It’s the beginning of March and I’ve spent over 24 hours amongst the ski villages in Colorado; which has been a dream of mine since I was a child. By living in Houston, the weather is precisely unpredictable but for the most part it’s always hot and humid year-round. I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve seen snow, which was once in Detroit, New York, and one random time in Houston that lasted half of a day. I’ve always wanted to see what it was like staying in a cabin with views of snowy mountains and people skiing down slopes. Well the opportunity arose just a few weeks ago and came completely out of the blue.
This past month, I earned a new position as a remote Marketing Coordinator for a Technology Solutions and Branding company in Houston. What’s crazy is how connected I am with the heads of the company. The CEO is a former work colleague of my Mother and his business partner use to be our neighbor 15-20 years ago. I was in elementary school at the time and he was attending PVAMU, which is my Alma Mater by the way. Before joining their team, they’ve stated how much they admired the work I did through my travel blog, especially the business partner since he also serves as the company’s Creative Director. He’s also a travel enthusiast and attends various events throughout the year, like the annual Black Ski Summit.
For those who are not familiar, the Black Ski Summit is a seven-day social bash bringing together black ski lovers and black professionals for networking and fun. The Creative Director of the company I work for attends every year with his ski club. As we were discussing the summit one day, he mentioned how him and his travel group booked a cabin in the mountains in Silverthorne and that I was more than welcome to join. Keep in mind, the summit was two and a half weeks away and I had no winter clothes suitable for that level of cold weather. Yet, I already had a free ticket to Denver from a cancelled trip I booked last year. The only thing I would have to come out of pocket for was the required portion to stay in the cabin. Out weighing the good and the bad, of course there were a plethora of pros that came to mind. Free flight, inexpensive place to lay my head, will be staying in a cabin located in the mountains of Colorado, Black Ski Summit, networking opportunities, and the list goes on and on. My only challenge would be adjusting to that real winter weather that I’m not use to; which I assumed would be mild because I love cold weather. I arrived in Colorado early Tuesday morning and the temperature was 19 degrees with two feet of snow on the ground. On top of that there were consistent winds and snow throughout the entire day, which was a drastic adjustment from the 80-degree weather back in Houston. Although the weather wasn’t suitable for exploring around, the majestic views of the snowy mountains made up for it.
Overall, everything that has occurred prior to this trip I realized was based on perfect timing. It’s so mind-blowing how things fall into place, which is why I strongly feel there’s a reason for me to be here right now. Whether it’s networking with potential business associates at the Black Ski Summit, developing new friendships while I’m here, or who knows I may meet my future husband, haha! Not knowing what the future entails use to scare the hell out of me but now I’ve grown to be content with the unknown and trust that I’ll be fine no matter what comes my way. Truly looking forward to what the rest of this week has to offer and even more grateful to be able to share and bring you all along with me on this journey. 🙂