Hello again! Welcome back to the Milk + Honey Travelers series.
A few years ago I retired from a career that I was wholeheartedly passionate about. More than that… it WAS my passion. For 10 years I dedicated my life to being the best athlete I could be in the sport of Track and Field. That life is something I am truly grateful for. I had the opportunity to compete, travel the world, and wake up every day knowing I was following my passion and able to call that a career.
One of the things I always share with people when they ask what it was I loved about that career is the part about seeing the world. It is truly one of the blessings about participating in a sport that competes all over the globe. After visiting 6 continents and competing in over 30 different countries, it’s easy to get a hunger and appreciation for what the world has to offer and the many amazing places that are out there for us to experience.
Over the last couple of years I have thought long and hard about what else I am passionate about that I can make a career out of. I now know that this is it. I am a Travel Professional. I want to spend my time, energy, and resources helping people achieve their best travel experiences because that is what I know, that is what I love, and that is what I’m good at. I have seen so much of the world and I hope that never ends because it brings me a lot of joy. If I can share that joy with others, and help them create memories of their own they can cherish, then that’s one career I know is perfect for me.
The world is full of amazing places... you should go, and I should plan it.
Life is full of transition. You get somewhere, you stay there for a little while, and then right when you start to get comfortable, something inside of you is pushing you in a different direction. Nudging you towards something you should be doing, even when you don't really quite understand it. That's pretty much been my experience when it comes to my career path.
For years I did something I loved to do and had the chance to travel the world as a professional athlete, but then it came time to transition out. So, I took my skill set and my very unique sounding resume and made my way to Corporate America and started doing something else. It was something I could do, but not necessarily something I loved to do. After a while I began to feel that nudge. It was pushing me to get uncomfortable and start doing something I wanted to do-- something I felt passionate about. I have a love for travel, a heart for people, and a desire to help make their dreams come to life. I figured there has to be a way to make that into a career so that's what I'm doing. Today I announced my new career and the new path I am headed down. It's scary.. in a good way.