Missed flights and right decisions


In June I booked a flight to New York with high hopes of a trip of a lifetime.

Every day I would think about what lay ahead as I counted the days down to boarding the flight out of Sydney.

At times I lived on the strictest budget ($100 a week – nigh impossible and not much fun) to save as much as I could to make the trip what I hoped it would be.

But a lot has happened since June!.

After recently moving into a new home and securing my new job; I was still due to take my holiday (from my ever-rolling-Sydney-holiday life) on September 14th.

But in recent weeks, as I continued to plan it every day in my head, scribbling notes and saving points of interest on my phone it didnโ€™t start to feel so much like a โ€˜dream breakโ€™.

It became a pressure to work out how I was going to do everything and give it all 111%.

Could I justify spending all that money if I had just moved home?.

How could I give my new job 111% if I wasnโ€™t there at such an early point in joining the team?.


I called United Airlines this morning to discover that my flight is valid for a year. I will incur a $200 change fee when Iโ€™m ready to re-book (+ any change in flight fees, so assuming I get a similar flight it shouldnโ€™t cost me too much more on top).

It was that easy. Right decision; done deal.

I wanted to share this today as sometimes in life you have to do what is the best, right, sensible thing to do for yourself.

I could have easily gone on the trip, spent the money I had, worked before and after the break and come back if I thought โ€˜but Iโ€™ve booked it now, I should keep to my wordโ€™.

Sometimes you feel you should stick to a plan โ€˜because you shouldโ€™ or โ€˜because I already planned it thoughโ€™.

Or to save face – I had made plans to visit people in New York and a handful had kindly offered to take me out/ put me up too.

But to live honestly to yourself you gotta say โ€˜Noโ€™ when you know. Do what feels right.

If something is making your tummy knot up and crossing your mind with thoughts that make you feel unsure itโ€™s a surefire sign to reconsider what you are doing.

Now Iโ€™ve concretely confirmed Iโ€™m not going I feel like a weight has been lifted and Iโ€™m more excited to spend those couple of weeks building bridges in my new role.

New York, New Yorkkkkkk – I look forward to seeing you before June 2018, on a trip created for all the right reasons.

For now, its full steam ahead in the right direction; my career.

Thanks for reading, enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week ahead!

Image credit: @centralparknyc

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