Dear girls of the world: The world belongs to you!

Dear girls of the world,

Travel has been a part of me since before I was born (true story – I was carried in my mother’s womb from one continent to another). After I came into the world my parents bestowed this gift upon me as far back as I can remember. Growing up the daughter of a man in the military and a woman from South America, travel was a way of life. Now decades later it is so much a part of me I could not imagine living without hopping on a plane or taking a road trip at least once a month.

I always knew my chosen career would be non-traditional. A frequent business traveler, there are some months I am on the road more than twenty days. That may seem like a lot for some, and I do miss my husband when he cannot join me, but I embrace every trip as an opportunity. Exploring a new place and maximizing my time in each city and country so I can learn more about its history, people and culture is a perk of my work I say!

Of course, there are those who think it is crazy for a woman to travel so much for her job because they believe a woman’s “job” is to stay home. For a long time I worked in male dominated industries and realized how underestimated I was because of my gender. A lot of men thought it would be too much on a “girl” to spend so much time on the road. There were also the times when so-called professionals would make inappropriate advances and as a female business woman – and many times solo traveler – I had to be on alert. Several women I know have hesitated to take jobs requiring travel because of this, and many women will not travel alone out of fear. I am here to tell you: DO NOT LET THE DOUBTERS STOP YOU and most definitely do not let your own fear overrule your desires. The world belongs to ALL of us – that means you, too and you deserve to carve a path on your terms.

“Home” is not limited to the cities in which we are born. For a long time I have said the journey is my home. Girls of the World, there will be naysayers throughout your lives. There will be that voice in your head asking, “What if it doesn’t work out?” Instead ask yourself – “But what if it DOES?” Allow yourself to imagine the possibilities. They are endless! I’m here to tell you the world is YOURS. Embrace the opportunities to explore every corner. Never doubt your ability to thrive in a career that takes you around the planet if that is what your heart desires and never forsake yourself of a gift that no one can ever take from you – the freedom to explore your home: All of it.

Love,
Heather
Currently sipping Carménère in Chile

Heather Wilson is a corporate event marketing manager proudly married to a US Navy Sailor. A newlywed, new bonus mom and proud cancer survivor who made history with her belly-button, she is addicted to loose-leaf tea and has never had a cup of coffee in her life. Heather blogs about her adventures and all things “life” at lifeofatravelingnavywife.com. When she’s not traveling the world, you can find Heather with her husband on their Harley Davidson enjoying the beautiful San Diego, California scenery, strolling through Balboa Park walking her pet lizards, giving back to her community and trying to figure out what hair color she should finally stick with.

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  • October 31, 2014

    Great post and perfect for a blog post I’ve been trying to put together. I’m definitely linking back and I will share the blog post as soon as it’s done. Thanks again for sharing!

    roe from gigglesnlaundry.com

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    • October 31, 2014

      Thanks, Roe! I would love to read it!.

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  • October 31, 2014

    Love it! Heather, I think you’re my new hero!

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    • October 31, 2014

      Aw Jodi, thank you. Heroes are men like my husband who serve our (his and mine) country. I am really humbled by your kind words!

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  • November 1, 2014

    Sounds cool! I’m not someone who cares much about my own need to travel (and it hasn’t been my opportunity to do so) but I think it’s awsome when people go out to do what they love! Your adventures sound exciting 🙂

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    • November 2, 2014

      While I may not relate to lacking a need to see the rest of my world, I agree with you – do what you love. Haha sometimes exciting, sometimes crazy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

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  • November 1, 2014

    Very cool Heather! I have a similar background, except I was raised by wandering hippies instead of a military family. I was living in Guatemala City until I was 7 months pregnant with my daughter and came to California to give birth. We’re snowbirds, and at 4 she already has about 20 flights under belt. There would be a lot more if I had the budget for it!

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    • November 2, 2014

      That is awesome Lizzie! I really applaud you for exposing her to travel so early on. I wish there were more parents like you!

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  • November 1, 2014

    Love it! Although I had to shudder at the skydiving pic. 🙂

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    • November 2, 2014

      LOL! Truthfully, I would much rather be diving with sharks, but unfortunately, the last photos I had were hard copies and they were lost in a fire. Thank you for the feedback! 🙂

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  • November 3, 2014

    I love this! Everything you have said is so, so, so true and you are such a huge inspiration to fellow travelling ladies like me :).

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    • November 4, 2014

      Thank you, Kate! That means so much! 🙂 I always love meeting fellow travelers.

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  • November 3, 2014

    Travel is great for kids. There is so much to be learned.

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  • November 4, 2014

    Love this post!

    Ack, skydiving. I’m too chicken to do that.

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    • November 4, 2014

      HAHA I much prefer scuba diving, but dated a guy a looong time ago who was a skydiver. It was a, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” thing and several jumps later I ended up with my AFF license LOL. Go figure!

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  • December 7, 2014

    So true!

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