Finding My Happy: Why I’m Spending 110 Days in Europe

April 6, 2014  |  


From Essence

Last year around this time I had just wrapped up another successful NBA All-Star weekend while working for the league as a sports entertainment publicist. I knew that it would be my last. I’d been working on writing my first manuscript for the previous nine months, staying up late to write on nights and weekend because I knew I wanted out. My career was no longer fulfilling me. By the time that I decided to walk away, I was putting the finishing touches on my first novel, Preseason Love.

I didn’t have a publishing deal. But I had faith. I knew that I was taking a huge chance, however, I believed in myself. Three months after I took that enormous leap of faith I was offered a publishing deal. I was overwhelmed.

With this great news came another risky decision I’d been thinking about for at least 10 years. I wanted to travel through Europe. And so with the money I had saved up, I bought a plane ticket to London. And packed a bag full of dreams. The support of my decision from family and friends was amazing. What they didn’t know was that, though this had been a desire of mine, I was quietly trembling inside with fear. The afternoon my parents dropped me at the San Francisco airport, this independent girl had to hold back the tears. I didn’t know what lay ahead. But I knew it would be exciting.

To read what exactly Ahyiana Angel learned from her leap of faith visit Essence.

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  • B.

    As someone who left the US, to go live in Europe, I’d encourage anyone to travel, in the very least, if they can’t or don’t want to move to another country.

    • honeyb

      I live in Europe, as well. 4 years.
      Europe is expensive, but definitely worth it.

      • B.

        That’s so funny that you think Europe is expensive, it really does depend on where. Ny and San Fran and Northern Va. has many places beat. It is definitely an amazing experience to experience other cultures.

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    Just waiting for my kids to grow up & i’m gone…travel adventure & more passport stamps await

  • Aaliyah Noelle

    I wanna move from Florida to Canada … Toronto specifically.

  • Just saying!!

    I was considering doing a masters program in Europe but my mentor thought it was more of an “escape” for me or my way of running from something. A part of me feels she may be right. Not to say I’ll live in the same state forever but I have business to take care of at home and sometimes running away isn’t the answer. But I love to travel and will do it as much as I can!

    • hollyw

      Why can’t it be running ‘towards’ something..? Like a new experience, a different culture, a prolonged vacay before settling into your career and you can’t do it as easily? Unless there’s something (or someone) specifically you are avoiding by leaving…there will always be business to take care of! 😀

  • hollyw

    Bold! I’m beginning to feel the same exact way, though I don’t if I just need one, prolonged vacay or to just pack up and move altogether…I guess we shall see in a few months.

    • B.

      Do it. If you can afford it, and have nothing holding you back, do it.