Ladies ladies ladies. I’m not here to judge. I have way too much going on in my own life to be judging anyone. But listen, we’ve got to do better when it comes to putting all of our personal relationship business in the streets. Let me get to the point. Relationships are a beautiful thing. Love is a beautiful thing. Many crave relationships and even more believe that marriage is their calling. That’s all fine and dandy. Do me one favor though…
At 20 I made the decision to join the United States Air Force. At the time, I had no idea how big of a burden had been placed on my shoulders. At such a young age, I had a great responsibility, and I felt as though maybe I wasn’t cut out for such a task. I endured, honorably. God kept me under his wing during my 2 deployments in Qatar and Afghanistan. Afghanistan, that was a tough mission. Although I can’t go into detail of the mission, lets just say I’m blessed to have made it home alive with all of my limbs and my sanity. Since I’ve been home, I’m thankful for all the perks that comes along with being a veteran. I’ve had the opportunity to obtain my bachelor’s degree, paid for by the military…and if I wanted to go as far as becoming a doctor, in the state of Texas, that would also be paid for. Not to mention, while in school, all your books and cost of living is paid for. Of course, there’s much more, but for these alone I’m thankful. By honorably serving my country, and risking my life for the freedom of our nation, I can honestly say that I’m a proud veteran and wouldn’t have changed this for the world. Although the burden was big, God blessed me with so much more. Continue reading The Bigger the Burden, The Bigger the Blessing.
One day I was told by an ex supervisor that I was a follower. When I asked her to elaborate, she told me that she felt I didn’t voice my opinion when it came to making certain decisions on my team. My response, to her criticism was, “Just because I pick and choose my battles, doesn’t mean that I am a follower with no voice.” That was the end of that brief meeting. Needless to say, her comment made me upset. During this time, I worked at a nonprofit. I was placed on a team of 4 consisting of 2 women and 2 men. Unfortunately, the other woman was always in competition with me and always needed to feel as though she was the Head B*&!@ In Charge. I allowed her the 15 minutes of fame she so desperately needed to validate her existence. I couldn’t stand one more day of disagreement and tension. I knew I had two options, continue to go at each other’s throat, or refuse to allow my coworker to steal my happiness. I went with the latter. My supervisor viewed this as a sign of weakness and made it a point to let me know. I didn’t allow myself to remain upset at my supervisor, and I refused to waste another minute being bitter. In that moment, I dropped the issue, left it in its tracks, and let it go. A few weeks later, I quit, and regained my happiness. Continue reading Drop It. Leave It. Let It Go: Keep Moving Forward Knowing That Your Best Days Are Up Ahead
2016 has been a great year. I’m not dead, I have all of my limbs, and I haven’t landed myself in jail. Therefore, I have no complaints. I used to make New Year’s resolution promises, but I never actually fulfilled any of those promises, so now I just vow to try to live better and do better. With that being said, here are a few of my 2016 highlights.
If you’ve been following along, then most of you would know that I had the amazing opportunity to backpack through Africa for the first time. I call this the journey of a lifetime. If you would have asked me 2 years prior would I ever backpack any country, let alone Africa, I would have said hell no. Things changed. My mind changed…and there I was, at the airport boarding a one-way flight to Cape Town, South Africa with all of my belongings crammed into a 30 lb. backpack. My mission, travel from South Africa to Egypt using nothing but Africa’s public transportation system and immersing myself in the culture along the way. Mission accomplished. Continue reading 2016 Highlights: An Unforgettable Year
As a new contributor to this blog, I thought long and hard about how I would introduce myself to you. I thought about doing something light or witty. Then I thought maybe I should do something trendy, but the truth is I wouldn’t know a trend even if it was dropped on my doorstep in an amazon prime box. All I can do is introduce you to the me I am today, but in order to do that, I must first take you back twenty and a bit years. Continue reading Shaping The Children For Success: A Generation of Historic Social Change
Admit it. We’ve all dreamed of having our 15 minutes a fame. Some of us may have had the opportunity to do so. For those who know me, I’ve always had a bit of hippie in my blood. A true dare-devil in a sense. I made a promise to myself that I would take my FIRST (not only) backpacking trip through a foreign country before I turned 30. Little did I know that this foreign country would turn into 8 countries through Africa. Below is a snippet from my experience earlier this year… Continue reading Backpacking Through Africa: Celebrity Status In The Most Unlikely Of Places
I’m 34. 7 months in and 5 months shy of 35, and I’m depressed. What am I doing with my life? This is a question I have been asking myself for nearly 10 years. I should have a degree. I should have a home. I should have 3 kids, a spouse and maybe some kind of exotic animal. Unfortunately, I have none of those things.
Here’s a synopsis of my life thus far; I am an original college dropout who suffers from serial procrastination. I have been in and out of Universities and/or community colleges within the past 9 years, majoring in everything from Psychology to Nuclear Medicine. I haven’t had a dream of “being” anything since I was 10. So as for what I wanted to be when I grew up…crickets. Continue reading On A Mission To Achieve My Life’s Purpose.