What’s up, Travel Tribe! Thank you for stopping by to learn more about me and about our shared passion for traveling. My name is Sadé Marie Diaz (pronounced “Sha-day”). I was born and raised by a proud Afro-Cuban family in the beautiful city of Miami, Florida. Recently, I worked as a Paralegal for a billion-dollar, sports franchise. All of my years of formal education, training, thousands of dollars of student loan debt, and God’s blessing led me to my dream job . . . Or so I thought.
There I was at 30 years old, appearing to have done everything right. I was living in a vibrant city, surrounded by a loving family and supportive friends, and yet, more often than not, I found myself sitting at my desk, typing my life away daydreaming. Physically, I was sitting, poised and proper in my office chair, but mentally I was somewhere else. Mentally, I was someone else.
You’re familiar with the aged-old quote, “when man makes a plan, God laughs.” Well, he must have been L-O-L at me. I felt, despite doing everything right, I had accomplished nothing. I dreamt that I was a woman with complete control over my destiny. I dreamt that I was my own boss, writing my own rules instead of following those propagandized to me since adolescence. Throughout my childhood, I was taught that the sky is the limit. In my adulthood, however, – the way my bank account was set up, it was more like these last $20 dollars are the limit (LOL). I was living paycheck to paycheck in a recession-driven economy. My mental escape included thoughts of me traveling. It was in that state of mind that I felt most like the person I truly wanted to be. Traveling allows me to feel the most alive and free.
After an agonizing reckoning, I overcame my personal denials and decided it was worth the risk to pursue what I truly wanted out of life. Like many people’s stories, maybe I won’t discover my purpose until my last chapter of life. Regardless, I was certain that I desperately wanted my life to illustrate my passions and dreams. Therefore, when the opportunity to pursue a nomadic life presented itself, I took hold in pursuit of my goals. I quit my job, moved out of my condo, sold my car, and placed anything of importance that couldn’t fit into two large suitcases into a small storage unit. Then, I jumped on a plane headed to the opposite end of the world . . . and I haven’t looked back since.
Fast forward to today, I’m living as an expat with my incredible husband and traveling more than I could have ever imagined. This blog is a small chapter of a larger story – much of which is still unwritten. Jim Carey once said, “You can fail at something you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love.” So, here I am — trying to #LiveMyBestLife. I can only hope that my testimony will inspire you to do the same. I encourage you, at least once in your life, to take a leap of faith and see how the universe rewards you for your bravery.
Okay, that’s enough of my rambling (lol). If you’ve made it this far without clicking away, stick around! Join the travel tribe by subscribing to my social media channels below. Hope to see you somewhere around the world.