I always like to hear people’s stories to see how they got to where they are today.
I shared my “travel story” of how I lived and worked/interned in India, Spain, China, and Vietnam.
I hope it’s useful to someone.
@blackgirltravelslay and I hosted our first event yesterday.
There’s an undeniable electric energy that takes place when a group of women get together and exchanges ideas, tips, and experiences.
We talked about traveling, entrepreneurship, branding, accountability and the importance of helping others in our spheres of influence.
There was no pettiness or division. It was a time to uplift and encourage each other to be fearless in pursuing our wildest dreams.
I learned a lot yesterday and hope the women did too. Thank you for all who came out. Thank you:
@blackgirltravelslay for simply being amazing.
@travelbiteswithemily for the amazing photos and photoshoot giveaway. @missaisha__ thank you for the gorgeous pictures .
@blackgirlsunscreen for the sunscreen giveaway
There’s a blog post on my site: 5 Lessons from Co-Hosting My First Meet and Greet
I spoke with students at my alma mater yesterday. It was good to be back at Juniata (June-ee-ah-tah) @instajuniatacollege after 5 years. When I spoke with the students I shared my path and reminded them I was sitting where they are....literally. I told them:
1. It’s okay not have your life figured out. But follow what feels right and say yes to opportunities that come your way. Also, actively search. Don’t be passive.
2. Intern, volunteer, study abroad. If you’re looking at internships for next summer, a lot of places have deadlines in the fall. You have to get experience in college. Take advantage of programs such as the Critical Language Scholarship, Boren, Rangel Scholars program. Apsia. Etc.
3. I was a sociology major. I told the sociology students to learn a skill too (i.e., learn a critical language, learn how to do graphic design, etc）
4. It doesn’t matter what people think of you: take risks. One student was afraid because people judged her for wanting to teach English abroad after graduation and not getting a “real job.” I told her to do it and don’t look back.
5. Have a dream career in mind? Look at the job description and see what they require. Then start working on gaining those skills. When you are ready to apply you will be the person they are looking for.
Your worth is not tied to your job, clothes, or how many countries you’ve traveled to
My dad tells me if I don’t accomplish another thing that is perfectly okay. He is proud of me.
And I’m here to tell whoever is reading this the same.
In this social media world it is easy to get caught up in trying to always get to the next level. And to be honest, it’s worthless.
If you’re always searching for that next promotion, outfit, instagramable vacation shot, you’re never going to be satisfied. You’re always going to be...searching.
Beloved, your value is not rooted in your accomplishments or how dope your highlight reel is . Seriously. It’s temporary.
You are more than enough and are worthy. Don’t let the world put a value on you. If you do that...you’ll see yourself as worthless.
You are loved. Amazing. The bomb.com. I want to see you radiate with joy.
I am so excited to partner with @blackgirltravelslay to host our first meet and greet for Black women travel bloggers!
This intimate mixer is an opportunity to collaborate and share our amazing travel experiences. There will be light refreshments, great conversations, and drawings.
Did I mention it’s free?!
We can accommodate a limited amount of people. So register today!
The link is in my bio. Be sure to visit @blackgirltravelslay ☺️
Society often celebrates who has the better #clapback .
We see it in reality shoes or at line in the grocery store.
If you’re unfamiliar what clapback means, it is when you respond to an insult or a hurt with a withering comeback...
But it’s easy to pop off at the mouth... it’s easy to say anything and everything.
Not saying anything at all...or responding with love and kindness.
It’s difficult to be patient and loving when someone hurt your feelings or plucked your very last nerves.
To be world changers we have to practice the art of self discipline and react with love and kindness in difficult situations.
Today is my last, first day of school. I love being a 👩🏽🎓 student. But, I also know that learning will continue even when I graduate.
The last picture is from this time last year.
Cheers to everyone starting school 📚
I am a fierce advocate for living life outside your comfort zone.
🌋The other day at 1am, I got up and hiked an active volcano in the dark
Was it easy?
Am I glad I did it?
Were there moments that I wanted to quit?
But I’m happy I didn’t.
🌄The sunrise at Mount Batur was breathtaking and although it wasn’t easy...and one of the craziest things I’ve ever done... it was worth it.
❓What was the last thing you did that pushed you outside your comfort zone?
Last Friday, there was a plane crash in the Manila airport.
Thank God no one was killed or seriously injured.
However, there were implications.
My carefully scheduled itinerary went right out the window.
It was stressful and tiring.
But I learned two things from the event:
1️⃣Things will happen beyond your control, but you have to look for the silver lining in each situation. In travel and life in general, you have to go with the flow.
2️⃣You need to be your own advocate. If my friends and I did not ask to be put up in a hotel room/ receive meals, it would not have happened. Stick up for yourself and watch out for each other (including those without a voice).
❓What life lessons have you learned recently?
Hey there Philippines 🇵🇭! You have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
In my opinion, Philippines is an underrated destination. But if you’re into beaches and scuba diving, definitely check out El Nido and Coron.
Are you more a beach 🏖 or mountain ⛰ person?
📚Travel is like a final exam.
👩🏽🎓You’ve been studying all along , but at some point its time to close the books.
The final shows where you can improve and where you excel.
It highlights how you work with others and how well you know yourself.
✈️Travel is fun...an adventure...and a challenge that reinforces tons of lessons and teaches new ones as well.
✍🏽What lessons have you learned from traveling?
#ThrowbackThursday to last summer when I got the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill with Senator Ben Cardin.
It was a rewarding experience which allowed me to work on important issues that impacts our nation and the world.
How did I get this opportunity?
Through the Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship program.
Through the Rangel fellowship I was able to intern on the Hill and at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.
It is an honor and blessing.
If you’re interested in diplomacy/international affairs I encourage you to apply.
Pickering (similar program) - September 20
If you know someone who is interested tag them below or share with them the websites! It can change their life forever.
📚 Earlier this year I decided to read more. And in between classes during the school year... or when I’m in long car rides or on a plane...I try to sneak in a few pages.
My goal is to read a chapter or two a day...
But let’s be realistic, that does not always happen
👩🏽🏫I read to learn and grow
I read to escape
I read because it is a privilege my ancestors did not have
I read because it’s fun
Right now, I’m reading Jodie Picoult’s, Lone Wolf
What are you reading?
✈️When I was a little girl, it was my dream to travel the world. Now when I look up, I am standing in front of sites that are in magazines.
I want to encourage someone out there today...
If you have a dream, keep working towards it. It may not happen over night, but if you keep at it, it will happen.
Keep praying...keep hustling...keep swimming. Those long nights and days will pay off.
🙂What is one goal you have this week?