How I embrace memories of my sweet travels! One could not have imagined how the world would change so drastically in such a short space of time. Yet, since March 2020 this has been our reality.
Traveling for me was the primary method of “pampering myself”. I confess that I have never acquire the art of self-care. I work long hours and went to work even when I was sick.
A trip however was always what I needed to decompress, destress and rejuvenate after constantly pouring into others as a Human Resource professional.
Living in the cosmopolitan twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, experiencing different cultures is not at all new to me. It in fact cultivated my love and appreciation for different cultures.
In 2015 I visited Jamaica, Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. From visiting Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove in Jamaica to going to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, to dune dashing and riding a camel in Dubai, I enjoyed what these countries had to offer.
My last trip was to Australia in 2018. If I have to choose one place I would like to live if I have to leave my country, at this time, I would say Australia (yes this can change based on where I visit next). Australia is pristine. I love animals and the outdoors, so I was at home. I enjoyed whale watching, seeing the Kangaroos and going to the Koala Sanctuary. The Sydney Opera House will forever be etched in my memory.
I am committed to start my self-care journey at this time. I purpose to spend time with family and friends, to also focus on my physical, spiritual and mental wellness. All while completing my studies and growing my business. I do hope that I would be able to travel soon. In the meantime, my refrain will be, oh memories of my sweet travels, you make my heart smile!
Gillian Simon is a Human Resource (HR) professional, registered teacher and postgraduate Law student. She is the CEO/Principal Consultant at GRS Management Solutions, a Human Resource Consulting Agency she started in 2020 to provide virtual Human Resource and Administrative services to small and medium-sized businesses.