I don’t regret any of the decisions I have made to travel. It has opened up doors, windows-whatever you want to use as an example to illustrate what makes my life undeniably awesome. No I’m not boasting at all. It is inevitable that I’m proud of my accomplishments and the fact that I didn’t give up hope despite the adversities that have dealt a continuous hand in my life.
It all started with conquering my fears, facing the negative critiques and challenging my faith like never before. In some instances, life has been very laborious, however, this journey abroad as afforded me great opportunities and has turned my life around in amazing ways. I believe this journey is confirmation that traveling is definitely aligned with my purpose. Sometimes, it takes fighting the adversity to experience breakthrough moments. Traveling is in my blood.
Ever since the tender age of 15 when my Uncle Ben took me to Madrid, Spain to visit close friends, I felt this incredible desire to travel again…not really knowing when that time would come. It was something about being on the other side of the world. Was it the energy, different smells, languages, people, culture of a different place-I don’t know exactly.
Then, I told myself one day I definitely needed to travel again but this time from a different perspective. I didn’t know how in the world that was supposed to happen but I was confident that it would. I used to limit myself based on the confines of my environment-single mother of color who struggled from paycheck to paycheck. Now, if you look at my life as a mere acquaintance or from the outside, you may be baffled by the favor, opportunity and blessings that have graced my presence. Yes, I am a single mother of color who has seen a great deal of struggle, to say the least, however, I didn’t let that stop me. In fact, it motivated me to go above and beyond my comfort level, challenge my limitations and just go for it. I wouldn’t let my circumstance define my future. Who cares what people think. I needed to do this for me. You may not be able to travel around the world every month, heck, I don’t do that at all, but you can still have a vision. You can still aspire to become greater than who you are today. We all have room to grow. You have to recognize the opportunity for growth when it is presented and be ambitious about obtaining it for your life, no matter the perpetual challenges.
So….go for it. Be you. Live on purpose. YOU are powerful beyond measure!
Ok, that’s all folks! This blog is usually about my travel adventures and nuances along the way but…I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you a glimpse of my struggle in finding my purpose through my amazing journey.
I believe in you. Testimonies are real. Be transparent. Think about where you want to be and how you plan on obtaining that goal. Stick to it because you have NOTHING to lose!