Happy August! The month of August definitely has a new meaning this year. With all of the drama surrounding Will and Jada Smith’s marriage with Jada’s entanglement with August Alsina, I thought I’d do a play on words and get into an entanglement myself. Now my entanglement is completely positive and will definitely benefit me in the end. This month I plan on getting into an entanglement with my goals. We only have four more months left in 2020, and it seems like we were robbed a bit with this COVID-19 pandemic. This month, I plan on getting back on track with some of my goals to ensure that I end this year successfully. I would be so far ahead of my fitness goals if COVID never happened, granted I’m glad that I’m alive and well, but I can afford to lose some of the weight that I’ve gained. I also want to make sure that I complete the first class of my masters with an A. One of my biggest challenges this month will be my “no spend” challenge. I only plan on spending money on necessities like groceries and gas. If I do spend money, it will only go towards supporting black-owned businesses. I hope that you’ve set some goals for yourself and you achieve them! I will be tracking my progress via Instagram and Youtube, so if you’d like to follow along and keep me accountable go and subscribe to my Youtube channel. Let’s keep each other accountable!
Okay, so this post is a tad bit late, but not that late. In May 2019 I attended my commencement ceremony at Ashford University in San Diego. I decided to travel from South Korea all the way to California to experience this moment. Getting my bachelor’s degree in eMarketing was a big deal for me, and I wanted to reward myself with that experience. Unfortunately, only one of my friends who happened to be stationed in that area could attend my graduation, and no family members, but the experience was still great nonetheless. I officially completed my last class in July, and my diploma should be in the mail as I type. I was proud to see that I graduated with honor, even though when I walked across the stage I did not know of my status because I still had to finish my degree. I graduated Cum Laude, and I am super proud of myself because I know how hard that is to do while working full time, traveling, being a supervisor, and just trying to live life in general.
Attending my graduation meant that I was able to visit California and kill two birds with one stone. I flew into San Diego and then my good friend Halimah and I drove to Los Angeles and ended our trip in Sacramento. While in Los Angeles we visited Crenshaw and Slauson and was able to see Nipsey Hussle’s murals and his clothing store. That was really a surreal moment and one of the highlights of my graduation trip. Overall, this experience was amazing and graduating and earning my bachelor’s was one of my main goals when I first joined the military. It’s been nine years, and I finally accomplished that goal. I’m proud of myself, and that is a wonderful feeling.
Hey y’all! So, recently I have been feeling really happy lately. Like something has definitely shifted in my life. I am receiving love and positive attention from every angle. Things are going great at work, I have people in my life that love and appreciate me. Strangers even take the time out to tell me how special I am. So what really changed? What brought about all this positive energy?
I know what changed. My mindset, my outlook on life. I know it may seem like I have always been this positive person, and that’s true but we all have our own insecurities, and that includes me. Nowadays, I am more secure in myself and my abilities. I don’t stress about how I look, if people will like me, how much money I make, etc. I just know that everything will work out for me in the end. I am vibrating on a frequency of love and happiness because that’s how I truly feel. Since I give that energy out to the world, that is what I am receiving.
As a woman, I automatically possess this divine power, but being a black woman makes it even more special. Being in Korea has made me realize that. To a lot of people, I am this exotic being. I get so many stares and looks that I don’t even notice it anymore until one of my friends points it out. When you live in your own little world of peace and love, you tend to block all of that out, at least I do. I just want to do my best to continue to live a life that others look up to and to inspire the next generation in my own special way.
I found my new favorite spot in South Korea! Okay so I know I haven’t been giving you guys that many updates about my time in Korea, but it’s coming, I promise. I finally finished studying for my CompTIA Security + Certification, which I passed! I am now CompTIA Security + certified, and the feeling that I had when I passed that exam was pure joy. I was so excited that I did the Lebron once I walked out of the testing room. I had focused and studied for that test shortly after arriving to Osan, so for about two months. This was my third time testing and I was the only person in my work center that was not certified and that is a certification that is needed for my job, so the pressure was definitely there. Any who, I don’t want to get too deep into that. If you want to learn more about the certification just follow the hyperlink…
Today I also took my E-6 promotion test. I have been in the Air Force for eight years now, and I feel like it is time for me to step into that next level of leadership. E-6 is the rank of Technical Sergeant in the Air Force, and in my opinion, it’s when people really start to take you seriously. This was my fourth time testing for promotion, and I’ve watched some of my peers pass me by in rank. Some people would look at that as a failure on my part, but I don’t. I am proud of all of my peers who joined the Air Force the same time or shortly after me that have already made E-6. I know what type of work has to go into achieving that rank. I was focused on other things these last couple of years, and financially I still made the same amount as them, because I wasn’t solely focused on the Air Force being my only source of income. With that being said, I am happy that I tested for this promotion cycle and I don’t have to worry about it again until the results come out in the summer.
The past weekend I explored Suwon with some of my friends, and enjoyed a nice cocktail in the Songtan Entertainment District (SED) after our fun day. The SED is literally about a five minute walk from my home and it has many different restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs. It is what makes Osan so much fun. The one really cute cafe called Cafe CF had the nicest atmosphere and the prettiest drinks and decor. I fell in love with it and I am happy that I get to enjoy it for the next 21 months! After we left Cafe CF we went to one of our regular spots and I ordered my favorite blue drink there. I think it is definitely important for you to get out of the house and destress. I felt like I’ve been cooped up for the past two months, but this weekend was really fun and I enjoyed myself getting away from the base. Trust me, there is more to come!
Sooooo, I have been preparing for a big change in my life these past few months. One of my favorite parts of being in the military is being able to live in other countries. The Air Force spoiled me by giving me Ramstein, Germany as my first duty station, and I have been trying to get back overseas ever since. I got notified in February that I would PCS (Permanent Change of Station) from Hurlburt Field AFB, FL to Osan AFB, South Korea, and I was ecstatic!
I have heard stories and rumors about South Korea since I joined the Air Force in 2010. However, it wasn’t my initial choice for my next duty station. I left Germay in 2013 & I have always wanted to go back, that was my first choice. Luckily for me, Osan is only a year long tour and it is one of those bases that you can choose the base that you would like to go to next. I lucked up and got Ramstein, Germany as my follow on. Both of these tours are unaccompanied, since I have no spouse nor dependents. This will be my first time traveling and living overseas alone, and I’m stoked!
While preparing for this move, I reminisced on all of the things I accomplished while at Hurlburt. I bought my first home there, became a business owner, took many vacations, got divorced, became a landlord… Personally, I did alot and learned alot. I grew up so much in the past four years, and I am ready for the next chapter in my life.
So many people have asked me why I decided to leave for three years, why I decided to go back to Germany, and my question to them is why not? Why wouldn’t I want to take this chance to explore the world, live in Asia and Europe on the military’s dime, and get more stamps in my passport? This is one of the main reasons why I joined the military; to travel and go to school, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.
I’m excited for this next chapter in my life and thrilled to take you on this journey with me! Stay tuned!!
Do you have a Plan B? And no, I’m not talking about the pill. I’m talking about a Plan B for your income. We all have insurance on things like our home, our cars, and even our phones, but what about our income? In this day and age if you only rely on once source of income you’re pretty irresponsible. I personally plan on being a millionaire one day soon and the average millionaire has seven streams of income. If your constantly slaving away at a job that you don’t like everyday, do something that you love instead. I’m not saying that you have to quit your job, all I’m saying is that you could do something in your spare time that can help you produce income. If you have access to the Internet, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have another source of income.
It really doesn’t even have to be that elaborate. For example, say you love to cook and you’re a great cook but you work at a retail store. In your spare time you could cook and prepare dishes and sell them. Or if you’re like meand have the ambition and entrepreneurial spirit, you can start your own home based business by joining a network marketing company. I was first introduced to network marketing in 2013. I had an idea of what it was because I remember watching my sister sell Avon when I was a child. When I got started with my first network company it’s like my eyes were open to a new world, and I felt like I could work every company out there. I’ve probably been in six network marketing companies since I got started back in Oct 2013. I have only been successful in two of them, and of the two one of them no longer exists. Along my journey I have found that the first company I did join was the right company for me and once I started to focus on that I started getting paid. Now I make a residual income which means I get paid monthly whether I do anything or not, and that’s pretty awesome. I was able to give myself a raise and not wait on the military to decide if I was ready to get promoted or not.
Believe it or not, you and only you have comple control over your finances. You can control if you want to make a lot of money or a little money. I just want to stress how important it is to have a Plan B. People get laid off everyday and are in a rut because they were solely dependent on that one check. Don’t let that be you.