If you would have told me three months ago that at the age of 21 I would be the person packing last minute to fly across the nation for a business trip, I probably would have laughed in your face. Actually, there is no probably. I would have laughed in your face. But I mean, it’s the dream right? Getting your flight, hotel, and all that jazz paid for. Feeling official boarding a plan in a nice pair of khakis, a navy blue blazer, and a nice coral necklace for an added pop of color. You feel top-notch, like those important people you see in the movies or on Wall Street (except your business pro outfit didn’t cost $800+).
Yet the likelihood of this dream actually becoming a reality remains simply that, a dream. Unless you are seriously well-connected, how else can a 21 year old just pack up and fly out last minute for 2 weeks? It’s crazy, right? Am I right? We know I’m right.
What if I told you it was possible? How crazy would you think I was? Would you think I was lying to you? Or do you think I have a job that pays well into the six figures every year? I can assure you none of these are true. I’m not crazy (well psychologically speaking anyway), I’m not lying to you, and I definitely do not have a job that pays six figures every year.
On the exterior, I am your average 21 year old. I literally just graduated college. I have a job that requires a lot of hard work and a lot of long hours. I am still trying to figure my life out. I am still trying to make my dreams a reality. And most importantly, I am still a kid at heart. Seriously, unless you’re in the military (which if you are, then mad props to you, you are awesome), we are probably quite similar when it comes to the job market.
Internally, I’m not a 21 year old. I constantly have to remind myself it was only a couple months ago I graduated college. I look at the potential in my job and am blown away at the possibility of where I could be in a year. At times I see my life falling unexpectedly yet perfectly into place and just have to sit back and smile.
In fact, I have never necessarily been average for my age at all. Being the perfectionist I am, I always strive push harder and to do more. I always want to be more mature than my actual age. I always want to prove I can make it with “the big boys” per say. But I wouldn’t say there is one thing I did or didn’t do that has helped me out along the way. The bottom line is I have simply been blessed. Really, truly blessed.
Yesterday I departed Dallas Lovefield Airport, flew a blue and orange plane branded with Southwest Airlines in bright, bold and white letters, and spent 2 hours and 40 minutes crammed (well, not really crammed. I am a little person after all) between two gentlemen for Maryland. Yes my friends, you read that correctly, I am in Maryland.
Why am I in Maryland? I’m so glad you asked. The company I work for has done so well representing our clients in DFW, their appointment books are quite literally backed up for weeks. In so doing, they have analyzed other markets across the nation and decided to outsource people from my office to other locations and companies. Hence why I am in Maryland (others remained in Dallas but are training with a new client). I am apparently so good at what I do, it’s time for me to go aid and learn with another market.
If you are shocked then understand you are not alone. I was probably more shocked than you are. After all, I have only been at this company “officially” for two weeks now. Crazy, right? Yet here I am sitting at a hotel in Maryland ready to hit the ground running (and probably about to get my butt kicked too).
I understand this kind of lifestyle is not for everyone. Some people love home and prefer to stay at home. That’s awesome. If that’s you, then by all means please embrace that. You can do amazing things from home. Myself? I’m one of those busybodies. I get uncomfortable being in one place too long. I love travel. There is a reason I’m getting a graduate degree in International Affairs after all. I think I said yes to this opportunity before my boss could even finish getting the sentence out.
I guess at the end of the day, I am just so surprised I am getting chances, I am taking baby steps, toward living out my dream so early. It has always seemed so far off and like I haven’t put in the “right” work to reach that point, but isn’t that the funny way God’s plan tends to work? We never know how He will answer our prayers or fulfill His promises to us, it just kind of happens. You could be like me and pretty much hate surprises, but our Father surprises us in the absolute best ways possible. It’s truly incredible.
I want to emphasize I am not on this trip because of anything I did on my own merit. All I have prayed this week is that I would embrace my job and God would use me to open doors and be a light for Him. I am on this trip because of the work God is doing through me. Remember my post about Those No-Good, Dirty, Rotten Mondays? The same principle is applicable here. The work I do, no matter what it is, is for the glory of God and God alone.
As I explore the Maryland for the next couple weeks, I am excited to learn and I am excited to grow. I am excited to see the opportunities God has for me. Something tells me this is all apart of His plan. Even my dad told me he sees the scenario of me calling to inform them I have been offered a job in Alexandria, VA (hey, definitely NO complaints there if that were to happen).
But on a serious note, these truly are about to be some of the hardest two work weeks of my life. Yet I’ll never get to where I want to be in life I am not willing to put forth the work.
This is also a networking opportunity. Going back to the comment from my dad, who knows who I will meet while I am here. Old friends, new faces, potential bosses, I am seriously open to it all.
This is going to be really fun guys and I am really excited for this opportunity. I promise I am going to try and update as much as I can. You can also check my twitter regularly and the new Instagram I created specifically for this blog for a look at the happenings in my Maryland adventures.
Let’s go on this journey together! I am sure it’s going to be a great one!
The link to the new Instagram is @_gilliamgirl. Keep up with my adventures in D.C. tomorrow! I’m happier than a little kid on Christmas Eve!!