We’ve returned from our trip and both of us are still trying to transition back to the time difference. Considering we were gone for two weeks, I’m not surprised. I commend my former colleagues for their travels (with work). Also, we both (as well as the two Chris’) are sick from the airline trip – headaches, colds and sore throats. Unfortunately Korean Air doesn’t have single vents (per seat) and on Michael and my leg, they had the temperature TOO warm so I also kept getting bloody noses. UGH…
But, I enjoyed my international trip and the time with Michael (while he worked as well). THAT is where I liked referring to myself as HIS personal assistant. Because even though we had some personal time as well, I liked being there for him (and his colleagues) not only as a sounding board, but taking care of little details for them – such as making sure Michael had pressed (I actually ironed them) clothes for his meetings, to packing (rolling) and making sure he had all that he needed. I also did the funny ‘tip’ I learned (while watching a show there in the Philippines) of taking a banana peel and shining his shoes with it. (Tip: you use the inside of the banana peel to shine and then take a dry cloth and buff). I also made sure that they were taken care of at the hotels (picking up more water while they were away) and such.
It also just CONFIRMED for me why I’ve been enjoying being a ‘housewife’ again too. HA
I am much better at THIS role then I have been as an Executive Assistant (I pretty much suck at the technical stuff). Yes, being an Event Planner also used my best ‘talents’ – which is similar to being a personal assistant. Taking care of peoples personal needs, making sure they are happy, making sure they enjoy themselves, good surroundings, etc. But after a few decades of being an Executive Assistant, I know now what I really enjoyed the most was the creative/personal side of those jobs. Not only did I ‘put up with’ a lot of stress (big egos and temperamental attitudes) I still enjoyed being there FOR these individuals (and sometime groups).
Also being and thinking creatively is much more appealing (which makes ME happy)!
Here are the three books I read while on the trip too: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic (good reminder self help style book to Creative Living); Kate Hudson’s Pretty Happy (VERY glad I picked this one up at Wal-Mart – TONS of great tips and she has some of the same ideas/playfulness I love in my own life); Tina Fey’s Bossypants (which I got because sister said it was funny – but I actually was bored with it and yes, some funny parts, but just couldn’t keep my interest). I then bought another book for the plane ride home (since I already read these) – Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life (yes, she is getting some bad rap currently, but what she is creating with her lifestyle appealed to me).
So, most of these just fueled the passion and direction I want to work on for MY new (renewed) career (ha). To living my Simple Romantic Life and having fun, being creative, cooking, traveling/exploring, props/crafting, being the Spanish Martha Stewart (ha ha) and still hosting some good events along the way!
What do you think?