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Goals

In Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line on February 23, 2013 at 12:44 am

Those of you who know me well are aware that I am a very goal oriented person. I make goals for me, myself, my horses, my finances, my life….you get the picture. Now, in my day planner I keep notes on what I want to blog about or  research, etc. In there I’ve had a note that say blog: ‘goals – legend/sunshine’ because I’ve been meaning to write about my goals for quite some time now. Since I got on board there was a stigma about the new ships sailing to Europe, and how much everyone wants to be part of the opening teams. The Carnival Destiny is being refurbished in a MASSIVE project and after the dry dock will sail the Mediterranean.

As well, the Legend will be repositioning from Florida to Europe and sailing the Baltic/Mediterranean. As a North American, the opportunity to sail in Europe would be unparalleled and from the beginning is something I’ve been very interested in. I’ve asked my management to put my name in for both teams and as they were being solidified I realized that I wasn’t going to be a part of either. However, I focused on work and learning all my side duties, and then one day last week I got called into the office by my manager. Last week was a particularly emotional week for the entire office and so going into the office made me a touch nervous. My GSM told me to sit down as head office was calling. Head office proceeded to ask me if I would be interested in being the French assistance team member for the European crossing of the Carnival Legend.

I took a massive deep breath and said OF COURSE I WOULD LOVE TO, THAT’S MY DREAM
JOB!!! So this was just a few days ago and since then it’s been a whirlwind. I am going on early vacation, as I need to sign back onto the Legend on March 31st so I can be there for the transatlantic crossing!! I am so very amazingly excited for this new adventure. I will join the ship the week before the crossing to get comfortable with the ship and the team and then off to Europe I go!! I’m so excited for all the things I’m going to learn and all the amazing places I’m going to go.  So I now sign off this week, I’m scrambling to get everything done in time and get prepared to leave. I’m so full of mixed emotions. I’m so excited for vacation (plans to be revealed soon, they involve cruising as a guest and travels to South Africa) and I am BEYOND thrilled about my next contract. At the same time, I’m so so sad to leave the Liberty and the team. I absolutely adore everyone and will have such a tough time leaving them. However I know that I will be seeing my favorite people again sooner than later, so that makes me happy. EEEEEEEEEEEK. As I write I’m just in my bed, all packed and ready to go, just using up all my internet card (can’t waste a minute), way too excited to sleep. My sister and family will be picking me up at the airport in less than 24 hours!!

So the moral of the story is that having goals and striving to achieve them is crucial, even if striving just includes believing you can do it and writing it all over things.

 

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