The most common question I’m getting these days is: “Why are you moving to Las Vegas?”
As many of you know, I moved to Tulsa for a wonderful woman, but…well, you know. And I am happy that we are still great friends.
That change in my life led me to have a heart-to-heart with Jim Stoval, one of my mentors here in Tulsa. (If you ever have a chance to hear him and his story, don’t miss it. Jim is amazing!) Jim asked me these questions: “When are you going to do something for you? Why don’t you live your life?”
Uh…do something for me? Wow, I was not expecting that. Ouch!
I thought of moving back to New England to be closer to my family (nephews, sister, mom & dad). Love them, but can’t stand the cold. I thought of Florida where my brother and cousin live and it’s much warmer…hmmmm.
Now, I’ve been thinking about this for a while. What do I want? I love speaking. I love coaching speakers and I want to travel less. Although I enjoy a little travel on a regular basis, three weeks straight on the road for me is just too much. Can’t build much of a personal life that way.
So, I thought, where could I live and get more speaking work with travel less? Well, Las Vegas and Orlando are the biggest convention cities in the country. When we hold our Champ Camps in Vegas, we have 25 -50% more attendance.
The other factor is travel. When I visit my family in Massachusetts, it is an eight-hour trek because THERE ARE NO DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM TULSA to anywhere, except Dallas, Denver, and Chicago. I’ve been stuck overnight in 3 cities this past year due to missing a connection and there being no more flights that day to Tulsa. But the flights from Las Vegas are direct everywhere, and more frequent and less expensive.
It just feels right for me at this point in my life. Who knows where I’ll go next? I could be back in New England, maybe even Tulsa. Three years ago I would have thought you were smokin’ crack if you told me I’d live in Tulsa one day. Yet, I’ve loved my time in Tulsa. I think there is a lot of “soul” in that city. I plan on bringing some of that to Vegas.
This has been a huge growth chapter in my life, I have no regrets…
Driving time, driving time, driving time,
PS — I’ll miss my friends, especially Jodi, Jim Stoval, Jeff McGee, Kristine Sexter, Dave Block, Shari Alexander, D. Scott Cookesy, Jeff Brucculeri, my fellow NSA OKers, my home Toastmaster Club Leadership Masters (I was one of the founding members), and my buddies at the UPS Store, Lauren, Bethany & Sue.
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