It’s that time again! If you are new here, I have begun a series called Aspire to Inspire since January where I feature young, Black and Hispanic Women who travel while running their own businesses. However, this time will be entirely different. This time I share my story.
I was at a blogging networking meetup in October when I got the idea, and they encouraged the idea, for me to answer my own questions.
The entire time my goal was to inspire you with stories of other business ladies. Well now, I aspire to inspire you with my own story. So, here goes:
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Zaakirah; it’s Arabic for the hereafter. I am a wife, visually creative and world traveler. I am an entrepreneur and renaissance woman. I am a hearing and visually impaired cancer survivor. I am the future owner of an all-female digital marketing agency where I specialize in social media and branding for small businesses.
What city do you hail from and what do you like most about your hometown?
I’m a nomad; I’m not from one specific place and I like it like that. I was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and what I love most are the many choices of beaches and Caribbean food. Through my mom, I am a New York City girl; I love the convenience of public transportation and endless freebies. I am also from Tennessee through my dad, and I love the mountains and the seasonal change of leaves.
Where were your three favorite places to travel to in the world and why?
My three favorite places to travel are Ghana because of it’s rich culture, Costa Rica because of the delicious Spanish food, language and culture, and South Africa because it is modernized and it’s everything!
I’m going to throw in The Gambia, because of the super friendly people and also considering it is my second home because that’s where my husband is from. Their nickname is the smiling coast and it suits them well.
Why do you think it is important to travel?
It is super important to travel because the only way you will be able to step outside of your bubble of a comfort zone and see how big (yet small) the world really is, is if you travel further than your home and usually familiar environment. This world was meant to be explored in all its beauty. You never know, you may gain more from it and learn more about yourself than you could ever expect; I know I have.
What piece of advice would you share for those who want to travel but aren't sure how to?
My advice to you is to not worry about what other people say about traveling in general and about traveling to a certain country. If there is a certain country you have really want to go to, book the flight and figure out the details later.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I hope that my legacy can be that I was a risk taker and lived my life outside of stereotypical barriers while being of service and of an inspiration to others.
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