Friday, October 4, 2013

A Whole New World

Yesterday I told you all that I had a big dream that was in the process of coming true.  

Today..... it did (officially)!!!  Yay!!!   °o°

I am happy to announce that I am now a travel planner for Key to the World Travel!!! 

I've always wanted to be able to help others plan their trips to Disney.  I've helped my own family for a while now, so it seems like a natural progression.  I'm really excited about specializing in booking Disney Vacations because Disney holds a very special place in my heart.  I've already had many of my own Disney dreams come true.  Everyone should have a chance to go to Disney and I'd love to help other families make their vacation dreams come true!

Image Source: The Disney Travel Professionals Facebook page

Now, not only can I help people plan trips to Disney, but I can also help them plan trips all over the world.  And to other theme parks like Universal or Sea World.  And even to other cruise lines.  Wow!

The crazy part of all of this is the unexpected timing of it all.  

I had to leave my job when Eliot and I moved to Maine.  Since then, I'd planned to take a few months off to help us get all of our stuff moved, and to take a well deserved break after working 3+ years in retail.  It was really nice to take a break to move, unpack, get organized, and to re-connect with family and friends.

I've been looking for a job.  But I haven't been applying to anything and everything.  I've found the ones that have fit my skill set, and ones I thought I would enjoy doing.  I didn't want to jump into anything that I might later regret.  Eliot absolutely loves his job, and I've been trying to find something that I would love to do as well.  

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What I've known all along, is that I really want to run my own business.  As the months have progressed, I have become increasingly aware of my desire to be my own boss, to make my own living and to push myself to achieve my dreams.  Ideally, I'll be a jack of all trades, dabbling in a little bit of everything.  I love wedding planning, interior design, crafting, baking... well, you get the idea.  The big question was, can I turn what I love into a successful business?

Well, the jury is still out on that one.  But, I've made a lot of progress with my little crafting empire.  I'm in the process of launching a few things on Etsy, so stay tuned for that.  I've come to the conclusion that it is possible to make a career out of something you love doing. And I finally realized that I could, in fact, work doing something that involves Disney!

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A few months ago, I started looking into becoming a travel agent.  I've always loved to travel.  And I absolutely love Disney.  So, why not put the two together?  (Why it took me so long to come to this conclusion, I have no idea.  I guess the good news is that I got there eventually!)  

I researched a bunch of travel companies, found the Disney Travel Agent website, and started to follow other agents via Facebook.  I've tried to pick up some ideas from watching what others have done.  A few weeks ago, I finally applied to one companies on their website.  After three weeks, I still hadn't heard back from them, so I decided to apply to 2 other companies this past Wednesday night.

Within 2 hours of applying, I had gotten responses from both of them.  (What?!?!?)  After a few emails and phone interviews, both offered me a position as an agent yesterday!  I didn't expect it all to happen so fast!  Especially after waiting over 3 weeks for a response from the other company.

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After speaking with Key to the World, I knew it was the right fit for me.  I'm super excited to be a part of the team and I can't wait to get started!  (So much so, that I've already made my new business Facebook Page!  Feel free to come by, visit and "like" it!!!)

And, if you're planning a trip to Disney in the future, I can now officially say that I'd be happy to help you plan your vacation!  Further proof that all it takes is a little faith, trust and pixie dust.

Keep dreaming Disney friends!  You never know when your dream will come true!  °o°

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