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Hi! I’m Timah, a Brooklyn belle who wants to experience all the beautiful things the world has to offer.
When I was 11 years old I sold over 500 candy bars so that I could go to Spain and Portugal for a week on my middle school’s European trip. The sights, the sounds, the smells… I had never experienced anything like it! Was all of Europe like this? The very next year I hawked even more candy for the school’s trip to France and Monaco. I’m fairly certain it was then that my wanderlust spirit awakened.
Determined to learn more about the world than what I thought Brooklyn could offer, I left home at 13 to attend boarding school in Exeter, New Hampshire. It was at Exeter that I learned a simple phrase called Non Sibi – not for oneself. It’s a sentiment that, to me, embodies all that is good in this world. And, guided by the words of John Phillips, I have come to understand that “goodness without knowledge is weak and feeble, yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous, and that both united form the noblest character, and lay the surest foundation of usefulness to mankind.”
College in Virginia and graduate school in Indiana were spent constantly gaining knowledge, always sharing goodness, and occasionally satisfying my wanderlust spirit whenever I could. In 2011, after earning my Ph.D., I vowed that I would travel more.
I moved back home to Brooklyn to save money and live what I thought would be a dream life – teaching at a university, catching up with family, running and dancing through the big city, and jet-setting around the world. Ha! After a year at home I found myself feeling restless and trapped. Something was missing. I still
wanted needed to do, see, live, and travel MORE!
This is my journey to the land of MORE. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am thus far.