As soon as I heard about travel nursing, I knew that that was my dream job. In LPN school, a travel nurse came to talk to us. My soul lit up when she was talking. It took me 10 years to become a travel nurse. I let so many things get in the way of my dreams. The biggest thing was my weight. I didn’t want to be a fat travel nurse. I didn’t want the new people that I would meet, to meet the fat Shavawn. I wanted them to meet the new and improved me. I had an opportunity about 2 years ago to become a travel nurse. I put it off because I was still fat. With the help of my life coach, I realized that I didn’t need to be skinny to be a travel nurse. I could go after my dreams while still losing weight. It was time to stop putting my dreams on hold so that I could lose weight. I’ve lost 20+ pounds and I’m on my first assignment as a travel nurse. I’m not where I want to be in the weight department but I’m getting there. I’m 2 months into my first travel nurse assignment and I can officially say that I was born to be a travel nurse. I love it. I can’t believe that I let my weight get in the way of this dream. Someone told me recently that being a travel nurse agrees with me. I look relaxed and happy. I wasn’t happy when I was working in a permanent position because I knew that I could be a travel nurse. I was dying on the inside everyday because I was putting my dreams on hold. The reasons that I was putting my dreams on hold weren’t valid. I’m so glad that I finally got the courage to pursue this dream.