2019 Travel Recap!

 

Hot off the heels of an exciting dive into a whole new level of travel activity in 2018, 2019 started off even busier!

While 2018 was a busy one at nearly 60 flights covering 80,000 miles, and 3 trips to Japan… 2019 saw me top that all time record with close to 70 flights, and 97,000 actual-miles (though I earned a whopping 140k qualification miles with Delta towards my Medallion status, and even more than that in redeemable miles!)

Here’s some of the notable numbers for folks who like stats:

  • 70 flights (around 60 Work related)
  • 97k Miles
  • 10 days and 11 hours in a plane… or 251 hours total!
  • 20 different airports/cities
  • 5 countries (America, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and The U.K.)
  • 25 different aircraft types… (which, when you reduce variants down to base-models and ignore some obscure regional planes, it covers just about every plane in domestic commercial aviation!)

There was a bit of a summer gap, so ultimately the travel was not that much higher than 2018 as I originally imagined, but it was still quite a lot, and there were some REAL gauntlets in there at times. (I’m looking at you, mid October to December 6th, where I only spent 8 days at home!)

Most importantly though, this crazy year pushed me above the ever important 125,000 mile threshold with Delta which means I got the most important email of all on December 31st when I flew back to LA from Japan:

Not gonna lie… feels good. 😉

That said, it WAS exhausting. I got a lot of people commenting on my travel posts about how envious they were of my travel and ability to do so… but the reality is, it’s not all fun. I love my job, I love the opportunities and experience all that travel opens up, but at the end of the day I am an introvert, and sometimes just want to sit in my own home in sweat pants playing video games and reading and 3D printing and pretending the outside world doesn’t exist.. and the longer I go without doing that the more stressed I feel, no matter how exciting the experience are. Still… it’s an exciting time to be me.

2018 Travel Recap

Wow. 2018 was quite the year for travel. I knew going into this new job that it was going to be *very* travel heavy, that was part of the plan. That said, this year I think I flew about as much as the previous 4 or 5… and I actually ended up lighter on the travel than was initially planned for a variety of reasons. (Having Victoria living in Japan and visiting her regularly definitely impacted it as well!)


So where do we stand? Well, here’s some of the notables:

  • 60 Flights (44 Work related)
  • 84k Miles
  • 220 hours in a plane.
  • 16 Airports
  • 4 Countries
  • 14 Different Aircraft types

Quite the year.. and this was with only working for Genvid as of May 1st. Next year is definitely going to be even more crazy, and is already shaping up to be double this years at a minimum!

…. Thank god for the Delta Sky Club and Diamond Medallion… it’s what changes this from being miserable to quite unobtrusively pleasant.

One of the hardest decisions of my life…

Major life changing news: I’ve decided to take the insane, risky leap to leave the comfort and stability of Riot, and tackle an incredibly exciting opportunity that has presented itself to me. Sorta long post ahead… if you care about the nuances of my life, my professional career, and self growth then read on. If you just want the TL;DR version, well there it was!

I’m now a little over 4 years into my time at Riot, and it has been the most impacting of any experiences of my life in evolving who I am. (Credit where credit is due however, I’m pretty sure Victoria has had a hand in things as well!) This experience has led to amazing opportunities, self growth, friendships, and so much more. Many might think I would be a fool to walk away from that, the extended “family” I have, and the amazing perks that come with working with such amazing and talented people. Honestly, I can’t blame them. This was a terrifying decision that I spent many days agonizing over and talking to quite a few confidants about before making the decision that yes, this is the right path.

I’ve been presented with the amazing opportunity to craft my own role in Partner Relations and BizDev at a senior position at a startup that is doing something that I think has valuable merit, and more importantly… something that will challenge me far more than I am now, with a perfect (for me) balance of risk to reward.

In June I’ll be 38 years old, and Victoria is living halfway around the world for the next 2+ years. If I’m going to take any major chances in life and do anything risky with my career, these next 2-3 years are the best real shot I think I have before I need to really think hard about my long-term commitments in life and listen to the adult voice in the back of my head that I’ve been mostly ignoring until now.

And so that brings me here. Friday, April 27th 2018 will be my last day at Riot. I’ve got a lot of work to do to help prepare my team to be successful without me, though I have the full confidence that they will be able to do so… I’ve spent the last 4 years helping them be ready for that. Still, I felt that 4 weeks through the end of the month was the right way to go here for the smoothest transition, I certainly owe them that.

Riot has treated me well these last 4+ years, and the only reason this opportunity has even been presented to me is because of the investment they made in me as a person. There have been honest efforts made to convince me to stay, but I haven’t been this invigorated, excited, and challenged as I am about this new opportunity since, well… since I first started at Riot, and I want that feeling again. I have faith in this new adventure, but if things don’t work out, well… if they have a need for my particular skill set again, Riot has a bit of a known habit of collecting back alumni.

I am a strange mix of excitement, terror, and anxiety. Never before have I walked away from the comfort and safety of a job willingly like this, to take a chance on something else… but I know deep down it’s the right choice.

Stay tuned, and in future days I’ll share more about where I’m going and what I’m doing! (Oh! And I’m not leaving the Santa Monica area, so I won’t be moving or anything!)