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Lisa "Pinky" Curry
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 27, 2011
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Thu, Jan 27th, 2011

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I spent most of today with a pit in my stomach and a lump in my throat. My heart pounded so hard that I swore it was visible. The reason for my angst... today was the day that I was going to inform my employer of my plans to hike the PCT; the last major step to making this journey a reality.

I have been at my job for twelve years, working as a wedding and event coordinator for a wonderful catering company. I love what I do and I love the company that I work for. The thought of walking away from this great position during a tougher job economy with no plans for employment after my return was a bit nerve wracking to say the least, but I decided that I was going to not worry about this and just hope that all would work out next year after my hike.

I wanted to give my employers eight weeks notice so as to give them ample time to come up with a game plan and hire/train my replacement. As I imagined how this conversation might go many different scenarios went through my mind. Worse case scenario they told me that they didn't need this much notice and they dismissed me right away. Best case scenario they were open to re-hiring me upon my return if there was a position available with the company. Our extremely busy season at work is May through October; that's right, the exact months that I will be hiking. So all of the scenarios that I imagined included hiring and training of a replacement for my position meaning they might not have a spot for me upon my return. I never thought there would be another possible option so I didn't even really consider one.

Well, the conversation with my employers went better than I ever imagined. Not only were they extremely supportive and excited about my plans, asking many questions and expressing how wonderful they thought this experience would be, but they also said if I wanted my job back when I was done hiking it would be waiting for me. They would rather just give me the time off as a sabbatical than have me leave the company. WOW!!!! What an amazing relief! In retrospect I should have imagined this scenario as they have always been supportive, but I just thought that they would have to put the company first and formost and I didn't dare get my hopes up that they might hold my job for me for such a long period of time during our crazy busy season. I am touched that they are being so amazing about my leaving for the year!

As I said, I decided to put my worries aside and hoped that all would work out. This mentality has worked for me in the past in other aspects of my life, I just can't believe how well it worked out for me yet again! Time after time I am blown away by the power of positive thoughts and energy. Now I can spend my months hiking without any worries about what I will do when I return. I am so grateful for that freedom! These next eight weeks are going to fly by and before I know it I will be strapping on my pack and taking my first steps north towards Canada!!

Happy Hiking!

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~Lisa

It's time to move on, time to get going. What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing. But under my feet, baby, grass is growing. It's time to move on, it's time to get going. ~Tom Petty

 

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