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Wheel of Life
Time to dive into five year goals for each spoke of my life. They all deserve my attention. Life balance!
⁃ Take at least one international trip a year.
⁃ Don’t be afraid to open your heart up to people. The past is the past. Let it go!
⁃ Continuously feed my brain with self help books, podcasts, you tube videos and reflect via my blog. Remain aware and present. There’s only this moment right now!
⁃ Don’t ever allow distance to get in the way of your relationships with family. Continue to regularly reach out. Keep in touch.
⁃ I want to continue to exercise my multiple skills and acquire a salary well above $250,000 while doing so. I see myself in leadership via the ownership of my business. I’d like to inspire people to live their best life through motivation talks.
⁃ I’d like to completely eliminate alcohol from my diet and continue to go to the gym on a regular basis (5 or more times a week). I’d also like to find a joy in cooking healthy meals.
⁃ I’d like to acquire over $300,000 in savings. Establish a lucrative retirement/ investment account and maintain a healthy credit score well above 800. I’d like to also be paying regularly on my student loans. Heck I’d like to pay off my loans with one big payment.
⁃ Continuously challenge my professional growth by taking on new types of roles that help expand the capacity in which I am able to serve. I learn best by doing. The more skills I acquire the more marketable my brand becomes.
⁃ Cycling brings me joy. Riding at least once a week and working to increase the distance/speed in which I can cycle. Get out in nature. Be with nature.
⁃ Regularly volunteer with an organization you believe in. Make a wish foundation! Serve without pay.
⁃ You don’t have to travel to enjoy the simple things in life. Create mini quests for you to partake in at least twice a month. If it’s with yourself so be it. Otherwise, the more the merrier.
Now take all of these goals and multiply them by ten!. THINK BIGGER! LIVE BIGGER! SERVE BIGGER! LOVE BIGGER! This is myTRUTHmyCLARITY. Guess it’s time to get to work. 🤗❤️🙏🏾🎈
It’s interesting how these tend to change as I move through the chapters of my life. Currently, this is where am I……
This is myTRUTHmyCLARITY. Feel free to share your top 5 Values below! And so it is! 🤓
I get that your desire is to locate a second job for supplemental income. However, I need for you to think BIGGER. Maybe you’re not able to find the job you seek because it has yet to be created. Use this time to tap into your passion inorder to create a purposeful yet lucrative second income for yourself. Think bigger! Be bolder! And do NOT let money cloud your judgment. If you settle for less than you deserve, you’ll get even less than what you settled for. Hard was never easy and easy will never be hard. Hiya! So exercise your creative juices and believe that this to shall come. And so it freakin is! This is myTRUTHmyCLARITY.
- Travel and serve in Africa
- Fall in love ❤️
- Become a Teacher 👨🏫
- Become an Assistant Principal
- Start my own school (Principal)
- Live in New York
- Live in Atlanta
- INSPIRE youth in underserved communities
- Maintain a healthy gym routine
- Make friends around the world
- Become a Father
- Be PRESENT
- Continuously operate beyond my comfort zone
- Appreciate my family
- Make six figures times ten. Networth of over 10 million. I’ll take more more!
- Stay true to my passion and purpose
- Keep moving
- Turn off the television
- Keep up with my cycling
- Discover relief for my feet
- Be my own boss
- Start my own business
- Write a book
- Become a motivation speaker
- Train teachers
- PHD in something
- Be open to love again
- Not become a statistic within the black gay community
- Leave a legacy behind that rings in the ears of many
- No drinking at home alone
- Read 12 books a year minimum
- Walk, skip, jump to the beat of my own dream and do it unapologetically
- Own a fun car: something with a drop top!
- Moped or motorcycle on the side
- Establish a savings account that affords me financial freedom. 500,000 plus! Times 10!
- But my mother a house of her own
- Create careers for others
- Explore and participate in New and different things
- Attend a motivational conference
- Travel to all seven continents
- Wake up and say THANK YOU
- Just keep swimming
Please feel free to visit my other personal blog at Anthony’s Abu Dhabi Journey
This is a 2-year account of my teaching/living experience in Abu Dhabi.
This shit ain’t easy folks! It’s been five months since my return to the USA from Abu Dhabi. Do I miss living overseas? Ummm for the most part…..nah! But having been gone (away from family and friends) for two solid years has had quite an impact on my life. As I’ve moved back into my typical NYC routine it amazes me how fast the rat race showed its ass.
A big reason why I decided to move overseas had a lot to do with being extremely bored with life’s routine. I needed to experience something new so I moved overseas to Abu Dhabi for two years. I’ve always welcomed new challenges into my life because they warrant change. I believe that experiencing life outside of your comfort zone is the moment when you truly begin living on purpose.
Sigh…..which brings me to my present reality. Having moved back into my comfort zone, I am now questioning my purpose once again! Furthermore, returning to my old stomping ground has not been the best experience.
Professionally, I have moved into an administrative role and I’m thankful because I am now impacting a larger audience of students. Furthermore, it feels good to be working in a different capacity beyond the classroom. Although I have exhibited much success within my current role, I don’t feel a direct connection to the schools vision. It’s simply an opportunity to develop my administrative skills so that I may one day open my own school. And for that, I am thankful.
Socially, I feel almost as alone as I did while living overseas. Lol. Don’t get me wrong…. my friends are all still here and doing well. I’m so thankful for that. However, they’ve moved on and are living their own separate lives. Everything is just so different! Lol. I meet up with folks here and there but lack consistent communication with most of them. There’s no shade. I guess that’s just what happens when you move away for two years. The people you leave behind move on with their lives.
I’m writing this post because I think it’s important to share this experience with folks who are planning to move home after living overseas for a long period of time. There are so many thought provoking moments that have happened as a result of relocating back to the USA. I’m dedicating the next handful of entries to the adjustment period that has lasted much longer than I could’ve ever expected. If there’s one thing I know to be true, that is the simple fact that I have evolved. Therefore, it’s time I let go of the past and catch up to the present moment. New experiences lay dormant in the shadows of curiosity. :0)
I’m in disbelief! Because home is five hours away and it feels so damn good. I completed my two year contract and man oh man……I prevailed. I don’t need to say much because my actions alone speak loudly. If you didn’t catch on….let me spell it out for you,
“Step outside of your comfort zone and let life lead the way. Furthermore, walk confidently into the direction of the unknown and serve. A person who serves is a person who is truly living life on purpose.”
I have completed my two year contract while living and teaching in a foreign country. Hell a Muslim country….located in the Middle East…..and I’m here to let you all know that I have received an abundance of blessings that have made me even better than I was upon my arrival on August 10, 2012.
The three BIGGEST EYE OPENERS I will take with me back to New York City are:
1. Serve….serve….serve! Are you seeking your purpose in life? Well? Serve…serve…serve… And it shall find you.
2. A person who is lonely no longer enjoys the company of him or herself. Get to know you……because if you don’t love yourself….then how in the hell you gonna love anybody else. And A….LONE….NESS….affords you the time needed to connect with your SOURCE. So get quiet and get alone.
3. Step outside of your comfort zone and be willing to grow. Growth affords you the opportunity to move with life. And life is always moving/changing…..be fluid…..and move with your purpose. The moment you step outside of your comfort zone is the moment you are truly LIVING on PURPOSE.
This is myTRUTHmyCLARITY.
And so the next chapter begins……NYC HERE I COME! Home sweet home….and so it is!
Dear ABU DHABI,
You have exercised my patience, flexibility and tolerance. For that I say thank you.
You have stretched my thinking beyond what I know to be true. For that I say thank you.
You have provided me with an abundance of time with myself. For that I say thank you.
You have brought me closer to my source. For that I say thank you.
You have filled my pockets with a little extra money. For that I say thank you.
You have reminded me of what’s most important in this world. For that I say thank you.
You’ve revealed my ego driven habits. For that I say thank you.
You have eliminated many of the distractions that kept me from evolving. For that I say thank you.
You have provided me with a new global lens in which I now view the world. For that I say thank you.
You have forced me to practice the act of surrendering. For that I say thank you.
You have reminded me of existing inequalities around the world. For that I say thank you.
You have reminded me of how fortunate I am to be an American. For that I say thank you.
Your location has afforded me unforgettable travel experiences. For that I say thank you.
As I lay here almost two years later pondering my return home, I feel pretty dang good. This has been the biggest challenge….well opportunity of my life. For that I say thank you.
I am an even better person than I was upon my arrival July 2012. For that I say thank you.
A man who has been exercising HUMILITY since his arrival and has OFFICIALLY retired his EGO.