Posted by Life Beyond Parenthood – Angela Kafadar Blog on Friday, November 9, 2018
Hi, my name is Angela. I’m a sister, a daughter, a wife, and I’m a mom, which is probably my most important role of this life.
I’m also an entrepreneur. I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was 20, and for the last 10 years, I’ve been a video marketing specialist.
My son is now 22, and has been out of the house pretty much since he left for college when he was 18.
The last few years since my son left, I’ve really questioned my life. I’ve questioned what my passion is in life because if you’re a mom or a parent like me, you spend your life being the best parent you can be and try to give our kids the best life they can have.
For me, when Hayden left the house, there was something, an emptiness, and it’s hard to explain until your kids have grown and left, but I felt like I didn’t know who I was. I didn’t know what my purpose was anymore, and although I have great love for my family, I was feeling lost, maybe even lonely (yes, surrounded by my amazing family, I still feel lonely somethimes).
Recently, there’s been a couple of things that have really come to the forefront of my life when I have to reflect back on what I love and what brings me joy, and the one thing is travel, and I’m not just a lay on the beach type of person, although I do love to lay on the beach. I like to get out there and experience different cultures and the different things, and so it’s been a really big goal of mine to be able to travel more for longer periods of time than the typical one week vacation. So this year, I am so blessed to be able to go to Roatan, which is an island just off of Honduras, for two months this winter. Our plan is to work remotely as well as immerse ourself with the local expats and people on the island.
I’m going to be vlogging about how I got to not only create the opportunity for me to take this extended trip, but also exploring how to get there, literally how to get there traveling with a dog (yes, Chloe is coming with me so it’s not just as easy as buying a plane ticket). I’ll be vlogging about how I sustained my business and how to be present for my clients to support them while I’m away. I’ll tell you how I found a great affordable place close to the beach, and indtoruce you to some great connections I’ve already made. Going 2 months without my family is going to be a challenge because I’m super close with them (and only my baby sister is planning on visiting, the rest of them have jobs and lives that prevent them from jumping on a plan at my whim).
During some of my planning, I came across a woman who runs a rescue in Roatan, and I started following her. I reralized that I wanted to do more than just travel and experience cultures. I wanted to help organizations who are in a position of making a difference themselves but are a bit alone in their journey. So in particular in Roatan, Olivia runs Roatan Animal Shelter, but she does it all on her own.
So there’s no funding, no “head office” or large organization of staff and support. It’s “just” a woman who saves dogs.
My own dog, Chloe, is a rescue. I got her in February, and before Chloe, I had Daisy, who was my rescue who we had until she passed last year. Dogs have always been really, really, really close to my heart.
We’ve always had them in my family, and growing up, I can’t remember a time in my life where there wasn’t a dog. I’ve always felt connection to them, and so watching this Olivia working her ass off to keep her rescue alive and to keep dogs alive has given me some new insight into what I can do in my life. It’s becoming more than just wake up, work, go to sleep, repeat.
So I want to invite you to follow me into my journey!
Mayby you’re wondering “Hey, Ang, I don’t understand. What’s your journey?”, let me tell you a bit about it.
I plan on spending the next few decades of my life helping those who help animals from a life of cruelty. I want to support organizations who already do that, and the way I want to do that is sharing with you or with other pet lovers. If you’re not a pet lover, this might not be of any interest to you, but with sharing with other pet lovers that together we can make a difference.
So, I will be blogging about the organizations I donate money to. I’ll be sharing their social media posts, and I’ll be sharing their social media posts, and in some cases, we’ll be Facebook Live-ing together.
Give me your comments, suggestions and tell me what you want to do to make a difference in this world!
This is what I’m doing, and so today is the start of that journey. It’s the start of me telling you guys officially this is my journey, and I will be sharing things with you on a weekly basis.
The first project is the Roatan project, and so there’s also a few personal goals I have while I’m there. For those of you who know me know that I was deathly afraid of open water. and I’ve been working on that over the years, so I am actually planning to get my scuba, my PADI certificate while I’m in Roatan.
Of course, I’m going to be helping Roatan Animal Shelter and much-needed supplies and a monetary donation to help them with their mission.
So I hope to see you on my journey, and thank you so much for joining me!