My Year On The Road: How I Found True Happiness
Article Originally Written – Jan. 8, 2014
At 57 years old, I count my blessings every day and feel really blessed on how my life has turned out – so far. I have had a lot of successes in my life such as two daughters graduating with Master’s Degrees and are now business owners; I helped protect black women international travelers from my co-workers when I became a federal whistleblower; I won my discrimination lawsuit against my job and retired at the age of 48; I started my own empowerment and publishing company in 2005 and now have 20 books released and offer some of the best self-improvement seminars and workshops in the country; and now — I spent one year on the road traveling, building my company, AngelsPress.com, and living my dreams – just to name a few. Can it really get better than this?
Don’t Be Afraid of Change
Change brings about happiness in your life, but why are so many people afraid of change? Last year in December 2012, I decided to purge my life of things, which I realized would allow me more energy to focus more on what really mattered in my life.
I realized the reason I had been so successful in my life, so far, was that I was never ‘materialistic’. So purging my life of things was easy for me and it allowed me to move even closer to my dreams.
Put Your Health First
Some people need things to validate their lives (beautiful homes, beautiful cars, beautiful clothes, etc.) and they rather spend valuable money to get these things, while they ignore the one and the most important thing in their lives – THEIR HEALTH.
Many people live their lives eating bad foods — feeling sick, sluggish and run-down. They are surrounded by beautiful things that they can’t really enjoy because they ignore their health.
Many are empty inside because they have nothing of value to offer the world and I never wanted that to be my story.
Know When It’s Time to Move On
After my daughter’s car was stolen from in front of my place when she visited me in Atlanta, GA and after I experienced two attempted car thiefs in my area — myself, I realized my neighborhood wasn’t what it use to be and it was time for me to move on or out of that area.
When neighborhoods go bad, it’s just time to move on. I had never lived around crime and I was not about to start now – not during my Golden Years!
Not only did I move out of the area, I decided to move out of the city totally. What I was preparing to do with my life was bigger than Atlanta and it needed to be shared with the world.
And because of this decision, I was able to manifest even more joy and happiness into my life by moving even closer to my dreams.
Recognize Your ‘True Dream’
Traveling has always been a dream of mine. After all, that’s why I had joined the military years ago. Because I was in my 50s, I realized I still had 40% of my ‘productive life’ still left ahead of me so I realized it was time to take the steps necessary to find even more happiness in my life.
Because of purging my life of things and concentrating on what I really needed and wanted for my life, I was able to make the following dreams come true:
- I was able to see the country by creating a humanitarian tour “Cathy Harris Humanitarian Tour” and traveled by car to 15 states.
- I was able to meet some of the people that I had been networking with on the internet for 10 to 15 years.
- I was able to build my business, AngelsPress.com, by building my audience with my empowerment lectures, seminars, and workshops.
- I was able to release a line of empowerment non-fiction ‘easy-to-read’ e-books, paperback and audiobooks for the entire family, which can be read by 12-year-olds and above.
To purge my life and get on the road — it really wasn’t that hard. To get on the road as a Speaker, Author, and Coach you need the following in place — you need to:
- Be healthy.
- Eat healthy foods along the way.
- Get regular exercise along the way.
- Engage in regular detoxifications.
- Have a good running car.
- Have a GPS.
- Have contacts in cities.
- Figure out where you will stay (family, friends, extended stay hotels, etc.).
I had dreamed 5 years earlier about getting on the road. I visualized it but there was a lot of obstacles in my way. I had these terrific friends that I could not leave. My mom was elderly and I knew if I left Georgia, I probably would not see her again – plus — I was also ‘too unhealthy’ to travel.
After becoming housebound and bedridden in 2007 and self-educating myself on how the human body works, I became a Holistic and Natural Health and Wellness Expert and launched the “National Non-GMO Health Movement” and wrote a line of health books about my experience.
Once I got healthy and after my friends and mom had passed on, it was just time for me to do what I truly wanted to do with my life. And if I had gotten on the road 5 years earlier, I would not have had access to all the great information that my company now offers especially the health seminars and the line of empowerment products. So the timing was key for me.
What was really one of my determining factors that made me realize now was the time to make my ‘life-long dream’ come true of getting on the road was — after reading the book “Eat Right 4 Your Type.”
The book was the icing on the cake for me and it helped me reach my maximum level of health and I eventually came up with my own wellness program “Cathy Harris 12 Steps to Wellness Programs,” which are the 12 chapters (12 steps) in my first health book “How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide to Becoming Healthier Over the Next 30 Days (Series 3).”
Once I read the book and implemented the changes and started eating foods for my blood type, within a matter of days, I had a major surge of energy.
Because I was eating good food, not only did I get a surge in energy, but my brain worked even better, which allowed me to come up with my own PLAN OF ACTION to make my dreams come true.
Next, I sat down and compiled a list of every city that I wanted to visit and the people that I had been networking with over the years on the internet — that I just had to meet.
I then looked at my living arrangements and since I had a close relative in the Detroit area, I decided to go there first because of all the cities in the U.S., the city of Detroit had major issues, but I knew my company could make a difference with our line of empowerment lectures, seminars, and workshops.
So on Jan. 2, 2013, I sat out on my journey to make my life-long dreams come true of being a Speaker, Author, and Coach on the road and because of this — I loved every minute of it.
The scenery was absolutely beautiful along the way especially from Youngstown, OH to New York or when I got close to Nashville, TN.
The green trees looked like the trees in the movie “Gorillas in the Mist.” Sometimes the horizon ahead was so blue it looked like you were driving into an ocean, but it was just the sky meeting the ground.
And what about the color of the trees around Halloween and Thanksgiving – the bright red, orange and yellow colors. I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life.
All of it made me think of my home in Georgia and I thought about how lucky I was to have spent the first 17 years of my life as a ‘homesteader’ – working the land.
Even though the city of Detroit was extremely cold and it looked like a wasteland, in my neighborhood outside of Detroit, the view of the snow looked like a beautiful postcard. You just have to learn to see the beauty in everything.
I was raised in Georgia in the south, 2 hours outside of Atlanta, and had never in my life lived in snowy cold weather except when I was in Germany in the military in the 80s. I had never driven a car in snow so I had prepared to stop at a hotel if the weather got bad on my trip.
But all the way from Atlanta to Detroit, it was easy sailing. Even though there was snow on the sides of the roads, I had missed all the major snowstorms. It was like I was being guided by the universe or by a force to live my dreams.
It was as if someone had made everything easy for me because when you step out on your faith — to change your life and the people around you, everything will fall into place. Everything was happening to me in ‘divine order’.
I could have exited any of those exits in my ‘one year journey’ on the road and set up my home. If you have a car and money coming in, you can actually move anywhere.
I truly believe that some people might not be able to get their lives together because they might be in the wrong city. Your family is not just your family. Your family could be the people you have met in your life — that have ‘touched your hearts’.
I love meeting people and don’t know if I will ever get off the road. The biggest joy that I have experienced along the way on this tour is during my seminars and workshops — when I see the light go on in my audience eyes, especially young people when they realized they could indeed change their lives.
Now that I made my ‘life-long dream’ come true of being on the road in 2013 by launching “Cathy Harris Humanitarian Tour,” I can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring but I have a good idea because again, I have already visualized it “Cathy Harris Empowerment Tour.”
What I am saying to all of you is if you want your dreams to come true at some point in your life, keep walking in the directions of your dreams every day, but come up with a plan of action to make them come true, and don’t forget to put your health first.
Embrace ‘change’ and in return, it will embrace you with joy, peace, and happiness and I am living proof of that…Good luck!
Cathy Harris is a #VanDweller living ‘The Good Life.’ Her blog website is SimpleLifeRVing.com. She is also an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, Advice Columnist at DearCathy.com, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Business and Love Coach and Self-Publishing Expert and the author of 26 non-fiction books at www.AngelsPress.com. Her books cover topics such as family and community empowerment, health, youth and adult entrepreneurship, writing/publishing, workplace discrimination, whistleblowing, government, law enforcement, domestic and international traveling, politics, media, beauty, car buying and selling for women, aging/retirement – just to name a few. She offers seminars, workshops, and consultations at www.CathyHarrisInternational.com.