It seems like just yesterday I was in high school roaming the halls with big dreams in my head. Of course looking back at some of those dreams I can definitely tell that my 15-year-old self was a bit zealous. I used to think that I could take on the world with nothing but my dream to travel the world and a few tools I knew I could pick up along the way. I was in for a real eye-opening experience when I found out I was pregnant at the age of 15.
Although I know some stories may paint the picture of being a young mother as depressing and unmanageable. I actually had an amazing support system with my family and friends, I was able to go on and complete and receive my GED when I was 16 years old. So now I’m 16 going on 17 and actually have two babies at this time and thought to myself, how will I achieve my dreams now? How can this single mom of 2 beautiful babies even start to work towards her dream?
Something I learned at this time was that my previous dream of becoming a business owner had to be put on hold. It wasn’t until I turned 18 that I realized that I was now an adult who once upon a time had a dream to travel the world and experience all it had to offer. I was still young and had plenty of time to work towards that dream. I decided that in order to achieve this dream I needed to take those first steps, I just knew that taking the first step would ultimately lead me down the road I desperately want to walk down.
That first step towards my dream was enrolling into school for my Associates Degree in Business Management. I quickly enrolled for online classes and got to work, It took me 2 and a half years but I finally graduated and received my Associates Degree in Business Management. The day I took my final exams and viewed my final results for all my classes was surreal. I had finally finished my step one in working towards my dream I was ecstatic and elated.
Armed with my college degree and all the knowledge I picked up from school I quickly applied to a new business which once was called SweetNSourDeals.com. I had applied all of my business management skills and quickly built up a fanbase and shared things I loved. I shared freebies, samples, coupon deals, recipes, funny videos I found on the internet. Fast forward to 2014 and I was soon faced with the fact that I wasn’t doing what I really loved. It was then I realized that the big rebrand I had been dreading was a must at this point.
After adventuring through some other endeavors and rebranding my blog to Jay’s Sweet N Sour Life I finally was able to do what I truly love. On top of being able to do what I truly wanted to do, I get to do it with the people I love the most in my life. I have always wanted to travel the world and taste many different foods, experience life, and different cultures. My dream I had when I was younger is finally a reality, and without planning to I now have 4 other beautiful people to spend it with.
Although things seemed a little bleak when I was younger I feel like going for that education was the turning point I needed in my life. Nothing but amazing things have been happening and I hope they continue to unfold and that I am able to continue to share everything with my family. Have you been able to follow your dreams? What’s a dream you have had since you were younger that you would love to chase and fulfill right now?