When I turned 40, I started to spend more time thinking about what I wanted to do “when I grow up.” I’m still growing up, and learning about myself every day. Here a bucket wish list….what’s on yours?
1. Travel to Australia.
2. Live debt free.
3. Give back to others in need.
4. Write a book.
5. Own a home.
6. Live in the Caribbean.
7. Get married (again).
8. Have a big party to celebrate turning 50.
9. Meet R&B artist Maxwell.
10. Win the lottery:)
It’s Monday….the start of another week in paradise….It’s been a really busy weekend filled with friends, food, and a tour of the new International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Today, I will start with a short interview, sharing my background, why I love travel, and why I created the Travelpreneur blog.
More about me….
First off, I am a marketing guru by profession. Travel, photography, and gardening are my passions. I love to travel to unusual destinations and photograph the sights, sounds, and people that I encounter along the way. I also love dogs, cupcakes, chocolate and champagne. I am most inspired when I’m snapping pictures, exploring a new place, or giving back. I recently participated in Oprah’s Gratitude Lifeclass, and it literally changed my life. What I learned….gratitude and appreciation change your world, opening the door to abundance.
Lesson 1: Every breath we take is a gift!
Lesson 2: The reality is…what we have is this moment, with the people you love and the air you breathe.
Lesson 3: Whatever you feed will grow.
Lesson 4: Life happens not TO me, but FOR me.
From this moment forward, I choose to live my life to the fullest every day, being true to who I am, and GIVING! Every day is the best day of my life!
What made me fall in love with travel?
First and foremost, travel opens my mind and nourishes my spirit. Travel allows me to see beyond where I currently am, and what the possibilities are. Infinite possibilities to experience different sights, people, cultures, food, seasons, nature, and languages. Travel also presents the opportunity to have fun, de-stress and rest the body.
In all of my travels, which one place stands out?
A small slice of paradise in the Caribbean called Anguilla changed my life. This tiny island is beautiful, luxurious, exclusive (and expensive), and relaxed. The beaches are unlike anything I’ve experienced before or since. Crystal clear turquoise water, the softest powdery sand, and breathtaking sunsets that make you never want to leave. Top notch resorts and private villas draw celebrities, the likes of Michael Jordan, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Derek Jeter, Sandra Bullock, and Brad Pitt have vacationed in Anguilla. Words alone cannot possibly do the island justice, it is a place where you can find peace, tranquility, and privacy. I travel to Anguilla often, have made friends, and call it my second home. More to come on Anguilla.
How did I get into blogging and why?
I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel and see places that others just dream about. Travel and photography are my passions, they inspire me. I found myself wanting to share my travels and photos to inspire others to see new places. I started by sharing my photography collection on Facebook and Twitter, and then graduated to blogging in 2011. I switched from blogger to a self-hosted WordPress blog, and started promoting my site with social media for the very first time this month. Blogging is still a work in progress for me, and I am now starting to meet up with other bloggers to grow, learn, and improve.
What is my best Travel tip?
Bring a good attitude and an open mind for every trip. Every new place you visit is unique and special in its own way. Be open….experience and learn more about the local food, music, artwork, entertainment, and customs.