I had the amazing opportunity to visit Cuba, Havana and enjoy the food, culture, people, music, beach, art, history and more. I love Cuba. To visit family and friends was amazing. I even had the great opportunity to reflect, work on the first book I am writing, and do some S.M.A.R.T. goal setting exercises for strategizing and tackling 2018.
Take a view of some of the photos and let me know your thoughts on traveling to Cuba or if you have been, what your experience was like.
I was completely safe 100% of the time. I typically fit in most places I travel to and my Spanish was pretty good. I enjoyed going to the markets and bakeries eating fresh food that is not so easily accessible for a lot of Americans all over the nation. Like going to organic markets in certain areas when they should be everywhere, especially areas with food deserts. The food tasted more fresh… as if picked straight from the garden and farms without genetically modified organisms, pesticides, and other chemicals. I didn’t eat the famous cuban sandwiches because I don’t eat ham but enjoyed watching everyone’s day-to-day routines which included at least one cubano ham and cheese sandwich (bocadillo de jamon serrano y queso). Even the meat tasted more fresh. I ate chicken but mostly seafood (various assortments of fresh fish, lobster, shrimp). I am 80% pescatarian really. I love to eat clean/fresh without the negative hormones released while meat is killed.
I enjoyed sharing photos with my sisters and other family and friends. Let us always count our blessings, some people have never traveled outside of their city or state and over the age of 30. Some people are unable to travel due to illnesses. Some men would rather travel when their children’s mother pays for it. I actually met a man like this. Sad. Anyways… this post is not about sad things. It is about traveling and living your life on purpose. So be well… travel more and enjoy!
It was my first time. I felt so proud to say… I am not a virgin anymore. I finally made it the motherland. The place where I originated from. Where we all originated from. I believe somewhere on the west side of Africa however for me, and not South Africa, but I was excited to be in the home of Nelson Mandela! My mother talked about Africa all the time so I took her spirit with me since her physical form was taken from me due to breast cancer.
I was able to even visit and talk with many of the locals where some thought breast cancer was a white woman’s disease. Others had several family members who either passed away from the disease or currently battling it. One woman, belonging to the Xhosa tribe, has three family members with breast cancer. Please keep them all in your prayers. Another young man, from Lesotho, a small country in South Africa, said he was unsure of how his mother died. They did not do an autopsy.
I learned so much and realized once again, the importance of education. The more we know, the more we do not know. Being a leader does not mean knowing it all. Always continue to learn more and travel more. And do not forget to share the knowledge with someone else. Check out some of my favorite quotes on education below.
Here are some photos from my trip:
Yours in service,
I like to have hot topic discussions to bring not only awareness of certain topics to people who may not get a chance to have the opportunity, to have that discussion, but to also increase my knowledge. I do not know everything. I learn from some of the youngest children I come in counter with when mentoring and I am honored.
What I really have a problem with is when people share misguided information or when they knowingly share misleading information. These people lose credibility fast for me, but for others, others that refuse to do their own research, tend to stay in the misguided path. A cloudy path or a path that never seems to be lighted with truth nor enlightened with logic.
Let us always seek knowledge. Let us always share knowledge and let us never forget, with knowledge comes power. Let us be reminded from the footsteps of great leaders and inspirational leaders around the world. Let us grow to continue to be coaches, mentors, leaders, inspirational people and more. Who is with me? This is a call to action. A call for change. A pledge to do better. To be better. Everyday. I am counting on you. Please count on me to do the same.
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What makes a person well-rounded? How about a well-rounded community leader? Perhaps the careers they have held in their life, the various business and personal relationships that were successful and not so successful, the emotional roller-coasters of dealing with financial loss and gain in addition to dealing with physical loss of human beings, all make up some of the ingredients in a well-rounded community leader.
All of the aforementioned examples can be summed up into stress. A hypothesis of a well-rounded community leader could be someone that can handle stress and still lead from the front. Serving on a non-profit board can be stressful. You have to deal with making the time (not finding the time) to give, figuring out your best traits or talents to give, and opening your wallet to give your treasure to a cause you believe in and/or raising the funds to keep those programs running. These three most critical areas of what makes a good board member are summed up in time, talent, and treasure.
What if you are not able to make a whole lot of time because of your new twins with your spouse? What if your home is going through foreclosure and feel you do not have the extra funds to donate to that cause you care about? What if you are getting complacent and rusty on your talent because you really feel stuck in a career you no longer enjoy? This type of stress is caused by worry. What if… what if… what if! You could go on all day with what ifs, so why do we do it to ourselves?
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer defines worry as “the act of becoming immobilized in the present moment as a result of things that are going, or are not going, to happen in the future.” You can be a well-rounded community leader. Most well-rounded community leaders have sat on non-profit boards and some have sat on many more than one non-profit organization over a course of five years. Consider sitting on a nonprofit board. Erase the stress of worry out of your mind. Get mobilized in this present moment and start now.
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/How-to-Eliminate-Worry-From-Your-Life-Wayne-Dyer#ixzz3hUEpGaSF