Teri L. PottsManaging Director - TLTravel
Teri's Story :
Growing up, my parents always emphasized the importance of working hard for the things that you want, and a living a life that is balanced.
In 90 days I will be 33 years old, and if you had asked me 15 years ago where I would be at this age, I probably would have told you that I would be a nurse, or a lawyer … or maybe a teacher. In truth
though, for a long time I knew a lot more about what people expected me to become than what I actually wanted to be in this life. I am thankful to have grown up with parents who taught me that I
could do absolutely anything, but when push came to shove I often felt like there was nothing I was passionate enough to build a life on.
I had always dreamed of running my own business one day, but believing that the risks were to high I decided that it would be safer to take a mash-up of courses throughout high school & University in the hopes that life would somehow sort itself out.
In an attempt to find a career that would both challenge & inspire me, I took on a variety of positions from Training Coordinator to Personal Aid Worker, and Human Resources Recruiter to Events Management. In doing that, I quickly confirmed that while I could do anything, I was seemingly passionate about nothing.
To keep my sanity, I separated each failed attempt at a ‘proper’ career with a trip abroad. Nothing opened my mind & settled my spirit like falling asleep to the sound of the ocean or pitching my
hammock on the beach to wake up to the sun on my face. Travel always re-ignited my drive & inspired me to continue my search for happiness. Every day was a new adventure & from white water rafting in Chile to walking with elephants in Thailand, it took me far longer than it should have to realized that what I was best at in life was travel.
Sometimes I find it difficult to believe that I am in my early thirties & not still an adventurous twenty- something student out finding themselves in the world, but if I could go back & give myself any kind of advice for the future it would be to take the leap. Make your passion your job & never lose sight of yourself.
Today I am not only the adventure architect at my own tour agency, but I have the privilege of being able to inspire others to get out and experience the world in a way that not many people know they can. Not only do I get to make the world my office, but I get to share my experiences with others & watch their faces light up as they discover a new country for the very first time. I can re-visit children’s foundations year after year where I watch the same children grow into successful students & adults, and I can give back to amazing organizations around the world that inspired my journey early on.
My passion has always been to inspire travelers with my photos & stories, and I am grateful now for the chance to be part of a community of amazing women where I can not only continue to inspire, but be inspired myself.