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Addressing Scheduling Concerns

I would like to address the concerns that some of you have shared, regarding my upcoming schedule. First of all, I want to say how humbled I am that you show you care, as some of you have shared for me to "take care of (myself)" through it all. It shows the level of concern on a nearly familial basis. So, let me dispel some of those concerns.

We are a team of trainers, and though busy, it will not be one trainer for an all-day, eight hours of non-stop classes. On the days we will work, yes, it will be busy.

So, if I facilitate four classes for the day, it will start early, but there are breaks of an hour or two between them. They may start early (8 a.m.) and end late (midnight), but it is not non-stop.

I liken it to what I do here on Persona Paper--work like crazy for many hours on two days, take two days off, back on for three, off for one. Had I known back 30 or 40 years ago, that I could have this kind of work, and make a living at it, my life would be very different. I am, however, glad that I get the chance now, as it suits me. My personality and thinking process are in alignment with this and, if honest with myself, always have been.

I also know that I am not alone in this, as it is the same for many others who will let go of the fears they associate with being a short-term contract employee doing something that they love, trusting that they will be paid per negotiated contract. Most, however, will go for the "sure thing" of an 8-to-5, Monday through Friday, making 18 dollars an hour at a job that they abhor, complaining how much they hate it, and finding fault with those who take the risks, work "crazy" schedules, and get paid higher compensation for doing so.

So, back to the schedule, and the notion I may have suggested that it will be all work and no play...

Though the schedule is still not completely set, what I know is this: All classes are two hours. There are breaks in-between, not constant on feet, talking all-day, like the workshops I have been giving for the last six years.

This week: Tue--Travel day; Wed--Train the Trainers in Dallas (team taught)/drive to San Antonio (4-hour); Thu--Team Lead Training starting 3 p.m. to evening (2 trainers, 3 classes each); Fri and Sat--OFF.

Next week: Sun--off, but move to different hotel, pick up sis at airport at 8 p.m.; Mon--go over materials w/sis to get her ready; Tue--Training between hours of 9 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. (7 classes, 2 trainers); Wed--Training as Tue.(7 classes, 2 trainers); Thu--Training 4p.m. to 11 p.m. (6 classes, 2 trainers); Fri--OFF; Sat--Travel to FL.

Following week: Sun--OFF; Mon, Tues, Wed--Training (TBD, one 8 a.m. class and rest night classes until midnight, 4 trainers); Thu--6 p.m. Flight home.

So, as I see it, it will be the time in Tampa that will take some getting used to, teaching from 4 p.m. to midnight, most of those three days.

Yet, I have always said that if I could find a job where I could work, doing what I love, in the afternoon and nighttime hours, it would be perfect fit for me.

What is the old saying? "From your lips to God's ears!"

If nothing more, one thing is for will be an adventure!

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Kasman wrote on October 10, 2015, 5:33 PM

Still sounds like a lot of hard work. I don't know how you fit it all in - even though you have detailed it here for us - and manage to write what you do on Persona Paper

CoralLevang wrote on October 10, 2015, 5:51 PM

Kasman I have been off from any work since July 21st. It has clearly affected my bank account, as I live from not much more than paycheck to paycheck (veteran compensation), but it's given me a breather to see what is important to me. I am also not one who can "do nothing."

I was getting read to go back to training on this government classes (2 in October), which I work my butt off for "okay" part-time compensation, working 26 hours with people who don't want to be there for one day, let alone three. In this case, I will work my butt off for 2 hours at a time, probably still with people who don't want to be there, but it's two hours. And then 15-20 new people for two hours. Yes, it will be hard work, but the rewards on many levels will be greater. And I get to work WITH my sister, something I predicted would happen several years ago. I am grateful for that.

I will check in while I am gone, especially when I have time before sis gets there, but I am also going to look up some friends in San Antonio. PP will take the back burner. Glad I am doing more upfront! emoticon :winking:

Last Edited: October 10, 2015, 5:53 PM

MegL wrote on October 10, 2015, 6:22 PM

It will certainly be exciting and busy! Hope you enjoy it.

Feisty56 wrote on October 10, 2015, 6:31 PM

It will be an adventure and I'm sure you'll have plenty of interesting tidbits to share with us -- almost as if we were along with you. : )

CoralLevang wrote on October 10, 2015, 6:38 PM

I look forward to it, and am sure I will enjoy it.

I had to laugh because my sister, when she heard the schedule, said: "Don't they know I am falling asleep on the couch by 8 p.m.?"
She is much more of a lark, where I am the owl.

CoralLevang wrote on October 10, 2015, 6:39 PM

Feisty56 You know I will! I'm just hoping it doesn't both my sis, as I mentioned to MegL

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 10, 2015, 8:34 PM

It sounds fun and exciting. I hope you enjoy it and you get to see the country some more too.

CoralLevang wrote on October 10, 2015, 8:46 PM

I am looking forward to seeing some friends in San Antonio. I am not going to call them until I get there and know what my actual schedule will be.

Paulie wrote on October 11, 2015, 3:07 AM

Yes, your business trip seems like a good old fashioned military TDY which I enjoyed while in the Navy but we called them TADs. You are just the opposite of me. I have always been a morning person and just can't really function well after 1500.

Dawnwriter wrote on October 11, 2015, 1:37 PM

It does sound rather hectic and demanding but I can see from the post that you are excited and ready for your adventure. Have fun, take care and keep us posted.

CoralLevang wrote on October 11, 2015, 1:49 PM

Yep. TAD, TDY, business trips. By any other name they are still good old fashioned and enjoyable.

CoralLevang wrote on October 11, 2015, 1:50 PM

I don't mind demanding. In fact, my life has had that element throughout six decades!! LOL I am excited, and I will keep in touch!

Paulie wrote on October 12, 2015, 2:16 AM

In a way, i wish I could be going on the trip with you for the excitement!

CoralLevang wrote on October 12, 2015, 4:40 AM

You're a morning person. You'd be grumpy delivering training at 10 p.m. to midnight. emoticon :winking: