Everyone in the world is in the midst of starting their new years resolutions for 2016. As a rule, I like to think about my goals in December, continue to refine them early January, and then revisit them throughout the year.
I think about the fears that I would like to conquer and the adventures I want to experience every day. Travel has been in my blood from childhood to my adult life and is also apart of my professional and personal life, it can be a blessing and a curse at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
A Moment of Reflection:
The vision for Papilla sparked from a trip that I was planning to take to Argentina in 2014. I was looking for an app that would help me pack in a way that was culturally appropriate, provide me with important cultural nuances, and to help me shop before I departed. I couldn’t find something like this, and thus Papilla was born. I presented this idea at Triangle Startup Weekend for Women in Raleigh, NC, and felt encouraged that I was truly onto something. In February 2015, I decided to pursue Papilla full time. I have tested the concept, and travelers love the information we offer because it is personalized to their needs.
Now for the hard part:
Not many people seem touch upon the difficulties in starting a business. Let me set the record straight. It’s a steep hill to reward, but it’s worth it. I am at the point now where Papilla needs to be developed into a web app, but resources are scarce at times. Everyone tends to look at other companies and wonder how they did it because it seemed easy for them, and many ask, "How were they able to do it?" It takes persistence and perseverance without a doubt.
This year, I have refreshed my goals, and I want to share them with you for inspiration and motivation.
Professional Travel Goals:
1. Develop Papilia’s web application
2. Find collaborators and partnerships that align with Papilla’s goals
3. Share the Papilla mission with travelers
4. Find advisors that challenge and support Papilia
Personal Travel Goals:
1. Explore at least 5 new places
2. Find something new to explore in 3 familiar places
3. Try a new sport (skiing)
4. Write more about travel experiences in my journal
As you work through your personal goals, I encourage you to be honest with yourself. Think big, and take small strides to reach your goal. It’s the only way to succeed. And so the journey begins.