January 29, 2024

Off the Clock: Juria Hartmans' Cross-Country Road Trip Reflection

Off the Clock: Juria Hartmans' Cross-Country Road Trip Reflection

In our ‘Off the Clock’ segment, we take pride in celebrating the remarkable adventures and personal milestones of our talented team. As we welcome 2024 with open arms, we are delighted to share an inspiring journey that marked the end of 2023 with a bang. Juria Hartmans, our Private Wealth Specialist, closed out the year on an unforgettable note by fulfilling a long-standing dream.

She shares her recap below.

Twelve years ago, a friend and I envisioned embarking on a cross-country road trip across America. Life led us down separate paths, preventing us from realizing this dream—until now.

Juria and her friend embraced Morro Bay's scenic allure.

In April 2023, determined to turn our long-standing plan into a reality, we committed to tangible and achievable goals, securing our plane tickets for December.

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance has always been important to me, and I'm grateful for the support of understanding higher-ups who granted me a month off to fulfill a bucket list item.

December arrived and our journey officially began. Starting in Los Angeles, we crossed the West Coast through San Francisco and Portland, then flew to Texas and explored our way to New Orleans and back to New York via Nashville. Heading from the East Coast to the West Coast, we made stops along the way, including Vegas, before returning to Los Angeles.

With the first light of dawn, Juria graced the stunning vistas of Runyon Canyon.

This trip was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I'd like to share three key takeaways:

  1. Make it Happen: This journey reinforced the importance of goal-setting and committing to the necessary steps for achievement Don't wait—seize the moment.
  2. Delayed vs. Instant Gratification: In this fast-paced life, I think we have been conditioned to seek instant gratification. While instant satisfaction is nice, achieving delayed goals has a much more profound impact.
  3. Be Present: Whilst meticulously planning, it's crucial not to lose sight of the present. I relished every moment of the trip and am committed to embracing both the challenges and joys in my daily life.

This trip has provided me with a renewed perspective, and I'm eager to approach 2024 with more vigor and enthusiasm. Here's to a brilliant year ahead!

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