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I knew the next twelve months, this Year of Alignment, might become a powerful, life changing year. It’s April, and I’m already discovering the truth of that premonition.
One of the most surprising events to occur so far, within the first six weeks actually, is an additional stream of income.
Check out how this new opportunity came about and the significance of the name, Beyond the Open Door Travel Company.
My year began with an online class, geared toward alignment. The very first assignment, writing a passion statement, set the tone for the class…and it turns out…the year.
Thinking about what I most desired this year, I wrote:
I am manifesting a life of abundance that funds and supports my passion to travel and explore the world, solo, with family and with friends, trying fresh experiences, delving into different cultures and meeting new people.
I spent the first 21 days in January focusing on, meditating about and dreaming about that statement. In my journal I captured my thoughts around it and I created a screensaver for my phone with the statement.
Plus, I created my vision board for the year. Not surprisingly, the primary focus of the vision board is travel.
Travel IS my passion right now. It’s what lights up my soul. I’m enjoying my journeys and I want to share them with my children, grandchildren, other family members and friends. I absolutely love the process of planning out a trip and then experiencing it.
A Surprise Opportunity
In early February, I connected with a couple on Facebook, who loves to travel as well. I appreciate their perspectives on life and their enthusiasm. They asked if I had any interest in becoming a travel agent.
I’ve actually thought about adding “travel agent” to my list of jobs, for many years. So my answer was “Yes….I’m interested!” I attended an online Zoom class about becoming a travel agent, on February 10, and after the class, I immediately joined Archer Travel Group.
This action step felt SO aligned with who I am currently, and the passion statement I wrote on January 1. For me, what better way to add to my desires, abilities and finances to fund a life that draws me and connects with me than helping others plan and carry out their dream trips while I continue to do the same for myself.
On February 13 I completed training and received my certification. I was officially a travel agent!
Choosing a Name
I love naming things. Coming up with a name for my new travel company proved a bit challenging, as I needed one not already in use.
After creating a list of possible names and playing with words, I came up with one that so perfectly aligns with who I am and what I’m doing.
Beyond is a powerful word for me. Two blogs have carried that word as part of their names including this current blog, Cindy Goes Beyond.
The simple definition of beyond is “to go farther”. I like what Michael A Singer writes about the word in is book The Untethered Soul:
“Ultimately, the word ‘beyond’ captures the true meaning of spirituality. In its most basic sense, going beyond means going past where you are. It means not staying in your current state. When you constantly go beyond yourself, there are no more limitations. There are no more boundaries. Limitations and boundaries only exist at the places where you stop going beyond. If you never stop, then you go beyond boundaries, beyond limitation, beyond the sense of a restricted self.”
The Open Door
And the open door was my symbol during 2015. For me it symbolizes an invitation to step through…and go on an adventure.
In the Lord of the Rings, Bilbo tells Frodo “It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
That quote captures the mystery, adventure and excitement of the open door.
To go Beyond the Open Door is to accept the invitation for adventure by going farther than you have gone before, both in your explorations and in your life…beyond your boundaries, limitations and self imposed restrictions. Travel is an incredible way to expand beliefs, experiences and viewpoints. It enlarges a person and encourages exploration, growth and thinking.
I’ll Do the Work, You Pack Your Bags
I’ve been a travel agent for two months….and I’m loving this new journey. I’m still a blogger, content creator and real estate agent as well. I continue to learn, taking classes, getting designations and familiarizing myself with the travel business.
My first two bookings for clients are to Scotland, and that makes me smile! Plus I have other trips to plan for other clients. I’m excited to see where this journey takes me.
This is my bio for my travel agent website:
Step beyond the open door…adventure awaits. Let me plan and secure your next travel adventure. I can assist you with all types of travel from solo adventures to family and group trips, domestic travels and international, Disney, cruises and travel packages. Have questions? Ask me. I’ll do the work. You pack your bags!
I’m delighted to answer your questions, help you create the trip of your dreams and make all the arrangements.
Adventure is calling! Where to next?
Connect with me:
Beyond the Open Door Travel Facebook page
Instagram Beyond the Open Door
Beyond the Open Door Travel Agent Website
Where to Next Traveling Planning Form
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6 Replies to “Beyond the Open Door”
It’s so cool to see your dreams becoming reality. I love the name of your travel company Beyond the Open Door.
Congrats on becoming a travel agent! I’ve thought of doing the same thing, so proud of you for taking the step. Best wished in your new adventure.
Congrats & wish you all the best for Beyond the Open Door! I love the meaning and story behind its name and your journey in becoming a travel agent!
Congratulations on your new adventure! I love the name of your new travel agency. Beyond the Open Door is perfect! I know your clients will discover so many cool destinations and experiences with your consult.
Way to make your dream of becoming a travel planner your reality. Very excited to see how you continue to grow your business.
What a great name…Beyond the Open Door Travel. Welcome to the TA world!