August-When I Really Knew It Was Purposeful

I didn’t forget my baby! Timing is off, but thank you Jesus, I’m back! PS-I really wrote this in August, so let’s go back for a minute!

1. Sa Pa in Vietnam was the most beautiful place I’ve visited this summer!  Every pic is a postcard! Google the images…

2. When I started this summer journey, all I knew was I’d be volunteering in Thailand for 2 weeks.  Two months later, I visited 5 countries and nearly ran out of passport pages.  Beyond what I could ask or imagine.

3. As much as I miss home, I’m not ready to leave yet.  God is working on unfinished business in me 😉

4. The world is big, but small y’all, please go see more of it!

5. His strength is made perfect in my weakness for sure! I kept saying that as I trekked up them rice fields lol!

6. Between surviving a kayak capsizing scare with a NYer, meeting my first Lucille (if you know, you know 😉 ) and being recognized by a brother from Clinton Hill (wild story!!), Laos definitely holds a memorable place in my heart.

7. I thought IG was self indulgent till I joined (ha!) but it’s been great for connecting with new traveling friends.

8. In one of my trying moments, my big sis Terri said ‘live like it’s all good, cuz it is!’…she ain’t lie.

9. When you go to remote Asian rest stops, don’t think fried rice for snacks, more like grasshopper and live larvae 😐

10. The people!!! The people make this experience come alive, thankful for everyone I’ve met along the way, every encounter had purpose.

11. Ask strangers/new acquaintances  how they perceive you, you’ll be surprised at what you learn or what’s confirmed.

12. I feel like I was on a 5 month honeymoon since I left BK 🙂 and I’m actually looking forward to going back to work in Saudi.

13. America held out on some shady history.  I love my country, but side eye fo sho!

14. Travel light.  Thanks Talijah!!! As a backpacker, all you really need is 5 main things! Wanna know? ask…

15. Some days are regular and that’s okay.  Everyday ain’t gotta be Disney World!

16. I’m looking forward to tithing again!

17. Gonna miss high speed internet! Asia, y’all rule that!

18. Biggest takeaway from the summer-God showed me I really had to trust Him and know that all would work out for my good, even in uncertainty and discomfort.  He never needed my approval, but wow!!! God really loves us.  God really loves me!!!

19. Not bragging, just recognizing.  It was brave to travel “solo” this summer (of course God was all in… still) grateful I was able to “feel the fear, but do it anyway”-DCB

20. To whom much is given, much is required.  I get it.

Each Pic Has A Special Story

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16 thoughts on “August-When I Really Knew It Was Purposeful

  1. SO amazing!!!!!!! You are blossoming moment to moment…God is so awesome!!

    Let me know when we can try to video call 🙂 in your prayers please say Ms. Barbara’s name. She’s in the hospital and will be moving to a nursing facility in the next week or so. Her health is not that great, but God is a miracle worker!!! I can’t wait to her your voice…I SO miss your light!!!! I love you SO much and am living through your journeys 🙂

    Love always, Anj

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    • Anj!!!

      Near/far, our friendship is still current!!! I love you and I bought internet this year lol, so I will try you on my weekend (Fri/Sat) during your afternoons. Ms. Barbara, I love you and will be in prayer for your healing!! Please tell her…talk soon!

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  2. Diane Bailey says:

    You really have got in control of your fears. This trip was about your growth. I am so very proud of you for stepping out on faith and not allowing the unknown stop you. Bravo!
    Now what are the 5 things needed for lite travel??

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    • Diane!!!

      Witnessing all your blessings and super hard work pay off brings me JOY!!! My people out here pretty much know you lol!! Thank you. This journey is about growth and so much more!! God keeps revealing. So my top 5 list for warm weather places is-1.toiletries, 2.underwear (inc.swimwear), 3.good sneakers, 4. cute sandals, and 5. three washable outfits for rain, sun, and fun. Everything else is accessible!

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  3. Excuse me! Five countries in two months?! Who does that?! Wait, you do that! You are such brave inspiration. I’m challenged by your story and I pray that you continue to be amazed by what beauty God shows you because of your obedience to run your own race. Embrace, enjoy, and excel on your journey.

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    • Karissa!!

      Your words, love, presence, prayer and encouragement…necessary for me!!!! I am challenged by YOUR story, inspired by YOU…so thank you God for bringing awesome women, namely Ms. Karissa into my life to show me what LIVING looks like!! Keep it continental 😉

      A.

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  4. Veronica Brimfield says:

    Hey cuzzo! I’m Veronica. Our aunt Reneatha sends me the link to your blog every time you write. I have to say that I so admire what you are doing. Keep up the good work and I can’t wait to meet you. I’m sure you have a lot more stories to tell 🙂

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  5. Your "Bu" says:

    You have no idea how much your experiences has inspired me. I can’t wait to speak to you. Keep doing what you’re doing and giving God the glory. Your fearlessness truly is admirable. Love you much!

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  6. Trai says:

    10 they create the memories! 11 we have to be true ambassadors to let the world know the truth about beautiful black women who happen to be American.

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