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Old 04-11-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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Chapter 5: The Circle of Life (and Dreams)

Thank you, dear friends, for the inspiration of the Next Chapter!

I'd like to start off with a lyric from one of my favorite WDW songs:

"With the stillness of the night, there comes a time to understand
to reach out and touch tomorrow, take the future in our hand
We can see a new horizon, built on all that we have done
and our dreams begin another, thousand circles 'round the sun

We go on, to the joy and through the tears
We go on, to discover new frontiers
Moving on, with the current of the years

We go on, moving forward, now as one
Moving on, with a spirit born to run
Ever on, with each rising sun
To a new day, We go on"

And we certainly do "go on". I'm really looking forward to the next "thousand circles"!

For those who are new to the journey, I joined the WDW family in 1/2009 in the College Program. I was a "non-traditional" participant, so packed up my kids and made the big move. What started as a 6 month program blossomed into a career over the last 3 years and has been full of new experiences.

If you are interested (and desperate for reading material ) here are the previous chapters:

http://www.passporterboards.com/foru...cp-anyone.html

http://www.passporterboards.com/foru...ntures-cm.html

http://www.passporterboards.com/foru...d-act-3-a.html

http://www.passporterboards.com/foru...apter-4-a.html

Let the next adventure begin!
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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Wow! On to a new chapter! I look forward to reading your continued journey. Best of luck at DAKL!!!
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First day at DAK Lodge was yesterday. AH-mazing! I had my property orientation which made me all verklempt several times. I still can't get my head around that I'm really here, getting to "work" at my favorite place. After the orientation, I had some time with my new boss, who is awesome, too. I had a few minutes with the GM (I'll have a formal meeting with her later) and had the opportunity to meet several of the other leaders around the resort. It was all a whirlwind and the day flew by.

I have my first regular shift tonight, shadowing the current leader and learning the ropes. I have 3 nights to gather all the information I need to run the operation, so it's going to be interesting. I'm already seeing some things I'd like to put my stamp on, but I need to remember I have time and not to try to do it all at once.
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Wow....chapter 5, but what a great 5 chapters they have been. Tons of good wishes on your new journey.
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I'm with Julian, WOW!! What a great 4 chapters have preceded this 5th one. You continue to be an inspiration to follow your dreams. {{{Big Hugs}}} to you and your girls for coming so far in so little time.
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You go girl. I know you'll have things in order in no time.
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Congratulations! I am so happy for you...what a journey...and thank you for sharing it all with us! You are truly an inspiration!!
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Congrats on starting the new job. I've enjoyed reading your story since the beginning.
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I love new chapters and new beginnings! Good luck in the next stage of your life.
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I'm so happy for you, Dawn!!

DAKL is my favorite resort and although we're not staying there this year, it has a special place in my heart.

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