Thursday, July 20, 2006

Do I stay or Do I Go?

Today, I was offered a position representing Essense of Australia, in Southern California. I would be the Southwestern representative for the line, traveling between southern Cali, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada. I would be training staff and store owners, selling the line, and representing the Australian company at the US bridal markets in New York, Chicago, and Las Vegas. On top of that I'd be working out of their Paloma (sp?) beach office which is yes...right on the beach. I'd finally be living by my beloved ocean.

But I'm happy here in Milwaukee. I have my family, and my friends...and my love. what am I supposed to do? In a time, where I feel completely content with my life in Milwaukee...an opportunity like this comes along causing me to jump into "adult world" and make a huge decision regarding my career path.

A decision has to be made...do I stay, or do I go? And I haven't the slightest clue what to do.

8 comments:

Heather said...

It's very exciting and congrats. I would never tell you what to do but I will just say that for me... love is always the right choice. Love you much! Good luck with this tough decision.

Amanda said...

Wow. I agree with Heather that I couldn't tell you what to do, but I also want to say that opportunities like this do not present themselves very often! What a wonderful opportunity. It would give you some amazing experience and would allow you to travel a bit and explore / live in an entirely different part of the world. And, nothing is permanent unless you want it to be. You can always go back to WI if you don't like it out there, but you don't want to wonder for your whole life if you should have taken the job.

On the other side, if you are 100% content with your life and you aren't seeking new opportunities, then maybe this one isn't the one for you. There will be other chances in life.

Good luck with this. I hope you find the answer you're looking for!

Anonymous said...

That is an awesome opportunity! Something that huge might not ever present itself in your life again. If you really want to further your career, this is a great way to do so. You really have a lot of thinking to do. Good luck.

Mentle said...

You applied to this job knowing that if you got it you may have to leave Wisconsin, so maybe you've already decided. You wanted to know "what if?"

On the other hand, I decided not to get my masters at the college I wanted because of what that would mean for the people in my life. And it turned out okay because I ended up with the perfect job right in town, and a ring on my finger (he finally proposed.) So sometimes making a sacrifice, or saying no to one opportunity, just means opening the door to others.

I don't know if this makes any sense, but I guess you have to ask yourself "Is my mind already made up, and I'm just having trouble accepting the decision?" or "Is it time to sit this one out in order to keep the rest of my life in harmony?"

Okay, I'm done babbling, but I hope I helped a little bit and let me know what happens.

Christi said...

*sigh* I've never been more sick over something before.

The hard part about all of this, is that I didn't apply for it...she presented the opportunity to me, and now I have to decide whether or not I want to take it.

Everyone makes such valid points. I wish someone could make up my mind for me!!!

blah, anyways. CONGRATULATIONS MENTLE!!!! It's about flippin' time!!!! =)

Anonymous said...

my question to you is when you studied abroad did you have fun and meet new and interesting people? did you miss your family so much that your time away was unbearable? if the answer is yes to the first question and no to the second i think you should take a chance at this opportunity. your family will always be there and as for other people in your life if they care about you, they will stick around. worst case, you take the job try it for a few months (yes give it a full chance) realize you hate it and move back to wisconsin. i agree with the "at least you won't always wonder." good opportunities don't always happen however as mentle said you could very well be more content in wisconsin. hard decision.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Paloma, Ca. is in the middle of the state and over 100 miles from your "beloved ocean".
http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?address=&city=Paloma&state=CA&zipcode=&country=US&title=%3cb%3ePaloma%2c%20CA%20US%3c%2fb%3e&cid=lfmaplink2&name=

The only Paloma Beach is off the coast of Africa.
http://www.palomabeach.net/

Nice try though :]

Christi said...

Thank you for taking the time to google my mistake and point it out for me in hyperlink form! =)

I was mistaken. The position is actually in LA - Signal Hills (something beach)I forget the name. I don't know exact details of everything yet.

Yes..I'm freaking out over something I have no clue about yet.