👩🏽🏫Yesterday I had the opportunity to give a presentation on branding and social media. And let me tell you, I met some of the most amazing women entrepreneurs ever. Their stories were so inspiring. I’m glad I got to be apart of this wonderful initiative with Facebook and Wise.
🌏People often ask me what’s my favorite country I’ve been to/lived in.
And you know, the diplomatic response might be something like each country has something unique it offers. 🇺🇸 🇮🇳 🇪🇸 🇨🇳 🇻🇳
But as my time winds down here in Vietnam, I know, without a doubt that this place will forever remain in my heart ♥️
What is your favorite country?
🚗Here are my rules to crossing the street in Vietnam:
1. When you leave the curb, there’s no chance of going back. You have to keep walking until you get across.
2. Walk slowly, and don’t make fast movements. If you get scared and dart across the street you might get hit.
3. Even if traffic is oncoming, keep walking. Make eye contact with the driver.
4. Scooters will usually go around you.
5. Whatever you do, don’t panic.
Have you ever been to a country where the traffic laws were different or people drove on the opposite side of the road?
🤔Have you ever been in a season of life where it felt like the wilderness? It seemed like there was no end in sight. Things were just confusing. It was a tough period. You couldn’t explain why you went through that season.
When I look back on my life up until today, I see that those periods of confusion and frustration also had a purpose. Somehow they still weaved in with the other chapters of my life.
Each season, good or bad, made me into the person I am today.
♥️So I encourage someone out there who is going through a difficult season of life to keep pushing. Don’t give up. Whatever you do, keep swimming.
And if you’re in the best chapter of your life right now, reach back and encourage someone. Help them out...for each one of us will go through life’s peaks and valleys.
🕒Today is August 1st. It’s a new month. A new opportunity. A new beginning. And even if this day did not go how you planned, there’s always tomorrow.
I really like this candid picture of me. To me, it shows
💁🏽♀️ A woman becoming comfortable in her own skin.
A woman who knows Rome wasn’t built in a day and is okay with that.
✈️A woman who dreamed big, and will keep continuing to dream big.
A woman who knows her mistakes are her life lessons.
💃🏽A woman who, although it scares her sometimes, isn’t afraid to go outside of her comfort zone.
And a woman who tries to look for the good in every situation.
I hope everyone has a great Monday! This week, do something that scares you.
👩🏽💻I am working on a project that will roll out next year. To guide this project, I want to hear from you! Comment below about challenges that you perceive women of color experience when it comes to traveling or breaking into the world of international affairs.
👩🏽💻Story time: Right now, it’s the rainy season in Vietnam. We get random down pours. Literally...cats and dogs fall from the sky.
✈️Anyways, before I came to Vietnam, one of the places I wanted to see was Sapa. Like... if you just Google Sapa, the images are breathtaking.
🕥My time is winding down here so I knew if I didn’t go sooner, rather than later, I would miss my opportunity.
☔️When I looked at the weather, the forecast was 3000% chance of rain.
I started second guessing if the trip would be worth it.
☀️When I got to Sapa...rain. At lunch...rain. But I told the people at the table it was going to be sunny...That we were going to trek with not a cloud in the sky.
Let me tell you about the God’s grace.
💃🏽Not only did I trek the Sapa mountains, and live my best life, it was sunny. From the moment the trek started there was not a cloud to be seen. The very second it was over, massive downpour.
👍🏽So the lesson in this story is to not be anxious for anything. I could have stayed up all night worrying, or had a bad attitude because of what I thought was going to happen....
But no, I tried to remain optimistic and took the trip as it came.
Sapa is AMAZING.
🎥 In this week’s video, I highlight 3 Foreign Service fellowships: the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship, Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, and the Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship.
🌎Fellows of these programs enter the U.S. Foreign Service through the U.S. State Department or USAID. Fellows receive academic funding, and support for housing, transportation, and mandatory fees.
📱To see the video in it’s entirety, head on over to Hey, Ms.Traveler’s YouTube or IGTV.
For more information, please visit:
🔜 The deadline for the Rangel and Pickering fellowships this year is mid September. Payne is in January.
✈️I am a Rangel fellow. But all views are my own. This video is not sponsored or affiliated with the U.S. State Department, USAID, or the Rangel, Pickering, or Payne fellowships. I just want to see everyone win.
👩🏽💻Story time: My time in Hanoi is teaching me to speak up and walk boldly with confidence.
🤷🏽♀️I think sometimes as women, we tend to shrink back and not let our voices be heard.
Yeah, no. This summer is different.
Earlier this summer I was in a meeting and heard there would be a trip to clean up Ha Long Bay.
📱I’m always looking for a way to get press coverage or to get the message out. Even though this was my first or second week in Hanoi, I asked my supervisor if it would be okay to go on the trip to do the social media. Without hesitation, she agreed.
🗣If I did not ask, and voice interest I would have never went.
Don’t be afraid. If you have an idea, go for it. If you want to take that job, do it. If you want to move to a random country, move.
I’m learning that being a leader requires you to take some risk. But if you never act...If you never say anything...you will not grow or be heard. Your voice matters. And sometimes, your plan will not work out or it won’t be approved. That’s okay, you tried.
I hope this little story encourages someone out there to be bold and have confidence (respectfully of course ☺️).
🙂You are a leader. You are bold. You are beautiful. You are worthy. You are fearless. ————
Are you letting your light shine? 💡
Until next time,
♥️My heart is definitely in helping young women of color learn how to travel boldly and find international opportunities. 🌎Because growing up I always wanted to travel the world, but just didn’t know how to. ✈️Now, I find myself in a position where I can help other young women travel, work, study and live overseas because my dream became reality. 📹I am creating a video series which helps women of color travel with confidence, and find opportunities in international affairs, including the Foreign Service. 📱check out my story on IGTV or YouTube(link in the description) 👩🏽🎓If you know someone who might benefit from these videos, tag them below 👇🏽 ❓What is your dream career?