• Alma Lopez-Tilghman

10 Things I Learned from Hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro.

1. I am way more stronger than I give myself credit for, physically and mentally.

2. Challenging myself physically has given me more confidence to challenge myself mentally and professionally.

3. I have the ability to survive with a lot less than what I use in my daily life. Water, a good pair of walking shoes, a warm place to sleep when it is cold, and maybe a hat, are some of the essentials.

4. I'm good at being by myself. Don't get me wrong, I love my husband, he's my favorite travel partner, but I'm also comfortable when I'm in my own space, with only myself and my thoughts. I enjoy it.

5. I already knew this, but once again, it was reinforced that there are more good people in the world than bad, most folks are not out to get you.

6. No matter what language we speak, most of us are looking for the same things, love, health, and the financial security to take care of ourselves/and or our families.

7. You can make all the plans in the world but if it's not in mother nature's plan, it ain't happening. Don't question it, just accept it and try again! This was the biggest lesson for me!

8. I learned that for me, God, my higher power, whatever you want to call that force larger than yourself, is everywhere, but especially present in nature.

9. I have way more women than I ever could have imagined who support me and demonstrated their support by helping me along this journey.

10. By climbing Kilimanjaro, I've inspired other's in their own personal journeys because if as a Latina that has type 2 diabetes I can do it, and be ready to do it again, you can too!

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