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.
Where to begin? There is so much to tell you! I’ll simply start by saying the journey to 30 has been interesting and I wouldn’t change it for world. I’ve learned so much, conquered many things and am who I am today because of this journey. I always get really weird about my birthday’s in general. It’s like I’m so grateful I made it but then it’s like oh no I’m a year older? Then I have the honor of remembering my deceased biological mom who’s birthday is the day after mine. Love you Mommy!! Muah!
However, I am all about women empowerment- no really? I’m not like those who scream it all through social media but have no fruit to back it up and or as catty as they come. Was that shady? Someone has got to say it, lol. I thought it would be really cool to share with you a few things I’ve learned through my journey in hopes to inspire and encourage you. Without further ado, Here we go! Continue reading Robyn Robbins: A Few Things I learned Along The Way.
Yes. I’m a perceived introvert. I’d prefer a night alone with a glass of wine and a good documentary or Pixar movie, over a night out on the town with friends. I have ONE person I consider to be a friend. Yes, I said one. Don’t judge me. I don’t like clubs or bars. I’d prefer a coffee shop…with headphones in. I’m the type of person who would love having many friends, but I won’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen. Nope, I’m not a phone person either. I’m horrible, I know. The life of a perceived introvert.
Although I love a life of peace and tranquility, I’m not what you would call an extreme introvert, whatever that means. I love talking to people and can hold a conversation with almost anyone I meet. I’m goofy, love to laugh, and have been told I talk way too much. I’ve also been told that I’m approachable. That makes me feel good to know that I’m not a victim of the bitch-face syndrome that drives people away. Maybe it’s my smile. I gain new friendships easily, keeping them is another story (I’m working on keeping in contact with people as we speak). In romantic relationships, I’m very normal.
“My introvert mentality doesn’t interfere with my family or romantic relationship, but it does make it harder for me to keep friends who may not understand that I need more space than the average person…but we still cool. you know?”
Continue reading Life As A Perceived Adult Introvert: What It’s Really Like Being An Introvert
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
- You’re destination is hardly ever as dangerous as family, friends, and the media portray it to be.
Earlier this year, when I first told my family and friends that I was going to travel through Africa, solo, they had a fit. This was probably the most absurd decision I’ve ever made in their eyes. I was going to get killed, raped, kidnapped, or contract H.I.V (I can’t make this stuff up). Outside of family and friends, there’s also the media. Now we know all know that the media portrays Africa as one, if not the most dangerous place on earth. So according to “them,” I was doomed before I even set foot on African soil. Continue reading Solo Travel: 10 Lessons You’ll Learn While Traveling
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