Little Ms. Polymath

aka the know-it-all

catch up. January 20, 2011

Filed under: life — mspolymath @ 1:16 pm
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So, what’s new with you? I’ve almost finished the second week of my new job — I am travel agent now. Well, not officially. I’m training to be a travel agent. Crazy, right? I have zero sales experience and while I’ve traveled, I don’t have any professional travel experience unless you count the summer during college when I worked at Vanguard Airlines booking flights.

I’m still not sure how I ended up in this job, but I think I’m going to like it. There are so many amazing places to visit, and I love reading about the cruises, hotels and tours.

The people at the office are fairly nice, though I think the other agents have their reservations about me because of my lack of experience. Of course this makes me want to trample them in sales, which is hard right now since I can’t sell anything. I was supposed to be in Illinois this week for training, but I got a call (literally five minutes before the Enterprise guy was to pick me up) that it was cancelled. It’s most likely going to be next week, which means I’ll miss Jason’s birthday. That blows.

The adjustment isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, mostly because I’ve been so busy. When there’s a lull, I think about my empty couch and unread book and get a little wistful. And looking back, I also wonder how it was I accomplished so little while I was at home. With no real schedule it’s so easy to drift and procrastinate.

Once I’m all official I’ll let you know — then I can book your travel for you. And if you have any hesitation about using a travel agent, know that I can get you the exact same rates (or cheaper) you’ll find online as well as other deals you can’t get through the online sites like Expedia and Orbitz. Plus, I do the research and save you time, put you in vetted hotels, etc. Believe me, I’ve got a pitch for you, if you’re interested. I never thought about using a travel agent until I became one — now I can’t image why anyone would travel without one.

PS- just a little FYI

“According to current research, in the determination of a person’s level of happiness, genetics account for 50 percent; life circumstances, such as age, gender, ethnicity, marital status, income, health, occupation, and religious affiliation, account for about 10 to 20 percent; and the remainder is a product of how a person thinks and acts. In other words, people have an inborn disposition that’s set within a certain range, but they can boost themselves to the top of their happiness range or push themselves down to the bottom of their happiness range by their actions. This finding confirmed my own observations. It seems obvious that some people are more naturally ebullient or melancholic than others and that, at the same time, people’s decisions about how to live their lives also affect their happiness.”

(Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project.)