This topic is inspired by my current trip to Africa. If you asked me last year if I was going end up on a trip to the continent of Africa, I would have said “no way.” And yet, here I am, on my way to one of the most magnificent places on earth.
I am here in Africa today because I have worked very hard at understanding myself and growing to reach my potential. I have only touched the tip of the iceberg in terms of my potential and continue to grow and learn every day.
I have removed the barriers and belief systems that have held me back from living the life I was meant to live. I have stopped worrying about how others are going to feel or respond to my actions when I know they may not agree. As long as we are respectful and communicative, we are all meant to live our best life. This is my life and I want to live it to the fullest. I have an incredibly supportive and loving man by my side which certainly helps keep me grounded, however, he is not on this trip with me.
I am very much outside my comfort zone heading to three countries in Africa – South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. All rich in history, all rich in personal growth opportunities for me.
Although I love to travel, this trip serves a different purpose. The opportunity was presented to me by one of my mentors and coaches, Pat Mussieux. Signs are everywhere, it is up to us to recognize them as opportunities and seize them. When Pat heard that I am involved in international speaking engagements, she introduced me to the Revolution Evolution conference put on by Hema Vallabh of The Passionate Professional. She also connected me to Sandy Salle for The Give Movement trip to build a Habitat for Humanity house and help women build their businesses in the curio market.
Travel is not outside of my comfort zone… a 29 hour trip to Africa is. So how did I do it? First and foremost, I believed I could do it. I researched, I asked questions, I found out all there is to know and I started planning this life-changing trip last year.
I felt excited and anxious yesterday before I left. Even though I travel extensively, I still felt nervous. I expect to come back from this trip, a changed woman based on what I experience.
So far, this trip has been nothing but incredible and I’m only half way there. I am going in to this with my spirit of curiosity in full gear. I want to take in as much as possible, expose myself to new adventures, learn, and figure out how to apply these lessons in my life so it may help others. I have always been fascinated with people from different cultures – so this should be very, very interesting.
I will you keep you posted on the journey over the next two weeks!