Preparing for the Next Big Trip!

It’s been about 10 years since my last big trip. I remember when I finally decided on my destination: Australia ❤ Of course 6 other countries followed that one and a lot of wonderful memories were made. It was the single greatest experience of my entire life.

It all seems like a distant dream now that so much time has passed. Was it even real? Did I really live and work on Saint Kilda beach in Melbourne? Did I really take a boat tour around the islands of Figi? Did I really ride down those white water rapids in Thailand?

It happened, and it changed my life forever. I gained a deep love for traveling. I met so many amazing people who have remained my friends from afar despite the years that have passed us by. My love for travel has never diminished and my desire to explore this tiny world we live in has only burned stronger and brighter with time.

So now is the time to plan the next big trip! I’m talking about multiple countries over a long time frame in which I have to leave everything behind including my job and my loved ones.

THE NEXT BIG TRIP!

The preparations are already underway; I’ve applied for and received my brand new 10-year passport. My belongings have either been sold or donated and I now only have 3 bins to store. I’ve also received a working holiday visa as well after a lengthy application and some running around to gather all of the documents that were needed.

During my last big trip, I was able to store most of my stuff in my parent’s basement. This time around I do not have that luxury as there is talk of selling their house. Luckily, I have a handful of best friends who are more than willing to help me out with storing the things I would like to keep such as my bed, dresser, and couch. The last thing I want to do is return home to nothing and have no money. So I’ve thought many steps ahead on this decision. I packed most of my things last night and they are now ready for storage.

Worst case scenario:

I arrive in a foreign place, lose all my belongings and money somehow and have to fly straight home on Dads credit card. Not a terrible thing and at least I gave it a try.

Best case scenario:

I arrive in a foreign place and meet some amazing friends who hook me up with a job and I never return home because my new home has captured my heart forever. I will now have to watch my nieces and nephews grow up through Facebook pictures and Skype. Not a terrible thing and at least I have a computer (I have all my things in this scenario).

So where am I headed?

I’m headed to a place full of culture.

A place where you can take a train from one country to the next and relish in the various landscapes across the land.

A place that speaks many languages.

This place has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.

Can you guess where I’m going for my next big trip?

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What Makes a Good Leader?

business-561388_1280Going through the motions of an intense business course has really opened my eyes to a lot of things I would have never thought of. Some of the most important points being made to our class seem so “common sense” and straight forward that it’s hard to think you actually have to be taught this kind of stuff.

Having problem solving abilities is obviously essential in business, but in a number of my past jobs I’ve seen the same patterns that create an unhealthy work environment. Positions of power can really drive a person to become arrogant and condescending. I think in many cases, managers or other authority figures can’t see this behavior in themselves so they so they continue behaving in an inappropriate way. Businesses strive on strong leadership, but what makes a good leader?

If a manager is friendly and sociable with staff does it make that manager vulnerable? Does passive aggressive behavior create tension? Can controlling tendencies be adjusted when a person has always been a certain way in situations?

You may recall the saying: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks!” Is it true?

I’ve come across many problems like these on more than one occasion, and it seems to me that there are many important strategies and approaches being overlooked by influential people in business.

Why does control and power make people so… hungry?

By hungry I mean: power-hungry.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had great bosses as well, but for the most part my experience working for other people has not been ideal. Although I can understand the immense pride that comes along with having your own business, I believe a lot of people end up being trapped in that box with no windows.

To function as an effective manager you always have to think outside the box.

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Yesterday in my Business Administration course, we learned about culture in organizational structures and how culture is created. Culture is developed from the particular history that is uniquely tailored by each organization. Great leaders who pay attention to necessary detail  and build strong professional relationships succeed in the business world because they lead by example. There are various ways in which culture is created. Each company designs it’s own culture whether it be good or bad.

Good leaders create a good culture.

A great leader is motivating and inspiring. 🙂 The adaptable role model will always build on the effectiveness of their decision making while learning lessons along the way.

So, what do you look for in a leader? What kind of characteristics do you prefer when being delegated responsibility? Do you consider yourself a leader or more of a follower?

I’ve always considered myself to be a natural born leader so I guess that’s why this subject interests me so much. Developing ones self has been a key trait in my lifetime. I absolutely love learning about this kind of stuff. 😀finger-man-451211_1280

What are your thoughts? What do you think makes a good leader?