and also a trip to Manchester to visit with the man who was instrumental in my choosing a career in real estate (and his wonderful wife). My best friend said "Oh my God, you are going all the way alone" and I did.
I am grateful for the opportunity and courage to make this trip alone, to visit places that I have loved and some new ones that I now love too. The opportunity to make new friends. I sat with a woman from Reading, Pennsylvania on the train back to London, a woman from Silver Spring on the plane back to Baltimore, and the family that owned the bed and breakfast/hotel I stayed in in London. And, the opportunity to rekindle friendships made 34 years ago.
Now, I have the courage to spread my wings and explore other parts of the world, new memories, new opportunities, and new friends to be made. Where to next?
This trip has also made me realize that I need to do more within my business, branch out, and do things I may not be comfortable doing in order to grow and flourish in the upcoming changing market.