Updated: Dec 23, 2019

This is a question I have been asked over and over again the last three years!

I believe the real question people want to ask is how can you afford to travel? The short answer is I spent most of my life working my a$$ off so I could be FREE. I was never working for money to buy stuff that I didnโ€™t need. So here is a little break down of the choices I made from 15 years old that allowed me to live my current life.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ‘ - ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ“ (๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“ - ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ• ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฅ๐) - โ€“ Stopped playing sports and got my first job at Dairy Queen. Joined DECA (Distributed Education Courses of America) competed in business competitions to learn more about business. Became president of BPA (Business Professionals of America) did some more business competitions and worked for the City of Temple finance department to continue learning more about business through my high school graduation.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ• (๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐Ž๐ฅ๐) - Recruited into Mary Kay as an independent beauty consultant. I worked this business strong to become a team leader and used this income as my pocket money during college. I also learned how much discipline was required to be an entrepreneur.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ— (๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐Ž๐ฅ๐) - Graduated from Prairie View A & M University in 4 years with a bachelorโ€™s degree in accounting. I could have partied and threw my first couple of years away like most college kids, but I had a plan and it didnโ€™t include me wasting two years of my life partying.

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ (๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐Ž๐ฅ๐) - I saw early on that office politics was going to drive me insane. So I started to plan my exit from corporate America in 5 years. I obtained my Texas Real Estate Salesperson License & Mortgage Loan Officer License so I could have additional side hustle income to my salary. I saved and spent wisely!

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ (๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐Ž๐ฅ๐) - Purchased a single family home in hopes that I would gain equity in the property and work my way towards a positive net worth.

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‘ (๐Ÿ๐Ÿ” ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐Ž๐ฅ๐) - I realized that people were doing business with me and not the brands that I had associated myself with so I went independent and setup sole proprietorships as a Real Estate Broker (LDJ Properties) and a Mortgage Broker (Platinum Capital group/ now dissolved).

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’ โ€“ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ• (๐Ÿ๐Ÿ• โ€“ ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฅ๐) - Rode the waves of life and stayed focused on my goals. I worked corporate jobs, my side hustles and paid off all my debt except for my house. I kept my spending somewhat in check (I had moments of foolish spending). Then I made the decision that I deserved to take a break and live the life that I worked so hard for.

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ• โ€“ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— (๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ - ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฅ๐) - My original plan to become an expat didnโ€™t turn out the way I wanted it to, so I enjoyed the fruits of my labor and took a three year travel sabbatical! While on that sabbatical I started an online business as a blogger @livingdreamsjoyfully and started an independent travel agency to monetize the blog.

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ & ๐๐ž๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ - I will go back into grind mode so I can continue to live life on my terms!

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