6 weeks. That’s how long it’s been since I landed in New York City after four months of solo nomadic travel abroad.
And now I’m in Los Angeles to begin a new adventure: the Millennial Train Project.
I didn’t expect for tears to come to my eyes as I rode the LIRR from Brooklyn’s Nostrand Avenue to Jamaica station in Queens Monday afternoon to catch the AirTran to JFK Airport. Although this is a much shorter journey, it felt much harder to leave.
I’m missing my family and friend’s happenings again and I can’t help but feel a way. On top of that, July has been a slow month for me financially.
There is a lot on my mind.
However, I am so grateful to have this unique opportunity over the next 9 days to see new cities and learn more about innovation around the country.
With the exception of LA, I have not been to the other points on our journey which include San Francisco, Denver, Milwaukee and Detroit.
It’s going to be life-changing to have a chance to meet fellow MILLENNIALS from around the country and internationally who are working on their own contributions to society to make it better. I feel special to be part of this. I know that it will be an eye-opening experience.
It was only a couple months ago I was promoting my campaign and asking my family, friends and peers in my industry to donate to my fund to join this train. It would not be possible without them. So I’m motivated to get cracking on accomplishing my goal that many have supported me to do!
The coordinators for the Millennial Train Project recently sent us our schedule for the week and we’re definitely going to be on the go non-stop.
Our days will be spent meeting with leaders in each city we visit, meeting with mentors that are assigned to us by the Millennial Train Project and also working on our personal projects.
This time will also be an opportunity to work on my multi-media series “The Questions 100.” I’m working to amplify the voices of MILLENNIALS of color through storytelling.
As of Wednesday, I have interviewed 20 people who have shared some amazing insights. And over the next week or so I look forward to adding additional voices.
As we roll through the Midwest, from time zone to time zone, I will spend many hours staring out the window at the terrain. This should allow a lot of time for self-reflection.
I’m a firm believer that when I’m going through some rough times, my work, if it is a labor of love, can help me through. When I do work that’s fulfilling and that has purpose I feel like I’m working side by side with God.
Sacrifices are often necessary in order to grow. It never stops being hard at first but you the challenge is good for us in the long run. The journey itself is the reward and the result is the icing on the cake. So cheers to this new adventure!
Me in the LA neighborhood Leimert Park after an interview. S/o to my interviewee Tyree for snapping!
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