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by Shatoyia Jones, Personal and Professional Development mentor at First Ladies of Poverty Foundation
First Ladies of Poverty Foundation team members, predominantly women of color, reflect on their first experiences with travel and how important it was to their educational and recreational journey to self-development, professional advancement and an overall more fulfilling life.
[Travel] improves your social and communication skills. You really learn how to be a bit more assertive and [get more confidence to] ask around [for assistance], especially if you don't speak the language of the country you are traveling to. [Traveling] also taught me how to get out of my comfort zone...savor life from what it is and be more present and [to open myself up and educating myself] on being receptive to a variety of human cultures [ways of living, speaking]. You start to enjoy the simple things and understand how much more complicated human beings are, which increases your creative thought. My creative mind is at full speed when I travel [endless inspiration].
I absolutely love it... I love networking and socializing...meeting amazing, inspirational people who I can help with my resources, business, skills and talents, and who I can also find who can help me in return. [I also enjoy] meeting amazing people doing amazing things in the world. I would agree with Maria that the creative inspiration is endless, and the positive, long-lasting effect on how I live my life in respect to various cultures is priceless, in addition to the connections made around the world. For example, still to this day, the work I have done around the U.S. and even internationally, (in Costa Rica for example) has allowed me to expand my network, my world-view and as a result increase my ability to attain a higher quality of life. As someone who genuinely values experience and quality time, my travel experiences have been priceless.
For me, depending on the type of travel, it can be peaceful, inspiring, a learning experience due to new processes you may encounter or different cultures [forces you out of your comfort zone]. [Traveling] also helps teach you how to solve problems and creates [priceless] memories. I truly feel traveling enhances your life in many ways; it reveals things about yourself you didn't know or maybe have forgotten.
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