It's 2017! This year I began my Aspire to Inspire Interview Series where I interview my fellow blogger boos, world travelers, and entrepreneurs who are all in one, all in one place, because let's be honest, we could all use some inspiration once in a while.
It is such an honor for my first guest to be someone I befriended on a volunteer trip we took to Ghana in 2011! We have been close ever since! I am so proud of her and I commend her on her journey! Read the interview to get to know my friend, Dr. Adrianne Pinkney!
Tell us about yourself. What do you do?
I am Dr. Adrianne R. Pinkney and I am a teacher. I am called to support others in creating healthy, loving and abundant lives that work. In meeting this goal, I am first committed to modeling such a lifestyle by creating a loving life for myself. I believe that teaching is demonstration so I align my life with the life I encourage others. Currently, I am a lecturer at Emory University and I teach Civic Education in Schools to undergraduates. We are learning a lot of great things from each other. I also work as an integrative wellness and life coach for my company, B. Well: Live Consciously. This work allows me to coach others in fulfilling their dreams and goals. I love the work that I am so privileged to do!
Additionally, I love to read, run, practice yoga, spend time with my friends and family, eat vegetables, eat ice cream, laugh, dance, wear pretty clothes, and sing loud in the car.
What city do you hail from and what do you like most about your hometown?
I am a Carolina Girl! I was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and I am a firm believer that “nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina.” Thus, I decided to end my 10-year stint in Atlanta and return to my home state. I have lived in the Queen City, Charlotte, NC, for the last year and I am enjoying living closer to my family. I am proud to bring the gifts and talents I have acquired through travel, school, and life to my home state. It feels great to be home!
North Carolina is a beautiful state. I love the NC beaches and the mountains. Our larger cities, Raleigh and Charlotte, are just the right size: big enough to be a city but small enough to run into people you know. I love NC barbecue and crisp mountain apples in the fall. I am admittedly a “home girl” and I have a deep affinity for my home.
Where have you traveled to in the world?
I have traveled to the following countries: Italy, Ghana, Kenya, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Costa Rica, Peru, China, and Jamaica. I am planning to go to Israel in March. I cannot wait!
Why do you think it is important to travel?
The first time I traveled abroad, as an adult, I went to Italy to teach English and learn more about Reggio Amelia (a teaching pedagogy that is similar to the Montessori method). This was the first time I challenged my understanding of “normal” or how things “should be.” I didn’t realize how much the experience changed me until I went home and I kept making comments like, “Why is this drink so big? Who needs that much to drink?” and “Our lunch breaks are way too short. No one should eat that fast.” Traveling is important because it changes you. More specifically, it grows you. Everything that I consider, “normal”, “good” or “right” is challenged by traveling. Travel has expanded my perception of God, family, and even what I expected for myself and my life. God has created a splendid world; it is only right that we explore all we possibly can.
Any piece of advice for those who want to travel but aren't sure how to?
I encourage everyone who can to make a commitment to traveling. I am committed to getting two passports stamps a year. Commit to seeing the world…and then go!