In a random series of events I ended up on a 12 day solo journey in California. The intention of this trip was relaxation and exploration. Little did I know I would add inspiration to that equation. In a strange sequence of events I ended up meeting the founder of the I Talk to Strangers Foundation, Mr. Robbie Stokes.
Our conversation began late that night with the usual, what’s your name? where do you live? what do you do? That yielded a response that intrigued me to want to learn more. Robbie is the leader of a movement which encourages people to have meaningful conversations with each other by engaging complete strangers in conversation at (unplanned, unexpected, inopportune) times. Through this initiative Robbie has traveled the world experiencing life and culture through conversations with strangers.
This initiative began as a dream. His vision led him to quit his job in Congress, sell his unessential belongings and take his last $1500 to begin this journey. In talking and spending time with him this week, I have been so inspired. This young man did not conform to societal norms or let the naysayers dissuade him from following his dream.
I love the fact that he transformed that dream from reality by simply taking action. His road was not a cake walk but because of his clearly defined purpose he was always able to re-calibrate himself on the intended result.
How many of us have dreams? Everyone right. Even more convicting, how many of us have dreams we have yet to even act upon? I know … I am guilty myself. I’ve made excuses, allowed myself to get distracted by the details and allowed myself to get complacent. Not this year though!
Meeting Robbie is just another validating sign from God that all it requires is action. He is a perfect example of how not to be paralyzed by perfection.
Take a moment to view my testimonial about how learning about him and his journey have impacted me.
I have been inspired lately by a few awesome quotes so I wanted to share.
As I have previously written my birthday was a weird catalyst for change. It’s funny I woke up the day after my birthday determined to live a different life than I had. I have been so motivated but differently this . . . → Read More: Inspiration Requires Action
So most of you know I am an extreme foodie. I often tell others my life revolves around food. So since I have been back home and familiar with the culinary scene here in town, I have been aware of Sweetwater Farm, which is as a nonprofit community-supported urban organic farm and environmental education center . . . → Read More: Sweetwater Farm Ladies Luncheon
Ok so maybe I am being a little dramatic but seriously this year was the beginning of a many experiments for me. One of which included a dedication to couponing. I am no novice to this idea cause I grew up with my mother clipping coupons but I began learning about the world of extreme . . . → Read More: Coupons Saved My Life!
So you all know that I started my first ever diet at the beginning of the year. (If you didnt check out my original post: My First Diet Ever). I vowed not to buy clothes until my birthday for a few reasons: 1) finances 2) to expand my creativity with my current wardrobe as I take . . . → Read More: The Diet Was A Success!
Yesterday was my birthday and I began writing a blog post when I had to stop. The post was so nauseatingly negative that after writing just 1 paragraph I was feeling down and discouraged (even more than I already was, which should’ve been impossible).
This year my birthday is just another reminder of all of the . . . → Read More: My Birthday Present from Steve Harvey
Now ya’ll know my belief on dieting, I don’t! But as I stated in one of my previous posts, I am on a savings quest because I am virtually unemployed and scheduled to move in less than 30 days. So in preparation for this move and as a consequence of my finances, I decided to . . . → Read More: My First EVER Diet
We have all heard the term “fake it til you make it” and although I understood it (or so I thought) I have always hated it. I guess you can attribute that to me (previously) being a part of the “keep it real crew.” But now that I find myself in unfamiliar territory with my . . . → Read More: Fakin It and Makin It
Friendship is an amazing thing when it’s genuine and true. I am so blessed to have many awesome friends in my life. My friends all represent different period of my life thus far. Because I value friendship immensely it was a real joy to be able to capture the beginning phase of what I hope . . . → Read More: Photo Session: Best Friends Forever
It feels so good to update my blog today because I actually had a productive week last week. I have been executing several of my outlined plans for the year. I can see the momentum picking up in the direction of my entrepreneurial and artistic exploration. This last week has proved to be a testament . . . → Read More: Vision + Action = Satisfaction