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Don't Be Fooled By Great Photos #BlackGirlsTravel

A month ago my entire life changed: I quit my job, sold everything I owned (my life has been pared down to 1 suitcase and a backpack) and moved 9,000 miles away to join Remote Year, a program where I’d spend 12 months traveling the world living in 12 countries across SE Asia, Europe and South America with 75 strangers. To say I don’t feel like myself (or even recognize myself) is an understatement. Usually when people make the “big leap” we see the Instagram pictures and videos showing that they’re having the time of their life. While this is by far the most amazing thing I’ve ever done it’s also the scariest and quite frankly the hardest. Here are 3 things I’d wish I’d known before making the leap myself:

I’ve always been an independent explorer:

I’ve been working since I was 14 years old and for the last 20 years someone else has called the shots. It’s one thing to have a side hustle. It’s another to be your own boss for real. Quitting my job and launching my company full time was one of the most liberating experiences of my life but almost immediately after arriving in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia it hit me - if I don’t work I don’t eat. There are no more vacation days or sick days and no one else is going to help me make this work. I have a few months of savings and have “burned the boats” so this new venture has to work. Because of that I’m working crazy hours and cannot turn my brain off. I’m saying yet to too many things and am dropping way too many balls. Even my idea of what it means to be productive has changed - I have expected myself to be on 24/7 and