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

April 6, 2014  |  

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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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